Jubilee Church of God in Christ



Something For Your Spirit

Thank You Lord 

Scripture Reference

Thessalonians 5:18

In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. KJV


We have reached this very special time of year when every church in America will ask it's members to take time to reflect on just about everything. It is a time of year when our country will take time to just say "thank you" because no matter how unhappy we may be about whatever has us troubled, the truth is we have so very much to be thankful for.


Some people would have you believing the United States of America is in so much trouble but the truth is when you compare our situation today to past years, again...we have a lot to be thankful for. Before you walk away in a humpf over the beginning of this message, the A part of our scripture reference says "In everything give thanks. Everything means just that...everything.


It is not just about thanking God for our good things and the good things He has done in our lives, it also means thank you God for what I consider bad things. Why would and should we thank God for bad things? Because without those things, we would not have the level of faith we have grown into. You can not talk to someone going through their personal storm about God getting them through it...if God has not brought you through yours.


I remember seeing a cartoon about a man with his very own thunderstorm cloud over him and him only...following him where ever he went. People around him didn't get wet, only him. The thunder didn't affect other people, only him. No one really goes through anything like that although to that person it may seem like it. 


The Old Testament book of Job is one that shows everyone reading it that Job was one who received one bad news report after another ...and it happened to him because God and Satan had a conversation about him. God had so much confidence in Job, He allowed Satan to do things to Job that would make the average person crazy. But in Job 1:21 he say's...Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked I shall return thither; the Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away, Blessed be the name of the Lord.


In the midst of his loss, Job had a "thank you Lord". As you continue to read the story of Job, you will find that even in his strength, Job's knees got weak and he said some things that proved he was no superman that God bragged about. But at the end of the chapter, Job prayed for his friends and God turned his horrible situation around and gave him twice as much as he lost.

Everyone goes through something that is uncomfortable to them, we all have things we don't like but the objective should never be one of complaining. Instead, it should be one of thanks. Romans 8:28...And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.


Thank you Lord for this trial because I know there is a lesson you have for me to learn. This New Testament Epistle deals with the return of Christ. A good question that must be answered is...if Jesus came back right now, would he find me giving thanks or bashing someone. Would He find you building up the one who is struggling with their issues or pushing them aside. Would He find you ministering to someone that is not like you, less fortunate than you or would you be telling them they could do better if they wanted to instead of bothering you.


We are to pray without ceasing...and there is plenty to pray about. Pray that the friend you have who lives a lifestyle that will condemn them will see God's light shining in you and because of the Love of Jesus within you, they will want that light you have. Pray that the marriage you are in that appears to be falling apart will find God's love in both partners and vow to fight to keep the marriage. 


Pray for patience as the person driving in front of you cut you off because they were trying to get home from work to help their child with his or her chores and homework before that parent went to their second or third job.


Pray that as you prepare for this upcoming day of thanksgiving, that you will find patience in the grocery store as you walk down the aisles behind the slow walking older couple in front of you. It could be one of their final walk before one of them passes away due to sickness. 


Pray that the Holy Spirit will lead you to do something for someone less fortunate than you and then thank God for the opportunity He gave you to Bless someone.

 

Remember our scripture reference and the B part of the verse...for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.


Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. 


Thank Your Lord For Your Word

Elder Thomas W. Burgess


Job 1:21 -  And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. 


Something For Your Spirit

Trust and Obey

Scripture Reference Genesis 12:1-4

Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: (2)...And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing; (3) And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee; and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. (4)...So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.


To the first time reader of the Bible or baby Christian, this story could cause one to say this, is totally unbelievable. But to the person who is willing to accept God's Word as truth, it is a story of faith and total obedience to God even though Abram didn't know who God was.


Genesis 11:27-32 gives you the background on the family of this guy named Abram. He was born five generation after the Tower of Babel, his father Terah lived in Ur of the Chaldees that served other gods (Joshua 24:2), married a beautiful lady named Sarai who was barren and had a nephew named Lot. Abrams father moved the family from Ur of the Chaldees to the land of Canaan (specifically Haran) and lived there. It was in that land that Terah, Abrams father died at 205 years old.


