May 15, 2007

This sounds about right...

This day starts with a few questions. Questions are good because they sometimes cause you to think or may even help you to relate; so here we go.

Have you ever heard something; maybe during a conversation or possibly in a church service that caused you to become more hopeful? Only to experience greater suffering or more frustrations.

Have you ever prayed to God (I hope you at least do this much) and believed God has given you an answer but didn't see anything different?

There is a book in the Bible called Exodus; which literally means; "road out or mass departure"
These people were being held in slavery (kind of like some of us are...we are a slave to the world today.)

I have been a Christian for 23 year and believe me when I tell you...God has not always done things for me the way I think He should. I guess I'm pretty normal in this sense because I know a lot of you can relate to this. I keep forgetting...He is God and I am not.

Now how does this relate to us today...

God is trying to bring us out of some areas that are holding us back and while we're in slaved to these areas we can't experience true freedom. If you ever get the chance to read Exodus; even though it was written long before we ever showed up in this picture of life; I believe if you read it with an open mind and not like a History would think you're reading your own autobiography.

When God heard and saw His children crying about there misfortune He sent them someone to lead them out of bondage and into a Promised land...only problem is that they belly-ached all the way...Every time they didn't get their way or felt God was moving to slow for them; they took matters into their own hands. (Sound familiar)

As a believer we have to understand...There is a God who created this entire world....But because we're human beings we created the world system that a lot of people are being held back by.

Believe me when I tell you...God still answers prayer and He still hears the cries of His people.

What your going through this God's fault or is it a situation or problem you created?

Being a Christian is not easy....being a leader is not easy....being different is not easy, anyone can follow the ways of this world system. But God's Word after all these years is still good for us today.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NLT) "All scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are doing wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip His people to do every good work."

If you need a road map out of the prison you might feel that you're in...Get a Bible and discover that His Word never changes. He can still set the captives free.

Until next time...
In His Service

Pastor Jim "DoughBoy" Brady