August 27th Sermon at our Red Deer church – Don’t Be Such a Chicken – Part 3 – Pastor Joyce Roth
It’s an honor to be able to bring a message to you this morning and I’m excited about what I have to share, and I’m excited to be a part of what God’s doing here in Red Deer with Victory Church. I’m excited for praise and worship and the excitement that that brings. I was telling Dave earlier, I was thinking as I was preparing the message, “I’m going to phone Dave and tell him to do upbeat. I need my good, fast upbeat songs.” And I thought, “Oh, no, I won’t tell him; I’ll pray.” It worked out great, those are exactly… the songs are so good and they tie in with what I’m going to be talking about. And so I am just so glad, and that last song that resurrecting, he’s resurrecting me. That life is inside of us, his life inside of us; we need to be more aware of that and all we’ll talk about that a little bit more. I’m going to do part 3 of Don’t be Such a Chicken, and you’re going to think, “How in the world does that all tie together?” But we will get it all tied together because we don’t want to look like that, we don’t want to be chickens. And Pastor Chuck has preached a couple messages on this over the last month, and you can check those out on our website to get up-to-date.
But basically what we’re talking about is that we need courage. We live in a time where we need courage. And God has something amazing, something special, something unique for each one of us as individuals and for this church here in Red Deer. We haven’t achieved everything that God has called for us to achieve, we haven’t done everything that God wants us to do. And I believe his plan and his purpose are exciting, this isn’t a boring time, a boring world that we live in, and so I’m excited about what God wants to do. But we’re going to need courage to fulfill those plans. God has good plans for us, he says in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” God has good plans for us, and we need courage to see them through. And we don’t just get courage by thinking, “I need more courage” – that might work for a little bit. But I think courage increases when our understanding increases. Our courage increased even as we sang those songs, and where the spirit come alive in us then our courage increases too. But I want to talk about the sovereignty of God this morning, the supreme power and authority that our God has. And when we understand and grasp these truth of his ultimate sovereignty it will give us courage. It will give us the courage we need to fulfill the special distinctly unique plans and purposes that God has for each one of us.
We talk about loving – love God, love others, and serve. It will give us the ability we will need courage to love like he’s called us to love. And we need a deeper understanding of what that even looks like. We’re going to need courage to go like he’s called us to go. We need to be intentional about sharing the good news. These are the days we live in, it’s time; the time is now, so we’re going to need courage to do that. And we’re going to need courage to live like he’s called us to live; like he’s called us to live. There’s more to it than just what we see and feel and touch right now around us, there’s more to it. And we need to understand the sovereignty of God in order to have that courage to be and do what he’s called us to do. And the Bible, it’s full, it shows us God’s sovereignty right from the beginning to the end. We see God’s sovereignty when he spoke the world into existence in Genesis 1; pretty amazing. Have you ever tried to speak things into existence like that?
God is sovereign. We look at the birth and the resurrection of Jesus and we see the sovereignty of God in that. And of course in the book of Revelation, the ultimate victory of good over evil, the ultimate victory of our God, the sovereignty of our God. And there’s many specific instances that we could go through – you look at Daniel in the lion’s den or the three guys in the fire, there’s so many, how God spared his people. The war, the enemy nations surrounding them outnumbered them, and yet God delivered them. And sometimes they didn’t even have to fight, and they got to clean up anyways, get all the goodies. So God is sovereign, and we can, like I said, list many different instances. But most of us are familiar with this concept. I haven’t really told you anything new yet, have I?
But our world is changing; the world around us is changing. There’s issues in the forefront in our nation and around the world that we never dreamed were going to be an issue. That’s just the reality of this world that we live in. And there’s bad things happening, there’s trouble in our world, it’s serious; and you know what? It’s getting closer and closer to home; that’s the reality of it. 2 Timothy says that in the last days there will be violent periods of time, people will be selfish and love money, they will brag, be arrogant and use abusive language, they will curse their parents, show no gratitude, have no respect for what is holy, and lack normal affection for their families. They will refuse to make peace with anyone, they will be slanderous, lack self-control, be brutal and have no love for what is good. They will be traitors, they will be reckless and conceited, they will love pleasure rather than God, they will appear to have a godly life but they will not let its power change them. Stay away from such people. Does some of that sound familiar?
