From the minister's desk
“Good seeds”Categories: from the minister's desk
What a blessing it is to be able to witness the word of God, the good seed, planted in the hearts of God’s people and what it is producing. We see many of you still holding on to God’s unchanging hand, not giving in or giving up on Him during this crisis. As Jesus taught his disciples, we have taught you of the “good seed and the tares.” You are not “the person who heard the teachings and quickly accepted it with joy, but now that trouble has come to you, you have quit believing and is more concerned and worried about health, wealth and tomorrow that you have stopped being fruitful for the Lord. No, you are still engaged spiritually, seeking ways to continue growing in the knowledge of God’s word and keeping fellowship with His people, your brothers and sisters in Christ. You are calling & encouraging one another. God’s will in action!
You are not “running from your responsibilities” to “seek the Lord while he may be found or call upon him while he is near.” You understand that every day is a blessing and an opportunity to do as he has commanded. You are “redeeming the time.” You know that we are in evil days and “the Lord is our refuge and strength.” Though our frail bodies may ache, break and fail us, our souls remain strong in the hope and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. We trust that if we endure the trials and troubles of this life, having our faith tried even by this virus, “we will receive the end of our faith, even the salvation of our souls.” Jesus said, “My peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you; not as the world gives. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” Find comfort in being in Christ.
You learned how to “Survive Imprisonment.” You saw how one can be a prisoner in and of their own lives, but without bars. The mind is a powerful organ and it can be very deceitful. Jesus came to set us free from our captivity of sin. He tells us to “set our affections on things above and not on the things of the earth.” Then we can relate to the teaching that “God did not give us the spirit of fear; but of power and of a sound mind.” But we must not continue to be “conformed to this world” in which we were born in, but “we are to be transformed by the renewing of our minds, that we may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” We do that by learning, obeying and living God’s word.
Now we are about to learn what it means to ‘serve other gods’ and that we are not to do such. More good seeds being planted in the hearts of God’s children. Enjoy!