Good News And Bad Times!
Sermon shared by George Dillahunty
Summary: The Disciple/Apostle Peter, in 1 Peter 5:6-7 (KJV), tells us: "Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time: (v. 7) Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you."
Denomination: Church of God
Audience: General adults
The psalmist, David, in Psalm 23:1-3 (NLT), tells us: "The Lord is my Shepherd; I have everything that I need. (v. 2) He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. (v. 3) He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to His name."
David goes on to tell us, in Psalm 37:23-24 (NLT): "The steps of the godly are directed by the Lord. He delights in every detail of their lives. (v. 24) Though they stumble, they will not fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand."
David goes on - even further - to tell us, in Psalm 48:13-14 (NLT): "Take note of the fortified walls, and tour all the citadels, that you may describe them to future generations, (v. 14) For that is what God is like. He is our God forever and ever, and He will be our guide until we die."
In Psalm 106:6-11 (NLT), the psalmist tells us: "Both we and our ancestors have sinned. We have done wrong! We have acted wickedly! (v. 7) Our ancestors in Egypt were not impressed by the Lordís miracles. They soon forgot His many acts of kindness to them. Instead, they rebelled against Him at the Red Sea. (v. 8) Even so, He saved them - to defend the honor of His name and to demonstrate His mighty Power. (v. 9) He commanded the Red Sea to divide, and a dry path appeared. He led Israel across the sea bottom that was as dry as a desert. (v. 10) So He rescued them from their enemies and redeemed them from their foes. (v. 11) Then the water returned and covered their enemies; not one of them survived."
The Disciple/Apostle Luke, the Gentile physician, in Luke 1:78-79 (NLT), tells us: "Because of Godís tender mercy, the Light from Heaven is about to break upon us, (v. 79) to give Light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us to the path of peace."
As I begin to close, this morning, the Apostle Paul tells the church at Thessalonica and us, in 2 Thessalonians 3:5 (NLT): May the Lord bring you into an even deeper understanding of the love of God and the endurance that comes from Christ."
The moon has no light of its own - all of its light comes from the sun! In the very same way, Almighty God designed us so that when we live our lives with our faces turned toward Him, we glow from the Light of the world - from the Son, which is Christ Jesus - much to the chagrin of those who prefer the darkness!
As I take my seat, now, listen to the words of the late great American writer of religious and inspirational poetry, Helen Steiner Rice (1900 - 1991), in her poem entitled, "Rest Safely In His Care:"
***"There are many things in life
***That we cannot understand,
***But we must trust Godís Judgment
***And be guided by His hand,
***And all who have Godís blessing
***Can rest safely in His care,
***For He promises safe passage
***On the wings of faith and prayer."
That, my brothers and sisters, is "Good News" for the "Bad Times!" Wouldnít you agree?
Good News and Bad Times!
May Almighty God richly and abundantly bless each and every one of you!
1. "101 Amazing Things About God," by Marsha Marks, c2001: By author, published, Tulsa, Oklahoma: RiverOak Publishing, ISBN 1-57919-980-4, p. 36.
2. "150 Topical Sermon Outlines On God," by Benjamin Horrell, c1972 Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House Company, ISBN 0-8010-4047-7, p. 21.
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