So tomorrow, October 30 will be the Barangay and SK election. And throughout the weekend, I don’t know if there are campaigns on your home, many of the candidates are campaigning as if begging for the people’s votes. Hopefully, after they have won the election, the relationship won’t be reversed; the people will be begging for their help. However, in a sense, each one of us are beggars. Sabi ni Martin Luther, we are all beggars. This is true and this words were found in a scrap of paper.. scribbled in a scrap of paper in Luther’s pocket when he died on February 18, 1546. That’s such a profound realisation. His final words clearly illustrate our standing before God. We are poor, broken, sinful, despised, unrighteous, unwilling and unable to do anything on our own to be reconciled with God. We can offer nothing to God but our sin and our brokenness. Yet, out of His abundance and grace, He provides for all our needs especially for our salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ. Our salvation then is from start to finish an act of grace depending on God who graciously provides. In other words, we are beggars for life.
And in our passage this morning, we will look at different beggars: those who knew that they are beggars and those who did not. Turn with me to our passage this morning Matthew 9: 27-35.. Matthew 9 verses 27-35. I’ll be reading from the English Standard Version. Hear now the word of God. And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed him, crying aloud, “Have mercy on us, Son of David.” When he entered the house, the blind men came to him, and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to him, “Yes, Lord.” Then he touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith be it done to you.” And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, “See that no one knows about it.” But they went away and spread his fame through all that district. As they were going away, behold, a demon-oppressed man who was mute was brought to him. And when the demon had been cast out, the mute man spoke. And the crowds marvelled, saying, “Never was anything like this seen in Israel.” But the Pharisees said, “He casts out demons by the prince of demons.”And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction.
May the Lord add blessing to the reading of His word. So we are now in the latter half of chapter 9 which is part of the two chapters which talks about Christ’s authority and compassion. And in it, we are given breadcrumbs as if trails of who Christ is by showing us how He relates to creation, the sickness or diseases leading to death, to forces of evil, to those who are helpless and hopeless and most of all to those dead to sin. Matthew reveals that Christ is the suffering servant who took our illnesses and bore our diseases. He is also the great Shepherd who calls His sheep to Him tenderly caring for those who are weak and wounded, nurturing them to maturity by sustaining them and strengthening their faith by making Himself known to them. Matthew does not only show Christ as the suffering servant or the great Shepherd, but as God Himself. Jesus Is God in the flesh. He has control over creation, He rebuked the wind and waves demonstrating His authority over nature, He casts out demons demonstrating His authority over the forces of darkness, also He has the authority to forgive sins which only God can do. And binibigyang diin din ito ni Matthew dahil makikita natin ang mga passages narrating His healings ay nagpapakita ng fulfillment, prophecy ni Isaiah kung saan pinapakita ang pagdating ng Diyos. And that was our scripture reading earlier. Strengthen the weak hands and make firm the feeble knees, say to those who have an anxious heart: be strong, fear not, behold your God will come with vengeance, with recompense of God, He will come and save you. Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, the ears of the deaf unstopped, then shall the lame man leap like a deer and the tongue of the mute sing for joy. Makikita natin sa pagpapagaling nung paralitiko ang fulfillment tungkol sa lame man who lives like a deer. And sa ating passage ngayon, makikita natin yung pagpapagaling sa bulag at sa pipi. Sa ibang part ng gospels, makikita natin yung pagpapagaling sa bingi. And these miracles point to a greater healing that Christ brings. Before one can come to Christ, one must acknowledge his need of Christ, and something must change from within to make us see our standing before God that we are spiritually blind, unable to recognise the truth that we are sinners in need of God’s mercy and grace.. that we are spiritually deaf: our sinfulness results to our hard- heartedness so we keep on rejecting God’s truth and continue in our sinful way; that we are spiritually lame unable to come to God for repentance for we are dead in sin, that we are spiritually mute, unable to confess the truth, unable to acknowledge our state to cry out to God for mercy. Left to ourselves, there is no way to be saved. And we are all doomed to hell deserving of God’s wrath and punishment. We cannot repent for we are spiritually disabled. We need God’s grace to regenerate us, to give us life that we may be healed. You see, because we are deserving of God’s wrath and judgment, God in His goodness and grace sent His Son, fully God and fully man to live a sinless life to die on the cross on behalf of sinners, suffering the punishment for their sins, their guilt and their shame, so that those who will repent and believe in Him, will have life everlasting. And this is the gospel. Through the proclamation of the gospel by his Spirit, God’s inward call and outward call God renews sinners making us see how we stand before God, enabling us to listen to His call to repent and believe that we may come to Him and confess that Jesus is Lord. Anong resulta nito? This results to a life in pursuit of holiness by beholding His glory, heeding His word and living in light of His truth. And if you are not yet in Christ, and you are hearing His mercy and grace offered through the gospel, the gospel of Christ, I ask that you humble yourself, repent and believe in the person and work of Christ. Put your faith in Him for He will not reject you.
