The Promise of Pain and Eternal Salvation

What would happen to God’s people if they were able to embrace suffering just as much as pleasure? James 1:2-4 says, “count it pure joy when you face trials of many kinds.” Do we count it joy or do we search for blame? Dear Christian, we must embrace our pain and suffering as we embrace the promise of eternal life. We must believe that the pain we feel is more precious than Gold and it’s producing Praise, Honor, and Glory to our risen Savior (1 Peter 1:6-7). In the midst of your trials and tribulations do you take a moment and say thank you God, let this produce Praise, Honor, and Glory to your name? If this became true of you and me then trouble would cease to become trouble and would result in praise to the king? Can cancer, death, fear, losing your Job, or a million other possibilites become something praise worthy? We are promised trials and tribulations just as we are promised heaven. 2 Corinthians 2:17 says it all, ” For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.” Our pain is light and momentary and it’s preparing FOR US an eternal weight of glory. OUR pain is not pointless it is doing something. Remember Christian that we do not look to what is seen but to what is unseen. Trust in the Lord and worship him through your next migraine.

2/12/2014 Victory Blog

Isaiah 6

The scripture for last Sunday’s message took us to a place of awe and wonder. Like children gazing at the ocean for the first time so we gazed at the Holiness of God. The discovery’s we made will make lasting impression’s on our congregation. From Isaiah 6 we derived 6 characteristics of God. 1. God is alive- Death of Uzziah 2. God has authority- sitting on his throne 3. God is omnipotent- High and lifted up 4. God is revered- Seraphim 5. God is holy- Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of hosts 6. God is glorious- the earth is full of his glory. This text shows us so much about who God is. Understanding the Holiness of God is essential to a Christians life. You will never die to self if you don’t understand the holiness of God. My prayer for Victory Baptist church is that we would not only understand the Holiness of God, but live according to that truth. Once Isaiah’s lips were touched with Hot Coals and his sins forgiven he was eager to go where ever the Lord asked. I pray that Victory Baptist will respond to Holiness of God the same way Isaiah did. With our hearts full of thankfulness and our feet ready to go where he calls.

Pslam 63- The Hunger and Thirst for Victory

I pray that God has renewed a passion for the supremacy of Christ through our week of prayer and fasting. I truly believe that God inclines his ear to those who humbly seek his face. I desire that every man, women, and child at Victory will taste the goodness of our God and begin to crave it. 2 Corinthians 3:17, ” Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” I pray that we will all experience the presence of the Lord and live in the freedom that he ushers in. I believe that if we want God to move and work in us then we must be willing to seek his face. We must pursue the presence of the Lord. In Psalm 63 David found himself in the wilderness of Judah facing trials and tribulations. Yet in these moments of darkness David discovered an endless resource of Joy, hope and peace. David found himself feasting on the glory of God. It was so overwhelming that he was able to wright this beautiful Psalm. I pray that in our darkest moments we will be able to say that the Lord is good and not merely hang on to hope but to feast off it.

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