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Sunday, 19 February 2017

'I AM WHO GOD SAYS I AM'


Rev. Brent Russett
By Rev. Brent Russett
Pastor of Sunnyside Wesleyan Church in Ottawa:
http://www.sunnysidechurchottawa.com/   

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I am who God says I am

Good morning and Welcome to good news in the morning.  My name is Brent Russett. I am the Senior Pastor at Sunnyside Wesleyan Church here in Ottawa. I have been pastoring there for 26 years. One of the things I love to do is show how God’s word that was written a long time ago, connects with our world right now

            I am glad you have turned your radio on this morning. Starting your day with God’s word, is a really good place to start. Of course if you are not a morning person, and you want to re-listen, or get the manuscript for this program, you can find us on the internet at Goodnewsinthemorning.ca . There you can keep up to date with what is happening around Good News Christian Ministries.

            I want to say a special welcome to our international listeners, who listen via the internet. We are glad that you have found us, and that you are finding this ministry an encouragement.

            This morning I want to talk about a foundational truth. The truth is this, “I am who God says I am.”

            I spend a lot of time mentoring people. Mentoring is a process. When you are mentoring people, you have to help them get free from the things that are holding them back. You have to help them work through a vision for their life. You have to help them see ways to implement the vision that vision for their life. Then you have to help them sustain that vision. But before you can really do any of that, you have to help them with the identity question – who am I?

            If you are in your late teens to mid to late twenties this is the primary question in you life that has to be answered. If you get the question settled it takes less prominence in your 30’s-40’s and you establish yourself in a career and in life. Now if you find yourself in a dead end career or a difficult marriage, the question resurges with a vengeance. That is what is mid-life crisis is all about.  When you get to your 50’s and 60’s it re-emerges again, when you ask what kind of legacy do you want to leave? When you retire it emerges in a different way. I have freedom, but who is it I want to be and what do I want to give my time to.  

            Periodically through life, you are going to ask the question of identity. Who am I? And if you don’t develop a good base from which to answer that question, it can really play havoc with your life.

            Now if you were to listen to our culture, the only thing that matters about you is your sexual identity. Are you gay or straight, are you male or female or something not quite so binary. While our sexuality goes deep with in us, it is not the most important thing about us.

            The deepest and most important question about your identity is, what kind of human are you? And you know, that is a really hard question to answer.

It is hard question to answer because we don’t know what is true. When your mom tells you that you are the greatest thing since sliced bread – you think, that’s nice but she is bias. If you dad tells you that you are worthless and will never amount to anything – you think that is coming out of his own junk – but secretly you wonder if he is right. When your friends tell you about yourself- you know that they are great people but they are not always right.

            Then there is how you feel about you. Your feelings are always valid because they are your feelings, but they are not always truthful. ---So what kind of human are you.

            Generally speaking, this is how we figure out who we are.  I am not who I think I am. I am not who you think I am. I am who I think you think I am. In other words, what I think, you are thinking about me is how I tend to think about myself. The more important you are to me, the louder your voice will speak into my identity. I use you as a mirror to look at myself. By the way people, that is why words matter.

            The problems is that while humans were made in the image of God, that image was shattered when sin came into the world. So we are all warped mirrors. I am going to reflect you back to you through my own brokenness. You are going to reflect me back to me through your own brokenness. This means that we are going have reflected back incorrect images of ourselves. But that is how we are going to think about ourselves.

            So where are you going to get the truth to answer the question, what kind of human am I?

            The question gets even more complicated when you realize that most of us pretend to be something that we are not. We think, if people really knew who we were, they wouldn’t like us, so we pretend to be something other than we are. We tend to wear masks.

            And I guess there is something to be said for civility in a fallen world. I am thankful that every time I am boring, or uninspired, or the sermon completely sucks, that my congregation doesn’t feel the need to tell me that, every time.

            But the problem comes when we start to believe our own press. When we start to believe something about ourselves that is not authentically us, it really screws up our identity.