In our passage, we also see the tension between faith and delay. When God seems silent as the blind men approach Him for healing, as well as awe and rejection in response to God’s work of healing the mute man. And this is my message this morning: Spiritual Beggars Are Satisfied And Amazed As Their Needs Are Met In Christ. Spiritual beggars are satisfied and amazed as their needs are met in Christ. Ang mga espiritwal na pulubi ay nasisiyahan at namamangha habang ang kanilang pangangailangan ay natutugunan kay Kristo. And to expound on this message, we’ll tackle this with two points. We’ll look at first, the need state of a believer. That’s my first point: In Need Of God. Nangangailangan ng Diyos. Then after that, we’ll look at how believers must view God, that’s my last point: In Awe Of God. Namamangha sa Diyos.
So let’s tackle on… let’s tackle the first point: In Need Of God. We see in our passage that the blind men persisted in seeking Christ’s help believing that He could heal them. Ang mga bulag na lalaki ay nagpapatuloy sa paghingi ng tulong kay Kristo sa paniniwalang kayang Niyang pagalingin sila. And we read in our passage that Jesus went on from the house of Jairus; two blind men followed Him while crying out have mercy on us Son of David! And this title Son of David is a title ascribed to the coming Messiah. One would be reminded of Ezekiel 34 wherein the leaders of Israel who are their shepherds failed to shepherd the flock of God. And according to Ezekiel 34:4 which is God’s rebuke to them: the weak, you have not strengthened; the sick, you have not healed; the injured, you have not bound up’ the strayed, you have not brought back; the lost, you have not sought and with force and harshness, you have ruled them. Yet, in that same chapter, a Shepherd is promised who comes from the line of of David. This written in Ezekiel 34:23 And I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd. However, they understood this title differently. Ano bang ibig sabihin ng title na ito para sa kanila? Son of David is commonly used by Jewish nationalists as they were oppressed by their Roman conquerors. And this is rooted from their expectation that a great King will come from the line of David who will free them from Roman rule and establish His kingdom here on Earth. We see that misunderstanding repeated throughout Christ’s ministry. They wanted an earthly King and not a heavenly one. And we see here that Jesus did not readily approach them, but went on to enter the house. Yet, the blind men persisted in running after Him. Finally, when they come they came up to Him, Jesus asked if they believe that He is able to heal them. They said they do. He healed them by touching their eyes and saying according to your faith, be it done to you. And here we see Christ firstly testing their faith and also the same way teaching us a lesson. This is to point out that those who have faith in Christ will perseveringly seek God’s help and provision. Ang mga mananampalataya kay Kristo ay matiyagang humihingi ng Kaniyang tulong at probisyon. Maaaring pamilyar kayo sa Parable of the unjust judge kung saan isang widow or balo ang paulit-ulit na lumalapit sa tiwaling hukom. And ayon sa Jewish law, dapat bigyan ng special protection ang widows dahil wala silang kapangyarihan na protektahann ang kanilang sarili or maghanap-buhay. And patuloy man siyang binabale-wala ng hukom, patuloy ring lumalapit yung widow. Alam ko may inilarawan sa scripture na walang takot sa Diyos at walang pagmamalasakit sa kapwa. Ngunit dahil sa paulit-ulit na paglapit ng widow, ay napilitan Siyang bigyan ng hustisya ang balo. Madalas ginagamit ito upang i-encourage ang mga tagasunod ni Kristo na laging manalangin at hindi mawalan ng pag-asa dahil baka sa paulit-ulit na paglapit ay pagbigyan ang kanilang panalangin. Pero, hindi ito ang perspective na pinapahayag, kundi pinagkukumpara dito ang ating Diyos Ama at ang tiwaling hukom. Ang ating Diyos ay di tulad ng tiwaling hukom na makasarili at walang pagmamalasakit sa kanilang kapwa. In Christ, He is our loving Father who graciously and faithfully cares for His children. Nakikinig Siya sa ating mga dasal. Patuloy na nagmamalasakit sa atin at nakikita Niya ang ating mga pinagdadaanan. Inuudyok Niya tayo tuwing lalapit tayo sa Kaniya na hingin ang kung ano man ang ating pangangailangan. Prayer is both a command and God’s delight. Ito ay inuutos Niya at kagalakan Niya.
