My pastor had a powerful message today about who is in control - you or God. He has been giving a series of sermons on the latest fad book/movie called "The Secret". Have you heard of it? Basically the message is - you are God, you are the author of your destiny, you create good and bad in your life. There are actually a lot of truths and even scripture in this movie. But beware - it is a scheme of the devil - he appears as an angel of light and mixes about 90% truth with 10% lies. Unfortunately many people, including Christians are falling for the lies in this movie. The lie the devil has been conning man into from the beginning of time: You can be in control - you are in control - you can be like God - you are God!
The pastor asked us to think about what we would do if we were God - even for a day. Would we put an end to all war, and world hunger; would we give ourselves millions of dollars; treat our family to whatever they needed or wanted? Would it ultimately be good if we were in control? Interesting question to ponder. I know a lot of people would likely be in big trouble if I were God. When I feel annoyed or sinned against the other person would not likely experience mercy from me! It is a very good thing that God is in control!
At the end of his sermon, Pastor Allan asked us to surrender whatever area of our life we are trying to control - we all have at least one area - yes even Christians. It's like we just don't quite trust God with this one area - sure we trust him with our very salvation but when it comes to .......(you fill in the blank), we think, "I'll just take care of business in this area God - thank you very much. I can't afford to wait on you. I need to get going on this right now!" I've had to surrender in many areas of my life over the years - college, job choices, choosing which men to date and which ones are not good for me, and the area I fail at most often.....finances and tithing! For some reason I just can't seem to totally trust that God will ensure I have enough at the end of the month if I give Him the "first fruits" of my labour. I like the philosophy: "pay yourself first!" Boy do I - this philosophy has gotten me into debt. I love to shop for clothes (typical woman) - purses, shirts, blouses, shoes and ooooooh - blue jeans - there is my addiction - I am so at home in a pair of blue jeans and I love the feel of a new pair. Part of my debt is also the fact that I just had to lease a new car 4 years ago. The 4 year lease is over but I will still pay another two years for this car! A car worth just over $16,000 will end up costing over $20,000! Pay yourself - ha - that philosophy must go.
This morning I surrendered my finances to God. This is not the first tim, however this time I made a commitment to the Lord: at the beginning of each month He gets the "first fruits" before anyone else, especially me!
Julie (little missionary)
PS Pilgrims - speaking of surrender - Todd and I are meeting tonight for coffee - please pray! I'm pretty nervous - this is my first date in about 10 years!!! It's a first for Todd in a long time too!