By T. Adrienne Terrell, Columnist
Greetings from The Springs! It has been great seeing all the college students that were here on Christmas break. Most of them have returned back and we pray that they will have good success in their studies.
On Sunday, February 16th, USBC will host the NAACP Annual Black History Program at 4p.m. Each year this event is held at a different church in the community and USBC is honored to be the host site this time.
Mark your calendars and look for more details to come.
Okay, it’s flashback time! Many seem to deem the 70’s as an awesome period in our history. That being said, let’s do it again. That’s right. On Friday, February 14th, The Springs will go “back in the day” for the “Let’s Do It Again 70’s Night Out.” This evening out will be held at the Old Standridge Building in Social Circle, at 6:30p.m. Admission is free, so join us for food, fun and the electric slide!
Wednesday’s Bible Study dealt with living a purposeful life. An important aspect of this is walking in the Spirit. Just getting saved will not do it. To walk in the Spirit, some changes have to be made. You must yield yourself totally and fully to the service of God. There are three commands given in James 4: 7-8 which will help you towards this goal. You have to submit yourself to God, you have to resist the devil and the devil will flee.
Pastor Terrell also pointed out that walking in the Spirit involves the mind and body working in harmony. The actions conceived in the mind are carried out through the body; therefore your mind should desire to serve God so much that it controls your body.
As we dedicate ourselves to God, this will lead to separation. Christians should not feel comfortable in all situations including doing the past things you used to do, being around sinful attitudes and holding on to the world’s standards.
Being separated from the world leads to transformation. This will come through praying, studying and meditating His Word. The key reminders for the night were these. It is impossible to hold hands with the devil and walk with God! Also, everything I do produces a harvest for me. Join us each Wednesday night as we continue learning about finding our purpose in Christ.
Again, The Springs received another fantastic message from the Lord through Pastor Terrell. The text came from Job, chapters 13 and 14, and the sermon focused on the life of Job and how we can apply it to our lives. Job went through a particularly difficult time not because of what he did wrong but because of what he did right.
The devil was mad because of this. Job 13:14 shows us that he was in so much pain from the boils and his skin coming off that he would bite himself to keep from feeling the pain in other parts of his body. Now, we may be going through some very difficult times, but do they really compare to anything like this?
The Lord removed the hedge that He had placed around Job and allowed the devil to destroy all that he had and to inflict pain on his body. Yet, the enemy could not touch Job’s mind and his will to choose God. Job still maintained his way with the Lord. Even being stripped of those things in life which seemed irreplaceable, Job maintained his way with the Lord. To add insult to injury, after all that was going on in his life, his friends came to tell Job that he was suffering because of something that he did wrong.
They made all kinds of accusations, but Job said that he would still serve God. “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before Him.” We know the end of the story.
The Lord restored all back to Job and gave him more. We too can have a Job-like experience. God may take His hedge from around us. God may take away some things that can’t be replaced. Maintain yourself and trust in the Lord. As Christians, when it seems like all hope is gone; don’t give up on God because He won’t give up on you.