Is God Looking for a Certain Kind of Heart?

certain kind of heart

At the age of twenty, Robert Robinson was saved under the preaching of George Whitefield. Two years later, in 1757, Robinson wrote a hymn which expressed his joy in his new faith:

Come, Thou Fount of every blessing,
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise.

Tune my heart to sing Thy grace. What powerful words. The Bible speaks a great deal about the heart and what kind of heart God is searching for.

The Bible tells us, “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.” 2 Chronicles 16:9 (NKJV)

God was looking for a certain kind of heart, and He found it in king Asa. Asa was a good king. A Godly king of Judah. He reigned for forty-one years over a divided kingdom.

A divided kingdom is much like a divided heart. Good and bad coexist in us. But God’s focus is on the heart. He is looking for one man, one woman, boy or girl with just the right heart to accomplish His will.

Usually we don’t think much about our spiritual heart. If you have a bad week, month, or year, isn’t it easier to give up than to go on?

Many do. They throw in the towel. It’s too big a burden, to huge a hassle, to large a list to ever keep going.

Hold on, hang in there. God is with you.

This verse tells us God is watching “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth,”

It means Jehovah, the one true God; His eyes, physical and spiritual, scan the world. He’s looking. God’s gaze goes to and fro eagerly expectantly throughout the Land.

He’s watching, He’s eagerly looking, He has a purpose in mind for what He’s doing. It’s a promise of His protection.

“If you make the Most High your dwelling– even the LORD, who is my refuge–then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;” Psalm 91:9-11(NIV)

But God is also Wanting “to show Himself strong.”

In the late 1880s, we would have been amazed to see a small Canadian man, Louis Cyr, lift a platform holding 18 men. It weighed 4,337 pounds. He was known as the strongest man in North America.

God wants to show Himself strong.

God-is-strong
God-is-strong

You take a boy in love with a girl. He doesn’t care if someone else is smarter or even faster. He wants to be stronger so his girl will notice him.

Hannah and her husband Elkanah had no children. Hannah grieved over this and notice what Elkanah said to her, “Then Elkanah her husband said to her, ‘Hannah, why do you weep? Why do you not eat? And why is your heart grieved? Am I not better to you than ten sons?’”  1 Samuel 1:8

Baby, I’m all the man you need.

Just as I want my wife to say, “That’s my man.” God wants us to say, “That’s my God.” He wants to show Himself strong on our behalf so we can praise Him for all He’s done for us.

And God is waiting “on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.”

Heart equals a determination of the will.

See, our verse is talking about being loyal, fully devoted to God. Not letting the cares of this world knock us off course.

Robert Robinson once lost the happy fellowship of his Savior. He lived what he wrote:

Prone to wander Lord I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love

Robinson wandered. One Sunday he stepped into a carriage and sat down beside a young woman. Robert Robinson and the woman exchanged introductions. There was a glint of recognition in her eyes when he stated his name.

“That’s an interesting coincidence,” she said, reaching into her purse. “I was just reading a verse by a poet named Robert Robinson. Could it be?” He took the book, nodding. “Yes, I wrote these words years ago.”He could barely read the last few lines through the tears that filled in his eyes.

He said, “I wrote these words—and I’ve lived these words.”

The woman suddenly understood. “You also wrote, ‘Here’s my heart, O take and seal it.’ You can offer your heart again to God, Mr. Robinson. It’s not too late.”

And it wasn’t too late for Robert Robinson. In that moment he turned his heart back to God and walked with him the rest of his days.

Pastor Rodney

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Dwight D. Eisenhower: Can You Trust God’s Plan for Your Life?

Dwight D. Eisenhower

At 51, Dwight Eisenhower considered himself to be a failure with no future. One biographer said it this way, “He had given his life to the army. He was fifty-one years old; only the coming of war had saved him from a life of forced retirement and a life with no savings and but a small pension to live on. He had impressed every superior for whom he had worked, he had no accomplishments to his credit that he could point to with pride for his grandchildren. Had he died in 1941, at an age when most great men have their monumental assignments behind them, he would be completely unknown today.”

Little did General Eisenhower know God had a much bigger plan for His life. That’s how God is. He is a BIG GOD.

Too many people never come to that conclusion. Far too many people never see themselves as living in the plan of God. They feel passed over, under appreciated, neglected, cast aside.

