24 Jan 2010

God is our trainer

The fact that we don’t value our fellowship with God may cause many problems in our lives. We give Him too little time, thus in some trials we rely on our own forces only. On Sunday serving of church “Philadelphia” on January 24 Alexey Obukhov shared his thoughts on this subject.  He gave Adam and Eve’s experience as an example for God warned them that if they had eaten the forbidden fruit the consequence would have been too serious. They disobeyed God and the result was obviously pitiful.

When we re in fellowship with God we can get His predictions about forthcoming troubles. He would support us during some hard times. However, don’t always think of trials like of something sad. Apostle James said: “My brothers, consider yourself fortunate when all kinds of trials come your way, for you know that when your faith succeeds in facing such trials, the result is the ability to endure. Make sure that your endurance carries you all the way without failing, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing” (James, 1:2-4)

The Lord is our trainer. Trials are like exercises for making us stronger. Satan is like a fisherman who tries to find an appropriate bait for us and pull us out of the lake of our relationships with God. In case we give no reaction to the offered bait, he immediately finds another one. “Freedom is what we have – Christ has set us free! Stand, then, as free people, and do not allow yourselves to become slaves again”, - that’s what Apostle Paul recommends us to do in his Epistle to Galatians, 5:1. And in his First Epistle to the Corinthians he reminds us: “So then, my dear brothers, stand firm and steady. Keep busy always in your work for the Lord, since you know that nothing you do in the Lord’s service is ever useless” (1 Corinthians 5:58). God does care of us. So do appreciate your fellowship with Him.

After that we had a chance to hear a greeting word from Vladimir Vladimirov, a missioner of our church in Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area. Besides, he asked everyone to pray for spreading out the Gospel in the region and for God to increase the number of saved people in their church.

The pastor of the Youth Ministry Vladimir Batalov was speaking of a human’s heart. In Proverbs 4:23 a wise king Solomon says that we should take care of our heart for it is a source of our life. Undoubtedly, he didn’t mean a cardiac muscle that pumps our blood and makes it circulate throughout our body. He meant some spiritual notions that define a man’s destiny. Does our heart look like a dump or the Garden of Eden? Bible says that we are a temple of a Holy Spirit. But still a believer’s heart can be infected by different “diseases”. Such as false individualism (“I’ll do it by myself”, “I am especially special”), false being busy (when we try to make up, even unconsciously, some things to do just not to talk to God), superficiality and hurry (trying to do everything with no quality and depth). Still each ministry is extremely important for God. God really marks out servants. You should remember that ministry is not a burden, but a privilege and it’s given not to everyone. When you feel that it’s getting hard to serve, you may ask your pastor for help. But your forces to be able to serve you should take from a prayer and reading the Bible.



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