This background is significant because no one in this family knew anything about the One true and living God yet Abram hears God say to him in verse 1, move from your country, from your family and your father's house and go to a land that I will show you


Remember your life before God? You were doing whatever is was, having the time of your life. Things may not have been perfect but you had it going on. You may have rarely if ever attended Church, never had any conversation about God with anyone because it wasn't cool to talk that talk but life for you was good.


You are minding your own business one day when you hear something in your Spirit telling you to in essence, get away from everything familiar to you. Your neighborhood, your parents home and your relatives. Get away from them, you don't need to know where I want you to go yet but go. Would you do it? 


As you get deeper into this story, you find a reality waiting to knock you out and it isn't bad. In fact, it's a "BLESSING". As we drill down into these passages, count the word "and". In verse 1 and is used twice. In verse 2, "and" is used 4 times...And I will make of you a great nation...And I will bless you, And make your name great And you will be a blessing...In verse 3  "and" is used 3 times...And I will bless them that bless you And curse them that curseth you...And in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed


Notice each use of the word "and" pronounces empowerment on Abram and it is done because he was obedient and believed that the things spoken into him would come to pass. Did they ever...you and I are living today under these "Blessings". Gods spoken Word to Abram guaranteed his greatness (great nation, great name) ...Abram would be a blessing and God Himself would bless those who blessed Abram and curse those who cursed Abram. The most profound is... in Abram every family of the earth shall be blessed. All of this happened because Abram was obedient to the God he didn't know and had faith in that same God.


God used and rewarded Abram, He is still using and rewarding us if we allow ourselves to be used by Him. In Genesis Chapter 13:14-18, God makes Abram promises that He still honors today. In chapter 15 God tells Abram in a dream "Fear Not, I am your shield and your exceeding great reward" and promises him an heir. Remember, his wife Sarai is barren, so how can this be? Chapter 15:13 God in another dream reveals his (Abrams seed) the children of Israel... coming out of bondage from the Egyptian Pharaoh.    


If you knew the outcome of your obedience to God, everyone would be more than willing to be obedient but that would mean we don't have faith. The Bible say's, without faith it is impossible to please God...Hebrews 11:6A...the writer then qualifies it in the B part of that verse...for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder to them that diligently seek Him. 


Not only is your blessing dependent on your obedience and faith but countless other people as well. 


Thank Your Lord

Elder Thomas W. Burgess  

     



Something For Your Spirit

God's Grace And Mercy

Genesis 6:6-9

6...And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. 7... And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. 8... But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. 9... These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. 
In the beginning, God created man and woman in Genesis chapter 2 because He wanted His crown creation to be with Him forever. God gave them everything Adam and Eve would need for survival and they walked and talked with God during the cool of the day Genesis 3:8. Also in chapter 3, sin enters the garden and causes God to pronounce judgement's on a serpent and His crown creation that created a separation from Him. By the time we get to Genesis 6, God said He repented (saddened or was so disappointed) in man that He decided to wipe man and woman off the face of the earth along with all living things originally created in Genesis 1 & 2.

Think about that, and make it personal in your Spirit with your children. You give them everything they will need for survival in this world, you sacrifice so they will have the things they want so their life will be better than yours. All that is asked in return is for their obedience to your rules. We love them when they don't give us their love and in return you give them chance after chance to do better. Some call it favor or kindness or acceptance. Quite simply it is called grace.


Unmerited favor is what the Bible describes grace as and per our scripture reference above, we find that in the midst of so much sin in the then known world, there was one man who God bestowed this grace on, Noah. There will always be one...in the midst of mayhem, feuding, lawlessness...there is one who decides I am not going to get into that stuff because of a calling of their Spirit to something greater.  That grace was also extended to Noah's children which is quite profound when you consider that Noah's children could have been as sinful as everyone else was. The Bible doesn't say but because of their father's favor or grace from God, they lived. That should make you shout and give God some Glory. 


