Monday, August 31, 2009
God is Faithful
Lam 3:21 This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.
Lam 3:22 [It is of] the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
Lam 3:23 [They are] new every morning: great [is] thy faithfulness.
Lam 3:24 The LORD [is] my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.
Lam 3:25 The LORD [is] good unto them that wait for him, to the soul [that] seeketh him.
Lam 3:26 [It is] good that [a man] should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.
Throughout Lamentations 3, Jeremiah is crying out of his affliction and praising God for the good things He has bestowed upon Him. When we do recall the faithfulness of God, we have reason to hope! And God has been faithful to us, even when we aren't always faithful to Him. He doesn't give us what we deserve, instead He gives us more than we could ever ask or think!
It's true individually! He gives us salvation. But not only salvation, restoration. Not only restoration, but reconciliation. Not only reconciliation but joy unspeakable and full of glory! Love and peace! Gentleness and Meekness! Temperance and Faith! He gives us families that love us and children who amaze us! He gives us spouses who love us. And he gives us food, clothing and shelter. He gives us understanding of God's word and freedom in service to Him! Is there anything that God won't freely give to His children whom He loves!?!
It's also true corporately! Over the last month or so, we've seen this time and time again at Parkers Creek! WE'RE DEBT FREE!!! And with the financial freedom has come a spiritual freedom unlike any I've ever seen or experienced before. We averaged over 300 people in worship each Sunday of August. Many new people are being added to our number each week. People are opening up and sharing their burdens with one another, and we are gladly helping to bear them. Souls are being saved and set free to worship and serve Jesus! I was blessed Sunday to look out in the crowd and see a man who was saved recently raising his hand in worship of the King of Kings! WHOM THE SON SETS FREE IS FREE INDEED! We're experiencing services where I can't preach because the Spirit of God is preaching. We've seen God answer prayers for salvation and healing! One man was diagnosed with pre-cancerous cells in his esophagus and came forward asking prayer for healing. The next week, he went back, and they said, well it's so small now we can't really see it. GOD IS STILL IN THE MIRACLE BUSINESS! We do indeed serve a gracious, loving and merciful God who delights in doing good things for His Children!
LET US STAY FAITHFUL TO HIM, B/C HE'S ALWAYS GOING TO STAY FAITHFUL TO US!!! BE BLESSED THIS WEEK!!!