Some years ago I was going through a difficult time and became depressed. I was functional to a point but I would go in my office and for hours stare at the wall, totally depressed. I cried out to God please help me. Then one day, a fellow youth minister, was driving down the freeway and God spoke to him and said go speak to Lynn. He pulled off the freeway, came into the church, walked into my office where I was sitting , pointed his finger at me and said," You have lost your joy." He turned around and walked out. The open rebuke shook me and I remember ," The joy of the Lord is your strength"( Nehemiah 8:10).
The depression left me and I have never been in that state of depression again even though I get down way too often.
You see God comes through.
One of the signs of the latter days before Christ returns, the bible says, is that " People will be ...disobedient to their parents"( 2 Timothy 3:2). Instead of obeying the commandment to " Honor your father and mother," they'll bring dishonor to them.
Does this commandment no longer have relevance as we grow older? Is it only for young children? No, not at all. As long as our parents are alive, we are to honor and respect them. They aren't perfect- but they were the ones God gave you, and you should honor them because of that.
" Honor your father and mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you." Deuteronomy 5:16
:- One day the same pastor I talked about earlier was in a neighborhood and realize that a new family that had joined the church live in that area so he stopped by to visit them. They were home and welcome him in. They said we are glad to see you we want to talk to you about this issue of tithing? He said, Okay, what issue?
Oh, we were wondering if we should tithe? What do you think?
The pastor said,” Are you saved?”
Well, yes we are.
But we are talking about tithing.
The pastor again said,” Are you saved?”
They said ,”Yes, we are!”
Then the pastor said,” Then that settles it.” A born again, saved child of God.” – Tithes-
No question- No issue!
God begins with a COMMAND to RETURN…
"Return to me , and I will return to you says the Lord of hosts."( Malachi 3:7)
All through the Bible there is a call , a command to return to the Lord-
Listen to what He says in Jeremiah 3:22 (ESV) “Return, O faithless sons; I will heal your faithlessness.” “Behold, we come to you, for you are the LORD our God. And then in
Zechariah 1:3 (ESV) Therefore say to them, Thus declares the LORD of hosts: Return to me, says the LORD of hosts, and I will return to you, says the LORD of hosts.
Let me ask you a very serious question: “ Are you where you think God wants you to be right now?”
Malachi 3:6 (ESV)
“For I the LORD do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.
First we see that God does not change.
Psalm 102:7 says,” you are the same and your years have no end.”
Psalm 89:34- says” I will not violate my covenant or alter the word that went forth from my lips.”
Hebrews 13:8 says- Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”
The unchangeable God means His truth does not change. He said this right before He challenge the people of Malachi day. So what did He say to them?
What we Learned on Sunday? Insights, ideas and Inspiration