Because of this grace, God spared the family of Noah and animals two by two to replenished the earth after God's flood destroyed everything. God's grace was bestowed to the children of Israel when they were in bondage in Egypt. Have you ever wondered why these people received this grace. 


In the Old Testament Book of Deuteronomy 7:6...For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth. 7...The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people: 8... But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. 9...Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;...Grace comes to us because of God's love and because of covenants (promises) God made to those who were here before us. 


Name a character in the Bible...Joseph, Jacob, Moses, David, Ruth, Solomon, Isaiah, Job, Ezekiel, Daniel, Peter, Paul, and of course Jesus...they all had God's grace and so do you.


Verse 9 also includes a second part to this grace...mercy which is another characteristic of God. The Bridgeway Bible Dictionary describes mercy this way...This characteristic showed itself clearly in Jesus Christ who, though God, lived in the world as a human being and demonstrated the mercy that God has towards a needy human race...mercy is compassion and we all know Jesus was without question compassionate.


God has to be compassionate because we are wretched creatures with a sin nature. To prove the point, as adorable as a baby is...tell that baby not to do something and you will see him or her trying to figure out a way to do what you have told them not to. We don't like this word but it describes us perfectly...sinful. 


Lamentations 3:22... It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 23... They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. Grace extended to us in spite of ourselves and mercy because God is compassionate, in fact we have "new mercies" every morning.


Who would not want to serve a God like ours? Too many, that is why it is so imperative for you and I to tell everyone that the Holy Spirit leads us to, that God loves them and because of His grace and mercy, every day that we wake up is one more day He gives us to get it right. 


God Bless You,

Elder Thomas W. Burgess    





Something For Your Spirit

God's Use Of An Empty Vessel

Scripture Reference

2nd Kings 4:1-7


1...Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the LORD: and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen. 2...And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil. 3...Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty vessels; borrow not a few. 4...And when thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons, and shalt pour out into all those vessels, and thou shalt set aside that which is full. 5...So she went from him, and shut the door upon her and upon her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured out. 6...And it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said unto her son, Bring me yet a vessel. And he said unto her, There is not a vessel more. And the oil stayed. 7...Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy children of the rest.


The story described in these passages of scripture could very well be taken from a tv or news paper story today. Depending on the television outlet or newpaper that would report this story one would conclude the woman's husband failed to properly provide for his family in the event of his death. Now this woman is begging for help and actually expects us to assis her is what would be reported or told. After all, the law stated quite clearly in Leviticus 25:39...And if thy brother that dwelleth by thee be waxen poor, and be sold unto thee; thou shalt compel him to serve as a bondservant.    


That simply means if a husband dies and leaves a debt to someone that can not be paid, the person owed the debt has the right to put the surviving children in slavery until the debt is paid. That is the law. But verse 40 says...But as a hired servant, and as a sojourner, he shall be with thee and shall serve thee unto the year of jubilee, then released from slavery. So even though the law allowed this, there was a way out. Some news outlets and newspapers would overlook that part. Back to our story.


As we drill down into these passages, the ladies deceased husband knew God, feared or reverenced Him and served the prophet Elisha probably teaching students about God. The position undoubtedly didn't pay well, at least not well enough for anything of monetary value to be left to cover any expenses after his demise. Matthew 6:33...But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 


In her emptiness, his wife knew the prophet, had a pot with a little oil and was obedient to the prophet...in other words, her situation of hopelessness made her just right for this miracle. In verse 3, Elisha tells her to borrow vessels from all the neighbors, empty vessels and don't just get a couple of them. 


Verse 4...Elisha gives her specific instructions which she has enough faith to follow. What happens next is the demonstration by God through his faithful prophet of just how important the vulnerable, the outcasts, the hopeless are to God. He simply needs needs empty vessels that are obedient enough for Him to work His Miracle Working Power through. Pouring into those vessels of Himself and His never ending supply of what they need.