Look at Matthew 24:6, it says, “You will hear of wars and rumors of wars. Don’t be alarmed, these things must happen, but they don’t mean that the end has come. Nation will fight against nation and kingdom against kingdom, there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All of these are only the beginning pains of the end. Then they will hand you over to those who will torture and kill you. All nations will hate you because you are committed to me. Then many will lose faith, they will betray and hate each other, many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. And because there will be more and more lawlessness, most people’s love will grow cold. But the person who endures to the end will be saved.” These are some pretty tough scriptures, but they do sound kind of familiar, don’t they? It’s not like, “Oh, wonder what he means by that?” It’s like, “Oh, that’s what’s going on over there” and “Oooh, that’s what’s happening over there.” And sometimes we may even… or especially some of the immigrants among us have tasted of some of these things, have these tough things. But there’s many places in our world that are actually living in the physical reality of evil and wars, famines.
So like I said before, the times are changing, the world isn’t the same as it used to be, and we, the Church of God needs to be prepared. We need to be prepared, and that’s what I want to do today. In order to face our world with courage, the courage that we’re going to need in the times to come, the courage to stand in the difficult times and to still fulfill God’s specific purpose for our lives, we’re going to need a deeper understanding of the sovereignty of God. A deeper understanding of who God is, that will equip us to stand strong, to have courage and to face whatever is coming. I don’t want to preach doom and gloom, that’s not what I’m here to do. But as a pastor in this church and leader, it is my job to prepare you for what’s ahead, so that you can’t say when tough times come “Nobody told me this was going to happen.” What did they expect? We don’t want to go there, we can’t live in a false reality, what the Bible says is true. And years ago God gave me this verse from Jeremiah 33:3, this is my verse. Chuck got a whole chapter, I just got one verse, but that’s OK. Jeremiah 33:3, “Call to me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things that you don’t know.” That’s my verse, and I’ve… It’s kind of overwhelming when you stop and think about it. And I can remember where I was standing in our house in Duchess when God showed me that, it’s been 20-some years ago. And often I’ve asked God for direction and I said, “Lord you gave me this verse that if I call to you and ask you, you’d show me stuff.” And he has shown me stuff – “What about this, what about that” in different situations in the church.
But last year he just put on my heart that he wants to take this a little bit further, that there’s a prophetic edge to this verse. And I kind of forgot about that, but as I was preparing the sermon I was reminded of this. We need to be prepared for the for the things that are to come, and I believe that’s part of what God has called me to do. And so it’s not about preaching doom and gloom, it’s about preparing a people, preparing a people so that our lights can shine brightly no matter what is going on around us. So how many of you know that when things get tough, when there’s crisis situations in your lives, that pad answers or clichés, they don’t usually help. In fact, they kind of annoy and you kind of want to, you know… But they’re kind of annoying. And even sometimes the biblical truths, our understanding of some of the biblical truths don’t seem to be quite enough either. We go back to that and we go back to the basics, and that’s good. But sometimes it’s not quite enough, and so we need to be growing in our understanding, because as things come up we need to be ready and we need to understand the sovereignty of God so we can stand boldly in difficult times. It’s easy to see his incredible power and authority and stuff when things are going well, when our prayers are being answered. And you look at the world around you, you go to the mountains, you go Bam for the weekend, or you go down by the ocean and you look out, whatever your place is where you can connect and you feel good with God. We go to those places and then we can declare easily with the Psalmist, “The heavens declare the glory of God and the sky displays what his hands have made.” Or the song that we sang with this morning, “How majestic is your name in all the earth.” We can do that, we can declare those things when things are going good.
But what about when evil and violence or crisis happen around us or to us? What about if we ever get to that place where we don’t even feel safe in our own homes, or in our church for that matter? There are places where it isn’t safe to go to church. What about when those signs of the times in those newscasts that we listen to, what about when they’re happening next door. There was a home invasion, a violent home invasion in Black Falls last week. It’s hard to think that way, but when things get tough, when things start hitting close to home then there’s a desperation, the world is desperate out there for whatever and they start demanding things, where do we turn to for hope, for peace? Where do you turn to for hope and peace? And will your understanding of God be enough to get you through those times?
