I just heard a very good sermon on the radio. One of the things talked about was receiving and enjoying gifts, especially the gift of salvation. The pastor reminded us that we cannot earn anything from God. We do not deserve his grace. It's a gift. Are we enjoying that gift? It really spoke to me.
He said that what God says is the truth, whether we believe it or not, and there are no dead atheists.
Now, I am listening to one about trusting in and leaning on God and trusting him with our emotions. We should lean on his wisdom, not what we think is our own common sense. In all our ways we acknowledge him, and make decisions based on what we've learned from God's Word.
I did not go to church today. I have been uneasy and feeling sadness over conflict at my church that I don't even know all the details of. There was going to be a meeting, and I just did not want to go and feel the tension of the people who are on opposite sides of each other. Our pastor was going to tell the people whether he was going to accept a call to another church or not. I thought about calling someone to see what the outcome was, but I think I'll wait until we get the letter.
The tension I was feeling has gone, and I am feeling such joy and peace! I am a child of God and he will lead me, whether it's to go back to my church or another one. He will guide my steps, just like he always has. I am so thankful to be sure of my salvation.
When I was in the shower, I was wondering if there is a church out there where people are trusting what Jesus did for them alone for their salvation, and the focus of their hearts is to worship God, and they are always nice to each other. God spoke to my heart, and reminded me I'm not always nice to everyone. When he did that, it gave me joy, because it reminded me that we all still need to seek forgiveness daily, and we are forgiven and loved.
Still, I think I may look around and see if God has another church in mind for me, after attending the same one for over 20 years, that I no longer live in the neighborhood of.
In appreciation of prayers,