Tuesday January 14th, 2020
We thank the Lord for all that He does and also for all the trials we go through. The Lord has plans for happiness for us so all that He allows is for our happiness. Man does not understand but God is wise. He is always present. This is why we are at peace, in real peace. We are not attached to unstable things but we are on the rock. As long as you have the Lord Jesus Christ, you can be shaken, you will not move. With Jesus, you are serene.
Luke 1: 1-4
The God we serve is a special God, we learn from Him every day. He does everything in his own way. We have to read his word with His Spirit to grasp these things. There is not a book comparable to the Bible, we get attached to it. Why did Mary sit at Jesus’ feet? Because she recognized that she had received grace through Jesus. When Jesus asked his disciples if they did not want to leave, Peter was able to say "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. And we have believed and have come to know that you are Christ, the Holy One of God. (John 6: 68-69) His heart was touched. Their lives have been changed. "A sower went out to sow. (Matthew 13: 3) The sower is the Son of man, and the seed is the word of God. When God gives the good seed then it produces its effect but it must be received in the good ground. You can take everything but never my Lord Jesus.
You can lose everything but if you have the Lord Jesus, you are happy because with the Lord, you have all things. We have to know our God. Apart from our Lord Jesus Christ, there is no power. He is the Almighty, that is to say, it is God who gives power to the angels. Satan is bound for 1000 years, he cannot move. All authority comes from God. When I come to the lemon tree, it's to have a lemon, but if I find a pear instead then there is a problem. We recognize the tree by its fruit.
John 15: 1-17
It is not the trunk that bears fruit but the branches. When you go to a lemon tree, you have to see lemons. It's the fruits that show who you are. This is how you react to the ordeal. Trials are more precious than perishable gold. With human understanding this is impossible. When you are born of God, when you have God in you then you understand that: God does as He must do. "As his divine power has given us all that contributes to life and piety, by means of the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and by his virtue,
which assure us from him the greatest and most precious promises, so that through them you may become partakers in the divine nature. (2 Peter 1: 3-4) Make every effort. You have to fight with the weapons God gives you. It is through suffering and trials that God proves to you that He loves you. There were men who loved God so much that when they were locked up, they were whipped, they kept singing and praising God. The prison trembled and the doors opened. There are Christians who are in fact historians because they know the word but live nothing. God has told us that we will have tribulations.
Romans 8: 28-31
God controls all things. On this Earth, the bread is there, the rain is there, it's only because of you. It’s God who holds all these things until the last one enters the fold. We come together to hear what God has to say to us. God loved the world so much that He gave everything He had: his only begotten Son. God gave himself entirely for you. God gave the best of what He was: His word. We come out more than conquerors, our problem, facing this word, is no more. When we belong to Him, God opens your heart, and when you go out, you will not be the same. This is why we say "the righteous will live by faith". You do not see Him but you believe and you feel His presence. It’s always joy, peace. Job, despite his condition, his suffering and hardship, he always glorified his God. He said "But I know my redeemer lives" (Job 19:25).