From the Desk of: Evangelist Armental Crawford Subject: Searching in a Time like This
Praises, Blessings, Glory and honor to our Great Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We exalt His Wonderful Name today. In the Wonderful Name of Jesus Christ is Salvation, deliverance, healing, strength, joy, peace, power, refuge, comfort, restoration, protection, truth, and righteousness (to name a few of His glorious attributes). His Name is a strong tower, of which the righteous run into and are safe. O, what joy Jesus Christ is to our soul, therefore, we will exalt and bless His Holy Name today and evermore. We honor our Mother of the Church, as well as all Mothers, Prophetesses, Evangelists, Teachers, Sisters, Saints, and You our beloved friends. We are stirred within to share words of encouragement that your hearts may be enlightened, as you're "Searching in A Time like This”. What is searching? How do we search? When searching we make a thorough examination or look very carefully, seeking to find something. In other words, we are seeking something. Whether food, drink, or raiment, we are called to seek the Lord first. According to Matthew 6:25-34, “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? 26) Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? 27) Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? 28) And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: 29) And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30) Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? 31) Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32) (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33) But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34) Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof”. As King David admonished his son Solomon, in I Chronicles 28:9 " And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the Lord searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever". As with Solomon, so should we seek the Lord and adhere His commandments that we may be kept by His mercy. The Lord appeared unto Solomon, asking him what he desired, according to II Chronicles 1:6-12, “And Solomon went up thither to the brasen altar before the Lord, which was at the tabernacle of the congregation, and offered a thousand burnt offerings upon it. 7) In that night did God appear unto Solomon, and said unto him, Ask what I shall give thee. 8) And Solomon said unto God, Thou hast shewed great mercy unto David my father, and hast made me to reign in his stead. 9) Now, O Lord God, let thy promise unto David my father be established: for thou hast made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude. 10) Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people: for who can judge this thy people, that is so great? 11) And God said to Solomon, Because this was in thine heart, and thou hast not asked riches, wealth, or honour, nor the life of thine enemies, neither yet hast asked long life; but hast asked wisdom and knowledge for thyself, that thou mayest judge my people, over whom I have made thee king: 12) Wisdom and knowledge is granted unto thee; and I will give thee riches, and wealth, and honour, such as none of the kings have had that have been before thee, neither shall there any after thee have the like”. Solomon’s willingness to seek for how to lead and guide God's people showed his desire to please the Lord; in being king of this so great people of God. In all our ways, we are to acknowledge the Lord Jesus Christ, and let Him lead and guide us. Philippians 4:6-8 states, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7) And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8) Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things”. May the Lord Jesus Christ Bless You Richly.