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Event:  Pastor's Notes Part 4
Date:  Mon, October 05, 2020 (Recurs Weekly)
Details:  Coping with the tough times - Hab. 1:12-17

In Psalm 103 David reminds of the many  benefits that belong to God's people. The more we recall these benefits, the more grateful and trusting we will be. But if we forget them, we become proud,ungrateful and uncommitted. In times of sufferings and difficultits is when we need to remember these blessings and not allow the negative to blind us from the positive. ( Romans 8:16 ) Just as Joseph was a good steward of God's abundant blessings, during the seven years of prosperity, so must we treasure God's benefits and recall them in times of famines and pandemics.  Remembering what God has done and given us strengthens our faith in the One who is immutable. Our security rests in the One who can never be shaken and who is always reliable.  Faith in God and His word will carry God's people, no matter the problems and circumstances. (Heb. 11)
In our "rainy days" we draw from the well of benefits. Satan wants us to focus on what God hasn't done, but we must focus on what He has done for us. His deeds and blessings testify of His love and care for us. We don't understand God's ways, but we should know His heart, that He loves us and is for us. We are His people, redeemed by the blood of Jesus, 1Peter1:18,19. We are blessed in every way possible (John 1:16;Ephesians 1:3). The list of benefits is endless. Because we are Covenant people, we can be certain that God will never break His Covenant (Num. 23:19;Deut. 7:9; 2 Tim. 2:13). No matter what happens in the world, God will take great care of His people (Psalm 34:8,9; 91:14-16). His people need to honor God by living according to His Word. The more effort we make in becoming more like Him and in doing His will, the more victorious we will be over our enemies and problems. We honor Him and He honors us (1Pet. 1:14-16; 1Thess. 4:3,7; Heb. 12:14. In keeping His commands, there is great reward (Psalm 19:11).