In the midst of this serious time in both our nation's history and the world, having serious conversation with our Living God is more than just a suggestion..
With the very real concern everyone has regarding the Corona virus, the reaction, e.g. the incredible run on toilet rolls leaving empty shelves, is indicative of mass reactions which can oftentimes lead to very unpleasant results. And what should our response be. Certainly to be responsible in our courtesy and care for others, but also not to be overtaken by fear and undue concern. The world doesn't get it, but our Living God has absolute control over what occurs in and on His planet. And nothing is going to go any further than He Who wills it. Period.
We need to get a grip on that reality and to understand our need to turn our attention to Him, and in prayer, and in every and all circumstances. Listen up to our message regarding the next beatitude, peacemakers.
God is looking to change us from the inside out.
As we continue in the Beatitudes, it's time for mercy, which is not about 'what goes around comes around'.
Grace vs. Mercy: There's the old expression that grace is getting what you don't deserve and mercy is not getting what you do deserve. We really don't want to be lackadaisical about God's mercy toward us. You really don't want to do that.
I think most of us, when we hear the word meekness we think of weakness. Aside from rhyming, we tend to misapply that word in general conversation. We are still working through the Beatitudes in Matthew chapter 5, the lead in to the sermon on the mount. Today Nancy unpacks the actual meaning of meek, revealing the nature of a wild horse tamed.
We've all experienced sorrow in our life. There's certainly enough tragedy in life to go around for everyone. But what are we sad about? Today's lesson is not about how to get saved and what you have to do to get there. It's a matter of, if you're saved, where's your heart in relation to sin. Specifically, your sin.
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