Summary: The life of unworthiness and the devils condemnation..is about as close as you can get to hell on earth.. And I'm not exaggerating, when I tell you...there are literally millions upon millions of people that are living there, that need to be set free!
"T-R-O-U-B-L-E" Right Here In RiverCity!
Has anyone ever seen the musical, "the music man"?
If you haven't, it's a story about salesman..who is also a con man
And he comes into a trouble free town named river city
and he convinces them of how much trouble they had and didn't even know it.
It's where the phrase was coined, "There's trouble....
begins with T and ends with an E....Trouble right here in River city"
And the only way they can get rid of their imaginary trouble is to buy what he has to sell..and they fall, hook, line and sinker for the lie.
Sounds a lot like what the accuser does, doesn't it?
He's always reminding everyone about their trouble...
both real and imaginary!
TBS. The father of all lies..goes to and fro, all over the whole world..
Seeking whom he may devour!
What about the stories we see played out on the news and videos all over the internet?
Good people mugged and robbed, knocked down for no apparent reason...and people just walk on by..just turning a blind eye!
Not willing to help or get involved in the situation...and when someone does,
It's so seldom seen nowadays..that their declared a hero, for doing something..and for lack of better description..
what used to be known as "doing the right thing"
We can thank The Lord, that our help is not dependent on some stranger walking by!
A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all (Psalm 34:19, NIV)
Everyone has a little drama in their life once in a while, the label Christian doesnt make you immune to it,
And it doesn't mean you will never have any troubles in life.
It doesn't mean things, that will be hard to handle, won't happen in your life.
But TBS. no matter what troubles you may be facing today, big ones or however insignificant they may seem to you,
Gods Grace, is sufficient and is bigger than all of them,
and God has promised to help you through and to deliver you from them as well!
Now some might believe, that some of the smaller ones can be dealt with, without really bothering God with the details,
And I would like to say to those folks...let me know after service how that's been working out for ya!
Truth is, God doesnt want you to be bothered with any...even the smallest issues of life, but the answer to life's issues can not be found from within yourself.
TBS. in 1 Peter 5:7 NKJ
6. Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time,
7. casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
I like the way the message says it;
6-7.So be content with who you are, and don't put on airs. God's strong hand is on you; he'll promote you at the right time. Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you.
Carefree before God..footloose and fancy free?...well I don't know about that
But TBS. To cast ALL your cares on Him, because He cares for you!
There aren't to many carefree relationships in this life, especially ones that are genuinely and honestly...concerned all about your well being!
The thing about trouble in life is, sometimes its kind of hard to stay above the fray,