In her second sermon, Priscilla Shirer talked about what we may call the ‘blessings in disguise’.
She opened up by telling her personal experience, where at that time the place where she lives is so full of snow that people could not get out of their homes for a week. Some took this time to rest – enjoy life with their kids, play board games, or do the things that they do not usually have time to do them. But for some others, they complain and want to resume to their ‘busy’ activities straightaway.
“We are often anticipating or guarding the places that we have expected enemies will come,” she said.
“But sometimes the enemies come elsewhere. Even through the joyful things that God has given to us.”
Can it be that the one week rest is actually a blessing from God, just to breathe it and relax? Is it possible that one week without internet and work that God has given you is actually a gift for you to regain your strength?
“The Israelites were enslaved, yet when they are freed and on their way to the promised land Canaan, they still want to go back to Egypt – to be enslaved once again.
“And yet, when we are supposed to be resting and enjoy the fruits of our labours, we become stressed on our relaxation,” she said.
Deuteronomy 5:14 says that on Sabbath day, we should not do any work. “We need to resist the urge to continue,” Priscilla said. “We need to know how to seize.
“And let me tell you that this is not a ticket to laziness. 6 days, you gotta work. And it doesn’t mean that you are doing nothing, but it means to stop doing what you normally do on day 1 to 6. You need to know when to stop, enough is enough.”
Upon ‘resting’, Priscilla Shirer introduced two principles. The first one is from Exodus 16:25-26, which says “don’t go out on the seventh day.” But being Israelites, on verse 27 it is written that they went out anyway. Then they found out there’s nothing outside. The first thing on how to know when the time to get your Sabbath in everything that you are doing is when you have nothing to show on your effort.
The second principle is drawn from the verse 15, which says “you shall remember that you were a slave in Egypt,… but observe the Sabbath day.” Notice that it is past tense slavery, and present tense command. Simply, it means that we are not to be enslaved by anything, not by our work, and not even to the things that He’s given to us to enjoy. But the Israelites kept dwelling in their slavery, they chose to be enslaved instead to have the freedom that has already been given to them.
“Free people know that if they do the day 1-6, God will take care of day 7. It would be useless and foul to invest on the 7th day,” said Priscilla. “Recall what God has accomplished on your behalf. Thank Him.”
Priscilla then proposed the creation theory. On the seventh day, God made the Sabbath. He rested.
Day 1: Day, Night — Sun, Moon: Day 4
Day 2: Sky — Birds: day 5
Day 3: land and vegetation — animals: day 6
If you notice, the creation theory is basically telling that from day 1-3 God created the domains, while in day 4-6 He created the inhabitants – the ones who take domains.
On day 7, however, He rested. This means that God has the sovereignty over the domains and the ones who take the domains.
“If you are taking out the seventh day, it means that man takes the sovereignty. It makes you in charge, not God.
“Let God be God.”
The First and the Last
The Beginning and the end
The keeper of creation
The creator of all
He’s the architect of the universe
And the manager of all timeHe always was, always is and always will be.
Unmoved, unchanged, undefeated and never undoneHe was bruised but brought healing,
He was pierced but eased pain,
He was persecuted but brought freedom
He was dead and brings life
He is risen to bring power
And he reigns to bring peaceThe world can’t understand Him
Armies can’t defeat Him
Schools can’t explain Him
And leaders they can’t ignore Him
Harold couldn’t kill Him
Nero couldn’t crush Him
The new age can not replace Him
And Oprah can not explain Him away
He IS Life,
HE IS Love,
HE IS Longevity and He IS The LORD
HE IS Goodness, kindness, faithfulness
And HE IS GOD
HE IS holy and righteous
and powerful and pure
His ways are right,
His word eternal
His will unchanging
And His mind is on us
He is our savior, our guide,
Our peace, our joy, our comfort
Our Lord and He rules our lives,
I serve Him because His bond is love
His yoke is easy His burden is light
And His goal for us is abundant life.
I follow Him because,
He Is the wisdom of the wise
The power of the powerful
The ancient of days, the ruler of rulers,
The leader of all leaders,
His goal is a relationship with me
He will never leave you, never forsake you
Never mislead you, never forget you,
Never overlook you and
Never cancel your appointment is His appointment book.
When you fall He’ll lift you up,
When you fail He will forgive you.
When your weak He’s strong,
When your lost He’s your way
When your afraid He is your courage,
When you stumble He will steady you,
When your hurt He Is going to heal you,
When your broken He will mend you,
When your blind He will lead you,
When your hungry He will feed you,
When you face trials He Is with you,
When I face persecution He shields me,
When I face problems He will comfort me,
When I face loss He will provide for me,
And when we face death
He will carry us all home to meet Him.
He is everything for everybody,
everywhere, every time,
And in every way.
He is your God.”