            The other complication is that Jesus said, our enemy comes to steal kill and destroy. There are a lot of ways that he does that, but he works overtime in the area of identity. With his combination of lies, if we buy into them, he can make us proud and self loathing all at the same time.

            So the question is, what kind of human are you? It is a hard question to answers because we don’t know where to get true data to answer that question.

            So what we often do is go to where we can get some objective data from. We go to the area of performance. Some of us are good at art or music or academics, or science, or math or sports. Some of us are good with people or computers, or being the craziest, or being the most spiritual, or the most attractive or being the most knowledgeable about Japanese Anime. We all have our thing –

            That is not bad in the sense that the bible says that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” Before we were born, God knew us. He has wired you to be creative, or mathematical, or to be able brew the best coffee ever – Part of the adventure in life is discovering who God made you to be, and unearthing the talents he buried in you.

            But what we do wrong is, this tends to be the place where we look to collect data on what kind of human being we are. This tends to be the place where we look for significance and security. That was never what God intended. If you look for significance and security in your performance, you will always know that something could go sideways and what your are good at, won’t be there. And that feels really insecure.

            God intended that we discover who we are and how we are wired from a solid platform. A platform security and significance. He comes along and says to each one of you, I know it is hard to find good data on who you are, but I am a true mirror. Jesus says I am the way, the truth and the life.  I will give you true data, on who you are.

            I am not who I say I am. I am not who you say I am. I am not even who I think you think I am. I am who God says I am. God will tell you the truth about who you are.
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            We are going to listen to some Music and then investigate what God has to say about us.

MUSIC-  Casting Crowns – Who I am. 4:10

            I am who God says I am. The first thing that God would say to you is, I love you. The bible say
John 3:16 (NIV)
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
           
            Some people have trouble taking God’s word for this. But he says to you. You are loved. God will always tell you truth about you. The first thing he says is that you are loved.



            The second thing that he would say to you, and we don’t want to hear this – but he always tells us the truth about us is that you are a sinner. The Bible says that All of us have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.  And There is none righteous, no not one.

            I know that sin is not a popular word in our culture. But God will always tell you the truth about yourself. I am who God says I am. He says, I am loved and I am sinner.

            The problem with being a sinner is that unless the sin is dealt with, we cannot have a relationship with God. We are spiritually separated from God. The chasm is wide. God wants a relationship with us, but he cannot or will not enter into a relationship with us unless we have our sin dealt with.

            If you let Him, God will deal with your sin. God’s promise to you is this Come let us reason together though your sins be as scarlet they shall be as white as snow, though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.  God’s promise to you is -  If we confess our sin he is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

            If you come to the Lord and pray, Lord I know that you love me, but I know that I am separated from you by sin. I need you to deal with my sin, cleanse me from my sin and come into my life. I want to follow you. – God will do what he says he will do. God will forgive you and cleanse you.

            So when you start to ask the question, “What kind of human am I? And you believe what God has to say about you. Then you are a human who is loved by God, and you are a sinner. But if you have asked God to forgive you of your sins, then this is who God says you are. You are forgiven. Completely forgiven. You are a person who is saved by grace.

            Listen to what
2 Corinthians 5:16–21 (NLT)  - has to say about you.
16 So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! 17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
18 And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. 19 For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them

2 Corinthians 5: 17 (NIV)
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

            You are saved by grace. God no longer counts your sins against you. Your are reconciled to God. You have been brought into a relationship with God. You are a new creation.

            With this new creation, you are given a new identity. You are in Christ, and you have an identity in Christ.

            Let me list just some of the things that the Bible has to say to you who have come to Christ and had your sins forgiven. Here is your identity in Christ

You are:
·         Beloved
·         A child of God
·         Delighted in
·         Forgiven
·         Washed Clean
·         Free
·         A temple of the Holy spirit
·         Adopted into the family of God
·         Co-Heir with Christ
·         Righteous
·         Made new
·         A Saint
·         Set apart
·         Christ’s Ambassador
·         A sweet aroma
·         Never Alone
·         God’s Masterpiece
·         Wonderfully Made
·         Whole in Christ
·         Raised with Christ
·         Blessed.

