The Safety of the Faithful

Thursday, July 12, 2018 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

This is an excellent Facebook public post by Pastor Hart Ramsey in Dothan, Alabama (used by permission).  Because it corresponded to my devotional reading on the same day, I wanted to share his insight followed by Psalms 4:1-8:

Be encouraged!

There is not a Christian in the world who hasn't been hurt in church.  I've been saved for 36 years, serving in ministry for 30 plus years, & Pastoring for 24 years. 

Over the years I’ve been used, betrayed, lied on, falsely accused, attacked, slandered, rejected, mocked, discarded, abandoned, & told I was nothing. As a result:

•  My will has been broken.
•  My faith has been stretched.
•  My emotions have stabilized.
•  My mind has expanded. 
•  My love has matured. 
    (Hart Ramsey)

I refuse to blame people for what I went through. They may have meant it for evil, but GOD meant it for my good.  

Psalms 4:1 Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness!
You have relieved me in mydistress; Have mercy on me, and hear my prayer.
2 How long, O you sons of men,
Will you turn my glory to shame?
How longwill you love worthlessness
Andseek falsehood? Selah
3 But know that the Lord has set apart for Himself him who is godly; The Lord will hear when I call to Him.
4 Be angry, and do not sin. Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still. Selah
5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, And put your trust in the Lord.
6 There aremany who say, “Who will show us anygood?”
Lord, lift up the light of Your countenance upon us.
7 You have put gladness in my heart,
More than in the season that their grain and wine increased.
8 I will both lie down in peace, and sleep;
For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.