God of the Weary . . .

When doubts filled my mind, Your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer ~ Psalm 94:19

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There are times in my life when I feel so weary that everything is too much. I don’t mean to the point of despair, but just that  the everyday walk through life is just a drag. I’m not a social being, an out-there do as much as I can in one day person. Those people make me tired, and a little envious at times wishing that I could be more like them.

But I believe God makes each of us unique and moulds our lives as He has planned.

For many reasons throughout my life I have been a solitary person and I  believe that although that is probably not what God intended, He is using it to His advantage for His kingdom. He does want me to be part of a church and  socialise with other Christians, and I try very hard to do this, but it is a struggle for me. God’s purpose for my life does require a certain amount of solitary time.

Matthew 5:3 says “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Matthew Henry says of this verse : “Those who are ‘weary and  heavy-laden’, are the poor in spirit, and they shall find rest with Christ.”

My daily strength is in knowing that God walks with me and goes before me always. I get to know Him more and more each day through reading His Word, even if it is only one verse that has captured my interest and that may apply to where I’m at with life. I have spent a lot of time reading books written by outstanding men and women of God. They inform me and encourage me in my walk with Him. Although this year I am focused on reading not only my Bible, but some Joyce Meyer and a beautiful book on Proverbs by Marilyn Hickey that has gorgeous pictures to colour. Walking with Jesus has changed my life. I know I would not be here now if it was not for God’s intervention in my life.

Recently, through reading  one of these books, I learned something in regards to Matthew 11:28-30.

Come to Me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you. Let Me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.

When oxen worked they were usually doubly yoked. A strong or lead ox would take the larger side and the younger, weaker ox  the opposite side. As they worked, the weaker ox would plough or track with the stronger ox, which bore the main part of the load.

When we are yoked with Christ, the burden is light because He is pulling the weight and making the way as the strong one. How beautiful is that!

 

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.