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This week, Pastor Joel Slater continued our series titled "Let's Live! With Abundance." His message is title "This World Problems" and is based out of Matthew chapter 13.
Who is this Jesus? That is the question we have been asking different passages of the Bible throughout our message series. Today we center on John 14 as it proved to be a very unsettling time for the disciples. They were really bothered by the news they were hearing, but Jesus revealed serious insights that offered a great calm and help for this life and the next.
There is a lot of things in this world that cause fear. Sin causes the things that cause fear. Even from the time of Noah, when God wiped the earth away in the flood - sin was rampant. Sin is still with us. Death is still with us. God promised to never wipe away the world with a flood. But the problem is still there. But God will destroy the problem - indeed, He has already done it in Christ's death and resurrection.
Did you know that you can relax? You are in a long-term relationship with God, Who will never leave you nor forsake you! Your greatest purpose in life is to walk with Him. When you are planted in the local expression of God's Church, He enables you to hear His voice, and causes you to grow and flourish! Just like Enoch walked with God, and He was no more, God has the ability to make all your fear, anxiety, and problems disappear! Listen to this teaching, and learn the practical steps you can take to relax, walk with God, and enjoy the life He has given you!
What makes you weep? What brokenness do you see around you or in you? Are you facing a problem right now? Let's look at how to reanimate, reconstruct, to bring back to life the brokenness around us.
In dealing with difficulties, rejoice in the providence of God, remember the purpose of God, and rely on the promises of God.
We are in a series of messages that we are calling “Defining Moments.” Our lives are sprinkled with defining moments—moments that shape the rest of our lives, moments that are so important that the rest of our lives hang in the balance of these moments. We have talked about such topics as our births—both our physical births and spiritual births, baptism, and marriage. We even talked about how historical moments are defining moments (wars, hurricanes, etc.) On Easter Sunday we talked about “The Most Defining Moment of all of History”—the resurrection of Jesus. We have since been trying to isolate other defining moments. We have talked about such things as failure, crisis, and last time parenting.As we begin to wind this series down, I want to share with you this morning that one of life’s most defining moments could come at any time. There are many examples in the Bible. Moses wasn’t looking for a defining moment when God appeared to him in the burning bush. None of the disciples were looking to be part of a history-changing band of disciples when Jesus called to them, “Come follow me.” The Apostle Paul certainly wasn’t looking for a defining moment when Jesus met him on the Road to Damascus. In the midst of all of these examples, we turn to the Book of Ruth this morning.The book of Judges and 1 Samuel is separated by Ruth, which gives an account of a “bright spot” for Israel in the days of the judges. Ruth points to the theological truth that God is still sovereign and in control, even in the darkest days of rebellion and sin.
Whatever problems you are facing, your status is no match for them, but your Savior Jesus is! Sadness and sorrow are not necessarily your enemy because they are the birthplace for faith. You can look to a strength that is stronger than yours. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God and acknowledging Jesus is with you. Go to Jesus and ask big! He is able to do exceedingly abundantly beyond all you can ask or think! Faith works by love, so focus on God's unconditional love for you, shut the door to anyone who is saying anything else, and expect to see your miracle of faith!