Choate Baptist Church: Springs of refreshing grace
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As he wrote of his plans to visit the Roman churches, Paul looked forward to a season of being refreshed in faithful fellowship. “Pray that I may be rescued from the unbelievers in Judea and that my service in Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints there, so that by God's will I may come to you with joy and together with you be refreshed.” (Romans 15: 31, 32)

Paul wanted the Roman churches to experience with him the inexpressible blessing of “refreshing” – taking a breath; receiving rest; being invigorated or revived.

Jesus offered this kind of rest to lighten the burden of one’s soul: "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28) "And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.” (Matthew 6:28) Living Christ’s plan means focusing on His faithfulness, not one’s own, and being anxious over nothing else.

The Lord heals His people. Psalm 72:6 says, “He will be like rain falling on a mown field, like showers watering the earth.” Many things in life cut like a mower, causing one’s heart to become sore and in need of the healing that comes only from the Lord. No matter how dark or mysterious things may be, believers must trust Him and affirm His infinite, unmerited, and unchanging love.

Jesus is waiting to save people in the depths of sin from their burdens of selfishness, guilt, and the inability to find peace. His Holy Spirit is here to help and comfort the souls of those who trust Christ to deliver them.

To the weak of faith facing circumstances beyond their understanding, Christ gives the reassurance, “This too, shall pass”. He watches and waits with gentle, tender sympathy in total faithfulness as the weak in faith run here and there looking for something or someone to help, rather than trusting Him for rest. They need only to turn to Him, confess their anxiety, receive forgiveness, and be at peace.

Those going through spiritual famine from lack of prayer time or meditation on His Word lose their peace, joy, gentleness, patience, and self-control. But the absence of joy does not mean the Lord is absent. Christ is there waiting for them to call upon Him and be abundantly filled with joy and praise.

Even the strong in faith experience broken hearts and crushed spirits; but with patience and persistence, they can draw “breath” from the Lord and complete His tasks. The Lord uses these crises of faith as events that evidence His love.

As they wait for the Lord’s return, believers have Christ’s promise of Sabbath rest. Their waiting involves the completion of life, through Christ’s plan, while He delivers them from Satan, sin, and death, completing His ministry and making them holy. Their destination is rest in the Lord’s presence.

Choate Baptist Church welcomes you to join them for Sunday School at 9:45 a.m., Sunday Morning Worship at 11 a.m., and Sunday Evening Worship at 7 p.m. They also meet for prayer on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Brother Odom’s message can be heard on KAML 990 AM and KCAF 92.1 FM each Sunday morning at 8:30, and again on 92.1 FM every Wednesday evening at 7:30.
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