Faith in Your Distressing Times

August 31, 2020 by David Wilkerson

Of all people, God’s saints should be shining examples of what it means to live in peace and triumph in these fearful days. He has given us an ironclad promise for life on this earth, especially when the enemy of our soul tries to walk over us. “My people shall know My name; therefore they shall know in that day that I am He who speaks: ‘Behold, it is I’” (Isaiah 52:6).


In other words, God is saying, “When you’re in your darkest trial, I will come and speak a word to you. You’ll hear me say, ‘It is I, don’t be afraid.’”


In the New Testament, Jesus reiterated this promise on many occasions, one of the most familiar instances being when he spoke to the disciples who were out on the boat in an awful storm. As the boat was being tossed about by wind and waves, the panicked men saw Jesus walking toward them on the water. Scripture says, “When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, ‘It is a ghost!’” (Matthew 14:26).


Jesus immediately spoke to them, eager to ease their fears: “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid” (14:27). The word cheer means to be happy, relieved. And here, in the disciples’ time of distress, Jesus tied the word to his identity. Remember, these men knew him personally and he expected them to act on his word by faith. He was saying, “The Father has promised that I’ll come to you in your storm, and now I’ve come. Yes, it’s me, Jesus, here with you in the midst of it all. So, cheer up!”


The Lord expects the same faith reaction from us in our distressing times. Think about it. Our Lord has never once failed his people. He urges us to look back and remember how he has delivered us time after time, in every instance. He has never allowed the enemy to destroy those who trust him.


The Lord longs for us to find our fulfillment in him and trust him completely. King David said, “All my springs are in you” (Psalm 87:7), meaning, “All my satisfaction is found in you, Lord. You alone are the wellspring of my fulfillment and you are all I need to be complete, joyful, happy and at peace.”


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6 Things Christians Should Do Daily During Covid

August 27, 2020 from Bible Love Notes

There are lots of unknowns about the continuing Covid pandemic, but doing these 6 things each day will benefit body, soul, and spirit.

1. Recite these 8 statements each day. 
These truths adjust our perspective and strengthen our faith. 

💙 Click the highlighted words to see the statements.


2. Spend time with the Lord in prayer and Bible reading.
Be deliberate and firm about this commitment. 


💙 See the Quiet Time Encouragement collection for lots of practical ideas and inspiration.

3. Care for your body.
Our bodies are "the temples of the Holy Spirit." Healthy eating and exercise decrease stress, fear, and anger.

💙 See Eat, Rest, Cry and What's Your Addiction?

4. Deliberately think of others.
Dwelling on our problems causes discouragement. But "those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed" (Proverbs 11:25).

💙 See Beatin' the Blues and Call Your Mom.

5. Use time wisely. 
Don't waste your day on meaningless activities. Create an "A-list" of things you want to accomplish each day. 

💙 See Organized Chaos and I'm Too Busy.


6. Before bedtime, do a Philippians 4:8 detox.
If we don't regularly remind ourselves of the good things in our lives, the bad things will bring us down.

Let us know some other things you do daily to benefit your body, soul and spirit and we may add them to the list. Send Comment.


Trusting God in Trying Times

August 19, 2020 by Sharon Jaynes

"‘Don't be afraid,' the prophet answered. ‘Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.'" 2 Kings 6:16 (NIV)

 

One phone call, and my life crumbled into a pile of dust easily blown away by shock and unbelief. In a moment, my trust in God was tested as never before. Could I trust Him with this?

 

Trusting God would certainly be easier if we could see Him and His angel armies face to face. But even though we can't see the physical realm, we can trust they're in the spiritual realm - a realm more powerful that anything we could ever imagine. Even when we don't see God working, we can be sure He is.

God shows us a powerful glimpse into that spiritual realm in 2 Kings 6:8-18. Ancient Aram (modern-day Syria) was fighting the Israelites, and God used His prophet Elisha to predict how the Arameans would attack, to warn the Israelite army.

 

The Bible explains that this enraged the king of Aram, so he began plotting to attack the city and cut off Elisha from helping Israel.

 

But God stepped in and protected Elisha and his servant and even changed what they were allowed to see. 

