I am going to share what was spoken at church tonight.... i pray that God will use this message as a reminder to all of us.... maybe someone special needs to hear it tonight!
First off a woman shared a song tonight that was taken from this passage in the bible :
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nore the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to seperate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
She explained before she sang that she took a trip to the Phillipines one summer and the tradition over there was to have a Life Verse.... not just a favorite verse, but the verse you consider to be your Life Verse... She came home and began to search for one to call her own - and this was the one she came up with! I think we all need a reminder that nothing we ever do, no mistakes we make will seperate us from God. I am so so so thankful for his love and faithfulness!
The pastor got up and spoke on a passage in Hebrews 10. I am not going to go into depth on all that he said, but the main message was about perseverence... nothing you go through, nothing you do, can take away your salvation - but it can take away your confidence. So endure, and persevere!
he closed with this video... i want you to watch it, then i leave you with the same charge that our pastor gave us.
Are you convinced that nothing you do can seperate you from the love of God.... all of your mistakes, fears, brokeness, is meant to bring glory to God... and if you let it He can use you! Wether it be some sin that has taken over your life or some hardship that you have NO control over, but it has happened to you.. whatever it is - the Lord brings victory - and it will NOT seperate us from Him... have confidence and endure! Everyone of us has a testimony and it is SPECIAL and someone needs to specifically hear yours.... If you had to write out your cardboard testimony tonight, what would you say? Maybe some of us need to be awaken to the Lord's goodness and realize what He has done for us, then we will be able to write ours... maybe others are in the complete middle of their cardboard - you have the struggle and the fight you are going through, but will you endure long enough to see the Lord bring victory and complete the other side of your cardbaord. And still there are those of us who have a specific testimony of the Lord's healing power and goodness, and could write it down tonight! If you are a child of God, NOTHING can snatch you out of His hand... He loves you, not because He has to, but because He wants too... He cares THAT much, that He died for you and made it to where NOTHING on this Earth could seperate you from Him. O people let it sink SO deep within you... Fall in love with the Father and allow Him to have complete control in your life! You will NOT regret it! I am in the middle of my fight, and tonight increased my hope even more... i am going to conquer... the harder the battle, the better the victory!!! What is your testimony? - what has happened in your life? - will you step up, endure, persevere, and give your all to Christ?
O Lord, thank you for who you are! Thank you for church families - the body of Christ... Lord it's so beautiful how you bring all of us together, with each of our different past and struggles... yet none of that stuff matters to you, because you are the Healer... Bind us together Father! Help us to step up and share our lives with others so that they may be blessed by You! Like Carlton said this morning, help us to stop making excuses for not being good enough, and realize that through you we can do ANYTHING... we need to step up to the plate and live for you! We need you Father, we love you! Thank you that NOTHING i do can seperate me from you!