Results for May 4, 2020

Event:  Pastor's Notes Part 1
Date:  Mon, May 04, 2020 (Recurs Weekly)
Details:  Coping with the Tough Times -Habakkuk 1:12-17. ( Part 1)
Overcoming difficult times, is predicated upon the heavenly convictions rather than the earthly one. The person who has God's point of view is the one who overcomes. Thus it's imperative to learn God's ways and to implement them, regularly. We are no different than the prophet with our reactions - perplexed and confused. We pray for our nation and now we are dealing with a pandemic. That's not what we were expecting. So now we must act spiritually and not inpulsevely. God's Truth and the Holy Spirit must guide us and not our emotions. "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105
Paul reminds us that we have the mind of Christ (1Cor. 2:16 )
So whenever we face trials of every type, we must view them from God's perspective, the heavenly view. The earthly view is limited and negative. The heavenly view is unlimited, positive and pertinent. God alone has the answers and solutions to our problems and needs. The more we allow God and His Truth to govern our thoughts and our hearts, the more we conquer our problems and enemies. Keep in mind that right thinking leads to right living and right feelings. That's why we must have our minds transformed daily by the Holy Spirit and the Bible.(Rom. 12:1-2;Isa. 26:3)
Thinking spiritually will lead to peace and victory. Practice the discipline of Biblical meditation and you will succeed and prosper (Psalm 1).

Event:  Pastor's Notes Part 2
Date:  Mon, May 04, 2020 (Recurs Weekly)
Details:  Coping  with the Tough Times: Habakkuk 1:12-17 (Part 2)
We are not the first not the last to experience catastrophic events. The Bible records for us, some of those events and how God's people responded to them. ( Romans 15:4 )
The more we are familiar with the Bible and governed by its teachings, the better equipped we will be to overcome the difficult times. ( 2 Timothy 3:16 ) The key is knowing and doing the Word of God - Jn. 13:17;Jam. 1:22; Joshua 1:8.
From our text we have learned: Think before you act and now we learn Dwell on God's absolute Truth. As long as our focus is on the eternal Word of God, we shall be triumphant. It's normal to be confused with what we and the world is going through, but we do not despair. We stick wth who/what we know and not go to the unknown. The devil will try to take you to the unknown so that he can shipwreck your faith, but our faith is grounded in God and His Word. God and His Truth is unchanging, eternal, reliable. If you want to fail and be disappointed, lean on yourself and others, but if you want to succeed and be victorious, lean totally and completely on the Lord and His Word. When all around us is unstable, we lean on the Rock. We know that He alone is dependable, at all times. He will never fail us,period. His love, power, wisdom will never let us down. He is all-powerful and all-loving,(Psalm 62:11-12). He can solve any problem,He can heal any sickness, He can defeat any foe. He is our God! " If God be for us, who then can be against us?" Romans 8:31
Dwell on who and what God is, dwell on what He has done for you and your family and your problems and difficulties will grow smaller. The God who has delivered you from so many problems in the past, has not changed and will help you defeat them, now.

Event:  Pastor's Notes Part 3
Date:  Mon, May 04, 2020 (Recurs Weekly)
Details:  Coping with the Tough Times - Habakkuk 1:12-17 
"To be forewarned is to be forearmed."
This principle is clearly taught throughout the Scriptures. God always equips His people to face and to conquer adversity. The road from earth to glory is marked with sufferings, hardships, difficulties. Our Lord walked the via dolorosa (the way of suffering ), for us and now we follow in His footsteps. He warned us in Jn, 16:33 that in this world we would have trouble. His apostles followed the same theme. ( 1Peter 4:12; James 1:2 ) The Lord also made it clear that He has conquered the world, the grave and the devil. Through Him we are more than conquerors. Because of the Scriptures we have a different perspective on trials and the stings. We see them as our friends and not our foes. We see the gains and not just the pain. God's truth, when understood and applied will always defeat our problems and enemies. That's why our minds must be renewed daily by the Holy Spirit and God's Word. (Romans 12:1-2; Colossians 3:1-2; Isaiah 26:3) Then alone we will have the "high view," on the earthly trials. Healthy minds think God's thoughts and produce healthy lives. We must stand on His truth, no matter what. In times of uncertainty, we are certain of God and His promises. ( 2 Timothy 1:12; Matthew 24:35 ) When we focus on God's attributes and His promises, the attention shifts from the problem to the solution, from the need to the supplier. If we belong to God, we have ground for assurance, confidence that He will take great care of us. ( Psalm 34:8,19;Romans 8:31,35-37 )  Keep in mind that God is a rewarded of them that diligently seek Him. ( Hebrews 11:6 ) Stand on the promises that cannot fail.