Stromsburg, Polk, Benedict United Methodist Churches
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Rev. Daniel E. Spearow
"Thoughts of a Prairie Preacher"
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Our kids played with it when they were little. Our grandkids have been playing with it since they were little. It's that colorful clay in the round can - it's Play-Doh! You can squeeze that Play-Doh into something flat, something round, something long. You can turn it into any shape you want it to be. Which is OK for a toy - it's not OK for people.

Unfortunately, there are way too many people who are just like Play-Doh - they keep changing shape emotionally. You never know if they're going to be up or down, happy or miserable, negative or positive, loving or selfish. As long as you run your life based on how you're feeling right now, you're going to be Play-Doh, constantly changing the shape you're in.

Then there are those people you can count on, people who are like thermostats. I mean they set the climate to be consistent instead of being like thermometers just reacting to the climate around them. They are like rocks. Rocks are always the same shape, no matter how tightly they're squeezed. And you are one or the other - you're either like Play-Doh or you are like a rock, depending on what you base your responses on - the facts or your feelings.

In Luke 6, beginning in verse 47, Jesus described the person who "hears My words and puts them into practice" as being "like a man building a house" who "laid the foundation on rock." Jesus said the storm could not shake that house. Then He described a man who "hears My words and does not put them into practice" as "like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete."

Those who run their life on their emotions are vulnerable to major mistakes. They are even collapsible. But those who know what God says, who base their responses on what God says no matter how they're feeling, they are strong, stable, and they're storm proof. It's your choice. You can go by your feelings or you can go by the facts.

Maybe you've been going way too much on your feelings lately, and Satan loves that. He can twist and distort your feelings but he can't change the Word of God. You can choose to have your feelings overrule what God says or what God says overrule your feelings. Maybe even your spiritual life is run by your feelings without being anchored much in what God says in His Word. Maybe you're not even sure whether you belong to Jesus Christ, because you're going on your ever-changing feelings instead of the promises of God Himself like 1 John 5:13 - "I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know you have eternal life." That's know you have eternal life, not feel like you have it. If you're married, you made a conscious commitment to your spouse so you know and acknowledge that you are married. If you don't know you have a commitment to your marriage, then you probably are not feeling that commitment.

If you've committed yourself to Jesus Christ as your only hope of having your sins forgiven and being assured of having a heavenly home, then you belong to Him.

If there's never been a time you made that commitment to Jesus Christ and you feel you don't belong to Him, you can change that today. This could be your commitment to Jesus day, the day that changes everything including your eternal destination. Right where you are, why don't you talk to Him like this, "Jesus, I resign from running my own life. It took your life to pay for my sins, and then you came out of your grave, and I'm asking you to come into my life and be in charge. Beginning today, Jesus, I am yours." It's just so good to know that you belong to Jesus.

Grace and peace,
Pastor Dan
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