Adversity Proves Integrity

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Greetings from The Springs! The youth of USBC did a fantastic job with the play, “The Resume of Jesus Christ,” which was performed on Friday, June 6 at 7 p.m. All of the cast members were recognized during the morning worship service and applauded for their diligent work on this project. The play was written by Veronica Nelson and directed by Ms. Nelson and Jamie Baker. The costume coordinator was Amber Goss. In addition, Angels Peterson, Mary Walker, Kathy Hubbard and Shelia Sanders were recognized for their help with the students to make the play a great success! And of course, a huge thanks to all of the parents that sacrificed their time and effort.

I wouldn’t be surprised if another production is waiting in the wings! If you are looking for something to do on Saturday, June 14, the Morgan County African-American Museum is sponsoring “Music in the Park.” Gates open at the park in downtown Madison open at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. Sunday’s sermon from Pastor Robert Terrell was a soul stirring look at the book of Job. He started this message telling us that in Job, we find out how to wait on the Lord. We can’t get ahead of God, but we must wait on Him.

It is through those trying times, when we are down in the valley, where we grow. Pastor Terrell went on to say that today, people want to keep the status quo. However, integrity is when our values are above the norm of the day. We try too much to put the world in the church when we need to be focused on changing the world. Looking at Job, he was a man of integrity. Yet, Satan told God that Job only served Him because God was blessing him. The key to this lesson is that only through the adversities of life can God prove to the world our integrity. Our issue though is when we give God our all, when we serve Him, when we keep coming to church to praise Him, when we keep coming to Bible Study, and yet, stuff still happens to us. Then it seems like Satan is still having his way. When it seems like it is not working, that is a trick of the enemy.

Unfortunately, we fail to see what the enemy is doing and we lower our standards. Pastor Terrell asked this question. Can we have enough integrity to stand when the enemy attacks? Something to consider is looking at those with great faith. Those that are giants in the faith have been through the trials of life. They have been in the valleys, but the adversities of life have grown their faith. Whatever God takes us through, we have to keep our integrity. At the end, the Lord gave Job back twice what he lost. As Pastor Terrell ended his sermon, he said that Job asked God why. God didn’t answer him but told Job that it is better to know Him than to know why he was going through the struggle. Christians must remember that we don’t go through anything that God doesn’t allow. Not only is the Lord saving us but He is trying to save our enemies at the same time. When God re-established Job, it drew his doubting friends. Adversity proves integrity. Glory Be To God!

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