Welcome back to the next session of Faith Matters. God has been good to me, how about you? I hope that everyone is having an awesome time with their family and friends for Easter. Don’t forget that when you are together to share what Jesus has been doing in your life. It is easy to be around those you know so well and only talk about what you have been missing and leave out what God is doing.
I recently found out that some of my friends from the radio station had an unfortunate event happen at their house. I was reading what happened and my heart sunk in pain for them. Long story short they came home to find out their house caught on fire due to an electrical issue. Can you imagine being in their shoes at this very moment? Where would you stay? How do you afford to buy new clothes? What are you going to eat? So many questions that would be flooding through your mind, at that very moment. I can tell you that this family is securely standing on their Rock. I don’t just mean a normal rock that you find on the side of the road, but the Rock of all ages, Jesus. Did you ask the normal question that any person who doesn’t believe in God would ask? Why would God let such a precious family lose their house and all of their belongings?
I am here to tell you that God works in mysterious ways. I am banking on the fact that some marvelous testimony of God’s love and outpouring from His people will surface. I am believing that God has a new direction for the Burns family. Sometimes it just happens that God has to prune our branches so that we can produce more fruit for Him. The normal person would be upset and look at this as a setback, but the Burns family looks at the glass and says it is half full. I had the opportunity to stop by and fellowship with them briefly on my travels in Georgia the other day. I gave them a care package and of course some much needed hugs. When you lose everything you have it helps us to realize what is more important in life. Robert was telling me about his pillow and how he had the same pillow for years but in the motel the pillow wasn’t very comfortable so he had to beat it into something he could sleep on. We both chuckled. Even in the darkest hour God is shining bright.
Let us open up in prayer, Heavenly Father, although things happen in our lives, we don’t always know or understand your plan. God we ask for those who are struggling today, that you will be their comforter. For those who are trying to make ends meet, that you will provide for their needs in such a way that they will give you the glory. God I thank you for what you have done in my life, I thank you for freeing up my finances to be able to provide for others in need. Lord I pray that you continue to keep my heart and hands open to your blessings so that as you give to me I am able to flow those blessings into the lives of others. Lord I thank you with all of my heart, in Your name we pray, Amen.
Speaking of Rocks, when life is falling apart who do you turn to?
2 Samuel 22:2 He said, “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
When God is your Rock all of the burdens, problems, pain all seem to fade away
God is your deliverer, what does that mean to you?
God doesn’t sit back and watch you toil in vain, God comes to rescue, God delivers you out of your bondage
I feel like the biggest problem with using God as our Rock is those Christians who only call upon His name when trouble arises
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
When you read the Bible are you letting the word of God speak to you?
Jesus came to earth to be the sacrifice for a lost world
Jesus hasn’t left you, He is always by your side just like He was with the disciples
Just like Jesus wanted then, He wants you to live your life pleasing to the Father
Love on another, don’t let anything cause you to harvest anger or resentment towards another
Matthew 4:7 Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
When the storm is raging have you ever tested God?
Have you ever tried to make a deal with The Lord?
I have to be honest, there was one time that I did test God
My daughter was sick; she had been sick like this more than once and was needed breathing treatments. I was praying and begging God to heal her from this. I asked God to take away her sickness and I promised that I would raise her to know Him. I sat there with her in my arms while she was coughing, she was trying to sleep but the cough kept waking her up. I know now that I should have never given God a response like this or like trying to make a deal with Him. But as a parent when you are at your wits end, you get desperate. Never let your desperation get you to the point that you even think to test The Lord.
About a year later due to life’s situations I was not seeing my daughter anymore. I was concerned on many levels about this, but more so about my promise to The Lord. I promised that I would raise her to know Him, yet how could I accomplish this if I was no longer able to see her. I had to now pray on this matter constantly, that God’s hand would intervene and allow me to see her so that I could teach her about God. God does work in mysterious ways; several times she called me to babysit for her. I gladly said yes. Other times she had to go out of town and asked me to watch her and I gladly said yes. To me this was God opening the window to allow me to minister in her life. This commitment was made between me and The Lord, her mother doesn’t know about my prayer to heal her several years ago. I thank God every time I get to see her.
To understand more about my family situation you would have to go back and listen to my testimony. God doesn’t allow us to go through storms without a purpose for Him. Today I try to use all of my storms; I use them to show others the rainbow that comes after the storm. God promises far exceed the trials that we must endure. Don’t let your fear stop you in your tracks, God has a purpose for you and it shall be revealed to you when you are ready to receive it.
For those of you that are listening to this today, whether on the radio, through a podcast, through our sound cloud account, or maybe even through reading this online for those who are hearing impaired, I was told at a young age that I would preach the gospel one day. I doubted this proclamation because I was a shy young boy who didn’t like speaking in front of the class. God has a way of working on the hearts of men. If God wants you to do something, He alone shall remove your fear and thrust you into an environment that will provide fruit for His people. I never wanted to be famous, I never wanted to do more work than I had to, but God has placed a fire in my heart that I can’t put out.
God has set me on fire for Him. Not to get my name in lights, but to give God the glory. Today as we speak God has used our ministry to reach over 159 countries around the world just through YouTube. My vision could never have understood what God was doing. Today we have people reaching out to us for prayer. I have relinquished control of my life to The Lord. I have placed my fleshly desires to the side and answered His call. I pray that God will continue to use me no matter what the circumstances.
My challenge to you today is this:
Are you doing enough? Are you doing what God has called you to do? Are you sitting down waiting for God to knock you out of your chair before you will serve? How many people will have to die that you know before you will begin to reach out in love and share the gospel of The Lord? How long will you sit back and watch others trying to fight for your freedoms until you will stand up with them? How many more laws controlling your religious freedoms will have to be written until you speak out?
I am not asking you to do something because of what I am saying. I am asking you to seek out your own heart. Seek out what God wants you to do with your life. Are you standing on His rock today or are your feet in two different places? People are dying around the world for our religious freedoms while we wait and watch the news. God gave each of us our own unique life. Don’t waste your life wishing you had done something for The Lord. Make today the day that you start walking closer with God. If God is calling you to post Bible verses to reach the lost then do it. Don’t be afraid, don’t be ashamed. If each Christian just did one small thing to show their love for God then you would see a massive change in the world.
I want to thank you for listening to Faith Matters. Lord I thank you for the privilege that you have provided us here in America to worship you freely. I pray for those around this world that are not able to stand upon the rock of their foundation for fear of their own lives. Lord I pray that You will call out to the hearts of men, reach them, fill them with Your love so they can pour out that love upon the nations. In Your name I pray, Amen.
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