 

"When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. ‘Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?' the servant asked. ‘Don't be afraid,' the prophet answered. ‘Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.' And Elisha prayed, ‘Open his eyes, LORD, so that he may see.' Then the LORD opened the servant's eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha" (2 Kings 6:15-17, NIV).

 

I've felt like this before. Haven't you? Difficult circumstances press in from every side. "This is too much for me!" I cry, "I can't do this anymore. I don't even want to go out of my house. Where are You, God? You promised You would never leave me or forsake me, but I don't sense Your presence. Why aren't You doing something? I want out of this story!"

Honest. Raw. Somewhat embarrassing to admit. Sensing the enemies all around, we're surrounded by problems we cannot solve and people we cannot control.

 

Elisha's servant probably felt the same way.

His faith was as flimsy as the tent flaps he stood behind. Elisha's was as strong as the tent peg anchoring the canvas in place.

 

"‘Don't be afraid,' the prophet answered. ‘Those who are with us are more than those who are with them'" (2 Kings 6:16).

 

Did you catch that? Do not be afraid. God is greater.

How can we better trust God during trying times? By remembering, "Those who are with us are more than those who are with them" (v. 16b). Elisha knew there was more power and strength in the unseen reality of the heavenly host than the seen reality of the enemy's army.

 

Elisha didn't pray for God to send an army, because the warring angels on chariots of fire were already there. Elisha simply prayed his servant would be allowed to see them at work.

 

I always pictured the angel armies and Arameans on opposite hillsides, looking down and squaring off. But that's not what the Bible says. In reality, the enemies surrounded Elisha in a circle. At the same time, the warring angels were surrounding the enemies - a circle around a circle.

 

Friend, God is surrounding whatever difficult situation is surrounding you. Jesus painted this same picture in John 14:20 when He said, "I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you" (NIV).

 

God most likely won't pull back the curtain separating the physical realm from the spiritual realm for us to see, but we can be assured: We're surrounded by a heavenly host of angels, ready to protect us in our deepest struggles.

 

Lord, open my eyes so I might see what is already there. Open my heart so I might believe what is already there. Strengthen my faith so I might trust that You are surrounding what is surrounding me. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

 

TRUTH FOR TODAY:

John 5:17, "But Jesus replied, ‘My Father is always working, and so am I.'" (NLT)


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Walk Through Your Fear

August 18, 2020 by Mary Sutherland

Today’s Truth

God did not give us a spirit that makes us afraid but a spirit of power and love and self-control (2 Timothy 1:7, NCV).


Friend to Friend

We all battle fear. Fear constantly tries to elbow faith aside, hoping to derail God's plan and purpose in our lives. Fear keeps many of us from dreaming God-sized dreams, persuading us to settle for safety and comfort instead of riding the waves of possibilities. When faith yanks our hideous fears out of the darkness and into the light, we can see them for what they really are – powerless.


Faith is a three-letter word.

Faith says "yes" to peace and “no” to fear.

It may be one tiny step or one puny choice.

It may be a whispered prayer or a desperate cry.


But God always honors the choice to walk straight ahead through fear. Fear trains us to anticipate the worst while faith teaches us to expect the best – even when that “best” looks a lot different than we thought it would.  


I have always hated wearing glasses. They get lost, slide down my nose, are always dirty, constantly have to be adjusted, and are a major nuisance. During a routine eye exam, I informed the doctor that I needed contacts instead of glasses. He did not look hopeful.


“Mary, you have a couple of problems that might make contacts difficult for you to wear.” Since I didn’t hear the word “impossible,” I still wanted those contacts.


The doctor continued, “You not only have astigmatism, but your vision needs to be corrected for both distance and close vision.” I am a little slow, I guess. So … why would contacts be a problem?


Seeing the confusion on my face, he explained that I would have to wear a contact in my left eye that allowed me to see up close and a different strength contact in the right eye for distance.


“We would essentially be tricking the brain and going against the way it was created,” he said. “Your brain will be confused for several months. You will step off curbs that are not there or reach for something only to knock it over. At first, you will only be able to read for short periods because your eyes will be at war over which one gets to do the job. When your brain is finally retrained, the confusion will fade, and your vision will improve greatly.” I assured the doctor that both my brain and I were up for the task.


