• Are you Content in your Circumstance? Sermon by Rev. Cynthia Carradine on February 12, 2017

    Scripture Reference: Philippians 4:10-14

    Our Society is marked by an "Inextinguishable Discontent."  Our quest is Better & what is next?  We want a better job with better pay & a better boss. We want better relationships &  a better car.  We have a propensity to live endlessly for the next thing - the next weekend, the next vacation, the next experience.  We are never satisfied, never  content and Even envious of those who have what we have not attained or accumulated.

    The definition of Contentment  (in biblical tense) - Satisfaction in God's Sufficient Provision

    Contentment is like a cup of cold water to a man in a desert. Get it?  Desert means thirst.

    Contentment is the Promised Land!!!  When we left the children of Israel wandering in the wilderness, they were caught up in the "we want more" attitude.  What lessons do you suppose God wanted to teach them by providing only enough manna for their daily needs and no more?   

    Examples of Discontented thinking - Yours or those you have observed:

    God, you've provided a job for me, but I want ______"

    Why do you think some of the Israelite's hoarded the manna God provided?

    They were not satisfied to just receive a DAILY blessing, Like some of us!

    Let's look at what Paul said in Vs. 11. When he had much, he knew how to use it.  He had asked of God that he might be kept humble.  That when his cup ran over he might not let it run to waste--so also that he might be ready to give to those who had need.

    When we are full, we forget GOD.  We are satisfied with the earthly things  and are content to do without heaven.  Being full is a much harder lesson.

    Contentment invites us to look Vertically ---at God. When we look in his direction, regardless of our possession or lack of status or Lack of, we know that HE is enough!

    Contentment  comes when we can honestly say & agree with the apostle Paul,  "I know both how to have a little, and I know how to have a lot.  In any and all circumstances, I have learned the secret (of being content) - whether well-fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need.  I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me."

    Live one day at a time - "And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus"

    If you know Jesus, you have a God who hears you, the power of love behind you, the Holy Spirit within you and all of heaven ahead of you.

    Peace & Blessing to each of you!

    Amen


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Are you ready for your victory? January 22, 2017

Reverend Webb delivered the message to our congregation that was timely and heaven sent to remind us of God’s faithfulness and sovereign power.

He stated that, “Victory is within our reach if we remain focused, faithful and, steadfast. God will rescue us from the trials we go through but, we must ask Him for help. Some of us will not ask because we don’t feel worthy or don’t want to then, owe Him something in return.” He then asked how many know that we already cant repay God for what He has done.

Psalm 108:1-13

11 Is it not you, God, you who have rejected us and no longer go out with our armies?
12 Give us aid against the enemy, for human help is worthless.
13 With God we will gain the victory, and he will trample down our enemies.

Rev. Webb explained that in the text the Israelites had enemies to the left and right of them. David in this scripture prayed not merely for rescue but, for victory. Are you asking God to help you win?

God can use your situation to show His power. You can rejoice now in the battle. All you have to do is think of past victories that He has helped you. He stated that the battles we go through can be overwhelming. But, to pour out your heart to God and He will be merciful and supply the answers even if it is just how to go through the battle until He gives the victory.

He gave us several examples from the Bible of God’s triumphs

Remember to continue to praise God and remember His divineness. He emphasized that we should respect His abilities and that should give us comfort as we humble ourselves to His will and way.

Remember God is both perfectly loving and perfectly just.

Be careful when God gives you the victory that you don’t take the credit for it yourself. It is not your abilities that cause you to be successful but, God’s nobility..

 The 3 steps necessary to find victory over sin.

  • Seek the power of the Holy Spirit and God’s Word

There is a difference between reading and hearing God’s word and Doing God’s word.

  • Stay away from Tempting Situations

Like a child on the candy aisle. We sometimes have to keep ourselves

  • Seek the help of wise counsel. Go to them for advice or for prayer .

We all have areas that temptation is strong and habits that are hard to break. Philippians 4:8 Admonishes us to think on things of good virtue and report, to think on things that are honorable, lovely, pure and just.

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