Wait, Be Still, Pray, Don’t Worry, Peace, Joy, Hope, Rest, Be Thankful ETR

 

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Responding to questions

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Isaiah 55:11 ETR In the same way, my words leave my mouth, and they don’t come back without results. My words make the things happen that I want to happen. They succeed in doing what I send them to do.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 ETR All Scripture is given by God. And all Scripture is useful for teaching and for showing people what is wrong in their lives. It is useful for correcting faults and teaching the right way to live. 

Using the Scriptures, those who serve God will be prepared and will have everything they need to do every good work.

2 Peter 1:19-21 ETR This makes us more sure about what the prophets said. And it is good for you to follow closely what they said, which is like a light shining in a dark place. You have that light until the day begins and the morning star brings new light to your minds. 

Most important of all, you must understand this: No prophecy in the Scriptures comes from the prophet’s own understanding. 

No prophecy ever came from what some person wanted to say. But people were led by the Holy Spirit and spoke words from God.

How to hear and understand the Gospel 

God Speaks to Job

Job 38:1-2 Then the Lord spoke to Job from a whirlwind and said,

“Who is this ignorant person saying these foolish things?

Job 40:6-7 Then the Lord spoke to Job again from the storm:

“Brace yourself and get ready to answer the questions I will ask you.

Job 42:4-7 You said to me, ‘Listen, and I will speak. I will ask you questions, and you will answer me.’

In the past I heard about you, but now I have seen you with my own eyes.

And I am ashamed of myself. I am so sorry. As I sit in the dust and ashes, I promise to change my heart and my life.”
The Lord Gives Job’s Wealth Back
After the Lord finished talking to Job, he spoke to Eliphaz from Teman. He said, “I am angry with you and your two friends, because you did not tell the truth about me, as my servant Job did.

Romans 10:14-17 But before people can pray to the Lord for help, they must believe in him. And before they can believe in the Lord, they must hear about him. And for anyone to hear about the Lord, someone must tell them. 

And before anyone can go and tell them, they must be sent. As the Scriptures say, “How wonderful it is to see someone coming to tell good news!”

But not all the people accepted that good news. Isaiah said, “Lord, who believed what we told them?” 
So faith comes from hearing the Good News. And people hear the Good News when someone tells them about Christ.

Acts 26:17-18 I will keep you safe from your own people and from the non-Jewish people, the ones I am sending you to. 

You will make them able to understand the truth. They will turn away from darkness to the light. They will turn away from the power of Satan, and they will turn to God. Then their sins can be forgiven, and they can be given a place among God’s people—those who have been made holy by believing in me.’”

Romans 15:4-7 Everything that was written in the past was written to teach us. Those things were written so that we could have hope. That hope comes from the patience and encouragement that the Scriptures give us. 

All patience and encouragement come from God. And I pray that God will help you all agree with each other, as Christ Jesus wants. 

Then you will all be joined together. And all together you will give glory to God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Christ accepted you, so you should accept each other. This will bring honor to God. 

Here is Today’s message

Wait

Isaiah 40:27-31 People of Jacob, this is true. Israel, you should believe it. So why do you say, “The LORD cannot see the way I live; he will not find me and punish me”?

Surely you know the truth. Surely you have heard. The LORD is the God who lives forever! He created all the faraway places on earth. He does does not get tired and weary. You cannot learn all he knows.

He helps tired people be strong. He gives power to those without it.

Young men get tired and need to rest. Even young boys stumble and fall.

But those who trust in the LORD will become strong again. They will be like eagles that grow new feathers.

Be Still

Psalm 46:10-11 God says, “Stop fighting and know that I am God! I am the one who defeats the nations; I am the one who controls the world.”

The LORD All-Powerful is with us. The God of Jacob is our place of safety.

Pray

Jesus Teaches About Prayer

Matthew 6:5-15 “When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites. They love to stand in the synagogues and on the street corners and pray loudly. They want people to see them. The truth is, that’s all the reward they will get.

But when you pray, you should go into your room and close the door. Then pray to your Father. He is there in that private place. He can see what is done in private, and he will reward you.

“And when you pray, don’t be like the people who don’t know God. They say the same things again and again. They think that if they say it enough, their god will hear them.

Don’t be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

So this is how you should pray; ‘Our Father in heaven, we pray that your name will always be kept holy.

We pray that your kingdom will come–that what you want will be done here on earth, the same as in heaven.

Give us the food we need for today.

Forgive our sins, just as we have forgiven those who did did wrong to us.

Don’t let us be tempted, but save us from the Evil One,’

Yes, if you forgive others for the wrongs they do to you, then your Father in heaven will also forgive your wrongs.

But if you don’t forgive others, then your Father in heaven will not forgive the wrongs you do.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 Always be full of joy.

Never stop praying.

Whatever happens, always be thankful. This is how God wants you to live in Christ Jesus.

Don’t stop the work of the Holy Spirit.

Don’t treat prophesy like something that is not important.

But test everything. Keep what is good,

and stay away from everything that is evil.

We pray that God himself, the God of peace, will make you pure–belonging only to him. We pray that your whole self–spirit, soul, and body–will be kept safe and be blameless when our Lord Jesus Christ comes.

