The Joy of Knowing

Psalms 40:1-3 “(To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.) I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.”

Do you remember the first day you read the Word of God and the verses semed to jump off the page?

Psalms 39:3My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned: then spake I with my tongue,”

While thinking about a verse, did your heart burn?

My salvation is so very sweet to me. Knowing where it is I came from helps me to keep the right perspective on all that God has done. The verses in Psalms 40 speak so directly to my situation and my circumstance.

My life was mired in addiction. My steps had little direction and even less purpose. I lived for pleasure. Just prior to hearing the gospel and getting saved, I had a horrible car wreck – one that could very well have taken my life and the life of the man with me. Yet, we walked away unscathed.

To this day, I still believe it was the hand of God we didn’t die that day. You see, I believe I was saved for a purpose; for something far greater than just ‘me’. Oh yes, I truly believe that my Heavenly Father saved me for a relationship with Himself, but also for a work He had set before the foundation of the world.

The beauty of that relationship is revealed to me daily through prayer, reading the Word, conversing with those around me, seving Him in the areas He has lead me to serve and being a constant witness to the amazing reality of God in me.

But the works that I do on a daily basis; those things that define us – they are those which I want to give my heart and soul to accomplish.

Ephesians 2:10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

Every saved child of God has specific works that God has for them. Works for life and works for each day. If each of us could wake to a schedule that was written out by God, ordained of Him to do for each day, we would find life much easier to live… don’t you think?

For too long, many of us have thrown works and activities at God for Him to accept as our work for Him when in fact, there is a work He has chosen for us to do. Not just ‘for’ Him, but allowing Him to do it through us.

Galatians 2:20I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”

Dying to self. We hear it so often, yet, do we do it? Am I disciplined enough to keep myself from evil influences, wasting time on amusements, even being carried away with things that are not what God designed for me to do?

How radical would it be for us to seek God and ask Him just what we should do today? Yes, a means to make a living is needed. But what of making a life?

I know beyond a shadow of doubt that I have been called to minister to the addicted. Those who volunteer are to be commended, but when the trials and the demonic oppression that comes knocks on our door, are we ready for the fight?

I have seen and heard of many a person chosen by their pastor to lead such a ministry. Because they were delivered from their addictions, they seemed qualified to lead others to not only sobriety but disciple them to live godly.

A very good pastor friend said this;

‘Many of us believe that the ministry to the addicted is fighting on the front lines. I say to you that we have been dropped behind enemy lines to recover those in bondage and deliver them through the freedom that can only come through Jesus Christ.’

God truly has established my goings. He has put a new song in my mouth – even praise unto my God! We live in a day that evil seems to be advancing and Christianity waning. Though it may seem that way outwardly, it is up to you and me to not allow that to happen inwardly.

If you are saved, you have a purpose; a work chosen by God for you to do.

Find it.

Do it and you will find that there is such happiness and joy in fulfilling the will of God for your life!

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