Be a Job

How many times do we wonder why?  Why are we going through this or that?  Why is God allowing this to happen?  We don’t see the bigger picture of things.  When going through our trials or even just our every day yuck we need to realize there is a bigger picture.  There is a reason for everything.  There are several reasons that you may be where you are.

Maybe it’s not God.  Maybe it’s the fact that He has done everything He can an you just keep acting like one of the Pharisee’s that thinks they know better than He does so He’s letting you do you.

Maybe it’s because the enemy is just fighting hard for you so your world just feels like it’s falling apart.

Maybe it is God and He’s trying to test your character like He did Joseph’s.  He’s testing your devotion to Him.  Seriously, would you want someone serving or working for you or a spouse or boy/girlfriend who wasn’t all in?  How could you if you know they are just going to bail when times get rough?

‘Until the time came to fulfill his dreams, the Lord tested Joseph’s character.’ Psalms 105:19 

Maybe it is God and He is strengthening you for something even bigger than you could imagine.

‘And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. ‘ Romans 5:4 

 

God wants us strong for the battle to come.  He wants you to trust Him and have faith in Him.  He doesn’t want a bunch of people like the Israelite’s that grumble in their tents and refuse to obey the Lord because the world isn’t what they want it to me.  No, He wants Job’s who even though everything is falling apart and friends or family are trying to tell you to give up you aren’t.  He wants you to stand firm in your faith in Him and His promise of what is to come.

Lord,  Help me to be a Job not a disgruntled Israelite from the 40 years of wilderness.  May I understand even in the dark times that you are here with me holding me up. You made a promise and that promise will be fulfilled.  Give me strength to walk through every day knowing that you are by my side.  You are my everything and I love you for eternity.  AMEN

 

 

 

 

 

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Set Your Mind

“I’ve got my mind set on you.” by James Ray keeps running through my head this morning and actually many mornings.  I haven’t heard the song in forever so it could befuddle me on why it is running through it.  I think, though, it is a reminder from the Lord.  His mind is set on me and my mind needs to be set on Him all through the day.

We all should have our minds set on Him at all times.  Matthew 22:37 and Mark 12:30 both state that we are to love the Lord with all our heart, soul and MIND.

What do we do when we love someone?  We think about them all the time they are our world.  This is how God wants to be in our lives.  He wants us to be continuously thinking about Him NOT the world.  We are to be thinking about Him and not what this person did or what that person does.  We are not to think about what sins we can or can’t get away with.

Which brings me to my next thought of the morning.  Instead of just keeping our minds on God we are judging others.  Psalm 98:9 says “‘before the Lord , for he is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with justice, and the nations with fairness.’ ”  What really is justice and fairness?  We as humans see both of these in different lights, but God is the ultimate judge.  He is the one who knows true justice and true fairness.  He is the only one who should judge any of us.

Romans 7:14  ‘So the trouble is not with the law, for it is spiritual and good. The trouble is with me, for I am all too human, a slave to sin. ‘ 

We are the issue.  We are human and we are slaves to sin.  This is why we can’t judge fairly.  God is the ultimate judge and if we keep our minds set on Him we will be less likely to sin and more likely to give grace to others around us just as He gives us grace every day.

Lord,  Please help us walk through your love and keep our minds set on you and only you today.  May we give all that we do today to you and may we love and show grace as you do.  We praise you and thank you for giving us another day to walk in your light.  AMEN

Death then Life

‘When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God. ‘ Romans 6:10 

Romans 5:12-20 shows the contrasts between Adam and Jesus.  Adam was one man directly from God and he sinned therefore bringing sin upon the rest of us.  Jesus was one man directly from God who never sinned, died then lived, killing sin for all who would have faith in Him.  In Romans 6 it goes on to tell of how he broke that sin.  He brought regeneration upon those who would follow Him.

Think about a starfish.  A starfish is an invertebrate with disc like center and five or more arms.  One of the amazing things about a starfish is that if it looses one of those arms it can grow it back.  It can heal itself.  Just as we can heal our selves spiritually by accepting Jesus as our savior and knowing that he died to break the chains of sin and then came back to live to regenerate our souls.  Our souls were lost to us but He can give them back.

As harsh as God seems through out the bible He really does love man kind.  He, as any parent does, only wanted what was best for His children.  Does that mean He had to punish them?  Yes.  Did He have to turn away from them?  Yes for a bit.

All things we as parents hate to do BUT once that child has learned and has repented and truly changed their ways God turned back to them.  He gave them the greatest gift that could ever be given.  A new chance.  A fresh start.  Our old selves dead and to be reborn.  He gave us this the same way we lost ourselves to sin.  Through One man straight from Him.  Jesus.

So if you don’t know Jesus I ask you to please learn about him.  Learn about this man who lived on this earth for 33 years without sinning, went above and beyond to help all of our poor souls while he was alive and saving us by putting to death out sins, then rising again like a phoenix out of the ashes to make us new again.  He will love you and care for you like no other ever could.

Lord,  I pray that all that are out there learn of his amazing love and all that he has done for us so that we can live a free life.  Free of the chains that bind us to this world.  Free of the lies the enemy tries to drown us in.  You bring healing to our souls and our lives and for this we praise you with everything in us.  Amen