July 2017 Dear Friends, Here is a little bit of history for you: On July 4, 1863, during the War Between the States, Robert E. Lee’s Confederate Army of Northern Virginia was defeated after a charge of 15,000 Confederate soldiers failed to break the Union lines held under George Meade at Gettysburg, The three-day battle, […]
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Rockville, Maryland 20855
Dr. Frederick W. Carroll, Pastor
Have you ever thought about how gracious the Lord is to each of us, each and every day of our lives. Consider some verses from God’s precious book to us, the Holy Bible: This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles (Psalm 34:6). I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh on me (Psalm 40:17). O LORD, hear me: for I am poor and needy (Psalm 86:1). But I am poor and needy: make haste unto me, O God, Thou art my help and my deliverer; O LORD, make no tarrying (Psalm 70:5). For I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me. Help me, O LORD my God: O save me according to Thy mercy (Psalm 109:22, 26). Then there are our Lord’s words in the Sermon on the Mount: Blessed are the poor in spirit (Matthew 5:3).
Oswald Chambers reminds us that “the Lord’s teachings apply only to His disciples.” Are you truly a “blood washed” believer in the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior from death and hell. One of the blessings of being truly saved is that the Lord is always watching out for us. His grace is always enough for me and for you. Remember the Lord’s words to Paul when he prayed for relief from a thorn in the flesh in 2 Corinthians 12:7–10. God spoke to Paul and reminded him My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.
Look at Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: I like the footnote on this verse in the Ryrie Study Bible: “God will supply the generous giver with enough to meet his own needs and enough to give to every good work.” Did you notice the alls in this Bible verse—all grace, always (that is at all times), all sufficiency, all things.
Let us go back to Matthew 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of God. This is what William MacDonald has to say on this verse in the Believer’s Bible Commentary: “This first blessing is pronounced on the poor in spirit. This does not refer to natural disposition, but to one’s deliberate choice and discipline. The poor in spirit are those who acknowledge their own helplessness (Note all the verses at the beginning of this letter—how about you? do you acknowledge your personal helplessness?) and rely on God’s omnipotence. They sense their spiritual need and find it supplied in the Lord.”
Relying on our Savior’s omnipotence (having unlimited power or authority; all powerful—dictionary). We need to realize that our God is all-powerful and able to do whatever He wills and whatever is consistent with His nature.
Are you living by faith in an all-powerful God? Or do you carry the weight of the world as if God were not powerful? Remember dear reader, “Nothing is too difficult for God.” The angel’s question in Genesis 18:14 was “Is any thing too hard for the Lord?” No. Nothing is too hard for our wonderful Lord. Let us remember that this month.
Trusting my wonderful Savior,
Rev. Frederick W. Carroll, Th.D.