"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!
"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!
"If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them; And your threshing shall reach unto the vintage, and the vintage shall reach unto the sowing time: and ye shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in you safely."
(Leviticus 26:3, 5 KJV)
If we could just focus our lives on Jesus Christ and keep all Our Awesome God's commandments, we would never be hungry but would meet the threshers as we planted the next crop to eat. The children in Africa would not be starving and we would know food was everywhere. God promised this but we couldn't stay away from sin and what it does. So we have Poor People! So we have awful starvation! We have terrorists! We have death!
It gets harder and harder to find neighborhoods anywhere on earth that are free from robberies, murders and drugs. This is what we want for our children so that they aren't threatened and that their peers aren't liars, thieves, alcoholics, drug addicts, or worse. Our Awesome God wants His children to live free of all the problems we now have to face in our lives but, for now, He has promised to help us and protect us through them.
However, we have a new world coming free of sin and all the problems that our sinning has created. (Revelation 21:1-4) Can you imagine how wonderful this place will be? Nothing to worry about or cause you problems! No more liars! No more murders or drugs! Just blessings!
God wants you to focus on Him and getting sin out of your life, but He knows that it is impossible for you to avoid all sin as long as you live in this old world. What you can do is study your Bible and know His law so you will know when you have sinned. Then you can confess your sin and claim Our Awesome God’s promise of forgiveness and cleansing. (1 John 1:9) We need to start in our own lives then help our children along the same path to righteousness. As Our Awesome God becomes the focus of your life, you will find a weight lifting from your shoulders and a feeling of freedom infecting your lives. God wants our lives to be happy and filled with purpose, not burdened with sin and dejection. Only Christians will find this new home called Heaven with enough to eat for everyone.
LWBC is a Bible believing church that can show you how to become a Christian and 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 Praise/Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, a Bible Study meets along with AWANA for children until 7:30 PM. And there is more during the week. We love visitors!
Flo & Bill