Bethany Full Gospel Church

A Word for You...

   The world has become so divided and full of hatred, strife, debate, and lasciviousness. But God is calling us, His people who have been called out of darkness into His marvelous light , to righteous and holy living.

What I understand then is, we must live like Christ. Wherefore, we must come out from among them and be separate saith the Lord. (2 Corinthians 17a) 

I know that we proclaim that we are and have been saved, but our lives must be examples in word and deed. 

Ephesians 4: 1-3 KJV says,  "I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all holiness and meekness, with long-suffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 

This walk refers to the Christian life and conduct. We are thus urged to live a life befitting the divine call or invitation (vocation) which summons us to Christ. 

Matthew 5:14-16 KJV states that,  "Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. 

   Men ought  therefore to see Christ in your life. 

In conclusion, people are dying without hope. They need to see that there is hope in Christ Jesus. To this end, we as examples and ambassadors for Christ must be a consistent and constant reminder of the hope and love of God. 

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.(John 3:16) 

As Hebrews 4:14 states, "Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for He is faithful that promised.

God wants your attention!!!!!

Oftentimes we say the devil hindered us or caused pain and suffering in our lives, but it is just the opposite. Sometimes God allows the devil to touch our lives in order to get our attention.

Let's explore this a little more deeply.

Remember God is in control of everything. Although the enemy thinks he's wreaking havoc on us, God controls it's frequency and amount.

Before Moses' experience at the burning bush, he lived in luxury in the Pharaoh's castle. As he began to mature, he realized something was different. He left the kingdom after experiencing trouble. That was so that God could move him out of his comfort zone in order to get his attention. As time progressed, Moses found himself in the wilderness, alone where God could commune with him without interruption. He noticed an unheard of phenomenon; a bush was burning and was not being consumed. In the ordinary, if you put fire to most vegetation it would burn up and leave ashes. That was not so in this situation and it piqued Moses' curiosity so much so that he approached it to observe it a little closer. Isn't God awesome? He knew just what to do to draw Moses to the place he wanted him.

Sometimes we don't understand why things are happening the way they are around us. Maybe God is trying to get your attention.

Do yo remember Baalak? He too was busy on his way, thinking he was ok doing what God wanted him to do. It was again this strange phenomenon brought him to a screeching halt. An ass began to talk to him. Whoa! What a peculiar incident this was. Yes in cartoons maybe, but not in real life. Who would've imagined an ass stopping to talk to you? But when God wants to get your attention, he has the power, creativity, and ability to use unnatural, unheard of means to get our attention.

Jacob was another interesting character to have a supernatural experience which caused him to give God his attention. (I have had this to happen to me before). Jacob was on his way minding his business as he usually did and perhaps didn't slow down enough to hear God in a normal situation. Whatever the case, God allowed him to go to sleep. As he slept, he had this weird interactive dream. I say interactive because he was fully engaged so much so that when he awakened, he felt the result. He dreamed he saw a ladder from earth to heaven whereupon angels ascended and descended. Is that something you would see on an everyday occurrence? It was at that moment when God had Jacob's attention that he spoke into his life. How many of us get caught up in our everyday lives that we don't give God our full attention? It has happened to me before and I'm sure many of you find that true of yourselves, but I'm so grateful that God loves us so much that he will go to the extreme on our part to get our attention. Jacob's next experience left him with a limp. In Genesis 32 it tells of how Jacob wrestled with the angel of God. What was so intriguing to me was that Jacob found himself alone while traveling back home with his family. He sent them before him and the angel of The Lord met him. At this point Jacob realized he had a need and refused to let go of the angel until he received a blessing.

My next character is Jonah. The majority of us might easily identify with Jonah, for he reacted in the same way many of us reacted when we sensed God tugging at our hearts. Jonah was what we call a runner. He runs from situations instead of seeking guidance and following them through. One thing I have come to realize through Jonah's experience and my own is that you can not run from God. He is the omnipresent God who is everywhere at all times. Jonah realized the assignment God had given him, but for whatever reason, he chose to evade the situation. He felt if he left the place that he was to go, he would be excused from the assignment. But as the old song states, " you can't hide". God knows and sees everything. Just when Jonah thought he was getting away, God allowed a tumultuous storm to arise to hinder Jonah's trip. This event affected everyone around Jonah. Sometimes we fail to realize that our actions affect others in our lives. Many times our families, friends, coworkers, and communities are affected by the things we do. In the book of Jonah you will read how Jonah thought he could escape God's will for his life and plan for the other people's lives. Jonah didn't realize that what God purposes will come to pass. It may take a little shaking, prodding, beating, and chastening, but God's will shall be done. The scripture goes on to describe how God had to allow Jonah to go through what Jonah depicts as the "belly of hell" in order to get Jonah's attention. He was thrown into the ocean and swallowed by a great fish. Jonah describes how he cried out unto God and repented for his rebelliousness and stubbornness and God heard him. What happens next defies your wildest imagination. The bible tells that God caused the fish to vomit Jonah whole onto dry land. After this event, Jonah made haste to get where God ordered him to be and did what God told him to do. What an extreme series of events to get someone's attention. Yes God could've written these people off and used someone more willing, but God in his great mercy showed his patience and loving kindness toward mankind despite our stubborn, self willed ways. He loves and wants our attention!!!!

Repent and accept Him as your Lord and savior today. Submit to his will and way as the scripture states in Proverbs 3:5-6  "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not to thine own understanding. I all thy ways acknowledge him, and he sh all direct thy paths."

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