A New Year but the THRONE is Still Occupied

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It Seems At This Time Each Year, I Sit Back and Reflect on the Past Year.It’s a Time of Wonderment. Things That Happened That Caught Us Off-Guard. Some Things We Expected…Came to Pass.

We Had Many Friends and Several Church Members Graduate to Heaven.Some Were Expected……Others Came As a Complete Shock.I Was Looking @ the Church Website Just Yesterday. There are 130 People that Are on Our Obituary Page.

This is No Where Near All the Folks in Our Area That Have Passed Away….They Are Mostly Friends or People Close to Someone in the Church. They Range from Age of “Newborn” to, I Believe the Oldest was 97. That, In Itself, Displays to Us the Uncertainty of This Life.

Some of These Had Been Sick for Some Time and It Wasn’t a Total Shock When They Died….Then There Were Many…..Way Too Many Who Passed Away Far Too Young…

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Jackie Bongard….In her Early 20’s..Contracted Menengitis.

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Addison Dugan…..Young Girl From Grand Saline Killed in Auto Accident.

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Blake Strickland,

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Michael Thornton

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Jason Tadlock

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Cody Hurley

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Jacob Brickey

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All Met With Tragic Deaths…..Mostly Due to Automobile Accidents and Most all in Their Late Teens to Late Twenties. All These Families and Many More Never Dreamed,  This time Last Year, That They Would Spend Christmas without Their Love Ones.

We Lost Some That Were Very Close to Us.

Earnest Hill

Jimmy Don Canaday

Brenda Monsey

Eric White

Don McKenzie

Bill Wansley.

Click HERE for All Those Lost This Year.

There Are So Many More and I Certainly Didn’t Leave Them Out On Purpose. I Just Wanted to Illustrate That We Have No Guarantee of Tomorrow.

Things Happen……Things Change…….But One Thing Never Changes;

God Is On the Throne and Still in Control.

We Had Many Great Things Happen. Babies Were Born….People Were Healed of Sickness. Several Joined Our Church,

We Baptized:

Lisa Dawn Jones

Dustin Corley

Koleton Freeman

Wesley Akers

Carson Dickens.

These Young People’s Lives Changed Forever. They Now Have the Assurance of Eternal Life Spent With Jesus.

But Just As It Is When Bad Things Happen….So It Is When Good Things Happen. One Thing Never Changes;

God Is On the Throne and Still in Control.

Many, If Not All of Us, Have Had Earth Shattering Things Happen in the Past Year.

Maybe a Divorce………………..

Financial Problems……………..

Wayward Child……….

Health Problems…….

Unexpected Loss of Someone Close to You.

Again, One Thing Never Changes;

God Is On the Throne and Still in Control.

What Will Next Year Bring? We Don’t Really Have a Clue…..But We Can Be Assured of This:

One Thing Never Changes;

God Is On the Throne and Still in Control.

My Friends……..Remember This…….Whatever Is Troubling You. Whatever The Burden That Is Weighting You Down. No Matter How Hopeless Life Looks. You Can Have Peace That Passes All Understanding…IF You Will Give It To God.

Quit Trying to Fix It Yourself….You Are Just Spinning Your Wheels, Going Nowhere and Causing Yourself Anxiety. As Much As You’d Like…..There Are Just Some Things That You Can’t Do Yourself. In Fact, You Are Getting In God’s Way.

Take The Advice of Dr. Luke.

Luke 1:78 Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us,

Luke 1:79 To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace .

Jesus Is the Light Giver……And (If You Will Let Him) He Will Guide You to The Peace You Seek.

Do Yourself a Favor…  Listen to Peter.

1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

And To Jesus…..

Matthew 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden , and I will give you rest.

Do You Trust God With Your Problems?

Do You Trust Him To Carry Your Burdens? Do You Trust Him Enough to Say, “God, I Turn It All Over to You?” (And Mean IT).

Look My Friends. God is Powerful and Active in the World and in our Lives.  When Things Seem Bad….It Doesn’t Mean They Will Always Stay Bad. It Does Not Mean That God Is Not Working. He Can….And Does…..Turn Things Around. We Desperately Need to Get Over Our Own “Self-Appreciation.”

