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“All Things Are Working For Our Good”
Contributor: Rev. Thomas Wynne
July 19, 2021
In Romans 8:28 we find these words “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
This verse assures us that no matter what, we who love God and have been called according to His purpose go through in this life God will bring us through it. Therefore we should find peace in the midst of all circumstances knowing that no matter how bad it appears that God is working behind the scenes and that the final results will be for our good and for His glory.
Philippians 4:11-12 says “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.”
We must allow the Holy Spirit to teach us as He taught Apostle Paul. He will teach us all things and brings all things to our remembrance. He will teach us that all we need for our present circumstances God has already given it to us. He will teach us how to live victoriously no matter what situations or difficulties come our way.
The ability to live victoriously in all circumstances does not come naturally; it must be learned through dependence on Christ. It is through Christ who gives us strength that we are able to do all things. Everything that God has purposed us to do for Him and everything that we will encounter in life we can do and bear for He equips and empowers us through His Holy Spirit.
We do thank God for all of His gifts He blesses us with and for all of the blessings He bestows upon us and one of the greatest blessings is His strength that is made perfect in our weakness. We rejoice greatly in the Lord for His concern for us in that all things are working together for our good.
Prayer for the week:
Father God, thank you for your care and concern for us. In the midst of life’s trials, tribulations and difficulties you are constantly working things out for our good. Holy Spirit continue to teach us to learn how to be content in whatever state we are in for no matter what the circumstance you are there giving us the strength to endure and hold on to see what the end will be. For this we give you praise, In Jesus Christ name we pray. Amen.
“Thoughts of the Mind”
Contributor: Rev. Taylor
June 28, 2021
Colossians 3:2-3 - Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
Every moment of our day, our mind is always occupied with something. We might be engaged with work, home, school, whatever is on television or what is happening on social media. Our eyes and ears play a big part in what goes on in our mind. What we hear and what we see will influence how we think and how we behave. But we must take authority over what we allow our minds to focus on. The Word says, “set your mind on the things above”, which is to put or bring our mind on the things that matters to God. Setting our sight on the realities of Heaven, striving to put Heaven’s priorities into daily practice. Recognizing that we do not work to please man but to please God.
So, whatever we do, whether it’s on our jobs, in our churches or in our homes, think about who gives the ultimate rewards for what we do. Think about who truly sees our hearts and our intentions, whether good or bad. God knows that we live in a world full of every distraction under the sun. But we cannot allow our mind and our focus to be distracted by the lust of this world. Money, material things, prestige and position in this world cannot be the driving force why we get up each morning.
We must set our mind on the Author and Finisher of our faith, Jesus Christ who holds our lives in His hand. We do not have the ability to keep ourselves, so we must turn our mind and heart over to God so He can direct us on how to think. Allowing the Holy Spirit who will bring everything that God wants, back to our memory. He is our helper, who will mold our thought process according to the Word of God. And in so doing we will live according to Philippians 4:8 that says, Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy, meditate on these things.
Prayer of the week:
Heavenly Father, help me to commit my thoughts to you every day. Protect my mind from the evil of this world and let the mind that is in Christ Jesus be in me also. Pull my focus off the things and the people of this world and set my mind on the things above. Lord, saturate me with your thoughts so that your will and your purpose be fulfilled in my life. In the name of Jesus Christ, my Savior I pray. Amen.
Quality Time With God
By: Online Pastor Dianne Ashton