"Take Time To Be Holy!"
Words of Encouragement from: Pastor Patrick Neil Addison, Sr.
Blest children of the Father, I know as believers we go through challenging circumstances and I know also as believers we are to meet our challenges with a spiritual response. This will take a ‘big picture’ approach, which in turn will require absolute faith in God. Without trusting in God, we will be overwhelmed with what we see; however, through trusting in God, we will be comforted by what we cannot view with our physical eyes- namely that God is in control. The fact that God is in control should fortify us to go through the challenges that life brings to us. Now someone may ask “Does ‘God being in control’ mean that He is evil when evil befalls me?” Absolutely not! No matter how deeply distressing your circumstances may be or become- saints- always remember that Satan is our enemy and that God is our mighty Savior. It is God who restrains the evil one from doing all of his wicked pleasure to our souls. Remember saints: The things we go through in life have a much larger scope than what we see. If we do not keep these things in mind, we will sin against our merciful Father. Therefore, have faith in God and praise Him however He chooses to exercise His divine prerogative in your life.
Devotional reading for this week: Job 1:12-22 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.13 And there was a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house: 14 And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them: 15 And the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away; yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. 16 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. 17 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The Chaldeans made out three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have carried them away, yea, and slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. 18 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house: 19 And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. 20 Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, 21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. 22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly. (KJV)
Devotional reflection for this week: What does it mean to have Satan as an enemy? Do I have a spiritual outlook concerning the challenges I face in life? What are some sins people may fall into when dealing with great tragedy in their lives?
Devotional prayer: Gracious Heavenly Father, never let your praise leave my lips or my heart whatever I may go through in this life. 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.