Since everyone really wants to be fulfilled in life, why are so many people living unfulfilled? Many begin their search for fulfillment by discovering their roots—their heritage. And that is exactly what every Jewish person should do. . . . If you are Jewish, that should be your beginning point. Long ago, when the people of Israel were searching for direction, the God of Israel said,
“Look to the rock from which you were cut and to the quarry from which you were hewn; look to Abraham, your father, and to Sarah, who gave you birth. When I called him he was but one, and I blessed him and made him many.” Isaiah 51:12
The history of the Jewish people—your heritage—reveals a remarkable story of survival in the midst of catastrophic upheaval. Time and time again, they have overcome tremendous adversity and “beat the odds” to survive.
“The LORD had said to Abram, ‘Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.’” Genesis 12:13
"For you are a holy people to the Lord your God, and the Lord has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples who are on the face of the earth." Deuteronomy 14:2
"Indeed He says, 'It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also give You as a light to the Gentiles, that You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.'" Isaiah 49:6
"The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples; but because the Lord loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers, the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments;" Deuteronomy 7:7-9
"Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.' These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.'" Exodus 19:5,6
Life is full of highs and lows. The highs of successes are easy to handle, but the lows of failures seem to stick around forever. It’s important to remember that God’s ways are not necessarily our ways. Unless you learn to see failure from God’s point of view, you may become discouraged and defeated.Childhood Sexual Abuse: The Secret Storm Childhood sexual abuse brainwashes its victims into believing that they are unlovable … or they will no longer be loved if “people find out.” What they perceive to be conditional love buries their secret all the more.
Like a jigsaw puzzle, you can’t look at one piece of your life and understand the complete picture. It’s only over time that God’s purposes become more evident. How do we make decisions that accomplish God’s will for our lives? Listen as June Hunt provides biblical principles and practical insight on decision making.All Sermons by June Hunt