November 2, 2016

Word of Encouragement

On Sunday October 30, I shared on of the most encouraging and hopeful Scripture verses I have held near to me in life:, Jeremiah 29:11: “I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

It is quite amazing to become aware of just how much God cares for us. Jeremiah was in the midst of the greatest tragedy in Jewish history; Jerusalem would fall to the Babylonians in his lifetime and he would be carried off to Egypt. I have little doubt but Jeremiah responded with “that does not seem like a very good plan.” Yet is was God’s plan, and it WAS good!

God has a plan for each of our lives, a good plan, a plan to prosper us and to bless us. As Christians, we have an obligation to our faith to be happy in the plan, especially when the plan seems a bit difficult to understand. Unhappy Christians do more harm to the kingdom than any of us imagine. After all, why would a non-Christian want to accept Jesus as savior if it meant being unhappy?

Our witness to others is our joy in life through all circumstances. Be happy in your faith that others might see the joy of salvation in you.

~Grace & Peace~
Pastor Ernie