"O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is... Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name."
(Psalms 63:1, 4 KJV)
How do you praise the Lord? How often do you praise the Lord? Do you lift your arms toward heaven to praise the Lord? Praising the Lord, Our Awesome God, means you are praying (talking) to Him and it seems a natural thing to praise Him at times and to lift your arms toward heaven. When we do this, it is a sign of our reverence, our adoration and our surrender to God. The lifting of arms toward heaven was used in some of the sacrifices the Israelites offered to God such as the one David writes about in Psalms 141:2.
You know by this act of lifting your arms, you are surrendering to Our Awesome God and giving Him your trust. He will take control and things will proceed as God knows they should. And you, you will feel a deep peace because it is no longer a problem that you are trying to control, it is God's to do His way. But God wants you to tell Him that you want help. That you trust Him! So lift up those arms and praise Him. Tell Him how wonderful He is. You'll love the results!
Occasionally there are some people in a church who have never lifted their arms, never put their total trust in Our Awesome God and never just worshipped Him by surrendering it all to Him. These people can get a little emotional, especially the first time they release all those emotions they have harbored for years and give control into God's Hands. Love these people! They are our Lord's children and our siblings. Praise our God any way you want because He will know what you are feeling and what you are expressing. Amen!
You can never praise Our Awesome God too much. Think of all He has done from creating you, to forgiving you, to sending Jesus Christ to be a sacrifice for your sins and then adopting you into His Family when you become a Christian. He wants only the best for you. Praise His Holy Name!
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 and how to teach others from His Holy Bible. 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 for an hour and there is more during the week. We love visitors!
"And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the Lord : even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord."
(2 Chronicles 20:3, 4 KJV)
King Jehoshaphat feared and knew he couldn't stop the coming enemies so he "set himself to seek the Lord" immediately. He knew only that Our Awesome God could stop these people so he declared a fast. He was determined to hear from the Lord!
What do you do first, when you find yourself in trouble? Go get advice from your neighbor? Tell your boss? The first thing you should do is get on your knees and ask help from Our Awesome God. If your neighbor or your boss has the answer, God will send you to him like He had Cornelius send for Peter (Acts 10). We should make it a habit to run to the Lord when we see trouble coming. And be sure we stop depending on ourselves or others for the answer. God's answer is better for us and is the long term way to go. So prayer is always the best answer because we don't know Our Awesome God's mind nor all the possible answers or the possible consequences. God does know what will work best for you and others around you. What you do will matter, whether it is your will or God's will. What God answers is important, so listen for His answer to your distress call, because He will answer.
Our Awesome God will answer in different ways so listen for a deep sense of peace when you think of a possible answer while praying and ask Him if that is what His answer is. His answer may be to just calm your troubled emotions or He may give you some creative ideas to prevent or overcome the problem. He may say, "just wait for my guidance" (Proverbs 3:5-6). If you feel a sudden calm or peace it is probably from God.
Our Awesome God wants you to trust Him. Therefore, He wants you remember Trouble Equals Prayer. Prayer should be an important part of God's church, is it of your Church? If not, remember, God wants us to pray privately and as a church together. Pray!
If you are a Christian who has strayed away from Our Awesome God or someone who has never been a Christian or a person who needs to help minister to others, join us at Living Word Baptist Church on Sunday at 9:30 AM for Bible Study and at 10:30 AM for Praise and Worship Service. At 6:00 PM Sunday evening, we have a Bible Study along with AWANA for children until 7:30 PM. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests and a Bible Study follows until 8:00 PM. We welcome all people and love them.
"And it came to pass, as Aaron spake unto the whole congregation of the children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and, behold, the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud".
(Exodus 16:10 KJV)
When a storm of life is coming and you have prayed, lift your eyes to the clouds and look for the silver lining. Get in the habit of looking for it. We know Our Awesome God has provided it and will always help if we ask, for He has a purpose for each person. The approaching storm may have dark ominous edges with flashes of lightening and growling thunder, but they have that silver lining somewhere. We want to focus on the good (silver lining) God will provide, not the looming problems we see ahead because God has promised to help us through them.
A distressed person is a helpless person if the stress is great enough. It leaves one open to Satan's snares (Ephesians 6:11 KJV). So be swift to turn your back on it and look up Scripture verses that pertain to it (Isaiah 41:10). Hang onto Our Awesome God's promises of help. Look for that silver lining that God has provided for you. Pray; as the greater distress you have, the deeper you get into Satan's territory. So run to our Father God who loves you, bringing your requests to His throne and seek His power for relief. Jesus Christ has the power on Earth not man.
