May 5, 2019

Why is it hard to praise God when good things happen to without faith, while good godly people are going through trials?

  • The things we do here are not for here.

  • We feel frustrated when we make sacrifices to obey, and then receive little, to no, reward for it. 

  • Is it worth it?

    • YES!​

  • We may not receive instant gratification because rewards for the world are given in the world.

  • The Lord tells us that our reward is in Heaven. 

  • Are we acknowledging the blessings that we do receive here on Earth?

  • The Lord warned that being a Christian isn't easy. 

    • But if we hold fast, follow the Bible, and give God the praises He deserves, He will write our names in the Book of Life

  • God gives us opportunities to turn to Him, to be saved, and to rely on Him.

  • We must continue to seek, trust, and praise Him.

  • Jesus said to love the Lord with all your heart, and then He said to love each other.   

Today's Scripture:

Malachi 3:13-18

 “Your words against me are harsh,” says the Lord.

Yet you ask, “What have we spoken against you?”

14 You have said: “It is useless to serve God. What have we gained by keeping his requirements and walking mournfully before the Lord of Armies? 15 So now we consider the arrogant to be fortunate. Not only do those who commit wickedness prosper, they even test God and escape.”

16 At that time those who feared the Lord spoke to one another. The Lord took notice and listened. So a book of remembrance was written before him for those who feared the Lord and had high regard for his name. 17 “They will be mine,” says the Lord of Armies, “my own possession on the day I am preparing. I will have compassion on them as a man has compassion on his son who serves him. 18 So you will again see the difference between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve him.

Matthew 22:37-40 

37 He said to him, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. 38 This is the greatest and most important command. 39 The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. 40 All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands.”

May 5, 2019 - Pastor Dallas Claypool
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