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Throwback Thursday – June 30, 2019

Jul 4, 2019

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This past Sunday we celebrated our Nation’s birth together. We talked about how even though it’s awesome to live in America and have the freedoms we do, it’s even better to be God’s own special people. 1 Peter 2:9-10 says, 

“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.”

Pastor Bill reminded us that those of us in Jesus are “Spiritual Refugees”. The definition of a refugee is, “A person who flees to a foreign country or power to escape dangerous persecution.” We were all born sinners, but when we step into the salvation that God offers, we get to flee from the power of sin over us. We are welcomed into this holy nation! We are welcomed into that blessed nation the Psalmist talks about in Psalm 33:12-15…

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,

The people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance. The Lord looks from heaven;

He sees all the sons of men; From His dwelling place He looks out

On all the inhabitants of the earth, He who fashions the hearts of them all, He who understands all their works.”

Pastor Bill also reminded us of God’s watchfulness over us. It’s important to remember that He isn’t watching us with a lighting bolt in His hand waiting to zap us when we mess up, but He’s watching OVER us to love, guide, and protect us. Psalm 32:8 says, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.” God sees where we are and He sees where He’s taking us. 

POINTS TO PONDER:

1. Have you ever thought of yourself as a Spiritual Refugee? 

2. Do you imagine God watching you to see when you mess up, or watching over you to guide and protect you? 

3. What can you do this week to get to know God better? 

 

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