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Summer 2014 - Session 2 Part 2

Streams in the Desert

by L B Cowman

October 13

Do not be anxious about anything
Philippians 4:6

     Anxiety should never be found in a believer.  In spite of the magnitude, quantity, and diversity of our trials, afflictions, and difficulties, anxiety should not exist under any circumstances.  This is because we have a Father in heaven who is almighty, who loves His children as He loves His "one and only Son" ( John 3:16), and whose complete joy and delight it is to continually assist them under all circumstances.  We should heed His Word, which says, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God."

     "In everything" - not simply when our house is on fire or when our beloved spouse and children are gravely ill, but even in smallest matters of life. We are to take everything to God - little things, very little things, even what the world calls trivial things.  Yes, we are to take everything, living all day long in holy fellowship with our heavenly Father and our precious Lord Jesus.  We should develop something of a spiritual instinct, causing us to immediately turn to God when a concern keeps us awake at night.  During those sleepless nights, we should speak to Him, bringing our various concerns before Him, no matter how small they may be.  Also speak to the Lord about any trial you are facing or any difficulties you may have in your family or professional life.

     "By prayer and petition" - earnestly pleading, perserving and eduring, and waiting, waiting, waiting on God.

     "With thanksgiving" - always laying a good foundation.  Even if we have no possessions, there is one thing for which we can always be thankful - that He has saved us from hell.  We can also give thanks that He has given us His Holy Word, His Holy Spirit, and the most precious gift of all - His Son.  Therefore when we consider all this, we have abundant reasons for thanksgiving.  May this be our goal!

     "And the peace fo God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" ( Philippians 4:7).  This is such a wonderful, genuine, and precious blessing that to truly know it, you must experience it, for it "transcends all understanding."

     May we take these truths to heart, instinctively walking in them, so the result will be lives that glorify God more abduntly than ever before.  George Mueller, from Life of Trust.

     Search our heart several tiimes a day, and if you find something that is distrubing your peace, remember to take the proper steps to restore the calm.  Francis de Sales

Supporting Scripture:

John 16:33     I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]

Galatians 5:22.  But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness,

Andrea read a poem that was found as part of October 10th's devotion 

"Overheard in the Orchard" 

"Said the Robin to the Sparrow: I should really like to know why these anxious human beings rush about and hurry so.  Said the Sparrow to the Robin: Friend, I think that it must be that they have no Heavenly Father such as cares for you and me." -Elizabeth Cheney

Summer 2014 - Session 2 part 1

Streams in the Desert 
by L B Cowman

October 8

Do not be anxious for anything.
Phillippians 4:6

     Quite a few Christians lie in a terrible state of anxiety, constantly fretting over the concerns of life.  The secret of living in perfect peace amid the hectic pace of daily life is one well worth knowing.  What good has worrying ever accomplished?  It has never made anyone stronger, helped anyone do His will, or provided for anyone a way of escape out of their anxiety or confusion.  Worry only destroys the effectiveness of lives that would otherwise be useful and beautiful.  Being restless and having worries and cares are absolutely forbidden by our Lord, who said, "So do not worry, saying, "'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?'" (Matthew 6:31).  He does not mean that we are not to think ahead or that our life should never have a plan or pattern to it.  He simply means that we are not to worry about these things.

     People will know that you live in a constant state of anxiety by the lines on your face, the tone of your voice, your negative attitude, and the lack of joy in your spirit,  So scale the heights of a life abandoned to God, and your perspective will change to the point that you will look down on the clouds beneath your feet.  Darlow Sargent

     It is a sign of weakness to always worry and fret, question everything, and mistrust everyone.  Can anything be gained by it?  Don't we only make ourselves unfit for action, and seperate our minds from the ability to make wise decisions?  We simply sink in our struggles when we could float by faith.

     Oh, for the grace to be silent?  Oh, to "be still, and know that (Jehovah is) God" (Psalm 46:10)!  "The Holy One of Israel" (Psalm 89:18) will defend and deliver His own.  We can be sure that His every word will stand forever, even though the mountains may fall into the sea.  He deserves our total confidence.  So come, my soul, return to your place of peace, and rest within the sweet embrace of the Lord Jesus. selected

Related Scripture:

Phillipians 4:6       Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition ([a]definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.

Proverbs 12:25     Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, but an encouraging word makes it glad.

Exodus 14:13     Moses told the people, Fear not; stand still (firm, confident, undismayed) and see the salvation of the Lord which He will work for you today. For the Egyptians you have seen today you shall never see again.

Matthew 6:25-34     25 Therefore I tell you, stop being [a]perpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink; or about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life greater [in quality] than food, and the body [far above and more excellent] than clothing?26 Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they?27 And who of you by worrying and being anxious can add one unit of measure (cubit) to his stature orto the [b]span of his life?28 And why should you be anxious about clothes? Consider the lilies of the field and [c]learn thoroughly how they grow; they neither toil nor spin.29 Yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his [d]magnificence (excellence, dignity, and grace) was not arrayed like one of these.
30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and green and tomorrow is tossed into the furnace, will He not much more surely clothe you, O you of little faith?31 Therefore do not worry and be anxious, saying, What are we going to have to eat? or, What are we going to have to drink? or, What are we going to have to wear?32 For the Gentiles (heathen) wish for and crave and diligently seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows well that you need them all.33 But seek ([e]aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness ([f]His way of doing and being right), and then all these things [g]taken together will be given you besides.
34 So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble.


