“Learning To Trust God’s Process”

Scripture reading:   Matthew 26:39..  “And he went a little farther, fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will , but as thou wilt.”

In our last devotion I spoke about the benefit and blessing of following instruction. I also mentioned my continued battle with my sciatica and what I learned about how important it is for me to follow the doctor’s orders (instructions).

Well, this past week I finally got to visit with a therapist, and they were able to put together a workout plan to help me get better. I was very excited about all of the things the therapist had to say about me getting better; so excited that I almost felt better just hearing about it! (Chuckle inside).

But, he also mentioned some things about the pain and discomfort that it would initially cause in the beginning, but I’m not sure if I really paid much attention to that part. I was just ready for the end result, minus the process.

Needless to say, I was ready to QUIT on day 2 because it hurt so bad!

But then I thought, maybe the “pain” is suppose to be part of the process??

Very few of us ever want to go through a process that requires pain. If there is ever an easier route, we would really much rather travel “that” route. But, most of the time, the easier route never gets us to where we need to be; and The end that God may have in mind for us may be laced with painful situations through and through. Ask Joseph, Job, and Jesus.

Yet, I’m confident that it will never be able to compare with the glory that awaits on the other side of the pain we endure (see Romans 8:18).

Jesus’ situation was more difficult than anything any of us have ever had to face; but when he spoke the words “nevertheless not my will, but thy will be done”, it bore witness to the fact that He had fully trusted in God’s Process: a process that had a cross Attached to it. (A very gruesome and heartrending path to take to glory.)

Closing thought: As you and I near the time in which we remember and celebrate the death, burial, and resurrection of The Lord Jesus Christ, let us also remember the pain he endured to bring us hope. His pain was an intricate part of God’s Process in bringing many sons and daughters to glory.

Jesus trusted God’s process; and my prayer is that I would daily learn to do so as well.

Blessings and Peace to All,

Pastor Lowe

Hold Fast To Instruction

Scripture Reading: “Hold fast to instruction, let her not go; keep her, for she is thy life.”- Proverbs 4:13

Earlier today I was thinking about the importance of heeding instructions, and I thought about this verse that says we should “Hold Fast” to instruction. (The amplified renders it [actively seek it and firmly grip it] and do not let it go.)

I’ve been having an up-and-down battle with my sciatica. It’s been one of the most challenging experiences that I’ve had in my life. I just simply do not like pain..

I went to see the doctor concerning the issue, and I was prescribed medication to help ease the pain. But I was also given a list of instructions on what kind of stretches to do, as well as being instructed to see a therapist.

To me, it seemed like too much to have to go through to find relief. But then I thought about it; “what if relief was dependent upon my willingness to adhere to the instructions given?” “Would I have such a big problem following the instructions then?”

I think the same can be said for our willingness, or unwillingness, to follow the instructions that are given to us in the word of God. We have a tendency to feel like some things are just too much. But if we knew that our very lives, and the enjoyment and blessing therein, depended upon our adherence to the instructions given to us from God, would we be more willing to hold fast to those instructions? Or would we simply cast it off as unnecessary?

The abovementioned verse says that instruction is our life. God’s word is our life; and although I have had to learn this lesson the hard way many times, I am grateful that I have come to see the benefits of holding fast to His instruction.

May God continue to bless you during this challenging season,

Pastor Lowe

The God That Changes Not

Scripture Reading:”For I Am The Lord, I change not.”  Malachi 3:6

There’s probably not one person in our country that is not familiar with the recent news and happenings concerning the coronavirus. Everywhere you turn people are talking about it, and there are varying opinions from every walk of life.

In the midst of all of the alarm and talk, there are significant changes that are taking place in our society. And for most of us, we have been confronted with an existence that we have never known and are being compelled to adjust as time goes along. For many, this is an absolute inconvenience, to say the least.

Very few people like change. It doesn’t feel good and it separates us from what we’re used to and what we’re comfortable with.

But one of the greatest challenges, I believe, that comes along with the present adjustments that we’re having to make as we go through this pandemic, is the uncertainty of what tomorrow will bring. We simply don’t know.

Yet, there is one solitary truth that gives my heart comfort and peace, and I pray that it will provide the same for your heart as well; The truth is, That, we serve a God that does not change.

