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Summary: In times of doubt or uncertainty we will find strength in knowing God can and will work it out. When we have tried all that we can do we must trust God to do the rest

House of Judah Ministries

1970 Parker Road

Saint Louis Mo. 63138

Pastor James A. Thomas Jr.

Anniversary Sermon

April 20, 2008

God will make a way

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

First I would like to applaud the commitment of this great congregation and its members for being a pillar of the community and for standing for 51 years. For 51 years of being a leaning post and a light house to lost and weary souls. And a bright light in the midst of darkness and an open bosom to the broken hearted. For if there is one thing I know it has not always been easy. It has not been a walk in the park. I know this because I overheard Job having a conversation. He was saying you know God has been good to me real

Good, he said but I found out that man that is born of a woman is of a few days. He said and those few days are full of trouble. So I know truth be told someone here knows there have been times when your body didn’t feel like it could make it. But you pushed on anyway. There have been days of uncertainty but yet you have pushed on anyway. Moments of discouragement, nights of despair, sometimes it seems as though God is not listening. See Solomon was warning us at the same time he was encouraging us.

The verse has a two fold meaning, he says trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not to thine own understanding. Solomon was saying there are going to be times when it seems like the more you pray the more you have to pray. Times when it seems as if you can see your vision your dreams fading and drifting away. Sometimes it seems as if your dreams are

on hold and your time has passed and gone. Solomon was telling us the same thing God told Joshua. In the first chapter of Joshua three times God warns and encourages Joshua at the same time. In Joshua 1 verse 6, 7 and nine God tells Joshua be strong and of good courage. I have told our church anytime God warns you of something 3 times take head.

God would not tell you to be strong unless there was a need to be concerned. Not unless danger was close and evident. Ask Nehemiah anytime you attempt do God’s work the enemy is always busy. The enemy will get busy trying to destroy your character your reputation trying to slow you down. I like what God said in verse 5b he said I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. That’s why Solomon said lean not to thine own understanding he was saying stop focusing on what you see and don’t listen to what you hear. If God has promised you something even if you can’t see how it

is going to come to pass even if you can’t see when it is going to come to pass. Just remember numbers 23:19 God is not a man that he should lie neither the son of man that he should repent hath he said it and shall he not do it or hath he spoken it and shall he not make it good.

I believe that someone here has made up their mind that no matter what it looks like I am going to trust God anyhow. I believe there is a mother on the mother board who has said Lord all that I am and ever will be is yours.

I believe that there are some deacon’s here who have made up in their mind Lord if no one else goes I will go. I believe there are some ushers here who have said Lord I trust you I’m going to stand when no one else will stand. Choir members who said they may not sing my favorite song Lord but long as you let me sing as long as I have a voice. Some ministers who have

been holding on to a promise and you refuse to let it go and sometimes it don’t look like it is going to come to pass but you have made up your mind. Like Jacob lord I’m going to hold on to you bless me. I’m holding on with all that I have I can’t go forward and refuse to go backwards. Lord even if I can’t see what you are doing I trust you. Even though I can’t understand I trust you. Friendship if God made you a promise you don’t have to worry about it. Because a promise from God is better than money in the bank it is not like any other promise you will ever receive. God does not know how to fail. Somebody said from the rising of the sun to the going down of the same the Lord’s nameis to be praised.

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