Take 5 (November 16-20, 2015)

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Robert Ballard • Pastor of Worship Ministries

Five Truths in the Bible to be Thankful For

Monday: God Forgives Sin

Psalm 103:12

Sin is disobedience to God’s commandments, either by doing what is prohibited or failing to do what is required. God tells us in His Word that sin is a serious thing that disrupts our relationship with Him. But what a wonderful thought that God forgives sin! The good news is that, no matter how serious the sin, God is always pursuing us and is willing to forgive and forget our sin and to give us a new beginning. God is ready and willing to forgive you today, and He is faithful and just to forgive us of our sin if we confess them to Him (1 John 1:9). As long as we live, it is never too late to ask for forgiveness and make a new start!

For Today: Thank God for His grace and forgiveness.

Tuesday: God Gives Strength in the Face of Difficulty

John 16:33

As we walk this journey of life, each one of us will no doubt face difficult situations and circumstances. The Bible tells us that we will face difficulty and trouble. Job 14:1 says that a “man who is born of a woman is few of days and full of trouble.” But as believers, we have a wonderful promise that God will give us strength in the face of our difficulty. God promises us in Isaiah 40:29-31 that “He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might He increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”

For Today: Ask God for strength to face your difficult situation and thank Him for the strength He gives in your time of trouble.

Wednesday: God Answers Prayer!

John 14:13-14

D. L. Moody once said, “If when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in Thy presence and cry unto Thee in our affliction, then Thou wilt hear and help.” God promises in His word that He will answer prayer. Sometimes His answer may not be what we want to hear, but He will answer. It is important for each of us to stay close to the Lord so we can recognize when He is answering our prayers. Sometimes His answer may be “yes”, and other times “no.” Sometimes He may answer with “wait,” but He will give us the grace in our time of waiting. We can be assured that God hears us, wants to answer our prayers, and truly cares for us.”

For Today: Thank God for answering your prayers.

Thursday: God Will Comfort You

2 Corinthians 1:3-7

What an awesome promise that we have a God who can comfort us in all our times of trouble. It is one thing to have comfort when the sun is shining and when things are going well. But what we really need is comfort in the time of trouble. He will comfort you in the hospital. He will comfort you at the funeral home when you have a loved one there. He can comfort you in any place at any time. He is the God of all comfort and He will come at our time of need. Hymn writer William J. Kirkpatrick wrote about this comfort in his hymn, The Comforter Has Come: “The Comforter has come, the Comforter has come! The Holy Ghost from Heav’n, the Father’s promise given; Oh, spread the tidings ’round, wherever man is found; the Comforter has come!”

For Today: Thank God for being your Comforter.

Friday: This Isn’t the End!

Philippians 3:20-21

There is a common phrase that we often use that says, “all good things must come to an end.” While the popular saying has some thread of truth in it for earthly things, it is a false statement for the believer. As followers of Jesus, our spiritual lives will never end. As believers, our best days are always ahead. God has promised that we have a home in heaven and that we will one day be with Him. What a reunion it will be to see loved ones who have gone before us, and better yet, what a day it will be when we see Jesus face to face! In Philippians 3:20-21, the apostle Paul writes, “But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like His glorious body, by the power that enables Him even to subject all things to Himself.

For Today: Thank the Lord for His promise and provision of an eternal home in heaven.