by Fred Lowery

How to Stay Steady and Strong in Unstable Times
Dr. Fred Lowery
Proverbs 3:1-12; 1 Corinthians 9:5-7; Romans 8:28; 1 Peter 1:24-25; 2 Timothy 1:7; Psalm 34:4; Psalm 56:3
December 28, 2008

Thank you Eddie for that song that so fits today and the message that I want to bring to you. Because so many people are stuck in the mire of the what ifs. Because we are so unsettled in this country is the next shoe going to drop? What news will we hear next that will shake us to the core of our beings? Because it seems like every time, every day you are hearing that it hasn't been this low in the last sixty years. Or on the other side it hasn't been this high and it's always the wrong thing. In sixty years or fifty years or forty years. And so these are difficult times and if we're not careful we get stuck in the mire of fear and we focus on all the things that are going wrong in this country. When President Elect Obama is sworn in he has chosen to use Abraham Lincoln's bible and I'm told that in that Bible if you turn to Psalm 34:4 there is a smudge, a spot that because Abraham Lincoln put his thumb on this verse so many times that it left a spot. And the verse simply says, I sought the Lord and he heard me and he delivered me from all my fears. And that's a verse for us. The title of the message today is how to be steady and strong in unstable times. How to be steady and strong in unstable times. I want to first read a passage from Proverbs 3 because this is just good stuff for a new year right from the word of God. Listen verse one, my son do not forget my teaching but keep my commands in your heart for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity. Let love and faithfulness never leave you bind them around your neck. Write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and good name in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him ...

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