24 Oct 2010

Our Father in heaven

Hallowed be your name. We rejoice and praise God when everything is peaceful and good in our life. But is it easy to praise God when we suffer from unsolved problems? At the Sunday meeting of the church “Philadelphia” on 24 October worship pastor Sergej Tensin reminded all the present that praise creates a special atmosphere of God’s presence, of close relationships with God for everybody. The Scripture provides certain principles of worshipping the Creator. “You, the Levites, did not bring it up the first time that the Lord our God broke out in anger against us. We did not inquire of Him about how to do it in the prescribed way” (1 Chronicles 15:13). Praise and worship are the building up of a sacred place for the Lord in our heart. In the thirteenth chapter we read the story of transporting the arc and Uzzah’s death. Uzzah had got accustomed to the arc, lost the fear of God and was punished. We should carry the arc with awe in our souls, praising God with clean hands raised to the heaven.

Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. What do you think about this phrase? Senior pastor Pavel Zhelnovakov suggested thinking about this important topic. Let us look at the biblical verses: “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings” (1 Peter 5:7-9). Jesus told about this: “The prince of this world is coming. He has no hold on Me”. Jesus Christ deprived devil his power, that is why he can only roar: he does not bite, just swallow people as a boa.

The tempter uses a refined tools for manipulating people. For example it is fear: “Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe. Many seek an audience with a ruler, but it is from the Lord that man gets justice.” (Proverbs 29:25-26). It may be remembering the past or delusions of the memory. In the book of Numbers 11:4-6 ex-slaves, having forgotten about humiliation of slavery, were crying recalling “free” food. We may be under delusion of the present, not hoping for the future with Jesus. The answer is as follows: “But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that”. Among these tools there may be hurts, unforgiveness. But no matter how devil is cunning preparing traps, our following Jesus and keeping His strategy clean will help us stand up and win. So, “be self-controlled and alert”.


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