Archive for June 2017

Doing Good: Helping & Healing

Looking Forward...Not Looking Back

Pastor Bryan Hudson | www.BryanHudson.com

Luke 9:59 Then He said to another, “Follow Me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” 60 Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the kingdom of God.” 61 And another also said, “Lord, I will follow You, but let me first go and bid them farewell who are at my house.” 62 But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

Acts 10:34 Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. 35 But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him.  36 The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ—He is Lord of all— 37 that word you know, which was proclaimed throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee after the baptism which John preached: 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. 

Luke 17:32 Remember Lot’s wife. 33 Whoever seeks to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.

Many times the Lord deals with me in words and phrases: Last week those words were “Doing Good,” “Innovate,” “Look forward,” and  “Don’t look back.”

innovate defined: Make changes in something established, especially by introducing new methods, ideas, or products. Synonyms: Cutting-edge, leading-edge, progressive, radical, state-of-the-art

Exodus 14:14, “The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace." And the LORD said to Moses, "Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward.”

 

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Mail Men: Men That Deliver.

Mail Men: Men That Deliver.

God has designed and destined men to serve, bless, empower, and get things done through His grace.  

A long time ago God said in the book of Ezekiel 22:30,  “I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land ….”  

I believe He is saying the same thing until this day. Today we have the advantage of Jesus Christ empowering us with the Gospel! We are also blessed to provide a positive example for all people: 1 Corinthians 16:13 (ESV), Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.

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Psalm 37:3 Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. 4 Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. 5 Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.

“He shall bring IT to pass..” What is “it.” It is whatever you need or want.

Delight is a simple word with profound significance. This word is profound because delight reflects our desire, disposition, and direction. The word is a verb as an action word. It is a noun as a thing. It is an adjective when used as delightful.

Delight definition: Take pleasure in, desire, incline to; to bend; favor, be (well) pleased, have pleasure,

To “delight” is to incline or bend ourselves towards the objects of our desire and sources of our pleasure. Most of our pain or satisfaction in life comes from what we desire and how we are bent. Most importantly, the direction of our bent or delight determines our success in achieving the desires of our hearts.

A lot of people live in frustration for misunderstanding this principle. The Word of God provides guidance in how to delight in life.

Look again at the text:

Psalm 37:3 Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. 4 Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. 5 Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.

Look at the action words:

Trust (in the Lord), Do (good), Dwell (in the land), Feed (on His faithfulness), Delight (yourself in the Lord), Commit (Your way to the Lord), Trust (in Him)

The key promise in that text is, Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.”

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