Eagerly Waiting

 

God created everything and declared it good. Good is not what we see today: Certainly not good as God created it. But God has provided for redemption and restoration. But until that fulfillment of redemption and restoration we can only wait and hope and pray and serve the Lord. It is good to serve the Lord but still we long for what we have been promised. We long because so much of what is in the world today is simply terrible. It started a long time ago with Adam.

*†† (Gen 3:14-19 NIV)So the LORD God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, "Cursed are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. {15} And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel." {16} To the woman he said, "I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you." {17} To Adam he said, "Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, 'You must not eat of it,' "Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. {18} It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. {19} By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return."

*†† (Rom 8:15-26 NIV)For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father." {16} The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children. {17} Now if we are children, then we are heirs--heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. {18} I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. {19} The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. {20} For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope {21} that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. {22} We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. {23} Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. {24} For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? {25} But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. {26} In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.

*†† (Mat 6:9-13 NIV)"This, then, is how you should pray: "'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, {10} your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. {11} Give us today our daily bread. {12} Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. {13} And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.'

 

Now I want to share this DVD message from Jill Stanek as just one example of how depraved even a Christian Country and a Christian hospital can be. It will also help you understand why we have always been pleased to, as a church, make a regular offering to the Pregnancy Care Center. They help save lives and help to make life better. Thatís a pretty good thing to do while we eagerly wait for the Lord to return. Click here to see Jill Stanek on the OíReilly Factor.