Don’t Waste Your Angel

Pastor: Steven Furtick

•Be renewed according to your new reality
•God patiently awaits our maturity to develop as we wait upon his assistance or promises
•God provides the resources before assigning the tasks
•God establishes parameters to allow us to enjoy our blessings within a protected/protective boundary
•We entrust our blessings and gifts to God in order to prevent the development of trust in our provisions
•Jesus, the angel mentioned in Exodus, was sent ahead of us to guard us and lead us to the promised place (heaven)
•God protects us along the way, but we tend to see it, not as it occurs, but after it has been complete
•God can solely protect us as we are in motion, not while we are ensnared or without movement
•God cannot dispatch his assistance for an assignment which you are not present for
•Do not waste your angel in refusing to accomplish your assigned task

A Canvas of Love

F

Your life

D

A canvas of love

F A

You painted this fallen world

D

With your blood

F

And now I

F A

See streaks of your grace

F

Though there once was no hope

D

In this place

 

F A

Your masterpiece

F D

Was strewn across the floor

A D

Shattered pieces of love

Lying undone

F D

Broken by the weight of our sins

 

A

And everything

F D

Was stripped of its color

Shades of black and grey

F

Concealed all the shadows

A

Of our weary souls

 

F

Your life

D

A canvas of love

F A

You painted this fallen world

D

With your blood

F

And now I

A

See streaks of your grace

F

Though there once was no hope

D

In this place

 

But one gloomy night

A

Hope came to life

F D

As the author of salvation

F D

Walked amidst creation

F A

To redeem our damaged hearts

 

With my faith

F A

My pain is the past

D

I am reborn

A

From the dark ashes

F D

I rise

 

Not Just a Farmer’s Saying

“You reap what you sow.”

Another term that can be used for this is the effort put in is the reward received. It’s like a good form of karma.

“What goes around, comes around.”

A smile given is a smile received. My favorite version of this saying is an actual, true story.

My mother went into a drive through at Starbucks. She was single with me and my sister and was rather broke. A gentlemen in the car in front of her paid for her Starbucks, and we were all so thankful! The next time this happened, my mother paid for the person behind her and that person paid for the person behind her and the chain continued almost all day! Kindness given is kindness received (usually/eventually).

However, if one is in a position where they are constantly kind and receive harsh treatment or abuse, it is okay to leave such a situation. It is self-respect, not giving up on that person!

How I Deal with Irritating People

Throughout life, we will undoubtedly encounter people who irritate us. Sometimes, we aren’t even sure of the reason why, but it is a battle to maintain a kind spirit when one is annoyed. I have a simple fix: I remind myself constantly that “Jesus died for them, too” and slowly it reshapes my perspective. My challenge for you is to remember that simple sentence and repeat it when tempted to react out of irritation.