No Parking Zone – January 26, 2015

Today’s Scripture… “Casting all your care upon Him, for He careth for you.” – I Peter 5:7

Thoughts for Today… Have you ever done this? You pull into your favorite grocery store or department store, park your vehicle, get out and then you realize…that you are parked in a “No Parking” zone!

Has that every happened to you? It most certainly has happened to me. Now, when this happens, we have a choice to make. The choice is ours, no one can make it for us. We can do one of two things. We can either: (a) leave it parked there, which is asking for trouble; or (b) do something about it, namely move the car to where it should be parked.

You know, if we would take the time to look around us we would see “no parking” signs in many places. Oh, I’m not talking about physical places where we shouldn’t park our vehicles, although there are many of those signs out there. No, I’m referring to spiritual places where we shouldn’t park our lives.

You see, Jesus has strategically placed “no parking” signs in those places where, well, we just ought not to park. Take sin, for example. You know the one I’m talking about. The one that just seems to keep troubling you. If you look, there you’ll find a “no parking” sign. Don’t park there! Just keep on going, don’t even slow down to see if the space is available!

Then, there’s worry, fear and anxiety. You guessed it. There’s a “no parking” sign there also. Jesus just doesn’t want us to park at places like that. I know there’s a lot of space there and it’s easily accessible and everybody else is parking there, but you and I just need to steer clear of those places!

And what about anger and ill will and bitterness? Big “no parking” signs! Christians ought to never park their lives at such places. Good grief, the place is so crowded already!

Despair? No parking!

Neglect of our prayer time and Bible study? No parking!

Witholding a tithe? No parking!

Indifference to those in need? No parking!

Absence in witnessing and soul winning? No parking!

If we would look to the Word of God and listen to the Holy Spirit, then we would find many places throughout our daily lives that we shouldn’t park at. In fact, we ought to not even head in their direction!
When we see these spiritual “no parking” signs, we have those same two options awaiting us. Again, the choice is ours to make, no one can make it for us. We can either leave it parked there…which is asking for trouble, or we can move our lives to where they ought to be parked.

Where will others see you parked today?

Have a “Wonderful DAY in Christ,”
Pastor Terry
Family Worship Center

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