Then as you take each of those specific promises of God, claim them as yours and turn away from your stress. Lean on Our Awesome God and you will find your faith is stronger, your trust is greatly improved, you are ready to depend on Him to overcome your distress and peace is slowly taking it away. Now you can think more clearly and, with Our Awesome God helping you, Satan will flee.
We need to remember in times of stress and doubt that God has a plan, a purpose, for each of us and the power to give us help when we need it. But you have to ask and believe. Look always for that silver lining in the clouds for it is there. Once you overcome your distress with God's help, the second time is easier. You will know what to do and you will know that it will be overcome by Our Awesome God.
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 we have an hour of Bible Study and AWANA clubs for children which go 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!
"Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God. Behold, all ye that kindle a fire, that compass yourselves about with sparks: walk in the light of your fire, and in the sparks that ye have kindled. This shall ye have of mine hand; ye shall lie down in sorrow."
(Isaiah 50:10-11 KJV)
This is a dire warning Our Awesome God had Isaiah proclaim for those who know about God but do not trust in the strong, steady light of His righteousness. Instead, they kindle or build a fire with airborne sparks and rely on the flickering light of their own righteousness. So light represents righteousness or trust in something. And the quality of the righteousness and its endurance depends on the source. (See Romans 10:3). It is nice to understand the symbology of the scripture but what does it mean?
There is a temptation to try to get out of our sin problem by ourselves using our own trust in ourselves. We got into it by ourselves (and usually some friends) so instead of asking the Lord to help us "kick the habit" of sinning, we try to do it by ourselves. We will be disappointed in our own "righteousness". We may try to find something to do or give up in atonement. We seek the light of the "logical" way and the advice of our friends and not the advice of Our Awesome God. We come to our own conclusions and may want to accept a false path of deliverance that is not our God's way, telling ourselves, "It is the best I can do."
Never try to get out of a situation until Our Awesome God is ready to let you out. He may be teaching more than one lesson you need to learn. Commit the entire situation to Him and learn what He is teaching. Most of all avoid interfering with Our Awesome God's plans and will for your life. If you touch any of God's plans you may mar them as your hands have sinned. Remember you can force a rosebud to open but you will mar the rose. Our Awesome God is worthy of your trust. If you will commit your problems to Him and wait for Him to do His best for you, it will bring you peace and the "fire" will slow up and often go out. God loves you in a way that no one else can --completely for your good. Join us in celebrating and praising Our Awesome God and His achievements for us.
Join us at LWBC as we work in Our Awesome God's vineyard to tell about Jesus. We start with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Worship Service at 10:30 AM. Our programs include Bible Study along with AWANA for children on Sunday evening at 6:00 PM until 7:30 PM (September through May) . Let's see what we can do and learn!
"Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:"
(Luke 6:37 KJV)
"Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing."
(1 Peter 3:9 KJV)
Jesus, the Son of Our Awesome God, passionately taught us to forgive others, to let go, to let Him handle it. He wants us to be at peace and for that to happen, anger must be replaced by forgiveness.
A few years ago, Christianity Today featured a cover story entitled, “The Forgiveness Factor: Social Scientist discover the power of a Christian virtue” (January 10, 2000). In it, they discussed how researchers have discovered the importance of forgiveness. What was most interesting was that they had come to the conclusion that the one who does the forgiving is the one who benefited the most. Jesus has been telling us this since He was on earth as a human in 33 AD and now scientists admit it.
Forgiving others is a commandment because stored anger often turns to bitterness. Not forgiving others is a sin. Our Awesome God will not forgive us if we do not forgive others (Mark 11:26).
Therefore, as Our Awesome God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience (Colossians 3:12-13). Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
Forgiving is necessary if you want to be at peace with God and yourself. The consequences of not forgiving others is not good for you and usually ends in you becoming bitter. Our Judge told us what we should do when He was on earth. It will not be easy but it is worth all our effort to forgive others. Our Awesome God will take care of revenge or consequences. It is God's job not ours to give judgment and sentence because He knows all things and is just. Our job is to obey and forgive others. Read Numbers 14:19-20, Matthew 5:23-24, Luke 17:3-4, and John 8:7. See you in heaven if not before!
