"Take Time To Be Holy!"
Words of Encouragement: Pastor Patrick Neil Addison, Sr.
Redeemed of the Lord, whether we are near to the church we attend or find ourselves in the remotest of localities, we need to resort to the Lord and not to the flesh. When feeling a sense of hopelessness threatening our will to maintain our trust in Jesus, we need to resort to the Lord and not to the flesh. Now if we, as believers, find ourselves longing for the comfort, guidance and otherwise stabilizing influence of our elders and brethren within our home church, let us understand that our faith, indeed our very salvation, is not bound by locality. Indeed, how can it be? Is God limited? Whereas the creation is finite certainly we recognize that the Creator is infinite and therefore is able to keep, guide, strengthen and comfort us regardless to our circumstances. Let us understand that if we want to be placed on higher ground, we need but petition the Lord. Therefore, there is simply no need for us to submit to seemingly unending anguish of the soul. Instead, we should submit ourselves to our God who is both faithful and loving. Again, if we want victory over the trials we face in this life, we need to look to Jesus because there is absolutely no victory in the flesh. Truly, collapsing under the weight of severe stress brought on by spiritual issues, health issues, financial issues, familial issues, etc.… and embracing dark thoughts and dark ways will only lead to lack of peace, contentment and assurance of salvation in Christ.
Devotional reading for this week: Psalm 61:2 From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. (KJV)
Devotional reflection for this week: What are some circumstances in life that if focused on can lead someone away from Christ? Why must I strive to put God first in all that I do? How can one know that they are looking to God?
Devotional prayer: Gracious Heavenly Father, bless me to always submit to you rather than any feelings of despair. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
May Jesus bless you as you honestly think through the questions raised in the devotional reflection for this week.
Pastor Patrick Neil Addison, Sr.