I got my contacts. The first few months were just as frustrating as the doctor said they would be. But the confusion did fade … and I was eventually thrilled with my improved vision and retrained brain.


The apostle Paul understood that training the mind is not only a physical possibility, but also a vital spiritual principle when fear attacks.


We fight with weapons that are different from those the world uses. Our weapons have power from God that can destroy the enemy's strong places. We destroy people's arguments and every proud thing that raises itself against the knowledge of God. We capture every thought and make it give up and obey Christ (2 Corinthians 10:4-5, ICB). 


In their darkest hour, waves crashing around them, trapped on a small fishing boat, the disciples were terrified. In fact, their fear blinded them to the reality of Jesus coming to them in the midst of that storm. I love the simple but powerful response of Jesus to their fearful cries when He said, "Have courage! It is I. Do not be afraid."


The message was stunning in its simplicity. When He is with us, we do not have to be afraid. We usually get that part. But what Jesus also said was that His very presence brought courage into the mix – an audacious choice to discount the fearful circumstances simply because He was there.


Jesus did not rebuke His disciples in their fear.

He didn’t turn away from them because their faith was weak.

I probably would have. After all, they had seen Jesus perform miracles.


Water turned into wine.

Thousands fed with five loaves of bread and two small fish.

Men, women, and children healed.


And still they were afraid. Still they doubted. I can relate, can’t you?


Jesus “quickly” assured them of His comforting presence and His available power. Evidently, Peter was the only one who really believed Jesus. How do I know? True faith generates action. Peter was the only one willing to get out of the boat and walk through his fear. I am fairly certain Peter was just as terrified as the other disciples – but Peter chose to take Jesus at His word. When he took that first step, Peter’s fear was swallowed up in faith. 


Let’s Pray

Father God, I want to become a woman or man  of faith, but I am so weak. I constantly battle fear and my faith seems so small. Please give me a new thirst for Your Word. I choose to focus on You, Father, instead of focusing on my circumstances. Help me find faith and learn to be a faith-builder each day. I now turn to You, Lord. 

In Jesus’ Name I pray,

Amen.


Now It’s Your Turn

What kind of storm are you facing? Don’t wait until you understand the storm. Don’t rely on your own strength. Choose right now to believe and see what God does.


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Celebrating with the Angels

August 13, 2020 by Billy Graham

We are celebrating with the angels today! One of the children at SKC trusted in Jesus as their Lord and Saviour this morning!


We recently heard in our sermon series in Luke, two parables Jesus told, first about a sheep that was lost, and then about a coin that was lost. (You can read them in Luke 15:3-10). In both instances, something very valuable had been lost, and their owners searched diligently until they found it. And when they did, they not only rejoiced, but their friends and neighbours rejoiced also.


In a far greater way, Jesus said, we are infinitely valuable to God, and when we are lost and separated from Him, He searches for us and does everything He possibly can to rescue us. And when we finally realize just how lost we are and turn to Him in repentance and faith, He rejoices -- and all heaven with Him. Jesus said, "I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents" (Luke 15:10).


Why do they rejoice? Not because they're surprised, but because a great victory has been won! Someone has been snatched from the jaws of Satan and death and hel, so why wouldn't all heaven rejoice? Jesus' words remind us of just how valuable we are to God, and how much He yearns for us to be with Him in heaven forever.


But Jesus' words also remind us of what it cost God to make our salvation possible: the death of His Son, Jesus Christ. Don't delay, but turn to Christ in repentance and faith today. The Bible says, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved" (Romans 10:13).


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The JOY of Baptism!

August 12, 2020

What a joy to watch believers be baptized as they follow in the footsteps of their Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.


Baptism is an act that Jesus commands His followers to participate in.

 

(Matthew 28:19 NKJV)  “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” 


Tthose who follow Jesus commands are showing their love for Him and are always blessed!


If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. John 14:15


He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” — Luke 11:28

 

Baptism is a symbolic act by which we share in the death and life of Jesus Christ.  Jesus died and was buried for the sake of our sins.  The process of being submerged in the water represents the death and burial of our old life.  But Jesus was also raised from the dead in order to give us eternal life.  As we’re raised out of the water, it represents our newfound life in Christ.  By being baptized we’re essentially saying that we identify with what Jesus went through for us.

