Monday, April 6, 2020

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU ARE CONFUSED!


Monday, April 6, 2020

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU ARE CONFUSED!

1 Cor 14:33
33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

Acts 9:22
22 But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ.

Two words beg for deeper exploration this morning. The first is the word confusion which we find in our first verse. It is the Greek word akatastasia and is pronounced (ak-at-as-tah-see'-ah). When pronounced it sounds like the noise of a machine gun and it means instability or disorder. The verse goes on to say that God does not “author” instability and disorder.

The other word is confounded in the book of Acts which means “to throw into disorder or to perplex the mind.” Paul, in preaching that Jesus was indeed the Christ, threw the Jewish system into disorder. He challenged long held prejudices and perplexed their mind. They sought to kill him.

What do we, as believers, do when we are thrown into disorder and perplexed? If confusion is a state of disorder and if we want “peace” instead, what should we do?

STOP! Back away for a moment. If what you are doing is confusing and confounding you perhaps it shouldn’t be done. Maybe there is a better way.

ASSESS! Evaluate and analyze the situation. Is there something you are overlooking? Have you tried everything?

REST! I know this can be a frustrating suggestion when there is so much confusion and so much to do but it was the suggestion of Jesus to His disciples when things became chaotic.

Mark 6:31
31 And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.

PRAY! Hey now, there is an idea! Why not ask God what to do?

Ps 120:1
In my distress I cried unto the LORD, and he heard me.

Dear Lord, in the confusion of this day help me to trust in Thee. AMEN

Sunday, April 5, 2020

GOD’S PROMISES FOR TODAY!


Sunday, April 5, 2020

GOD’S PROMISES FOR TODAY!

Isa 41:10-16
10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
11 Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish.
12 Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought.
13 For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.
14 Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the LORD, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.
15 Behold, I will make thee a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth: thou shalt thresh the mountains, and beat them small, and shalt make the hills as chaff.
16 Thou shalt fan them, and the wind shall carry them away, and the whirlwind shall scatter them: and thou shalt rejoice in the LORD, and shalt glory in the Holy One of Israel.

In these verses God promises…

1. His PRESENCE for the lonely!

One translation says: “Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.” (v.10) Anxiety is the companion of the lonely. When we are abandoned we long for a companion either to challenge our opinions or to confirm them. Jesus promised to be that constantly abiding friend we need.

2. His POWER for the helpless!

I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. (v.10) He is our strength when we are weak – help when we are out of resources – and support when we fail and fall.

3. His PROTECTION for the vulnerable!

Children and the elderly are particularly vulnerable in this world. Those who would abuse them should pay close attention to what the Bible has to say about God’s love of widows and orphans!

Ps 68:5
5 A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation.

4. His PURPOSE for those who feel useless!

I will make thee a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth: thou shalt thresh the mountains, and beat them small, and shalt make the hills as chaff. (v.15)

Dear Lord, thank you for being all that I need today. I bring to you my long list of deficiencies and you give to me your long list of supplies. AMEN

Saturday, April 4, 2020

WHEN MY FRIEND IS HURTING!


Saturday, April 4, 2020

WHEN MY FRIEND IS HURTING!

Prov 17:17
17 A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

           We are now experiencing a forced separation from close friends. To some it is an aggravation or an inconvenience but to others it is literally painful.

           I have been given by the Lord a keen sensitivity to the hurts of my friends. Sometimes it is a blessing and sometimes it is a bit of a curse. I am able to discern their pain even in a misspoken word or a shrug. Perhaps that is why I am a pastor.

           As believers we are admonished to be a shining light but a light that shines only in the daytime is not very useful. No, the light is needed in the darkness. So, my friendship may be steady during the good times, but it is especially needed in the bad. A brother is born for adversity. Consanguinity is a strange word which we do not use often in daily talk, but it simply means “blood relationship.” As believers in Christ we are brethren of the blood.

           When my friend is hurting, I will usually know it because he is my friend and we share an invisible bond. When my friend is hurting, I will feel some of his pain. I can’t explain that, but it is simply true. When my friend is hurting, I will seek ways to relieve him because when I relieve his pain, I relieve my own.

Prov 18:24
24 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

Dear Lord, you have stuck by me through thick and thin. Help me to stick close to my friends. AMEN