Embracing the hope and joy of Christ!

No matter what occurs in our spiritual delivery, we must continue on. The Bible encourages us that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. What God is preparing for those who love Him is beyond comprehension. It is truly worthwhile to endure the pain. For joy comes in the morning. 

“A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world.” John 16:21

Life is filled with both joy and pain. Although we would prefer to exclude the pain, both have their proper place in our lives. We work hard to avoid pain, yet somehow the discomfort captures our attention, resulting in change and a new appreciation for the good things in our lives. We do have a choice to either embrace all of life with joy, or give into the pain and go down with the ship. With Christ directing our lives there is no wall too tall to scale, now river too wide to cross, and no mountain too high to climb. 

While we may not understand the road we are traveling and why, we can choose our state of mind as we travel it. We can embrace the hope and joy of Christ Jesus regardless how intense the pain, knowing that it will pass and be forgotten when the blessings of God come flooding in on the other side. With Christ, we never have to face life alone; we don’t have to be overcome by the stresses and discomfort of life; nor sink in the discouragement and despair that may be surrounding us. We can grasp His hand and rise above it, allowing His strength to bring us through. 

Lord Jesus, I know without a doubt that You are with me, through both the pain and the joy in this life. Fill my heart with Your joy; allow Your peace to settle over my soul. As I experience both the joys and sorrows, I choose to embrace Your love, knowing with You all things are possible; knowing there is no better path for me, than the one You have chosen. You are my greatest joy and I thank You for giving me hope, In Jesus name Amen

We truly have nothing to be afraid of!

How many times have we walked through the valley, everything within us screaming to us that we’re not going to make it or that something bad is going to happen to us? If we’d be honest with ourselves, we’d all have to say we’ve been there one time or another. Every child of God(born-again believer) at some time in their life will face dark hours, or days, or even months, when they feel so isolated and alienated by God and His presence. If that’s where you are today I hope this message will minster to you in your time of need. Love in Christ. 

“Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday. Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you.” Psalm 91:5-7

But the Word gives us hope to hang on to as we journey through the valley. Many times there is a still small voice that speaks a comforting word or just a quick feeling of “safety” that suddenly hits in the middle of the night.  It’s almost as if we can hear the Father say “Peace!” and suddenly the storm raging around us calms to a balmy peace!

These are precious times, times when our minds are being flooded with fear and doubt but also a time that God makes His presence known. They’re intimate times, personal moments that nobody can take away or dispute with you about! It is during these times that our faith is stretched to “hold on”, but that stretching also causes growth that is not easily reversed! Growth is produced when God confirms His Word in our hearts and in our lives, and we know that we know that we know He has heard our cry, seen our trouble, and moved in our situation.

We truly have nothing to be afraid of. No terror by night, no arrow flying during the daytime, no pestilence, no destruction … God has us in the palm of His hand.  

God’s Power is Mad Perfect in Weakness! 

Are you feeling weak or powerless? If so, then take comfort from God’s words to the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:9. In this verse and the surrounding passage which speaks of Paul’s so-called “thorn in the flesh” are several valuable lessons for Christians: If you’re feeling weak this morning I pray this message will ministry to you in your time of need. Have a wonderful day as you remain in His presence relying on His power which is made perfect n weakness. Love you all. 

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

 

1. We are inadequate to face the difficulties of life on our own. Therefore, we need God’s help and his resources.

2. Human limitations and weaknesses provide perfect opportunities to experience the love and power of God. Therefore, we should call on the Lord in our time of need.

3. God’s grace is more than enough to meet every challenge that we face. His resources are unlimited.

Far too often when we feel weak or powerless we respond with fear, anger, despair, and/or desperation. Yet, this verse reminds us that God is an endless source of strength. No problem that we face is too great for him to solve. When we feel overwhelmed by our problems, we are in a perfect position to experience the salvation of the Lord who gives power to the weak and help to those in need.

Paul went on to say, “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:9b-10).

Paul had the proper perspective. God’s presence in his life transformed the negative situations into occasions for praise. We too can praise God in the midst of trouble because God is greater than our problems and he will give us the grace and power to deal with them.

The Blessings Of Us Trusting God!

It takes courage and faith to really trust in the Lord. Trusting in God is not always easy, especially when it seems as if things are continually going awry. In Jeremiah chapter 17 God is letting His people know that when they lean on man and not Him, they will fall victim to failure and destitution. God’s desire is that we experience His blessings and favor. When we take matters into our own hands instead of trusting God, we are setting ourselves up for unfavorable results. Have a wonderful day as put your complete trust in the Lord. Love you all. 

Blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. Jeremiah 17:7 

 

In verse 7, God lets us know that those who truly trust and believe in Him are blessed. The dictionary defines blessed as being supremely favored or blissfully happy. While we are going through difficult situations we may not feel favored or happy. This is especially true if we are truly trusting God and waiting on His direction and instruction. However, it is at this crucial intersection that we must decide to keep our confidence in the Lord, even when we don’t see the outcome. 

When we override our feelings and stand on God’s word we will experience the blessings and favor that God has in store for us. My friends, hold on to your faith and trust in God. It doesn’t matter how it looks, God will not let us down as followers. Walking in doubt and fear it produces failure. Choose to walk in faith and watch the blessings of God manifest in your life. Remember, God wants us to have His best and possess all of the blessings He has for us so trust Him completely.