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A City Set on a Hill

And the wind did blow! The location of our church facilities is the most visible in the area…a city set on a hill…Matthew 5:14 ‘Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.’ And it is a beautiful sight to come into Claremore and see such a beautiful building complex with a sign that can be read from Highway 66 declaring REHOBOTH BAPTIST CHURCH. It declares as you enter into Claremore that there is a fundamental, Gospel preaching, Bible believing Church standing watch over the town…but brother is it windy! Have you ever seen the wind blow as it did yesterday?! Constant wind of 25 mph and gusts up to 40 mph! And cold?! When I arrived Sunday morning it was 38 degrees but when we left Sunday evening it was 23! And the winter continues.
But back to my thoughts about our location; there is no debate about our being placed here by God’s providence and purpose, yet one wonders from time to time if we understand and or fully use the place He has ordained for us?
The health of the church is very good and the spirit of the church is delightful to any who comes for a visit; but for us who are in the ‘trenches’ of serving the Lord Jesus Christ, we see all the ‘battles’ that are raging. Consider Ephesians 6:12 ‘For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.’
If you think you can go against the grain of society and stand against the work of the devil without repercussions, you are sadly mistaken. There is a price to pay when we boldly stand in our society today and teach the ‘Whole Counsel of God’ Acts 20:27 ‘For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.’ It ultimately cost Paul his life…and in the day we live it could again. Let us ‘count the cost’ Luke 14:28 ‘For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?’ And then move ahead with the purpose and plan of God for our lives. It will be worth it on That Day, when the secrets of our hearts will be revealed: Romans 2:16 ‘In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.’
So we move on, serving our Lord with all of our hearts knowing that nothing here will be perfect, but will be blessed if we submit our will to His; Live for Him, not ourselves, trusting in His Word, not our wits or wisdom…What a Mighty God we serve! Who knows the hearts of all men and will judge us according to His own Word:
II Corinthians 5:10 ‘For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.’ And will discern between the lost and saved: ‘He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.’ John 12:48
And that dear friends is why we remain in the fray…
Bro. Wayne