"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."
(John 14:27 KJV)
"Six days thou shalt do thy work, and on the seventh day thou shalt rest: that thine ox and thine ass may rest, and the son of thy handmaid, and the stranger, may be refreshed."
(Exodus 23:12 KJV)
Nothing that is done is done without a purpose. Our Awesome God created the solar systems by command to make us a home and all of nature responded with detail and precision to have them work perfectly. So when God commands, "thou shalt rest," He has a purpose for resting. What does rest mean to you? Is it the calm before the storm? Is it physical or spiritual rest?
There are three types of "rest" that are talked about in the Bible and that should be mentioned at this time, 1) physical rest that was commanded in Exodus 23:12, 2) peaceful love that was promised in John 14:27 and 3) "My rest" that is a reward in Hebrews 3:11. #1 Can and should be experienced by both Christians and non-Christians while #2 & #3 can be experienced only by the Christians.
#1 is a commandment given by Our Awesome God for all to take time to "rest" and worship Him. This commandment, if not followed, can make the person not doing it sick. We all need physical rest. #2 is promised to the man that faithfully follows Jesus' commandments and it is a warm, loving process for those that know Our Awesome God. And #3 is a reward for believing in Jesus Christ and God, it is an eternal home in heaven.
What kind of rest is God offering us? In all cases, rest is a relief from work. In #1, it is rest on earth from physical labor and in #2, it is rest on earth from the spiritual stresses of our work. But when Our Awesome God says, "enter into My Rest," (#3) He is referring to being with Him in heaven, where our work on earth is over and the state of rest may be permanent. But to receive #3 you must be a Christian.
Our Awesome God accepts anyone who realizes that they are sinning and is ready to stop sinning and do it God's way. Come, tell Him your sins and that you are ready to stop. All Christians have confessed, because only our Lord can get rid of sin for you. Don't wait! A Christian is just a saved sinner. Become a Christian by repenting of those sins and believing in Christ's ability to pay your sin debt.
Join us at LWBC as we work in Our Awesome God's vineyard to tell everyone about Jesus Christ and His salvation. We start with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Worship Service at 10:30 AM. There are many opportunities to learn about God in our programs. See what you can do!
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them."
(Ephesians 2:8-10 KJV)
Self-image teachers would like us to believe that we must have good self-images or else the devil will have a strong foothold in our lives. They believe that a poor self-image will keep us from recognizing our worth to Our Awesome God and therefore we won’t accept His gift of salvation. Satan just loves it when fads like this get started.
When we evaluate ourselves according to sound judgment, what do we find? As believers we will find that Our Awesome God has reached down to us totally by His grace to save unworthy sinners, making us children of God! We have been made worthy by God, not because we deserved it, but because of God’s love (Romans 5:8, John 3:16). Our value is not based upon a comparison of ourselves with others (as a matter of fact, that is forbidden in 2 Corinthians 10:12) but upon the position that we have in Christ as "...heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ..." (Romans 8:17 KJV)
As Christians, are we supposed to think badly about ourselves? Not at all! The Scriptural position is that we are to focus on Our Awesome God and others, not ourselves (Matt. 22:36-40). Any preoccupation with self (either in thinking too highly or too lowly) is an unbiblical response to God’s Word. Scripture starts from the position that we already love ourselves and commands us to love others equally. As a matter of fact, we are to put the interests of others before our own.
Our Awesome God knows that our preoccupation with self is a barrier to our believing and accepting that He would do all He has done to make us His children. We need to stop worrying about our self image and start remembering that Jesus Christ said to "love your neighbor as yourself". Focus on God and other people, not on yourself. Come join us at Living Word Baptist Church or find a Bible preaching, believing and teaching church close to you. But don't believe fads that people come up with. Instead, test it against a good Bible that was translated from the originally written languages. Read and know the Bible!!Join us at Living Word Baptist Church at 10:30 AM every Sunday and Bible Study is at 6:00 PM on Sunday evening. We have an Intercessory Prayer Team and Bible Study at 7:00 PM Monday and Wednesday. Learn with us how to use and invest your time with wisdom for Our Awesome God!
"And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? "
(Luke 18:7, 8 KJV)
"God's timing is not ours to command. If we do not start the fire with the first strike of our match, we must try again. God does hear our prayer, but He may not answer it at the precise time we have appointed in our own minds. Instead, He will reveal Himself to our seeking hearts, though not necessarily when and where we may expect. Therefore we have a need for perseverance and steadfast determination in our life of prayer.
"In the old days of flint, steel and brimstone matches, people had to strike the match again and again, perhaps even dozens of times, before they got a spark to light their fire, and they were very thankful if they finally succeeded. Should we not exercise the same type of perseverance and hope regarding heavenly things? When it comes to faith, we have more certainty of success than we could ever have had with flint and steel, for we have God's promises as a foundation.
"May we, therefore, never despair. God's time for mercy will come -- in fact, it already has come, if our time for believing has arrived. Ask in faith without wavering, but never cease to petition the King simply because He has delayed His reply. Strike the match again and make the sparks fly. Yet be sure to have your tinder ready, for you will get a fire before long." Written by Charles H. Spurgeon in Streams in the Desert on page 430 of the 1997 edition by L. B. Cowman and published by Zondervan.
The above comment expresses encouragement we should have as we pray to Our Awesome God and His wonderful Son, Jesus Christ, and don't get immediate answers. Continue praying, for our God's time is not the same as ours but He will answer every prayer. The answer will be a "Yes, later, now, wait, or no". But He will answer! Just not always the way you might want. He uses your prayers together with His knowledge and wisdom to fulfill those prayers.
We invite you to our church services on Sunday morning (9:30 AM) and Worship Service at (10:30 AM) Then again Sunday evening (6:00 PM) for Bible Study along with AWANA for children which goes until 7:30 PM. Wednesday evening (7:00 PM) for Prayer Meeting and Bible Study. When you come, ask about the choir and Prayer Team. We love visitors and would enjoy meeting you and telling you about Our Awesome God!
Flo & Bill