Connecting Point – February 21, 2024

INSIDE THIS CONNECTING POINT

  • How To Obtain God's Help In Our Lives
  • Celebrating Communion And Continuing IT'S TIME TO CHANGE This Sunday
  • TEAM Sunday On February 25

A great encouraging word from the Lord is found in Psalm 37. In Psalm 37:3-5 we find these words: "Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you your heart's desires. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust Him, and He will help you."

Trusting God is the key to joy, satisfaction and victory in the Christian life. The Psalmist understood that, and articulated it so clearly in the above passage. He told us to "Trust in the Lord . . . Take delight in the Lord . . . Commit everything you do to the Lord . . . Trust Him . . ." and then inform us that when we turn to the Lord and trust in Him, He will give us safety, prosperity, answered prayer, and fulfillment - and the Lord will help us in every way. Those are the results of simply learning to "trust in the Lord."

So let me ask you a question - "Why don't more Christians fully trust in the Lord?" Knowing the promises of God concerning faith and trust, why don't more Christians trust in the Lord in the midst of crisis, when they are struggling, when their needs aren't being met? At the same time, why don't more Christians trust the Lord when it is obvious that He has prospered them and provided for them in times past? What keeps us from fully trusting in the Lord and committing everything we are, have, do and want to the Lord?

"Why don't more Christians fully trust in the Lord?"

I think that sometimes fear keeps us from trusting in the Lord. We're afraid that He won't come through for us - even though He promised in His Word and has proven in our lives that He can and will come through for us. I think that self-reliance (pride) keeps us from trusting in the Lord. Knowledge often keeps us from trusting in the Lord - the knowledge of our own sinfulness and the knowledge of the costs associated with living for the Lord and trusting in the Lord. And then doubt oftentimes keeps us from trusting in the Lord. Oftentimes we doubt that the Lord really does have our best interests at heart. We somehow think that we are the one who primarily cares about our needs and interests - and so rather than trusting the Lord to provide and care for us, we assume that responsibility for ourselves. We take upon ourselves the responsibilities of living right, living safely, prospering, fulfilling our heart's desires, finding help for lives, etc. - when that could all come from trusting in the Lord.

"Today, let's renew our focus on trusting and taking delight in the Lord."

In the beginning of time, Eve (and eventually Adam) got herself in trouble by refusing to trust in the Lord. Although she and Adam had been placed in a perfect garden with incredible provision and all that could keep a person happy and fulfilled, she listened to the lies of the Devil rather than trusting in the goodness and provision of the Lord. Let's not point our fingers at Eve, however, because so often all of us are like her. It's that distrust in our lives that keeps us from experiencing closer fellowship with the Lord and receiving greater blessings from the Lord. So, today let's renew our focus on "trusting the Lord" and "taking delight in the Lord?" That's the key to receiving the Lord's help in our lives. And that's the best thing we can do for ourselves and others.

This Sunday at Celebration we are going to participate in Communion together in our Worship Services, and we are going to continue our IT'S TIME TO CHANGE series. In this series we've been learning how to submit to God's Spirit, and how doing that brings love, joy, peace, patience and kindness to our lives. This Sunday we're going to be learning how to "Live The Good Life." Be sure to bring friends and family members with you.

 

Also, this coming Sunday is TEAM DAY. On that day we'll be sharing important information about the ongoing ministries we have at Celebration, and how you can become involved in those ministries. One of the things that we learned in a recent sermon is that people who are engaged in serving the Lord and people with their time and abilities have lots more joy in their lives. So be sure to learn what you can this Sunday about serving the Lord by serving others. And then pray about joining one of our Serve Teams at Celebration Church.

Jesus Changes Everything.

 

Dennis Watson

Gratefully Yours,

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Pastor Dennis Watson
Lead Pastor, Celebration Church
dennisw@celebrationchurch.org
dennis.watson.96

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