Special Christmas 2016 Message - "God Is Near!"
As I continue on my journey with God, my understanding of Him and His ways keep deeping, which has allowed me to grow in my trust of His goodness and His love for us.
Yes, God is all powerful, everywhere and all knowing. Infinite in every way. Such characteristics and abilities might lead one to believe that they are far too insignificant for Him to be concerned about but nothing could be further from the truth. He has often supplied not only a need that I have had but a want and this very shortly after I had just thought about it and not even prayed for it. Some of my favorite God stories are about the times that I have needed help at the church and asked for it and waited to see how God would answer. He always answered. I have discovered lately that if I ask for help with a problem that the Holy Spirit will put an idea in my head to help solve it. Try it.
I have also learned to trust God in situations instead of jumping in to solve them and just wait and see how He works them out. God wants to be involved in every area of our lives. He is a God of details. God also cares about our emotional needs and feelings. One day when I was questioning my effectiveness in ministry, I was out to lunch with a friend, and we began to discuss my concerns, when a man we knew walked up to us and began to affirm me and my ministry. I believe that God hears the cries of our hearts even when we don't speak them. All of these experiences have led me to a place of peace and belief that God will be there for me and work out all aspects of the situations I am in. His love is limitless as is His forgiveness. After all, He gave us the person that He loved the most, His Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord
May God reveal Himself to you in the ways that you need and help you to feel loved and forgiven.
Please reveal yourself to all who read this in new ways so that they can grow in their closeness to you and begin to trust you in every situation that they face. You are our loving Father who is faithful and hears and answers our prayers. Your desire is to have a personal relationship with all your children. We thank you for all that you have done for us and all that you have blessed us with. Help us to be a blessing to others. Help us to forgive all those who have harmed us in anyway. Let your kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.