We’re taking a short hiatus for the next week. We’ll return with all new posts next Wednesday (or earlier). In the meantime, we will leave with a video clip of our very own missionary Mother Martha Turner, to who we wish a very happy belated birthday!
Monthly Archives: February 2012
I’ve been seeking the Lord for a word all day. I read through my devotionals and random Psalms. Meditated on scriptures and when I would sit down to write, nothing came out. Yet, at 9:30 tonight, I opened up my Bible getting ready to write about the awesome power of God and His ability to deliver us from all present trouble, but the Spirit led me to the following scripture:
I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place. The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me? The LORD taketh my part with them that help me: therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes. (Psalm 118:5-9)
There are times in life when we find ourselves in physical, mental, or spiritual distress. In these times, it is normal for us to turn to friends, family, social media, the internet, modern gurus, astrology, addictions, etc. The list goes on and on. In our times of distress it is a natural human response for us to turn to a god of comfort instead of turning to the “God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).
Do you know that God cares about you? Do you know that God cares about your hurts and pains? Do you know that He wants to comfort you? Do you know that He hears you when you cry out to Him in prayer? Do you know that He is on your side? Do you know that He is willing and able to bring you out of whatever you are going through? Do you know these things? Are you convinced of these things? Are you confident in the promise of God? Are you confident in the one that cares for you?
Whatever your situation, put it in the hands of God today and trust that He will work it out in your favor and for His glory.
- What the Psalms Teach Us (veritasmizzou.wordpress.com)
- Conflicts Without, Fears Within (susanjeanstevens.wordpress.com)
- How’s Your Heart? (noblewomen4christ.org)
- Giving And Receiving Comfort During Pains of Illness (chronicillnesspaindevotionals.wordpress.com)
- Keep Your Trust In GOD (kjvbiblequotes.wordpress.com)
Last week, we promised to bring you an upload of our pastor, Administrative Assistant Marvin Sanders, singing “Bless the Lord O My Soul.” It’s a week late, nevertheless…
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We pray that the blessings and favor of God be upon you throughout this weekend and the upcoming week!
The following lyrics are from Marvin Sapp’s “Place of Worship”, which is on his 2009 album, Thirsty.
Go find your place of worship
Look into your pain and find your praise
Every low place in your life
Prepared you for your hard place
Every tear you cried is water for
The garden of your victory
And even though you’re in the valley,
Victory comes through your adversity
Go find your place of worship
The beautiful lyrics of this song provide a word of encouragement to those who are going through or have gone through some hardship.
It is easy to get discouraged when you are facing a difficult trial. But Marvin Sapp let’s us know that the answer is to find a place of worship. This does not mean a “physical” place but a spiritual place, a mind set that produces worship.
When we worship God, we reflect on His many wonderful and glorious qualities: His goodness, His kindness, His mercy, His holiness, His power, His magnificence, etc. There are so many wonderful attributes about God. If we would redirect our attention away from our problem to the awesome Creator and ruler of the universe, we would find the strength to endure.
We have to understand that our trials always serve a purpose. We are going through for one of two reasons: so that God can change us or so we can be able to help someone else that will come after us. Either way, God wants to get the glory out of our lives. Therefore, since we suffer for His glory, we should turn our minds and hearts towards Him in worship. Whether we are up or down, God never changes.
From the Shiloh Review from April 2011….
When Paul says to present our bodies as “a living sacrifice,” he is telling us to live a life of service to Christ. As servants, we learn to submit ourselves to Him and to align our wills with His. Being a servant of Christ is not a simple or easy task. At some point in our lives, each of us will be asked to give up something for Christ. We may be asked to sacrifice relationships, jobs, homes, etc. for His glory. As we deny ourselves (Matthew 16:24), we may experience suffering, persecution, or some other hardship. This happens because we have made a decision to live a godly life (2 Timothy 3:12 & Psalm 34:19). Although it may appear to be difficult and unfair, everything that we do for Christ is in our best interest. Remember: we are reaching for the higher call of Christ. We are pressing towards heavenly goals. And if we endure these hardships, we will reign with Christ in eternity (2 Timothy 2:12).
On this Sweet Psalm Monday, we take a look at a few verses from Psalm 42.
Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance. O my God, my soul is cast down within me: therefore will I remember thee from the land of Jordan, and of the Hermonites, from the hill Mizar.
Oftentimes, in life we find ourselves burdened down with the cares of this life. Bills are due. Kids are misbehaving. A friend or family member has offended us. Problems on the job. Overwhelming schedules. Fighting with our past. Grieving the loss of a loved one whether through death or separation. Whatever the situation, life can be heavy at times.
It’s at these times that we must be especially mindful to give God praise. We don’t have to wait for Sunday Morning service to praise Him. When we wake up in the morning, and the pain of our current trial is weighing most heavily upon us, send a small praise up to the courts of Heaven: “Thank you Lord for another day,” or “Thank you Lord for waking me up,” or “Thank you Lord for carrying me through the night.” No matter what you are going through, always find something for which to give God thanks.
Perhaps, dear reader, you are thinking, “But there is so much wrong. Every time I turn around — it’s something else. I can barely recover from the last problem before a new one emerges. How can I praise God?” In verse 6 of today’s scriptures, the Psalmist says “O my God, my soul is cast down within me: therefore will I remember thee…” If you can’t find something for which to praise God in the present, praise Him for what He has done in the past. Think back. Remember the last time He did something great for you. Remember a time when He provided for you. Remember a time when He protected you. Remember a time when He comforted you. I can promise you, if you do this, you will begin to feel better.
“Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright.” (Psa 33:1)
“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted… To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.” (Isa 61:1,3)
You are only going through so that God will get the glory out of your life. He will give you joy for your sadness and you can give Him praise to relieve your heaviness. His joy will be your strength to stand firm and sure in the midst of your trial. So, always praise Him because He’s always worthy.
Tonight, we celebrate the life of a woman who dedicated her life to serving the Lord: Mother and Evangelist Bennie J. Stevens. As a great woman of God, her life was reflective of Matthew 23:11 “But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.” Truly, she possessed a servant’s heart.
Mother Bennie J. Stevens is absent from the body but, now, she is present with the Lord. In her absence, she would want us to carry on. She leaves one final word of instruction to those of us who continue to wait upon the coming of our Lord:
When I shall have to leave thee–
Please carry on in Jesus’ Name.
Please remember God gave Jesus that we can meet again.
Please carry on!
Please Carry On — Please look to Jesus and
Remember to say, even as the Apostle Paul–
I can do all things through Christ
Who strengthens me.
For my loved ones who have chosen Jesus as Lord
And may be questioning my departure —
God knows best and Jesus is there for you
Please tell the children to love Jesus & one another.
Mother Stevens impacted the lives of many and she will be sorely missed. Her life and legacy lives on in the lives of those who received her guidance and instruction and who walk in her footsteps. She has obtained the final victory and can now say, in addition to the other heroes of faith that have gone before her:”O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” (1 Corinthians 15:55). Bless God for a woman who dedicated her life to serving Christ. Let us be diligent to follow her as she followed Christ.