Jubilee Weekly March 6, 2018

“The Fall of Man”
 
“God’s Mysterious Ways”
 
Someone has well said, “God works in mysterious ways, His wonders to perform.”
 
In Isaiah 55:8-9, we have God saying, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
 
Can you look back over the years to some confusing, painful time you were going through and now years later, see how God used it as a building block in your life? I think that’s what Paul was alluding to in Romans 8:28 when he wrote, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
 
The apostle had experienced many hardships as a Christian — prison, rejection, beatings, hunger, cold, shipwreck, to mention a few.
 
Listen to his perspective in Philippians 3:8-9 —
“Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith.”
 
Folks — trials though confusing and painful can enrich our lives spiritually and practically.
In Philippians 2:13, Paul wrote, “For it is God who works in you, both to will and to do for His good pleasure.”
 
When we allow God to work in us, it brings Him pleasure.
 
Here is another amazing truth found in Philippians 1:12-14 —
“But I want you to know brothers, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel, so that it has become evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ, and most of the brothers in the LORD, having become confident by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.”
 
Think about it my brothers and sisters. Our trials though confusing and painful can be used by God to —
1. Strengthen us spiritually.
2. Mature us in character.
3. Be pleasing to God when we yield to His will and His work in us.
4. Can result in the furtherance of the gospel.
5. Encourage fellow believers to be bold in speaking a word for Christ. March 6 March 6March 6March 6, 2018 , 2018, 2018, 2018, 2018
 
God is always present with us no matter what we face and He is our strength. Proverbs 18:10 —
“The name of the LORD is a strong tower;
 
The righteous run to it and are safe.”
 
The devil wants to discourage us with his lies but the writer of Hebrews 10:35-36 says:
“Do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise.”
 
I love what Dr. Charles Stanley wrote —
“Adversity has a way of pushing us beyond ourselves where we find God waiting to gather us in His arms. It stirs us to pray like nothing else can. And it is in prayer that we find shelter from the storms of life. Held under the canopy of God’s presence, we discover a sense of security and hope that we thought had evaded us.”
 
I know that some of you are going through some tough stuff. Always remember that —
1. God loves you.
2. God is always with you.
3. He wants the best for you.
4. He is seeking to mature you in your faith.
5. He wants you to grow and become more and more like His Son.
6. Your life can make a difference in other peoples’ lives.
7. You will bless the LORD by your surrender and obedience.
Remember to do what He says in 1 Peter 5:7 — “Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”
For His Glory,
Pastor Leonard