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15 Things To Do In Church Before You Die

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15 Things To Do In Church Before You Die

1. Pray

  • Pray till you get the absolute Victory.
  • Intercede for a lost or wayward soul.
  • Let God use you in the Spirit of Travail
  • Pray till the Fire falls.
  • Pray someone through to the Holy Ghost.
  • Pray before church.
  • Pray around the altar after church

2. Sing

  • Don’t make the Song Leader beg you to sing.
  • Don’t let the Praise Singers do your singing.
  • Sing till you cry.
  • Sing till you shout.

3. Shout

  • Dance in the Spirit
  • Leap for Joy
  • Lead. Be the first one to shout.
  • Run the aisles

4. Believe God

  • Believe God for a Healing.
  • Trust Him to supply your needs.
  • Believe Him for a Miracle and see it come to pass.

5. Get ‘Lost in the Spirit’

  • Be taken home drunk in the Holy Ghost

6. Witness

  • Teach a Home Bible Study
  • Win a soul

7. Say Amen

  • Say Amen from your heart. Be willing to Obey.
  • Stand to you feet and say Amen
  • Say Amen from even if you’re the only one.
  • Say Amen even when the Scripture or the Preaching touches a sore spot.

8. Give

  • Give your last Dollar, if God impresses you to.
  • Become faithful in your tithe and offerings
  • Give without expecting anything in return.

9. Read

  • Read the Bible through.
  • Have a daily Scripture reading.
  • Get a Revelation of One God.

10. Testify

  • Don’t give some narrative about “he said, and I thought to myself.”
  • Just brag on Jesus!

11. Fast

  • Fast to crucify your flesh.

12. Love Your Brother and Sister

  • Prefer them. Put them first
  • Let all jealousy die

13. Refuse To Listen to a Rumor

  • Tell the talebearer, “I really don’t want to hear this.”
  • Refuse to pass a rumor on.

14. Forgive

  • Put all your yesterdays behind you.
  • Empty yourself of all Bitterness.
  • Be merciful.

15. Get the Pastor’s Heartbeat.

  • Try to feel what he feels.
  • Work with him for Revival.
  • Feel the Spirit of Unity

Now, Let’s Have Some ‘Church’ Around Here!

Give God What He Can Bless!

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Give God What He Can Bless!

(Give God What He Likes, Give God What He Can Use.)

The song service had been sort of ‘average’. No one shouted. No one cried. We all just sang the songs and then waited for the prayer requests to be received. This Bible Study night was not going to be remembered for its worship service. I had done my best to lead the worship, but I just didn’t flow with the Spirit like I should.

On the way home, Dad said, “Son, have you ever noticed that God never blesses that last chorus you sang tonight?”

“No Sir,” was all I could say.

“If you lead long service in my church, then you need to be aware of what kind of songs God blesses.

“He doesn’t bless songs about ‘us’, He only blesses songs about ‘Him’. His Name, His Power, His Blood, His Love, His Mercy, His Grace. Sing about Him next time and He will bless it.”

“Thanks Dad.” I mumbled apologetically.

That, my gentle reader, is a lesson I never forgot. My Father was teaching me to give God what He could bless.

1. Cain

Cain never caught on to the concept. God was willing to bless a ‘lamb’ sacrifice. But, since Cain was not a sheepherder, but rather a tiller of the soil, he gave God fresh vegetables.  God couldn’t bless a radish, an onion or a rutabaga. Blood had to be shed. God was only willing to bless a sacrificed lamb.

Because God ignored Cain’s sacrifice, and accepted Abel’s lamb sacrifice, Cain got mad and killed his brother.

Gen. 4:3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.

Gen. 4:4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:

Gen. 4:5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.

  • There are some Sacrifices God can’t bless.
  • You will be disappointed when God doesn’t bless your sacrifice.
  • He can’t bless that which is against His Word or His Will

Some want the Blessings of God regardless of how they have lived. Blessings never come when you starting thinking outside “God’s Box”.

2. Saul

In a spirit of disobedience and arrogance, Saul kept the spoils of war, spared King Agag and offered up a sacrifice. Samuel pronounced the curse of God upon him.

Saul admitted he had sinned; yet he wanted to be blessed in spite on his disobedience. He never understood that obedience was better than sacrifice. Not learning that lesson cost him his kingdom and the blessings of God.

1Sam. 15:30 Then he said, I have sinned: yet honour me now, I pray thee, before the elders of my people, and before Israel, and turn again with me, that I may worship the LORD thy God.

