Church of God
A place for all people who are seeking newness of life and want to connect with people who love and worship Jesus. A church with a vision for our neighbors and families in our community. FBCOG has a 50 year history in Farmers Branch. We invite you to join us and experience an atomosphere of genuine friendship and whole hearted worship.
To purposely pursue the lost with the message of Salvation through Jesus Christ.
To passionatley pray for God's divine leading and wisdom in the care of His redeemed sons and daughters.
To praise Him and give Him all the glory for the blessing of redemption.
It’s Not About God
Matthew 11:12 (NKJV)
12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force
Ephesians 6:12 (NKJV)
12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
It is difficult not to be overtaken by what we feel and see. In the natural, frustration, anger, fear and even desperation can overcome us during difficult times. When we fail to understand the purpose of the violence against the kingdom of heaven or the trials, struggles and temptations we face we are left wondering about God and ask why is He silent when there is so much need?
1 Corinthians 10:13 (NKJV)
13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
The above scriptures point out 3 things:
· there will be violence against the kingdom of heaven
· there will be a trying of our faith “which is common to man”
· there is a battle to fight and we are part of the fight
When we engage in the fight and take our responsibility to heart and come along side of other saints in obedience to scripture, God fights for us. If we choose to be neutral in spiritual matters, we give away our influence to affect our personal concerns and the environment around us.
If God is sovereign can we then reconcile that struggle, temptation and opposition in this life as a tool to serve Gods purpose in us.
I am convinced it is not about God being God but rather are we the sons of God. Are we fighting the fight? Are we the sons and daughters of God combating the evil that is in this world?
Satan is both our adjutant and our adversary. An adjutant to provoke us to fight and an adversary to refine and define our faith. The testing ground of our faith our hope and even our relationship with God is in the adversity of life.
In this context Satan with all his schemes and devices provides opportunity for our spiritual growth and experience.
Gods servant Job is both a difficult and victorious example that our time on this earth is a preparation for eternity that follows.
Job 1:8 (NKJV)
8 Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?”
The call of God on Christianity is a high calling, a calling that identifies and separates us as His children. As the sons and daughters of God we are empowered with a purpose for living. Scripture calls us a holy nation and a royal priest hood.
1 Peter 2:5 (NKJV)
5 you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 2:9-10 (NKJV)
9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
10 who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.
Many of life’s battles are not external. In fact many of the greatest challenges we face are internal struggles, struggles with our identity and purpose in Christ.
Many identify as being Christian or a Christ follower but have not identified as being a Christian solider fighting the good fight. A fight that is not limited to our own salvation but rather engages the fight for others who are under attack from the enemy of our soul. The souls of people who are blinded and cannot see the road of destruction in front of them.
The reason for Christ coming is for the lost. Christ came for all of us. All lost, all sinners, all suffering the consequence of sin, except it be for Christ all are lost.
The question “Why God is silent when there is so much need” is answered at Calvary. He hung on a tree bearing our reproach and reconciled us and our relationship to the Father.
He is not silent He has spoken, He has responded, He has loved, He did come, and He provided the sacrificial lamb in Jesus for our sin. Jesus exchanged his life for ours at Calvary.
So, all this is not about God. It is about us, and our becoming the sons and daughters of God shaped in His image and doing His work. It’s about discovering relationship and purpose in Christ. It’s about exercising our faith and asking what the will of the Father is on this earth and moving forward to be an instrument for His use to bring about His will.
Matthew 6:9-13 (ESV)
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.