The one who chose you will do that for you. You can trust him.

Don’t Worry

Philippians 4:6-8 Don’t worry about anything, but pray and ask God for everything you need, always giving thanks for what you have.

And because you belong to Christ Jesus, God’s peace will stand guard over all your thoughts and feelings. His peace can do this far better than our human minds.

Brothers and sisters, continue to thank about what is good and worthy of praise. Think about what is true and honorable and right and pure and beautiful and respected.

Put God’s Kingdom First

Matthew 6:25-34 “So I tell you, don’t worry about the things you need to live–what you will eat, drink, or wear. Life is more important than food, and the body is more important than what you put on it.

Look at the birds. They don’t plant, harvest, or save food in barns, but your heavenly Father feeds them. Don’t you know you are worth much more than they are?

You cannot add any time to your life by worrying about it.

“And why do you worry about clothes? Look at the wildflowers in the field. See how they grow. They don’t work or make clothes for themselves.

But I tell you that even Solomon, the great and rich king, was not dressed as beautifully as one of these flowers.

If God makes what grows in the field so beautiful, what do you think he will do for you? It’s just grass–one day it’s alive, and the next day someone throws it into a fire. But God cares enough to make it beautiful. Surely he will do much more for you. Your faith is so small!

“Don’t worry and say, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’

That’s what those people who don’t know God are always thinking about. Don’t worry, because your Father in heaven knows that you need all these things.

What you should want most is God’s kingdom and doing what he wants you to do. Then he will give you all these other things you need.

So don’t worry about tomorrow. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Tomorrow will have its own worries.

Peace

John 14:25-27 “I have told you all these things while I am with you.

But the Helper will teach you everything and cause you to remember all that I told you. This Helper is the Holy Spirit that the Father will send in my name.

“I leave you peace. It is my own peace I give you. I give you peace in a different way than the world does. So don’t be troubled. Don’t be afraid.

Joy 

Psalm 30:4-5 Praise the LORD, you who are loyal to him! Praise his holy name!

His anger lasts for a little while, but then his kindness brings life. The night may be filled with tears, but in the morning we can sing for joy!

Galatians 5:19-26 The wrong things the sinful self does are clear; committing sexual sin, being morally bad, doing all kinds of shameful things,

worshipping false gods, taking part in witchcraft, hating people, causing trouble, being jealous, angry or selfish, causing people to argue and divide into separate groups,

being filled with envy, getting drunk, having wild parties, and doing other things like this, I warn you now as I warned you before; The people who do these things will not have a part in God’s kingdom.

But the fruit that the Sprit produces in a person’s life is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these kinds of things.

Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified their sinful self. They have given up their old selfish feelings and the evil things they wanted to do.

We get our new life from the Spirit, so we should follow the Spirit.

We must not feel proud and boast about ourselves. We must not cause trouble for each other or be jealous of each other.

Faith and Wisdom

James 1:2-4 My brothers and sisters, you will have many kinds of trouble. But this gives you a reason to be very happy.

You know that when your faith is tested, you learn to be patient in suffering.

If you let that patience work in you, the end result will be good. You will be mature and complete. You will be all that God wants you to be,

Hope

1 Timothy 1:1 Greetings from Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus. I am an apostle by the command of God our Savior and Christ Jesus our hope.

Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Be Thankful

A Song of Thanks

Psalm 100-1-5 Earth, sing to the LORD!

Be happy as you serve the LORD! Come before him with happy songs!

Know that the LORD is God. He made us, and we belong to him. We are his people, the sheep he takes care of.

Come through the gates to his Temple giving thanks to him. Enter his courtyards with songs of praise. Honor him and bless his name.

The LORD is good! There is no end to his faithful love. We can trust him forever and ever!

A Song of David

Psalm 103:1-5 My soul, praise the LORD! Every part of me, praise his holy name!

My soul, praise the LORD and never forget how kind he is!

He forgives all our sins and heals all our sicknesses.

He saves us from the grave, and he gives us love and compassion.

He gives us plenty of good things. He makes us young again, like an eagle that grows new feathers.

Rest

Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me all of you who are tired from the heavy burden you have been forced to carry. I will give you rest.

Accept my teaching. Learn from me. I am gentle and humble in spirit. And you will be able to get some rest.

Yes, the teaching that I ask you to accept is easy. The load I give you to carry is light.”

Closing

Be Careful What You Say

James 5:12-16 My brothers and sisters, it is very important that you not use an oath when you make a promise. Don’t use the name of heaven, earth, or anything else to prove what you say. When you mean yes, say only “yes.” When you mean no, say only “no.” Do this so that you will not be judged guilty.

The Power of Prayer

Are you having troubles? You should pray. Are you happy? You should sing.

Are you sick? Ask the elders of the church to come and rub oil on you in the name of the Lord and pray for you.

If such a prayer is offered in faith, it will heal anyone anyone who is sick. The Lord will heal them. And if they have sinned, he will forgive them.

So always tell each other the wrong things you have done. Then pray for each other. Do this so that God can heal you. Anyone who lives the way God wants can pray, and great things will happen,