Isaiah 6:8 "Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, 'Whom shall I send? And who will go for us? ' And I said 'Here am I, Send me!' "

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  • The Men and Women of Scripture

    I think people are under the common misconception that the people in Scripture are extraordinary people who are much greater than they are. That for the people of Scripture greatness and perfection was the core of who they were. I’m here to tell you that anyone under that assumption couldn’t be more wrong. With the exception of Jesus Christ no one in Scripture was any better or any holier human beings than you and I.

    The people of the Bible were just as messed up and dysfunctional as the rest of us. Jacob was a deceiver, David was an adulterer, Moses was a murderer, and Solomon was the wisest fool on the earth, Jonah acted as a child in regards to being sent to Nineveh, Paul (formerly known as Saul) had been a vengeful man killing Christians everywhere he went, even people like John the Baptist and Mary were only human. All of these people despite their different mess ups and struggles all have something in common and that is that God chose to use them for His perfect will anyway.

    That is why we serve God is it not? None of us are worthy to be a part of God’s perfect and beautiful will and yet He lets us be a part of it. God still uses His people to bring about His will. That is how powerful our God is, He can take broken things and make something beautiful out of it. God takes brokenness, He takes all the pieces and makes a beautiful mosaic out of it, and He makes it one big picture again. That is what we see in the Scriptures. We see people who are broken, people who are messed up, people who are struggling being picked up and the broken pieces of their lives being put together to create the family line that would bring Jesus into the world so that we could be redeemed. I am glad that God didn’t wait around for perfect people to bring about His will, because if that were the case Jesus wouldn’t have come because the family line wouldn’t have been set up and we would not be redeemed. God works in spite of our human frailty and that is the true Testament of Who He is. Scripture says that while we were still sinners Christ died for us. Nothing can stop God’s will not satan and not us. There was no man in Scripture that could stand in God’s way. Just as Pharaoh tried to kill Moses Herod tried to kill Jesus and God didn’t allow either one to happen.

    The Scriptures are an account of all that God has done and it is an account of what He still can and will do. We are no different than the people of the Bible. The Bible is a reminder that God can use messed up crazy sinners like you and me to do great and mighty things. Not because of who we are but because of Who He is. This is why as believers we have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Saviour we recognize our sin and human frailty. We realize that we need our Saviour because on our own we are wicked and sinful people but through the precious blood of Jesus we are redeemed. It is in our weakness that God is glorified because it is here His strength is made known.

    So the next time that you are reading the Scriptures and you feel like God can’t use you because you are not good enough, not special enough, not worthy remember that despite the odds God will prevail, that imperfect people can be used as vessels to bring about God’s perfect will and that greatness is not for us to obtain. If greatness is what we wish to obtain for ourselves than we have missed it. Greatness is for God and by God always, because greatness is too much a burden for us to bear but God can carry it because He is great. Let God be great and let us be humble. God deserves the glory now and forever for all that he has done and all that He will do but most importantly because of Who He is.

    - Christine Sawyer

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  • No Man Can Serve Two Masters

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    So I recently took a 31 day break from all social media. On October 3rd I felt like God had laid on my heart that I needed to fast and take some time to pray and seek Him. At the time I was spending way more time on social media than necessary and there were things in my life I needed to surrender and things I needed to learn. There were things God was trying to show me that I wasn’t seeing because I didn’t “have time” to spend listening to Him, so on October 4th I started my 31 day fast as instructed by the Lord.

    I’m not going to lie the first two weeks were a bit of a struggle. I would wonder if anyone messaged me or tagged me in something, if someone posted a photo I should see. It proved very tempting to pick up my phone to check any form of social media. Even though it was tempting I prayed through and slowly started to see how much it was ruling my life. I remember when I hit the middle of the second week. I was praying and during my time of prayer I heard God speak to my heart and say “Christine, no man can serve two masters” so I looked up where in Scripture that verse was. In the Scripture Jesus was referring to money but what masters our lives can be anything. I knew right then and there what God was saying to me. I knew what things in my life had to change. It explained what the fast was even for. There were things that needed to break in my life and in order for that to happen I had to surrender any form of self and allow God to help me bring it in to submission. How could I say that I was serving God if I spent more time on social media than I did with Him? How could I say that I was a servant of God when the thing mastering my life was social media? It was plain as day to me that if I wanted to have what God wanted for me I had to let go of what I thought was important and replace it with what He said was important.

    I spent 31 days praying to God and in that time I learned how to pray in more depth, I learned how to pray about others and I also learned how to pray about myself. I learned there are different kinds of prayer. It was very very freeing to do this. The longer I was away from social media the more free I felt. My mind wasn’t always somewhere else, my prayer life and spiritual life were growing. I was becoming more communicative with God, my family and my friends. I started doing things I hadn’t done in a long time because I had forgotten that I loved doing them so much. I watched movies I had been meaning to see, I read books I had meant to read, I prayed prayers that were long overdue, I spent more uninterrupted time with my family and with my friends. I grew in my relationship with God, I grew in my relationship with my family members and I grew in my friendships.
    I also got to analyze things in my life I was blind to because I was living in my phone.

    Ultimately the internet is a place many go to escape their lives, a place they can bend reality and make something as simple as getting coffee seem like the most amazing experience in the world when it really wasn’t. I highly recommend to any follower of Jesus who has neglected their time with God to really take a step back from social media and spend some time with Him. You will learn as I did to see the beauty in the reality of your life. There may be some not so beautiful parts too but God will show you how it all blends together to make a beautiful painting that is your life. Go out and live your life, you only get one and wasting it on social media is not what you want to do. Trust me, you will feel more refreshed and have more fun going out and living. God showed me so much about mine and I was very blessed by it all.
    Remember no man can serve two masters so please choose wisely.
    – Christine Sawyer
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  • Reading From Isaiah

    Reading from Isaiah
    Do not fear what the people of the world fear. God is our refuge and strength. I’m Him we find rest and protection. In Christ we find sanctity. We are His and He is our Saviour, our God. Do not fear and do not fall for the devils snares, lies and traps. You are an overcomer and it doesn’t matter what the majority says it’s what God says that has the final say. Be the remnant, be His people, do not stray from His teachings. God is still God no matter what man says or society says. Last time I checked society is not the author of life and time itself. I choose to trust Jehovah, my God and His words alone. What do you choose? -Christine
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