Words from the Pastor
And just like that we are done with March and April is upon us! The older I get the faster that time goes slipping, slipping. slipping into the future. And I know that this next statement is EGO (Extraordinary Grasp of the Obvious!), but we are one day closer to eternity than we were yesterday. Isn’t that exciting? Are you ready? Have you put your things in order down here on this earth and are you ready to meet Jesus? I hope so because I really do want to hang out with each and every one of you in Heaven! Now the only affair that needs to be put in order is your relationship with Jesus Christ. If you do not know beyond a shadow of a doubt if you’re going to Heaven or not you and I need to talk!
Talking about a relationship with the Lord, David sure had one, didn’t he? I was thinking about David’s Psalm 121. It is so beautiful. And I really like it in the KJV. It’s really lyrical in the KJV: “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.” Isn’t that amazing? David, a man’s man, a warrior, a giant slayer knew that he could not do anything if he didn’t rely on the Lord. And David also knew that the Lord would never leave him, never take a nap and would be his keeper always! And you and I can claim the same thing brothers and sisters! Jesus will never ever allow our foot to be moved!
You might say, “Well David sure messed up and David paid for it for a long time. Just read the story of Bathsheba and Uriah. God wasn’t watching out for David then!” but was that God’s fault? Did God make David look at Bathsheba and lust after her? Did God make David kill Uriah? Was that God’s fault at all? No, in no way was that God’s fault. David looked and lusted and acted on that lust. In the book of James he tells us this: “When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death (James 1:13-15).” So see, if you are tempted, just remember where your help comes from. It comes from Jesus. He is your author (He wrote your story), and He is the perfecter (He has already been there, done that and got the shirt. If we just look at Him and not on our circumstances, we will finish the race) of your faith (Hebrews 12:2). “Lord, help us to allow You to work in our lives and take control of everything that You set in our paths.” Amen.
Please let me know if you need anything. You pray for me and I’ll pray for you. Naomi and I love you all. -Pastor Steve