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"SEASONS CHANGE"

Last spring I did a series of messages on Facing the Giants of Life. As we face life’s giants there are lots of feelings, and fears, and questions. As nature’s seasons change, so do LIFE’S SEASONS. Loved ones pass away. Our health changes. New people enter our lives, and children grow up.

One of life’s giants is FEAR OF TOMORROW. We see things changing and know that there will be adjustments, but we don’t really know how things will turn out. Some of “Tomorrow’s Giants” are negatives. A payment will be due, the house will be empty, there will be a diagnosis of our health, or a bad life habit may become a major health issue.

Tomorrow also has some positive and hopeful aspects. There may be new opportunities, yesterday’s trials have made us stronger, the sun will shine again, the flowers will bloom, there is hope for better.

Psalm 46, one of my favorites, says, “God is our refuge and strength. A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth should change…” Matthew 6, reminds us that Our Heavenly Father knows what we need, and that we don’t need to worry about tomorrow.

So, what does tomorrow look like to you? Are you dreading the cold of winter? Are you excited about the beautiful colors that are coming? Do the shorter daylight hours cause you to feel a little down in the dumps? Are you already doing some Christmas shopping?

I want to encourage you to face the Giant of Tomorrow with faith and hope. We can trust our God! He is at work even when life has its challenges. He is powerful, and loving, and gracious! He promises a hopeful future– not only eternally, but in this life as well. Here are a few suggestions to consider as you look ahead to “changing seasons of life.”

  • Jesus said, ‘Seek first the Kingdom of God, and these other things will be added.” How can you focus on God’s heavenly kingdom as a priority in your life?
  • The Bible tells us that today is the day of salvation. So we need to deal with our spiritual issues now, not later.
  • When Martha complained to Jesus that her sister Mary was leaving all of the housework to her, Jesus told Martha that “she was worried and upset about many things, but only one thing was needed.” Mary had chosen the better thing (listening to Jesus, and being near to Him).
  • Prepare for tomorrow by getting your spiritual house in order. In Matthew 7. 23-27, Jesus told us to build our house on the rock...a firm foundation of trust in God.
  • Prepare for tomorrow by doing little things today that build character, and encourage others.

Is tomorrow a Giant for you? The empty cross reminds us that tomorrow holds great victory. Tomorrow there will be grace, and blessings. Tomorrow there will be redemption. Jesus is able to give victory over death– that greatest of tomorrow’s fears.

As you pass by the churches in town and see the cross on top of the steeples– remember Jesus’ victory. Through Christ, we are also victorious. Remember that when trials come in your life, Christians show up to help. They serve, they pray, they show love in big and little ways. Remember that tomorrow there will be power and hope and blessings! There will be answered prayers, and peace that passes understanding.

Another passage from Psalm 46, reminds us that learning to just “be still, and know that He is God” brings powerful assurance. May tomorrow find you closer to Jesus, and more hopeful than ever! May you lean to be still and know Him in even closer ways!

 

 

Our Service is a blend of traditional and contemporary. We sing traditional hymns and worship choruses. A message based on readings from the Bible is also shared each week.

SUNDAY WORSHIP: 9:30AM
SUNDAY SCHOOL: 10:45AM

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First Baptist Church of Rochester
1000 Main Street
Rochester, Indiana 46975
574-223-3613
FBC46975.ORG