By: Dr. Jacquelyn Simmons
(God’s message delivered during his healing service)
Let us Pray:
Dear Lord, our triune God which encompasses you, our heavenly Father, your son, Jesus Christ, and the holy spirit. Thank you for permitting us to come before your throne of grace and mercy in “semblence” of sackcloth and ashes while begging for your acceptance of the delivery of this, your message. We also thank you Father for blessing us, to be encouraged after our departure from here tonight, and for becoming more encouraging to others.
We thank you, Father, for hearing and accepting our prayers. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Our text is: Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia: Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ. And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation. And our hope of you is steadfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation (2 Corinthians 1:1-7).
Our keyword for tonight’s message is “Why”? It is basically defined as: For what reason or purpose. 1) How many of you have asked God, “why” due to certain distressful situations which occurred in your lives after which it appeared as if no positive answers were coming? After that, you decided to prayerfully ask God why was your situation continuously occurring in your lives. Why Lord?
2) How many of you have continuously prayed to God concerning a certain situation and refused to accept his answer because it was not the answer you sought? Did you keep praying concerning the matter in hopes he would change his answer to the one you desired? Why? 3) Did you proceed in the direction you preferred after God definitely said no? Why? 4) What did you do after doing it “your way” and the results were not only disastrous for you but for innocent others as well? Why? 5) Has God given you an assignment as he did Moses and you reacted the same way as he? God told Moses to return to Egypt from which he was a fugitive from justice after having committed murder, and tell Pharoah to let his people go. Moses had all kinds of excuses and questions and so did I after God commissioned me to preach his gospel to his people. I said many many times, “Lord, Lord, Lord, why me? I am not a public speaker and do not know much about the bible. Why me, Lord”? Well, he answered that question in an unbelievable manner which “stirred up” this area. That was 40 years ago. Still Preaching!!!
(Prayerfully continued next week)
Love, Jacquelyn Simmons