Bledsoe Baptist Association
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Strengthening churches as they execute the Great Commission

  

 

 Dr. Mike Pennington, Director of Missions

 

The Journey Continues . . .

 


There’s an old saying, “Company is like fish, they both stink after 3 days.” COVID-19 is the guest that just won’t go away. It just stinks. What are we to do? Meditate on these profound truths for complicated times.

LoveGod’s love sustains us. 31 If God is for us, who can be against us? . . . 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Romans 8

FocusDistracted? Torn? Worried? Remedy: Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. Hebrews 12:2

GiveGenerosity. Give through your church. Give to the poor. Give love and grace to all those around you. “Give and it shall be given unto you.” Luke 6:38

ShareThis world is starved for Good News! Share Jesus. Share your testimony. Share the goodness of God. Be an overcomer: Revelation 12:10-11

ForgiveWe can’t afford the “luxury” of broken relationships. 32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:32

ReceiveThere are some of us who always want to be the fixer, the do-er, the giver . . . In these complicated, painful, heartbreaking times, be willing to receive the goodness of God from others. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. Gallatians 5:2

TrustTrust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6. Nuff said.

Fear not!The most unheeded command in scripture—Fear not! Read Isaiah 43:1-7. God says, fear not! Why: You are: Redeemed, Mine, Called by Name, Precious, Honored, Created for My Glory, and Loved!  He says, I am: Your Creator, Your God, Your protector. So fear not!

ListenListen to the Father. 31 “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32. Hear Him and trust His promises. Listen to others. So many are hurting and lonely. Call your friends. Call people who may have dropped out of church. Call the fearful and be truly present with them. They need you.

LoveAnd we circle back to Love. Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 12 If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. I John 4:7,12. 37 “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 39 You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:37, 39

Yours for Overcoming on this Journey!   Mike

 

Prayer for Overcoming Fear

O Lord our God, help us to live our lives with the faith and courage necessary to live by love and not by fear.  Forgive me when my seeing and my thinking get so distorted that I allow fear to control me and make me its slave – even when I don’t fully realize it.   Seize my heart and soul with your perfect love in such a way that it drives out all fear and gives me the freedom to truly love, rather than manipulate, those in my life and world.  In the name of Jesus.  Amen.

Lord Jesus, Help me to hear your words, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” And to believe them in the deepest places of my heart.  Help me to live my life by those words this day.  For your sake and by your Spirit and in your name.  Amen. (by Jim Branch)