 

In a way, baptism is a funeral and a birthday celebration rolled into one.  As we go down into the water, we recognize the death of the old us, and as we come up, we celebrate the birth of the new us.  God gave us this rite as a physical reminder of the spiritual decision that we’ve made.  Baptism is also a way for us to practically put our faith into action and demonstrate to the world that we’ve died to our old selves and desires, and have received a new resurrection life in Christ.  It keeps us accountable and mindful that the world is watching us and expects to see some sort of change in our lives.

 

(2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV)  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.


We pray that we will continue to see people being baptized at WRBC  and declaring their love and commitment to Jesus Christ until He comes again…..The Lord bless you and keep you!


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Thank God for Second Chances

August 14, 2020 - Pastor Rick Warren

“It is wonderful to be grateful and to sing your praises, LORD Most High! It is wonderful each morning to tell about your love and at night to announce how faithful you are.”


Psalm 92:1-2 (CEV)


God loves to give second chances. Consider Jonah. God gave him a mission to tell the people of Nineveh to repent. But Jonah didn’t like Nineveh and wanted the people to experience God’s judgment.


So Jonah ran away from God and ended up in the belly of a fish.


Still, God gave him a second chance!


He’ll give you one, too. What do you do when he does?


Live gratefully.


That’s how Jonah responded, at least at first. In fact, he thanked God before he had even been rescued: “As for me, I will sacrifice to you with a voice of thanksgiving” (Jonah 2:9 CSB).


When God gives you a second chance, do what Jonah did. Wake up every day with a profound gratitude for the opportunity God has given you.


The Bible says, “It is wonderful to be grateful and to sing your praises, Lord Most High! It is wonderful each morning to tell about your love and at night to announce how faithful you are” (Psalm 92:1-2 CEV).


It’s not just a one-time prayer. It’s a lifestyle of gratitude. The psalmist sang God’s praises every morning and every night.


If you’re alive and have blood flowing through your veins, your mission is still in front of you. No matter what has happened in the past, you can thank God for a second chance to fulfill his plan for your life.


It’s worth singing about!


PLAY the audio teaching from Pastor Rick >>

https://pastorrick.com/player/?vgo_ee=gSplMDB0ZW1173InzihpwDpxdzkQNl9LgdxZ9pnzLRY%253D


Talk It Over


What is a specific second chance you can be thankful for today?

What would it look like if you lived more gratefully? What would you do differently? What habits would become part of your life?

Do you need a second chance now? Repent, and talk to God about it. Then choose to wake up every day with a profound gratitude for the opportunity God has given you.

Facing Your Giants - Part 5

July 29, 2020  by Max Lucado

The weapons I fight with are not the weapons the world uses. In fact, it is just the opposite. My weapons have the power of God to destroy the camps of the enemy.

-2 Corinthians 10:4 (NIrV)


"Focus on Giants—You Stumble. Focus on God—Your Giants Tumble" - Max Lucado


This is the final part of our study. Inn this session, Max will help us learn what it means to use “The Stone of Persistence” to face our giants.


When I think of a model of persistence and perseverance, I think of the Apostle Paul. Paul was thrown in prison yet still sang hymns and trusted God. Paul was shipwrecked, but still healed all the sick on the island. Paul was judged and questioned by his fellow Christians, but he kept doing the work God called him to do. Paul had a lot of setbacks that could have stopped him from following God’s call. What about you? Are you facing any setbacks in your life?


In today’s study, Max tells us how we can be inspired by David to use the stone of persistence. Even though David faced a lot of giants in his life that could have thwarted his call, he kept his focus on God and persisted.


Are you ready to face your giants? 

Watch below.



Scripture

2 Samuel 5:6-9

6 And the king and his men went to Jerusalem against the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land, who spoke to David, saying, “You shall not come in here; but the blind and the lame will repel you,” thinking, “David cannot come in here.” 7 Nevertheless David took the stronghold of Zion (that is, the City of David).