This is just a partial list of who God says you are. And you are who God says you are.

2 Corinthians 5: 17 (NIV)
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

            You have been made new.

I am who God says I am.

            And God says all those things about you. Those are the kind of things that are to act as a bedrock, as a base on which you build your life. You are building your life on Christ and on what he has done for you. Your identity is in Christ.
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            Now here is the thing. While all those things are true about me and about each one of you who have received Jesus into your life. I hate to break it to you, but you are not perfect.

            In fact very few have any idea how much sin as distorted us. So while I have been forgiven, and I have been reconciled to God, and my spirit has be made alive and made new, my life still doesn’t reflect God the way it was made to.

            The process of God restoring his image in us, so that we love like he does, and his goodness and kindness and grace is seen in us, is just that – a process. We are urged not be conformed to this world but to be transformed by the renewing or our minds, and that transformation is a process.

            So when you ask the question, what kind of human are you. You can say, I am a new creation, I am in Christ. I am forgiven. I God’s child. I am walking in relationship to God. That is my is who I am.

            But you also have to say. I am in process. God is restoring his image in me. I am not anywhere close to perfect, but I am being made new.

            But for that process to happen, you need to trust what God says about you. For if you trust in what he has said about you, then you will grow. But until you learn to trust your identity in Christ, Satan will have a field day with you.

            What God has said about you has to be place where you hear the loudest message about who you are.

            For many of you, you will need to start by consciously talking note of the messages that you tell yourself, about yourself in your mind. It is like you have an MP3 on a loop, that says I worthless, I am stupid, I am dirt – You know the messages that you give yourself. You need to take what God has said about you, and each time you find yourself telling yourself some than what Christ has said about you, you need to stop the through, and replace it with what God has said.

            I would recommend that you memorize a verse or two that speak in direct opposition to what you are telling yourself.

            Now as you grow a little more in your faith, you are going to encounter spiritual warfare. The place where Satan will attack is your identity. Who do you think you are to ask God for anything. Who do you think you are to try to get rid of me. But if you know who you are in Christ, spiritual warfare becomes possible. It is not about who Satan is, it is about what Jesus has done for you, and your connection with him that allows you the authority to command Satan to leave.

            You see, you don’t have any authority over the demonic in an of yourself. But if you know that you are a child of God. If you know that you have been raised and seated with Christ in heavenly places, then you know that you have authority in Christ. That makes all the difference in a spiritual battle. It makes all the difference in prayer.

            When you pray, you walk boldly into the throne room of God.
2 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV)
21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

            You are not there with your own righteousness, but God says that you are righteous, because of what Jesus has done. You come to the throne room of God as a child of God. Knowing who you are, makes all the difference in prayer.

            As you grow a little further in your faith, you are going to have a deeper revelation of God’s love for you. When we sin, and when we yield to temptation, we don’t like ourselves, and we wonder how God can like us. But you will find that God’s love for you, is not dependent on how close you feel to God. You will find that he loves you. That love will draw you deeper into a relationship with him. You will want to spend time with him.

            Now when you understand who you are in Christ, you are still going to have to figure out your calling. Is God calling you to be Plummer or a politician, an journalist or a janitor, a writer or a waiter.

            But determining who you are going to be is not done from a place of trying to find significance in what you do, but comes out of a place of being truly loved and truly wanted. It comes from a place where God calls you his very own.

            Figuring out what your talents and skills are, what your likes and dislikes are, what your personality is,  then becomes this grand adventure. You see you can try something and fail, because failure does not define who you are, God defines who you are. You can try something and succeed. But your success does not define who you are. God defines who you are.

            While you are on the adventure of discovering who you are at each stage of life, God with your cooperation is restoring his image in you.

