Pastor's Article

This coming Sunday we conclude our sermon series based on Seven Realities for Experiencing God by William Blackaby. The seventh principle is the principle of obedience. Obedience to God’s leading is the evidence that we are adjusting our lives and putting our faith into action. Jesus talked about obedience and explained it like this. “Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father; and I will love them and reveal myself to them.” John 14:21 Our devotion to God is ultimately demonstrated by what we do; not by what we say we believe. When we are doing what Jesus would, we experience his presence and his peace because we are with him, doing what he is wanting us to do and experience. Sunday after the elder’s meeting, all the elders met at the home of Jerry and B.J. Wilson. We went there because we were requested to pray for B.J.’s recovery based on this passage found in James 5:14. “Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord.” We applied Olive Oil to the forehead of B.J. and each of us prayed for him to experience healing. As elders or spiritual leaders, it was a moment of faithful obedience to scriptural teaching. We trusted that as much as we love B.J., God loves him more. Therefore, we gathered in prayer together before our heavenly Father and sought His help. It was in some sense a vulnerable moment because we were stepping out in faith to ask for something only God can do. It was also a very sacred moment and a time I was proud of our elders because each one uniquely expressed their compassion and care for B.J. and Gerry as they prayed and ministered to them. Being obedient to God and what we believe the scripture teaches led to experience the loving presence of God that was in the center of that moment of faithful obedience. I came across a quote which read, “Today we are overboard with belief; but bankrupt with obedience.” How sad because in my moments of obedience, I don’t findthings always turn out just the way I wanted or expected. I do find a deeper assurance of God is with me no matter what I face and that is the greatest gift we can have in life. See you Sunday as we conclude our series on the Seven Realities for Experiencing God. It’s All About Him Pastor Gus

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