"But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings; ...
(2 Corinthians 6:4-5 KJV)
As we look at these words written by Paul, we should realize that it is usually in the midst of these problems and situations that we can discover whether we are good servants of Our Awesome God or not. If we read carefully all of 2 Corinthians 6, we should ask ourselves which of these virtues we need to work on first.
If we start and look at just the conditions mentioned in verses 4 and 5, we can see that, if the circumstances included a need for more patience, ours can be increased by our problems, if we keep with our Christian teachings and even if our patience is stretched tight before it is released. Our Awesome God shows us if patience is still a problem for us, whether we need to keep working with it or if it is time to work on another virtue. But, with God's help, we will have learned more about our own abilities.
Our problems may be afflictions, which could be common to all (Job 5:7; 14:1; Psalms 34:19), are for the good of men (James 1:2) and for the glory of God (2 Corinthians 12:7-10; 1 Peter 4:14). These are to be borne with patience by the Lord's people (Psalms 94:12). So the afflictions can be many and with varied problems that could include anything from Job's problems in Job 5:7 to leprosy.
We need to remember that, as servants of God, we should handle these problems and situations, such that we learn better what to do, that it increases our knowledge and it glorifies Our Awesome God. This notifies those around us that we are God's children. In this way, at least part of God's purpose is met since we never know all of His purposes. As servants of God, Christians need to meet the spiritual as well as the physical needs of those around them. Check yourself: Are you a servant of God? Are there areas you could improve?
If we can improve any area of our lives, we should strive for the improvement so we can become the best servant we can be. We represent a perfect God even though we can never be perfect while on earth, we need to try.
LWBC is a Bible believing church that tries to live Jesus Christ's commandment to "love one another as I have loved you." (John 15:12 KJV) Join us this Sunday as we learn more about Our Awesome God. Our church starts with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, a Bible Study meets along with children's AWANA clubs which go until 7:30 PM (September through May). On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests and Bible Study along with a separate Spanish Bible Study until 8:00 PM. We love visitors!
"In that day, saith the Lord of hosts, will I take thee, O Zerubbabel, my servant, the son of Shealtiel, saith the Lord, and will make thee as a signet: for I have chosen thee, saith the Lord of hosts."
(Haggai 2:23 KJV)
Zerubbabel was Our Awesome God's choice for the man to be in charge of getting Jerusalem rebuilt during the last of Israel's captivity in Babylon. As a descendent of King David, (1 Chronicles 3:10-19) he might have been king except for a curse placed on his grandfather, king Jeconiah, by God (Jeremiah 36:29-30). According to their custom, the Persian kings made him governor of Judea (Haggai 1:1) for the purpose of rebuilding the temple.
Zerubbabel understood that his assignment was Our Awesome God's work, ordered and supported by the king of Persia, and that he had responsibilities to both. When local leaders seeking to hinder the progress asked to join in the work, Zerubbabel said, "No!" (Ezra 4:1-4). He knew that God had ordained the sons of David to build the temple (1 Chronicles 11-12). When the king of Persia banned work on the temple, he stopped the work until the ban was lifted six years later. Under a patient and persistent Zerubbabel, the slow and painstaking work on the temple continued through local opposition and royal decree. In all, it took 23 years to finish rebuilding just the temple.
Zerubbabel was one of Our Awesome God's silent heroes. He didn't win a war. He didn't write a book. He just finished the job as best he could and in compliance with the applicable laws. How do you approach God's work? Do you do your best work and wait patiently for God to give the results? Are you satisfied with having completed a job for God, even when there is no recognition by people? Zerubbabel did what God wanted without public recognition.
Come join us in our church as we seek the will of God and work to expand His kingdom. There is always a need for Christian teachers and new ideas in presenting Our Awesome God to others so that all may hear the Word of the Lord correctly.
LWBC is a Bible believing church that tries to live Jesus Christ's commandment to "love one another as I have loved you." (John 15:12 KJV) Join us this Sunday 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. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, a Bible Study meets for an hour along with a children's program called AWANA until 7:30 PM (September through May). On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests and Bible Study along with a separate Spanish Bible Study until 8:00 PM. We love visitors!
"Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord."
(Psalms 27:14 KJV)
"Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not."
(Jeremiah 33:3 KJV)
Life is full of decisions we must make. Our Awesome God has promised to help us make wise decisions. He wants us to ask Him, being as detailed as we can, while letting Him make the final decision. If you don't intend to follow God's advice, don't ask Him, because He will know you won't do as He advises. It is always a good idea to find what the Bible says on your subject. You need to see how God usually answers a request such as yours. Pray about it! Then prepare yourself because Our Awesome God wants you to ask so He can answer.
There are several things to do: 1) Confess all your sins you haven't already asked God to forgive (1 John 1:9), 2) submit yourself to His decision (1 Peter 5:6), 3) believe that God will give you your request (Mark 11: 22), 4) Ask according to His will for your request to be done (1 John 5:14-15) and then 5) wait for His answer, it will come
but we don't know when. Be sure to thank Him and praise Him for His answer!
Our Awesome God wants to guide you through the snares of life on earth. That is why He put you here. God put that snare there or allowed it to be there for a purpose, to help you. When God answers, you should feel great peace and confidence in knowing God is guiding you. It is possible that no one else will agree with your decision but, if you did what God told you - what does it matter what others think? If He says it, do it, just be sure He answered and it is not your own wants. God knows what will work best.
The ultimate purpose we should be seeking is Our Awesome God guiding us in every decision we make for all eternity. We need His wisdom, His knowledge, His mercy for all, His grace, His patience, His faithfulness and His love. When we get His guidance, we know we are doing what He wants and that He will have the correct way for us to go. Praise Him and thank Him!
LWBC is a loving, church who tries to live by Biblical principles while encouraging all its members. Join us for church in the Sanctuary this coming Sunday at 10:30 AM. We also have Bible Study on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Sunday evening at 6:00 PM with a children's program called AWANA until 7:30 PM. (September through May). On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Meeting and Bible Study along with a separate Spanish Bible Study until 8:00 PM. We love visitors!
"Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?"
(Matthew 6:27 KJV)
Think of the above scripture carefully for a few minutes for Our Awesome God had Jesus say it for a purpose. We are not a relaxed society. We are always rushing and trying too hard to be better than we have been. Jesus, when He said the Scripture above, might have been thinking about some little boys, wanting to be bigger than they were, with bursting cheeks and bulging eyes as they tried to grow bigger. But He was speaking to the adults about the folly of it all. The bigger would come if it was to be but we can't make it happen because we want it. Live relaxed. You might even live longer if you relax.
A very gifted musician said that her teacher insisted that every muscle must be relaxed, so that her very soul could come into her fingertips to play her best. This is mastery. Some people live spiritually that way. They let the very power of Jesus Christ into every cell of their body. Oh, it is so relaxing. But so hard for some to do and so effective if they accomplish it.
Jesus Christ was so relaxed that the power of Our Awesome God had an unhindered channel within Him. Spiritual relaxation means spiritual release. The machinery of life can be oiled by the peace of Our Awesome God so that it runs without friction. But we need to lean on God and Jesus Christ to take care of the problems and cares of life. The best way to relax is to allow Jesus to take your problems from you. You will not do a better job at work all tense and tight trying to do a better job than someone else. Relax! Pray! Study the situation to make things run smoother and do your best to do it in the best way, God's way. But when problems arise, stop and pray quietly for Our Awesome God's help with the problem. He has the best answers. He wants the best for you!
Try "Being Relaxed" for three weeks and see if you can make it a habit. See me in church this week and tell me how your "Being Relaxed" is progressing. 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. Our programs include Bible Study groups along with AWANA for children on Sunday evening at 6:00 PM until 7:30 PM. Let's see what we can do and learn!
"Wait on the Lord : be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord."
(Psalms 27:14 KJV)
"Seeing then that these things cannot be spoken against, ye ought to be quiet, and to do nothing rashly."
(Acts 19:36 KJV)
This definition of HASTE is found in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary: 1. rapidity of motion, 2. rash or headlong action, 3. undue eagerness to act.
