Awakening Alliance Church
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Awakening Hope.

God is Good!

God is good!  And every good thing that we enjoy in life is a gift from Him.  James 1:17 (ESV) says, "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change."
It's easy to forget God's goodness if we're not careful to share and talk about the testimonies of the good things that God has done and is doing.  This happened to the children of Israel in the book of Judges.  In Judges 2:10 (HCSB), we are told that after the death of Joshua, another generation "rose up who did not know the Lord or the works He had done for Israel."  As a result, the children of Israel turned to idol worship and abandoned the Lord.  They began a cycle of sin and rebellion, followed by judgment, followed by repentance, followed by a time of walking with God, and then sin and rebellion again, and so on.
We don't want to fall into that kind of life!  And we don't have to.  Not only do we have the opportunity to have the constant Presence of the Holy Spirit with us, but we also have the ability to choose to remember.  As we choose to remember the good things that God has done, we feed ourselves on His goodness and grow our faith.
But there's more than that - Revelation 19:10 (ESV) tells us that "the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."  As Bill Johnson explains in his excellent book Release the Power of Jesus, when we talk about the good things that God has done (testify to Jesus), it builds our faith that God will do it again - we prophesy good things by testifying about good things!
At Awakening Alliance Church, we highly value praising and thanking God by talking about the good things that He has done.  And we are excited about the fact that as we talk about those things, we open the door for God to do even greater things!