Psalm 30:4 & 5

Psalm 30:4, 5 – Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His, And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name. For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning.
 
This is such a great passage of scripture because it details the greatness of God’s love for His children.  First, David tells us, God’s anger “is but for a moment.”  What a great truth so easily overlooked in our world of selfishness.  While man holds grudges and seeks revenge on those who have wronged him, the God of all creation desires to show mercy, grace, and forgiveness.  While God’s anger is always justified, He does not delight in it.  He is not an angry cosmic killjoy sitting upon the throne waiting for the tiniest of offenses so He can exercise justice. If that were the case, the world would have ended long ago.  The Bible clearly teaches us, “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9)
 
Secondly, David encourages himself in the truth suffering is always temporary!  He states, “Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning.”  We’ve all experienced times of suffering we believed would never end. You may be in the midst of suffering and pain right now.  We have no control over the night and the day, but the omnipotent God of creation set into motion the laws of nature and physics and He can interrupt them at any given moment.  He controls when the sun rises and when the sunsets.  He is both God of the day and of the night.  No matter what we are facing, He is there with us, walks beside us, and will comfort us through the night (Psalm 23:4).  Your Father knows your pain and He delights in your deliverance (Psalm 23:5).  God sees your tears during the night and He he has provided His deliverance in the morning!


The Importance of Obedience

The most important aspect of our lives, as God molds and shapes us into the purpose He has for us, is obedience.  Obedience is the foundation on which God builds us, His masterpiece.  Without obedience, we will never accomplish His will for our lives and will fall crumbled every time He challenges us to grow.  Jesus stressed the importance of obedience in our lives in Matthew chapter seven.


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God’s Masterpiece

I loved to draw when I was a kid.  I would spend hours drawing pictures and then coloring them.  I would stand before the refrigerator and gaze at the beauty of my work, believing I had created a masterpiece worthy of being displayed in the greatest art galleries of the world.  Of course, my picture of a dog frolicking in a grassy meadow looked more like a tumble weed with ears in a green swamp.  Needless to say, I laid down my crayons, colored pencils, and paintbrushes and never looked back.

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Made With Purpose

I must admit there have been times in my life where I have felt completely useless and, in many cases, worthless too. Have you ever felt that way?  Perhaps wondering why you were born or what good could possibly come from your life?  When I feel that way, I look no further than Psalm 139.  This is a great Psalm which shows us the sovereignty of God in our lives and that He has a perfect purpose for each of us.  Let’s take a look!


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The Manifestation Gifts Part 2

1 Corinthians 12:7-10 – But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: 8 for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.
 
At Revive Outreach Church, we believe the Holy Spirit still operates through believers using the manifestation gifts listed in 1 Corinthians 12:7-10.  We do not believe these gifts belong to any one person, but that the Holy Spirit chooses how and when to administer them.  We take care to heed the Apostle Paul’s direction in 1 Corinthians 14:26-33, where he provides clear instruction regarding the operation of these gifts within the church body.  In fact, he states emphatically in 1 Corinthians 14:40, “Let all things be done decently and in order.” 

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