I want to take us back to one of the darkest times in history for God’s people, and we sang about it in our last song, the death of Jesus, the crucifixion of Jesus. Things were bad for the people of God in those times, they were basically living in exile in their own country. The Romans were running the show and had them basically as slaves, and they’ve been living like this for a while. The promise of a messiah, of a savior had been over time, and there was a few of them that had obviously tapped into that, like Hanna and Simeon, after Jesus was born they knew who he was. So Jesus did come on the scene then, and it took a while for people to recognize him. But as he went out and about and started doing pretty amazing things, his following increased, and you can see that hope would have been arising in those people. That their minds were thinking “Oh, I remember hearing or reading about that in the Old Testament and through the prophets and through the Psalms that that the Savior would come.” So hope was rising, and I’m sure they were thinking about their physical situation too, that this misery, this slavery, this exile, that this was going to end, because he was the Savior, he was going to be the king, and he was going to set us free, that’s what they said. And who wouldn’t think physically? That’s where we go naturally, and so I’m sure they were thinking that.
But after about three and a half years things turned kind of ugly, and the ruling religious leaders weren’t impressed with him at all. And so now Jesus was arrested, he’d been arrested and now they were going to kill him, he was condemned to die. And in Mark 14 it says that everyone deserted him and fled. So here were these people who hope had been arising in them, some of had been quite close to him for the last few years, and hope had been arising in them. And now he was arrested and going to be crucified. It was like, “Oh great, now what? I thought he was the one. Do we have to wait for another one?” Their hopes, their excitement that they’d allowed to rise up, just stomped on and dashed. There’s a quote I want to read because this kind of explains a little better than I can, more eloquently. Listen to this, “Never did God look more out of control, more at the mercy of the forces of evil than when his own son hung dying on the cross.” But on this side of the resurrection we now see that there was never a time when evil was less in charge and God was more in control. He turned what the devil intended for evil, Jesus death, into his purposes and our salvation, and that’s our God. It took the people a little while to figure that out, their hopes were dashed. But I wonder if people aren’t starting to wonder about that a little bit today, if God isn’t out of control, if he’s lost control. There’s stuff happening like I said that we just couldn’t have imagined a few years ago.
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is God in control? Why is he letting all this happen?” It seems like Satan is having his way. Does God see what’s going on? Is he really in control? Is he sovereign? Because it doesn’t make sense to our human minds or our ideals, the way we think about life, the way we think life should be; it doesn’t make sense. Listen to John Piper in his book Spectacular Sins, he says, “The death of Jesus Christ was murder, it was the most spectacular sin ever committed. At the all-important pivot of human history, the worst sin ever committed served to show the greatest glory of Christ and obtained the sin conquering gift of God’s grace. God did not just overcome evil at the cross, he made evil serve the overcoming of evil. He made evil commit suicide in doing its worst evil in the death of Christ. The powers of darkness did their best to destroy the glory of the Son of God. This is the apex of evil. But instead they found themselves quoting the script of ancient prophecy and acting the part assigned by God precisely, and putting Christ to death they put his glory on display, the very glory that they aim to destroy.” Isn’t that amazing? But we don’t often see it like that, do we? That’s why I put this down, and you might want to read that a few more times, it should be in your notes. John Piper calls this book Spectacular Sins, and that grabbed my attention because the two shouldn’t necessarily go together.
But you know what? When you put it like this it’s amazing. It’s a spectacular sin that God turned around and used for his purposes and for his glory, and the devil didn’t even know he was being set up. Do you know that? He didn’t even know it. God didn’t just overcome evil at the cross, he used Satan through the whole process, he was never out of control. He didn’t just overcome it, he made it overcome itself; he made evil overcome evil. What kind of a God is that? He had a plan and nothing… he had a plan from the beginning of time and nothing and no one is going to thwart that plan. I was listening to Bill Johnson a couple of weeks ago, and he said something that grabbed my attention too. He said sometimes we think that God and the devil are just opposites – God is good, the devil is bad. And while there’s some truth in that, they’re not equals, right? And we forget that sometime, we forget that the devil is no competition for God. The devil is a created being. The devil and Michael, or Gabriel, the archangel Gabriel, they’re opposites; but God and the devil are not opposite. God uses the devil as a pawn on his chessboard; we need to see that. And I’m not just here to diss the devil, but we need to understand this so we can see how great our God is and so that we can stand in difficult times and we don’t let the devil scare us.
