Posts Tagged ‘future’

Our Strength and Our Shield

July 20, 2015

Some evangelicals are concerned about the future.  As our society becomes more tolerant in some ways, it becomes less tolerant in other ways.  What lies ahead? I.  God is Our Strength:  Isaiah 40:28-31

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. 29 He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, 31 But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.

Our strength is limited.  There are times when we feel overwhelmed, worn out, perhaps we are questioning our ability to continue.  It is fairly normal for us to have those kinds of feelings occasionally.  Thankfully we are not expected to do the work of God in our own strength. “Those that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength.”  It is always important for Christians to spend time in the Word and in prayer.  When we are at the limit of our strength it is even more important to spend extra time in the presence of the Lord.  It is God who is the source of our strength for life and ministry. As we spend time in the presence of God through prayer and the Word, our strength will be renewed.  We can overcome obstacles by the power of the Holy Spirit that dwells in us. One of the themes that frequently reoccurs in my messages is that God will give us wisdom and strength.  If we ask God for direction and help, He is faithful to help those who turn to Him.  He will give us the wisdom to know what we should do, and the strength to do it. II.  God is our Shield:  Isaiah 43:1-3

But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the Lord your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I gave Egypt for your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba in your place.

The children of Israel were well aware of how God had brought them through the waters.  The story of the salvation of Noah and his family from the flood was a part of their history.  The deliverance of Israel  from the army of Egypt at the Red Sea was still celebrated regularly.  The entrance into the promised land by passing through the Jordan was a story told over and over.  Their history clearly showed that God could bring them through the waters. For those of us who read these scriptures today, we are reminded of the friends of Daniel who were cast into the fiery furnace.  The king saw, not three men, but four in the furnace and the three men came safely out.  The fourth looked “like the son of God”.  We are not alone in our time of trial, Christ is with us.  Truly God can bring us through the fire, or the flood. We are involved in a spiritual war that is played out on two fronts; the physical and the spiritual.  God is able to protect us on both fronts.  We may never know all the ways that God has brought us through the battles.  Sometimes we can see the hand of God at work, and other times it is unknown to us. Conclusion:  Psalms 28:7

The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, And with my song I will praise Him.

We do not need to worry about the future.  God is our strength and our shield.  We can face whatever comes our way. Psalms 118:6

The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?

These are the sermon notes from 7/5/15.  Any advertisements that might appear are placed by WordPress.  I have no control over them, nor do I receive any money from them. 

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Past, Present and Future

January 26, 2015

It is the end of 2014, or the beginning of 2015, depending on how you want to look at it.  Are you looking back?  Or looking forward?  As for me, I need to be focused on the present because I am supposed to be preaching.

Philippians 3:12  Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.

I.  The Past

As we think back over the past year there are events that stand out in our mind as good memories.  There are other things that are not so good.  We should appreciate the good things that happened in our life.   It is important to be able to recognize, enjoy and celebrate the good.

Those things that were not so good should be treated as learning opportunities.  We should learn from our mistakes.  We should learn how to deal better with adversity.  We should recognize that God will give us the wisdom to know what to do, and the strength to do it.  We can trust God to help us through the tough times.

II.  The Future

We can appreciate the past, and we can look forward to, and plan for, the future, but, we live in the moment.  We should seek to find the proper balance of fond memories, hopeful planning and current action.

We should press on.  This implies effort.  We should not simply coast through life.  We should actively pursue what God has called us to do.  We should continue to cooperate with the Holy Spirit, as He works in our lives.  We should be what we are supposed to be.

Don’t quit.  There are times when we may grow tired or discouraged, but we should not give up hope. God has promised to be with us and to help us through the time that we are here on earth.  There is a reason we are here.  God has a purpose for our lives.  We should fulfill that purpose.

These are the sermon notes from 12/31/14.  Any advertisements that might appear are placed by WordPress.  I have no control over them, nor do I receive any money from them.

Faith Factor

June 10, 2010

The world is filled with a variety of problems.  Pollution, wars, the economy, natural disasters, various assorted personal issues; there are lots of things to cause concern.  Some people are afraid of the future.

Faith eliminates fear.

I believe that God can give us wisdom to know what to do in any circumstance.  I further believe that God can give us the strength to do what we need to do.  Beyond that,  I believe that God is able, and willing, to intervene on our behalf.  Besides, there is the recognition that our true and greatest joy does not originate in the things of this world anyway, and that we have a hope that goes beyond the grave.

Christians have no reason to fear the future.

A New Day Dawns

November 5, 2008

As I am writing this blog it is literally, and figuratively the dawning of a new day.  The sun is just coming up over the horizon, and a new president has been elected.  What I notice most about this election is that it is not accompanied by an overwhelming sense of anger and frustration like the last two elections.  President Bush, from the first day, had to deal with a country divided, with many who were angry and vocal about the outcome of the election.

Last night I watched John McCain give his concession speech.  He was a man gracious in defeat, ready to support his new president.  The people had spoken, and McCain was humbly willing to accept their decision. 

It would do us all good to learn from his example.  We have a common goal in the welfare of our country.  We have common problems that assail us.  Let us agree to work together for a better future.

Hope

October 23, 2008

There are many things that I appreciate about being a believer in God, and especially in Jesus Christ.  One of the foremost is that as a believer I never need to lose hope.

If I am faced with a problem I believe that God is bigger than that problem.  That God, if He should chose to do so, could completely remove the problem in a supernatural way.

If that doesn’t happen, then I believe that God can give me wisdom and strength to deal with the problem.  That all things are possible.  That God will make a way.  That God can work through me to solve the problem.

If the problem remains, I know that God will give me the grace to deal with the situation.  That whatever life may throw at me, that God is my strength and my shield.  It will be OK.

Finally, my hope is not anchored in this life, but in the life to come.  That even if this life turns bad and ends ugly, that there is a new life in the future for all who believe in, and serve the Lord Jesus Christ, who has said that He has gone to prepare a place for us.

No matter what,  I have hope for the future.

That is a good thing.