ARE YOUR FICKLE?

Before we get to the lesson, I would like to thank the Cornerstone family. They helped tremendously with this lesson; providing me with several more nuggets.

This past Sunday our pastor preached on God is in the process, He is process oriented. He used Daniel to illustrate this. In Daniel 10:12-13 – “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me for twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia.”

Daniel prayed, and it took twenty-one days to receive the answer. His faith was tested in the gap; the time in between when he prayed and when he received the answer. What do you do in that gap period?

The other day I was at a meeting and the speaker said the word, “wait”. That word just went off in me and I had to look at the definition.

I went to the Webster 1828 dictionary to find my definition. This is what I read – “To stay or rest in expectation; to rest in expectation and patience.”

Lamentations 3:25 – “The Lord is good to those that WAIT for Him, to the soul that seeks Him.”

Psalm 27:14 – “WAIT on the Lord; be of good courage, and He will strengthen your heart; WAIT I say, on the Lord.”

Isaiah 40:30 – “But those that WAIT on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not grow faint.”

I need to take the time to explain the word shall. Shall, in the second or third person, implies a promise, command, or determination. It carries a lot more weight that the word will. The above verse is a promise and a command. God’s Word will not return to Him void. So therefore, if you truly wait on Him, then that promise is for you.

Acts 1:4 – “…WAIT for the promise of the Father…”

We must wait on the Lord with expectation that He has answered our prayers and that He will fulfill His promises. He will keep His Word.

Now another word came to mind and that is the word – HOPE.
Hope is defined as – “Confidence in a future event; the highest degree of expectation of good.”

Waiting and hope go hand in hand; they bring about wonderful expectations that Father is going to do what He promised to do. However, we must wait and be steadfast.

Now we come to a new word. Steadfast is defined as – “Fast; fixed; firm firmly fixed or established; constant; resolute; not fickle or wavering. Now, this brings us to the question; “Are you fickle?” Fickle means; “to stagger; wavering; unstable; of a changeable mind.”

Psalm 51:10 – “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

It is extremely important that in this day and time, that we become steadfast and wait upon Him. Listen to His voice, read His Word. Do not lose hope, or let it be stolen. He is the Deliverer and He will bring you through whatever situation you are in.

While sharing this with the cornerstone family, Father showed the Prodigal Son story. The father in the story never lost hope, he never gave up. He was steadfast in his waiting for the return of his son. Our Father is the same. His love for us so awesome and He is waiting on us. He is waiting for us to wait on Him, to draw near to Him, to take Him at His Word; to expect Him to do what He said He would do, to be in fellowship with Him.

So, brethren I beseech you to WAIT upon the Lord our God. Be steadfast and do not let the storms around you keep you from having fellowship with Father.

Blessings to all

What is Cornerstone Bible Ministries?

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Greetings and welcome to Cornerstone Bible Ministries,

I am excited about this new venture, and looking forward to what God has for us. Let me begin with telling you about this wonderful ministry.  Dad’s dream for this ministry is that it would be a tool to bring about growth in the people who came. That this growth would also create disciples of Jesus Christ who would go out into the world spreading the Gospel to all they meet.

I believe it has done so. But, it also created a family. We are a small group, but we have a big heart. I am amazed how these people are there for each other. No matter the problem, we are there for one another.

Not only do we study God’s Word, but we pray for one another and others. We would love to pray for you. We are a group of prayer warriors.

Since January, we have been studying the book of Ephesians from A New Testament Commentary – EPHESIANS, by Bob Yandian. This has been a time of training for me. As God told me, “My training wheels”. I have, and do minister to others, but stepping in Dad’s shoes has not been easy. However, with the Holy Spirit I have been making progress and am finding my own “style”.

This study has also brought a renewal, a fire, and a desire to dig deeper into God’s Word. This journey is one that I will share with you.

One of the purposes for this blog is to publish the lessons from Tuesday night. This way those that miss that meeting, or those that cannot attend because they are not in our area, can print the lesson and study the along with us.

Please join us in our journey.

Bryan Hawthorne

The Journey Begins

Greetings to all. Cornerstone Bible Ministries, a weekly Bible study was a dream of my parents, John and Kay Hawthorne, . We had our first meeting July 1998 at their home, and we still meet there today. Dad’s vision was to train the members of  Cornerstone to be active in the ministry of Christ today, to share the Gospel to all.

December 2017, Dad went home, and Mom and I felt led to carry on the dream, the ministry that Dad was given. We study God’s Word and lift up one another in fellowship and prayer.

We are believing for God to pour out His Spirit on our small group and do great and mighty things.

Bryan Hawthorne