sermonette: A Pre-Feast Perspective
Mentally and Spiritually Preparing for the Feast
Given 01-Sep-12; Sermon #1118s; 14 minutes
Ryan McClure, anticipating the opening of the Feast of Tabernacles in thirty days, expects a predictable barrage of pre-Feast trials. The way we respond to these trials will influence (negatively or positively) our spiritual growth. We should continue to develop a closer relationship with God, increasing the frequency and magnitude of our prayers. We need to anticipate eventualities over which we have some control. One way to deflect the onerous pain of a trial is to develop a positive, other-centered, service attitude, responding to other people's needs. When we finally enter our glorified state in God's Kingdom, the trials we go through now will pale into insignificance.
I Peter 1:2-3; 4:12-14 Galatians 5:13-26 Luke 18:8; 21:36 Merisms Pre-Feast trials Relationship with God Responding to trials Revelation 21:1-4 Romans 13:14 II Corinthians 4:4-9; 11:23; 16-18 Service II Timothy 3:12 Serve, serve, serve Spiritual things Traffic has increased Trials, taxes, and death