Summer 2014 - Session 1

Streams in the Desert 
by L B Cowman
May 24

Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, 
at the very time God had promised him.  
~Genesis 21:2

     "The plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations" (Ps. 33:11).  But we must be prepared to wait on God's timing.  His timing is precise, for He does things "at the very time" He has set.  It is not for us to know His timing, and in fact we cannot know it...we must wait for it.

     If God had told Abraham while he was in Jaran that he would have to wait thirty years before holding his promised child in his arms, his heart might have failed him.  So God as an act of His gracious love,  hid from Abraham the number of weary years he would be required to wait.  Only as the time was approaching, with but a few months left to wait, did God reveal His promise."  At the apponted time next year...Sarah will have a son" (Gen 18:14).  The "appointed time" came at last, and soon the joyous laughter that filled the patriarch's home caused the now elderly couple to forget their long and tiring wait.

     So take heart, dear child, when God requires you to wait.  The One you wait for will not disappoint you.  He will never be even five minuets behind "the appointed time".  and soon "your grief will turn to joy" (John 16:20).

     Oh, how joyful the soul that God brings to laughter!  Then sorrow and crying flee forever. as darkness flees the dawn. selected.

     As passengers, it is not for us to interfere with the charts and the compass.  We should leave the masterful Captain alone to do His own work.  Robert Hall

     Some things cannot be accomplished in a day.  Even God does not make a glorious sunset in a moment.  For several days He gathers the most with which to build His beautiful palaces in the western sky.

Some glorious morn~but when?  Ah, who will say?
The steepest mountain will become a plain,
And the parched land be satisfied with rain.
The gates of brass all broken; iron bars,
Transfigured, form a ladder to the stars.
Rough places plain, and crooked ways all straight,
For him who with a patient heart can wait.
These things wil be on God's appointed day:
It may not be tomorrow~yet it may.

Supporting Scripture:

Romans 4:19-20 He did not weaken in faith when he considered the [utter] impotence of his own body, which was as good as dead because he was about a hundred years old, or [when he considered] the barrenness of Sarah’s [deadened] womb. 20. No unbelief or distrust made him waver (doubtingly question) concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong andwas empowered by faith as he gave praise and glory to God,

Hebrews 6:12 - In order that you may not grow disinterested and become [spiritual] sluggards, but imitators, behaving as do those who through faith ([a]by their leaning of the entire personality on God in Christ in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness) and by practice of patient endurance and waiting are [now] inheriting the promises.

Hebrews 6:15 And so it was that he [Abraham], having waited long and endured patiently, realized and obtained [in the birth of Isaac as a pledge of what was to come] what God had promised him

Hebrews 10:36For you have need of steadfast patience and endurance, so that you may perform and fully accomplish the will of God, and thus receive and [a]carry away [and enjoy to the full] what is promised.

Psalm 18:30 As for God, His way is perfect! The word of the Lord is tested and tried; He is a shield to all those who take refuge andput their trust in Him.

Psalm 85:8I will listen [with expectancy] to what God the Lord will say, for He will speak peace to His people, to His saints (those who are in right standing with Him)—but let them not turn again to [self-confident] folly.

Psalm 119:50 This is my comfort and consolation in my affliction: that Your word has revived me and given me life.

Psalm 119:116 Uphold me according to Your promise, that I may live; and let me not be put to shame in my hope!

Psalm 130:5I wait for the Lord, I expectantly wait, and in His word do I hope.

Isaiah 30:18And therefore the Lord [earnestly] waits [expecting, looking, and longing] to be gracious to you; and therefore He lifts Himself up, that He may have mercy on you and show loving-kindness to you. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are all those who [earnestly] wait for Him, who expect and look and long for Him [for His victory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy, and His matchless, unbroken companionship]!

Isaiah 49:8Thus says the Lord, In an acceptable and favorable time I have heard and answered you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you; and I will preserve you and give you for a covenant to the people, to raise up and establish the land [from its present state of ruin] and to apportion and cause them to inherit the desolate [moral wastes of heathenism, their] heritages,

Micah 7:7But as for me, I will look to the Lord and confident in Him I will keep watch; I will wait with hope and expectancy for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me

Glory to God in the highest!

Summer series starts this week!

Reminder to come over to the church tomorrow night (Thursday)!!!

 We will be starting a summer series (very light and breezy) on Thursday. This summer we will be taking selected excerpts from "Streams in the Desert" and its coordinating scripture reference and will hold a guided discussion. We will end the evening with group prayer (such an important part of our lives!)
ALL ALL ALL are invited, you don't need to get the book, but please bring your bible. No reservation or advanced notice is needed either. Just show up...how easy...how breezy.
Thursday, June 12 6:30-8:00 pm
Clearwater Community Church
2897 Belcher Rd, Dunedin, FL
Please consider joining us!!!!!! Hugs!