Message from Pastor Leroy

In the afternoon after Mary and Mary Madeline had found the empty tomb, two discouraged men were walking together to Emmaus, a town seven miles from Jerusalem (Luke 24:13-35). They had been excited about all that Jesus had done and taught, but He now had been taken from them, and from the tomb, in which He had been placed. They had heard that Jesus had risen. Now, they were bewildered, not knowing what to do next. Suddenly, they were joined by a stranger, who asked what they were talking about. They explained what had happened, and how they could no longer follow Jesus, as they had planned. During the next few hours, as they walked along, the stranger explained the events surrounding Jesus’ death, that this was not an end, but a beginning of an exciting new opportunity to walk daily with the Son of God. The stranger was the risen Christ himself! One thing we often hear from people who have studied this material is that there is a letdown afterwards especially when they are involved in a small study group of people (Sunday School, discipleship class, marriage seminars, etc.) Lots of people, after accepting Christ as their Savior, are excited about those events, but over time, revert to patterns like before these study encounters. This does not need to occur. Wherever you are in your walk with Jesus, you need to prepare to move on to the next stage in your walk with God: Stay regularly immersed in God’s Word Remember: “This book of instruction must not depart from your mouth; you are to recite it day and night, so that you may carefully observe everything written in it. For then you will prosper and succeed in whatever you do” Joshua 1:8 Make it a habit. Ephesians 5:26 “To make her holy, cleansing her in the washing of water by the Word.” as the Church is immersed in God’s word, the Spirit of God uses Scripture to convict and cleanse God’s people of sin and to become spotless before Him. Regularly spending time in Bible study. Remain intimately involved with a church family that will love and nurture you. “Not staying away from our meetings, as some habitually do, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:25 God made believers interdependent. You cannot experience all God has for you apart from the rest of the body (of Christ). Surround yourself with people who have a passion for Christ and His Word, and who are willing to encourage you and to hold you accountable to the Word God speaks to you. Pray regularly. Daniel made it a habit to pray three times daily. Daniel 6:10. As a result, he had a powerful prayer life in which God answered him the moment he began to speak. Daniel 9:23 One of the best ways to prevent your heart from growing cold is to talk regularly with God. As you commune with Him, keep your focus on Him and remember to follow Him DAILY. Prayer is a two-way communication through which God also speaks to you. It is difficult to talk to God each day and continue to sin. Keep your promises to God. “When you make a vow to God, do not delay fulfilling it, because He does not delight in fools. Fulfill what you vow. Better that you do not vow than that you vow and not fulfill it.” Ecclesiastes 5:4-5. We so often make commitments, and then do not fulfill them. God takes our promises extremely seriously. Take time to review your commitments keep a list in your Bible in writing where you will see it regularly. Be diligent to follow through with everything you promise God you will do. A good intention is not the same as obedience. There are no substitutes for obedience. Process what God has done in your life as you have collected your events, along the way. Remember: God is at work around you. “Manna” is for now, only. The word of God is for now. Today’s “manna” is not for tomorrow, or next week, or next month. You will not remember even 90% of now two weeks from now, unless you have captured it, along the way. John 9:1-3. If you do not let these truths soak into your heart and take root in your life, it will be like the seed that fell on stony ground and was soon taken away. Matthew 13:20-21. Processing God’s Word means allowing God to explain and apply all He has said to you. It is not enough to agree with what God said. You must also apply God’s word in your heart and in your life. This involves action! It is not enough to believe in forgiveness. You must ask God to examine your heart and relationships to see if there is anyone you have not truly forgiven. If God reveals someone, ask Him to show what action you must take to be reconciled. Then, do what He says. If you will not capture truths as you go, you will not know how you live, and experience truths as applies to your events. The truths will be lost as you go through your activities. God is trying to get your attention, but you are too busy (B-eing U-nder S-atan’s Y-oke) to notice the truth that He is revealing to you. It is important for you to capture these moments so that you can meditate on them until you are sure you understand everything that God revealed to you. Selah!

Published by Jonesboro Baptist Church - Blackstone, Virginia

We are a small-sized congregation who has a passion for Christ and God's word. We are centrally focused on serving the will of God through ministries that worship, nurture, teach, and witness.

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