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Do You Forget?

In my reading of Exodus this week, I came across something that both astounded me, and shamed me at the same time. Then, after going to the Lord in prayer, a bit of understanding fell over me. I would like to share that small journey with you.

First, let’s read a few verses from Exodus 15:

“So Moses brought Israel from the Red sea, and they went out into the wilderness of Shur; and they went three days in the wilderness, and found no water. And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter: therefore the name of it was called Marah. And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink?”

‭‭Exodus‬ ‭15:22-24‬ ‭KJV‬‬

I encourage you to read Exodus, but I will summarize the situation a bit. 

The Israelites were slaves under Pharaoh, and he would not let them leave. Moses performed a series of miracles in the name of God to convince Pharaoh to let the Israelites go. None of these wonderful things could be considered trivial. Eventually Pharaoh reluctantly let them leave, only to bring his army to give chase after them. 

This lands the Israelites between the Egyptian army and the Red Sea. Now the Israelites knew the amazing things God had done to get them their freedom, yet in this situation, they thought they were doomed. God parts the Red Sea to allow the Israelites to escape. 

They make it to the other side, and with the Egyptian army now crossing the parted water, God closes it, consuming the whole of the army. The Israelites are so amazed at the work of their God that they write and sing songs about it. 

Now, with that knowledge, go up and re-read those 3 verses. Those events happen 3 days after the closing of the Red Sea. These people are complaining about a lack of water, like they don’t know how they will survive. 

Doesn’t this seem just crazy to you?  It does to me, after all these people have seen, from captivity to after the Res Sea, now they question whether God will be able to get them some drinkable water. 

Now, here is the reality check for me. I do this all the time!  I watch God handle a complex situation in my life, then another situation arises, and I begin to worry how I will handle it. I bet most of us do the same thing. This is where my shame came to the surface.  I realized just how much I don’t trust God early on in situations in my life. 

The understanding came when I realized that I am a fallible, sinful, imperfect human being. I was created in the image of my God, but without the perfection and righteousness of Him. Just as the Israelites, I forget, I need to be reminded. I honestly think this is why we deal with so much stuff in our lives. If we could finally and completely trust God to handle our situations, we wouldn’t need reminding. 

I ask that going forward, don’t hesitate to bring your stuff to Him early. Ponder on the ways God has carried you in the past, and remove the necessity to be reminded of His greatness in our lives. 

God Bless

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Sermon: Romans 8:18

Romans 8:18 (8:1-18)

 

Speaker:

Pastor Jason Doyle

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Are you Ready?

Let me ask you a few questions first.  Are you ready?  Are you prepared to speak good of the Lord?  Are you concerned about yourself in this world because of your relationship with the creator?  What do you answer with when people ask why you handle troubles so well?  Do you handle troubles well?

God hates evil. This is not something new. God hates sin. This is also not something new. God desires that all should come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Those that are lost in their sin are those that we should be working on bringing to Christ. What God hates is the evil that causes sin, not the sinner. I want to make this absolutely clear, God does not hate sinners. To say that God hates sinners is to say that God hates all mankind, because we are all sinners. 

Having said that, let’s read from 1 Peter:

“For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:”

‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭3:12-15‬ ‭KJV‬‬

The Lord watches over us, His followers. He hears our prayers to Him. I don’t mean that he just listens to our prayers, but He hears and acts on those prayers as He sees fit. He is against evil. Even more, who can harm us is we are clinging to Him?  These thing should encourage you in your walk with God. There is no question about where God stands in your life. It is clear with whom He focuses His attention, and brothers and sisters, that attention is on us His children!

When, not if, you suffer on Christs behalf, you should be happy!  To suffer for Christ is to know you are with Him. We need not fear, or be concerned with the way thing in our lives unfold. If we are standing on the promises of God, what happens to us daily is so unimportant. Our goal is eternity, not this world. This life you live does not belong to you, but to Him that created you. It’s important that we keep this frame of mind strong within us, that we don’t waiver in our assurance that God reigns supreme in our lives. 

It’s so important because how we perceive our lives will direct our ability to relate God in our lives with others. How can we give an answer to how we live our lives peaceably in trying times if we cannot live peaceably in trying times?  This is where fellowship with believers is so important. We must be encouraged by each other to keep perspective on how much control God truly has. We need to share the trials and triumphs in our lives with each other. We need to be the hands and feet of Jesus whenever possible. 

God is with His people, without fail. Stand firm on that knowledge, be ready to answer on His behalf. 

God Bless

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Patience and Trust

I can’t speak for you reader, but I find myself frequently asking God to what end He continues to make us wait for His return. Looking outside, this world is moving to a frighteningly dark place. There is so much moving away from God that it can sometimes feel like a daunting task to just serve our Lord in this world.

God has made us a promise of a new heaven and earth, where this dark world is no longer thriving. He promises us eternal salvation, but he also promises us persecution for Him. Do you believe this?

Let’s read from 2 Peter:

“But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

‭‭2 Peter‬ ‭3:8-9‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Here is the important part we just remember: our time table, the measure of our life, is not even on the same scale as that which God uses. Our entire lifetime is but a blink of His eyes, but God could spend a thousand years in one day of our lives. Time is meaningless to God. It’s a measurement He gave us for our benefit, we cannot use this measurement to anticipate the will of God. When we look at it from this perspective, it becomes easier to understand why God does not act when we think He should (and shame on us for thinking that He should to begin with!!). 

We also need to keep in mind that God will keep the promises He made. He will not leave us to suffer alone. He promised us salvation, and it’s ours, guaranteed. He desires that all should come to Him and have eternal life. 

This is a quick way to gauge if we are thinking on God correctly. Are we assuming He is punishing us?  Are we assuming He has forgotten us?  Are we assuming He doesn’t care for us?  Are we assuming we are too far gone to be saved?  None of these meet the character or will of God. These are lies from the devil who desires us to turn away from God. 

Keep the knowledge of how God measures time, and the absolute perfect quality of His promises. 

God Bless

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