Almighty and everlasting God, in Christ you have revealed your glory among the nations. Preserve the works of your mercy, that your Church throughout the world may persevere with the steadfast faith in the confession of your name; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
BE THAT GOOD EXAMPLE…
There is a lot of confusion in this world. He says… She says… The Government says… The Media says… you know what??? I say BE THAT GOOD EXAMPLE…
Let me explain… please share the joy of the Lord with others. As a believer in the birth, life, death, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ this joy will be easily seen by non-believers… Although tough times on “earth” might happen… These tough times will not last forever. I had a good discussion with my Pastor 2 weeks ago, and she gave me some AWESOME advice to get through my own personal hard time… she told me “ENDURE”… AWESOME… HUH???
To non-believers her advice would seem useless… However, I have hope for a brighter future. I want to share with you a cool prophecy I came across when reading in the book of Isaiah in our Old Testament… It reads…
Cyrus, God’s Instrument
45 “Thus says the Lord to His anointed,
To Cyrus, whose right hand I have held—
To subdue nations before him
And loose the armor of kings,
To open before him the double doors,
So that the gates will not be shut:
2 ‘I will go before you
And make the crooked places straight;
I will break in pieces the gates of bronze
And cut the bars of iron.
3 I will give you the treasures of darkness
And hidden riches of secret places,
That you may know that I, the Lord,
Who call you by your name,
Am the God of Israel.
4 For Jacob My servant’s sake,
And Israel My elect,
I have even called you by your name;
I have named you, though you have not known Me.
5 I am the Lord, and there is no other;
There is no God besides Me.
I will gird you, though you have not known Me,
6 That they may know from the rising of the sun to its setting
That there is none besides Me.
I am the Lord, and there is no other;
7 I form the light and create darkness,
I make peace and create calamity;
I, the Lord, do all these things.’
*PLEASE NOTE* Cyrus was considered to be God’s Messiah… HOWEVER… HE WAS NOT RESURRECTED… 🙂
To me, this prophecy is beautiful… I pray that God makes your crooked ways straight (Isaiah 45:2)
BE THAT GOOD EXAMPLE…
This brings to mind AWESOME encouragement from our brother Paul in his letter to Thessaloniki, written in the New Testament of our Holy Bible… It reads…
1 Thessalonians 1:1-5
1 Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy,
To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Their Good Example
2 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers, 3 remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father, 4 knowing, beloved brethren, your election by God. 5 For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake.
Paul’s letter is AWESOME encouragement for us as believers to…
BE THAT GOOD EXAMPLE…
*Please check out this blog during the week* I will be adding to this post… THANK YOU!!!
BTW- I AM READING THIS WEEK IN CHURCH…
10/12/2016 – Today I woke up with a pinched nerve… That pinched nerve did not stop me from being a good example…
I ALSO RECEIVED MY READINGS IN THE MAIL LAST NIGHT… I want to share the first one with you NOW.
Wrestling with God
22 And he arose that night and took his two wives, his two female servants, and his eleven sons, and crossed over the ford of Jabbok. 23 He took them, sent them over the brook, and sent over what he had.24 Then Jacob was left alone; and a Man wrestled with him until the breaking of day. 25 Now when He saw that He did not prevail against him, He touched the socket of his hip; and the socket of Jacob’s hip was out of joint as He wrestled with him. 26 And He said, “Let Me go, for the day breaks.”
But he said, “I will not let You go unless You bless me!”
27 So He said to him, “What is your name?”
He said, “Jacob.”
28 And He said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel;[a]for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.”
29 Then Jacob asked, saying, “Tell me Your name, I pray.”
And He said, “Why is it that you ask about My name?” And He blessed him there.
30 So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel:“For I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.” 31 Just as he crossed over Penuel the sun rose on him, and he limped on his hip.
WHAT IS YOUR NAME???
YOU WILL LOVE THE SECOND READING I AM SPEAKING BEFORE THE PRAYER OF THE CHURCH…