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 and how to teach others from His Holy Bible. 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 for an hour along with a children's program called AWANA until 7:30 PM. Wednesday we have Prayer Requests and Bible Study at 7:00 PM. We love visitors!
"Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked."
(Ephesians 6:16 KJV)
"This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh."
(Galatians 5:16 KJV)
The Armor of Our Awesome God consists of not only the Belt of Truth and the Breastplate of Righteousness but also there are
3) Gospel Shoes---to help you walk, talk and proclaim the gospel and peace of Jesus Christ to all in your path. Paul says in Romans, "And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! " (Romans 10:15 KJV). Jesus sent us to spread the Gospel to all people in the world. Are we doing it to those near us as well as the foreigner? Those standing on the gospel will not react in the flesh. Instead, they will be moved by God's Spirit with a protected disregard for such "fleshly" considerations, being "readied" by the "shoes" of the "death, burial, and resurrection of Christ", which is the Gospel that brings peace.
Our Awesome God knows how to be sure His Words never return empty but instead make people realize there is a living God who loves and wants you to enjoy His Heaven with Him forever. So speak those Words about Jesus Christ and tell them about a risen savior who created everything.
4) Shield of Faith---to protect and secure you against the fiery darts of doubt, fear and unbelief used by Satan. Peter says, "Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time." (1 Peter 1:5 KJV). Our Shield of Faith keeps us from believing the people around us who try to make us doubt Our Awesome God as Satan did to Eve in the Garden of Eden. Keep your faith in God strong for the Spiritual Battles are increasing in intensity as the Return of Christ draws closer.
These are obviously not the usual objects put on for protection when fighting. But these are God's protection for you against Satan. God has already won. Now you, with God's help, need to overcome Satan and spread the news about Jesus Christ. You can with the Armor of God and Our Awesome God. So read your Bible, especially Ephesians 6:10-18, pray, attend church and read our website on 6/08/15 about #4 Whole Armor of God. May Our Awesome God bless you with even greater blessings!
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 and teach others from His Holy Bible. 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 for an hour and AWANA for children is held. And there is more during the week. We love visitors!
"And take thou unto thee Aaron thy brother, and his sons with him, from among the children of Israel, that he may minister unto me in the priest's office, even Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, Aaron's sons."
(Exodus 28:1 KJV)
Aaron was Moses' older brother. He was born in 2365 BC, three years before Moses, before the Pharaoh's edict requiring the death of all male Hebrew infants. He was the ancestor of all Hebrew High Priests, the founder of the priesthood, and the first High Priest for Our Awesome God's chosen people. Aaron and his descendants tended the altar and offered sacrifices. Aaron's role, unlike Moses', was inherited; his sons continued the priesthood after him (Num. 20:26).
Aaron served as Moses' spokesman to Our Awesome God's people at God's command. Moses was not eloquent and had a speech impediment, so Aaron spoke for him (Ex. 4:10-16). It was Aaron, not Moses, who cast down the staff that became a snake before Pharaoh (Ex. 7:10-12). It was Aaron, not Moses, who held out his staff to trigger the first three plagues against Egypt (Exodus 7:19-20; 8:1-2 or 8:5-7). It was also Aaron who performed the signs for the elders before they went to Pharaoh (Exodus 4:30).
According to Jewish tradition, Aaron's most notable personal quality is that he was a peacemaker. Again, Jewish tradition says, Aaron loved peace so much that he participated in the incident of the Golden Calf (Ex. 32), constructing the idol in order to prevent dissension among the people. No matter what he really thought, Our Awesome God didn't seem to kill him or reprimand him for building The Golden Calf. Aaron did many other things before he died but he never entered the Promised Land.
This is one of the many people like us, found in the Bible which you are reading. Our Awesome God wants you to know these people as they show us what and how we often do things wrong while pointing out what we should continue to do. They show us how God uses bad and good people to do His work on earth. Aaron was a human being doing things both right and wrong. Sinning and asking for forgiveness daily. God can and will use you when He wants. Is it for good or to show others what not to do?
Join us at LWBC every Sunday at 9:30 AM, we have small group Bible Studies and at 10:30 AM, we meet in the sanctuary for Worship Service. Sunday evening at 6:00 PM we have Bible Study and AWANA for children. Our programs include Home Bible Studies and a Wednesday Prayer Meeting but are varied as we teach and preach from Our Awesome God's Holy Bible. We love visitors and practice the "love one another" commandment to all.
Flo & Bill