Thursday, 31 March 2016
Unashamed of my Faith - Sarah is anything to hard for the Lord?
The ministry idea for this month is to encourage the women in our local church to reach out to couples who are struggling with infertility. Check out these links (http://justbetweenus.org/infertility and http://womensministryleader.com/6-tips-for-supporting-women-struggling-with-infertility/ ) to assist you in starting a ministry. Many couples are dealing with this medical issue and as a body of believers we feel ill equipped to assist them at a time when support is needed.
In preparation for the 2016 Resource program last year I came across a sermon by the title Is anything too hard for the Lord? (check it out http://www.wordsoflife.co.uk/bible-studies/study-3-is-anything-too-hard-for-the-lord/) which I found so encouraging. Many believer's struggle with issues that we feel God cannot help us with but that is simply a lie which we have been tricked into believing. Let us draw a few lessons from Sarah's life in how God responded in a miraculous way to this impossible situation of infertility and how He can do the same for us in difficult situations.
God's Word is the source of our strength in good and bad times. In Gen 18:14 the question is poised "Is anything to hard for the Lord? " and if we are truly truthful we say nothing is to difficult for Him but we live as if that's not true. Let us be reminded of why this fact is true:-
1. Nothing is to difficult for the Lord - Numbers 23:19 says " God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? "
2. God is in the impossible business - Scripture is full of accounts where the Lord perform great and mighty deeds so why do we doubt that he cannot answer our prayers?. In Jeremiah 33: 3 we are told to "Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know."
3. God is in the problem solving business - He gave Sarah and Abraham a son in their old age, he parted the Red Sea for the nation of Israel, He destroyed the walls of Jericho, he feed Elijah using ravens and rained fire from heaven, he turned water into wine. If we reflect on our own lives we will recognize God's hand in many situations we have had to deal with.
4. Revival is God's business - In the Isa 43:19 we read " See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland."
Our job is to complete the task he has called us to do the rest is up to Him.
5. Nobody is beyond the reach of God's hand. - Throughout Scripture and in our lives we have seen God change people lives. From the prostitutes, to the alcoholics. to the faithless and moral person God has intervened and changed lives and be encouraged by this fact.
" He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many."2 Cor1:9-10