What do you do when you feel like everyone is against you and you’re wondering even if God is for you?

Eisenhower felt for many years that the army was passing him by. In WWI, he was slated to stay in America and train the troops for combat.

In 1929, General Douglas MacArthur chose Dwight Eisenhower to be his chief of staff. One of the main reasons for his lack of promotion was General MacArthur. MacArthur felt that Dwight Eisenhower was too good to let go. He kept him on his staff for 10 years.

MacArthur wrote this about Eisenhower, “This is the best officer in the army.”

Eisenhower wanted to do more and to have more responsibility but every time he requested a transfer, MacArthur declined it. He was too valuable to let go.

I believe it’s in those times we have to be more aware that God is working on our behalf. That maybe, just maybe, we have to learn some things about God and about us so we can go farther.

See, God allows those difficult days not just for testing or trying, but to teach valuable lessons so we can go farther with God.

His plan is a BIG plan. We might not see it or even believe it but we certainly must trust it.

What do we do when we have an overwhelming wave of unbelief about the Big Plan of God?

Listen, God is on our side. Even when we aren’t sure we’re on His.

“If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.” 2 Timothy 2:13

You might be thinking: how long do I have to hurt and wait for God? Joseph, after he interpreted the dream of the cupbearer, waited two more years in jail for God to show him more and teach him more so he would be ready for God’s Big Plan for his life.

Take Luke 1:5-80 as another example. Read it this week and see how it unfolds. Like Dwight Eisenhower, Luke tells of a priest and his wife that were up in age and felt passed over.

Zacharias and Elisabeth waited and waited and waited and…You get the idea. No son, no child and there was even the belief that sin must have been in there lives for God not to bless them.

But they faithfully waited on God.

In 1940, Dwight Eisenhower had been in the army since 1911. Facing mandatory retirement was almost certain. What if he would have retired? Eisenhower devised the Big Plan on D-Day. It went against all military logic.

You might be hurting today; you might be happy today. But no matter where you are, we are all faced with the decision of being faithful or faithless.

Wherever you are in this time in your life, know that none of this has blind-sided God. He knows your hurt, and He cares for you. But this is His Plan. Can you trust Him?

Zacharias and Elisabeth got a son named him John the Baptist. Jesus, thirty years later, called him the greatest guy ever to live on Earth. Pretty big compliment, don’t you think?

By-the-way, His opinion is the one that really counts.

Keep Looking Up!

Heaven is closer than you think.

May God bless your day.

Pastor Rodney

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What is the Battle for the Heart?

Battle of the Bulge

“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” Galatians 6:9

One of the most famous battles of WW II happened near the end of the war. Hitler had decided to launch a major offensive in the West against allied troops and retake the town of Antwerp in Belgium. On December 16, 1944, The Battle of the Bulge began.

Famous battles are part of our history. If you love history, like I do, then you know there are heroes and villains intertwined throughout the story. Like a well written novel, good and evil enter into a battle for the heart.

Many Christians would say that Satan has launched a major offensive for the heart of America. And perhaps, America is losing the battle. Could it be that Jesus has a much simpler task in front of us?

That maybe we, as Christians, should be looking to win the smaller victories in the major offensive so ultimately we win the battle.

Our verse says to not grow weary in the fight for good, in due time, we will win—IF we do not give up. How do we give up?

Do not give up
Do not give up

We have financial problems, work problems, car problems, family problems, and problem problems. When strife enters our lives, it doesn’t take long to know we are in the battle.

We get weary, exhausted, worn out and burned out. Why do good when it doesn’t seem to be making a dent anyway?

The word doing in our verse has several meanings and one of them means to prepare. If we are going to go somewhere and do something, we have to first prepare to do it.

Here is where the battle begins. We don’t have to prepare to do something bad because our flesh, our old nature, is more than willing to do that naturally.

We have to prepare to do good. To complain doesn’t take preparation, to compliment does. To criticize doesn’t take preparation, to care does. We don’t have to work at discouraging but we do have to work on encouraging others.

This is why we get weary. Weariness grows in our hearts like a weed. I’m no gardener, but I know weeds are bad.

Weeds choke-out good deeds. If they build up in the fertile soil of a good heart they will take over and surround our hearts with evil.

In the Battle of the Bulge, the German troops surrounded the 101st airborne near the town of Bastogne. General Anthony McAuliffe, leader of the 101st ,was told to surrender to the overwhelming German troops. He uttered one word, “NUTS.” 

