“God Is Working”

How exciting it is to open my computer and read the responses to a certain devotional.  I’ve heard from different people this week on how the Holy Spirit has spoken to them about reaching out to others.  One is going to start a Bible Study.  Another (living in a different state) is leading young people to help elderly people in various ways.  Another is a musician feeling led to play gospel songs on the piano, offer words of encouragement and make this ministry available online.  Just one of these people is from our church.


How is God speaking to you?  Are you asking God to use you in some way to influence or make a difference in the life of another person?  These can be difficult days or they could be exciting even though challenging.  The other day a familiar comment was made on the radio, “Life is composed of 10% of what happens to us and 90% how we respond to what happens.”  Attitude is significant.  Even in serving.  If you think you can’t, you won’t.  My life verse is I Peter 4:10 which says, “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”  We are all wired differently, but God has given each of us a gift.  What comes naturally for you is a gift, if used faithfully, you can use that gift to help someone.


My challenge to you this week is to get alone, pray, ask God what you can do to encourage someone.  Who can you pray for or with and influence in a way that they may come to Christ?  I’m believing some of you will rise up and start a virtual prayer group or Bible study.  You’ll do something you’ve never done before and have been afraid to even try – but God is working in your heart.  If there’s something you just can’t stop thinking about, that very well could be what He wants you to do.  Don’t let fear or feeling a sense of unworthiness stop you.  God wants to use you!  Please send me an email with info on what God wants you to do.


Tonight (Wednesday May 20th) I’ll be hosting another PRAYER CONFERENCE CALL at 7:00pm (ET).  Please join us if you can for this 35 minute prayer session as we lift up others and in one segment we’ll be asking God to open our hearts, then give us the courage to do what He is asking us to do.  If you have a prayer request, send it to me by replying to this email.  This Prayer Call is open to everyone, invite your family members and friends.  Dial in at 717-275-8940 then Access Code 9771467#.  There is power in prayer, but prayer becomes even more powerful when a mass of people are in one accord praying together.


Pastor Carnes