Sometimes even the leadership of a church finds itself in difficult circumstances. In this case it's cancer, and also in this case, it's Nancy. I must say, I was in shock, really not knowing how to react; rather numb. But we are adjusting, and I know it sounds trite that our comfort is in running as fast as we can to the Lord, but it's true. That's not some self imposed salve. It's real. He's real. We thank Jesus, Yeshua, the Lord of the universe, that He has control. And also that His history has been written and preserved for us to glean and find both comfort and direction in these times of stress. Let's listen.
Although none of us ever want to be in that place in life, some of us have sometimes been there. Never give in. Never give up. The blind man that called out to Jesus as He passed by, pressed by the crowd; that's who we want to be when in those difficult times.
All of us have a tendency to protect ourselves from being too self-disclosing. We build artificial walls and those walls are oftentimes the very thing that keep us from building healthy, strong relationships. Today we'll take a closer look.
Or tape over your mouth, whichever works best. Jesus did state that it's not the food you eat that defiles you but the words that come out of your mouth. They not only reflect what's in your heart, but once spoken, often initiate after-effects that you may not like. He also talked about the ears and eyes being the windows to your soul. Let's be careful to guard our heart.
Auto pilot living does not get you wisdom. Today we continue in Proverbs chapter 3.
Sometimes when we wake in the morning we feel "hey, life is so good", and other times it's a struggle to even get out of bed. And in between those moments are the ups and downs, the connector points, the things that make up the stuff of life.
Wisdom is our subject. We are in Proverbs, chapter 3.
We all want more peace in our lives, but how many of us are willing to shut up and listen. Why is it so important that others know our opinion about everything?! So much disagreement can be turned to unity if only we learned patience, keeping back, listening. Result... a quiet heart. Peace.
The subject of power we discussed last week was more outward looking. This week we're going introspective. Figure it this way; if Jesus is in fact returning within our lifetime, and the way the world is going it sure wouldn't be surprising if He did, then it becomes even more imperative to understand that we have been given the power, the power to change. Time to get serious.
Dwight L. Moody, while working in Chicago, was confronted by a man, an atheist, who challenged him to a debate about the reality of Jesus. He accepted, except for one condition. The man had to bring ten people whose lives had been transformed by what he believes and Moody would bring 100. The man declined. He said he couldn't.
Do we truly want our lives do be different, to have life that we never knew we could have?
For those of us who have gone through devastating circumstances, to the point where we really didn't think our heart could take much more without failing, these are the times when we need real comfort, the kind of comfort that can bring back complete rest in our hearts.
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