Front and center in our hearts is the reality of what we are doing and why we are doing it. This battle requires we announce who we are and what side we are truly on.

In God’s time, all things come to light. In God’s time we see the benefit of the battle. We might not know why we are doing good deeds, but the blessing is in doing them for God even if we don’t see immediate results.

Battle for the Heart
Battle for the Heart

That’s why we often give up. We lose heart.

The world, the flesh, and devil all tell us to give up. It’s easier to throw away a marriage then stay and work through tough times. It’s easier to lose a friend and find another one then forgive them for hurting you.

It’s much easier to find another job or another church. It’s easier to leave than to stay. Even our friends say why I can’t believe you would stay and go through all that.

Everywhere we turn, we are encouraged to give up. People today have gotten used to giving up and quitting. It’s not common to stay in a tough situation. But the Bible tells us to NOT lose heart.

It’s the thing that keeps us going when nothing else can.

When General Anthony McAuliffe uttered his famous reply to surrender—“NUTS,” the Germans didn’t know what he meant. They actually had to look up the word. There is now a NUTS Street named in honor of this famous reply.

The 101st Airborne and other American troops had earlier been given the order to retreat. However, they were surrounded at the town of Bastogne. They were completely cut-off. Retreat was not an option. They had to stay and fight.

We must stay in the battle as well. Don’t give up. We will get weary. But in His time we will reap the reward.

Keep Looking Up!

Heaven is closer than you think.

May God Bless your day.

Pastor Rodney

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Why do We Hurry Up and Wait?

William Wilberforce

Psalm 27:14, “Wait on the LORD; and be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!”

You may have heard the expression, “Hurry up and wait.” If you served in the military you certainly have heard it and seen it.

To wait on God or the work He is doing in our lives can be frustrating.

Young William Wilberforce, a rising star in Parliament, took a 1,200 mile journey by carriage through the winding roads of the Alps for an extended vacation through the French and Italian Rivieras.

William chose an old friend who he hadn’t seen in years to be his companion on the trip. Isaac Milner was the Lucasian Professor at Cambridge. That position heralded Milner as one of the smartest men on the planet. Wilberforce was an intellectual as well.

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William_Wilberforce

William had been raised in church under the preaching of John Newton (the man who wrote Amazing Grace), but as a young man he became a party seeker and gambler.

If you examine the expression, “Hurry up and wait,” and apply it to our own lives, you’ll see we all live this way whether we realize it or not. We tell our kids, (usually in an impatient moment), “It’s time for you to grow up!” We really don’t mean it, or want it, but we do say it.

We rush to get to a store to find out they are out of what we want to buy and they have to order more. We call a business on the phone, only to sit on hold for an estimated wait time of 23 minutes (more like 53 minutes).

We run a yellow light—more like orange— only to sit and wait on a train.

That’s why David starts and ends this verse with WAIT on the LORD.

God knows what He is doing.

That extended vacation with those long carriage rides gave Milner the opportunity to share his firm faith with Wilberforce. William was fascinated by the Professor’s intellect and his deep grasp of faith in Jesus Christ. God used the Professor to stir the heart of the young Parliamentarian.

God is building us for His glory.

God is building us for His glory.

This verse doesn’t just tells us to wait, it says, “be of good courage.” If we’re not careful, we’ll pass over that be of good courage part. It doesn’t mean if you wait, you’ll be a cheery soul. Sitting in the doctor’s office doesn’t make that happen.

Courage here means to prevail, to grow firm, to be resolute.

William Wilberforce would need that kind of courage. He got back from his trip and decided to see his old preacher friend John Newton. He told Newton that he had found his faith again, and he was going to leave Parliament. Pastor Newton wisely instructed William that he could do a far greater good if he remained in Parliament. That his political calling was not a waste.

I don’t believe that Jesus wastes anything in our lives.

Did God waste those years David was on the run from King Saul? Wasn’t God building Himself in David?

Did God waste the twenty-five years He was building Himself into Abraham?

Did God waste the forty years He put Moses in the desert before He sent Moses back to Egypt?

Maybe, just maybe, we are the ones telling God to hurry up and do something in our lives —but we are not ready for Him to do it.

Are we saying, “God, Hurry up, and wait?”

Are we saying, “God, Hurry up, and wait?”

