Go Deep on the Go

The People Pastor – June 7 and 8, 2020

Introduction:

Imagine a Bible Study that can be the catalyst of significant change in your life. Studying the Word of God helps us discover God’s way of doing things and God’s will for our lives. God desires all of us to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. Transformation is what the Word of God does as we read it, meditate on it, and live it out.

Recommendations:

  1. Find a quiet place where you will not likely be disturbed.
  2. Get in a comfortable position, but one that will keep you awake.
  3. Have a cup of coffee, water, or juice in case you become thirsty.
  4. Have your Bible open to the book of James so you can follow along. The People Pastor will primarily use the New International Version of the Bible.
  5. Have a pen and a journal to take a few notes.

Prayer:

God in heaven, open the eyes of my heart that I can see the riches of Your Word. I desire to draw near to you during this devotional time. I sense your presence as I have longed for this time with you. Use me as a tool to do Your will. In the Name of Jesus, I pray. Amen    

Scripture:

  Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you  face trials of many kinds. James 1:2

Verse Two – James knew that life could be very hard. We face all kinds of trials throughout our life. The difficulties of life can be lonely. The old Spiritual song is correct; “Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen.” It seems that trials are plentiful. We cannot choose what life throws at us, but we get to decide how we will respond. James says the proper response for Christians is joy. Joy is profound and stable. Experiencing sadness, pain, disappointment, or hurt cannot take away the joy of the Lord. There is a song with lyrics, “The joy of the Lord is my strength.” It comes from Nehemiah 8:10. Someday we hope to hear these words from Jesus, “Well done good and faithful slave… Enter into the joy of your master” (Matthew 25:21,23). Our joy is God-given and divine.

Think about this today: The joy of the Lord is our strength. Much of this world is temporary, but the joy of the Lord is forever.” Trials are temporary, and God is always with us. When troubles come your way, and you experience discomfort, remember your joy is in the Lord.

Closing Prayer:

Lord of heaven and earth, I thank you for our time today. Remind me of my earthly roles and titles as I go through my day. Help me to begin to recognize that the bottom line of all my positions on earth, is the fact that I am a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen

Have a joyous day!

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Bill Fix loves people as he lives a fulfilling life. He has written several books and has continued to minister as "The People Pastor" since his retirement as a Lead Pastor. His most incredible thrill is witnessing people excel in their spiritual life. He was a Lead Pastor for thirty-seven years and has equipped hundreds of people to do various ministries in their church and community. Currently, he is a Director on the Board at Community Care Services and is a member of The Taylor Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force. Pastor Bill and his faithful wife Dottie recently celebrated fifty years of marriage. They have two adult daughters married to Godly men, four grandchildren, and are looking forward to being Great Grandparents. Pastor Bill and Dottie are blessed. Pastor Bill Fix began his pastoral career as a children's pastor and has written several children's books. He gives his parents credit for grounding him with principles and truths about life. He knows what good parenting is. His book New Dad Genius is for new dads. Pastor Bill and his entire family have performed illusion programs for hundreds of audiences in and outside the church as a hobby and ministry. He has used ventriloquism, puppetry, art, comedy and more to illustrate a message and put smiles on faces. The People Pastor Bill Fix has a ThD, enjoys education, and has many hobbies like writing, fishing, and spending time with family and friends. This author is a popular officiant at weddings, funerals, home dedications, and other pastoral services. He desires to be a blessing as he lives out Matthew 5:16, his life verse. His books reflect who Pastor Bill is and what he believes.

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