“For I know…” Jeremiah 29:11 (a)
This is not a movie. This is real life.
I just finished watching a TV episode about this couple. They had an argument. His feelings were hurt and he performed the man-hurt-emotional-shutdown. She packed her bags and was ready to move out. He came home at the perfect time to tell her that he loved her and he wanted her to stay. She stayed. They kissed and made up. How Sweet….
But this is not a TV show. It’s not a sit-com. It’s not a movie. Things don’t always happen this way. Sometimes, she doesn’t beg you to stay. Sometimes, he doesn’t love you back. Sometimes, you don’t make it home in the perfect amount of time. Sometimes, they don’t come back for a second chance. It happens.
This is real life.
But God is the director. He has the script for your life. He is the Casting Director. He determines who makes a cameo appearance and who will be the leading men and leading ladies. He determines supporting actors and actresses.
Either way. It’s His script and we’re all just actors on the stage. Follow His Direction.
As I watch the St. Louis Rams playing against the New Orleans Saints, I am among many that are surprised to see the Rams winning their first game this season. They were unlikely to win and any betting person would have bet against them.
The same thing can be said about many of us. Maybe you were a child of rape. Maybe you were molested as a child. Maybe you didn’t do well in school. Maybe you had a problem with drugs, alcohol, or crime. Maybe you served a prison sentence. Maybe you were promiscuous as a youth. Whatever the situation, you are an underdog. But God…
With God, your past doesn’t matter. He is the only One who can give you a clean slate and an opportunity to succeed in spite of your past. You can still win! You don’t have to settle for “less than” life because God offers you His best. Your situation may be set against you but God can and will turn it around for you!
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday. And GO RAMS!
We hope you are enjoying your Saturday! Tomorrow is Sunday, so, don’t forget to be at Sunday School bright and early!
This upcoming Monday will mark the first day of the 104th Holy Convocation which will take place at the Convention Center in St. Louis, Mo. For more details, be sure to check out COGIC.net. If you unable to attend, the Holy Convocation will be streaming live online. A link will be provided through the COGIC website.
Finally, please do not forget to support our very own Pastor Administrative Assistant Marvin Sanders on Saturday, November 5 at the 7:00 pm service where he will be expediting service.
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Scripture Reference: Mark 6:46-49
The fourth watch represents the darkest part of the night… Somewhere between three and six – when the sun is still trying to come up and the moon is sinking low. The only light you have on a clear night is the light from the stars…
Sometimes our situation becomes so grave and so difficult until we can’t see our way out. We can’t see an answer. It seems like we’re in darkness. But God sees you in every dilemma. Even when you think He’s not present, God is omnipresent.
The last account we have, [Jesus] was up in the mountain praying. But the Bible says that he saw [the disciples]. Not only did He see them, but He saw them roaring against the winds. God knows when you’re going through you hard problems. He knows when your going through your test. He knows when your situation is insurmountable. He knows when it’s more than you’re able to bear.
So the Bible lets us know that Jesus got up and began to move towards the disciples. Do you know that God will come to your rescue? He will come to your rescue at your most difficult time of need. God will be right there when it seems like you’re in your fourth night.
March 19, 2011
From sermon: “God sees, God knows”
Note: This sermon excerpt has been edited only for the purpose of print. All edits are only for clarification purposes.
If [only we knew]: the more we give to the Lord, the more He gives to you. Sometimes you can put in by faith [an] amount that you should not – remember the widow woman [who] gave all that she had – and God turns [it] around. And more comes back to you than what you gave… Sometimes when you invest in God, you end up with more than what you started with, because all you’re doing is sowing seed; and after while, you’ll reap a harvest.”
“When you have [miracle] experiences, you tend to have something to draw from because you remember what God has already done. You can begin to apply it to your situation and say, “well, God has done this before then He can do far more.”
March 20, 2011
“The Lord has kept me. He is able to keep to us. Not to say that everyone won’t have a ‘situation’ but He is able to keep you. If you have a ‘situation’ you back up, work on it and try it over again… God is able to turn things around for you”
March 20, 2011