Words of Inspiration
The Will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.
Theme - Order Our Steps
based on a sermon by Rev. Annette Musgrove
God is the link between the dead and the living, the past and the future. He adapts His Promise to the needs of the people He calls.
Israel was still in the wilderness when Moses died, his life purpose to lead his people to the promised land, still un-attained. The torch was passed to Joshua, and with it God's Promise, "As I was with Moses, so I will be with thee."
That God had been with Moses was one of the most cherished memories of the Jewish people. One stable factor admist all the change and turmoil. An assurance of God's faithfulness, tested and proven in the past. That promise still holds true for us today.
As we continue the battle, we sometimes envy the peace of those who have passed on to their rest. Our task may seem more formidable, but God's promise to be with us eases the burdens we face as He links the past and the future, to accomplish His goals for the present.
A Slingshot and A Prayer
Rev. Brendalyn C. Martin
I Samuel 23:37-50
When David faced the Philistine, Goliath, he was just a boy, not big enough to wear the standard body armor, let alone carry the heavy weapons of a warrior.
In modern terms, we would say he was out-numbered, out-gunned and out-maneuvered. In the face of fierce opposition, he had only a slingshot and a prayer. Considering how the story turned out, it must have been a very large slingshot or a pretty awesome prayer.
In our daily lives, we sometimes feel weighed down by our personal crisis's. Our bills are more than we can pay, our family is full of anger and confusion, our health is suffering, our jobs are not working out...We need to take our slingshot and start shooting down all the obstacles in our path. But we can't do that unless, like David, we're backing it up with some pretty awesome prayer.
Prayer changes things, but we have to know how to effectively apply it and we have to be sincere and grounded in the WORD. We can't pull it out like a stick of gum and use it when we want to freshen our spiritual breath. The Bible says to Pray continually. It also says to seek the Lord and His strength, seek His face continually (I Chronicles 16:11). We have to put on the whole armor of God (Eph 6:11) for our battle is being waged in the spiritual realm (Eph 6:12).
So when you are faced with what looks like insurmountable odds and feel like "no one has your back," remember, David only had "a slingshot and a prayer".
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