Hold To God's Unchanging Hand 4-3-20

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James 1:17- “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” A song which emphasizes this verse is the song titled “Hold to God’s Unchanging Hand.” It was written by Mary Jane Wilson in 1904,The words of this song compare the transitory nature of this life to the eternal nature of God and heaven.

1.Time is filled with swift transition, Naught of earth unmoved can stand, Build your hopes on things eternal, Hold to God's unchanging hand - Our life is but a vapor, it is swift Jas. 4:13 and this earth will eventually pass away(2 Pet. 3:10) But God is eternal! (Deut. 33:27). Hold to His hand.

2. Trust in Him who will not leave you, Whatsoever years may bring, If by earthly friends forsaken, Still more closely to Him cling. - Our friends may forsake us, but God will never leave us or forsake us: (Deut. 31:6).  Hold to the one who is always faithful!

3. Covet not this world's vain riches, That so rapidly decay, Seek to gain the Heavenly treasures, They will never pass away - Matt. 6:19-20 encourages us to seek the heavenly treasures which will never pass away.

4. When your journey is completed, If to God you have been true, Fair and bright your home in glory, Your enraptured soul will view - When we come to the end of our journey the question that begs an answer is, “have I been faithful to God?” (Rev. 2:10).  If so we have an eternal home awaiting us! 

The chorus exhorts us to keep on holding to God’s hand. Build your hopes on things that are eternal. Hold to God’s hand and never let go!



Elijah & worry in a time of crisis 3-30-20

A few bits we can gleen from God's word of how to deal with worry and anxiety in a time of Crisis.

1. 1 Kings 19:5,7 - Take Nourishment.  God told Elijah to arise and eat.  We need to take physical & spiritual nurishment. 

2. 1 Kings 19:15 - God tells Elijah that there is work to be done. Physical work helps with our worry as well as Spiriitual work such as: Encouraging others, memorizing scripture, or having a bible study. 

3. 1 Kings 19:18 - God reminds Elijah that "You are not alone."  Even thought Elijah thought he was the only one, God reminds him that he is not alone.  


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Redeeming the Time 3-26-20

  • Ephesians 5:15-16 - Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, 16making the most of your time, because the days are evil.
  • “Therefore” means, because of those things that have just been mentioned.  What has just been mentioned?
  • V.6 Let no on deceive you with empty words
  • V.7 – Don’t be partakers of disobedience
  • V.8 – Walk as children of light
  • V. 10 – Learn what’s pleasing to the Lord.
  • V. 11 – expose deeds of darkness
  • V. 14 – Awake, sleeper and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
  • Therefore because of these things mentioned above, walk in wisdom!
  • “Make the most of your time.” (NASB)  “Redeeming the Time” (NKJV)

Question:  How can you make the most of your time with your family and growing closer to God?  Notice what Paul wants us to do…


-“Walk as children of light” (v.8) – let us know how to walk in the light by reading the word (Read Eph. 5:8-14 each person in your family together)


- “Finding out what is acceptable to the Lord” (v.10)  - How do we know what is acceptable to God?  Get into His word!


- “Walk wisely” (v.15)  - How do we gain wisdom?  Go back to God’s word who when we ask for wisdom, He gives to us liberally. (James  1:5).


(Read Eph. 5:8-14 each person in your family together. Take turns reading the passage through multiple times.)


Encouragement … Make the most of your time while you have a little extra with your family.  Talk to your kids 1 extra time about the bible today.  Say 1 extra prayer of thanksgiving today with your family.  Play 1 extra game today as a family.  Encourage 1 other person today as a family.

 

May God bless you as you Serve Him!