We hear it often - God's in control. I believe this is true all the time - including this season of challenge with COVID19. What about you? Are you still in control? This message takes a look at a familiar story and offers some wisdom to help navigate us through these unchartered waters.
After serving the Lord for over forty years, Pastor Danny Roberts has entered into his reward this past week. He will be missed for sure, but we are grateful for the memories and the hope that comes with knowing Jesus. Here are a few life lessons from Pastor Danny.
Salvation is a gift you receive. You don't work for it or earn it. Discipleship, however, will take some effort on your part. Salvation is instant. Discipleship is ongoing. As followers of Jesus, there are some things we can do in order that we might climb higher with Him.
Isaiah tells us God's thoughts are higher than ours. Some take this to mean that God is simply beyond us, and His ways are unknown to man. Surely, God is beyond us, but I see this verse as a call to think in a better way, to lift our thinking to another level. His Spirit is the key and the avenue in which we access the thoughts and ways of God.
Is it possible that we are at times the cause of some of the delay in our lives? Do we sometimes tie God's hands? At the same time, God will use every season of our lives to develop us and build us - even those that we may have put ourselves in with questionable decisions.
Reading God's Word is a needed habit in the life of a believer. We should take it in through the eyes on a regular basis - but it is especially good when we hear God's Words spoken to our spirit as we read. So, for he who has ears to hear, let him hear!
When it comes to prayer, we will always have those needs that we ask God to meet. There's absolutely nothing wrong, and our Father has given us this privilege. But I also believe that there are some things we need to speak to rather than pray about. This is where the Sword of the Spirit comes into play.
Hebrews 4:12 tells us the Word of God is sharper than a two-edged sword. It's also likened unto a sword in the book of Ephesians. The Bible is more than just a normal book. It's a weapon of warfare for fighting spiritual battles. But like any weapon, we must learn to use it.
In Matthew 5, we see where Jesus climbed a mountain to get away from the crowd for awhile. It says that the committed climbed with Him. Because of that, they received a special session with added insight from the Lord. There's a benefit to climbing with Jesus!