Some days are easier than others, whether you are speaking of mental issues or just everyday living. Do you have more problems now than you did a few years ago? Some of us do, especially as we get older. Joints which didn’t hurt a decade ago, now hurt every day and sometimes keep us up at night.
Then there are financial problems and relationship issues that we all have to deal with. How do you handle all of these on a daily or weekly basis? Some of us deal with it by counselling, some by leaning on family members, some rely on their spiritual life. We all have our own ways of handling our problems no matter how big or small they may be. I still have days where I want to run screaming down the road, but that won’t solve anything. It will just create another problem…like getting myself back to the house and explaining why I did what I did (thankfully I haven’t done it, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t thought about it).
There are days when we all have “hair-pulling days” but somehow we get through them. Most of us tend to count to ten or twenty, some of us pray and then count to twenty, but we all have a way of dealing with those days. Jesus said that we would have trouble in our lives, but He would send the comforter…the Holy Spirit to help us and strengthen us so that we can make it through those times. God loves us and He doesn’t leave us alone in those trying times, regardless of what is testing us. Whether it is a disease or a financial problem or whatever it might be, He is there to help.
Seek His comfort and counsel in your days of trouble, no matter how big or small it may be. He loves us and cares for us and He will be there with us through it all.
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. Matthew 6:33
There are many problems in our world today. Not just over on the other side of the world, but close to home as well. Break-ins, looting, vandalism, rape, murder, the list goes on and on and on…seeming to have no end in sight. Why? Because, regardless of the wonderful speeches given and the promises made that have all been broken…we are in much worse financial shape than we were six or seven years ago. I am speaking of individually, personally but it is also true collectively for our country too. America is not respected any more. We are the butt of jokes and ridicule in many parts of the world today. Our once great country has lost its focus and its purpose because of our lack of a moral center. We don’t teach morality and good things to children anymore, because we have taken God out of the educational system entirely. People don’t seem to study or read their Bibles anymore either, and many that do complain that they don’t understand them or the rules are too harsh.
There is only ONE rule through the Bible from cover to cover…obedience. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27 Obey the Word of God, that is the only requirement in the entire Bible, God asks for and requires obedience. Does God love us..ABSOLUTELY. Then why does all of the bad stuff keep happening to people in the world? Because, Satan HATES us! Not only does God love us but it is because we are loved by God that Satan hates us so deeply, and in order to hurt God, he will cause diseases, death, misery, pain, wars, brutality toward each other. Satan’s existence is proof that God is real because you can’t have a perfect Creator without an opposite. If there is light, then somewhere there is darkness. If it is cold then somewhere it is hot. God is love and He cares for all of us because we are His creation, so Satan hates us just as strongly and would love nothing more than to keep you away from God! Satan will do anything and everything that he can do…that he is allowed to do, to inflict pain and cause people to doubt the goodness and love of God.
Why do I say this? Because it is true. He subjected Job to a disease which wouldn’t kill him, because God told him that he couldn’t take his life, but it was so painful as to make him to suffer for as long as God allowed it. Why? So God could prove Job’s loyalty to Him and to prove that Job was up to the challenge of Satan. Then, God restored his wealth ten times over and restored his family and gave Job a long life so that he lived over 140 more years after this.
God loves us and will prove it in your life, if you will obey Him and follow Him. He loves you anyway whether you return that love or not, and if He calls you into His Kingdom then you should answer. Don’t put it off and don’t disregard His call when you feel it. If you have been doing that for a long time, today or tomorrow may be the last time that you feel it. Jesus died to give you the chance at eternity in Heaven, all that you have to do is believe in Him and His sacrifice, asking Him to save you and forgive you and then repent of your sins and turn away from the things which have kept you from Him all this time. He will give you strength and the courage to get through every day, one day at a time.
Today, our culture tries to feed the one that causes all of the trouble and kill the one that wants to calm things down. Why is that? What good will that do other than causing more problems and hatred?
Life is part of this equation and living it means that we should be trying to encourage the good wolf and either lock up or kill the bad one. Our society and the culture that we live in is doing it the other way around and all that is going to do is make things worse.
Love wins in the end, so why fight it? God’s Love, not the kind that our Supreme court is pushing.
This picture and the caption which goes with it says it all. If we don’t teach our children about Jesus Christ and tell them of His love for them and pray with them, then the world and their teachers in school won’t do it. They would rather teach them alternative ways of getting to Heaven when there is only ONE way and that is through belief in Jesus Christ! None of the religions that are on the stage today that you see in the news or on TV will get you into Heaven except your belief in Jesus Christ and your submission to Him by asking Him to come into your heart and your life and change you.
When that happens, you are a new creation! You are a born-again child of God! There is no wondering if or maybe I am saved, you just are.
God loves you and has loved you since before the world was created by Him. He knew exactly what was going to happen, who was going to fall, the date that it would happen on, the day you and I were born and He is the only one Who knows when you and I will die. Many times people wonder about their life and how it would turn out one way or another. The best part of being a child of God is that your life, if you determine to follow Him every day, can be a joyous life! It may not be one filled with lots of money and fame, but you won’t go hungry. If God takes care of the birds of the air and the grass in the field, He will take care of you.
The rest of the world will chase after money or power, fame or fortune or both or maybe even all of them at once. But, what will all of those things do for you if you are diagnosed with cancer or have a heart attack? Money can pay your bills and get the best doctors, power can aid you in your recovery to an extent, but if the cancer is terminal and there is no treatment which will send it into remission, what then? God is the only One who could heal your heart of its emptiness and heal the cancer too. He may choose to do so by bringing you into eternity, but if you have accepted Him as Savior, then you will be whole and free of pain and disease forever! Money can’t do that, neither can fame or power and you certainly can’t take any of that with you when you die.
Your salvation may have an effect on your family if you do it before you die so they can see it. That is the only time you will have to make that change in your life, before you die. Because once you take your last breath here, you will be there to give account of your life and your choices in that life. Make sure your choices are made before your last breath, preferably long before so that you can show others that Jesus is the Way to eternal life. Even if it is only one day or two, it could truly make a difference in someone else’s life and then they might make a difference too. Your life and your example can touch many people so make the change a good one and follow Jesus.