I’m amazed at how we as “Christians” tend to put everything before GOD. When I say before GOD I mean we put everything in our lives first and GOD second. So many times have I observed myself and others working hard to show our managers and supervisors how well we can do the jobs they were so nice to give us? We work late hours and come in early to show how thankful we are to have a job, and to ensure we maintain it? But when do we work that hard at showing GOD how thankful we are to have the job He has given us? We tend to forget that it was He who gave us that job we rush to every morning. It was Him who gave us the transportation in order to get there! We become so caught up in our lives while “IN” this world that we forget we are not “OF” this world. To often we place our focus in the wrong areas of our lives. If we could just center our thoughts on He who allowed them to be, who allowed us to exist, who made everything so….maybe life would seem a bit simpler. So where are your priorities? Or should I say, “Where are our piiorities?” Everything we have in this life was and truly is a gift. We own nothing, and are custodians over everything. Just as well as He has given us these things we choose to frustrate ourselves over, He can take them away! Try this exercise. Hold out your hands, flat, palms up facing the ceiling. Everything you see in the palms of your hand is what you own. Stay Blessed!
It all seems so simple, just trust that God will do what He has already told you, and believe it is done. I wish it truly were that easy. Sometimes I wonder if it isn’t easier to just go along with what “everyone” else thinks….I’m sure by now you are wondering, “what on earth is she rambling about?” Well, lately I have found myself trusting God, but when I get ready to believe what He has told me I begin to doubt. Then I will believe in His promises, but instead of trusting that He will work things out, I put my own hand in it, and try to “help” him along. Basically I’m trying to do what God is already doing for me! In other words I’m messing things up. Psalm 37:5 (KJV) Commit thy way unto the Lord; Trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.
So by applying that scripture as David did, I know that because I have committed myself to the Lord, all I have to do is put my trust in Him, and He will bring to the desires of my heart. So why do I keep trying to “fix” things? I guess it’s just human nature. Reading a little before the previous scripture at Psalm 37:4 (KJV) David has already told us, ‘Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart’. Just knowing what those two scriptures say helps me begin to really trust Him. This shows me that as long as I am attempting to walk according to His word, all I have to do is trust Him and it is done! Now on to the believing part. Mark 9:23 (KJV)Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
All we have to do is believe! You know every time I think about how hard it is for some people to believe in God, believe in His word(the bible), and to believe in the works He performs…it reminds me of the Christmas movies. You know the ones where Santa Claus won’t be delivering presents this year because no one believes in Him anymore…. How can you expect something from nothing? Our faith provides us with the tangible outcome of what we are expecting. If we expect something to go wrong, it usually does! And why? Because that is a product of our FAITH! We had faith that something would go wrong, and as a result what we believed is what we received.
So why not believe in the things God has promised us? The last scripture shows me that as long as I delight myself in the Lord, commit myself to Him, trust in His word, and believe all these things, anything can happen! I’m excited now! You know I think it is easier than I first imagined. Sometimes it’s easier for us to make things harder than to keep them easy. I know that my faith and my trust in my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is more than enough to see me through any struggle and any situation. I hope that these words have been a blessing to you. I also pray that you have the opportunity to experience God as I have if not more. Remember to continue growing your relationship with Him.
“Salvation is not an overnight trip, it’s a journey.” —KM
This year has definitely flown by. It seems as if only yesterday I was starting a new job, getting promoted and finishing my book. As I reflect on the year that is now passing, I find myself in remembrance of quite a few accomplishments. Oddly I also remember some irons that are still burning…
There were several things that I started, some that I finished, some I dropped, and some that… well…
Anyhow, so how has my year been with God? In one word? Amazing! I have had so many ups and downs, but through it all He has been present in everything. I must admit, this time last year I never expected to see myself worshipping and praising God the way I do now. So many things in my life have changed and all for the good. So I am taking the time out to thank Him for all that He’s done for me.
I now realize the magnitude of His presence in my life, and I must say, it is absolutely amazing when you can see the “artist” at work.
You probably think I’m crazy, or just rambling, but really…have you ever just stopped and looked at the things God does? When you take time out to see and not be seen, to listen, and not speak, to witness things being done instead of you being the one to do them…
God is good. When I actually stopped actively participating in trying to make things happen, and I decided to take a step back and let God do His work…Not only did He show up, but He definitely showed out!
So this was my year with God. A year where the desires of my heart were made known, and where God has began to show me He placed them there, and He will bring them to pass. In a nutshell I can proudly say, I am eagerly waiting with a heart of expectation for the next year ahead! The doors that were closed this year, were closed in order for new ones to open. And the ones that were closed by man and not God haven’t been locked! Again thank you Lord for all that you have done for me this year, and all of the things I know you will continue to do for me, and are doing in the future. I pray that everyone who reads this is blessed. Amen.
I was speaking with my father the other day, and he asked me this simple question. “Why are you a Christian?” Oddly enough I really had to pause a moment.
“Why am I a Christian?”, I thought. Is it because that is the way I was raised? Or maybe because that’s all I have ever really known? Or maybe because everyone I hang around is?
No. Those may be very good reasons for some, but none of those are the reasons for me. I am a Christian, that believes in the Bible, the Word of God, the Trinity, and everything I read in the King James Version, because I tried Him and He worked for me.
Maybe you should try Jesus. Many people deny Him because they have never really tried Him. I guarantee if you did you would never turn back. It’s just a suggestion!