• "By the time the average Christian gets his temperature up to normal, everybody thinks he has a FEVER!" - Watchman Nee

  • The sight of any trouble strikes terror into the heart of those who do not have faith, but those who trust Him say, "Here comes my food!"  -  Watchman Nee

  • If your faith hasn't changed you, it hasn't SAVED you. - James MacDonald

  • The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians, who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, then walk out the door, and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.  -  Brennan Manning

  • How could I not trust a heavenly, perfect Father who loves me infinitely more than I will ever love my kids?  -  Francis Chan

  • We read a newspaper or Web page for information, but we read the Word of God for transformation. - Greg Heisler

  • I will not pray clarity for you. Clarity is the crutch of the Christian. But I will pray trust for you, that your trust will increase. - Mother Theresa

  • If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves. - Thomas Edison

  • God loves each of us as if there were only one of us. - St. Augustine

  • I will lose heart if I consider the work mine. - Jill Briscoe

  • The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart. -  Helen Keller

  • The more obstacles you have, the more opportunities there are for God to do something.  -  Clarence W. Jones

  •  I am ready to burn out for God. I am ready to endure any hardship, if by any means I might save some. The longing of my heart is to make known my glorious Redeemer to those who have never heard. -  William Burns

  • We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. - Albert Einstein
  • Here am I. Send me.  -   Isaiah

  •  I have a firm conviction that I am immortal til my work is done. - Lottie Moon

  • Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • A woman's heart should be so hidden in Christ that a man should have to seek Him first to find her. - Maya Angelou 

  • The reason why many are still troubled, still seeking, still making little forward progress is because they haven't yet come to the end of themselves. We're still trying to give orders, and interfering with God's work within us. - A.W. Tozer 

  • He must increase, but I must decrease.  -  John the Baptist

  • He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.  -  Jim Elliot

  • All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men should do nothing. - Edmund Burke

  •  The best thermometer of your spiritual temperature is the intensity of your prayer. - Spurgeon

  • If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him.  -   C.T. Studd

Stress vs. Rest

Stress vs. Rest
Daniel 2
 
Life question: If we believe that God is in control, then why do we sometimes feel anxious about the future?
 
"What do you lose sleep over?" or do you lose sleep over anything?
 
In our study, we'll look at a man who was losing sleep because of some troubling dreams he was having about the future.
 
Daniel 2:1-3
King Nebuchadnezzar had dreams that so troubled him he could not sleep. Anxiety overtook him, and he could not rest until he knew the meaning of this dream.
 
Disturbed, restless, and anxious, Nebuchadnezzar demanded that his wise men reveal both the dream and its interpretation.
 
Daniel 2:4-6
If the King’s men were unable to tell him his dream and the interpretation, Nebuchadnezzar declared harsh consequences would await them: “You will be torn limb from limb, and your houses will be made a garbage dump (v. 5).” Nebuchadnezzar thought he was anxious, but imagine how the wise men must have felt!
 
However, rewards awaited the ones who could give the king what he wanted: “But if you make the dream and its interpretation known to me, you’ll receive gifts, a reward, and great honor from me. So make the dream and its interpretation known to me” (v. 6). The Babylonians believed the gods sent messages through dreams.
 
What are the places today people go to get relief from stress and worry?
Where do you turn when you are anxious about your future?
 
The Chaldeans said, “What the king is asking is so difficult that no one can make it known to him except the gods, whose dwelling is not with mortals” (v. 11). The king became so angry that he commanded that all the wise men in Babylon be executed. Not just the wise men but the wise men in training. Remember Daniel and his three Hebrew friends were in training.
 
Now, not only the King is anxious about the future, but so are the Chaldeans.
 
Daniel 2:17-23
Daniel asked Arioch, the captain of the king’s guard, what was happening. After Arioch explained everything, Daniel went before the king and requested more time to interpret his dream. Daniel went to his friends—Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah—and told them the situation. He told his friends to pray for God to intercede and give them knowledge and understanding of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream.
 
Daniel 2:24-29a
 
What are you worried about?
 
Are you anxious about your job, your family, or even the larger world around you? As Christians, we need to face the future with faith in the One who not only knows the future, but who has absolute control over future events.
 
We need to spend time in prayer voicing our concerns to God the Father.
 
Daniel 2:31-44
Daniel revealed to the king the dream and its meaning in great detail. The interpretation was not good news for King Nebuchadnezzar and his successors, for Daniel explained that each empire succeeding Nebuchadnezzar’s would be weaker than the previous.
 
