Follow the Leader

You may know by now that my husband and I have a dog named Autumn. She has been the subject of a few of my blogs. Maybe you’ve read some of them. She definitely has some interesting behaviors.

Autumn’s newest interesting behavior is that she follows my husband everywhere he goes in the house. When he moves, she moves. When he is standing still, she stands still keeping her eyes on him and waiting for his next move.

Sometimes I’ll say, “Autumn is playing follow the leader again.” We laugh, but in reality, we know that she just loves my husband and feels secure in his presence.

Autumn’s behavior reminds me of a time when the nation of Israel was in the wilderness. God led them with a pillar of fire by night and a cloud by day.

When the fire or cloud moved, Israel moved. When the fire or cloud was still, Israel was still. The fire by night or the cloud by day was always in front of them. [Exodus 13:21-22]

The fire and the cloud were the presence of God. He was always with them. Leading them, protecting them, and providing for them. As long as they followed the Lord, they were safe, secure, and always headed in the right direction.

Israel was following the Leader!

Today, God doesn’t lead us with pillars of fire or clouds but He does still lead us. He leads us through His word-the Bible-and through His Holy Spirit.

Psalms 119:105 Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.

John 16:13 “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.”

Maybe you have accepted Christ as your savior but you feel afraid, insecure, alone, and confused. You’ve lost your peace and your joy. Get back into the presence of God!

Keep God’s word before your eyes and in your hearing. Spend time worshiping the Lord, even when you don’t feel like it. Fellowship with other believers who will encourage you and pray with you and for you.

Maybe you are not a believer or follower of Jesus and you feel afraid, insecure, lost, alone and confused. You are not in the presence of God because your sin separates you from Him. I invite you to pray the prayer at the end of this blog.

There is only one access to God’s presence and that’s through Jesus. Jesus paid for all sin for all time when He gave His life as a sacrifice for our sins. When we accept Jesus’ payment for our sins we have full access to God, eternal life, peace, and joy.

John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

There is no excuse for any of us to not be in God’s presence. He invites us to be with Him. He’s made a way for us to be with Him. In His presence, we are safe, secure, and never alone.

Deuteronomy 31:8 The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.

Likewise, there is no reason for us to feel lost or confused. God has given us His word and His Spirit to lead us and guide us into all truth.

Let’s follow the Leader. Let’s follow the Lord into the new year. Let’s resolve to stay in His presence and to allow His word and His Spirit to lead us and guide us into His purpose and His plan for our lives this year and every year.

I pray you all will have a safe and happy 2020. God bless you all!

~Patrice Maguire

Dear God, I know I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that You raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do Your will through the power of Your Holy Spirit. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Worry is a Waste of Time

It was an extremely stressful time, at my husband’s place of employment, a few weeks ago. Employees were becoming unemployed left and right. Two-thirds of the employees were losing their jobs. Everyone was wondering if they were included in that fraction. Worry was definitly in the air.

Their mindset determined their behavior as they waited to discover the fate of their employment status. Some were physically ill; throwing up. Some were angry. Some were surprised and others were not so surprised. Some were hopeful while others were nervous. There was undeniably a smorgasbord of feelings and emotions on display that day.

My husband had a different attitude concerning the situation. He cleaned his office thinking if he was losing his job he didn’t want to leave it dirty for the next person. Then he sat down at his desk and proceeded to get plenty of work done. Everyone else was preoccupied so he had more time for completing tasks.

Most other employees were busy roaming around discussing what might happen to them. They couldn’t understand how my husband could sit at his desk and work while being surrounded by chaos and uncertainty.

My husband’s attitude was, “If I lose my job, I lose my job. That is something that is out of my control. And it doesn’t change the fact that work has to be done today.”

Was being worried about the situation going to help the employees keep their jobs? Was making themselves so sick with worry, that they were physically ill, going to secure their positions? Was walking around talking about possible scenarios going to insure their employment?

No! All of those things were a waste of precious time and energy. None of those actions were going to change the decisions that had already been made before members from corporate had arrived that day. Their employment status had already been decided.

Matthew 6:25,27,32,34 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Can anyone of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?Your heavenly Father knows that you need these things. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

When we see man as our provider instead of God as our provider, worry can and will easily set in. The world’s perspective is opposite from God’s perspective.

Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is; His good, pleasing and perfect will.

The only way to change your way of thinking, to coincide with God’s way of thinking, is by reading, listening and studying God’s word (the bible) and by praying; asking God to give you an understanding of His word and asking Him to help you see things from His perspective.

Faith is the opposite of fear. Fear results in worry. Faith results in peace and joy.

Romans 10:17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Jesus.

When we know the creator and sustainer of heaven and earth; we don’t have to worry. Things don’t always turn out the way we think they should but they are no surprise to God.

God has a plan and a purpose for all that He allows. He uses even the things that we perceive to be negative for our good and His glory. Therefore, worry is useless and pointless.

Genesis 50:20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.

Instead of making ourselves sick with worry, let’s make better use of our precious time, spending it in prayer and trusting our all powerful, all knowing Heavenly Father. The creator and sustainer of all,¬†knows what’s best for us. We just need to trust Him.

Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.

~Patrice Maguire

Prayer for salvation: Dear God, I know I am a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that You raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do Your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.