William Wilberforce took on the slave traders. For eighteen years William fought bravely to outlaw slavery in England. Defeat after defeat came his way, but finally in 1808, the slave trade officially ended.

But the battle wasn’t over. The British empire was vast and slavery was a profitable business even if it was now illegal. Just three days before his death, he received the news that slavery was finally over in the empire.

William Wilberforce gave his whole life to better the British realm and ultimately the world. God used William to touch the world.

What if William hadn’t taken that vacation? What if William never chose Isaac Milner to go with him?

We may never know the lives we touch or the reason someone comes into our lives. But Jesus never wastes a day off, or a vacation day.

Jesus never wastes time. He’s building you to be the best you can be for Him and for others.

He’s not in a hurry; Are you?

Wait on the LORD. He knows what He’s doing. He knows who you are, where you are, and what you are.

He knows what you are capable of even more than you do.

Wait on the LORD. He’s in no hurry to build you for His glory.

Keep Looking Up!

Heaven is closer than you think.

May God bless your day.

Pastor Rodney

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Are You Living for Jesus?

A native of a small Kentucky town, Thomas Obadiah Chisholm lacked formal education. Nevertheless, he became a teacher at age 16 and associate editor of his hometown weekly newspaper, the Franklin Advocate, at age 21.

In 1893, Chisholm became a Christian through the ministry of Henry Clay Morrison, the founder of Asbury College and Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. Morrison persuaded Chisholm to move to Louisville where he became editor of the Pentecostal Herald.

Imagine a Methodist in those days as the editor of the Pentecostal Herald. Maybe that’s how Thomas Chisholm could later write the words, “Living for Jesus a life that is true; striving to please him in all that I do, yielding allegiance, glad hearted and free, this is the pathway of blessing for me.”

You never know what God is going to call you to do once you surrender your life to Jesus. He will always seek our best, and He will continually use us to go places and serve Him wherever He sends us. God is patient in His work.

You may have seen the painting or of old worn hands folded in prayer. Albrecht Durer from Nuremberg, Germany painted those. But only after years of struggle and menial labor did the work ever get noticed.

Jesus wants us to know we are His and no matter what we face He is with us.

A college man walked into a photography studio with a picture of his girlfriend. He wanted the picture duplicated. The owner of the store noticed the inscription on the back of the picture, it said:

“My dearest Tom, I love you with all my heart. I love you more and more each day. I will love you forever and ever. I am yours for all eternity.” It was signed “Diane,” and it contained a P.S. “If we ever break up, I want this picture back.”

Friends, when Christ calls us and we follow Him, there’s no “P.S.” You’re His, and He’s yours.

Thomas Chisholm would write in the 2nd verse of his hymn, “Living for Jesus who died in my place, bearing on Calvary my sin and disgrace, such love constrains me to answer His call, follow his leading and give Him my all”

No matter what mission you are called to do, you can trust His word, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine!” Isaiah 43:1

The Master’s target is you. Saved by the message and serving on His mission for your life.

Albrecht Durer was a young struggling artist. He had a vision for his life to be a great painter.  He became friends with another struggling artist. They were working menial jobs and just getting by.

praying hands
praying hands

Finally Albrecht’s friend had an idea, one of them would work and pay the bills while the other focused solely on his art. Albrecht finally made it as an artist, and praying hands became his greatest masterpiece.

The song says, “Living for Jesus through earth’s little while, my dearest treasure, the light of his smile, seeking the lost ones he died to redeem, bringing the weary to find rest in him.”

Weary. Who hasn’t felt that way?

That’s what happened to in Albrecht Durer’s life. His friend worked washing dishes, taking out the trash, and scrubbing floors so Albrecht could become an artist. The deal was when the one who was painting could make enough money to support them as an artist, the other would quit his job and focus on his art.

By the time Albrecht made it, his friend had worked so hard, his hand could no longer hold the paint brush. The muscles that needed to work so skillfully didn’t work.

Durer wept for his friend. He walked by his friend’s room and saw him kneeling, hands folded in prayer. Albrecht Durer painted those weary worn out hands folded in prayer. It became his finest work.

We stand on the shoulders of giants. When we are living for Jesus, know others have fought before us. Someone prayed for us, served for us, and even now we are not alone.

Keep Looking Up!

Heaven is closer than you think.

May God bless your Day.

