Sunday, December 15, 2013

And We Know

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 Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Today I visited at the First Assembly of God church and was graciously given permission to share one of my Christmas stories from my Rescue the Stories Book One.  Many years ago, this was our home church, and I offered a free copy of Book one to those who would read it and pass it on to a friend.

Pastor Gene ministered from Romans 8:28 and stated that this verse is often only quoted in part.  He said there are at least three reasons that we can know that God is working things out for those who love God and are called according to his purpose.

Before we make a statement we must be certain that it is accurate and has understanding. 

The Word must be in our hearts and not just in our head.  Our heart has the ability to utilize God’s word and make it real according to our situation.

How can we Know? 

1.     First by experience.  Been there and done that!  Looking back to where God has brought us through prior to now and remember that He is the same today as He was yesterday. 

 We may not understand all things that happen in our lives, but God remains faithful to be with us.

2.    Second by revelation.  God will reveal to us His truth and His will as we seek to hear from him. 

   Yes we all have a trial at times to go through, perhaps sickness, old age, loss of a loved one, and the care of the world problems - - but God is there to go through each trial with us. 

     Oppression, yes at times as we go through the dark valley, but God is able to level the mountains and give us renewed faith and strength.  God only sees victory ahead and he never sees defeat.  Even death is not dreary because it opens the gates of heaven for us to enter in to see Jesus.

3.     Third by the Word of God and our faith in Him - - whom we can fully trust. 

With this confidence I can rest assured that “All things Work together for Good,” to God be all the glory.

Pastor Gene’s parting prayer was;  “Oh Lord reveal and show yourself alive and bless those who hear your words and receive them with joy.”

 

Linked up with Michelle’s Hear it on Sunday
Also Shared with Laura at The Wellspring

 

7 comments:

  1. Great sermon, thanks for sharing it, Hazel. Powerful prayer... and indeed He has and does.

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  2. Great sharing of God inspired words:)

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  3. What an encouraging word, Hazel. Yes, sometimes when *life* would try to make us believe that God is not up to something good - we must rely on the remembrance of His wonderful work in our lives in the past, on the sure promises in His Word, and on the awesome revelation of His love that arrived in a manger, died on a Cross, and rose to prepare us a place with Him in eternity.

    Yes, ALL things work together for GOOD!

    GOD BLESS!

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  4. One of my all-time favorite verses, Hazel. Christmas blessings to you friend. And thank you for your faithful participation in the #HearItUseIt community - I am so grateful for you!

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  5. Thank you so much for sharing! God is so good. When I start to get down or stressed I remember His past faithfulness, I start mediating on His Word, I remember that He's not finished with me!

    I pray you have a Very Merry Christmas. God bless.

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  6. Love this, and I'll echo every other comment here. Bless you, Hazel, for being the blessing you are to so many, and a very Merry Christmas to you.

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  7. You are a blessing ! i appreciate the sermon about knowing. it does take alol three and i think each of at times focuses on just one or the other

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