October 16, 2020

Sabbath is here - Praise The Lord!
We survived another week … all on our own - or did we do it all on our own?   We got up each day this past week and went to work or took care of other responsibilities.   We fed ourselves, cared for our basic needs.  We managed our money, paid our bills… we did it all by ourselves.  It was our own diligence and hard work that got us through the week. Right?   Well, that’s how most of the world looks at it.   Even we Christians can see our weekly routine in that light.  The Bible tells us differently though.    In Philippians 4:13 we are told, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”  And we are told in John 15:5  that, “Apart from Me you can do nothing.”  
Yes, there is much we can accomplish in our own strength and through our own initiative but only when we get to heaven will we be able to see all the ways that God provide for us, protected us and orchestrated events so that our weekly routine seemed just like that - “routine”.  We don’t know how much harm the devil has desired to afflict us with but which Gods protecting hand prevented.  God has provided and taken care of us to ways that we will just never fully understand.  All we can do is just give the Lord thanks for His many blessings - seen and unseen.
The verses mentioned above are referring mostly to spiritual matters.  In that aspect of Gods’ watchcase our praises should be the loudest.  God is telling us - and especially on Sabbath - He is teaching us that we are to rest in Him.  He carries our burdens.  He provides the forgiveness, the cleansing, and our fitness for heaven.   He has adopted us into His heavenly family.  What an incredible gift that is!   That’s what Sabbath is … a time to celebrate God’s love and goodness towards us.   A time to rest from our attempts to “be good enough” and learn to led God renew and restore us - to recreate us spiritually.     What a wonderful God we serve!     Come enjoy the opportunity to praise God together tomorrow with others who are part of the family of God.
10:30 am Study time
11:00 am Worship hour
See you tomorrow,
Pastor Greg