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, February 19, 2017
BE THE CHURCH
Pastor Allan was speaking
about the historical things happening now in our city; with the damaged
spillways of our Oroville, Dam, and the recent evacuation of the city.From my notes I present his edited sermon.
We all handle situations
differently.Especially difficult is the
waiting for the unknown.I don’t care
whose fault it is, just fix it and get it done.
Three things I would like to
touch on today:
3. Be the church.
In the Bible, Jesus always said, “Do not fear or be anxious about
anything.Worry does not solve the
situation, and it can cause physical problems.Worry keeps you from doing what you need to do.Self medicating does not help, so let us be
part of the solution and not become part of the problem.
We are not in the habit of
displacing thousands of people, and our first concern is to protect our family.We look at the storm, but we need to be focused
Use wisdom and good common
sense, and pay attention to what is happening around you.Keep calm even when others are going to
Matthew chapter 25 tells the
story of the ten virgins.Five were
prepared, while five missed the wedding due to neglect. It pays to be prepared and to be ready.
Have a plan how
you will react in case of any emergency.We don’t know about tomorrow.Where is your center of gravity?Don’t lose your balance.What
does it take to knock you off balance?Are you in the Word?I don’t mean
a corporate reading of the Bible, but your personal daily study of God’s
Word.Our foundation is not faith in the
Oroville dam, but our trust is in God.Focus on the Spirit instead of the physical realm. Look at this as
spiritual, and flow in the Spirit.
Understand the God has a
purpose for our city.The physical is
controlled by man, and the spirit is controlled by God.Allow God to be in control
I Peter 1:1Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ: To the
temporary residents dispersed in Pontus,
Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia,
The early Christians were
scattered due to persecution and turmoil, but they used every opportunity to
spread the gospel.God used what man did
to spread the gospel.
If you are evacuated for any
reason, no matter where you land; be the church.Don’t be afraid to pray in public, and share
your testimony with others.Encourage
rather than join in with those who complain and find fault.Be careful to press in and not get on the
condemning side.Be a person of prayer
and be willing to pray with others who are upset and suffering.Be a blessing;Be the church.
I am as guilty as the next
person.We have been praying for divine
appointments and fail to notice we are being given those everyday.
The bottom line is; this
crisis will go away and we will get comfortable and forget to stay
focused.Keep your plan intact for when
ever it is needed.
Paul often said:“Pray for me.”I your pastor need your prayers and you need
the practice.Pray for one another.
Don’t worry, but be watchful,
sober and vigilant knowing that God is in control.
We get caught by surprise,
but God looks at His watch and says, “Just in time.”
The disciples in the boat
when the sudden storm came up were frantic, but what was Jesus doing?He was asleep.When he was awakened, he merely said, “Peace
Father, I think you for your
protection and we trust in you.