North Augusta, South Carolina
From the Pastor’s Desk …..July 2015
As we pen this documentary for the month of July, we do so under the theme, "God Shakes Us To Wake Us."
I did not know at the time God gave me the sermon series for the year of 2015, that the massacre that occurred in Charleston, South Carolina, on June 17, 2015, would have taken place. God knew! Yes, God knew, because he knows all things.
God knew that the massacre would have taken place by the time I penned this documentary in July 2015 because God, by and through the blood shed of Jesus, watches over us and he knows that we have become complacent in our ways and actions toward him. He further knows that hatred has penetrated our nation from the top down. And we, as a nation, needed to be shaken to awaken from our complacency of accepting Satan's unacceptable behavior. Hear me when I say God shakes us to wake us!
It is written in Isaiah 52:1-3 (1) Awake, awake, O Zion, clothe yourself with strength. Put on your garments of splendor, O Jerusalem, the holy city. The uncircumcised and defiled will not enter you again. (2) Shake off your dust; rise up, sit enthroned, O Jerusalem. Free yourself from the chains on your neck, O captive Daughter of Zion. (3) For this is what the Lord says: "You were sold for nothing, and without money you will be redeemed."
In these verses, we find that Isaiah is saying to the children of Israel (Zion) wake up to a brand new day. God has something better in store for them.
God is saying to us wake up to a brand new day. I have something better than you can imagine in store for you, if you continue to abide in me as my word abide in you.
God wants us to continue to abide in his word, because his word gives us strength. I know this is true because Isaiah chapter 52, verse 1 tells us to awake, clothe ourselves with strength.
Now! Watch this! John 15:7 says, "If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you."
Whenever we abide in God and his word abide in us, he will give us the desires of our heart. The desires of our heart will give us splendor.
Isaiah said in the latter part of the verse 1 of the 52nd chapter, "Put on your garments of splendor, O Jerusalem, the holy city. Then he goes on to say the uncircumcised and the defiled will not enter you again.
God shakes us to wake us to get closer to him by and through studying his world, praying and calling upon his name. Paul said in Philippians chapter, verses 10 and 11, "At the name of Jesus every knee should bow and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
When God shakes us to wake us and we confess Jesus as Lord, Satan the devil, the uncircumcised and the defiled, will not enter our space in an attempt to victimize us again.
So, I humbly ask of you to join me as we share in the 4th of July celebration in accepting the fact that God has shaken us to awaken us by and through the Charleston, South Carolina massacre that we might shake off our dust; rise up and free ourselves from the chains of Satan bondage. For this is what the Lord says: "You were sold for nothing, and without money you will be redeemed."
Join me and let's watch God bring good out of suffering; joy out of sadness and hope out of the despair that transpired in the Charleston, South Carolina Massacre.
God shakes us to wake us so that we will have joy, unspeakable joy. To God be the glory!
Happy 4th of July
Rev. Dr. Alexander Pope, Jr.
Sermon Topic for July 2015
God Shakes Us To Wake Us
Faith is knowledge beyond the reach of proof
First Providence Baptist Church
315 Barton Road
North Augusta, SC 29841
Phone: (803) 279-8836
Fax: (803) 441-8666