Pastor Rodney

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Are we Living for Jesus? What made Thomas Obadiah Chisholm write the hymn? How did Albrecht Durer paint his masterpiece of praying hands?

Should You Follow Your Heart?

We have all heard the expression, “Follow your heart.” But what does that mean? Is following your heart a “gut-feeling,” “intuition,” “logic or reason,” or something we just “feel” is the right thing to do?

Born twelve years after the Emancipation Proclamation, Mary Jane McLeod was one of fifteen children. She was born fee, but for blacks in the South that still didn’t mean she was totally free.

She decided the difference between black people and white people was education. Mary couldn’t start going to school until she was eleven. That was when the first black school opened in Mayesville, South Carolina.

It wasn’t long before Mary was recommended for a scholarship by one of her teachers. She would go to Scotia Seminary in Concord, North Carolina. It was a school for the daughters of “freedmen.”

At thirteen, Mary was not only a good Christian young lady, she was an intelligent woman of God. But she was intimidated by the new surroundings and overwhelmed by the brick buildings, massive columns, and beautiful scenery of her new school.

God was busy planting a dream in Mary’s heart. One that was born out of trusting Him and following the plan God had for her life.

Mary was given a scholarship by a Quaker woman from Colorado. Mary’s teacher, Miss Wilson, had made such an impression on Mary that she did not want to let her teacher down. She trusted her teacher and knew she was good enough to be there.

Mary decided right then and there that she was going to not only finish school, but start a school for young black children and take the school to where the children were living.

She finished school and went off to Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. Her plans changed.

Mary McLeod Bethune
Mary McLeod Bethune

Mary wanted to go be a missionary to Africa, but she was turned down by the Presbyterian Missionary Board.

Detours can deter our dreams. But it is in the detours that God shows us what our destiny really is.

Mary decided to follow her heart to teach her people in the South. While teaching in Sumter,
Georgia, she met a young man and fellow teacher. They fell in love and got married.

Mary’s dream of starting a school not only was reborn, it was beginning to be realized. She moved to Daytona Beach because rich white people were heading south for the winter. Blacks were day laborers and moved around so much no one was teaching their children.

She started teaching young girls. She rented a house that she transformed into a schoolhouse.

With a dream and $1.50 to her name, she sent the girls out to scavenge. A box became a desk, splinters of coal were pencils, Spanish moss hanging from the oak trees became stuffing for mattresses.

Hard work and making use of what we have are how dreams turn from a fictional hope to a present reality.

Mary took her young girls to churches and hotels to raise money for her school. The girls became a choir and sang beautifully for anyone who would listen. Their studies included history, literature, Latin and Bible. Every afternoon they learned housekeeping and cooking.

Mary was teaching them life. She said, “we seek to educate the head, the hands, and the heart.”

The Daytona Educational and Industrial Institute grew from five girls to almost two hundred. Mary needed land and money. Mary believed that faith and the vision she got from God meant that God would make a way.

Daytona Educational and Industrial Institute
Daytona Educational and Industrial Institute

An elderly man heard the girls sing and loved Mary’s description of the school. Mary invited him to come for a visit. He introduced himself and then asked, “But where’s the school?” Mary said, “In my mind and heart, Mr. Gamble.”

Mr. Gamble, of Proctor and Gamble, became the first trustee of Mary’s school. They built the first building and called it, “Faith Hall.”

Following God is finding your heart. Your call is something you were born to do.

You are here on planet Earth to follow and believe God. Like Mary, use what you love, seek him and then you can follow your heart. You can trust your heart if it is set on bringing glory to God.

Your life, your heart, you dream is not a work fiction—you were born for this. Follow your heart.

Mary told her young girls, “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) She said, “Did you hear that word, ‘whosoever?’ That whosoever means you.”

It means you too. God’s plan for our lives is bigger than we can ever dream. Bad things will happen. Set backs will come our way. Difficulties, barriers, and heartache may slow us down, but they shouldn’t stop our progress.

When Mary married, she took her husband’s name. Mary McLeod Bethune went on to follow her heart. Her school later merged with Cookman Collegiate Institute. Later they became Bethune-Cookman college.

Mary went on to work as an advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. She worked for the Urban League, the NAACP, the National Council of Negro Women, the National Youth Administration,, and the Federal Council of Negro Affairs.

In her will she left these words to all of us. “I leave you love…I leave you hope…I leave you a thirst for education…I leave, finally, a responsibility to our young people.”

