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Happy Sabbath one and all. (Well now I’ve finally finished, Sabbath has just about finished.)

Let me first start off by saying that I almost stayed home today and would’ve missed an awesome day of worship and a down-to-earth and powerful sermon. God had a plan for me to be at church even though my plan was to sleep in and catch on some rest.

Anyways, as God would have it, after hiding out in my room and missing my ride, I was asked if I wasn’t going to church and because I didn’t have a reason not to go I said yes because I knew my ride had already left. However as I said before, clearly God had a plan for me because things worked out in such a way that I wasn’t the only late riser so I got a ride down.

Well by the time I got to church, Sabbath school was now about wrapping up and it was time for church to start. Just let me tell you guys now; I’ve never been happier to be at church and to tell the truth, every Sabbath I am blessed at church but today was just special.

Pastor Rowe, a youthful and very animated man of God, delivered today’s sermon.

Below will be my account of the sermon, and in some cases, quotes of what he said (where I can remember). I’m not trying to take any credit for anything the pastor said that I forgot to quote. All the glory is the Lord’s; the pastor is His messenger and I’m simply a servant who received and am now sharing.

We serve a great and powerful God and we are all here because of Him.

“It wasn’t a Big Bang! It was a big God!”

He made something from nothing!

Who are us to think differently? To think that we are not special?

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.- Psalm 139:14 (KJV)

“You are worthy of worship because You made me. And You are worthy of worship because when I was lost, You saved me.”

Jesus has put down a deposit down on us and when He comes again, He is coming to claim what is His.

“Who shall be able to stand?”

Pastor Rowe told us a story of when he was in grade 10. A Friday evening at church the pastor asked him and all his schoolmates that question, “Who shall be able to stand? If Jesus were to come now, which of you can stand and say you would go to Heaven?” He told us that he and all his friends looked around and no one budged. Then this one girl, she stood up slowly. He told us that at that point, everyone got paper and bawled it up and tossed at her. He told us that a reaction like that should never be, but he said that back then they all were thinking “who are you to stand up?” He said that the general consensus was even though some of them did think they would make it to Heaven, who were they to stand up.

So many of us are unsure about whether or not we will make it to heaven. Guess what? That’s what Jesus came here to do. He came to make the way.

You guys know the song?

 

“He came from Heaven to earth, to show the way

From the earth to the cross, our debts to pay

From the cross to the grave

From the grave to the sky

Lord I lift Your name on high.”

Salvation is a gift from God.

 

He came to make sure we have everything we need, He died to make sure we are clean and He left to go make sure everything is good and ready in heaven for us when He comes again to receive us.

“In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.”- John 14:2 (KJV)

 

At this point Pastor Rowe started to get in the grove as he was telling us about Heaven. No one ever made me so excited to want to go to Heaven. I know where I want to go and ain’t nobody stopping me. Not at all.

“He has gone to prepare a place for me. One of those mansions up there are for me and it’s going to have in fine custom made furniture because my Jesus was a carpenter and He knows me.” Needless to say he went on to describe his mansion and the congregation was having a blast.

Pastor Rowe said, “When I get to heaven I want to meet all the great men. I want to meet Adam, the first man. I want to meet Sampson, the strongest man. I want meet Methuselah, the oldest man. I want to meet Solomon, the wisest man. However, before I meet all those men, I want to meet my Jesus.”

Couldn’t have said it any more beautiful than that.

In Heaven we will worship God for what He has done but even more than that, because of who He is. We will worship Him just because He is who He is.

That’s how we are to worship Him now. In all we do, worship Him.

Anyone want to tell me my God isn’t great? Have a seat.

I know He was, I know He is and I know He will always be great.

That’s the amazing and wonderful God I serve.
After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen. And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. (Revelation 7:9-17 KJV)

This piece of scripture tells of Heaven and it starts with the Apostle John seeing a great multitude which no man could number. I am but just one, so if the multitude be so great, my one must be in that number.

Are you going to be in that  number?

One of the elders in Heaven asked John who are these people dressed in white robes and where did they come. Those people are us. We came out of a sinful world and were cleaned, not by ourselves but by the blood of Jesus; nothing but the blood of Jesus. Now, because we are cleaned we are able to go Heaven and come before God’s throne and worship Him. Why would we do that? I said it before. We will worship Him just because of who He is.

 

Pastor Rowe told another story. He told us of his first trip to Six Flags Great Adventure. He was young then but when he went there, there were long lines and not only were there long lines but the man who took him and his friends was disabled. So as he was approaching the lines he was most annoyed that he would have to wait in the line and that disabled man would slow them down in the park. He then said that the strangest thing happened when they got to the back of the line; They brought the man to the top of the line because he was disabled. Now because he and his friends were with him, they all were brought to the top. So there he was holding onto the man’s hand and just saying “excuse me” as he made it to the top of the line. All day he was taken to the top of the lines for all the rides because of whose hand he was holding.