Verse 5 & 6...She obeys the prophet and does exactly as he instructed her to do. Keep in mind, this happened because she first poured into the empty vessels from the small amount of oil in hers. Her willingness to share her little filled empty vessels to their full, then the next vessel was filled, then the next and so on until all the vessels she borrowed were full.  


Verse 7... She tells the prophet what she had done, to her surprise her instructs her to sell the oil, pay the debt so your sons will be out of slavery and live on the rest. Obedience and faith even in the midst of what we see as a hopeless situation gives our God the opportunity to prove the words in His Bible are true.


Come to Him in all of your emptiness, be the vessel He has called you to be and allow Him to pour of Himself into you. Then you pour what he has given you into someone else and don't stop. Life will bring empty vessels that need filling into your life all the time. Give and it shall be given to you; good measure pressed down and shaken together and running over, shall men give unto your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal, it shall be measured to you again...Luke 6:38     


God Bless You,

Elder Thomas W. Burgess          



  


Something For Your Spirit

Comfort in Bereavement & Grieving

 

I decided to put this together because of the loss of a brother recently. When I got the news that my brother Frank had passed away, all I could do is yell and scream. Then I cried for what seemed forever. Yes I was in shock and dis-belief. We all know we can’t stay here and we must die. It still does not make it easy to process what is happening to you and your emotions. 


In dealing with my brother’s death, I've never questioned God, because God is good and knows what he is doing. It’s dealing with who he was and what I as a sister knew about him. It’s those moments in a constant of this being a part of your life that you feel good about his life and leaving. I went researching what the process was all about. I came across where the psalmist showed that it identifies with the pain of me as the bereaved as well as my entire family. It reads, the cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came upon me, I was overcome by trouble and sorrow (Psalm 116:3).NIV

 

Carol L. Baldwin states that when a person loses someone important to them, we go through a normal process called grieving. Grieving is natural and expected. Over time, it can help the person accept and understand their loss. Bereavement is what a person goes through when someone close to them dies. It’s the state of having suffered a loss.

 

The person who has lost someone is said to be bereaved. Mourning is the outward expression of loss and grief. Mourning includes rituals and other actions that are specific to each person’s culture, personality, and religion. Bereavement and mourning are both part of the grieving process. Grieving involves many different emotions, actions, and expressions, all of which help the person come to terms with the loss of a loved one. But keep in mind, grief doesn't look the same for everyone. And, every loss is different.

 

Many people think of grief as a single instance or short time of pain or sadness in response to a loss—like the tears shed at a loved one’s funeral. But grieving includes the entire emotional process of coping with a loss and it can last a long time. Normal grieving allows us to let a loved one go and keep on living in a healthy way.

 

Grieving is painful, but it’s important that those who have suffered a loss be allowed to express their grief. It’s also important that they be supported throughout the process. Each person will grieve for their loved ones in different ways. The length and intensity of the emotions people go through varies from person to person. Although grief is described as happening in phases or stages, it doesn't often feel like that to the bereaved person. It may feel more like a roller coaster, with ups and downs that make it hard to see that any progress is being made in dealing with the loss.

 

A person may feel better for a while, only to become sad again. Sometimes, people wonder how long the grieving process will last for them, and when they can expect some relief.  One thing I do know, we must turn to God and his Word for comfort in our time of sorrow without denying our pain in our time of sorrow. 


The scripture gives us a proper perspective, something we can easily lose in times of emotional trauma and crisis. As the Psalmist said, “O Lord save me!” I called on the name of the Lord ( Psalm 116:4). So what do we do now? We turn to the only one who can dry up our tears as in (Isaiah 53:4) God’s Word gives hope when we feel utterly alone and hopeless. We must take comfort in knowing that God does not allow a trial in our lives that is too great for us to bear. (1st Corinthians 10:13).

