“In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” -John 16:33
My Lord’s words are true as to the tribulation. I have my share of it beyond all doubt. The flail is not hung up out of the way, nor can I hope that it will be laid aside so long as I lie upon the threshing floor, How can I look to be at home in the enemy’s country, joyful while in exile, or comfortable in a wilderness? This is not my rest. This is the place of the furnace, and the forge, and the hammer. My experience tallies with my Lord’s words.
I note how He bids me “be of good cheer.” Alas! I am far too apt to be downcast. My spirit soon sinks when I am sorely tried. But I must not give way to this feeling. When my Lord bids me cheer up I must not dare to be cast down.
What is the argument which He uses to encourage me? Why, it is His own victory. He says, “I have overcome the world.” His battle was much more severe than mine. I have not yet resisted unto blood. Why do I despair of overcoming? See, my soul, the enemy has been once overcome. I fight with a beaten foe. O world, Jesus has already vanquished thee; and in me, by His grace, He will overcome thee again. Therefore am I of good cheer and sing unto my conquering Lord.
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]
“Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge. There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?” -James 4:11-12
Words can kill and can be very destructive. It’s easy to put other people down, but when you speak against someone, you’re putting yourself above God’s law. -Pastor Steve Wainright (excerpts from Sunday Morning Sermon “Putting Others Down” from James 4:11-12)
“And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, and walked in the ways of David his father, and declined neither to the right hand, nor to the left.” -2 Chronicles 34:2
What does it mean to do right in the sight of the Lord? It very simply means having a habit of seeking God in every situation. -Pastor Steve Wainright (excerpt from Sunday Evening Sermon “Youthful Godliness” from 2 Chronicles 34)
“Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled…” -Hebrews 12:15
There are many people who are lonely. There are many who are sick, afflicted, discouraged, weary, and ready to quit. Don’t look within, look without. We are living in a hurting world. Have you reached out?
We need to be looking diligently because there are people around us who are tempted to stop running the race, give up, and throw in the towel. -Pastor Steve Wainright (excerpts from Sunday Morning Sermon “Look Diligently” from Hebrews 12:15)
Sunday Evening| Pastor Steve Wainright | 1 Samuel 23:14-29
And Jonathan, Saul’s son, rose and went to David at Horesh, and strengthened his hand in God. And he said to him, “Do not fear, for the hand of Saul my father shall not find you. You shall be king over Israel, and I shall be next to you…” -1 Samuel 23:16-17
Jonathan strengthened David’s hand in God. How did he encourage him? He shared the promises of God with David. The Word of God endures and is tried and true. Your faith is strengthened when you are in the Word of God. “Faith comes by hearing–and hearing by the Word of God.”
“What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up.” -1 Corinthians 14:26
Let all things be done to edify. Everybody at NLBC should be an edifier. Ultimately, the Word of God is what edifies. (2 Timothy 3:15-16)