From the Well

It’s Time To Declare God’s Purpose; Not Pandemic Panic

As we look back over the last 18 months to do some sort of cultural examination and self-evaluation. What do we see in ourselves? Do we find that we have been gripped with fear and become a prisoner of the moment; being pushed and pulled by all of the talking heads over testing and vaccines. Or, do we find that we have been properly motivated to stand on our proclaimed Faith in God through Christ Jesus our Redeemer? The Word of God tells us to count it all Joy. How does this render in comparison to the world’s view of fear, panic and propaganda? God says that all things work together for good for those who love Him. So in essence, there is always something to shout “Glory to God” about. Although sometimes it can be hard to see, if we look hard enough and deep enough inside we can always see the Light that shines within us. For Greater is the Spirit that is in You, than the tragedy, trauma, drama, disappointment, brokenness and down right foolishness that goes on around you in the world. So never lose sight of that fact.

 Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.  For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.  So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.  But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind.  Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.  Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do. – James 1:2-8 NLT

Matthew 8:23-27, as Jesus slept in the bottom of the boat a great storm arose on the sea causing great panic and fear. The disciples were frantic and did not know what to do. At this moment of truth, two things were revealed. One, they were conscious of the fact that Jesus Christ was on board. Two, they were aware in some capacity that He could save them from their current sudden peril. As we travel through the year 2021, let’s be like the disciples and realize that Jesus Christ can save us from our current sudden peril (Covid-19). Let us declare with boldness and confidence who God is to us and in our lives. We should be able to stand firm on the promises of God through Jesus Christ our savior. The Lord is our present Help in time of trouble. The Lord is the One who Heals us from all of our sickness and disease. The Lord is our Shelter in the midst of a storm. We should be able to declare with all hope and confidence who God is in our lives.

23 When He got into the boat, His disciples followed Him. 24 And behold, a violent storm developed on the sea, so that the boat was being covered by the waves; but Jesus Himself was asleep. 25 And they came to Him and woke Him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing!” 26 He *said to them, “Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became perfectly calm. 27 The men were amazed, and said, “What kind of a man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”– Matthew 8:23-27 NASB

Let us close our eyes and open our minds to trusting in God more each day. He is guaranteed to be faithful to His Word concerning any and all situations that you could ever be faced with. He has promised to deliver you from all afflictions. God wants you to never have to worry, only to cast all of your concerns and anxieties upon Him. Let Him do all the heavy lifting in your life. The Word tells us to take on the burden of Jesus for it is light, and His yoke for it is easy. This is indicative of what God’s expectation of you is in this life. He is trying to give us everything that we are working so hard trying to get. Only if we can believe, we can receive. Let us make a concerted effort in Trusting more in God each day. Give Him just a little bit more of yourself each day. He will never leave you nor ever turn His back on you.

The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time. – Psalm 34:19 NLT

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. – 1Peter 5:7 NLT

Then Jesus told them, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and don’t doubt, you can do things like this and much more. You can even say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen.  You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it. – Matthew 21:21-22 NLT

So as we dare to continue our journey through so much uncertainty. Let us step up and step into the newness of Life representative of being a Born-Again Believer and Baptized in the Holy Spirit. God tells us that, we can tell a tree by the fruit it bears. What will your “Produce” say about you? What story will it tell? Studies show that 75%-80% of all communication is non-verbal. That is because the fruit speaks for itself. The fruit of your actions will explain itself. So as we journey along in the rest of this year, let us not be just listeners and hearers of the Word, rather let us be doers instead.

-Brian McQueen, Servant of Jesus Christ

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! – 2 Corinthians 5:7 NLT

Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions. – Matthew 7:20 NLT

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