For Nebuchadnezzar to learn his rule would end was bad enough, but to hear his nation would be replaced by an inferior ones added insult to injury. The point of Nebuchadnezzar's dream is that empires come and go, but God remains.
 
Christians must realize that the world’s superpowers are not here to stay; even the societies that seem to be most stable politically and economically are only temporary in God’s economy. Christians must remember that all power, even that given to leaders, comes from God. God is sovereign (in control), and He is working to bring His plan to completion.
 
After reading these verses, are you anxious about the future of the United States, the world’s current superpower?
 
Does knowing God controls history (past, present, and future) help you avoid anxiety about the future?
 
Daniel revealed to Nebuchadnezzar that God would establish another kingdom that would endure forever, one that would not be destroyed or turned over to other rulers. No human kingdom would compare.
 
After he realized he had just heard the truth, King Nebuchadnezzar fell down and paid homage to Daniel (Dan. 2:46). More importantly, he realized Daniel’s God was “indeed God of gods, Lord of kings, and a revealer of mysteries” because He had enabled Daniel to reveal and interpret the dream (Dan. 2:47).
 
Final Thoughts:
How can someone attack anxiety about issues that make him or her fearful?
You know that God can be trusted in matters both great and small.
You know that there is a God in heaven who is in control. (Daniel 2:28)
You know that God's wisdom is greater than man's wisdom. (Daniel 2:27)
You know that you can talk with God personally about any of your fears.
You know you can count on friends to pray for you and to help you through difficult times.
 
Read the following Scripture:
            Ps. 37:5
            Ps. 55:22
            Jer. 17:7
            Matt. 6:25-34
            Phil. 4:6-7
            1 Pet. 5:7
            Heb. 13:5
 
How are you going to respond the next time you lose sleep because of anxiety about your future?
 
If we are confident that God is in control of our future, how will it affect the way we respond to anxiety over upcoming events or decisions?
 


For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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Ready for What?

There is a time coming when life as you currently know it will be over. So what happens then? Does everything end? Is everything just over? Well, maybe... but what if it isn't? What if you're wrong? What if, when you die, you find yourself standing before an all righteous judge who's standard for acceptance is complete perfection? Not just pretty good but complete perfection! Then what? Will He accept you or reject you? Are you perfect, or just pretty good?

The Good News!
Well, there's good news! It's called the Gospel. And this good news says that, because of what Christ has done, we can be forgiven, be accepted by God and can live forever with Him.

Are You Willing?
But this gift of forgiveness and eternal life cannot be yours unless you willingly accept it. God requires an individual response from you. The following verses from the Bible show God's part and yours in this process:

  • Who is good?
  • "As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one" (Romans 3:10)
  • Who has sinned?
  • "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23)
  • What are my options?
  • "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 6:23)
  • But I'm a sinner, how?
  • "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8)
  • What should I do?
  • "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." (Romans 10:9)
  • Is this really for me?
  • "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Romans 10:13)

I think I get it, but what do I do?
1) Realize you are a sinner in need of a savior.
2) Repent; ask for forgiveness and turn from your sins.
3) Ask Jesus to come into your life and be your savior.

You might pray something like this:

"Father, I know I am a sinner in need of a savior, and I know if I die in my sin, I will be eternally separated from you in Hell. I know your Son Jesus was the only one capable of paying my sin debt, and I know He died for me on the cross and rose again three days later and is now sitting at your right hand! I ask you to please forgive me of my sins and I ask Jesus to come into my life and be my savior. I trust in Him completely for this and will now do what He says!    In Jesus name, Amen."

OK, What now?
1) Now that you are a Christian, rejoice and tell someone.
2) Pray! Pray about everything, asking the Lord for His help and guidance.
3) If you don't have a Christian Bible, get one and read it every day. It contains God's words, and through it, the Holy Spirit will teach you how to live.
4) Find a local Bible believing and teaching church and get involved! Attend it regularly and serve where you can. This will help you grow as a Christian.
5) Find Christian friends to fellowship with! They will encourage you and you can encourage them. They will also help keep you on the right path.

Nothing can take the place of Prayer, Bible Study, Service and Fellowship. These are of primary importance. They are not rules to follow that will save you, Christ has already done that, if you have put your trust in Him. But they are key to living a life that will honor God! And maybe one day, you will hear Him say "Well done, thou good and faithful servant" (Matthew 25:21) If you have any other questions, please feel free to email us at: office@rsbaptist.org! We'd love to hear from you, and to help in any way we can.



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