Advice for a President February 2, 2016

When Harry Truman was thrust into the US presidency by the death of Franklin Roosevelt, Sam Rayburn, Speaker of the House, took him aside and said, “You’re going to have lots of people … tell you what a great man you are, Harry. But you and I both know you ain’t.” As it turned out, many believe that Truman became a very good President. Without a doubt, too many of us spend our lives worrying about other people’s opinion of us. But the great Apostle, Paul thought otherwise. He once wrote, “…do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.” This raises another important question- how do we please God? The writer of Hebrews answers, writing- “without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” So if we desire to please God rather than men, we must believe. That’s why Paul told the sincere, seeking Philippian jailer, “believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.” The key is faith.

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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