“For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.”Psalms 100:5 KJV
Building A Relationship With God
Scripture for this week’s message…Matthew 26:30-75 (KJV)
This walk with God brings great moments of peace; while this world will bring great moments of stress and persecution. During the times of trial and persecution we, as fleshly bodies, start to think this is how God intends for us to be treated. His intention, though, is for us to cling to Him and trust in His will. Trust in God that what He has waiting on the other side of the stormy season is better than anything we could even imagine.
Jesus, as he reach Gethsemane with Peter and Zebedee, knew He had been betrayed by Judas. He knew Peter would deny Him and He was sorrowful in His soul. He brought Peter and Zebedee with Him to watch while He prayed; but they fell asleep. He could have given up. He could have called in an army of angels for protection; but He didn’t. He turned to God in prayer saying “Thy Will Be Done”. He knew that God’s purpose and Glory was greater than His persecution. He knew that through His suffering, people would be saved.
People are the same today. When you are doing well, many want to be your friend; but when they see you in trial and persecution, they flee. People see the truth of God’s grace and favor on you and seem to make it their purpose to slander you and bring you down. You will find very few people willing to stand watch for the enemy while you pray.
Trusting God and following Jesus’ example is our guideline. The Bible is our handbook for dealing with every situation we face. We will face great moments of sorrow, as Jesus did. The key to overcoming is to draw nearer to God and trust in His will for your life. Focus on Him and His glory. People will see you come through your storm stronger than ever. God will use the example of your success, of staying in His will, to plant seeds of salvation in others.
This week I challenge you to ready Matthew 26:30-75. I also challenge you and myself to draw closer to God. Pray for His strength and His will over your situation. Give God all the glory and praise!
Have a blessed week in Christ!
“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”1 Corinthians 6:19-20 KJV
“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”John 8:12 KJV
“Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”Psalms 119:9 KJV
“To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.”Proverbs 21:3 KJV
“With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.”Psalms 119:10 KJV
“Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.”1 Corinthians 13:6-7 KJV
Sing unto the Lord a new song
Worship at His Feet
Praise His Holy Name
Sing praise unto the Lord
Give thanks for this new day.
Praise Him for salvation.
Praise Him high upon the Mountain,
And down low in the Valley.
Worship at His Feet
His blessings will be easily seen,
By those who sing
A new song of faith.
Kick off those old ways.
Cut off murmurings.
Lay away shame.
Stop all the blame.
Sing a new song.
Fill your heart and mind
With Love from your Father Above!
“This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”Psalms 118:24 KJV