Friday, January 03, 2014

Be Steadfast In the Year Ahead #83912292013

Pastor Gene A. Dasher, Sr.

Be Steadfast In the Year Ahead

I greet you with Paul’s greeting to the Corinthians wishing you grace and peace from our Lord. Paul started a work in Corinth and continues to teach them the truth of God. Man can get all twisted up and turned around but Paul’s desire was to see them steadfast in their tribulation and suffering.
As you begin 2014 don’t think you are the only one starting the New Year with problems in your life. Things come along to tempt us to listen to false teachers or cause us just to give up on God. Rest assured God will be with you each step of the way.
I know several who have suffered the loss of a loved one recently, others who have a broken marriage, others who have no job to go to tomorrow, others who are on the verge of losing their home and on and on I could go. Then there are others who are depressed, ready to give up on God, confused about what the truth really is and want to just walk away.
Folk’s, life is not always easy and as a child of God we need to cling to the word of God and know good and bad come to everyone. You have the assurance that God will be with you and never forsake you.
Join Paul as you begin this year with the confidence of a good conscious before the world as you walk in simplicity and let your light shine before others that they see God as you face what life brings before you. He is God, he is real, he is alive and you are alive in him. Rejoice, again I say rejoice and be bold in God.  
2 Corinthians 1:1-12 (KJV)
1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia:
Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.
And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.
And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.
For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life:
But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:
10 Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;
11 Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf.
12 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward.
“If we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1John 1:9

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