Message: Lord, Help Me to Hold Out (until my change come)
Isaiah 40:31 -"but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint."
Today I listened to an old gospel song that was created and recorded by the late and great Rev. James Cleveland entitled “Lord, Help me to hold out (until my change comes)”. As I listened to this particular song, my mind began to remember the many years of struggles, trials and tribulations that, by my faith in Jesus, led me to many victories in my walk with the Lord. No matter what I have gone through in the past, I have learned how to turn to the word of God for His help and strength in order to go through those many struggles, trials and tribulations in a victorious way. I still do! I acknowledge that without songs like this particular song, and others like it, connected with faith in God, His word and His people (the Church), I would never have made it through those challenging times and dark days. I have learned that I not only wait on the Lord God Christ, but I wait in Christ (II Corinthians 5:17a “).
We pray to God and expect an answer, immediately. When He does not answer, we say there is no God. This impatience explains the number of Christians, who go around, daily, seeking for miracles and fast remedies to their solution. We forget that the Bible is filled with believers, who waited and held on, in spite of their problems, such as Job, Abraham, and so on. Holding to their faith, even when it seemed pointless and useless. Romans 8:25 - "But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience."
Today, we are reminded that Christianity is nothing without patience, and learning to wait, even when it seems like God has forgotten you, is an important part of the journey. We are also encouraged to hold on to the following Bible verses, as we wait, patiently, while praising Him in the hallways.
1. Romans 12:12 - "Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer."
2. Psalm 27:14 - "Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord."
3. 2 Peter 3:9 - "The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance."
Ministry in Song by following artists- "The Williams Brothers - Prayer Made The Difference - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MF9N_1eC0g 2. MORE THAN ENOUGH ( the brooklyn tabernacle choir) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFPa_147idI; 3. Nicole C. Mullen - Redeemer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DN8BmdFFfKI 4. CeCe Winans - Alabaster box - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qR6HSSm5YUM; 5. Gaither Vocal Band - Sometimes It Takes A Mountain (Lyric Video/Live In Columbia, TN/2014) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAz9C100O5A
Just a few “Words To Grow By.” Thanks for your listening ears and open hearts. God Bless - Lady C Rayford-Owens
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