A WORD FROM THE EDITOR
Lord Out Loud, “Hope Deferred”
I read an amazing article on the blog lordoutloud.wordpress.com and I decided it would be good to share it. It takes about the importance behind waiting on God’s promises and the good that comes out of it; the things we learn in the midst of the wait.
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Sunday sermons, Wednesday messages
Sunday, May 7, 2017, “Wait (Isaiah 40:29)”
“He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.” (Is. 40:29 KJV)
“Waiting is your confidence in God.” If we say we believe He is able, and His Word tells us He’s not like man that He should lie, then why grow impatient or worry? We can’t only be for Christ when things are great and forget Him whenever a storm comes our way. “No pain, no gain.; you can’t get strong if you don’t develop yourself personally…” Unless you’re willing to go through, you can’t reign with Christ if you haven’t suffered with Him. Enduring the test and trials in our lives is what helps increase us in the Lord.
If someone called you a liar and challenged your integrity, you’d most likely be upset. So how do you think Jesus feels when you question Him at every turn? “Wait and occupy in the meantime.” The biggest issue for many of us though is we don’t want to work while we wait and we most certainly don’t want to wait. “Waiting requires patience… Be careful because not everything that looks good is.” You might be enticed to jump on something that looks like a blessing, but could actually lead to your destruction. Wait on God to give you the go ahead, “…you just have to wait on the right time.” Although it’s quite odd how when the Lord tells us to wait we desire to move forward, and when the time comes to move forward, we suddenly want to wait.
We all have been given grace and mercy, but that doesn’t mean we get to do evil and get away with it. At some point you will have to answer for what you’ve done, hence the reason for repentance. However this is also why we should thank Him every chance we get because God could have killed us but chose to spare us instead.
Certain situations come to help us understand who God is and the people He has positioned us to serve. “What seems like a struggle now will give you a victory on the backside if you wait… Don’t run from where God is sending you because it’s going to bring you closer to your breakthrough.” With power and great authority comes a lot of responsibility, but it’s bigger than all of us. It’s up to us to hang in there and work through our adversity, “Waiting does not mean you’ve given up… It’s means you trust that God already has a way made.”
Learn not to take things so personal because when you do, “you miss what Jesus had in store for your life.” Just as certain folks frustrate you, you frustrate God. Take it all in stride and handle people as Christ has handled you.
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Wednesday, May 10, 2017 “Fear: What Are You Afraid of? (Psalm 56)”
MEMORY VERSE: “In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.” (Ps. 56:11 KJV)
In Psalm 56, David is wrestling with fear, but he shows us how to deal with it. “Even in the midst of fear, no matter what it is, you have to trust God. The people [David] was facing were stronger than him…” He noted how they were all plotting against him, admitting that he was scared, but David also recognized that God was bigger than all of that. Scripture tells us in II Tim 2:17 that the Lord has not given us the spirit of fear. “[Jesus] didn’t say we wouldn’t be fearful, but we make a choice whether or not to trust in the Word and the promises He’s given us,” but you must first trust Him. Do you trust in His Word? Is the Word in you? Have you tapped into it?
If we examine Sampson, there were things he was taught not to do in order to maintain in God, but he chose a different route. It resulted in him losing his strength. “If we do not do what is necessary to maintain, we become like Sampson.”
When you find yourself in a hole spiritually, you have to willing to reach out for help, “How can you get help if no one knows you’re struggling spiritually…?” It can be hard to come to one another and confess where we are, but the enemy is strongest when we are silent. When we keep quiet the enemy wins. “You must recognize when you are under attack…” Once you do that, trust God to bring you out of it. As for prayer, when someone comes asks us to intercede for them we don’t need to know the details, “God knows what they need; just pray for them.”
David put his whole confidence in God and God’s Word, yet we fear people more than we fear Christ, “The answer to your fears and how you respond to them is in your Bible.” The moment we disconnect from the Lord and lose our urgency for Him is when we have officially veered off course, “David realized the most important thing was to stay connected to God…no matter what stage he was in or sin he committed.” David’s response was always the same: repent and praise God.
How much faith you have determines whether or not you can praise Him and trust Him through whatever circumstances you’re facing. “How can you trust Him if you don’t know what His Word says…if you aren’t maintaining through prayer and fasting?” Above all else, you must maintain, otherwise it’s all for not.
THE ART GALLERY
Using artistry to empower the Kingdom
BITS OF INSPIRATION
by Jacqueline S. Sadberry
Editor in Chief
I thought I would change things up a bit this week and feature a spoken word piece from RHETORIC 2016. The piece is called Facts by poet Michael Nelder:
After watching this, I began to wonder if I’m truly challenging myself to know God. Am I really taking Him in and building a relationship or am I storing up biblical facts but not really knowing Him for myself? I hope this piece will encourage you to reflect and spend a little more time with Jesus today.
Events, announcements for the month of May
Dates will occasionally be added to the calendar
- May 19: Pastor Prince’s Birthday