Stop Blaming God . . .

Aug 2017

We need to stop blaming God for everything wrong that happens in our lives.

Some of us go from bad to worse all the time never taking any responsibility for our own decisions in life. We pray and then moan to God when our prayers are not answered the way we want or as quickly as we want. We need to remember Jesus’ prayer in the garden of Gethsemane, “Not My will Father, but Your will be done.” (Matthew 26:39/Mark 14:36/Luke 22:42)

For some time I have been trying to find the right time of day to set aside for prayer. Nothing seemed to be working. Many nights as I get older I am awake for as much as 2 hours trying to go back to sleep. Sometimes I ask God who I can pray for, but all I want to do is go back to sleep. A few weeks ago I was awake for 2 hours three nights in a row. Now that was too much, because I don’t function on less than 7 hours sleep. I was annoyed that my prayers for some sleep were not seemingly being heard. By the third morning I finally was so cheesed off at 5.50 am that I decided to get up and sit in the lounge room and pray. I had a shower and I realized that God had finally answered my prayer. So for the next four days I did just that. I deliberately got up at about 6.30 am to pray. And I enjoyed it! It has literally taken me years to get to this point, because I’m not an early morning person. However, as I said, that was several weeks ago and I have lapsed! So, I am still a work in progress.

My point is, that without  my uncomfortable sleepless nights, God would not have claimed my attention. I am thankful for this and hope and pray and am working for the discipline to continue especially on those really cold wintry mornings. I may need to keep the heater on low overnight!

So, my original statement got a bit lost here.

Stop blaming God for everything!!!

He created you for His pleasure. He loves you.

When Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, God saw immediately what needed to be done to save His ultimate creation, mankind, from eternal death. You see, rejecting God is sin and is punishable by death.

God gave everything for us to be saved. His one and only Son, Jesus, the Christ.

When sin entered the world through Adam and Eve’s rebellion it brought with it sickness, poverty, mental illness, hatred, unbelievable evil, destruction and death. When Jesus was nailed to that cross, God transferred all of that sin and everything it entails, from us (every person who had ever been born or was ever to be born) to Jesus. That is why He cried out, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:45,46/Mark 15:33,34) Because God cannot look upon sin He had to turn His face away from His Son in those moments.

God has done His part, and Jesus has born our sin.

Our part is to accept that sacrifice. Yes, there is inconceivable evil in the world, and horrible diseases, and we have lost loved ones to these things. But please don’t blame God. He is not responsible. The enemy that tempted Adam and Eve is the culprit, but through Jesus’ sacrifice we can beat him at his evil game.

We have the Word of God to encourage us, the testimonies of the Acts of the Apostles to embolden us, and if we know the Lord, His Holy Spirit to give us power and love and a sound and disciplined mind in all our decision making.

Please, don’t blame God for the things that go wrong in your life. Maybe the wrong decision was made, maybe a lot of things. I’ve heard amazing testimonies to the greatness of God come out of amazingly tragic losses.

God is not against us, He is for us.
And if God is for us, who can be against us? !!! Romans 8:31

If you don’t know Jesus as your Saviour, you may like to pray the Prayer of Salvation. The link is at the top of this page.

A New Year of Possibilities . . .

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Every year we all make ‘New Year Resolutions’.

My not so secret wish now is that I could paint like Vincent Van Gogh. Very rarely, in fact sometimes never, do we succeed at seeing them come to pass. Of course, I will never paint like Vincent, but I do paint like me. Like God inspires ME.  I have learnt over the past few years that to be able to attain to these promises that I make to myself there are several things I need to do.

1. I need to begin each day in fellowship with God. Bid Him good morning and sit and pray with Him for a few minutes or as long as I like.

Listen for His direction.

2. I need to be aware of my abilities , talents and desires. Catch a Vision of what I want to achieve. I need to look at what interests me, what I have a passion for, and concentrate on that in line with my actual abilities and talents. Free my mind from handicaps.

If I need to do some study or a course, or go to the gym, to be able to achieve my desired outcome, then do it.

3. Set goals. When I have a blueprint for my life, each day will be a success.

These goals should cover Spiritual, Personal and Physical aspects of my life.

4. Remember God’s promises. His Word is filled with promise after promise. Look at the Gospels.

These promises are fulfilled by me, by faith in His Word.

5. I need to know my limitations as well as my abilities.

Don’t be unrealistic about what I want to achieve.

6. Sow my time into good projects and activities, which will produce bountiful harvests. Don’t waste time.

Good seed reaps a great harvest. Bad seed reaps nothing.

7. The effects of what I do with my time here on earth will go on forever. Even the smallest act of kindness (good seed) will ultimately bring eternal reward. I need to get to know Jesus more and accept Him as my Saviour.

The greatest treasure anyone possesses is one’s soul. Making sure my soul is in line with God’s will for my life is the greatest New Year Resolution I can make.

