Zephaniah 3:17 reminds us that God is musical and He rejoices and sings over you. - -
The LORD your God in the midst of you is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over you with joy; he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
Sunday, January 24, 2016
Press Forward – No Matter What
A Fourth Man Appeared to Protect Them
Our Sunday Morning service at Open
Door Church was blessed with a guest speaker, Rodney Waldrop.I took notes and present his digested sermon.
“Today we will consider two
of my favorite Bible Stories.Do you
have a favorite?Some would say, Daniel
and the Lions Den, or Jonah and the whale, but one of my most favorites is the
three Hebrew Children thrown into the heated furnace because they refused to
bow down to the Kings image of another god.A fourth person appeared and protected them so they did not burn.
No matter what they faced, they were true to
These stories encourage us to
press forward regardless of what we face in life.How many brought their Bible to church
today?Always bring your Bible because
you will need it as you go to war against the enemy of your soul.
The disciples prayed in Acts 4:29Lord,
look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they
may speak Your word, by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and
wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus. - -
And with great
power they gave person witness of the resurrection.
It is refreshing to be here
today and enjoy your worship, for in many churches what they call worship is
not really “Worship.”
Have you noticed there are
many power words in the Bible?Some are
repeated over and over and it seems like repetition, but it is actually a
Do not fear, Do not be afraid
was said often by Jesus.Be courageous
and be bold was not said as often, but it is just as important.
My second favorite story is
“The Good Shepherd” portrayed in Psalm 23.
Though I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil, for you are with
Many even today
are facing death because they will not deny Jesus.Others are grieving because death has visited
their home and taken one of their loved ones.
If Jesus had not
risen from the dead, we would still be dead in our sins.
Before we come to
God’s house, we need to make time to prepare ourselves to receive.
God has prepared
a table for us, but we must come so he can restore our emotions and our
thinking to align with His will.
“He guides me to
walk in paths of righteousness . . .”
There are things
ahead that we may not be ready for - - unless we are prepared.We hold our breath and finally let out a big
David was hiding
in a cave because King Saul was hunting him to take his life.The king entered the cave to sleep, while
David was in the back observing.David’s
men said, “Here’s your chance to kill the King, but David was righteous and
said, “I can’t harm God’s anointed King.”David was a man after God’s own heart.
God is not just
ANY God - - He is MY God, and He is MY Shepherd.
God made me just the
way I am, and we need to be satisfied who we are. God loves you and me just as we are, and He is
willing to use us for his service if we are willing to submit to the Holy
Spirit. He takes the unqualified, and
qualifies you and me.
and Mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.”
We need to
believe what God is saying and obey.
Sometimes when a
person is talking to you; your mind is else where and the important message is
missed.This is due to lack of paying
attention.Pay attention to God’s voice
and to His Word.
You may know all this
and wonder how it applied to you.Let
God re-make you so that you can be used of Him.What are you afraid of?The thing
we need is to deepen our relationship with God and with one another.God offers life, love and hope, and He
forgives sin.Our God is bigger than
anything, any disease, even cancer.
In the House of
God, it is the easiest place to get answers to prayer.The atmosphere is charged with power as
others agree with you.
God’s word is
true, so expect miracles, and expect sinners to come to Jesus, expect a radical
change in lives.
Can you pray this
prayer?“God use me.I am not afraid. Grant me courage and
boldness to I step out to obey you. Thank you for anointing me to do your will.”