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Something to be Thankful For – November 21, 2017

Categories: Word from the Pastor

The more you try to, the more you will realize… you can’t please everyone. It seems that no matter what you do or how well you do it, there is always someone who can find something wrong. In fact, some seem to live for it. There are some who seem to think their purpose in life is to find every fault and mention every mistake. More than that, some of those people will never let you forget it.

I am very thankful that Jesus isn’t like that. The scriptures teach us that love ‘covers a multitude of sin.’ John 3:16 says that God “so loved the world that He gave His one and only son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Jesus’ death on the cross ‘covers’ our sin. You won’t find Jesus sitting there in critical judgment of every little mistake you make. Instead, you will find Him with his hand out, and His heart full of love, desiring to lift you up and get you back on your feet as gently as possible.

We have an enemy who is called ‘the accuser.’ He loves to bring accusation to God about how unworthy we are. He’s actually right. However, once you come to Christ, it’s no longer about how worthy YOU are; it’s about how worthy HE is. This is where Satan’s case falls apart. In fact, it’s where every critic’s case falls apart. We are far from perfect and so the scriptures tell us to “fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith” (Heb 12:2). When you make a mistake, don’t let it crush you or consume you, let it change you – something can be learned from every failure. Remember that you’re a work in progress. And the one working on you isn’t critical, but loving and tender. So, if you have fallen, get back up, follow Him with your whole heart and don’t look back. You serve a God who has your best interests at heart. Now THAT is something to be thankful for as we celebrate Thanksgiving.

God bless, Pastor Troy