Choose Life . . .

If there is no point to life, no reason to be here, no life after death, no purpose, then why in the first place are we here?

It stands to reason that after all the suffering that this life entails, there must be something happening when we die. Otherwise, what’s the point?

We feel pain in our bodies. We feel pain in our hearts. Some of us suffer, some a little bit, some a great deal. Some of us live with disaster after disaster in our families and some for generations. You may think you are cursed. Well, perhaps that’s just what it is. If there is no purpose to this life, and no life after death, I ask again, then why all this suffering? To get to where? To just suffer through this life, and then be no more? To come back as a dog or cat or caterpillar? What a scam! But there is an answer to all these questions!

There IS a purpose to life, and there is a greater being who guides us toward that purpose and beyond. There is hope in a dying and immoral world. There is success for what may seem a lost and hopeless life, for those who genuinely seek truth and freedom.

There is, however, only one way to this salvation from the bondage of suffering, loneliness, poverty, sickness, infirmity, loss and grief and the hopelessness that life can bring. There is only one way to find the truth about your purpose here on this planet, and to be able to walk in freedom.

Firstly, we begin with the fact that we are a spirit, we have a soul (mind) and we live in a body.

The spirit is our real self. It will live forever. Our soul is where all information is stored, mulled over, and where decisions are made. All of this lives in an earthly body, which when the time comes will drop off and die and our spirit will spend it’s time in eternity. The condition of our spirit at point of death, determines where we will spend eternity.

Because we have the freedom to make decisions we are given the chance to learn about God, His love for us, and what He achieved for us. We are given the choice to accept Him or deny Him. He is our Creator and our Redeemer. If we are genuinely searching for the meaning of life and the truth about life, He (God) will reveal Himself to us. We are free then, to choose to walk with Him or not.

Jesus said : I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life;  no-one comes to the Father, but through Me ~ John 14:6.

Jesus also says to come to Him, if you are weary with life, and greatly burdened, and that He will give you rest, because He is the resurrection and life to all who believe in Him, and even if you die, you shall live forever with Him. He came for those who are in darkness, that they may believe in Him and live in the light ~ Matthew 11:28 ~ John 11:25,26 ~ John 12:46

Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the world, He died for us, and He rose from the dead, and then sent His helper, His Holy Spirit, to strengthen us, guide us, comfort us, give us boldness, and be a constant companion, a true friend, who can be relied upon in any situation life brings.

God’s great love for us is summed up in this verse from the Gospel of John :

“For God so loved the world (that’s you and me) that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life” ~ John 3:16

So choose life!

Choose to ask Jesus to come and live in your heart and walk with you and help you to succeed in life with the help of His Holy Spirit.

Choose life, because the alternative is not pleasant. Jesus says in the Gospels, that if we deny Him, our Father who is in heaven, will deny us.

Choose life, because Jesus is the resurrection and the life, and if you believe in Him, you will never die!

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And it all began with the birth of a baby in a manger . . .

Jesus Christ is Born . . .

I used to watch the Santa Claus movies every Christmas, but don’t bother anymore. I made the decision that anything that promotes Santa over Jesus is no longer of any interest to me. I am grieving at the Santa’s everywhere ~

But Jesus is very rarely recognised as the reason for Christmas.

However, the last time I watched The Santa Claus Christmas movie which was two years ago, I was moved deep within my spirit from two different scenes in this story.

The first scene is when Scott Calvin (the Santa Claus) first arrives at the North Pole and is in denial of who he has now become. He is in the toy factory and trying to be persuaded by the head elf that he is now Santa Claus. He declares ‘What if I don’t want to believe in Santa and Christmas and all this anymore!’ (my words) and the entire very busy and very noisy workshop goes deadly quiet. You could have heard a pin drop. The entire room is in shock and grief at such a statement.

I got a really strong feeling and a bit of a picture of what heaven must feel when we decide to deny God. When we declare that we no longer believe in Him and what He sent His only Son to do for us.

The second scene is when Santa, having accepted partially who he is, is sitting on a park bench watching his son play football and every child in the park is drawn to him like a magnet, lining up to see him, because they know who he is, and come and sit on his knee and make their requests known to him.

This is exactly how God wants us to see Him and approach Him ~ In absolute faith that ‘HE IS’ ~ That He will supply all our needs ~ That He will heal all our sicknesses, diseases and infirmities ~ That He will look after us always.

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God the Father, Yahweh, the Great I Am ~ Loved us ~ All of us ~ No exceptions ~ So much ~ That He put into place over many hundreds of years a plan to send His only Son to this earth, born as a babe in Bethlehem, to eventually pay the price for our sins (therefore our loss of eternal life)

This miraculous birth is what we celebrate at this time each year. It’s time to put fiction behind us, accept His love,  recognise that HE IS and focus on the reality that JESUS is the ONLY true meaning of the Christmas season.