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Friday, November 6, 2020
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"He Holds All Things Together"
Message summary: He who holds all things together will surely uphold and sustain you. He is ever dependable.
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"And this is the plan: At the right time He will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth" (Ephesians 1:10). "The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together" (Colossians 1:15-17). "The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word" (Hebrews 1:3).
In September we went down to Washington, DC for the Prayer March and saw a woman wearing a sign on her back: "Everything is NOT falling apart, Everything is FALLING INTO PLACE."
Isn't that a great reminder, especially for these times?
The daily Scriptures are several powerful portions extolling the supremacy of Christ. Our first verse, Ephesians 1:10 seen on the sign reminds us that God has a plan that cannot be thwarted. "And this is the plan: At the right time He will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth" (Ephesians 1:10).
1) God has a plan
2) Everything in heaven and on earth will be brought together. Note that everything is used twice for emphasis
3) Under the authority of Christ
Colossians 1:16,17 states "For by Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together." Note the four times in these two verses we read the words "all things".
But today let us focus on just the phrase, "in Him all things hold together". The God who holds all things together in the universe is also sustaining each one of us. He speaks through the prophet Isaiah to the ancient people of God and thus through the Scriptures to all of us: "Listen to me, O house of Jacob, all you who remain of the house of Israel, you whom I have upheld since you were conceived, and have carried since your birth" (Isaiah 46:3).*
Rest in the wonderful assurance that we don't have to be self-sustaining and our sustaining does not depend on the vacillating events around us. Instead we raise our eyes heavenward and declare, "You are sustaining all things by Your powerful Word and You will accomplish what concerns me for You are my Sustainer; Your lovingkindness, O LORD, is everlasting" (Hebrews 1:3, Psalm 138:8).
So here's the word of encouragement today, fellow believer. He who holds all things together will surely uphold and sustain you. He is ever dependable. Troubles and fears that weigh you down today are under His absolute authority and, as they run their course, Jesus calls us to trust Him – yes, even in the midst of them. Let's take Him at His Word since He is wholly dependable!
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Father, You are before all things and You hold all things together. Without Your sovereign power at work, in the universe and in our lives, we would be without hope and without existence. I'm so thankful that You delight in Your creation, You even rejoice over us with singing. You sustain all things by Your powerful Word and You accomplish that which concerns me, for You are my great sustainer. Thank You faithful, holy and righteous One. Amen.
* "you whom I have upheld since you were conceived" What a powerful truth concerning the value of life beginning at conception expressed long before we had the biological knowledge as humans to understand life begins at conception. One can get a jail term for destroying unborn eagles (their eggs) but many defend and even celebrate the slaughter of unborn children. This is what happens when mankind forsakes God.
Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
"All Things Together" Video Andrew Peterson
"Lay Your Burdens Down" Video Chuck Girard
Chuck Girard was a part of one of the earliest "contemporary" Christian groups called "Love Song" during the Jesus people movement in the early 70's. I was the president of my senior class at Truman High School in 1973 in Independence, MO. At that time I was getting serious about my faith and hanging around with other Christian students and was a part of the Campus Crusade for Christ group in our school. Some of the other students thought it would be neat to have "Love Song" come to our school and thinking I might have some influence talked me into calling the number on the back of a "Love Song" album to see if they would come to our school from a pay phone in the lobby. I didn't have any money so I called collect. The person on the other end of the call told the operator, "I don't know any Stephen Weber" and hung up! I recall being a little hurt but I got over it and went on to mature in my faith, even if we didn't get to have a "Love song" concert, though Brooksyne (after we became a couple) tells me how they hosted Andrae Crouch and the Disciples (another very popular gospel group) in her high school and filled the football stadium. I expect someone in her school knew how to go about arranging and promoting such an event.
"Lay Your Burdens Down" Video
This morning we visited a company in Willow Street, PA and one of the employees had posted this faith reminder. I wrote the Amen!
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