Pastor's Column - January 29, 2014

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Rev. Herman Wallace - Tabernacle Baptist Church of Blackville

Encourage Yourself in the Lord

There is a passage of scripture in the Old Testament where-in David's back was against the wall (figure of speech).
He and his men had been in battle. And, when they returned home, they found that their village had been raided, and their families taken into captivity. The men blamed David and they wanted to stone him. This hurt to the point that they wept inconsolably until David encouraged himself in the Lord.
To be encouraged in the Lord means that one must develop an unwavering faith. Nowadays, this also means that one must be connected with God through Jesus.
In life, every now and then, we will find ourselves with our backs against the wall (seemingly with no way to turn, or you just don't know what to do). This could come in the form of unexpected news from your doctor, death in the family, or from some other type of trials by way of life's ups and downs. But through it all, we must learn how to lean and depend On God. It is during these trying moments that we must keep in mind that as Christians, we walk by faith and not by sight. We will do well to allow the Holy Spirit to bring to remembrance the following scriptures. Also, keep in mind that the Lord won't put any more on us than He knows we are able to bare.
Romans 8:28: And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Isaiah 54:17: No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.
Ephesians 6:10: Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
As born again believers, we must learn to think and speak positive things. For the word says, "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he ... I believe that "sometimes" God allows us to face certain obstacles or adversities to remind us that in this race of life (the Christian race), we need Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith to help us. I believe that God also wants to reiterate to us that He is the one true God and beside there is none other.
As I conclude, I want to leave the following challenges with us (believers):
·  Declare things as though they are.
·  Call things as though they are.
·  Remember that everything is subject to change.
·  Whatever you are going through, it has an expiration date. Remember that trouble doesn't last always.
·  You have to do your part by remaining faithful and continuing to walk by faith and not by sight.
· Don't focus on your problems, speak words of faith and believe as you stand and "continue" to stand on the promises of God.
· And last but not least, "continue" to PUSH (Pray Until Something Happens), knowing that we will understand some things better by and by.
Rev. Herman Wallace is the pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Blackville.