Give God a life that He can bless.

Give him a heart that He can bless.

Give God an attitude He can bless.

If Your Life Is Filled With These, God Can’t Bless It!

  • Disobedience
  • Bitterness
  • Unbelief
  • Rebellion
  • Unconcern
  • Disrespect
  • Un-involvement
  • Addictions
  • Worldliness
  • Carnal Lusts
  • Sinner Boy Friend or Girl Friend
  • Immorality
  • Love of the World
  • Jealousy
  • Hatred

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Our idea of what God will bless, may be different than His.

Samuel – at Jesse’s House. Samuel was willing to anoint Jesse’s older sons to be the next king. God did not like what He saw in their hearts. The lad David was anointed King.

  • David’s heart was what God was looking at.
  • David had a love for Worship. No one made him praise the Lord.
  • David was always quick to repent.
  • God can bless that.

Give God What He Can Bless. He will always Bless:

  • Submission
  • Tenderness
  • Obedience
  • Faith
  • Trust
  • Mercy
  • Honor
  • Sacrifice
  • Repentance
  • Worship
  • Praise
  • Brokenness
  • Humility
  • Modesty
  • Holiness
  • Willingness
  • Hunger
  • Prayer Life
  • Faithfulness
  • Consecration

If you will Humble yourself, pray, seek His face in worship, and quit your sinning, God will hear your prayer, forgive you, and even bless your finances.

2Chr. 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

How bad do you want to be blessed?

Jacob told the Angel that wrestled with him: “I won’t let you go until you bless me.”

When God blesses, He really blesses. He will bless you like this and more besides, if you just give him a life that can be blessed!

Deut. 28:1 And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:

Deut. 28:2 And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.

Deut. 28:3 Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.

Deut. 28:4 Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.

Deut. 28:5 Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.

Deut. 28:6 Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.

Deut. 28:7 The LORD shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.

Deut. 28:8 The LORD shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

Deut. 28:9 The LORD shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, and walk in his ways.

Deut. 28:10 And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the LORD; and they shall be afraid of thee.

Deut. 28:11 And the LORD shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers to give thee.

Deut. 28:12 The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.

Deut. 28:13 And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them:

You’ll never be blessed living for God ‘Your Way.” God only blesses us when we do things “His Way”! Are you giving God what He can bless?

Written by Martyn Ballestero

February 4, 2011 at 5:41 pm

Bumpy Roads

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Bumpy Roads

Is. 40:3 A voice of one calling: “In the desert prepare the way for the LORD; make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God.

Is. 40:4 Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain.

The Old Testament saints understood the Prophet’s words. He referenced the custom of Kings requiring that their chariot rides were to be made on smooth roads. Servants of the King spent much time maintaining the roads for their master.

If the season’s rains had washed out the road, it was important that the potholes and washouts be filled and leveled. All bumps were to be removed also. The road was to become straight… or level.

John quoted Isaiah and warned his generation to prepare the way because the King of Kings was coming.

  • John 1:23 He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.

We modern-day Pentecostals have an understanding of the words of the Prophet and of John the Baptist. The arrival of the Messiah was being announced. His servants were preparing the way.

There is one scripture that is often overlooked in the book of Proverbs, however. The same word is being used about man who is used about Kings. The word ‘straight’ is spoken concerning our personal life.

  • KJV Prov. 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
  • KJV Prov. 3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
  • NIV Prov. 3:6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
  • GOD’S WORD® Translation Prov. 3:6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths smooth.

The wisest man in the world understood that if we trust in the Lord:

  • Don’t allow our own intellect to solve our problems,
  • Allow God to take control.
  • He (The Lord) will make our paths straight.
  • He will smooth out our road.

Is your road a little bumpy right now? God is willing to make your life smooth.

Written by Martyn Ballestero

January 28, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Ten Traits Of A Successful Saint

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Ten Traits Of A Successful Saint

They Have Faith

  • They trust God.
  • Heb. 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

They Are Obedience

  • They don’t argue with the Bible or the Pastor. They willingly submit to His Word.
  • Rom. 6:17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.

They Live Righteousness

  • They live right. They are honorable, pay their bills, and their word are their bond. They give the Church a good name.
  • Phil. 1:11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.

They Are Humble

  • They are not proud or arrogant. Neither do they display attitudes.
  • 1Pet. 5:5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

They Love One Another

  • They love, forgive, overlook faults, are not harsh or critical. They are kind and helpful.
  • 1John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.

