November 6, 2018

I AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE:

TO WORK THINGS TOGETHER FOR GOOD

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Often to get a prescription filled, the druggist will take several bottles off the shelf, mix them together and make a medicine. Some of the chemicals he uses may be dangerous and even fatal, but when they are mixed together in the proper amounts, they can heal your body. Have you ever considered that this is how God works also? He takes all our problems, and our situations, which look so terrible, and He mixes them all together in the crucible of His love and produces something that is very wonderful – medicine for the soul.

These verses give us many of the ingredients that God mixes together:

I. THE CERTAINTY OF GOD’S PROMISE
“We know” – All things will work for good, no questions, no qualifications. This is an ironclad promise from Almighty God Himself – Rom. 4:21. His reputation rides on His Word! All things will work for Good!

* F.B. Meyer, “If any promise of God should fail, the heavens would cloth themselves in sackcloth; the sun, the moon and the stars would reel from their courses; the universe would rock, and a hollow wind would moan through a ruined creation the awful fact that God can lie.”

II. THE COMPLETENESS OF GOD’S PROMISE
“All things”. Not “most”, not “some”, but “ALL”. In fact, everything in the life of the child of God is working for your good! Even the things you don’t understand, or even like! Notice some areas where God is working out our good and His glory:

1. Sweet Things Work For Our Good – It is easy to see how the sweet things in life work for us. (Home, family, health, wealth, salvation, etc.) These things are the stuff of life that make it good and make us feel good about things. In fact, these blessings from the Lord ought to cause us to want to be better Christians.
2. Sorrowful Things Work For Our Good – There are several examples in the Word of God where extremely sorrowful things happened to people and it all worked for their good in the end. “It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes,” Psalm 119:71. Often the sickbed, the valley of suffering, or the time of sorrow can out teach the sermon! When God allows a time of sorrow, suffering or pain in our lives, it is always for our good and for His glory. He never said we had to like it, but we should strive to be thankful! Remember, it is the eye that is washed with tears that sees the best!
3. Satanic Things Work For Our Good – II Corinthians 12: 7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9 And he said unto
me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly
therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in
distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. (To be Continued)

November 5, 2018

I AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE:

TO SHOW ME WHO HE IS

Psalms 46: 10. Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. 11. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

Being “still” is one of those concepts that is way easier said than done, especially in today’s culture. We are surrounded by advertisements that encourage us to constantly look and strive for improvements. This gives us a desire to continually set goals for our lives, be it, financial stability, professional advancements or just becoming the best version of you. There is nothing wrong with striving to achieve these goals. The problem stems when we allow these goals to consume our lives. As soon as we wake up, we begin thinking of ideas and tasks we have for the day. At night we cannot sleep because our minds racing with plans and solutions that we have to come up with in order to fix something that went wrong or how to improve something that went right, never taking the time to just be “still.” Trust me; this is an area that I really struggle with, and if you are honest, you probably do too.

Psalms 46 is a very interesting and encouraging chapter. Throughout this chapter it explains the dangers that we face, including natural disasters such as mountains being covered by the sea, floods, earthquakes and even the earth being removed. We also see the dangers from other people including rage, violence and war. Unfortunately, if you have tuned in to any news stations lately, our world is still infected with all these dangers. It is a good thing Psalms 46 does not stop there! The next thing we see is the protection that God provides. These verses continually proclaim God as our refuge and strength. Let me remind you today, that no matter the dangers you have faced, are facing or will face, God is and always will be your strength and refuge.

This leads me to my last point, the task he has given us. This chapter is filled with ways that God will overcome evil and how he will prevail. The only thing he asked is for us to do is, “Be still, and know that I am God.” Wow! He has promised to do so much for us, and the only thing he wants is for us to stop and know who he is. Sadly, how often do we actually do that? Here God (translated as Elohim meaning the Supreme God) is reminding each of us that no matter what we face in our lives, no matter the stress, hardship or burdens, that we cannot overcome this by ourselves. In the midst of our busy lives we need to stop trying to fix everything with our own abilities and remember that the Supreme God is with us, and He will prevail. I am persuaded that God will truly show me who he is when I stop trying to prove to everyone else who I am.

I challenge each of you reading this today to stop everything that you are doing right now and remember God. Think about who He is and what He has done for you. Praise him, for He is worthy of it.

Jacob Young

November 3, 2018

I AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE:

TO GIVE US THINGS TO ENJOY

Ecclesiastes 3:12 I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life. 13 And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.

As Solomon had studied life, he concluded a few things. He seemed to believe that the things we tend to think are important end up not being as important as we thought. He also thought that what we usually don’t see as that important ends up being very important. As Solomon continues to try to analyze life, he comes up with four things that he had found to be important.

1. TO REJOICE
Solomon found that life is too short to not find things to be joyful about. It is important to enjoy life. It is important to see and notice the blessings of God, and to have joy because of it. Solomon indicates here that it is a choice that an individual makes. We choose to have joy. We choose to notice the blessings of God. We choose to look at the positives instead of the negatives. Having joy will bring good things into your life.

2. TO DO RIGHT
“To do good in his life.” Solomon had studied the entire spectrum of people’s lives and he noticed that one of the most important things to do was to simply do right. It’s a choice we must make every second of every day. When we are right on the inside, it’s amazing how many things become right on the outside. Even when wonderful things happen in our lives, if we are not doing right, we will not have joy. The Bible says that “out of the heart are the issues of life”.

