John 16:33 “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
Continuing from last post on Pastor Kyle's Sermon: Kyle reminds us that God may occasionally ask us to work with people we don’t like, using methods we may not understand. We can pave the way for others or be a bridge over troubled waters to get them to the other side and proceed in their walk with the Lord. We are sometimes used to usher in the environment that the Lord can work in and through, coming together to do what God wants us to do in this life ... this ministry. Victory may come through a path we did not see coming. I was just talking to a wonderful matriarch of our church and we discussed how when we look back at the details of our life, we have 20-20 hind-sight to see clearly the guiding hand of the Lord throughout in the things that happened along this Highway to Heaven that did not make sense then, but make so much sense now because one thing led to another on this Spirit-led journey. We may want to help God, but later we see that God was working behind the scenes all along and the glory is His alone.
1 Chronicles 16:23-31 “Sing to the Lord, all the earth; Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day. Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised; He is also to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but the Lord made the heavens. Honor and majesty are before Him; Strength and gladness are in His place. Give to the Lord, O families of the peoples, give to the Lord glory and strength. Give to the Lord the glory due His name; Bring an offering, and come before Him. Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him, all the earth. The world also is firmly established, it shall not be moved. Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; And let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns.”
Kyle gave us three things to remember about how God fights for us along the road. (1) God often fights for us in silence. When worry is our best friend, silence is our greatest weapon. (2) While God fights, we must worship ... chiefly and eminently, the act of paying divine honors to the Supreme Being; or the reverence and homage paid to Him in sincere religious exercises, consisting in adoration, confession, prayer, thanksgiving and the like. (3) While God fights for us, we must stay faithful. Know that when God is paving the way for us, it’s being done through the Holy Spirit. God is bigger than our logic. Look for His miraculous supernatural guidance along His Highway to Heaven. May our prayer be: “Lord, we can wait on you.”
In Christ, Brian