Proverbs 15:8 says: “The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to Yahweh, but the prayer of the upright is His delight.” God desires that we find our all in Him; fully depending upon Him, seeking our significance kung sana yung worth natin, seeking our satisfaction kung saan tayo nasisiyahan, seeking our security in Him. He delights when we come to Him for our needs. Nung tinuruan ni Kristo ang mga tagasunod Niya na magdasal, tinuruan Niyang humingi sila sa kanilang mahabaging Diyos at Ama para sa kanilang pangangailan sa araw-araw, sa pagpapalaganap ng Kaniyang kaharian, para sa kapatawaran ng kanilang mga kasalanan, sa proteksyon sa temptasyon ng kalaban. Pero minsan, katulad ng mga bulag sa ating passage ay parang hindi tayo sinasagot. Here we must take heart. Huwag tayong panghinaan ng loob, for in delaying His answers, God reveals and refines our faith. Now, if the blind men stopped chasing after Jesus, then they would not have received healing. It is their faith in Christ and His power shown in their persistence that allowed them to be healed.
In J. I. Packer’s book, Knowing Christianity, he tells us that God allows himself to improve on our requests, when what we ask for, is not the best. So there is really no unanswered prayer. He writes: “We need not be discouraged by the problem of supposedly an answered prayer. I say supposedly, because I challenge the supposition. While God has not bound Himself to hear unbelievers prayers, His promises to answer the prayers of His own children are categorical, sure or tiyak and inclusive, kasama lahat. It must then be wrong to think that a flat no is ever the whole of His response to reverent petitions from Christians who seek His glory and others’ welfare. The truth must be this: God always acts positively when a believer lays a situation of need before Him, but He does not always act in the way or at the speed asked for. In meeting the need, He does what He knows to be best when He knows it is best to do it. We too may ask God to change situations and find that He does instead what He does instead is to give us strength to bear them unchanged. But this is not a simple no. It is a very positive answer to our prayers.”
On the other hand, what if we are talented enough, strong enough, wealthy enough… do we still seek God for help and provision? That is the challenging part, right. Yes, we are to depend upon God since to rely on ourselves is a temptation to be self-sufficient. It is a temptation to glory in ourselves, to exalt ourselves. We need His sustaining grace to live the Christian life and we are to praise God, yes, for the gifts that we already have, the strength, the ability the resources. However, we are to depend upon Him to sustain us throughout the Christian life. Sabi nga sa Proverbs 3: 5-6, trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths. And indeed God is trustworthy and anyone who will trust in Him will never be put to shame. So the challenge for us is this: God…Trust In God’s Sufficiency As You Seek His Help And Provision For Every Need. Magtiwala sa kasapatan ng Diyos Habang Hinahanap Mo ang Kaniyang Tulong at Probisyon Para Sa Bawat Pangangailangan. The problem is we desire to be sufficient in ourselves by gaining maybe wealth, power, relationships, sa Old Testament- alliances. We desire to gain God’s favour by obeying His law and comparing ourselves to others; that’s our legalistic tendencies. We try to fight our spiritual battles out of our own strength neglecting His ordinary means of grace, the very weapons He has given us to fight.
