Have you ever noticed that the greater the challenge the greater the reward? I have yet to accomplish anything, by myself or with others, of any relevance or consequence unless there was challenge.
I have long said and I continue to emphasize that something incredible, something awesome for the glory of God and His Kingdom is happening here at Centenary UMC. Thus, it should come as no surprise that we are beginning to encounter challenges in terms of our church and its ministry. Therefore, as your Pastor, I would like to share with you my favorite Bible verse: Isaiah 41:10. The way I have memorized it is: “Fear not, for I am with you, Be not afraid for I am your God. I will protect you, yes I will help you, I will uphold you in my righteous right hand.” This verse has personally and spiritually carried me through the darkest times in my personal and spiritual life as well as my ministry.
I pray that all of you, my brothers and sisters, can find comfort, courage and inspiration in God’s words to the prophet Isaiah. We never have reason to fear or to panic when we are doing God’s will. Our Almighty God is with us and He will protect us, help us and uphold each of individually and as Centenary UMC in the palm of His righteous right hand. Do not focus on problems, instead promote solutions. Do not spread negativity, instead express hope and optimism. Don’t worry and fret, go to God in prayer and discern His will as His beloved child and help us as a church to discern His will for all of us at Centenary UMC.
As Paul says in Romans 8:31: “If God is for us, who can be against us?” Have faith in God, trust in Him, find comfort and courage in Him. Let us not cringe or fear challenge…let us embrace it as individuals and a church and march together towards the call to glory that God has given us.
Can I get an Amen?