Youth Sunday 2019
Hear our prayer, Oh Lord, guide us through this day, protect and keep us from all danger. Keep our minds stayed on thee, our hearts fixed on heaven, and our faith strong. Supply our every need just as you promised in your word, make our enemies our footstool, establish us in peace that surpasses understanding. Let love abide as you have loved us, and touch our hearts that we may share that divine caring love. Open the fountain of divine blessing that our cup may overflow to bless others. Withhold no good gift from us that we may glorify you in all we do, and others may see Christ in us. Shine your light in the life of the lost, lift the one fallen in the muck and mire, sustain the one wounded by Satan’s arrow, bind the wounds of the broken in spirit and chastise the one gone astray. Be our help in confusion, our rock in sinking sand, our friend when we are lonely, and our song in the dark of night. Lift our sad countenance and make our soul joyful in the midst of heartache. Remove the fears that plague our lives, cast out all doubt, and let us rest in thy bosom where no evil can do us harm. We ask and claim it done, AMEN.
Psalm 27:4 (KJV)
David said one thing He desired, and that was to dwell in the house of the Lord. Heaven is not a destination but a presence, for heaven, is wherever the existence of God is, and David wanted to be in His presence. The desire we have is the controlling factor in our life. Desire motivates us, captivates us, it rules us. It is a longing, a craving, yearning that will not be denied, a want, a wish, a need that will not be cast off. Our desires weave our soul, rule our mind and forge our destiny. When one desires the Lord like David, we seek Him with the whole heart, mind body and soul. We find Him in prayer, in His word, we desire Him more than our own food. Eve wanted the fruit, more than God, the Pharaohs’ wife looked with desire on Joseph, Jesus said “let it be to your desire to the woman that begged bread crumbs from the master's table. What is your passion, what do you have your affections set upon? One’s desires can lead to blessing or cursing. So today set your mind on things above, seek Him while He may be found, let your desires be for Him, and He will give you the desires of your heart.
The Supremacy of God
In one of his letters to Erasmus, Luther said, "Your thoughts of God are too human." Probably that renowned scholar resented such a rebuke, the more so, since it proceeded from a miner's son; nevertheless, it was thoroughly deserved. We too, though having no standing among the religious leaders of this degenerate age, prefer the same charge against the majority of the preachers of our day, and against those who, instead of searching the Scriptures for themselves, lazily accept the teaching of others. The most dishonoring and degrading conceptions of the rule and reign of the Almighty are now held almost everywhere. To countless thousands, even among those professing to be Christians, the God of the Scriptures is quite unknown.
The Attributes of God - Arthur W. Pink
A CHRISTIAN BIBLE BELIEVING CHURCH
God has chosen each of us for great and glorious things for His name sake. He chose us from the foundation of the world. He found you and I worthy to be saved, to carry the gospel and to be ministers. We are all members of priesthood, called and ordained to spread the truth of God’s word. We were called to witness, testify of His goodness, of His saving grace, and to call a world to repentance. Unworthy though we are, and fail in many things, don’t give up. You have been called and chosen to be a minister by the Lord God Himself and believe God knows what He is doing. He knew us before we knew Him and He knew our faults and the trials we would have. You were handpicked, he has drawn you with cords of love, and you are an ambassador for Christ. He is using all the trials to make you better, all the failures to make you stronger, all the disappointments to give you courage, the problems to give you wisdom and the setbacks so you’ll have a glorious comeback. So hold on, get up move on with dispatch, God is working in your life.
John 15:16 (HCSB)
16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you. I appointed you that you should go out and produce fruit and that your fruit should remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He will give you.