In this life, we will encounter many trials, tribulations, and changes that will challenge us on every hand. But we can take comfort in the unchanging hand of God, knowing that, no matter what we may encounter, he will always be good; his heart towards us, and for us, will always be good, and the end that he has in mind for each of us will certainly be good.

 This truth will serve us all well if we keep it close to our hearts during this difficult season.

Sincerely,

Pastor Lowe

Don’t Let Your Love Wax Cold.

Recently, we experienced a situation in which someone was expressing a need to be helped. We prayed for the individuals, and then sought out ways in which we could best help them in their Spoken need. After some research and investigation, and searching out alternatives, we came to discover and find out that they were not really being honest about their need. So, we couldn’t help them in the thing that they were requesting because of that discovery.

Yet, That experience got me thinking about those who really have legitimate needs and the potential for them to not be helped because of situations like the one mentioned above. We all have experienced something like that from time to time; people who didn’t really need it.

Does that mean that we vow in our hearts to not help at all?

You and I may be tempted not to; but I just want to remind you, as well as myself, to keep on loving and showing compassion when and where you can, in love and wisdom, because the world needs it.

The bible says that, “But God commended his love toward us in that, While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Rom. 5:8). What that means to me is that, even in knowing who and what I was, Jesus still chose to love me and die for me. His love for me didn’t wane or change, even in spite of me. Neither should our love for others wane or change because of where they may be at the present moment.

Let me add though, that loving others doesn’t mean giving them what they “ask for”. Love is being open and willing to give them what they really “need”. That’s the goal.

In closing, I’m reminded of what Paul told Timothy when he wrote, “Now the end of the commandment is charity (love) out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of Faith unfeigned.” 

My Prayer is that the Love of God would continue to burn in our hearts.

Sincerely,

Pastor Lowe

God Is For Us

Scripture Reading: Romans 8:31…. “What then shall we say of these things? If God Be for Us, who can be against us?”

The other day, while taking our foster daughter to school, I was talking to her and trying to teach her new words.. She’s only 15 months old and hasn’t yet developed any real Clarity in speaking; but that doesn’t mean that she won’t try.

As I was teaching her, I was soooo thrilled and excited to see her efforts at trying to formulate the words. She couldn’t quite get it, but she tried. And with every effort, I would gladly and happily cheer her on.

That scenario made me think about how God must be towards us. Each of us have different areas in which we endeavor and Desire to grow in, but haven’t quite got it together. Even so, I believe the Father’s Heart Is just as thrilled to see us making the effort; especially when we  follow His guidance and direction each step of the way.

Yet, For some of us (just as it has so often been for me), there’s a tendency to think that “God is against me if I don’t get it right.” I’m sure it disappoints His heart when we struggle, but He is Ever Patient; and I believe He cheers us on to get up each time, dust ourselves off, and keep running this race. In fact, Our Father says, “Fight the good the fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life…” (1st Timothy 6:12).

Having said that, I would just like to encourage you to remember today, that God is for you and not against you.. His heart is wholly for our good, and He desires for each of us to make it.

In Christ,

Pastor Lowe

Showing The Love Of God

Scripture Reading: (Jeremiah 31:3)” The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: Therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.”

When I consider the contents of this particular verse, one of the things that stands out most to me is the statement in which God says that He loves us with an “EVERLASTING” love.. Everlasting is eternal, or Forever, Without End. Thinking about that, it leaves me to realize and understand, that, no matter how bad I’ve been, how many mistakes I’ve made, Or how despicable I have been in this life, God still does, and will always love me. 

The love of God is one of the greatest instruments in drawing others to Himself; and it is the will of God that every human being ever born enter into a living, vibrant, loving relationship with Himself; and He wants to use “us” to draw them. 2nd Corinthians 5:19 says, “To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.” He has committed unto “US” the word of reconciliation that will draw others to Him. And I believe that one of the best ways that we can help draw others to Christ, is by showing them the love of God.

 God’s love is broad, knows no boundaries, and  extends to the most unlovable. That is the love that you and I must exemplify. Of course, we cannot do it in and of ourselves. But, if we allow God to have his way, in and through us, He will gladly help us to do what is impossible in our own human strength. I encourage you today to make the greatest effort in yielding show forth the love of God.

We’re praying for your strength.

Humbly Submitted,
Pastor Lowe