Help my Unbelief!

This has been an unusual week for me (I will spare you the details), but to say the least it has made sermon preparation difficult. Although every week varies, I typically spend 25-30 hours of sermon prep total for 2 sermons. I find this much time necessary because I am a slow learner and because far be it from me to casually stand before my sheep and just “shoot from the hip.” I take very seriously the ominous words of James 3:1: “Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly” and Hebrews 13:17: “Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account…”

I share all of this with you because up until this morning I have been struggling and wrestling with two passages that just kept eluding me no matter how much I studied and prayed(if you must know, they are 1 Kings 22:41-53 and 1 Corinthians 12:12-26). Praise be to God, however, who has in the past few moments helped my unbelief! A quickening light has diffused the darkness and I cannot help but sing his praises!

My Raptured Soul
Taken from the Gadsby Hymnal #268
Words: John Berridge, 1716-1793.

If Jesus Kindly Say,

and with a whispering word,

‘Arise my love and come away,’

I run to meet my Lord.

My raptured soul will rise up,

and give a cheerful spring,

and dart through all the lofty skies,

to visit Zion’s King,

to visit Zion’s King.

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