There are three things that we can learn from this story of Jesus’ crucifixion, the first one is God’s plan will happen. God’s plan for this world, his plan from the beginning of time will happen. Isaiah 46:8 says, “Remember this and take courage, my plan will stand, I’ll do everything I intended to do. I have spoken and I will bring it about. I have planned and I will do it.” You can take that one to the bank. And what is God’s plan? God’s plan is to bring all of mankind back into fellowship with him; that plan hasn’t changed. The devil thought he changed it, he thought he’d knocked it out, but he never did, it hasn’t changed. God has a love for mankind that we can’t even fathom, that we don’t get totally. His desire is that all men would be saved. 1 Timothy 2 says, “Who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” That’s what this is all about, getting all men saved. Ezekiel 33 says, “I take no pleasure in the death of wicked people, I only want them to turn from their wicked ways so they can live.” So it’s not just about us. God so loved the world, he cares about the wicked people too, so we need to be careful that we don’t forget that either and just worry about ourselves. But God cares about the wicked people, and the things that he does, he does to draw all men back to himself. Jesus death and resurrection was the plan, Satan tried his best to thwart the plan but he just played right into God’s hands and just resigned his doom death certificate kind of. Sin, evil, even unbelief, don’t change God’s plan; not then, not now, and not in your life or my life. Sin, evil, even unbelief, don’t change the plan, will or purpose of God. They will never, sin and evil will never change God’s plan. So get over the fact of what you’ve done and what you’ve been. God loves you; sin and evil don’t change that, never have, never will.
Job has an incredible response to a crisis in his life. Grief – he’d lost his family, he’d lost all his possessions, and now his physical body was sick, crazy sick and in pain. And in Job 19:25, look what he says, “I know that my redeemer lives and that in the end he will stand on the earth.” We need to be able to say that, to declare that, to speak that out no matter what’s going on in our lives, because that’s the reality; that’s the reality of God’s sovereignty. I was reading the book in the last little while, it’s going through the book of Revelation, and the author used a phrase that grabbed my attention, and it’s this – that we need to be aware of the unseen realities of the present. We need to be aware of the unseen realities of the present. Life isn’t just about what we can see and feel and touch. Our God is alive and he is real and he is working on our behalf, he is fulfilling his plan, his call in our lives and in this church. Even though we can’t always see it, we know it’s there. The word says our God is working in the heavenlies. Jesus isn’t just sitting on the throne twiddling his thumbs told God says, “Time to go get them.” He’s working, he’s doing stuff. He’s preparing a place for us, but he’s also working on our behalf, interceding, it says he intercedes on our behalf, he’s working on our behalf till the time is right, till all men know of or heard about God’s love. So we can have that same response, we need to understand with our spiritual eyes, just kind of know deep inside their unseen realities of the present. I love that phrase. Know deep inside God’s got this, no matter what it looks like around us, God’s got this God is sovereign, his plans, his purposes, his will will be done on earth as it is in heaven. That’s right, that’s the reality of it. So the first thing is God’s plan will happen no matter what it looks like around us. It did at the crucifixion, and it will here in our lives today on this earth.
The second thing, God uses evil for his purpose. You got to love this. But it’s hard for us to understand this, because evil often scares us, and so we just kind of want to get far away and not… But the challenge is for us to see it through the purpose and plans of God. Are we always going to understand everything that’s going on around us? No, we certainly aren’t. And so maybe let’s not try so hard to try and understand everything, let’s leave it with God because we know he’s got this. He uses evil for his purpose, so stuff happens in our lives or as the world changes around us we can go back to the word and we can see how he used evil, he used it for his purpose. He always had a plan and purpose. The devil hasn’t got a got a line on that, he’s just a pawn in the hands of God. But we know our God is in control, and we can continue to stand for what is right and true. It’s not just about us being happy, but it’s about us letting our light shine in the dark. When the world gets dark we’re going to need a light to run to, and that’s the church, that’s us. That’s why we need to be ready for this, that’s what the whole thing is about so that we can let our light shine, so when all hell breaks loose out there they’ll know where to go because we’ve got the answer. We have hope, we have the future, we’ve got everything that we need to live and share. It’ll be the answer to what they need. We can continue to fulfill his purposes on earth because we know the end of the story, we know how this is going to work out.
