God Is In Control 3/18/15

 This may be a little overkill, but I’m going to take the chance.  Jesus words as recorded in John 16:33:

“I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.” The Message

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world.”  New International Version

“I have told you all this so that you will have peace of heart and mind.  Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows; but cheer up, for I have overcome the world.”  The Living Bible Paraphrase

“I have told you this, so that you might have peace in your hearts because of me.  While you are in the world, you will have to suffer.  But cheer up!  I have defeated the world.”  Contemporary English Version

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace.  In the world you have tribulation, but take courage:  I have overcome the world.”  New American Standard

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace.  In the world ye shall have tribulation:  but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”  King James Version

“I have told you all this so that you may find your peace in me.  You will find trouble in the world—but, never lose heart, I have conquered the world!”  Phillips Translation

“I have told you all this so that in me you may find peace.  In the world you will have trouble.  But courage!  The victory is mine; I have conquered the world.”  New English Bible

“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence.  In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]!  For I have overcome the world.  [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]”  Amplified Bible 

I have at least 3 different versions of the Bible that I did not include and there are plenty more that I could find online, but I think you get the point – at least I hope you do.

I have listened to Christians over the last several years as they are wringing their hands, complaining, whining, sometimes crying over the things that are happening in the world AS IF somehow satan is in control and God has lost it.  I’ll be honest with you, I’m through listening to them (and to you if you fit into this category) whine, complain, moan and go on AS IF somehow, someway God has lost control of the world, quietly!  From now on I’m going to speak TRUTH back into your life.

Please go back and read at least one of the versions above, if not more or all of them.  These are the words of Jesus himself.  He TOLD US that there are going to be troubles, tribulations, trials, distress, frustrations, difficulties, sorrows, and that we will have to suffer in the world.  Following Christ doesn’t mean that everything is going to go our way; in fact, following Christ means just the opposite according to Christ Himself!  It DOESN’T MATTER who is in the White House or the Governor’s Mansion; it doesn’t matter who controls the House or the Senate or for that matter who is or isn’t Prime Minister, King, Potentate, Grand Imam, sitting on the Supreme Court or who is mayor, commissioner, councilor or manager.  We are going to encounter problems in this world.

BUT . . . TAKE HEART, TAKE COURAGE, CHEER UP, BE OF GOOD CHEER, NEVER LOSE HEART, COURAGE, BE CONFIDENT, CERTAIN AND UNDAUNTED . . . JESUS CHRIST HAS CONQUERED THE WORLD, OVERCOME THE WORLD, DEFEATED THE WORLD, DEPRIVED IT OF POWER TO HARM YOU AND CONQUERED IT FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!

Folks, I don’t want you to have the impression that the world is going to change for the better; it isn’t.  Mankind, left to our own devices without God is going to get worse.  Even in a Republic that was founded on the principles of the Word of God, like the United States of America, when we lose the moral foundation that we started with, which we are losing and will continue to lose, the government and the people are not going to just automatically get better.  It doesn’t matter who we elect because what we are trying to do now is govern by our standards and our laws and we are discounting the laws of God or even worse we are destroying the laws of God.

BUT THAT IS JUST EXACTLY WHAT THE BIBLE SAID IS GOING TO HAPPEN.  JESUS SAID IT IS GOING TO HAPPEN!

But Christ has overcome the world.  You are going to have problems and troubles, but Christ has overcome the world.  If and when it all falls apart, Christ has STILL overcome the world.

God IS in control; satan will NOT have the last word.  Of all people in the world we have HOPE!

Please, I urge you, I challenge you, I exhort you as your pastor, as your friend, as your brother, the time for hand wringing is done.  There are going to be hard, difficult and dark days ahead, but Christ has “defeated the world, deprived it of power to harm you and conquered it for you.”

There will be problems, but He will have the last word!

I love you

Rick

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Upcoming Activities

Today, Wednesday March 18 – Join us for our regular Wednesday evening activities tonight at 5:00 for dinner and activities following.

Saturday March 21 – We will continue our work here at the church beginning at 9:00 a.m. this Saturday and finish out the addition in the gym.  Thank you to everyone who can come out and help!

Sunday March 22 – We will have our regular schedule with our 8:45 a.m. service in the gym and our 10:30 in the Sanctuary as well as the 4:00 p.m. Hispanic service.

Friday March 27-Sunday March 29 – The NM District Church of the Nazarene Women’s Retreat at Bonita Park – Ladies there is information available in the foyer or you can call the church office 336-8032.

Sunday April 5 – Our Resurrection Day (Easter) schedule will be as follows:  Sunrise Service at the Prayer Pond 6:45 a.m. – Donation Breakfast in the gym at 7:30 a.m. – Combined Celebration Worship Service at 9:30 a.m. in the gym!  There will be special activities for the children during this morning as well.


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