What now? (May 2017)

pastorterryDear Church Family:

This past Sunday, I preached a sermon which I titled “What Now?”

We were reminded, that we all have times and moments in our lives, when we ask what now?  There are a lot of times when we just don’t know the answer to the struggles that we are facing. When the women arrived at the tomb of Jesus, and the stone had been rolled away they surely must have thought “what now?”  Now that the body of Jesus is not here, what do we do? Then at just the opportune moment, an Angel of the Lord appeared to them, giving them direction. He spoke, seeking to calm their fears, and telling them what they were to do next.

When we find ourselves facing some challenging situations in our lives, or in the life of the church, we need to pause and ask the Lord “what now?” We need to ask Him what He would have us to do.  No matter what we may be facing, He always reminds us not to allow fear to stop us from moving forward.

The Bible says, in 1 John 4:18NIV, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives away fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”

Second, we must be ready to do whatever the Lord asks of us.

The women were told to “go quickly and tell His disciples. He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee” (Matthew 28:7 NIV).

As God’s family, we have some Good News to share. We all have been blessed by His calling us out of darkness, and into a personal relationship with Him!

We need to be about telling others what difference Christ has made, and is making in our lives.  When faced with a “what now moment,” stop and ask the Lord what He would have you to do. When He speaks, then we are to obey.

I know the Lord has some wonderful things ahead, as we continue to bring all our concerns before Him. He can make a way even when it appears there is no way.

We simply must do what He asks of us, and as we obey He blesses us with His presence.

Pastor Terry