T. Adrienne Terrell, columnist
Greetings from The Springs! Okay, Easter is upon us so don’t forget the community Sunrise Service on the square in Rutledge. The program starts promptly at 7a.m., so be on time. Breakfast will be served immediately after we worship our risen Savior. Let this be the beginning of a glorious day!
Yes, we are still on our series about fasting during Wednesday Night Bible Study. One main point Pastor Terrell stated was that whatever we can find in the Bible, we can claim it!
A 40 day fast brings forth spiritual gifts (Luke 4: 1-2, 14). When Jesus was tempted by the devil in the wilderness, He was full of the Holy Ghost and He was led by the Holy Spirit. However, when Jesus came out, it was with the power of the Spirit. Also, a 40 day fast produces victory over temptation (Matthew 4: 1-11). We will resume the series in two weeks. (Remember that the Wednesday leading up to second Sunday is Prayer and Testimony Night starting at 7:30.)
Rev. Terrell started off his sermon stating that sometimes the Word shows you the end of a thing but it doesn’t always show you the process to get to the end. In Matthew 14, when Jesus told the disciples to get in the ship and go to the other side, they should have known that they would actually get to the other side. Even though the winds came and caused the waves to toss the ship, they were still going to make it to the other side.
There is a message in this for us. Pastor Terrell told us to remember the last command that God gave to us. Even when the storms of life come, the wind can’t blow hard enough to blow you off! Now, the devil will try to get in your way when he hears the word that the pastor or prophet has given to you, but we still have to obey God.
In verse 25, they are in the fourth watch of the night which is 3a.m. and that is when the winds started to be contrary. Isn’t it interesting that when we are wrestling with a problem in our life, we will wake up close to that time? We toss and turn trying to get back to sleep. Consider this. We need to know what is really going on at that particular time.
Pastor Terrell said that is the time when God is coming to you. Get up! Start praying in your prayer language! Read The Word. God wants to come to you and calm the storms in your life! Remember that the word given to you shows you the end of a specific thing.
Even though we may struggle with the process which places us in a dark period, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Our darkest hour is just before dawn! Glory Be To God!