They Surrounded Themselves With Godly Fellowship

  • They are careful about influences in their life. They understand, carnal friends call pull them down and pull them out.
  • 2Tim. 2:22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

They Worship:

  • They don’t have to be begged to praise the Lord.
  • Heb. 2:12 Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.

They Witness

  • They never forget who they are and why they are here.
  • Matt. 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

They Have Personal Devotions

  • They include the Lord in their daily living.
  • Acts 3:1 Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.

They Live A Holy Life

  • They live like, and even look like someone who has given their life to the Lord.
  • Rom. 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

Written by Martyn Ballestero

July 9, 2010 at 9:45 am

The Case Of The Rejected Steak House

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The Case Of The Rejected Steak House

A popular new Steak House opened in South Bend. I was pleased. Many Sundays it was packed with Pentecostals from the local Oneness churches. Business was good. The food was good. The location was good. It soon became the meeting place for many of my local pastor friends and their churches.

The economy wasn’t bad, our church finances weren’t operating in the red, but no one was getting rich in my neighborhood. We were living week to week. Praying literally for a blessing on our finances, or more accurately, a miracle.

The church needed money. Most of the people in our church needed money. I didn’t NEED any money, but the people I owed, they said they did.

I found myself praying in my office one Monday afternoon. In my selfish mind, I prayed mostly about my personal finances.

I later sat down behind my desk and began to read the Bible. The phone rang. An unfamiliar voice said, “Bro. Ballestero?”

When I confirmed his inquiry, he continued.

“You may not remember me, but many years ago, I had lunch with you and your Dad in the Dallas area.”

I faintly remembered, but his description of the moment helped me recall the occasion.

“I own 15 Steak Houses around the country and I have recently opened one in your town.”

“Oh my yes, I eat there every week. It’s a great place. It’s packed every time I drive by.” I volunteered.

“Yes, I know that and I am very pleased. But that new restaurant has a problem. It has management problems. I’ve got an offer for you Bro. Ballestero, hear me out. I want you to manage that Steak House for me.”

I was completely caught off guard. I knew absolutely nothing about running a restaurant. I did know that the hours always run late into the evening. I also knew he wasn’t looking for a part-time manager.

“My brother!” I said, “I at a loss for words. I am deeply humbled by your offer and honored that you would consider me. But you do understand that I am a Pastor first and foremost. My understanding of managing a restaurant is that if I did, I would have to be married to it.”

“That true,” came the reply, “but you don’t have too. You can choose a couple in your church and let them run it and you can pay them.

I began to think of all the couples in my church. But I could not think of one that I felt comfortable risking their time away from church just for a job.

“What I would like to do my brother, is to let you run the Steak House for two years, and we split the profit 50/50. At the end of two years, I’ll give you the restaurant lock stock and barrel.”

Well sir, you could have knocked me over with a feather. (As some old timers use to say.) I was trying to choose my words carefully.

Was this God’s answer to my prayers? Was this a test to see how desperate I was to make money regardless? I had no answers. But I needed time to pray about this, because I felt a check in my spirit and the bottom line was that it was too good to be true.

“Brother, today is Monday. If you will call me back on Wednesday, I’ll have an answer for you. I want to fast and pray for a couple days if you don’t mind. Thank you again for your very generous and kind offer.”

He agreed and we exchanged goodbyes.

I didn’t eat. I did pray. While praying about the offer, I felt an impression to call the man’s Pastor in a distant state. Although we were not close, I had become acquainted with him when I was a teen. I wrestled with the idea of calling. I even asked the Lord what questions would I ask of the man. I felt like the Lord gave me one question to ask, one question and nothing more.

Tuesday afternoon I picked up the phone and called the Pastor. After I identified myself and we got past the polite formalities, I briefed him on the reason for my call and the proposal that was made to me.

“I have one question that I feel impressed to ask you my friend.” I said. “Does he pay tithes like he should or does he just give conscience money?”

“Well… uh… umm…” was all I heard on the phone.

“Say no more.” I said, “Any one that’s not honest with God wouldn’t be honest with me either.”

He agreed.

I said goodbye and hung up. I understood more clearly that every offer is not from God. I thank Him for guiding me through that decision.

When the Steak House man called on Wednesday, It felt good to say thank you, but no thank you.

Oh, by the way, I’m still not rich, but I’m still in church and I’m comforted to know my treasure is on the other side.

Epilogue

Within a matter of a few months, the Steak House closed down. One year later the Steak House was bulldozed. In my prayers God promised to supply my needs and He has.

