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Sunday, March 6, 2016

Sunday Words of Encouragement March 6, 2016

We had another good morning at church. We continued discussing Romans 12:12, moving on to the second phrase which reads “…persevering in tribulation,…” Other verses talk about us enduring hardship - 2 Timothy 2:3; James 1:2-4. Paul was writing from experience, explaining how to live and relate to others in the Christian life.  Although we have troubles we have already been told that all things work together for good to those who love God. Romans 8:28. That raises the question of “how is your attitude”?

Hardships make us dependent on God. Even mature Christians need to recognize that they are dependent on Him. He may use trials to reveal God's character. He wants His children to appreciate all that He has given them. He perfects us through our weaknesses and we are to be careful to remain humble and give Him the thanks and glory. 2 Corinthians 12:9.

Our Pastor’s sermon followed this theme. It was titled: “Just a Little More Time” and was based on the story of King Hezekiah found in 2 Chronicles 32:24 – 26. Hezekiah was a good King who removed the false worship and idols from the land. God have him wealth and victory over King of Assyria. But when it came time for Hezekiah to die, he prayed to God for more time. God granted the prayer with 15 more years.

Unfortunately, instead of giving thanks and glory to God, Hezekiah boasted to the visiting Babylonians of his treasury and successes, thus setting the country up for their attack. Hezekiah’s pride brought about the destruction of his kingdom. When he repented, God delayed the consequences, but still those consequences came in time. The lesson is one of caution: How vigilant are you? Are you seeking to serve God, do His will and give Him glory, or are you in danger of experiencing shipwreck? Humble yourself to His guidance and direction.

This is a good song recognizing God’s promise
and recognizing that His Grace is Enough!
Verses for Today:
2 Timothy 2:1-3 (NIV)
1 You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others. 3 Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.

I give you Thanks Lord that you have blessed me throughout my life. Guide me Each and Every Day and let me never forget that I have no success in school or life that isn’t the result of Your Blessings.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing your Sunday's Word with us Martha. I enjoy reading this post and where I stand with my love for the lord. I enjoyed the song very much and I think it was a good pick to go along with this post.


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