God’s reasons for allowing hard times to come is ultimately to get people to turn from their wicked ways, to repent and worship him; that’s really what it’s all about. It’s hard for us to see that, but if you go to the word you’ll see that that’s what it is. And there’s many, there’s many examples in the Old Testament of God using evil kings and armies to oppress his people, but why? Because they’ve fallen into idolatry, they turned away from God. We think we can talk our way out of every situation; good luck. The fact of the matter is sometimes we need a butt kicking, sometimes we need a little pain to get us to you think straight again, to get us to turn back to where we need to be so God, he uses the evil for his purposes so that all men would turn to him. Even in Revelation, I noticed this a while ago when I was reading through Revelation, it says several times, but I’ll just share one example in Revelation 16 where it says, “The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the Beast and its kingdom was plunged into darkness. People nod their tongues in anguish and cursed the God of heaven for their pain and sorrows; but they did not repent of their deeds.” Several times. Bad things happen to people, and what do they do? They just get mad at God because they think they deserve to just live happily ever after and tiptoe through the tulips or whatever it is. But the fact of the matter is, we don’t get it right all the time; we do sin. But God loved us so much that he does whatever it takes to get us to turn back to him; that’s the reality, that’s the reality. And so let’s keep our eyes, our spiritual eyes open for those unseen realities so that we don’t get caught up and get mad at God for stuff that happens in our lives.
So God’s plan will happen, God uses evil for his purpose, and the third thing we can see through the crucifixion is that God is on our side. God is on our side. God’s love for people, for you and me is so real, it’s too deep for words, and it’s forever; it’s not going to change. Jeremiah 31:3 says, “I have loved you my people with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I’ve drawn you to myself.” We sang about the relentless love of God this morning, relentless; it’s always there. The fact that he would send his own son to suffer and die for us so that we could be free from our sin, from guilt and from shame, so that we could have a relationship with God and call him dad. I have a father. Even after all the stuff we’ve done and the things we’ve thought, Jesus died so that we could be free from all that stuff and so that we could… so God could just love us like crazy and we could receive that love and give it back to him. God loved us so much he gave us everything we need to live a victorious life until he comes again. Not just when everything is going good, but when it isn’t. And that’s just amazing that God would love us this much, it’s just overwhelming because I know what’s gone on in my heart on occasion, and when I repent he forgives me. And it’s the same for you, God’s promises are real so we need to let the reality of the love and the promises of God overtake us today; let that overtake you today.
The great thing about all this is that we don’t have to wait for the world to fall apart to take advantage of these truths, that’s the reality of it. In fact, it would be better if we tapped into it now and then we’d be even more ready for what’s coming. But these things apply to our situations right now. Whatever is going on in your life, whether it’s sickness, whether there’s a depression or a loneliness, whether there’s a relationship crisis or whatever, whatever crisis is in your life right now, whatever is kind of driving you nuts right now, the fact is that God loves you. God loves you. His plan will happen. He will continue to use evil for his purpose; he’s on your side. God is good, and anything that is causing you to wonder about the power or the love of God needs to come under the cross, we need to see that he really loves us, he gave his son for us. A while ago I read it a testimony of a guy who had gone on a canoe trip and there was a group of young guys and a few adults and they were in Ontario, some Algonquin Park or something like that, some of you may know what I’m talking about. So they were canoeing doing a few day trip, doing some lakes in that area and things were going really good, they were expecting God to just really minister to them, it was a Christian thing. And they got up one morning and there was a bit of a storm blowing, but they thought, “Well we’ll go across this lake anyways.” And they got out a little bit and the storm got nasty, and they thought, “Well we can still… let’s get to the other side.” Well not everybody made it to the other side, and this guy in this in the story, he said how he knew what he was doing when he was canoeing, and yet for some reason he got up and the storm was worsening and he stood up in his boat, in his canoe, and I guess that’s not something you should be doing anytime, but not in a storm for sure. And anyways, some of the canoes overturned and he ended up hanging on to a rock in the lake to survive it, but three people died, and one of them, his wife was pregnant with their first child – how do you make sense of that kind of stuff? And he was responsible for some of this, just with the different way he had responded, and the shame and the guilt, it weighed on him for years. And later on in his life he was studying to be a pastor, and while he was at seminary, the situation, whatever, he just finally let it all go and just laid it all out before God and just cried it out. And God set him free from that and forgave him and he’s a pastor today, and he’s written a book about that whole situation. It happened out in 1970, but it took him quite a few years to get rid of the heaviness and the pain of this whole situation. But there’s a statement that he makes in his book and it’s this – it’s because of who God is, things never go wrong, they only go different. Because of who God is, things never go wrong; they only go different. So it took him some time, but over time he developed a deeper understanding of the sovereignty of God. To be able to say because of who God is things never go wrong, they only go different means you got to know God, you got to know God for all that he is.
