Psalms 45-46

Psalms 45-46

Psalm 46:1Vintage message from September 8, 2002.

We are the testimony of God — the loving testimony of God — to this world, and we need to be about sharing…

God is on His throne. God is in charge, and we need only to trust Him. Even when those hard times come, even when the enemies do attack us, God is the One that’s going to preserve us…

If you desire to be right with the Lord (and that does not mean that you’re going to be perfect), but if you desire to be right with the Lord, search your heart, confess your sin as often as it happens…

What is the reason that we exist today? What is the reason that God gave His Son to shed His blood [so] that you and I might be saved?… So that we can be a witness and a testimony to the nations that are lost and dying. You know what? It is not about our comfort, it is not about our success, it is not about our wealth and our prosperity, but it is about a God Who loved us enough to save us and cleanse us and bring us to a place where we are now right with Him, in order to turn around and share with a world that is lost. His desire is that the nations know that love. It is His desire that the nations come to that love, and guess who He wants to use to do it? You and I. He doesn’t need to use us. You now what? He didn’t need anybody to go to Abraham when He wanted to talk to Abraham… God can get the job done. He doesn’t need us, but because He loves us and He wants the world to see that He does love men, He chooses to use us, and He wants us to share the memories of the things that have happened in our lives and the lives of our friends so that the nations will turn, then, and praise Him…

And this is another problem I find so often within Christianity. We seek help from other places before we turn to God. And I don’t understand why, and I find that I do that, too. That something will be going on, and I will try all of the avenues that the world would offer me before it finally hits me and I go (slap), “Duh! God, would you help me here?” You know? And He loves it when we come to Him for help because He is our ever-present help. He is there always, waiting. But you know what? God’s not going to just jump in and take control and do the job for us because He wants us to acknowledge Him. He wants us to have love relationship with Him, and He knows how irritated we would get if He just came in and tried to run our life, because He knows our flesh, He knows our selfishness. He wants us to have relationship that trusts Him and turns to Him.

Pastor Dave Elkins

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