Yesterday at church was purrrrrfect! You know when everything just goes the way you planned it? I wore my new shoes for starters, and they looked gorgeous! The choir wore our light blue shirts and even though I felt mine was a little more snug than usual -whatever happened to the weight loss plan I’m on- we all looked really pretty and that made me happy too! Then, I saw a couple of young people in church that came for the youth relationship programme we had the day before and it made me smile, means that they had enough fun to come again right?
From Workers meeting, to Sunday School, to the Worship session (which was led by yours truly), I just seemed to be on a high! And I was on that high despite the challenges I’m facing at the moment. Want to hear some of them? One: gathering courage to get a procedure done on my left eye to remove a lesion that has refused to go away on it’s own! Two: find a wine colored dress I’ll use for my friend’s wedding (I’m her chief) when I get back to Nigeria. Yes, I am visiting Nigeria in a bit! Three: find, view, and pay for a house before our rent at this one expires! Before this chronicle moves away from the service and on to my problems, let me be a Catholic and group my other worries under ‘other intentions’. he he he
Ok, so the choir’s ministration was titled ‘Born to win’. The chorus goes like this (reggae beat)
born to win
born to reign in life
I’m no ordinary person
I’m destined for greatness
(sing everything twice)
Have you ever heard people say ‘The Spirit is one’? I totally felt that yesterday o, guess what the message was on? Don’t Limit God! As in, when the Pastor said that was what the sermon was based on, I smiled! As if they knew I came with worries to church and I’m getting to the point where the silly part of me begins to ask if God will sort me out!
The text was Mathew 14:13-21, the miracle of Jesus feeding the five thousand.
13When Jesus heard of it, he departed thence by ship into a desert place apart: and when the people had heard thereof, they followed him on foot out of the cities.
14And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.
15And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals.
16But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat.
17And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes.
18He said, Bring them hither to me.
19And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.
20And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full.
21And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.
That scripture shows us that the disciples doubted that Jesus could feed the multitude, despite having been with him for a while and seeing the miracles He had performed. Christians make that mistake even today. We see God in one perspective and refuse to see Him as capable in other perspectives. Why? Why do we think that God who healed us of belly ache cannot give us a job? We say, ‘but they are different things’. That’s why our God is different!
Our Pastor also said that sometimes we see God only in the realm of things He has done before. For example you were broke last week and God made a way for you, sorted that out. This week you have another problem but you don’t talk to God about it because you think it’s only your ‘broke state’ He could deal with. Do you think that your problem is bigger than Him or He’ll feel like you are bugging him with your issues? What happened to ”Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and for ever” – Hebrews 13:8.
Jeremiah 32:37 says Behold, I will gather them out of all countries, whither I have driven them in mine anger, and in my fury, and in great wrath; and I will bring them again unto this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely: and Luke 1:37 - For with God nothing shall be impossible.
I don’t know about you o, but it feels good to serve a God who can do EVERYTHING! And in Him I can do all things! 1 Samuel 2:8 tells me that:
8He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the LORD’s, and he hath set the world upon them.
And you know what makes that even better? God is mindful of me!
He’s got me on His mind!! He made me in His image, and is aware of even the littlest things that go on around me! Mathew 10:29-30 confirms that; if he is aware of the very hairs on my head, how much more the whole body?
29Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.
30But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
My dear, you needed to see how lifted I was after the service; there’s nothing like a word in season, and I thank God for the life of my Pastor! As you go into your week, please carry that consciousness with you; the God you serve is Emmanuel, always with you and able to do anything! All you’ve got to do is ask!
Have a fabulous week!
- Which One are You? (anointedplace.wordpress.com)
- Lectionary Sermon for July 29 2012 on John 6: 1 – 21 (billpeddie.wordpress.com)
- if god is so mysterious… (leavingthecircus.wordpress.com)
- “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go” (worryisuseless.wordpress.com)