The Direction of Your Life

by Jennifer Frechette

Did you know that your life will go in the direction of your most dominant thoughts? Or think of it in reverse, your life is the way it is today, because of your thoughts in the past. Let’s look at some examples from the scriptures.

First, let’s look at the story of Lot. A quick background summary, in Genesis 12:1-6, the Lord told Abram to leave his country, which he did, and Lot went with him. And in Genesis 13 we find out that Abram was rich, they both had great substance, the land was not able to bear them, and there was strife between Abram’s herdsmen and Lot’s herdsmen and the natives there. Abram decided they should separate themselves and gave Lot the first choice of land. Verse 10-11 tells us “And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where… even as the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, as the comest unto Zoar. Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other.” Now I want you to see the progression of Lot from this point on. Verse 12: “Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom. But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the Lord exceedingly.” So even though the men in the city of Sodom were wicked and sinners, Lot faced that direction and had that before his eyes day in and day out.

The next time we see Lot’s name in the bible is in Genesis 14:12, “And they took Lot, Abram’s brother’s son, who dwelt in Sodom….” At first he was facing that direction with that evil before his eyes, now we see that he lives in Sodom. Next in Genesis 19:1 it says, “And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom… “ In that time period it was the leaders of the city that were seated at the gate, which tells us that now, not only did Lot live in the evil city of Sodom, he was a leader there. It doesn’t say what his motive was for being in the city, but living there and being around that evil, led him to make some ungodly decisions. When the two angels, as men, came into town to pull Lot and his family out before the Lord destroyed it, the people of the city wanted to sexually abuse them. Lot protected the men, but offered to give the men of the city his daughters to have their way with. The fallout of his decisions do not stop there. After Lot and his family are saved from the destruction of the city, his wife looks back and is turned into a pillar salt, and then later his daughters get him drunk and lie with him to preserve the family line. The trouble didn’t end just because he was removed from the situation.

Another example is found in Psalm 1:1, “Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful.” Do you see the progression in this verse? First walking, not really involved, but near the ungodly, then standing in their midst and finally sitting with them. What I want you to see out of these two examples from scripture, is that whatever your focus is on, you will eventually be drawn in that direction, good or bad. We don’t want to follow in the footsteps of Lot, or the progression toward the ungodly we find in Psalm 1:1.

So what do we focus on? What do we think about? Let’s continue on with Psalm 1:2, “But his delight (the blessed man from verse 1), is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth his fruit in his season; his leaf shall not wither; and whatsoever he does shall prosper.” Also, Philippians 4:8 tells us, “Finally brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of a good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

How Great is Your Faithfulness?

By Jeremy Fransen

“Would you want God to be faithful to you as you are to Him?”  That is a quote on our refrigerator to remind us of the importance of our faithfulness, not only to Him, but also in everything we do.  In 1 Cor. 4:2, Paul said that it is required of a steward to be found faithful.

Faithfulness requires a lot of patience and endurance, always keeping the vision before us.  This means we are to not let anything get us off course, keep steady and to not despise small beginnings.  Being faithful can be displayed by the following words: trustworthy, certainty, credible, reliable and honest.  A good analogy is the marriage relationship between Jesus and His bride, the church.  Jesus said in Mat. 25:21, “His Lord said unto him, well done good and faithful servant, you have been faithful in few things, I will make you ruler over many things”.  They took what the Lord had given them, used it to the best of their ability to honor the Lord, and therefore received promotion and increase.

In the short time that I have been in ministry, I have seen many of my own friends called by God and take the opportunity of ministry.  Everything is new and exciting!  They work very hard and do their best. This only lasts from a few months to a year or so when the newness wears off. Then they either get offended, it gets too hard, or they don’t get the attention they feel they deserve.  In the midst of all this, they leave without fulfilling their obligations and put others in a difficult situation, hurting those who are faithful.

I have the privilege of serving under very faithful leaders, people that have stood the tests, trials, and fires but still keep their hands to the plow by faith.  Just as Joshua had the privilege of serving under Moses for more than forty years, for it is said about Moses in Hebrews 3:5, “And Moses verily was faithful in His entire house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after.”  Joshua was also faithful and later became the leader of Israel to lead them into the Promised Land.

With so many complicated family situations out there, I encourage everyone as a youth worker to set the example of faithfulness to this young generation.  In everything we do we are to do it for the Lord and not to give up.  We need to teach them that faithfulness will give them great success in everything they set out to do for God.  By being faithful to our pastors, we are setting a good example for youth to follow as well.  Mat. 9:37 says, ”the harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few.”  When we walk in faithfulness, others may come and go, but we will be faithful to fulfill the plan God has for us to the very end.  It is then we will hear those great words, “Well done good and faithful servant!  Enter into the joy of the Lord!”

Modern Day Moses

By Joey D. Frechette

Jesus on several occasions tells His disciples that the law and the prophets wrote about Him.  One example of this is when Jesus, after reading from the book of Isaiah, said to the church leaders that “today this scripture has been fulfilled in your ears” Luke 4:18-21.  It is widely accepted that the Old Testament is a type and shadow of the coming Messiah.  This being said let us look at Moses and what it was God had called him to do, and how we can draw the great commission from Exodus chapter 3.

Starting in Exodus chapter 3 we see that Moses has an encounter with God.  During this time we see God speaking to Moses about the affliction of His people and how He has called Moses to deliver them.  Exodus 3:7&8   And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which [are] in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians…  As we read this we can see that Gods people where enslaved by the Egyptians.  Egypt and the oppression of Gods people are a type and shadow of mankind in this world without God’s salvation.  As I read this passage of scripture I can see the generation of today’s young people crying out for something real, something or someone who is going to set them free from the oppression of this world’s taskmasters.  Praise God that their cry has been heard by God.

God said to Moses in Exodus 3:9&10 behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come to me: and I have also seen the oppression where with the Egyptians oppress them.   Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.  How exciting it is when we think about how God sent His only begotten Son to this world to set us free from the curse of the law (poverty, sickness and death).  That is what we are seeing here in verses 9&10, a foreshadow of what God was going to do in and through Jesus Christ.  Isaiah 61:1 (amp) we see that Jesus came to …bind up and heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the [physical and spiritual] captives and the opening of the prison and of the eyes to those who are bound.

Even as God called Moses to bring the Israelites up out of Egypt and how He sent Jesus to set mankind free, I believe He has called us to go into Egypt (our world)  and preach the gospel and to set this generation free from the bondage of this world (Mark 16:15).  As we keep reading we see that not only did God say to Moses “I will send you to bring my people out” we also see that God told him that He would be with him as he went.  Let us not question God’s divine appointment in sending us out into this generation like we see Moses doing in verse 11.  Let’s be confident in knowing that the Great I AM has sent us, just the same as he sent Moses and Jesus.  In John 20:21 Jesus tells His disciples that “just like My Father sent Me, even so I AM sending you.

Your family, friends and others that don’t know the Lord Jesus are waiting to be set free, their hearts cry out to know a living God.  God has heard from heaven and is now calling on us to be a modern day Moses, to go into the land of bondage and bring them into a land flowing with milk and honey.  In Exodus 4 we see how God told Moses to use what was in his hand (the rod) to prove to the people that God had appeared to him.  Until that time it was just a stick but when the power of God got on that stick it did miraculous things.  God is calling on us now to use what we have.  He will empower your gifts and talents to be used in bringing this generation out of bondage.  When they ask who sent you?  Tell them about our Great and Awesome God.