            At each stage in your life you are going to have to deal with the things that are holding you back. You need to develop a vision for moving you ahead. You need to implement that vision, so that you are doing what God is calling you to do. And you need to sustain living out your calling.

            But the only way to do that well is to know who you are. What kind of human are you. And if you are in Christ then hear this message clearly

I am who God says I am.

Let’s Pray

Lord, Jesus, Thank you for your word that tells us who we are:
That we’re deeply loved by you;
That we’re sinners;
That you’ve made a way for us to walk into your plans and have our sins forgiven.
Lord, I want to thank you for who you have said that we are; that we are loved and, Lord, I pray that each person who knows you, would claim their identity in you.
In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN.

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As you pray, may you encounter God for who he is. Loving and gracious. May you encounter the God who is calling you to be all that you were created to be through His son Jesus Christ.

MUSIC- For the beauty of the earth Eclipse 6 – Album Grateful Praise 3:31

By Rev. Brent Russett
Pastor of Sunnyside Wesleyan Church in Ottawa:
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Sunday, 12 February 2017

'TESTIFY TO THE GLORY OF GOD'

'DECLARING GOD'S GLORY

Rev. Brian Wilkie
By Rev. Brian Wilkie                                                                                    

Pastor of St. Andrew's Christian Community
Rockland, Ontario

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Welcome to Good News In the Morning a program of words and music bringing a Christian message of hope and encouragement to those who are looking for intelligent meaningful and spirited approach to faith and to life.

This program is sponsored by Good News Christian Ministries PO Box 184 Rideau Ferry, Ontario K0G 1W0. I'm your host today, Rev. Brian Wilkie of St. Andrew's Christian church in Rockland. As always I want to start by thanking you our listeners. We are so grateful for your encouragement and support. Please remember that you can always visit our website for materials to encourage and support you in your Christian walk.

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Testify to the Glory of God
In my previous program I spoke about the Scriptures declaring the glory of God, and I want to focus today on the idea of 'Testimony;' the idea that we can testify to the glory of God and to see that as it has a central act that we as Christians can do.

The Bible is a collection of testimonies. In fact all history is a collection of testimonies about this, that and the other thing. The Bible collects the testimonies of prophets and kings and apostles to the greatness of God. I want to start by sharing a scripture about one of the most faithful witnesses, one who was called to announce the coming of God's Messiah, Jesus Christ.

This is the testimony concerning John the Baptist, who testified concerning the Son.

John 1:6–29 There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.
He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John testifies concerning him. He cries out, saying, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ ” From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only,  who is at the Father’s side, has made him known.
Now this was John’s testimony when the Jews of Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was. He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, “I am not the Christ.”
They asked him, “Then who are you? Are you Elijah?”
He said, “I am not.”
“Are you the Prophet?”
He answered, “No.”
Finally they said, “Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?”
John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, “I am the voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’ ”
Now some Pharisees who had been sent questioned him, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?”
“I baptize with water,” John replied, “but among you stands one you do not know. He is the one who comes after me, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.”
This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing.
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!"

There we have the testimony of John. I'm going to explore the theme of testimony in a few moments but let's listen to a testimony of Praise with the song "Lord I Lift Your Name on High" sung by the Maranthan Praise Band from "WOW: A Decade of Worship".