You see, John Newton is not a stranger to the temptation of trying to rely on self-comfort… on self for comfort and strength. He writes in one of his letters addressing a pastor na parang sa pulpit lang daw siya mas useful kaya outside the pulpit, hindi na siya useful. He says: “self-righteous… self-righteousness has had a considerable hand in dictating many of my desire for an increase of comfort and spiritual strength. I have wanted some stock of my own. I have been worried of being so perpetually beholden to God needing to come to Him always as a poor, miserable sinner. I should have liked to have done something for myself in ordinary circumstances and to have depended upon Him chiefly on extraordinary occasions. Napapagod daw siya na kailangan niya pumunta kay God na parang pulubi palagi. Gusto niya, iniisip niya na pag ordinary okasyon, dapat ako na, pag extraordinary occasion, kay God na. I have found indeed that I could do nothing without His assistance nor anything even with it. I am now learning to glory in my infirmities, to be content, to be nothing that He may be all in all. But I find this a hard lesson. Humbled I ought to be, to find I am totally depraved; but not discouraged, since Jesus is appointed to me by God to be wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, redemption. And since I find that, He keeps alive the principle of grace which He has implanted in my heart.”
We read earlier in the second London Baptist confession that we are really not sufficient in our own selves, that’s why the offices of Christ are needed sa ating ignorance, ang Kaniyang prophetic office ay kailangan. Sa ating alienation and imperfection, ang Kaniyang priestly office ay kailangan para i-lead tayo at i- subdue lahat ng ating kasalanan, Kaniyang kingly office ay kailangan natin. The question is: are you relying on your own strength to provide seeking no help from God for all your need, trusting on wealth, power relationship or materialism considering these things as broken cisterns? Are you trying to gain assurance by legalistic means only feeling secured when we are better than our peers in maintaining our spiritual disciplines? Are you engaging in spiritual battles without God’s help and provision? You see if you are a father, you know how hard it is to take care of a child and then work. If you’re a mother, you know how hard it is to to take care of the child and then do the the things needed in the house. If you’re a normal human being, you know that life is suffering. And you know, that if you are trying to do this to to live life on your own, then it will only make you weary. Mapapagod ka lang. Self-sufficiency will only lead to weariness. Often, we experience that God gives us trials, losses, disappointments; but that is not to discourage us, but to refine our faith in Him so that we may treasure Christ more than relying on ourselves or everything. He encourages us to come to him sabi sa Matthew 11:28 verse 28-30 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. So come to Christ for every need and trust that God will meet all your needs according to the richest of His glory in Christ Jesus.
Now, sometimes even seeking is also tiresome. That is why there is a special aspect to it that is to be in awe of Him. Let’s consider the second point. We see there that there are two reactions after the mute man was healed. May dalawang reaksyon matapos mapagaling ni Hesus ang pipi. As they were going out, a mute man was brought to Christ. The cause of his disability is that he is possessed by a demon or oppressed by a demon. Christ healed him by casting out the demon and the mute man began to speak. Hati ang reaksyon ng mga nakakita sa pagpapagaling ng pipi. Ang response ng Pharisees ay hatred, rejection, rooted in their idolatry of tradition. Sabi nila, He cast out demons by the prince of the demons. Nagpapalayas daw si Hesus ng mga demonyo kasi kakampi Siya ng mga ito. Gamit daw Niya ang authority ng prinsipe ng mga demonyo sa pag-cast out ng mga demonyo. Di nila dineny na may kapangyarihan si Hesus pero inukol naman nila ang kapangyarihan Niya sa diablo. And in Luke’s account, we read of Christ’s response. He says that if the kingdom is divided, then it will fall and if Satan is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? Ang punto dito ni Hesus ay katawa-tawa kung papalayasin ni satan yung mga kampon niya kasi hindi naman iyon naaayon sa intensyon ng demonyo na to kill, steal and destroy. Moreover, Christ reveals the double standard of the Pharisees by asking by whose authority does your sons cast out demons. They claim that it is by the power of God so since Christ casts out demons, then it is also by the power of God too. His healings point out that He is the Messiah which means that He is the manifestation of God’s kingdom which the Pharisees hate. Hindi nila nakikita na may mali sa kanila. Iniisip nila na perpekto na sila at di na nila kailangan na mag- repent. Galit sila sa mga taong gusto baguhin ang nakasanayan tulad ng kung paano sila nagalit sa mga propeta sa Old Testament. Sobrang proud at self- righteous na nila kaya’t ayaw na nila magpasakop kay Kristo.