And God wants us to know him in that way. He wants us to understand him in that deeper way so that we can stand strong in times of crisis, whatever the crisis is, whether it’s today or whether it’s yet to come. God wants to us to understand his sovereignty. And so if you desire a deeper reality of this truth, all you need to do is ask. I love the way Dallas Willard says that, he says, “Emphatically and repeatedly express to Jesus your desire to see him more fully as he really is.” Let’s ask to see him, and not just as he’s represented in the Gospels, but also as he has lived and lives through history and now, and in his reality as the one who literally holds the universe in existence. If you’re struggling in a crisis today, or you just want to be ready for the future, just ask for a deeper understanding, ask to be aware of those unseen realities of the presence. Ask for a deeper reality of the sovereignty of God so you can stand no matter what, no matter when, so we can let our light shine for his glory at all times. We’ll have courage, but it’s not from us and our choice, it’s just alive in us through this power of God, through our understanding of who God is, through our allowing the Holy Spirit to just have his way in us; that’s where courage comes from. That’s where we’ll be able to stand no matter what.
Let’s pray. Father God we are in awe of you this morning, and we just humble our hearts before you God and we just thank you for how you showed yourself so strong at the resurrection. And even though the people fled away at that day and left your son alone, I thank you God that as your resurrected son came back into their midst that they understood, that they understood, and they went on in their lives and they defeated the power of darkness, and the power of doubt and unbelief. And they walked in a deeper understanding of your sovereignty, and they made a difference in the world that they lived in, and they give us, they encouraged us that we can make a difference in our world too. That we can stand and fulfill the call and the purpose and your will in our personal lives and in this church. You are sovereign, your plan will happen; it’s going to happen. Every ear is going hear. Thank you God. Thank you God that the enemy has no power over you, but that you use evil for your will, for your ways, for your purpose. And God most of all we are in awe of your incredible love for us. You’re on our side, you gave your son for us, how much more will you not give us everything, everything that we need? Thank you God. Thank you God. Father I thank you that we can be like Dwayne Miller and we can get to that point where we say that no matter what, no matter no what, because of who you are things never go wrong, they only go different. That we can trust in you because you are our God, you are a great God and worthy to be praised, so we acknowledge you as that this morning. Thank you God.
So if there’s a situation in your life this morning, if there’s a crisis situation that you’re going through, even right now and you need to know the sovereignty of God, you need a greater understanding of the sovereignty of God in your situation. I would just really like to pray with you. Just raise your hand so that I can pray with you right now, if that’s you and you’ve got a crisis situation and you need to know how great God is, how sovereign he is. Alright, thank you, I can see those hands. Hallelujah. Hallelujah. Oh God I thank you, we thank you for your sovereignty. And you’ve seen each one of these people who raised their hands this morning Lord, and you know the situation that they’re in even better than they do. God I pray father for a revelation of your love. A revelation of your love to just fill each heart, each life. God, that you’ve got this. Life isn’t over, you’ve got this, you are in control. And so Father I thank you that even as they raise their hands Lord you will give them a deeper understanding of your sovereignty, of your power, your supreme authority, just everything that you are so that they can deal with this, they know how to deal with this situation and they can just trust you in it, just rest in you in whatever the situation is. Thank you God. Thank you God. Thank you God. God we just join our hearts together.
If you didn’t raise your hand this morning I’m just asking you to join with me and just speak life and love to these people who have raised their hands in their situations. Just join our hearts together and just speak life and speak love and speak hope and speak newness of life into these people, into these situations. Thank you God. Thank you God. We are your people, we are a family who stands together. Thank you God for calling and choosing us to be part of your kingdom, that we can stand with our brothers and sisters. And Lord I thank you that they know that they’re not alone. We praise you and we worship you Lord. If there’s anybody here who maybe hasn’t given their heart to the Lord, you want to tap into this understanding of God’s sovereignty, but you don’t even know God as your personal savior, now is a good opportunity. If you feel God moving in your heart and he’s asking you to just surrender to him this morning, why don’t you raise your hand and we can just pray a quick prayer? Thank you Father. Anybody here? Well praise God. I trust we’re all saved and we’re all going to grow in our understanding. Thank you Lord for just being alive and being real in this place. Thank you that we can trust in you. Thank you God that your resurrecting life is resurrecting. Thank you that as we declare that this week, we will feel it, we will know it, and God that you’re opening our understanding to the unseen realities of the present. For your kingdom and for your glory alone in Jesus’ name. Father we just bless this people, and thank you for opening their understanding to your truth today in Jesus’ name, Amen.
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