Are We Present?

June 18 2018

For those that know me well, I am not much of a keepsake type of person. On occasion I do refer to things that I have been privileged to be a part of. Most of you know I was on the road for many years as a music evangelist. Some called me a CCM (Contemporary Christian Music) artist. I chose to look at what I did more of using music to convey the gospel. Sometimes I think it might sound prideful to tell you statistics of those days, but when I look back at how God used those days, it truly blows me away.  I saw over 16,000 people saved and over 50,000 other types of decisions in the years I was out there. That is documented and followed up numbers. I look back and those days were awesome. Nothing could ever replace them. And yet, if I try to live in those days in 2018, I will miss what God is wanting to do now. He has blessed, is blessing, and will continue to bless, sometimes in spite of me. I can’t live in the 80s or 90s, and not even in the first decade of the 2000s. We are well past the turn of the century.

Often I hear phrases like, “when I was growing up”, or “I remember when we did it this way”, or of course just the simple two words, “I want.” We all know what “I want” means. If we want to be doing things right, then do what “I want.” …lol. These phrases are usually surrounded with explanations that the way “it used to be” is better than it is now. I hear these phrases from all ages, except young children of course. Maybe that is another reason Jesus told us to come as a little child, that we would embrace today instead of trying to bring the past into the present. Now don’t misread me. I am not saying we forget what has gone on in our past. Memories, whether they are yesterday, or years ago can always be emotionally rewarding.  We can even learn and apply what we learned to the present. It is good to visit the past, but we are not called to live there.

Think about it. Where is our mindset? Is it on what God has done, or what is He doing today? Have we left the past behind so we can press on toward the goal of the high calling of Christ for today? The children of Israel’s future was incredible, and yet they wanted to go back to Egypt. Are we living in the present, and seeking Him for what He wants to do in the future, or are we trying to live in the “good ole days?”

Jeremiah 20:11 is a very familiar verse. Notice it says “I know the plans I have for you. It does not say “the plans I had”. It talks about a “future”, not a past. Are we living in the present? Are we present? Think about it. Apostle Paul exhorted us to examine our lives daily.

So….on June 24, 2018, the worship songs we will sing to draw us to His presence are: “Let Me Dwell”, which is a song by John Bolin, worship pastor of Houston’s First Baptist. The choir will begin the service with this song.” As a congregation, we will sing the songs “Awake My Soul”, “Great I Am”, and “Holy, Holy, Holy.” The praise team will sing a song by Matthew West titled “Forgiveness”. The response song will be “Glorify You Alone” (a Gateway song).

Okay, hope you have a great week. Live today as long as it is called today.

Love you,

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