Kung sa first half may mga bulag na lalaki at may pipi sa ating second half, itong mga Pharisees ay nabulag na ng kanilang maling paniniwala. Pipi na sila, di nila kayang i-confess na si Hesus ay yung Messiah. Naging idolo nila ang relihiyon at tradisyon kaya kung sino man ang gusto silang itama, ang response nila ay galit at insulto. Sa kabilang banda, ang reaksyon ng crowd ay amazement. The crowd was amazed saying: ‘never was anything like this seen in Israel.’ And according to William Barclay‘s commentary, “The crowds looked on Jesus with wonder because they were simple people with crying sense of need and they saw that in Jesus their need could be supplied in the most an astonishing way. Jesus will always appear wonderful to the man with a sense of need. And the deeper the sense of need, the more wonderful Jesus will appear to be.” This shows us that those who recognise their great need will always look to God with awe. Ang mga nakakaunawa sa kanilang pangangailangan ay palaging titingin sa Diyos ng may pagkamangha.
Paul David Tripp, one of a known author and Pastor narrates that Paul David Tripp had a trip with his son. And he shared the experience. Sabi niya: “I remember taking my youngest son to one of the National Art Galleries in Washington DC. As we made our approach, I was so excited about what we are going to see, kasi si Paul Tripp mahilig siya sa mga arts. He was decidedly unexcited, but I just knew that once we’re inside, he would have his mind blown and would thank me for what I had done for him that very day. As it turned out, his mind wasn’t blown. It wasn’t even activated. I saw things of such stunning beauty that brought me to the edge of tears. He yawned, moaned, complained his way through the art gallery. With every new gallery I was enthralled. But each time we walked into a new art piece, he begged me to leave. He was surrounded by glory but saw none of it. He stood in the middle of wonders but was bored out of his mind. His eyes worked well, but his heart was stone blind. He saw everything but he saw nothing. Nakita niya lahat, pero wala siyang nakita.
Before we came to Christ, we are like the Pharisees who saw everything but saw nothing. Sila ay stubborn, matigas ang kanilang ulo, self-righteous na nag- aakalang mabuti sila kesa sa iba at prejudiced, masamang palagay o maling akala. Ang isang taong matigas ang ulo ay hindi kailanman iisipin na magbago dahil tingin nila ay wala namang prublema sa kanila. Aayawan nila ang koreksyon o rebuke ng iba dahil wala naman silang nakikitang dapat baguhin. They will not desire change. They are set on their ways. Self-righteousness also leads to pride. The Pharisees set a standard for themselves by legalism. Pinagmamalaki nila na sinusunod nila ang mga batas ng Diyos at minamaliit nila yung mga hindi nakakagawa nito. In doing so, they are not beholding the glory of God, but they are beholding their own. Sa paggawa nito, hindi nila nakikita yung kaluwalhatian ng Diyos kundi yung kanilang sarili. Iniisip nila na nagpapasakop sila sa Diyos sa pag-obey. Ngunit hindi naman Siya ang sinasamba nila kundi yung sarili lang nila. Prejudice discriminates and puts people into stereotypes. Dahil si Hesus ay nakikisalamuha sa mga makasalanan, at sa tingin nila ay paulit-ulit na nilalabag ni Hesus ang kanilang mga batas na binigay sa kanila ng Diyos, ang kanilang pagtingin nila sa Kaniya ay isang kampon ng diablo at hindi ang Messiah na magliligtas sa kanila. Dahil dito, hindi na nila nakikita ang mga ginagawa ni Kristo ay katuparan ng mga propesiya ukol sa Messiah na hinihintay nila. And we know the root cause of that is sin. And even if we have believe in the gospel, we are still prone to see everything, but see nothing. The same thing that hinders us from seeking our sufficiency in Christ hinders us from being in awe of Him. Self-sufficiency, legalistic tendencies and trying to do everything on our own strength, we are prone to glory in ourselves as we accomplish things by ourselves. Our eyes are then often focused to us rather than the greatness of Christ.
As we seek God’s help and provision, we must see each blessing we receive for daily sustenance, the graces cultivated by affliction, or the people ministering to us in time of help and need, will always point to our gracious God and Giver. And that would always make us in awe of Him. That’s why the challenge for us is this: Cultivate Awe Of God As You Examine How God Has Met Your Needs. Linangin ang pagkamangha sa Diyos habang sinusuri mo kung paano tinutugunan ng Diyos ang iyong mga pangangailangan.
