Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Do Not Be Discouraged!

Be of good courage!

I found a sweet verse yesterday in Deuteronomy! Sometimes it is easy to “yawn” and speed read your way through the Old Testament, thinking there is nothing for you there. But the Lord gave us ALL of His Word for a reason, and there are so many wonderful “nuggets” or “gems” for us in the Old Testament! Praise the Lord for His goodness! Here is the verse that I “discovered”:

“The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people: But because the LORD loved you…” Deuteronomy 7:7,8a

Praise God! It convicted me to be more thankful, and to say my thanks to God, for my “tiny” church body! Who cares about numbers! God has always chosen minorities! Think of Gideon and how the Lord paired down his army, or even Samson, who killed a whole lot of Philistines on his own, or Jonathan and his armor bearer! There are many more examples! Consider, then, if you are in a majority, perhaps there is a problem! When the Lord is on your side, numbers no longer count!

If you are down in the “swamp of despair” today, rejoice in the Lord! You are like Elias, despairing and wallowing in self-pity. But the Lord was kind to him and showed him that He had “saved His seven thousand that had not bowed the knee to Baal”. Even if we are alone, and we do not see anyone else following the Lord, we should trust in Him and be content in where He has us. Shame on those of us, then, that have a church body! Brothers and sisters to worship God in spirit and truth with! Brethren to love as we love ourselves! We who are not alone as Elias was! And yet we complain and whine and bite and devour each other in a selfish, ungrateful way! Oh God be merciful to your foolish children! Help us to be content in You and You alone, regardless of anyone/thing else! And to love and serve the brethren that you have placed us with, without strife, bitterness, etc. And, dear Lord, comfort those who are alone. Let them know that they are Yours and need none else besides! Lord be with us all!

“Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.” Philippians 4:4

“Rejoice evermore.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16

“Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord…” Philippians 3:1a

thoughtfulness

p.s. My family listened to a wonderful, convicting, sermon last night that went very well with my post from yesterday. I would like to share the link with you:

http://www.letgodbetrue.com/mp3/sermons/2006-09-24/2006-09-24-am-sermon.mp3

This sermon is on Galatians 5:13-21

The Lord bless His children with repentant hearts!

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