Nowhere in the Bible does Our Awesome God say to make a decision hastily. God doesn't do things that way. The Bible says God is gracious, merciful and slow to anger (Nehemiah 9:17). He is long suffering, not willing that any should perish (2 Peter 3:9).
When we feel the need to act hastily, that is the time we need to slow up, pray to Our Awesome God and get our details and facts in order before we act or talk. Once we have acted or made a thoughtless statement, we can't go back and the consequences may be severe. So before you act or talk, decide what you want to make happen and consider the consequences. Pray for God’s guidance and watch for the answer. This is usually best because Satan is waiting for you to say or do the wrong thing.
It is true that we sometimes need to move or decide swiftly but we should ask God for help and move as swiftly as His answer comes. So in most instances, God wants you to evaluate the situation and rely on Him to tell you when and what you should say or do. Our Awesome God will help if you ask, He may already have it covered but you need to ask Him. Join a church where Our Awesome God can be found and learn His ways.
When Our Awesome God answers, be ready to follow His directions carefully for His answers need to be done when, how and where He wants them done. It will help if you know Him well enough to realize how He usually wants things done and remember, He can do anything but usually uses natural things to accomplish His will. He may have you do something it will take a century to complete or say something that will change the world instantly. Follow His instructions! But ask Him, He knows the right answer.
LWBC is a loving church who tries to live by Biblical principles while encouraging all its members. Join us for church this coming Sunday at 9:30 AM for Bible Study. We have Worship Service in the Sanctuary at 10:30 AM and Sunday evening Bible Study at 6:00 PM with a children's program called AWANA until 7:30 PM. Our programs are varied but we teach and preach from Our Awesome God's Holy Bible that Jesus Christ died for you, taking your sins upon Himself and arose the third day to sit by God, interceding for you when you sin. We love visitors!
"And when all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the Lord upon the house, they bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement, and worshipped, and praised the Lord, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever."
(2 Chronicles 7:3 KJV)
"And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God".
(Mark 10:18 KJV)
Goodness is a part of God's nature. In the Bible, the "goodness" of Our Awesome God often refers to His generosity in providing abundantly for mankind's needs and benefits before we ask (Psalms 23:6). It can also refer to God's generous mercy and patience that allows more time for sinners to repent (Romans 2:4). Think of the centuries He has waited and watched mankind sin and has not yet sent Jesus Christ to bring His Christian children home in the "Rapture."
God's goodness is much more than just those things. It is the very essence of Our Awesome God's nature — His righteousness and holiness. In Ephesians 5:9, we can see that His goodness is closely associated with righteousness and truth to the extent that, if we have God's goodness, we have godliness or God-likeness. This is what all Christians attempt to emulate and cannot without His help and then never to the extent that God has it. His goodness is so great that it lights all of heaven.
The Holy Bible gives us God's complete "instruction in righteousness" (2 Timothy 3:16). We should cherish it and read it far more than any other book or resource we have! Only through it and prayer can we learn to be like God. Our Awesome God summarizes His standards of goodness in the Ten Commandments. Psalm 119:172 tells us that "all Your commandments are righteousness." So God intends that they be our guides for life. Are they yours?
Christians should be trying to have more of God's goodness so that they are more like Jesus Christ. This may take more than a life time. Our Awesome God will decide when He can use us because He knows when our conviction is firmly grounded. He even knows what He will have you do (maybe after the first thousand years of heaven). What would you like to do for God? Rule a town or city? Move to a new planet or universe? Plant new vineyards or trees? Sing in His Royal Choir or paint new pictures of new lands God has created? Who knows what God wants us to do? We will need the goodness of God to succeed.
Join us as we work in Our Awesome God's vineyard, telling others and reminding ourselves about His story, Jesus Christ's Salvation, and our eternal home with Him, trying to help them to understand Our Creator better. Our church starts with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and a Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, a Bible Study meets for an hour with a children's program called AWANA. There is more during the week of Bible Studies in homes and Prayer Meeting on Wednesday. We love visitors!
Flo & Bill