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.

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 . . .