8 Now David said on that day, “Whoever climbs up by way of the water shaft and defeats the Jebusites (the lame and the blind, who are hated by David’s soul), he shall be chief and captain.” Therefore they say, “The blind and the lame shall not come into the house.”

9 Then David dwelt in the stronghold, and called it the City of David. And David built all around from [a]the Millo and inward.


2 Corinthians 10:4

For the weapons of our warfare are not [a]carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,


Prayer

 

Gracious God, who fought David’s battles, knocked down his strongholds, and gave David the courage to persist while facing his giants, we ask that you give us this same courage. As we prepare to look our Goliaths in the eye, we ask for the gifts of the past, priority, prayer, passion, and persistence so that we are ready to defeat our giants. Help us remember that we cannot do anything without your strength. We ask this in Jesus’ name, Amen.


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The Secret of Contentment

July 27, 2020 - Dr. Charles Stanley

Philippians 4:4-13


Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 

5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 

6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 

7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 

8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 

9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

10 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 

11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.

12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 

13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.


In today's reading, the apostle Paul says he has learned the secret of experiencing contentment in all circumstances, good or bad. Does it surprise you that he wrote this when he was in prison, unsure of his future?


We're often discontent even when all is going well. Consequently, we wonder how it's possible to be truly content during our most difficult trials, especially when there's no end in sight. So what is genuine contentment? Paul is speaking of a freedom from worry and frustration about everything in life--even unfulfilled desires.


It's usually when we cannot control or change our situation that we feel discontentment. As long as our satisfaction depends on whether certain things actually work out, we'll allow circumstances to cheat us out of peace. I'm not saying there's some spiritual stage where you will never again experience anxiety or frustration. But what matters is how we respond when those feelings grip us.


This is something that the apostle had to learn. Paul endured amazing suffering, from shipwrecks and hunger to unjust imprisonment and beatings (2 Cor. 11:24-30). He had gone through countless situations that were uncertain, extraordinarily painful, and seemingly hopeless. But he finally discovered that contentment could not be dependent upon his circumstances.


How do you respond when circumstances are out of your control? Do you get angry? Do you try to escape? Does despair make you want to give up? Paul chose to give his anxieties to Jesus in exchange for peace that "surpasses all comprehension" (Phil. 4:7). That same peace is available to you!


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When Every Other Word Fails

July 24 by David Mathis

Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!   (Revelation 4:8)

What, if anything, might you say when you stand for the first time before the throne of God? 


In that moment, you might say, “Woe is me!” as the prophet did when he saw a vision of God on his throne (Isaiah 6:5). It wouldn’t be inappropriate for us to sense our utter unworthiness and inadequacy, to freshly perceive the chasm between us, as creatures, and our Creator — and not just as creatures, but as sinners. We have rebelled against the one who made us, the one to whom we owe all honor and allegiance. We cannot stand before him, on our own two feet, as deserving of anything more than his righteous wrath and judgment. 


When Words Fail


Yet, in that moment, before God himself, however much woe we might own, it would not be right to focus much on ourselves. Surely, in the immediate presence of God Almighty, we would lift our eyes beyond our inadequacy and failings, and behold his glory, and declare his praise. And as we open our mouths to speak, to try to ascribe to our Lord the glory due his name, what might we say?


“God’s value and worth not only fill up our human categories but far surpass them.”


Would not human language fail us? What do you say, in finite human words, when standing before the infinite God? Can any word or statement match such a moment? Will not any language we reach for prove trivial and inadequate? Perhaps we won’t even be able to muster a word, but just stand in awe and silence.


But if, here, in the presence of God, we are able to utter one word of praise, we do have something to say. And say again, and again.


Holy, holy, holy.


Cry Out, Sing Holy


When the prophet Isaiah caught a glimpse of God in heaven, seated on his throne, he saw in God’s presence the six-winged celestial creatures, called seraphim, crying out to one another in praise of God, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” (Isaiah 6:3). Before the prophet felt the weight and tarnish of his own sin, and declared woe on himself, he first heard, and was caught up into, the angelic praise of heaven — not just holy, but holy, holy, holy.


