Union Grove/ Steele NewsBy BRENDA BOBBITT,
Clean-up volunteers to meet at Union Grove
Union Grove and Sylvester UMC are preparing for Spring Revival. Sylvester’s Spring Revival will start on March 1, 2020. The afternoon service will start at 1:00 p.m. Pastor Willie J. Flowers of New Friendship MBC of Walnut Grove will conduct the afternoon service. Monday night and Tuesday night services will start at 7:00 pm each night. Pastor Arthur Maples of Wesley Chapel UMC will conduct Monday night service and Pastor Curtis Laster Jr of Mt. Carmel MBC will conduct Tuesday night service.
Union Grove UMC will host its Spring Revival starting Sunday, March 8, 2020 thru Tuesday, March 10, 2020. The afternoon service on March 8 will be conducted by Pastor Timothy Croft of Lone Pilgrim.
The Steele Community Great American Cleanup is coming up. The Steele Community includes Patrick Drive, Oliver Dr. King Rd., Water Tank Rd., Old Jackson Rd., Beulah Rd., Boss Hogg Rd., Burks Circle and Edna Dr. During March 7 thru March 09, the volunteer participants of the community take the time to clean up the community if the weather permits. On Monday, March 09, the participants will gather at Union Grove UMC for a fellowship meal. If you would like to participate or donate, please contact Brenda Bobbitt at 601-507-9567.
A word from Pastor Marcus Mann:
I think that many times we forget that we are involved in a “spiritual” war. For many of you that is what is going on in your life at this moment. You have been feeling pressed on every side. Things are not going right. Your mind is constantly bombarded with thoughts it should not be thinking. Your home is in a state of uproar. You're having problems on your job. You are going through difficulties. You are being easily offended. You are depressed, anxious, discouraged even to the point where you feel like “throwing in the towel.”
There is confusion and distraction. You don’t know why this is happening. You can’t figure it out or put your finger on the source. Let me put my finger on it — it is “spiritual warfare.”
Life as a Christian is not just a life of blessings. You have a very real enemy who is not happy that you are living for the Lord, and he is out to destroy you. He has schemes, plans, devices and weapons that he uses to wage war against your soul. He has you in his “cross hairs” with one goal in mind — to kill you.
When you look at the life of Job, who came after him to attack him? The devil. Job was attacked in his wealth and material possessions. He was attacked in his health. He was attacked through his emotions, his feelings, in his mind, through his spouse, through his friends and in every way from every side. Job was in spiritual warfare.
Don’t forget that you are in a battle. Don’t lose focus that there is a real enemy out there wanting to destroy you. Don’t just think this is a natural occurrence. It is spiritual. Stop whining, crying and complaining about your situation. Stop rolling over and playing dead. Stop fearing the enemy. Don’t just sit back with the attitude, “Whatever will be will be.”
Fight back. Get up and fight the good fight of faith. Get up and fight the enemy (remember the enemy is not flesh and blood). Use the mighty weapons that God has given you. Put on the full armor of God. Bring those raging thoughts captive. Pull out the sword of the Spirit (God’s word, the scriptures). Pray in the Spirit. Put on the garment of praise and break the enemy’s hold on your emotions.
We tend to focus on the fact that we are blessed of the Lord, blessed with all spiritual blessings, children of God — we focus on all the good and pleasant things. But we forget that we are also mighty warriors dressed for battle. We are soldiers in the Lord’s army. We take the Kingdom by force. And as we do, we are more than conquerors. We are victorious.
We have power over all the powers of the enemy. We are over-comers. We win! Job was victorious in his spiritual battle. Why? “For I know that my redeemer liveth. Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold.” (Job 19:25,27)
He kept his focus on the Lord. It did get hard, and he did wonder why, and he did suffer, but he trusted God would be with him and see him through to the very end. Know that the Lord is with you in your battle and He has given you the victory through His Son Jesus.