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Tonightís message will focus on one verse. It is a verse that says a lot about God and brings peace and joy to our heart.
One of Godís faithful missionaries, Allen Gardiner, experienced many physical difficulties and hardships throughout his service to the Savior. Despite his troubles, he said, "While God gives me strength, failure will not daunt me." In 1851, at the age of 57, he died of disease and starvation while serving on Picton Island at the southern tip of South America. When his body was found, his diary lay nearby. It bore the record of hunger, thirst, wounds, and loneliness. The last entry in his little book showed the struggle of his shaking hand as he tried to write legibly. It read, "I am overwhelmed with a sense of the goodness of God." Allen Gardiner.
I. GOD IS GOOD
A) For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy (Steadfast love and goodness) toward them that fear him Psalms 103:7
B) In the blessings that He bestows upon us.
1) In the gift of grace and salvation
2) The blessing of living in a free country.
3) The blessing of being a part of this church.
4) The blessing of free choice in our lives.
C) Satan tries to cripple our witness and productivity in the work of God by attempting to get us to doubt Godís goodness.
D) How often do we stop from our busy schedules and take time to just praise God for His goodness?
II. GOD IS OUR STRONGHOLD IN TIME OF TROUBLE.
A) A little boy is telling his grandma how "everything" in his life is going wrong. Heís telling his grandma about his problems with school, family & friends, etc. Meanwhile, Grandma is baking a cake. She asks her grandson if he would like a snack, which of course he does. "Here, have some cooking oil," grandma offers. "Yuck" says the boy. "How about a couple raw eggs?" Grandma asks him.
"Thatís gross, Grandma!" he says. "Would you like some flour then? Or maybe baking soda?" "Grandma, those things are all yucky!" the boy says. To which Grandma replies: "Yes, all these things seem bad by themselves. But when they are put together in the right way, they make a wonderfully delicious cake! God works the same way. Many times we wonder why He would let us go through such bad and difficult times. But as we trust in Him despite the circumstances, Eventually, together all things will make something wonderful!"
B) One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Hebrews 13:5 which tells us that God will never leave us or forsake us.
C) Every day this world around us changes. Sometimes for the good. Sometimes for the bad. But we serve an unchanging God that loves us and embraces us in all times. Jeremiah 31:3
III. GOD IS A GOD THAT KNOWS US.
A) He knows our every weakness and He still loves us.
B) He knows our every strength and wants to use us.
If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it. If He had a wallet, your photo would be in it. He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise every morning. Whenever you want to talk, Heíll listen. He can live anywhere in the universe, and He chose your heart.
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