So also the apostle John, centuries later, when he peeked into heaven, saw “four living creatures, each of them with six wings . . . and day and night they never cease to say, ‘Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!’” (Revelation 4:8).


God has given us a word that is especially fit for declaring his praise when all other language fails us. We often praise him in ways we can understand, borrowed from our finite and limited human experience. We praise his strength, his love, his justice, his mercy. But we also grow to realize, in fits and bursts, that God’s value and worth not only fill up our human categories but far surpass them. He is even more strong than we know. Even more loving. Even more just. Even more merciful.


In those moments, when we sense we have exhausted the comparisons to our world and experience, we have a word to reach for: holy. When we’re aware of his uniqueness, that he is in a class by himself, utterly set apart from us, higher than us and gloriously other, we cry holy. When we catch but a glimpse of his infinite intrinsic value — and wonder in worship, Who else is like this? — we bow and cry holy, holy, holy.


Who Else? What Other?


No one else wields the authority of our God. No one else commands the hosts of heaven. No one else makes kings — not just some kings, but one day soon all kings — bow down. No one else can make darkness itself tremble with a whisper. 


“No one else wields the authority of our God. No one else commands the hosts of heaven.”


No other glory is like his. No other deserves such praise. No other splendor outshines the sun. No other beauty, no other power, no other name is like his, consuming like fire, raising the dead, unshakably triumphant — and all the more after those brief moments when it has looked to human eyes like defeat.


What more can we possibly say? Holy, holy, holy.


Come and Call Him Father


How, then, in the face of such authority, such glory, such power, do we not cower? How can we hear his summons and come with anything but dread? Why do we not flee, futile as it would be, from such majesty when we, in ourselves, are deserving of no more than woe?


Because the holy God is not only awesome in authority and power, but also in grace and mercy. Who else is like him? Who else is holy? Who else, as the capstone of his glory, rescues sinners like us from our failings? Who demonstrates his love toward us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us?


This holy God sent his own Son. He offered him up for our sins. And he raised him from the dead, seated him at his right hand, and now, through faith in him, extends to us all the rights and privileges of divine sonship. Only the holy God.


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Facing Your Giants - Part 4

July 15, 2020

During these difficult times, It is so important to anchor ourselves in God's promises! God is our refuge and strength through all life's trials.


Click here to watch a video where Max Lucado shares some of God's promises we can cling to, be encouraged and receive hope.


Scriptures: 

1 Samuel 21:1-22:1

David went to Nob, to Ahimelek the priest. Ahimelek trembled when he met him, and asked, “Why are you alone? Why is no one with you?”

David answered Ahimelek the priest, “The king sent me on a mission and said to me, ‘No one is to know anything about the mission I am sending you on.’ As for my men, I have told them to meet me at a certain place. Now then, what do you have on hand? Give me five loaves of bread, or whatever you can find.”

But the priest answered David, “I don’t have any ordinary bread on hand; however, there is some consecrated bread here—provided the men have keptthemselves from women.”

David replied, “Indeed women have been kept from us, as usualwhenever[b] I set out. The men’s bodies are holy even on missions that are not holy. How much more so today!” So the priest gave him the consecrated bread,since there was no bread there except the bread of the Presence that had been removed from before the Lord and replaced by hot bread on the day it was taken away.

Now one of Saul’s servants was there that day, detained before the Lord; he was Doeg the Edomite,Saul’s chief shepherd.

David asked Ahimelek, “Don’t you have a spear or a sword here? I haven’t brought my sword or any other weapon, because the king’s mission was urgent.”

The priest replied, “The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in the Valley of Elah, is here; it is wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod. If you want it, take it; there is no sword here but that one.”

David said, “There is none like it; give it to me.”


That day David fled from Saul and went to Achish king of Gath. But the servants of Achish said to him, “Isn’t this David, the king of the land? Isn’t he the one they sing about in their dances:


“‘Saul has slain his thousands,
    and David his tens of thousands’?”

David took these words to heart and was very much afraid of Achish king of Gath. So he pretended to be insane in their presence; and while he was in their hands he acted like a madman, making marks on the doors of the gate and letting saliva run down his beard. Achish said to his servants, “Look at the man! He is insane! Why bring him to me? Am I so short of madmen that you have to bring this fellow here to carry on like this in front of me? Must this man come into my house?”

