August 23, 2020

Are You Part of the Remnant?

When I was a teenager, gratefully my Mother taught me how to sew. For most of my teen years, I made all my own clothes. (Yes, really.)

First, it was not as uncommon then as it is now; and secondly, I could have LOTs more clothes than if I had to pay retail for ‘ready-made, store-bought’ clothes! The best deal on fabric was always if I could find a remnant that was big enough for what I needed.

Fast forward some decades … I learned another definition of remnant. A remnant is a small group of surviving people. Throughout the course of mankind’s history, God has always left a remnant. The Old Testament makes clear that Israel are the people of God. Regardless of the destruction and the number of people killed, there are always people who survive. Isaiah 1.9 (KJV) states; Except the Lord of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, We should have been as Sodom, And we should have been like unto Gomorrah. Elijah, pouting under the tree, believed he was all alone as a believer in Yahweh, when in fact, God had 7,000 believers! The New Testament in Romans 11.5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. 6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work. (KJV) Today, the church, the bride of Christ serves as God’s chosen people. You know I rarely use the Kings James version, but in this instance – it was the only one I could find that used the word ‘remnant’ all the other versions I checked used ’survivor.’ I like both.

There are a remnant of people rising up – those who serve the God of their church and not the church of their God! They are surviving! Are you part of the remnant? Are you surviving? Thriving? Have you submitted to the Lord? Are you obedient to His commands? Do you present yourself a living sacrifice each morning? Do you confess your sins; repent and ask for forgiveness? We serve a God of abundance. A God of peace.

The remnant of always blessed beyond measure...regardless of their circumstances here on earth, they know this is not our home. We have faith and trust in the promises of God that He will never leave us or forsake us. He is the same yesterday, today and for eternity. We are standing on His Word; not the culture, politics, or the word of man.

Are you part of the remnant? A survivor, thriving? Do you want to be?

Praying you are!

Pastor Deb