1) Marantha Praise Band, Lord I lift your name on High, Decade of Worship, 2.24

We have just listened to the song, 'Lord I Lift Your Name on High' and the name of the Lord is lifted on high in scripture written as a record of God's words and deeds. Testimony is how we gain evidence in almost every endeavor of life. We learn mostly from the testimony of others even in fields such as science, where we can do experiments and so on, yet we still depend on other people telling us what experiments they've done and what conclusions they have come to.  We rely on learning from others, from their experiences and, yes, in many cases we test those testimonies. We check to see whether the people are actually telling us the facts or whether the  facts are distorted in some way. In fact one of the great issues in civil society is the issue with false testimony. In Moses' law, in the Ten Commandments we have this command. "you shall not bear false witness." That phrase has been taken to be a general term prohibition on lying. It probably meant, more narrowly, that when you are giving testimony in a court, or  in some kind of a case, that you shouldn't lie about the events that are bringing a judgement on somebody else. It does apply far more generally to the idea that we shouldn't say something that is not true; something that is not in our experience.
People can bear false witness and do great damage to others by that false witness, either by leading people to put their hope in something that really can give no hope, or by accusing others and making them subject to investigation and  prosecution because they've said something false about them. Even the taunting of bullies and brutes can be, and is most often false testimony, where they highlight a supposed character flaw of somebody and make it into a false description of that person's value.

False witness does a lot of damage but true witness does a lot of healing and a lot of repair.

True Witnesses is how we come to know how the world around us works. I remember being in science class when we had the opportunity to test the theory of gravity. We would have a timer that would mark a strip of paper and we'd drop a weight attached to the paper. You'd see that the object kept going faster and faster as the dots on the paper grew father apart. Well, we were able to test the testimony of the scientists who told us that, "Acceleration happens at 9.8 meters per second squared."

But most of the things that I learned in science I couldn't test myself:  I didn't have the equipment or the opportunity. I can't, like one of the Astronauts, like Neil Armstrong, who back in the day who could look back at the at the beautiful globe of Earth from space and tell us and show us by photographic evidence what he had seen. His testimony was confirmed by that evidence and we were able to see something about the world that we couldn't have seen ourselves. I'm afraid it would just be too expensive for all of us to go up in a space ship and get that same view, so we rely on the testimony of others.

This is even more true about relationship with God, because we learned about God not only from how he works in our life but how he has worked in the lives of others.
Sometimes we wish we lived other people's lives that we saw the things that that the people of Israel saw when they were in the desert; we wish that we had were there when Jesus healed the sick. Jesus came in a particular time and place. One of the limits of God becoming flesh was it instead of being everywhere all at once the evidence of his presence was there in the land of Judea, at particular times and places and the witnesses that saw it there were privileged to have have a special access to see the deeds of God.

But they testified! and they testified truly. They testify all about the way he healed the sick they recalled his teachings and passed them on to us. They described to us through the gospels, they describe to us the wonder of who Jesus was. So that we too can recognize Jesus -  not recognizing facial features or style of hair but by recognizing the character and person of God through the testimony of others.

We are indeed greatly blessed to have the testimony of scriptures, the testimony of Believers, people who became Believers because of what they saw - and then told the story of what had changed their life. Was Matthew a believer when he sat at the tax collector's table and worked as a flunky for Rome, against his own people? No, no. Matthew was just an outcast Jew going his own way through life, trying to make meaning out of money. But he met Jesus. Jesus called him and Jesus changed his life. Matthew then shares his testimony as he not only shares his own story, but all the testimony he gathered from the other disciples and from searching the scriptures to confirm the prophecies about Jesus. He shares this testimony in The Gospel according to Matthew. Likewise with Mark, Luke and John and in the book of Acts, as Luke shares about what God did through the people of the church, the Believers, all those days. When God reached people he didn't reach them just for their own sake. When God healed people, he did heal them because of his love for them as individuals, but he also healed them so the testimony of that healing would give hope to those of us who suffer today and through all the generations. Jesus was not being playing favorites when he came in the year that we now call year 30 or 33 AD when he was doing his ministry. He wasn't playing favourites with that time and place. Instead what he did there was for all people, for all time. and we have that testimony that communicates his blessing to us in the present day.

We're going to look at even more of this and talk about our own testimony in a few moments but I do want, again, to hear the praise of others as they do declare how praising God is the theme of their life, and how it blesses their life. So this is the band FFH singing "When I Praise" from WOW Worship album, 2001.