David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. When his brothers and his father’s household heard about it, they went down to him there.


Psalm 57:1

Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me,
    for in you I take refuge.
I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings
    until the disaster has passed.


Reflection Questions:
• What excuses are you holding onto that are stopping you from facing your giant?
• When life beats you down, where are you finding your refuge and strength?


Prayer:
Heavenly Father, who became a refuge for David and who becomes a refuge for us, we pray that when we face tiresome circumstances, we would find our rest in you. When we feel like the consequences of sin are too heavy to bear, we pray that you would carry our burden. When life is unfair and unkind, help us to rely on your strength for the passion to face our giants. We pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.


God at Work - Even When We Feel Like Giving Up

July 7, 2020 - by Susan Janetti (founder of Zimbabwe Gecko Society)

I am learning that even when you “feel” quite sure it is time to give up and retire from missions work it is not up to us. It is up to us to ask God daily, “What do You have planned for me today?”  For, if we relied on our “feelings” we will lose out on seeing what God does through us and even what He does without us.  When God calls us to service it is not up to us to determine when we quit. I do not think we are ever supposed to “quit”. No matter our circumstances, there is always something God requires of us to do.


Last August, both Frank and I were not sure if we were going to live another day. We were both in hospital; me in Abbotsford and Frank in White Rock.  We relied on God.


When we got home, we both agreed it was time stop work in Zimbabwe.  One of the reasons was there are no reliable hospitals at hand in Zimbabwe. Another reason was our age: 72 and 78. A third reason was with my heart issues and Frank's cancer, travel insurance was exorbitant. So, we discussed how to go about shutting down the society.


The very next morning I had a call from a donor. “Are you planning on going back to Zimbabwe?  If so, I will pay your travel insurance which I am sure has gone up after your hospital stay.” So, we decided one more trip. We had to!  Was that not an answer to prayer?


The very next day we had a call from Dr. Jerome Harvey in Thunder Bay MEMO saying,  “ We have goods for a container for you. We plan to send it in February, will that fit in with your trip?”  We had planned to fly out on April 15th before airports were closed. “Wow”, I said, "We usually travel January to April.  We have just changed the date and it will fit in perfectly.” Two days later Jerome called again. "We have another container, so you can expect 2." Then it changed to 4. Wow, God was really telling us something. But Frank still had cancer in 3 major organs!  We decided, in faith, to make the plans and travel regardless and to carry on.  What more evidence did we need that we were meant to go?


In February, this year, Frank underwent more treatment for cancer.  This time it was lung, liver, and bladder. Doctor’s had not wanted to give him any more treatment but, seeing as he survived in August, decided to go ahead with radiation and ablation. Last chance! He recovered well, so we purchased our tickets to Zimbabwe. Now in July, he has been told that right now, and for the first time in 12 years, he has no major organ cancer to be seen! He was told not to come back for six months.  Friends have called him the miracle man, but now the doctors are saying it. Praise the Lord!


Also, my heart seems to have settled down as to some of the adverse reactions to the medicine I am taking.


But, due to Covid19, we were not able to travel. This was another learning curve for me.  We now had 6 shipping containers arriving in Zimbabwe; 2 from CRW and 4 from MEMO and I was “stuck” in Canada. Reluctantly, I released the opening of the containers to God’s control.  Erick, our manager at the Rasper project, was given the responsibility. Once I had released the container from my control things went well without me, although I was involved as I was the only one who knew where  goods were supposed to go.  So, one photo at a time and working with the packing list, we were able to distribute all goods to where they were intended. I learnt a lot about myself   with this process and learnt a lot about letting go and letting God.


This year we were unable to fundraise with talks and garage sale, etc., but we had donations made from the most unexpected people and places. Frank and I laughed and said we are either going out with a big bang or God's not finished with us yet.


Frank and I now talk about God’s sense of humor. We are never in control, nor should we be.  We just need to live day to day and see where we are led by the Holy Spirit. We now plan ahead ,but with open hearts for change of any kind.


