All Things?

July 9 2018

A few weeks ago we talked about living in the present. I want to balance that with this question. Can you look back at a time in your life that you can call a defining moment, an ah-ha moment that made such an impact on you that it could have possibly directed your path for the future? For most people, these times are not just singular, but multiple.

It might have been a person that walked into your life, and made such an impact. It might have been something so defining from the Lord, that it set a clear vision of steps. Unfortunately, it could have been so negative, that you fight every day to not fall to the temptation to give up.

Every day we get to have experience after experience that mold us for tomorrow. Some of you have experienced that most incredible person walking into your life that became your mate, or the best friend that you will ever have on earth. Some have received a calling on your life so defining that it gave you a vision for your future. That calling might be full time vocational ministry, or it might be an administrative assistant, but the understanding and tools, wisdom, and knowledge that has been bestowed on you for carrying out that vision are very sufficient for the task ahead. Like I said, unfortunately, some have experienced such a hardship that may or may not have been caused by a personal decision.

As a Christian, we talk quite often about living a life of forgiveness, and free from bitterness. What do we do though, when something so hard happens, that it changes the course of the future for us?

Here are some hard words from Scripture. “In ALL things, give thanks.” What? Paul, you have got to be kidding. All? How should I not have the right to stay in my hurt? Well, actually, I can. It will just eat at me. It will cause me to be bitter and not thankful for anything or anyone. I was watching an old show the other day. This couple was moving and remembering the times they had in their former house. One of them remembered a bad situation for a moment. The other one made this statement….”without the bad times, we couldn’t understand how wonderful the good times really are.” Andre Crouch penned it like this in a song back in the “70s”.

I’ve had many tears and sorrows,
I’ve had questions for tomorrow,
there’s been times I didn’t know right from wrong.
But in every situation,
God gave me blessed consolation,
that my trials come to only make me strong.

Through it all,
through it all,
I’ve learned to trust in Jesus,
I’ve learned to trust in God.

Through it all,
through it all,
I’ve learned to depend upon His Word.

I’ve been to lots of places,
I’ve seen a lot of faces,
there’s been times I felt so all alone.
But in my lonely hours,
yes, those precious lonely hours,
Jesus lets me know that I was His own

Through it all,
through it all,
I’ve learned to trust in Jesus,
I’ve learned to trust in God.

HE WILL WALK US THROUGH IT ALL. Count it joy!

Songs for Sunday? “There is Power” and “This is Amazing Grace”. “Yours (Glory and Praise)” is a fairly new song for us. This song is written by Steven Furtik, Chris Brown, and Mark Brock. You will want to get it into your spirit and mind before Sunday“. We continue with “No One Higher”. Our life, based on 1 Corinthians 10:31 is to bring Him glory in everything we do. The Praise team will be singing a song for offertory titled “All to Bring You Glory.” Last we sing “You Are Lord” by Ray Chee for invitation. Okay…see you soon.

Love you,

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