 

God is in charge of all things. Even the terrible destruction and the traumatic aftermath of death for those who mourn are under his watchful care. Too me and my family just know that God’s Word and Spirit can comfort our grieving hearts. We must trust him and know he is watching over us too.

 

Pray for us!

Evangelist Almedia Burgess  


Something For Your Spirit

Bound, Until I Found The Lord

Scripture Reference Psalm 34:4

I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. KJV


Trying to make it in our world is difficult at best because there are so many traps waiting for us to step into. Make no mistake about it, Satan and his imps are on their jobs and we seemingly are more than willing to become prey to one, two, three or whatever the number we get ourselves into. It was that way from the beginning when Adam and Eve sinned and has been a mess since.


Can you honestly admit the things that have you bound? If you say you are not bound by anything, lying to yourself would be a good place to start because you are bound by telling untruths. Each of us (without exception) is bound by something and being in its clutches is no fun. 


The 34th Psalm was written by David when he was bound by fear, on the run and had to play crazy to save his life from his enemies. He feared... even though God had brought him through trial after trial. He was bound by lust, David had a serious lust issue when he had Uriah killed so he could have his wife Bathsheba. The demons that have us bound don't play but their is good news, when we seek the Lord and find Him, He loosens us from the things that have us bound. No matter what they may be.


When our issues bind us, we need to know there is a Mighty God, one like a Rock to signify God is the security and safety we need. Our Fortress as secure as a castle for defense. Our Deliverer one who rescues us from dangers. A Buckler one who protects and hides us. A Horn, symbol of Power and Strength of our Salvation one who is a deliverer, rescuer. A Mighty High Tower one who is in a high, safe place. These very descriptive names are what David called God in the 18th Psalm using strong words to paint a picture to those reading that his God was no wimp.  


How do we find this security? Seek God. The scripture reference above say's David sought the Lord. How do we do that? By admitting what has you bound is greater, stronger and more everything than you are. That you realize help from a much higher power is needed to break you free from its grasp. Crying out to God for help because of your inability to cope...then you get His help. David says the Lord heard him and delivered him from not one or two of his fears but delivered him from "ALL" his fears.


Verse 6...This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. What comfort that has to bring us knowing all we have to do is call on Him. Verse 8 says...O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him. That word taste would be our try Him, give Him the opportunity to help you and you will be Blessed because you trust Him and that is what it is all about.


Being bound is a killer, denying you the opportunity to be all in GOD that He has intended you to be. God is a deliverer and is more than capable of handling what has you bound. A truly powerful song is Break Every Chain by Tasha Cobb ...if you have not heard it, go to youtube so you can hear it. You will find your deliverance from being bound is in God. 


Thank You Lord for Your Word.

Elder Thomas W. Burgess



Something For Your Spirit

God Is Waiting On Your Call

Scripture Reference Jeremiah 33:2-3

Thus saith the Lord the maker thereof, the Lord that formed it, to establish it; the Lord is his name; 

3...Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. KJV


Ego is a interesting thing, we think because of our station in life we have the answers to the worlds problems. Because of our ego, we get ourselves into situations where we let our mouths write a check that our bodies can't cash as the saying goes. 


Websters dictionary describes ego as an inflated feeling of pride in your superiority of others. The key word in that definition is "pride" which is the one thing God dislikes most about us, being puffed up because of a title, position or entitlement. Feeling we are all that and the bag of chips compared to the one who truly is all that with the chips should be ludicrous, unfortunately it isn't. We continue to think its about us.


Inside this message is a prophet named Jeremiah. In chapter 33 he shows you and I the positive assurance from God that if we call on Him, He will answer us and do so in ways that will leave us dumbfounded. He proves through his writings that leaning and depending on God is the only way for God's servants to carry His Word to His people. 

   

God told Jeremiah in chapter 29:11-13...For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. (12)...Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. (13)..And ye shall seek me and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. 