Pastor Rowe then told us how that all tied in. We just need to hold Jesus’ hand. He’ll take us to the top but not because He is disabled but because He is able.

 

Isn’t that the truth! My God is able.

And I too am able because He is.

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (Philippians 4:13 KJV)

So back to the question at the start of this post, “So who shall be able to stand?”

Well I’m a sinner like any one else but I am here to say now, I am able to stand because of the blood of Jesus.

Why is the blood of Jesus so amazing? Well think of actual blood. Blood is made up of three things; red blood cells, white blood cells and plasma. The red cells provide nutrients and take away waste; My Jesus provides what I need and takes away those things I don’t need. The white cells protect us and the improve our immune systems; Jesus protects us from all harm. “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper;…” (Isaiah 54:17 KJV). Finally the plasma heals us; the blood is Jesus heals us because He is able to forgive us of all our sins.

One great thing about the blood of Jesus; it never loses its power.

Ain’t that great?

 

Till next sabbath, I pray that what I share here would be a blessing to someone, as someone shared with me and I know I have been blessed.

 

My God is awesome.

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Good morning 🙂

It is truly a beautiful morning. Our God is so good.

Now where do I start? I haven’t posted for the pass 6 days for no other reason than I having been lazy.

Back to what I was saying; where do I start?

God is good.

I know I said that again, but it needed to be said again.

We serve a wonderful and powerful God. He is kind, loving, forgiving, gracious and merciful. He’s a lot of other things too but I just listed a few.

Over the days that I’ve been gone, I’ve been through some trials and I’ve had my challenges.

(On a side note: as I’m here sitting in the park writing this post, a random lady just passed and said she really likes my tie. I just smiled and said thanks. That honestly just lifted my spirits. I was already here in a good mood as I was gathering my thoughts to share with you. That was just the icing on the cake. God shows His love in all of us. That was a good example.)

So, ye, back to what I was saying.

As things happened and I was tested, I found comfort in God and His word.

That said, every time there is church (Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday) I find myself there. It’s great to get that continuous top up. I do my own studying and praying but it is so much sweeter to be in the house of the Lord worshipping with my sisters and brothers in Christ.

I will admit that Sabbath is the sweetest day of the week. After all it should be. It’s the Lord’s day. In any case, every day is a blessing from God and every day we should live a life pleasing to Him and worship Him.

Sabbath gone was amazing. It felt a lot sweeter too. It really does get better and better. The trials that come along the way only makes it sweeter when we can realize that there’s nothing we need to worry about when we put it all in the Master’s hands.

(On another side note: the rain is now beginning to drizzle and again I smile. Showers of blessings.)

The sermon Sabbath morning was entitled “What do you have in your hand?” and what a message that was.

We were told the stories about the 5 loaves and 2 fishes, that sling shot that David had, and the rod Moses had.

All of these things were small and simple and may not be have been able to do much as they were but when they were “put in the Master’s hands”, they fed the 5,000, defeated Goliath, and did great miracles.

We were asked and challenged to think about what we have in our hands. The things that we posses may seem unimportant and small in the greater picture of things, but we were encouraged to trust God and put it all in His hands, because He promises to always make a way for us. Everything that we have can be used to glorify Him and do good. So our talents and gifts and all that we own should never be hidden and kept from God. We have to offer it to Him.

A messaged which seemed so simple, had a great impact on my life. It made me begin to think about what things I have, gifts and talents, I was blessed with, that I am not using as I should. This is a question that I will continue to ask myself, “what do I have in my hands?”

I challenge all of you to ask yourselves the same question and you maybe surprised at what you discover. All those things we keep hidden away, let them get out.

(On yet another side note: the sun is back out shining beautifully.)

I left church the morning and headed home to eat my lunch. I went over by granny and I sat outside and read my bible and admired the beautiful world God has blessed us with, that sometimes in all the hustle of life, we don’t get to sit back and enjoy and thank God for it all.

I headed back to church in the afternoon for AY (Adventist Youth) and again I was happily filled with the message.

The devotion was entitled “Fight one more round”. Not only were references made to people from the bible but also too great people, in our time, who achieved great things because they were able to hold on and fight one more round. We were challenged to also hold on and when things get difficult, to turn to Jesus and ask for the strength to hang in there and fight one more round.

That’s all we need sometimes; that strength to fight one more round so we can get to the next step. As long as we trust in Him and ask, He will do it.

If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

That’s what Jesus said in John 14:14.

I don’t know about you, but I will ask for that strength and the patience to get me through this round. I will only ask that you do the same.