Written by Martyn Ballestero

June 3, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Catastrophic Bonding

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Catastrophic Bonding

A catastrophe is something everyone wants to avoid. It sounds like the end of the world. For some, it no doubt seemed that way.

What do the following have in common? Most of them have reunions.

  1. Holocaust survivors
  2. 9-11 survivors and their families
  3. Sailors that spent WWII on a the same battleship
  4. Plane crash survivors

What they have in common is that their lives were in jeopardy and they survived. They came close to dying but together they survived. The only thing that bonds them together is what they have been through. It is not unusual for them to hold reunions from time to time.

Even High School and College Graduates have reunions and talk about past experiences.

Have you ever heard of the VFW?  They have a meeting hall, a bar, and a club to talk about the days when they were in uniform. They relive the memory. They exchange war stories.

It’s what Psychologists call ‘Catastrophic Bonding.’ The glue that holds them together is the thing they survived together.

1. The Apostle Paul

His brethren abandoned him when he had to go on trial. He then gives God all the credit for helping him survive.

  • 2Tim. 4:16 At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge.
  • 2Tim. 4:17 Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.
  • 2Tim. 4:18 And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Notice:

  • All men forsook me
  • (But) The Lord stood with me
  • (He) Strengthened me
  • (He) Delivered me
  • The Lord shall deliver me (in the future)
  • (He) will preserve me

“To whom be glory for ever and ever”… Paul was bonded to Him.

King David

Psa. 119:67 Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.

David experienced affliction. It didn’t drive him from God it drove him to God. David was bonded to Him too.

My son Martyn II, was a tenderhearted child. From his toddler years on, he wanted to please me. If he heard correction in my voice or saw it in my body language, he would run to me and hug me. He never ran from me. (It’s hard to correct a child that’s loving on you and hold you tight.) Why don’t we do that with God. Run to Him, not from Him.

Sis. Bobbie Shoemake sings a song that still makes me tear up nearly every time I hear it. “I’ve Been Through Enough To Know He’ll Be Enough For Me.”

I’VE BEEN THROUGH ENOUGH” BY JANET PASCHALL

When I first began to walk with the Lord,
I did not really trust Him,
How He longed for me to understand that I could
So thru the valley, He lead me, afraid as I could be,
Until I felt His loving arms, embracing me

I’ve been through enough to know, He’ll be enough for me
He’s come through too many times
That puts my mind at ease, for good
I’ll stake my very life, He’s gonna take care of me,
Cause I’ve been through enough to know, He’ll be enough for me

How could I ever doubt a God whose hands hold the universe,
Why would I ever question His ability,
There’s no place that I can go, where He doesn’t know,
The things that trouble me
He’s always aware of where I am and what I need

I believe Him now, after all these years,
He’s been so faithful He’s proven to be true,
Nevermore will I doubt or question why
Cause I’ve seen them all before and I know what God can do

I’ve been through enough to know, He’ll be enough for me
He’s come through too many times
That puts my mind at ease, for good
I’ll stake my very life He’s gonna take care of me,
Cause I’ve been through enough to know, He’ll be enough for me.

Financial problems? Health issues? Relationship problems? Spiritual warfare? Depression? Heartache? Disappointment? Failure?

Don’t waste your trial. Let your pain and tears draw you closer. Maybe, just maybe, He’s using your catastrophe to draw you closer and bond you securely to Him.

Written by Martyn Ballestero

May 30, 2010 at 12:22 am

Posted in Comfort, Grief, Love, Trust

With A Storm This Bad, It’s Hard To See Jesus

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With A Storm This Bad, It’s Hard To See Jesus

“Carest Thou Not That We Perish?”

More times than we wish to remember, life hasn’t always been smooth sailing. The journey that had been uneventful up to this point is now interrupted by sheer panic. What do we do? Where do we turn? How do we cope? How do we survive? The answers to those questions, for the disciples, were found in Jesus.

  • Mark 4:36 And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships.
  • Mark 4:37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.
  • Mark 4:38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?
  • Mark 4:39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
  • Mark 4:40 And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?

There are times when even professionals can’t help themselves. This was their boat. They were commercial fishermen. They knew these waters. They could handle a boat like this. It was the unexpected that caused them to panic now. All it would take was one good storm to sink them and they knew it. They looked at the size of the waves with increasing fear. They just knew this was the end.

