God Knows Best

A WORD FROM THE WORD
 
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. II Timothy 3:16
 
The Bible is very useful in our everyday lives.  It shows us the way to go and the way not to go.  God inspired it for our benefit and good.  It is His “instruction manual” for us, His creation.  Since He made us, doesn’t it just make sense that He knows how best we should live and what is good for us?
 
Pastor Ray Pile


Light to the Dark

As people understand Your Word, it brings light to their lives. Your Word makes even simple people wise. Psalm 119:130
 
We all need “illumination”.  This is a dark world in many ways.  God’s Word brings light to our lives and wisdom to even those of us who are simple.  We do ourselves a favor when we take time to read it for ourselves and let His light shine in our dark world.  Let His Word brighten your path and give you wisdom.
 
Pastor Ray Pile


God Is Listening

Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence. Eph. 3:12
 
We may wonder if God hears our prayers.  We may even doubt if He listens to us.  The good news is that our faith in His Son gives us access to God.  He promises to hear us, not because of our goodness, but because we have accepted His Son.  So the next time you are reluctant to pray because of something you’ve done or said, remember that you can still come boldly to God because of Jesus.  He gives us confidence to pray and know that we are heard.
 
Pastor Ray Pile


Just Come To Jesus

You are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life. JOHN 5:40
 
Jesus said that there are those who want to go to heaven, but refuse to come to Him.  They will go to church, do good things, give money, and even give of their time to good causes.  It’s amazing the religious “hoops" some people are willing to go through but not just go to Jesus. Friends, that’s the only way.  We can’t get there without coming to Jesus, humbling ourselves, and accepting His gift of eternal life.  He alone is the way to God. (John 14:6)  Don’t try some other way.  It simply will not work.  Take the path provided by the death of Jesus.  Come to Jesus.
 
Pastor Ray Pile  


We Have Purpose In Him

You know that in the past the way you were living was useless. It was a way of life you learned from those who lived before you. But you were saved from that way of living. I Peter 1:18
 
It kind of hits hard to realize that our life was useless before we got saved.  I mean, were we really that bad?  The Bible says that Christ came to ransom us from a life that was pointless and had no purpose.  We were busy and other people might have liked us but from God’s perspective, we were spiritually unproductive.  Christ came to give our life meaning and purpose.  He died so that we could be set free to serve Him.
 
Pastor Ray Pile


Give Thanks

Rejoice always! Pray constantly. Give thanks in everything, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. I Thess. 5:16-18
 
Many people want to know the will of God for their lives.  Here it is in the Bible.  He tells us to rejoice, pray, and give thanks in everything.  That’s His will for us.  If you want to know more of His will, make sure you’re already doing what He has said is His will.  Rejoice, pray, and give thanks in everything (not necessarily for everything).  If you do that, then and only then you will know His will in other areas of your life.
 
Pastor Ray Pile


You Make The Choice

Come close to God, and He will come close to you. James 4:8
 
You are as close to God as you want to be.  He is simply waiting on you.  If you desire to draw closer to Him, no matter what you have done, He promises to draw close to you.  You can’t blame God, or a church, or your parents.  You decide how close to God you are.  He’s waiting on you.
 
Pastor Ray Pile


He Knows You

 
He certainly knows what we are made of. He bears in mind that we are only dust. Psalm 103:14
 
Perhaps you grew up with a father that had too high of expectations for you.  You felt that you could never live up to them.  The good news is that God really knows you.  He understands you better than anyone else.  He keeps in mind your weaknesses.  That is why He is always there to help you in your struggles.  He knows you best and yet loves you most.
 
Pastor Ray Pile


Rejoice In The Lord

 
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Phil. 4:4
 
How can I do that?  Evidently whoever wrote this in the Bible doesn’t have the problems I do.  You’re right.  He had worse ones.  It was written by Paul when he was in jail for preaching about Jesus.  So how could he rejoice?  The key is that he tells us to rejoice IN THE LORD.  I may not be happy about my circumstances but I can always rejoice in who God is and His faithfulness.  My joy is not in what I’m going through but it is in Him.  We can always rejoice in the Lord, for He never changes.
 
Pastor Ray Pile


Forgiveness

 
But if we own up to our sins, God shows that He is faithful and just by forgiving us of our sins and purifying us from the pollution of all the bad things we have done.  I John 1:9
 
God offers us total forgiveness for anything that we have done.  He will completely and permanently erase it from our record.  The only condition is that we have to confess it to Him, and I don’t mean in a general sense.  None of this “If I have done anything wrong” stuff.  You know what you did.  Own up to it and admit it to God.  Tell Him what sins you have committed and He is faithful to His promise to forgive you.  Jesus paid for your forgiveness if only you will get real with God and honestly admit what you have done.
 
Pastor Ray Pile