George Müller, when he was young, he struggled a great deal with gambling and stealing. And because of that, he would often spend holidays in jail. His father bailed him out with a condition that he will study theology in this the University of Halle and the goal was to make him a Lutheran Pastor. Sa kanilang time ang isang Lutheran Pastor ay financially secured na dahil ito at parte ng kanilang government and they receive a big allowance from state. Providentially, Müller was invited to a Bible study and eventually was converted. After several Bible studies and reading the Bible, he decided to become a missionary. When he told his father he wanted to become a missionary, his father cut off funding for his college tuition. Now Müller has a big problem. Wala na siyang pera pambayad ng tuition fee niya. He’s studying Theology but he thought and he felt a bit silly to pray. So what Müller did was he fell onto his knees and asked God to support him. After that, a professor knocked on his door within an hour, offering Müller a paid tutoring job. He was tasked to tutor the new English professor in German language. And in their time tutoring job was eight times higher than minimum wage. So meron na siyang pambayad ng tuition. Furthermore, he was also told that there is an orphanage across that has a special room dedicated for a Divinity student that is available and free of charge. And indeed, God answered Müller’s prayer. And these were amazing experience for George and he was full of awe. And this would be one of the many answers to prayers that George received. In awe of God, he trusted God. He read his Bible more than two hundred times, started a breakfast club that would feed street children as they share Bible stories with them. Eventually, that breakfast club turned into an orphanage that would help 10,024 orphans during his lifetime and sustaining these ministries only by asking God through prayer. And now I’m not preaching prosperity gospel, okay. So the more he sees his need, the more he trusts in God who provides and the more he is amazed that the most high God will do so much for such an unworthy sinner.
The question is are you still in awe of the Gospel when you hear of it regardless of the preacher that is standing in front of you? Are you in awe of God that He has sent His Son to die for you, to have your sins pardoned, to give you His righteousness as He suffers the punishment that you deserve? Are you amazed at God Who sanctifies you by His word and by His providence? Are you amazed that God who calls you His son or daughter even if you were once His enemy, a rebel before Him? Are you in awe of God when you wake up each morning that it is another time to receive His mercy? When you open your Bible and you read of Him, you read of the stories of God’s people and God’s faithfulness although they were unfaithful and you learn from that, are you in awe of learning from your God? When He provides for you through many means through work, through other people, are you in awe how He sustained you? Are you also in all of Him when you pray? When you speak our gracious God and Father or when you call on Him, is that a real reality to you? Are you in enough of God when someone prays for you in time of great affliction or discouragement? We know that sometimes when we are in pain, discouraged? Kahit ano’ng sabihin nila na encouragement, or kahit anong gawin nilang comfort sa atin, minsan hindi natin naririnig.
You see, you appreciate that person because he cares for you, yet at the same time, you are reminded of Christ who unceasingly prays for you and cares for you. Are you in awe of God when someone encourages you by God’s word when you’re afraid or you’re starting to doubt? The uplifting of your spirit draws you to Christ who encourages you with His sufficiency. Are you in awe of God when He sustains you through affliction? He may not remove the affliction but He gives you strength to bear it. If you see God for who He is and what He has done in light of your need of Him, then let that awe grip you that you may see God so great, that you will be so afraid of offending Him. But at the same time, sobrang takot mo na mawala Siya sa iyo. May we conclude like C.H. Spurgeon in light of our need that we have a great need for Christ. Yet in light of who He is and what He has done, we have a great Christ for our need. I am reminded of the lyrics of the hymn When Upon Life’s Billows You Are Tempest Tossed. When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost. Count your many blessings name them one by one and it will surprise you what the lord hath done.
In conclusion, kingdom heirs will never outgrow their need for God. The more we grasp how great our need that God meets, the more we love and revere Him.
Let us pray. Our gracious God and Father, truly You are sustaining us. You are faithfully taking care of us. Repeatedly, forgiving us repeatedly, embracing us. Lord, we pray that we will see our great need of You and in light of everything Lord God, that You do for us and of everything Lord God that shows who You are. We pray that we will be in awe of You. Guide us Lord God throughout this time of celebrating Your day, in Jesus’ Name, amen.