A Word From Pastor Keith (Friday)
Many have seen pics of the empty shelves at Wal-Mart recently where the paper products are kept. We've seen the cereal aisle and the bread aisle empty to. Something you may not be aware of concerning empty shelves. I was made aware through a post on Wednesday of this last week that revealed the aisle of shelves where Bibles are placed for purchase were virtually empty too.
God still has a way to get our undivided attention, doesn't He?
I've been reading this past week along with others in our D-group assignments from the book of Jeremiah most recently. I shared with one of my brother's in Christ yesterday how the word of God literally leaps off the page when this are in distress. I pray that we in this nation would not be in denial of what God is up to.
God is in the process of using a pandemic that the adversary purposes to destroy lives through to give human beings He loves the opportunity to be born again.
The Lord is permitting this event to shake the world, but He will use it to sift His church.
I read Psalm 85:6 this morning. "Will you not revive us again, that Your people (don't miss that) may rejoice in You?"
O.S. Hawkins comments--"For too many of us, it has been too long since we have experienced a visitation from heaven, a personal revival. While revival comes from the heart and hand of sovereign God, He still invites us to pray to this end: 'If My people, who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear...and will forgive their sin.'" 2 Chronicles 7:14
Hawkins continues--"When what used to slither down our back alleys now parades proudly down our main streets, is it not time to pray, 'Lord, visit us again with Your sovereign power?' When from much of the entertainment industry and social media we hear the raucous cries of a thousand voices calling our children to lifestyles of godlessness, we should be moved to pray for revival. And when we can imagine hearing the sobs of our Savior, who wept over Jerusalem, weeping over our own sins, is it not time to join the prophet Isaiah of old, "Oh, that You would rend the heavens and come down." Isaiah 64:1
I was reminded this week how repentance and faith are inseparable. Like con-joined twins. Repentance and faith are two sides of the same coin.
Human beings are required to repent of sin if they hope to experience and enjoy the life God offers through Jesus. (Luke 13:3) However, repentance alone is not enough. Repentance must be coupled with faith that God will do exactly what He promised for anyone/everyone willing to turn from sin and turn toward Him for life.
Faith in Christ means that I release my sin, my 'self' and my soul to His Lordship. That includes His leadership daily in my life.
A--all--*(everything I hold dear)
Through faith in Christ, I decide to deny self and rest the full weight of who I am on who He is and what He's done! (We'll talk more about that Sunday morning at 10:30, Lord willing.)
Repentance and faith set in motion the transaction of grace from God that exchanges the penalty for my sin for the provision of Christ's atonement. The moment I agree with God about my sinfulness and the separation from Him it caused confessing Jesus as Lord of life for life, my sin, then all my sin is forgiven and cast into the deep sea of God's forgetfulness. Psalm 103:12 I will never again be under any penalty of sin which results in death. Romans 6:23 Jesus has suffered the full and final penalty of sin on my behalf. I pray He has done the same for you!
God is 'rocking' our world to remind every human being that He is God and we are not. God is sifting His church to remind every child of God that He is Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer of their soul.
Covid-19 will be with us to some degree for the rest of time because you can't put this kind of 'genie' back in the bottle. Life will go on until Jesus determines differently. In the meantime, we must not focus on the loss of our comfort or convenience. Focus instead on the opportunities of grace that God provides for the salvation of any/all who will believe and be thankful.
Be a part of God's solution to fear through believing Him. Don't get caught up in the adversary's fear tactic or you will surely be caught up in the problems that come from it.
Through these 'strange' events of our time God is reaching down to all who will take His offer of grace to provide salvation and strength while there is still time to repent and return to Him. I pray that God will once again visit us with a 'strange' supernatural revival in His church through this time of sifting. Life may never be 'normal' again and that might not be all that bad when you consider all the good that God will do with it for those who love Him. Romans 8:28
God is able to deliver anyone from anything!
Are you available to deliver that kind of good news today?
I hope you are, and I pray you will!