It’s inevitable in this world that we will have trouble; Jesus declared as much in his final message to the disciples. However, it’s vital for the child of God to not let the trouble surrounding us in this world sink down into our hearts. We can have peace, be of good cheer and joyful, and not have a troubled heart because Jesus has overcome the world and will soon return to bring his elect children home to many mansions in the Father’s house.
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We look at the amazing example of Abraham and Sarah’s faith to leave their homeland to journey to a land they didn’t even know where it was. They set the example for how we ought to live by faith in our lives as well, to live as pilgrims and strangers in this earth, pressing towards our permanent home, the city of God in heaven.
It can be overwhelming sometimes for how to begin or what task to start when we see so much that we need to do in church, work, society, etc. We look at the example of Mary who simply did what she could. She gave the very best she had to the Lord in sacrifice, in worship, and the Lord honored her sacrifice with a very godly memorial. We need to simply make a commitment to “do what we can”, to help others with our time, abilities, and finances, to serve others and honor the Lord.
How do we respond during a time of national health crisis? This morning we look at the example of King David during a time of pestilence in Israel. He places his hope and faith in God for protection and safety. God is our refuge and fortress and guard and protects his people like a mother bird protecting her helpless baby birds. We are sheltered and safe and secure under the shadow of the wings of our Almighty God.
For the child of God, the spirit that resides in us is not ever fully content here in this world. The regenerated new creature groans and travails in pain in this world all the time up till even now. The Spirit revived soul desires to be released from this bondage of sin and looks towards the second coming and glorious appearing of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We need to live with an excited anticipation of Jesus’ second coming and be saved by that hope here in this, especially during the trials of life.
In the midst of tribulations, it can be difficult to endure that severe trial and we might even be tempted to succumb to the temptation to blame God for our problems. Our hope can get very low, and even as the examples of Mary, Martha, and Jeremiah, that our hope might perish from the Lord. Then, we need to recall our experiences, recall our past blessings and deliverance from God, and have a revival of hope to trust in the Lord anew.
From October 2019 to February 2020, Pastor David preached through the Song of Solomon. This romantic musical in the word of God displays the love of Christ to his bride, the church, and the necessity for the church’s fervent love back in return to our beloved Husband, Jesus Christ.
God gave a prophecy hundreds of years before the birth of Jesus that the little child that would be born would be Emmanuel, or God with Us. It’s amazing that the little child of Jesus truly was God manifest in the flesh. While that is a mystery to us, it is also without controversy. Also, God is with us at all times, in our trials, in our tribulations, and even in the fire, Emmanuel, God is with us.
Today we need to take John the Baptist’s command to “Behold”, to observe with care, to closely examine the Lamb of God. Jesus Christ voluntarily became as a Lamb led to the slaughter, he opened not his mouth against false accusations, to give his life for the sins of God’s people. Now our commission as the redeemed people of God is to ascribe praise unto the Lamb of God – “Worthy is the Lamb”!