  • A great storm of wind and waves was beating into the boat.
  • The fierceness of the wind was unbelievable.
  • The waves were very high.
  • The boat rocked.
  • Water was coming over the sides.
  • It was just a matter of time.

All along they had known that Jesus was on board. They all knew that he had performed unbelievable miracles. Now was the time when they needed a miracle. This storm didn’t look like one that could be survived.

  • They looked at the storm.
  • They looked at their boat.
  • They looked at each other in their despair.
  • They looked at Jesus and wondered why He hadn’t done something by now.
  • They looked back at the storm.
  • With a storm this bad it was hard to keep their eyes focused on Jesus.
  • They couldn’t see Jesus for the storm.
  • They couldn’t understand why He didn’t recognize their need.
  • They were pained by His lack of response to their need.
  • Was He waiting for them to go to Him?
  • If He knew everything, why didn’t He fix this problem for them?

Finally, they got to the point where they could no longer be polite or considerate. They were desperate. They woke Him up.

If the storm wind is howling, and the boat is rocking it will take more than a tap on the shoulder or a whisper to wake Him up. They would have to holler above the sound of the wind to be heard. Or they would have to jostle Him more than the rocking boat for Him to be roused. Whatever it took, they did it successfully.

Jesus arose (When God stands up something is going to happen.) and He rebuked the wind and said to sea, “Peace, be still.” And immediately there was a great calm.

He then chided them for not having faith in Him.

 

Question?

Is this story Descriptive or Prescriptive?

  • Is it just ‘describing’ a story about a day a long time ago or is it written in His Word to ‘prescribe’ hope for you in your storm today?

Answer!

It was more than just a feel good story. It’s a story that I can place myself into. It’s a story for you to insert yourself inside.

Your storm may overwhelm you today. Your storm may be one of:

  • Financial emergency
  • Serious health concerns
  • Relationship problems
  • Spiritual oppression
  • Chemical dependency
  • Emotional upheaval
  • Whatever the storm, be comforted that the Peace Speaker is in the boat.

 

He rebuked the wind, the cause of the problem. I am not sure what He said to the wind. But it stopped immediately.

He then spoke calmness to the sea. It laid down like a rug on the ground.

God will rebuke the storm for you today. He will speak Peace to your troubled waters. He will say the word that brings an end to your storm!

 

Verse 36 mentioned that there were other little boats following them. I would hate to be in any of life’s storms without Jesus in my boat.

Be encouraged today. Why are ye so fearful? Jesus is in your boat! He’s standing up even now!

 

 

 

 

Written by Martyn Ballestero

May 22, 2010 at 12:28 am

Posted in Comfort, Faith, Life, Trust

Divine Comfort

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Divine Comfort

2Cor. 1:3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;

It is peace to our spirits to know that our Heavenly Father specializes in comforting. It seems that none of us can make it through life without needing Divine comfort.

In but a moment, your world can change, disaster hit, or calamity fall. None of us are exempt from crisis, whether physical, spiritual, emotional or even financial. When that happens all of us need someone to lean on. He’s always there!

•••••••••••••••••••

(Red Foley made a song famous that brought comfort to many in his generation.)

“Someone To Care”

When the world seems cold and your friends seem few

There is someone who cares for you

When you’ve tears in your eyes your heart bleeds inside

There is someone who cares for you

Someone to care someone to share

All your troubles like no other can do

He’ll come down from the sky and brush the tears from your eyes

You’re his child and he cares for you

When your disappointments come and you feel so blue

There is someone who cares for you

When you need a friend a friend to the end

There is someone who cares for you

••••••••••••••••••••••

Solomon sat down one day and began to recount that in life there are times and seasons we all must face. He described that there was a time and a season for everything. Toward the last of his discourse he makes a simple statement whose truth may escape the unobservant…

Eccl. 3:7 A time to rend, and a time to sew;

Imagine if you will, a small boy playing in the yard and in a moment full of life he tears his pants.  Regardless of what they cost or who gave them to him, the damage is done. He doesn’t know how to fix the problem but he goes to bed knowing that his mother said she could mend his little trousers.

When he has gone to sleep, and all the children are in bed for the night, the mother sits in her chair and sews. What took little Johnny but a moment to tear, takes his mother much longer to mend. The mending always seems to take longer than the rending.

Don’t be impatient. Your God knows how to mend the torn areas of your heart and life. Go on to sleep. The God of all comfort is at work. Your heart is in Good hands! Trust Him!

Written by Martyn Ballestero

May 9, 2010 at 11:23 pm