a bruised reed he will not break,
and a smoldering wick he will not quench,
until he brings justice to victory; (Matthew 12:20. ESV.)
It was a fantastic day of worship Sunday! I started with the early service (9:00 - 10:45 a.m.) at a local church where the youth pastor spoke (and actually reminded me (a lot) of a former pastor whose teaching I really enjoyed back in 2005 or 2006)...and I wrapped things up with a message at a Sovereign Grace church plant (from about 11:00 - noon).
...and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— (Philippians 3:9. ESV.)
The youth pastor gave a thought provoking illustration with a long piece of rope...(perhaps 12 feet). The very end (about six to twelve inches maybe) was colored (red) and represented this vapor of a life (James 4:14). The remaining yards of rope stood for eternity. He said many focus on the short section rather than living for that which is infinite. He quoted CJ Mahaney saying, "The main thing is to keep the main thing, the main thing." Further he stated, "Walking in the flesh reaps destruction. (Galatians 5:19-21)."
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
5 Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 On account of these the wrath of God is coming. 7 In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. 8 But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. 11 Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.
12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:1-17. ESV.)
I left feeling charged and renewed. Little did I know God had some more blessings for me. I arrived an hour late at the Sovereign Grace church plant, however was able to receive much! The series being discussed: "Waiting on God"! Waves of love, comfort, peace, and reassurance washed over me as I listened intently and then joined in as the worship team lead the congregation in singing "While I'm Waiting" by John Waller. Once again, as on Friday, my eyes welled with tears and I prayed fervently regarding my trial and waiting on the Lord.
Not to mention, both videos I posted yesterday 1. "John Piper - Make War" and 2. "While I'm Waiting" by John Waller were each shown at one of the services I spoke of above.
Now it is time for me to go so I will not be late in getting the kiddos to VBS (Vacation Bible School) and fellowshipping with some lovely ladies while I wait (in the library) for the program to finish.
More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, (Romans 5:3. ESV.)
From of old no one has heard
or perceived by the ear,
no eye has seen a God besides you,
who acts for those who wait for him. (Isaiah 64:4. ESV.)
The LORD is good to those who wait for him,
to the soul who seeks him. (Lamentations 3:25. ESV.)
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, (Galatians 4:4. ESV.)