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, March 12, 2017
Hunger and Thirst After God
Pastor Rodney was preaching
today at Open Door Church, and from my notes I present an edited sermon.
Pastor Rodney thanked the
people for their love shown during his time of sorrow from his mother passing
on to glory. At the funeral, he told how he could have
shared some stories, but instead he chose to bring a message of Hope, as to how
those present could be sure that they would see Mom again.He presented a simple plan of salvation for
those at the memorial.
In this world there is a lot
of fear, pain and sickness, and we can’t help ourselves and are helpless
without God.Although his Mom was Pastor’s
hero and his rock, and always one he could find solace, he urged us to rely on the
Holy Spirit to be our solid rock and constant comforter.
We get so busy and wrapped up
in doing stuff; that we forget to make room for God.It is God who will touch our spirits and
enlighten us with knowledge to make wise choices.
Some things just don’t make
sense but we need to learn to trust God.
Exodus chapter 33 is the
story of Moses.He saw a bush that was on
fire, but it was not burnt up. As he approached, a voice from the bush told him
that he would deliver the children of Israel
from Egypt.Moses knew the Israelites were a stiff necked
people and deserved to be destroyed, but he agreed to do as God said.He declared, I will go but only if you go
with me, because I can’t do this on my own.In our own strength, we will fail, we need God every day.
Do we desire a place where
the presence of God is?Where miracles
happen?For this to happen, we must be
hungry for more because there is always more.We must invite the presence of God and welcome His supernatural manifestations.
When our hero dies, what do
we do now?The disciples felt defeat
when Jesus died, and even were difficult to convince that he was truly alive.Jesus proved to them he was risen, and told them that he must leave but He was
sending a comforter and they should seek God’s face and invite His presence in the upper room.
God knows all about you and
there are no secrets hidden from God.He
knows you better than anybody, and He actually has good plans for you as you
Jeremiah 29:11 For
I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to
prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
So many of us are satisfied
with second hand experiences, those read in a book, or magazine, or stories
told from the pulpit.Let us seek God
for first hand experiences and encounters with our God.
Make it your desire to hunger and thirst after
His face and to seek His presence in your daily life.
Moses was so close to God
that his face shone making it necessary for him to wear a veil because the
people could not look at him.
Some are fearful what others
will say or think about them if they surrender completely to God.
Don’t worry what others say
and do, but come to God because he loves you unconditionally.
I invite you to come and have
a time of prayer at the altar.
Many came to the front and
there was a sweet presence of the Lord.