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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio

IF YOU CAN SAY THIS, YOU KNOW GOD AND HIS GRACE




WHAT TRUTH DID YOU RECEIVE THIS WEEK FROM THE MESSAGES YOU HEARD THAT IS GOING TO SUSTAIN YOU WHEN YOU ARE TEMPTED TO GIVE UP?

TODAY WE ARE STILL STANDING THE THE GRACE OF ALMIGHTY GOD, DAILY HE KEEPS US BY HIS POWER AND GRACE.


WHAT IS SUSTAINING GRACE?


ENABLES US TO CONTINUE WHEN WE'RE TEMEPTED TO GIVE UP

We all want what God's grace provides, but we have to get it His way.

We can not focus more on the issue than on God

YOU CAN NEVER JUSTIFY GIVING UP

    WHY?

    GOD ALWAYS HAS A VALUABLE LESSON FOR US TO LEARN.

GOD DOES NOT PROMISE AN EXPLANATION

GOD IS WORKING SOMETHING GOOD IN YOUR SITUATION.


HOW CAN YOU QUIT

Charles Stanley


  1. GRACE RELEASES WITHIN US SUPERNATURAL STRENGTH TO KEEP GOING IN THE MIDST OF PAIN AND SUFFERING.

  2. GRACE IGNITES WITHIN US DETERMINATION TO KEEP GOING NO MATTER WHAT. GOD GRACE CONTINUES TO GIVE US NEW SURGES EVERY DAY TO KEEP GOING. NOW FOR OVER FIFTY YEARS.

  3. GRACE ECHOES IN OUR SPIRIT THAT GOD IS WITH US TO BE OUR FRIEND AND SUPPORTER.

  4. GOD KEEPS POINTING US TO GOD'S GOAL OF TEACHING US.

  5. GRACE REMINDS US THAT OUR FATHER ENABLES US TO BECOME STRONGER IN FAITH AND DEEPER IN INTIMANCY.

  6. GRACE ASSURES US THAT GOD IS IN CONTROL AND SETS LIMITS ON WHAT WE CAN BEAR.

  7. GRACE AWAKENS OUR FAITH WITH CONVICTION THAT GOD WILL TURN OUR TOUGH TIMES FOR SOMETHING GOOD.

He who can truly say this, is a God

(Thomas Brooks, "An Ark for All God's Noahs" 1662)


"The Lord is my portion, says my soul; therefore I will hope in Him." Lamentations 3:24

God is every believer's portion.

Riches are not every believer's portion --but God is every believer's portion.

Liberty and freedom are not every believer's portion--but God is every believer's portion.

Honor and applause are not every believer's portion--but God is every believer's portion.

Prosperity and success are not every believer's portion--but God is every believer's portion.

God is a universal portion. God is a portion that includes all other portions.

God has Himself the good, the sweet, the profit, the pleasure, the delight, the comfort--of all portions.

There is no good in wife, child, father, friend, husband, health, wealth, wit, wisdom, learning, honor --but is all found in God.

There is in God--an immense fullness, an ocean of goodness, and an abundance of all that graciousness, sweetness, and kindness--that is to be found in all other things or creatures.

All the goodnesses of all the creatures, are eminently and perfectly to be enjoyed in God.

The cream, the good, the sweet, the beauty, and the glory f every creature, and of every thing--centers in God.

God is a universal excellency. All the particular excellencies that are scattered up and down among angels, men, and all other creatures--are virtually and transcendently in Him.

He has them all in His own being. All creatures in heaven and earth have but their particular excellencies; but God has in Himself the very quintessence of all excellencies! The creatures have but drops of that sea, that ocean—which is in God. They have but their parts of that power, wisdom, goodness, righteousness, holiness, faithfulness, loveliness, desirableness, sweetness, graciousness, beauty, and glory--which is in God. One has this part, and another has that; one has this particular excellency, and another has that. But the whole of all these parts and excellencies, are to be found in God alone!

There is none but that God, who is the universal good, who can truly say, "All power, all wisdom, all strength, all knowledge, all goodness, all sweetness, all beauty, all glory, all excellency, etc., dwells in Me!" He who can truly say this, is a God; and he who cannot, is no God.

All the excellencies that are scattered up and down in the creatures, are united into one excellency in God. There is a glorious union of all excellencies in God--and only in God.

Now this God, who is such a universal good, and who has all excellencies dwelling in Himself, says to the believer, "I am yours, and all that I have is yours!"Every believer has the whole God wholly; he has all of God for his portion. God is not a believer's portion in a limited sense, nor in a comparative sense--but in an absolute sense. God Himself is theirs. He is wholly theirs. He is always theirs. Our property reaches to all that God is, and to all that God has. He has all--who has the Possessor of all.

To be able to say, "God is mine!" is more than if I were able to say that ten thousand worlds, yes, and as many heavens, are mine! Oh what a spring of joy and comfort should this be to all the saints!

"This God is our God forever and ever!" Ps. 48:14