3. TO RELAX
“Also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour.” We are so busy trying to get ahead in life, that we fail to enjoy life. We are trying so hard to get what we still want instead of enjoying what we already have. God has not given us the things that we have in our life just to make us want more. God has given us what we have for us to enjoy them. I encourage you today, enjoy what you have instead of obsessing about what you don’t have.

4. TO REALIZE
“It is the gift of God.” Everything that brings joy into our lives is something that God gave us. It all traces back to the generosity and goodness of God. You and I need to look at everything in our life as a gift from God. Our job, our children, our home, our vehicle, our friends, and even our church is a gift from God. We need to realize that.

November 2, 2018

I AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE:

TO SEE ME WHEN I’M INVISIBLE

Mark 10:47-48 (KJV)
47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me.
48 And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me.

Bartimaeus was blind. He was not deemed important. If anything, he was regarded to be in the way. He probably felt useless. He could accomplish very little without others help. He needed a change that only God could bring about. Then Jesus passed by.
His Cries

1. He cried out for Jesus
When we feel alone, often it is because we are lacking closeness to our Savior. He alone is our satisfaction. We can fill our life up with things that keep us busy, but they leave us empty and alone. He heard Jesus was near, so he did everything in his power to access him. He shouted as loud as he could. When he was told to be quiet he cried “the more a great deal.” Today, we have immediate access to Christ. It’s sad we often push away the one who can meet our need.

2. He cried for mercy
He could have asked for sight or help to get off the streets, but he asked for mercy. He was asking God not to give him what he deserved. He realized he didn’t deserve anything good. When we are away from God, we can feel like God withholds good things from us, but in reality, he is withholding the bad that we really deserve.
His Change

Mark 10:51-52 (KJV)
51 And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight.
52 And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.

1. He spoke to Christ
He was brought to Jesus and Jesus asked what he wanted. The man replied, “my sight.” When there was a relationship with Christ there wasn’t crying out. He was on speaking terms with the Savior. He now had open communication with almighty God. When we go to God humbly and repentant, open communication to God is restored. That is when God gave him his sight.

2. He followed Christ
He didn’t stay on the street asking for money. He followed Christ. There was an immediate change in his life. He gained a relationship, an identity and a purpose.
If your struggling in your walk with Christ, I encourage you to put everything else away and pursue God with your whole heart.

Jeremiah 29:13 (KJV)
13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart

Jacob Jarriel

November 1, 2018

I AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE:

TO BLESS FAITHFULNESS

Proverbs 28:20 A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.

It is hard to be patient. Once we have a goal or a desire, we want to accomplish it as fast as we can. There is nothing wrong with that, if we realize that God does not always work that way. God does not speak favorably here of “he that maketh haste to be rich”. This word “rich” does not just mean money. It means accumulation or to grow. God says it takes time to grow and to build something.

One reason God does not want us hasty about things is because we might be tempted to cut corners. We can become so hasty to accomplish something that we sacrifice character to do so. Got also knows that when we are hasty to get something, we can tend to obsess about it. It can get to the point that it controls our life. We can also want something so badly, that we will end up making very unwise decisions in the process. In fact, it very well may be that what we desire is not what is best for us, but we are blinded when we move too quickly. God wants us to slow down, think about it, consider everything, and trust God in the process.

God says that “a faithful man shall abound with blessings”. “Faithful” is the key word. Being consistent, cautious, wise, stable, and thoughtful are very rare qualities. God is saying that if you will take your time, be faithful, be consistent, and don’t get to hasty or ahead of yourselves, that you will be blessed. Consider the long-haul. Quit fluctuating up and down emotionally, physically, and materialistically. Just determine to be faithful, and to be wise every step of the way. After everything is said and done, God’s blessings will be evident all over your life and family.

October 31, 2018

I AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE:

TO KEEP ME SATISFIED

Proverbs 28:25 He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.

I know what you are thinking. This is not a Biblical mandate to put on a few extra pounds. I have heard numerous opinions and jokes about this verse over the years. Most of which have nothing to do with what the Bible is talking about here.

Individuals that seem to be constantly stirring up things with others are normally discontent people. Pride has quite a stronghold on their life. They are normally never happy about anything. They are always the victim, things are always unfair, and they always have juicy information to share. Strife follows them wherever they go, but they never think that it is their fault. They are so discontent with their own life that they become consumed with everyone else’s. This verse teaches that it is a heart problem. “He that is of a PROUD heart stirreth up strife”. There are normally some major issues in their own heart. They have been disappointed by people or life. They have kept their eyes on circumstances instead of keeping their eyes on the Lord. They are always stirring up strife. They are critical of everyone else’s accomplishments, jealous of everyone else’s possessions, and interjecting in other people’s lives.

God says here that we do not have to be that way. God says, “he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat”. This word “fat” means satisfied, or literally content. It means that I am so content with what God has done and given me, that I have no interest in obsessing about everyone else’s life. I am so thankful for my possessions, that I am not jealous of others possessions. I am so thankful for what God has done for me, that I could never begrudge what God has done for others. When I trust the Lord, I believe with all my heart that whatever I have is exactly what I needed. I trust that God will give me what is best, and I will forget the rest. People that are stirring up strife are really deep down constantly searching for satisfaction. Isn’t it amazing that the only way to get that satisfaction is to simply be content with what you have? It’s trusting in God’s provision for you. I am persuaded that God is able to keep me satisfied.