We Say, “God, I’m Giving It to You..” Yeah, We Might Say We’re Giving It to Him But We MUST Get Out of His Way. I Assure You….He Doesn’t Need Our Help. Give It to Him and Step Back and Watch the Great Things He Can Do.

Fear says: It’s over there’s no way out, bury me with my boots on.

Faith says: I don’t know what God is going to do and I don’t know how, but I know God has it all under control.

There is an enemy in your life, a battle that has been going on, it seems like you’ve got it under control, but you turn around and it’s there again,

You pray and pray and you felt like you’ve got the victory but just when you start to make some progress there it is again. You’ve done everything you know to do, your exhausted, your at the point of giving up, what’s the useit’s hopeless, I can’t do it. Your finally in position for a miracle, for The Almighty God to do what you could never do, he’s just been waiting for you to recognize Your weakness, and His Strength. You’ll never know His strength till you recognize your weakness And Get Out of the Way.

*The Lord told the Apostle Paul:

2 Corinthians 12:9 My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.

(We Can Sure Learn a Lesson from Paul’s Respone:)

Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

2 Corinthians 12:10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

Paul Learned That It Was Futile to Do Things Himself. Oh He Tried….But He Realized That He Was Nothing and Shouldn’t Sweat IT……Just Give it To Jesus And Step Aside.

Tom Landry Was a Christian Man…..A Godly Man. One of His Great Sayings Has Stuck With Me for Years. He Said,

“I Don’t  Worry About Things Over Which He Had No Control.”

He Just Let God Take Care of It.

Did You Ever Stop to Think What Would Have Happened If Noah Had Not Trusted God? It Would Have Been Curtains for Mankind. The World (as We Know It ) Would Have Ceased. But He Did Trust.  He Did Exactly As God Said. Noah Knew That This World Was About the Change With the Coming Flood. But He Knew One Thing Never Changes;

 God Is On the Throne and Still in Control.

What About Paul and Silas? These Two Were Locked Up in Prison. They Were Beaten and Bleeding… Toss Into the Deepest Part of the Prison.

They Were Chained Where They Couldn’t Move. They Could Have Kicked and Screamed Trying to Escape. But They Didn’t……What Did They Do? They Prayed and Sang Songs of Praise to The Lord. They Knew a Secret…..God sent an earthquake, shook the doors off their hinges, They Simply Walked Out. And In the Meantime One of the Jailers and His entire household  Were Saved.  All Because;

God Is On the Throne and Still in Control.

What About the Mother of Moses?You Think You Got Problems With Your Children. She Had One That Was Going to Be Killed by Pharoah.

You See…Pharoh Saw That the Israelites Were Strong. He Feared They Would Multiply to the Point of Overtaking His Kingdom. So He Gave an Order that All The Young Male Babies be Put to Death. Well Moses Mother Trusted Greatly in the Lord. She Made a Floating Basket and Placed Little Moses in It to Hide in the Weeds in the River. God Rewarded Her Faithfulness and a Young Lady Discovered the Child and Took Him Home to Raise.

You May Wonder…..How Come She Did Not Fear for the Baby’s Life? It Was Because She Was the Daughter of Pharoah Himself. If Moses Mother Had Not “Fully Trusted” God to Protect Her Baby History Would Have Been Changed Forever. But She Did Trust Him.

Now Tell Me….Actually Ask Yourself This Question. Am I Trusting God with My Issues?  Am I trusting Him Fully?

What In This World Could Possibly Be Going On in Your Life That is TOO BIG for God To Handle?

I Hope Your Answer is NOTHING.

Stand Still and See the Salvation of the Lord This is the word of the Lord today:

God has it all under control.

It’s Time to Step Aside and let Him Fight your Battles and “Take Care” of Your Problems.. I Wish I Could Tell You (Right Now) That You Can Win These Battles By Yourself. It Would Be a Lie.  Turn Loose of It. Cut It Loose.

Right Now….Right Where You Are…. Lift Up Your Voice to God Almighty. Praise His Holy Name and Repeat This to Yourself.

Lord Jesus….I Am Making a Mess Out of This Thing in My Life. I’m Going to Trust You Completely to Make Things Right. I’m Going to Stop Trying to Do It My Way. It’s All You….It’s All Yours Now.

Because God Is On the Throne and Still in Control.

Happy New Year

May GOD Bless..

Byron

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