You have a dream in your heart that God has burned within you. Follow it. It doesn’t matter what color you are, or even if you only have a $1.50 to your name. You serve a Big God.

Keep Looking up.

Heaven is closer than you think.

May God bless your day.

Pastor Rodney

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Martha Berry: Have You Found Your Place?

Martha Berry

Everyone on earth has a God given purpose and passion for their life. Martha Berry is an example to all of us on how God’s call points us to our purpose.

Martha Berry was a lady with a vision to help children. She began a school for poor children. She had no books, no building, and no money. But she had a dream.

She went to Henry Ford to ask for a donation. Mr. Ford reached into his pocket and gave Martha Berry a dime. Most people would have been insulted, here he is a multi-millionaire,  and all he could give was a dime.

But Martha took that dime and bought a packet of seeds and planted a garden, raised a crop, sold it, and bought more seeds. After three or four harvests, she had enough money to purchase an old building for the children. She returned to Mr. Ford and said, “Look what your dime has done.”

“Look what your dime has done.”

Mr. Ford was so impressed that he donated a million dollars to Berry School.

Berry College is a Christian school still in existence today near Rome, GA. Never let someone talk you out of your desire to serve the Lord through the vision you have in your heart.

There will be people who think they know what is best for everyone.

Don’t let naysayers talk you out of the vision, the dream, or the call God has placed in your heart.

In Acts 9:20-31, Saul finds his calling from God. Saul, who we know as Paul, isn’t called that until Acts 13:9. He immediately does what he was born to do. That’s how you know it’s a call from God. It makes you come alive. Your eyes light up when you talk about it. Your mind begins to dream about how you can serve God and help others.

A thirty-eight-year-old cleaning lady would go to the movies and sigh, “If only I had her looks.” She would listen to a singer and moan, “If only I had her voice.” Then one day someone

Phyllis_Diller
Phyllis_Diller

gave her a copy of the book, The Magic of Believing. She stopped comparing herself with actresses and singers.

She stopped crying about what she didn’t have and started concentrating on what she did have.

She took inventory of herself and remembered that in high school she had a reputation for being the funniest girl around. She began to turn her liabilities into assets.

It wasn’t long before Phyllis Diller made over $1 million in one year. She wasn’t good-looking, and she had a scratchy voice, but she could make people laugh.

You will, at the very least, have naysayers try to discourage you. They have been around a long time.

But the Bible tells us in Proverbs 24:10, “If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.”Adversity will come. It is sent by the enemy to discourage us and give up. We even wrongly say,

“If this was God’s will it would be easy.” That’s not true, friends. If this was easy, anyone would do it. He’s called us to serve Him through adversity.

Adversity comes so we have a chance to grow. Adversity is necessary.

Saul had preached in Jerusalem; the church saw his call. Barnabas, whose name means son of encouragement, took Saul to the Apostles, and God allowed his gift to grow.

After adversity, God brings someone into our lives to encourage us to continue. The reason for our call, or service in the church, is that the church will succeed.

Listen to what I call…The Best Words Never Spoken
“We in this country, in this generation, are by destiny rather than choice the

john_f_kennedy
john_f_kennedy

watchmen on the walls of world freedom. We ask therefore, that we may be worthy of our power and responsibility, that we may exercise our strength with wisdom and restraint, and that we may achieve in our time and for all time the ancient vision of peace on earth, goodwill toward men.” John F. Kennedy (from a speech that was never delivered, due to Kennedy’s death)

You and I are called of God to serve Him in the church. Will He find us faithful?

What is your calling? And have you answered the call? Has adversity come against it? And do you see your call as an advantage to the church?

Martha McChesney Berry actually started several schools for academically able but economically poor children of the rural South—those who usually could not afford to go to other schools. After 40 years of hard work, Martha Berry is among Georgia’s most prominent women of the Twentieth Century.

But her goal wasn’t prominence. She wanted to help others get an education.
Berry college has continued its founder’s focus on providing students with a comprehensive education of the head, the heart, and the hands. Her motto still endures: “Not to be ministered unto, but to minister.”

That’s why God gives us our call—to help others. Our lives are best lived when we look just like Jesus. What’s the vision you have from God? Go pursue it. You will never be truly happy until you do.

Keep Looking Up!

Heaven is closer than you think.

May God bless your day.

Pastor Rodney

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