Welcome to another week. Anytime we purchasing items automobiles, homes, and products, most likely, manufactures include terms agreement, warranty, and instructions. However, our lives do not come with warranties or guarantees unless we belong to Christ.
As my day progressed, I previewed several movies on Pure Flix, before deciding on a movie titled "Play the Flute." It was about a youth pastor who accepted the challenge of teaching and guiding teens. Teaching 101 dictates any teacher first build trust and relationships before teaching them which he did. After several months just as Potiphar's wife accused Joseph of raping his wife, Genesis 39-10-20, someone also accused the pastor of a crime he did not commit. His only crime was teaching and loving the students whom the church entrusted in his care. Later, the senior pastor forced him out of the position leaving his students distraught. However, upon leaving the situation, the pastor's terms of agreement became extremely clear. First, he needed to trust God. Two- He also required assurance God would never leave him. Three- God would soothe his pain. Four: God was his protector. Five: God was his rock.
Term one: God can be trusted: The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. Psalm 18:2
Contrary to popular belief, God never told us our Christian lives would be easy. It seems as though everything that can go wrong- goes wrong, mainly after we accept Christ. Sometimes we get kicked in the teeth so hard it makes our heads spin. We often fall into situations we cannot escape without his help. No matter what we do or where we turn, we can't see any way out. During these times, we need to trust God without reservation. In this movie, the pastor was down and counted out by many; however, he trusted God. He did not have any other place to turn. And he believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness. Genesis 15:6
Term two: God will not leave us: And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the Lord God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the Lord. 1 Chronicles 28:20
The pastor felt everyone turned their backs on him except his wife and children. Sometimes we feel like that as well. It is during those times, people may tell us they will be there, however in the end they desert us. God is there in the bad times as well as good times. When our lives become disrupted by sorrow, sin, pain, loneliness, discontent, or any other emotions or hardships, it is hard to see or feel his love for us. It is in these times, it is most difficult to open our bibles or pray. However, God does not walk away; he grounds us.
But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil. 2 Thessalonians 3:3
Term Three: God will take care of our hurts and broken hearts. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time, casting all your worries on him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6
Different situations can cause anxiety or pain. At times we feel unloved, especially by those closest to us, which may include those in the church. Someone may say something which may not be accurate but seen as truth. As a result, we may feel betrayed or abandoned. How does a person forgive and keep going when their world seems crushed? Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Deuteronomy 31:6
Term Four: God will protect and shield us. But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil. 2 Thessalonians 3:3
God protects us from many situations in life that we can't see or understand. He extends his hand of protection by keeping us from trouble: Psalm 91. He provides a hiding place for us. Psalm 32:7. God is our defense. Proverbs 18:10. His angels become our protection. Psalm 91:11. He shields us from the enemy. Psalm 91:4. There are so many more verses that tell us he is like Allstate Insurance. "We are in good hands." A great example is during the time Daniel was in the Lion's Den. God protected Daniel, who would not bow to the king's edit not to serve God. (Daniel 6:16-22). Nor did Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, bow down to serve other gods. Nebuchadnezzar threw them in the furnace. However, the Lord protected these three young men from the heat. No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord. Isaiah 54:17
Term five: God will be our rock upon which we stand. He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved. Psalm 62:6
When trouble comes, God becomes the rock. His word becomes our get-out-of-jail-free card when we depend on him instead of ourselves. We place our faith in him, not individuals who tend to disappoint us. Jesus is the only one who can set us free and break the bonds holding us. He never changes. Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever. Hebrews 13:8 Our lives do not come with warranties or guarantees unless we belong to Christ.
Paul's gospel is the gold standard, as I call it. Once we believe this verse from the heart we are saved from the wrath to come. They read: Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
I hope this blog is a blessing to all who search for Christ. His love is unmatched and will always continue. He offers salvation- no questions asked. I'd love to hear from you. Please email me at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or mailto:email@example.com I hope you have a great week. Please do not forget to visit YouTube for the shortened companion video to this blog. Thanks for stopping by.