Seeking God in troubling times

Have you ever been in a difficult trial and you knew that you were in the trial because of your own sin? You knew that you should cry out to God for help, but you were afraid to do so because of your sin. Or, maybe your problems were not due to deliberate sin, but rather because of immaturity or stupid decisions. Sometimes even though I have prayed for guidance and wisdom, I still have done something that resulted in a heap of trouble. What should you do at such times?

Psalm 25 teaches us to seek God in the hard times, no matter for what reason we are in those hard times. It seems to me that James 1:5-6 is a succinct summary of Psalm 25: “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.”

Try God, He still loves us and willingly forgives.

Silence is Golden

The answers you seek never come when the mind is busy, they come when the mind is still.

Psalms 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God! I will be praised among the nations, I will be praised in the earth.

Oftentimes  we are so busy, trying to figure out ways to  get us through or over our obstacles that we make them even worse. Our “Stinkin Thinking,” according to scripture, only leads us down a path of destruction. Be still! Be quiet! Listen…Hear His voice! God is speaking and wants to show Himself strong in your situation so that the world knows the God you serve.

Discipleship

When Christ calls a man, He bids him come and die. There are different kinds of dying, it is true; but the essence of discipleship is contained in these words. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Luke 9:23 And He said to all, If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.

Real discipleship  requires us to leave this life and embrace the life of Christ. Many people will wear a cross, but not bare a cross.  If you are not willing to look like Christ in all things, you are not willing to look like Him at all.

 

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We would like to personally welcome you to FSMBC.com. Our prayer for you is that the God of all grace anoints you with fresh oil and His precious Spirit illuminates the Word as you read. May He empower you to effectively communicate to others the vibrant hope that He has given you to persevere the struggles that you have overcome and continue to overcome. Furthermore, my wife and I pray that your home be a reflection of the joy and peace that God has promised to all of His children who follow Him. We bless your children, the fruit of your body. We speak life into your marriage, your ministry and your mission. As you lie down at night we pray for more than sleep. We pray for rest. Rest in Him and arise refreshed for we need you. Your prayers, your support and your love are important to us. So we pray you will take care of yourself.