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Sep 26, 2014

Pastor John Collins Bringing Back God Church “Bless the Lord, O my Soul;

"“Bless the Lord, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with loving-kindness and tender mercies,” Psalm103:1-4

I want you to think about the Hebrews that came out of Egypt with Moses and Aaron. They saw the miracles, they witnessed the glory, they heard the voice thundering, and they knew the power of God firsthand. Yet, they complained. Yet, they rebelled. 

They wanted comfort, they wanted water when they wanted it, they wanted to eat flesh and not bread, they wanted, they wanted and they wanted.

What would ever have us believe that we are any different in this day and age? We are educated, we are relatively secure in our nation, we are living in an age where every convenience is available to us and yet, we complain to God and about God. We want things done for us in our time, we want to see the miracles of our lives manifest as we would have them and we want to live lives that are free of illness, worry, hardship, pain and suffering.

We can say that we have seen no miracles first-hand as those that took part of the exodus did, but we know Jesus. Jesus Christ had yet to make His appearance into the world and what was done in Old Testament times looked forward to our Lord. 

Each time in history has its own value and glory and we are not to diminish theirs by not valuing ours. It is for us to recognize that our challenge and our test is to continue to have faith throughout our lives.

We should never lose our faith because it is a gift to begin with and more precious than any amount of wealth found here on earth. We must recognize that it is our faith that is the only thing that counts in this life because it is our faith that will get us into heaven. 

Who knows what your trials and sufferings will do to your souls if you allow it? You see, it is the most beautiful growth that a soul will find once it has been refined through the fire. We must allow ourselves to be cast into the fire so that Jesus can safely carry us through. Nothing matters but our loyalty to God and His Son and believe me it will be tested time and time again.

Those who rebelled in the wilderness never entered into His rest. They never entered the promise land. As hard as our trials may seem to us, imagine your feelings about them once you are in heaven. Will they appear so insurmountable to you? Will they have the weight that they carry now? What is it that you could learn from your situation? Where in your faith do you need to grow? 

Don’t doubt the power of God and never forget that all things work to the good for those who love God. So be not a complainer in your life and value the accomplishments of Jesus on the Cross. Take solace in the Lord and don’t give up on your faith.

“The Lord is gracious and full of compassion,
Slow to anger and great in mercy.

The Lord is good to all,
And His tender mercies are over all His works.” Psalm 145:8-9

Source; Pastor John Collins Bringing Back God Church