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Still Miserable

Pro 3:7 
Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. 
Pro 3:8
It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.
Pro 4:22
For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. 
Psa 43:5
Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God. 

The following are spiritual things that are pointed out to me that is a good reminder of what happens to us when we are sick and sin-sick:

1. It took a process and time to get me to this miserable point.
2. I was taking medicine that worked at first, but now is no longer effective.  
3. My condition got so bad that I am miserable.   
4. I will not get better until I go to the Doctor. 
5. I had to be totally honest with the doctor about what was going on in my life. 
6. After I told him everything, I had to shut my mouth and listen to him.  
7.   The doctor did not force me to listen to him and take his treatment, I willingly went to him.  
8. He told me to avoid certain things and certain places that will make my condition “flare-up”.  
 9. The doctor did not heal me immediately, but instead gave me some medicine that will help me long term.  I really wanted something that would help me immediately, but the doctor knew that long lasting help comes slowly.  My body could not handle something that brings about immediate help, because those medicines are often very harsh and are really a “gamble”.  God sometimes will put us in a process that is slow.  Do not fight it.  He knows what your body can handle.  Most of the times, the best medicine will be slow, but it builds lasting strength and resistance.

10.  I have to go back to the doctor again this week for more testing and help.  Once the doctor helps me narrow down what I need, he can begin the slow process of changing what has been historically wrong with me…that continues to cause me to suffer with the same problem.  Our historical problems cause us to need many appointments with the Physician.  The more I go to the Great Physician, the more He can help me change my problematic history.
11. He will give me medicine on a consistent basis that will heal me and build up resistance in my body that will help long term. The Great Physician has given us daily medicine that will help us heal and help us long term.  This medicine may seem like it does not help or is not needed; but if we are given medicine from the doctor, we should take it.  He knows what will happen if do not take it, that is why he prescribes it to us.
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September 30, 2011 Posted by | Devotional, Sunday School | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Miserable-continued

 

Pro 3:7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
Pro 3:8
It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.
Pro 4:22
 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. 
Psa 43:5
 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God. 

The following are spiritual things that are pointed out to me that is a good reminder of what happens to us when we are sick and sin-sick:

1. It took a process and time to get me to this miserable point.
2. I was taking medicine that worked at first, but now is no longer effective.  
3. My condition got so bad that I am miserable.   
4. I will not get better until I go to the Doctor. 

5. I had to be totally honest with the doctor about what was going on in my life.  Even though he could probably tell what my problem was; he could not properly help me until I was honest with him and told him everything.  The real Doctor is Jesus, and He does know what your problem is; but He cannot help you until you are 100% honest with Him.  Guess what?  He already knows, so just tell Him and you can start the process of healing.

6. After I told him everything, I had to shut my mouth and listen to him.  Sometimes we are so wrapped up in telling what we think we need that we do not give God the opportunity to tell us what the real solution is.  I cannot be mad at God for not helping me if I am more concerned with my solution than His solution for me.  Remember, if I am in the situation that needs help, then my solution must have been the wrong one.
7.   The doctor did not force me to listen to him and take his treatment, I willingly went to him.  God will not force himself on you, you must go and submit yourself to Him.  God did not force you to get saved, you had to accept that gift willingly.  His medicine is the same way…by a willing acceptance of His medicine.
8. He told me to avoid certain things and certain places that will make my condition “flare-up”.  The doctor told me to avoid the fields and woods where the allergens are in bloom and abound.  There are people, places, things, and ideas that we as christians need to avoid; or we will fall back into the same thing that made us sick.  Certain places, things, shows, music, people, and ideas that caused our problem should be avoided like the plague

September 29, 2011 Posted by | Devotional, Sunday School | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Miserable

 
Pro 3:7 
Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. 
Pro 3:8
It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.
Pro 4:22
 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. 
Psa 43:5
 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God. 

  Have you ever been tired of being sick?  That is where I am right now.  For some reason, the local allergies are really causing me grief.  I will spare you my little pity party by not sharing any details, but I will say that I feel worthless right now.  As I think about the process that I have been in to get me to where I currently am, many spiritual things are pointed out to me that is a good reminder of what happens to us:

1. It took a process and time to get me to this miserable point. Being “sin-sick” is often the same way.  I have been battling the allergies for about 2 weeks now.

2. I was taking medicine that worked at first, but now is no longer effective.  That medicine helped at first because it took care of the symptoms instead of the root cause.  When we as christians only treat the symptoms and not the cause, we allow the root cause to grow to the point where the medicine I was taking is no longer effective.

3. My condition got so bad that I am miserable.  It is no one’s fault except my own for getting this sick.  Spiritually, I am responsible for my own health…not the Preacher.  It is not the preacher’s fault that my sinful condition is bad, it is my fault.