The discussion afterwards was just as thought provoking. We were asked “what are your fears on your Christian walk?”

The kids had some very interesting fears, some of which even the adults admitted to have had and still do.

Some were afraid that even after they ask for forgiveness, that they might not be forgiven. And others said they ask themselves how will they know whether they have done enough and lived a life pleasing to God that they will inherit His kingdom. They fears were my fears as well.

As I’ve said earlier, God is loving and forgiving. There is no greater love than His. This being true, and we are told that whatever we ask in His name and trusting in Him, He will do; then what are we really afraid of? He said He will do it so He WILL do it.

Put it in the Master’s hands, and leave it there.

What do you have in your hands? Doubts, burdens and fears. Give them all up to God and see what Great things He will do.

I’m here amazed that I’ve only spoken about Sabbath and I haven’t gotten to this week yet.

As I was reading my devotions this week, I’ve been told again about God’s love and what a love that is.

Actually I just posted a post just now about God’s love. Have a read.
Today, I Say Thanks For God’s Love

As I said in the beginning, the days don’t pass without their challenges, but with God steering my ship I will make it. You can too.

I think I’ve said a lot and I know I’ve forgotten quite a bit but I’m sure what I’ve shared with you will help and impact positively.

If you’ve learnt something, share it with your friends and family. You can share this post if you want. Don’t keep something so amazing a secret. Let the world know about God’s love and all He has done for you.

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Today, I say thanks for Jesus’ love.

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13 KJV)

In this scripture verse, Jesus calls us his friends. He goes on to say in the next verse why He calls us His friends.

Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

What greater love can we imagine than that of someone who willingly gives up their life to save? Knowing that Jesus loves us so much, why is it that we forget to show that same very love to brothers and sisters, families and friends?

Jesus did command us to do just that.

This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. (John 15:12 KJV)

I pray that I may remember each day to do that. If Jesus loves us and we’ve sinned and hurt Him and The Father so much, why do we find it so hard not to love those who have hurt us?

My journey just keeps getting more and more exciting, I must say.

Today was amazing as I fellowshipped with my fellow Christians. It really does feel great to be in the house of the Lord.

Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. (Matthew 6:31-32 KJV)

This morning’s sermon was one about health. The brother, who preached, preached about the 8 things we need to be healthy.

1- Nutrient. Food to sustain us.

And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. (Genesis 1:29 KJV)

2- Water. So much of our body is made up of a high percentage of water so as we loss it, we must continually replenish it. And unlike food, where we can go weeks without; we can only go a few days without water.

3- Air. Our bodies need oxygen. The cells in our bodies need this to function and we can only only go a few minutes, at most, without this.

4- Sunshine. Important for that very important vitamin D.

5- Exercise. We need physical activity to keep our bodies in shape.

6- Rest. As we go an go on a daily basis, our bodies need to get adequate rest so that it can reenergize.

7- Temperance. Now all of the above are important but only in moderation. Too much is not always a good thing.

8- Trust in God. This has to be the most important of all the eight.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. (Matthew 6:33-34 KJV)

God should always be the most important being in our lives.

That said, the discussion this evening at AY was deep.

Thing is, I almost didn’t make it to AY at all but God truly is great.

We, as Adventists, don’t believe in taking part in competitive activities. Why? Because when we compete, our competitive spirit over powers us and we start to think of self. We try to be number one and to dominate our opponents. It was argued that it is possible to compete and do it onto the Lord. The argument was that God has blessed us with talents to be used, just as long as they are done to the glorification of God. So the discussion became if it were possible to compete, knowing that there’s competing in everyday life, while not thinking about self but doing it as unto the Lord.

Everything that we do should be done to the glory of God and never to the glory of ourselves.

That said, I know there are things in my life that will be done away with because they don’t glorify God. How I’m going I do that? Well everything I go to do, I’m going to ask myself that question and if the answer is that it isn’t to the glory of God, that’s that. No two ways about that. I’m done with it.

I want to make my God happy.

Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. (Revelation 4:11 KJV)

Happy Sabbath! 🙂

Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: (Luke 6:37 KJV)

Sometimes, these may seem to be tiresome tasks.

We find ourselves judging and condemning people and we find it almost impossible to forgive. However, at the same time, we don’t wish people to judge or condemn us and when we do wrong we beg for forgiveness. So why then do we do one thing and expect something different?

And he spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch? The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother’s eye. For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes. (Luke 6:39-44 KJV)

So before I expect someone to forgive me, I will first forgive all those who have wronged me. Holding onto hurt will only do just that; hurt. Letting go and forgiving is not an easy task but it is definitely not an impossible one.

Even if we think something is impossible to do, just remember you are serving a mighty God.

And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible. (Mark 10:27 KJV)