Pastor Tom's Monthly Message: August
The Joyful Believer Thinks of Christ Every Day
Greetings to all in the Name of Jesus,
I pray that this finds all of you well and praising the Lord for His goodness and grace. It’s easy to praise the Lord when everything is going according to plan but it’s a whole different ballgame when things are going sideways. It’s why Solomon wrote that we are to trust in the Lord with all our heart and don’t trust our own understanding, but we are to acknowledge Him, and He will straighten our paths. I know one thing…Praise the Lord because we have finally got some rain! Amen?!
Well, it’s August and lots of stuff happens in August. We’ll be winding up VBS this month. The kids start back to school this month. August acts like a buffer between the last holiday of summer (Labor Day) and gets us “Fall-aholics” ready for the leaves, cooler weather and the mountains. August is the fifth of seven months of our year that contain 31 days and in the Northern Hemisphere, August is the dead of winter just like our February is here.
But the month of August has some history attached to it too. In the Latin, it was originally called ‘Sextilis’ because it was the 6th month of the year until January and February were added to the calendar in about 700 BC. Its name was changed in 8 BC when it was renamed in honor of Caesar Augustus. He chose this month to bear his name for one singular reason: several of his greatest triumphs in war were won in this month, including his defeat of the Egyptians.
In the month of August, the Romans remembered Caesar and his victories. It’s sad that some Christians wait until December to think about Jesus when we celebrate His birth at Christmas and we think of Him again in the spring when we celebrate His death, burial and resurrection at Easter. The joyful believer thinks of Christ every day of every week of every month of every year.
Why? It’s because we remember His great victories in our personal lives and in the lives of those we love. I have had the privilege of having my own ‘God moments’ in every month of the year. Victories in prayer. Victories in soul-winning. Victories in the restoration of relationships.
If you can name it, then Jesus has been victorious over it. That is why Paul wrote these words to the troubled believers of Corinth, “But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”
Those Romans in Corinth could think about Augustus in ‘August’ if they chose to but Paul challenged them to live victoriously in Jesus Christ because they needed to. Now, when or how often do you remember your ‘Victory in Jesus’?
Pastor Tom and Pat Campbell