4. I will not get better until I go to the Doctor.  I went yesterday because I am tired of my current condition.  Last week I was ok, this week I feel horrible.  What happened?  I did not go to the doctor; I self-diagnosed myself and look where it got me.

Bro. CW’s challenge for today:   

Don’t wait until you are miserable to see the Doctor.  Go to Him right now!  Remember that He wants You!

September 28, 2011 Posted by | Devotional, Sunday School | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

No Power

“No Power”  Dan 3:25

He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.

Dan 3:26

Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire.

Dan 3:27

And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king’s counsellors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them.

Here we have the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the fiery furnace.  We all are familiar with this story and know that in verse 27 no harm befell them.  We also see that as these three young men chose to obey God instead of man.

We see in these verses that the King had no power over the three young men as they chose to serve and obey God.  I also think it is pretty amazing how they knew what Jesus looked like.  I don’t think they lived to see Jesus walking the earth, yet they could recognize Him when He showed up.

When we as christians are asked to do something that is contrary to what God wants, God will protect us.  Isn’t it amazing that the world knows what Jesus should look like and what He does(or atleast they think they do)?  Yet they themselves reject what He would do and should do.  When we feel the pressure to cave-in to the world’s influence we can be assured that when they throw us to the fire, Jesus will be with us!  And not only that, but we will get restored to where we should have been before the “furnace experience”.  Today, know that Jesus loves you and when you feel the heat of following God or the world, Jesus will be with you to help you through the trial.

– I appreciate you and remember to be a conduit of God’s love to someone today!

-Bro. Kennedy

September 17, 2011 Posted by | Devotional, Sunday School | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“Under the Wrong Spout”

“Under the Wrong Spout”Psa 34:8  O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
1Pe 2:3If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
I normally try to stay on track with the chapter that I start in, but this morning I preached in chapel at Hope Christian Academy on “Taste and See”.  This truth has gripped me and won’t let me go…so here we go.
Growing up in a christian home, a good Bible-believing church, and getting my education from a christian school; I encountered a lot of christians.  I met a lot of christians who try to blame God for any bad thing that happened in their life.  One thing that I have realized is that God gets blamed a lot for things that are self-inflicted.  People make bad decisions and as a result, a bad happens to them.  They blame everyone else, including God, and fail to realize that they caused their own grief and fail to realize that God loves them.
What happens to them is that they take their “cup” and put it under a bitter source that fills their cup up.  Then they drink it and get a bitter taste in their mouth and think that God did that to them.  These two verses at the top tell us that God is the source of goodness and grace.  Grace is getting something that is good that I do not deserve.  God gives us good things and grace constantly.  I have met christians who go through tragedy and hardship and have the Joy of the Lord.  Why is that?  It is because they keep their cup under God’s source and He fills their cup full of goodness and grace.  I don’t know about you, but I am tired of God getting lied about by the bitter christians.  They blame God for things that He never did.  So what can I do about it?  I am glad that you asked!  Look below to see what you and I can do.Bro. CW’s challenge for today:Show others that God is good, by being a good representative for Him.  When bad happens to you, react right and do what Jesus would do if He were in your shoes.  Remember, God is good, but you have to taste it.  Help others go to the good source
Prayer ListOUR TEENS!!!!!!!
1. Pastor Ed and Mrs. Brenda
2. Kennedy Family
3. Montgomery Family
4. Martha Hanson – Leg Surgery
5. Betty Pope – Health / Gallstones
6. Brenda Smith – Surgery
7. Brenda Smith – Cancer
8. Roberts Family – Near Death
9. Michael Belcher – War Hero
10. Patricia Williams – Health / Chemo (sends praises)
11. Wheeler Family – Unspoken
12. Graham Family – New Baby-Isaiah
13. Ledger Simmons – Health
14. Mary Smith – Health & Grandson has leukemia
15. Ray Embs – Salvation – Job Court
16. Charlie Nixon – Health / Ulcer
17. Nathan Gurlie – Job Situation – Still Looking
18. Teems Family – Layoff – Finances
19. David and Angie Burrell – unspoken
20. Mack McDevitt – Job situation
21. Margaret Alley – Job situation
22. Kelli Clendenin – Unspoken
23. Josh Wheeler – Unspoken
24. Stacy Schoon – Out-Patient Surgery
25. Misti Cash – Annual MRI
26. Anna Smith – Thyroid Testing
27. Jaiden Cash – possible immune system testing
28. Jeanette Woodall-brain Tumor-testing for cancer

Reading Plan Levels

Bronze Level:    Read through Psalms and Proverbs

Silver Level:      Read through the New Testament

Gold Level:         Read through the Old Testament

Platinum Level: Read through the Bible with me.

Closing Thoughts from Bro. Kennedy 

Plan now for the

North East Georgia Tent Crusade

September 19-30

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September 14, 2011 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment