Today’s message is one that I needed to hear. Funny how God works, isn’t it? He led us to a series of messages about Bible heroes and in doing so He climbed right into our hearts and minds. He reminds us of things we have known but maybe have forgotten. He opens our eyes to things we never saw before. He encourages us to think again about what is most important, about His timing, and most importantly about His intimate love for us and His perfect plan for our lives.
If you have noticed in these messages, God notices man’s condition and cares about it deeply. Sometimes He brings deliverance, sometimes it’s discipline. In every case it is just what is needed when it is needed.
When God lays something on your heart, He intends for you to act on it. We must discern His plan, be patient with His timing and trust in His empowerment. These lessons for life are echoed again in the story of Moses, and I hope they will encourage us to be difference makers.
In His Grip,
This morning we are looking at one of the best-known stories in the Bible. I hope our revisiting a familiar passage will encourage us all to be faithful to our Lord in the time He gives us. Noah is testimony to the fact that God has always chosen His own as an act of pure grace, and that eternal salvation is because of His initiative.
Noah walked with God because his life was lined up with God’s ways. “Can two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?” Amos 3:3
A major “take home” of the account is to notice how Noah’s character and lifestyle contrasted sharply with all others of his corrupt generation.
If we want to be used by God to make a difference in our time, we must be willing to live differently than the common culture of our world. Take a good long look at the world and at our Heavenly example. It is not hard to find areas where we can make a clear commitment to stand up and stand out as different. It might be costly, as a matter of fact I can guarantee that it will be, but that is exactly what we are called to do.
Kudos to the fellowship team for their great effort on the last movie night. A great movie and turn out. Be watching for the next big event. Take advantage of the opportunity to get to know some new people and be encouraged in the Lord.
As we continue along, gleaning Lessons for Life from some of the great personalities of the Old Testament I want to remind you to not miss the purpose of these messages. That is sometimes easy to do when we are covering familiar subjects and stories. Paul tells us in Romans 15:4 that these stories were recorded to teach us and to encourage us with hope.
Today as we look at the life of Esther we can’t help but notice the invisible hand of God on her life and that life’s impact on the nation. Ironically, Esther is the only book in the Bible that does not use the name of God but you can’t miss Him there at every turn.
The attributes of her life, like faith, courage and trust can be duplicated in our lives as well. Remember, the stories are not just so we have heroes but to encourage us to be heroes, simple people who trust God and by faithful obedience, change their world for the good. We all can be part of a transformation story.