I put together a little mini-site for the teen program during our Pettit Evangelistic Crusade coming up next week.
Check it out here: Cola Wars Main Page
The site is definately what I would call a quickie. I wanted to drive some potential questions to a website, so I put one up right quick.
Posters all over town go up tomorrow. We are praying fervently for God to do something special.
God never ceases to amaze me. Whenever I need a new filling from His Spirit, He is there. There is always the grace of God to open my heart, and there is always His love to bring me back from my failures. I was reminded of that anew as I studied Isaiah 10-13. What a joy it was to read the section in Isaiah 12:1-4.
With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. And you will say in that day: "Give thanks to the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted.
As I began to dig into this verse, I was enjoying my Savior's provision for me. A well that I can come to in joy. Though He was angry with me, His anger turned away, that He might comfort me. What a story of my salvation. Oh, but how much more wonderful it is to come to the wells of my salvation and draw life, sustenance and joy for my daily life. Jehovah Jireh:The Lord will provide!
I'm so thankful this isn't just a little chuckle or courtesy laugh. This is a deep abiding peace that is not swayed by circumstances or emotions. This is God moving me to say, "He is not poor nor much enticed who loses everything but Christ."
I must work, seek, even need the joy that is available from the well of salvation. My God's joy is availabe to draw, I must simply go to Him, step off my faltering self-sufficient pedestal, and draw what He has provided for me. If I seek Him, I will find him, if I seek Him with all that is in me.
Refreshing, purifying, perfect, sustaining and life-giving. It is not difficult to imagine my salvation as water. It first purified my wicked soul, next filled me for life, granted me refreshment, and continually washes my heart from stain. Give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name!
My life in Christ is not a walk in the park. It is often a task. My flesh grates against my growth, and I often feel as if I am falling backward. The promise of a good well is that although it is so deep, there is wonderful return in hard-work.
Praise the Lord that my salvation is infinite. My God's loving power and wisdom has changed me from death to life, and I can gladly make known His deeds among the peoples, proclaiming that His name is exalted. It is the least I can do.
Why do I have this joy. Not because of anything I did. Not because of my greatness, sacrifice, or holy life. But, because Christ. Plain and simple. Christ.
"I will give thanks to you, O LORD,
for though you were angry with me,
your anger turned away,
that you might comfort me.
"Behold, God is my salvation;
I will trust, and will not be afraid;
for the LORD GOD is my strength and my song,
and he has become my salvation."
I always liked the smell of the library.