 Now the Scriptures tell us so many different testimonies: the testimonies of Apostles and Prophets and Kings and regular people in the land of Israel, in various times and through the Roman Empire as the Gospel Spreads. But maybe some people think they don't have a testimony. Maybe you think you don't have a testimony. It's possible that at this point in your journey, in this story of your life, you may not have recognized God's hand in your life yet. I want to assure you that God is at work. The testimony of the Scriptures and the testimony of people through the ages tells us that God loves all people. There is not one person who has fallen out of his sight. Jesus, himself, whose testimony about God is confirmed by his resurrection from the dead and the wonderful works that God did through him, he testifies concerning his Father saying, "Take a look at the birds of the air, They don't sew and they don't reap, but the Father provides for each one of them." He says, "Isn't a sparrow is worth a tiny amount of money, but not one of them falls to the ground without the Father noticing. And be assured of this," Jesus says. "You are worth more than many sparrows."

You may not recognize your testimony yet, as you go through some difficulties in life, but as you allow God to work in your life; even after crying out and you haven't felt any different; even after long trials you will find That God is faithful and he will be with you.
There was a woman who was in need of healing and the scriptures tell us that she had been sick for 18 years. She was afraid that Jesus wouldn't want to heal her; that she was somehow outcast from God and she'd have to steal that healing from Jesus, so she snuck up and touched just the hem of his robe. Jesus knew that she had done that and turned to her. Instead of accusing her and taking back what she had received - for she had received healing at that time - he said, "Your many sins are forgiven." He wanted her to know that she didn't need to steal healing from Jesus that even after all those years of suffering, God had not abandoned her.

I know how many testimonies come through a millstone, come through a grinding and a very difficult period of life, and I pray that you will have the patience and endurance to find the way the story of your life leads to God's help and God's salvation.
Other people may bear false testimony. They may in fact have been helped by God in many ways, but they forgot in all the goodness of God towards them. They've kept a hold on all the grievances and bitterness and they only tell how terrible things have been. Let's not be that kind of person. Let's be like the singer says, the people who count our blessings instead of sheep. That we would be able to recognize the truth that God has been with us; that even though we have suffered; even as the Jesus, himself, quoted Psalm 22 when he said, "My God my God why have you forsaken me?" He quotes a Psalm which then goes on to talk about the difficulties and sufferings the Psalmist experienced and then how God finally lifted up the Psalmist. Jesus in quoting that Psalm not the only points to the prophecy of that Psalm concerning his own suffering but he also points to the faithfulness of God in the midst of suffering.

So you have a testimony and you will have a testimony when you see your life from the Divine perspective. Paul, himself, describes his life in these ways as he speaks to the Christians at Corinth, in his second letter.

(2 Co 4:7–15). But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body. So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.
It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you in his presence. All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

Do you hear what Paul speaks about his testimony? Crushed, pressed, persecuted and struck down. That his testimony, he realizes that the difficulties he's going through will be an encouragement to the other Christians, the people that he's ministering to, because they will see the God sustains him even through these difficulties and be strengthened to face the difficulties of their own lives. God's glorious working can be found even in our hardships as he sustains us in the midst of our trials.

Let's pray and ask God to help us see our testimony and to share our testimony with others.

Almighty God, help us to see your hand. If we have seen you, if we have noticed your work then we have a testimony. We're able to say that the Lord is with us; the Lord has helped us! The Lord has sustained us!

Help us to see your glory and to be able to declare your glory to others. We pray this in Jesus' name, Amen.

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Be sure to worship in a church where the gospel is soundly proclaimed and lived out with compassion, integrity and resolve. Now to conclude our program I'd like to have you listen to a song called Indescribable, speaking about the Indescribable glory of God, sung by Avalon from the WOW Worship Aqua album.

I do pray that the Lord will hold your heart and you would know Jesus personally and profoundly. May the Holy Spirit reside deep within your heart, may the heavenly Father surround you with his constant and abiding and accompanying love.

Good News In The Morning is produced in the Studios of News Talk Radio 580 CFRA.

Rev. Brian Wilkie
St. Andrew's Christian Community, Rockland, Ontario
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