Susan Janetti


God loves you so much He sent His only Son, Jesus, to die on the cross to pay the penalty all of our sins deserve. 


God created everything and is in control and in charge of everything. He wrote a book (the Bible) to show us how to live and how we can have a relationship with Him and be saved.


We ALL have sinned. We all choose to disobey God every single day. That is sin. Sin separates us from God.

"For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God" Romans 3:23


The penalty of sin is death.

The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23


Just as in a court, we wouldn't think a judge is fair if he just let's guilty people go free, God isn't fair if he just let's us go free. A payment must be made for the offence. 


If someone is guilty of a crime and is given a million dollar fine or jail, and someone steps up and pays that fine, the guilty person is set free.


Jesus paid our fine, but at a much higher price, death. Something we could never do.

He died on the cross in your place so you could be free. Even when He knew you were a sinner. 


Jesus paid the penalty for our sins

God proves His love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8


Jesus rose again proving that His death was accepted by the Father. Because Jesus gave up His life for us, we can be welcomed into God's family for eternity when we trust in Him. 


It is a free gift that must be received by faith.

Believe on the the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved. Acts 16:31

He that hears my word, and believes on Him that sent me HAS everlasting life and shall not come into condemnation. John 5:24


Call upon Jesus today!  

If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you WILL be saved. Romans 10:9


None of us know when our last breath will be.


Today is the day of salvation. What are you waiting for? It is the best and most important thing you will ever do in your life.


Just pray whatever is in your heart right now.

Ask God to forgive you for your sins. Tell Him you're sorry. Thank Him for sending Jesus to die for you and ask Him to save you.


God knows your heart. You can't fool Him.

If you truly want to be saved - and call out to Him right now - He will save you!

Let us know you prayed

The Extraordinary Ordinary

July 3, 2020 - A Devotional by Jennifer Friesen

When I was growing up, we often took a summer holiday as a family. Either we would travel to Calgary to visit my grandparents, or we would have a family vacation somewhere for a week or two. We saw Niagara Falls, went to Disneyland (twice!), visited Las Vegas, and did a road trip through the northern States. I know now that I was spoiled. But because of my upbringing, I’ve always viewed summertime as the time for adventures and travel.


With four kids and graduate degrees constantly in the works, my husband and I have not had the means to take our kids on many adventures of that kind. This August, my husband and I had finally planned the trip of a lifetime – a 20th anniversary trip to Peru! But due to COVID-19, that won’t be happening now. It is too sad to think about, so I’ve been compensating by trying to find fun things for us to do closer to home.


I have been brainstorming possible outings for my family within southern BC, things that we can all do together that will appeal to both our youngest child and our oldest. It’s not as easy as you might think! I want to avoid crowds, and I don’t want to spend a fortune. There are a few family camps happening, but the kids aren’t interested. I feel restless and frustrated, especially when the kids remind me that they are perfectly happy to stay at home all summer doing nothing. (Nothing means mostly video games.) If I do manage to plan a few outings, I will probably have to bribe/threaten them just to get them to join me!


I have started to suspect that the lack of a summer adventure is a “me” issue, not an actual problem. Why am I so discontented with staying home? I have everything I need here. Why do I think that we can’t make good family memories at home, or that we have to go somewhere special to have fun together? How much of my discontentment is actually greed?


1 Timothy 6:6-7 says, “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.”


I am realizing that I haven’t been content with just food and clothing for a long time, and I have so much more than that! I have a comfortable home, all kinds of entertainment options, extended family nearby, a job I love, and a beautiful coastal city to explore. I have absolutely no reason to feel discontented, even if I never leave this city again. Adventures with God are not defined in terms of location, anyways. Every single day is supposed to be an adventure of trusting him, getting to know him better, and learning to love one another more.


I am praying that God will help me to find the extraordinary moments in the ordinary days of this summer. I want to be content with what I have been given this year, and not constantly wishing things were different. It seems that our society has condoned, and even encouraged, a culture of complaining about 2020. As followers of Christ, let’s be known instead for our contentment, our optimism, and our ability to make the best of things. Let’s commit ourselves to finding joy this summer in the extraordinary ordinary moments at home with our families. God is here, now, with us – what more could we want?  


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