When you are in God's service like Jeremiah, though the message can be difficult for His people to hear, you as the mailman or mail woman never have to worry about anything. The answer to any problem you may face is a call away. Call on God, He is waiting for it and during your conversation with Him, He will show you great and mighty things you never knew. 


So many today want you to believe that if you attend their conference or their service or their prayer meeting you will leave transformed, renewed and invigorated as never before. There isn't anything in the world wrong with those things but if I want to be transformed, invigorated and renewed...let me talk with the person in verse 2...The Lord the maker thereof, the Lord that formed it to establish it. In case I may forget, He reminds me the Lord is His name. 


He spoke the world into existence with His Word, He had conversations with me before I was formed in my mothers belly (Jeremiah 1:5a). Personally I have found Him to be all I ever needed. That is His promise and He keeps His promises.


God promised His prophet, Jeremiah if he would simply call on Him, not only would He answer him but He would reveal great and mighty things that could otherwise never be known. Do you have a situation in your ministry that is leaving you perplexed? Call on the Lord, His line is never busy, there isn't any call waiting and you won't be on hold. He is waiting for your call.  


Thank You Lord for Your Word

Elder Thomas W. Burgess 

   


   

Something For Your Spirit

Trust in God

Scripture Reference Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart: and lean not unto thine own understanding...

6...In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths...KJV


Isn't it amazing how much we trust in things that don't bring us any true meaning in our lives. Let's be real, the Navigation system is the Lexus models is truly one that is easy to operate especially with Lexus Enform at your finger tips. Press your mic button and speak "Destination" and the Lexus model connects you to a live operator who finds what you want and sends it to your Navigation system. It then shows you on the screen where to turn and tells you where to turn and we trust it without questioning anything. 


In our Spiritual lives, God's Word provides all the navigating we will ever need for our lives but we ask for direction from God Himself because if God said it ...it is truth. But when God tells us...we question what He has said we should do, asking...God...was that really you? DUH UH, HELLO...


The Old Testament Book of Proverbs is as meaningful today as when it was written. It is not a prosperity pamphlet or how to succeed handbook. It does however provide instructions how to order your values, which leads to character, which leads to wholeness, which leads to satisfaction. It warns about life's pitfalls along the way and states early in chapter 1:7 that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom...in other words, it is the Bible's Navigation system with turn by turn directions that will put on the road toward any Christians ultimate destination...obedience, righteousness and Holiness.


Our own understanding will cause us to trust in friends to help us out when we are in a tight place but they are dealing with their own issues and can let us down. We will trust in the title loan places to help us through until we get paid only to pay back loans at astronomical interest rates that can put us in a worse place than where we started. We will trust in that connection we have working in the place we want to work so they can put in a good word for us only to find that connection caused bigger problems because they always remind you of what they did and expect a payback.


God thought about making the world, spoke what he wanted and it became what He said. He has given us precious promises like the entire 37th Psalm. Focus on a couple...Psalm 37:3...Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Verse 4 says...delight thyself also in the Lord; and He shall give the the desires of thine heart. Don't make the mistake of trusting your intellect, choose instead to simply trust God. 


In every way imaginable, acknowledge Him and He will direct thy paths. To us, it may seem like why should I bother God with this issue or that problem. The answer is simple, the verse say's in all thy ways. We know that the steps of a good man or woman are ordered by the Lord (Psalm 37:23) so since our steps are ordered, in our obedience God will shine His light of direction found in His Word on our feet so we don't stumble in the darkness of this world we are in and His lamp on our paths that are filled with twists and turns (Psalm 119:105)   


I will be the first to admit God will often lead you to places that are uncomfortable. He lead Moses and the children of Israel to the Red Sea and Jesus to the cross. The sea parted to prove He can make a way out of no way for our toughest problem...just trust Me... and Jesus was resurrected so you and I could have faith in Him and have life eternal.  


It isn't our job to try to figure out anything, our job is simply to trust God with every fiber of our being, acknowledge Him in all we do and be obedient to Him in all things.


Thank You Lord God

Elder Thomas W. Burgess