T. Adrinne Terrell, Columnist
Greetings from The Springs! Merry Christmas to you all! That’s right. I said it. Merry Christmas! It may not seem like a big deal to say this phrase, but we are living in a time when the world wants to stifle any profession of Jesus Christ.
Whose birthday is it anyhow? Christians are encouraged to say happy holidays so that we won’t offend others. Now really. What is more important, honoring our Lord and Savior or pleasing man? To that I say, MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! Rev. Terrell discussed the types of prayer during Wednesday’s Bible Study.
The main two we examined were the invocation, or the prayer at the beginning of a service and the benediction, which is the prayer of blessing at the close of a public service. Both of these are public prayers that bless the hearers and they are not to be individualized.
They also have the promise that God will be with you in a public prayer. Jesus said in Matthew 18: 20, “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” This is the power of agreement. For a definition of public prayer, just go to 1 Corinthians 14:12-17. Of course we discussed private prayer and the key to that type of prayer is that it should be often and regular.
The scripture references Pastor Terrell used were Acts 10: 1-4, 30-31 and Matthew 6: 5-6. I believe that we know the importance of private prayer and each person knows in their heart their personal dedication to doing this. Yet, is does seems easy to just gloss over the importance of certain public prayers. Word to the wise: Don’t skip out early at the end of a service if at all possible.
There’s a blessing for you in it! Let me tell you this. The Springs held our Christmas Dinner on Sunday and the “A-Team” prepared a holiday feast. Since I sat in the Mothers Corner which is very close to the kitchen, all I received was the pleasant aroma which constantly wafted over that section. Okay, okay, I’ll get to the Word! Pastor Terrell started the morning with a bit of a pre-sermon and he asked the question, why did the wise men bring burial gifts? Surely these men knew what occasion they were going to.
That is the point. The wise men were preparing Jesus for the purpose for which He came. He went on to say that during this season we need to find our purpose if we don’t know it. Ask, why does God have us here? To make it even more personal, why am I here? What is my purpose? Pastor Terrell challenged those that don’t know to not enter into 2014 without falling at the feet of Jesus seeking their purpose.
If you are not fulfilling your purpose, then you are wasting your time here on earth. We need to identify with ourselves. God want us all to know why we were put here. Jesus was sent here to die for the sins of the world. That is why the wise men brought the burial gifts to His birth. (The Word does say that if we seek, we will find!) Let’s face it. We all go through problems.
Last week the sermon was about the Old Testament hero, King David, and saw how he handled going through challenges. This week we looked at the New Testament saint Paul who did the most for God and even he had to deal with the thorn in his flesh. In 2 Corinthians 12: 7-9, Paul stated that he prayed to God three times about the thorn in his flesh.
Just like Paul, we pray to God and ask Him to deliver us from something or to remove something from our lives. Yet, there are times when God will not do that thing that you are asking. However, He will give you grace though to go through. During that period the people asked Paul how he did it.
How did he go through all those things that he had to deal with and not show it? It is because the grace of God gave him charisma. What is charisma? Well, it sounds like Greek to me, and it is. Rev. Terrell taught us that the word grace come from the Greek word “charis” which is the undeserved benefit of God. So, when you are going through having to deal with an issue, God will give you grace.
When people can’t tell that you are dealing with something that is charisma. Paul was God’s spokesman. He prayed three times for this particular situation to be removed. Jesus prayed three times at Gethsemane for His situation to be removed. The point is that God doesn’t do things in our time but in His season. Although it may seem like an extended period, but the promise is that God will be with us. God inspired Isaiah 40:31.
“But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” God will refresh you. Even the eagles are able to fly above the storm! Pastor Terrell said that the importance of going through our issues with charisma is that people will attach themselves with you. We need people. We need to look like we are blessed. We are winners because of Jesus Christ. We should walk with charisma which is the grace of God on our lives. Our hope is knowing that while we are praying for mercy, God gives us grace! Glory Be To God!