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Always & Forever Part 2

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Always & Forever- Part 2

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Romans 8:38–39 NKJV
38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Confession of Faith
I am not moved by what I see or by what I feel. I am moved by what I believe. I believe the WORD of God! The victory is mine! I have it now! I can see it through the eyes of my faith!

Don’t You Know!

I was talking with a brother in Christ the other day. He said I don’t know what’s going to happen next! He said , I’ve been furloughed at my job! I can’t pay the bill, because the money has run out! I worry every time I get a tickle in my throat that it may be Corona Virus! I pray, but it doesn’t seem like God hears me! I just don’t know and I’m not saying my faith is gone, but It is sure low right now!

I Feel You

My response was I feel You, I have felt that way at times and even recently!
Here Is what I have found:
Isaiah 40:28–31 NLT
28 Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. 29 He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. 30 Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. 31 But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.

God is Great!

I’m reminded that we can put or faith and trust in God
Isaiah 40:12 The Message
12 Who has scooped up the ocean in his two hands, or measured the sky between his thumb and little finger, Who has put all the earth’s dirt in one of his baskets, weighed each mountain and hill?
God and God alone, He created the universe. He is far greater than the universe itself. The universe with its multiplied billions of heavenly bodies were created by the Lord.
He is omniscient and omnipotent, possessing the knowledge and power to do anything.

God Is Great!

Isaiah 40:13–14 The Message
13 Who could ever have told God what to do or taught him his business? 14 What expert would he have gone to for advice, what school would he attend to learn justice? What god do you suppose might have taught him what he knows, showed him how things work?
⇒ God needs no counselor to advise or instruct Him about what to do
⇒God needs no one to enlighten Him or to teach Him the path of justice or to show Him what to do .
⇒God needs no one to impart knowledge or understanding to Him.
1 Corinthians 1:25 NLT
25 This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength.
God Is Great!
Isaiah 40:15–17 The Message
15 Why, the nations are but a drop in a bucket, a mere smudge on a window. Watch him sweep up the islands like so much dust off the floor! 16 There aren’t enough trees in Lebanon nor enough animals in those vast forests to furnish adequate fuel and offerings for his worship. 17 All the nations add up to simply nothing before him— less than nothing is more like it. A minus.
In comparison to God, the power and glory of all nations throughout history are nothing more than a drop of water in a bucket or a piece of dust on a set of scales
Of course, the nations of the earth are important to God.
What nations do and how they rule and exercise their power and care for their citizens—matters to God.
But when the power and glory of nations are matched against the omnipotent glory of God, the nations fade into insignificance.
If a person were to search the earth for something valuable enough to offer God, you would find nothing.
Nothing among the nations could ever be offered to God that would be worthy of His glory.
God’s greatness—His power and glory—supercedes all the power and glory of all countries and nations for all of time.
There is nothing in heaven or earth worthy of His greatness. In comparison to God’s significance, the importance of leader’s countries and nations are worthless, less than nothing before Him!
Job 42:2 The Message
2 “I’m convinced: You can do anything and everything. Nothing and no one can upset your plans.
I am reminded of the Apostle Paul
Paul had experienced the spiritual power of Christ. God had given Paul deep and intimate spiritual experiences. But, There was this concern and or danger that Paul might begin to think too highly of himself; therefore, God gave Paul a "thorn in the flesh."
2 Corinthians 12:7–10 NLT
7 even though I have received such wonderful revelations from God. So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud. 8 Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. 9 Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 10 That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Think about that for a minute. God used this man to influence the early Church and take the gospel to numerous countries.
And in his moment of weakness, he begs God to help him, and God basically says no.
But God doesn’t stop there. God tells Paul that it’s when he’s weak that the perfect power of God is working best.
Imagine that! We need to be weak to see God’s power work best. While we see weakness as a barrier, God is using it to uphold us.
Our strength as humans may come to a certain level, but with God’s strength boosting us up, there is nothing we can’t endure!
We’re all either in a challenging season or will be in one soon. Life can either bring it gently, or it can hit like an unexpected tsunami.
Regardless of how we enter into hard times, we’ll have to learn how to walk through them.
We have to rely on God’s help, because what we possess on our own just isn’t sufficient. We need God’s strength.

Press Toward The Mark

Philippians 3:12–16 NLT
12 I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. 13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. 15 Let all who are spiritually mature agree on these things. If you disagree on some point, I believe God will make it plain to you. 16 But we must hold on to the progress we have already made.

Always & Forever

Next Steps
Next Steps:
Read Old Testament :
1st & 2nd Samuel
New Testament :
Philippians & Colossians
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