Difficult Times

James 4.jpgThere are many times in the life of a Christian that we go through difficult times, and sometimes it seems that at every corner we are being attack spiritual, and it is when we know that we are the words of James comes to my mind. James 4:8 Come near to God and he will come near to you, as well as Jeremiah 6:16 This is what the Lord says; Stand at the crossroads and look, ask for the ancient paths; and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. Instead of us running from our Lord we need to run as fast as we can towards him, to rest our tired soul. When we are feeling sad, Jesus wants us to anticipate feeling joyful again. This takes the sting out of our sorrows, because we know it is only temporary what we are going thru. Sadness tends to duplicate itself along the timeline-convincing us that we will always be unhappy. But that is a lie! Jesus is telling us to turn away from the lies we are hearing and to turn to him and more important to trust him and all that he has promised us. The truth is, all of his children have infinite joy ahead of them, reserved in heaven, guaranteed through-out eternity. No one can take this away from us, which is wonderful to know. While we are journeying towards heaven, our earthly path has many ups and downs. Through your down times are uncomfortable, they are not worthless. Pain and struggle can be highly productive when we trust Jesus in the midst of our sufferings. Our anguish is comparable to a woman enduring labor pains. Her suffering is very real, and she wonder how much longer she can bear this pain, and this is the way we truly feel at times. However, all this agony produces a wonderful result-a newborn baby. The memories of her suffering retreat to the background of her mind as she begins to focus on her child. While we labor through earthly afflictions we need to keep our eyes on the promised reward in Jesus, and the wonderful joy we do have in knowing him no matter what we are going thru.

Grace and Peace to you My Friends

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God’s Purpose in the Forefront — TLP

Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not […]

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Peace Among Lions

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Then they said to the king, Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, your Majesty, or to decree you put in writing. He still prays three times a day. When the king heard this he was greatly distressed, he was determined to rescue Daniel and made every effort until sundown to save him.  Then the men went as a group to King Darius and said to him, Remember, Your Majesty, that according to the law of the Medes and Persians no decree or edict that the king issues can be change. So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions dens. The king said to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!”     (Daniel 6:13-16)  At first light of dawn, the king, got up and hurried to the lions’ den. When he came near the den, he called to Daniel in an anguished voice, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?” Daniel answered, “May the king live forever!” My God send his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions.  (Daniel 6:19-22)

Daniel was in the lions’ den, but the lions left him alone. It wasn’t because these were godly lions. They were very normal lions, and perhaps even hungry lions. But none of them wanted to mess with the Lord’s angel. And Daniel probably got a solid night sleep.

Real peace is being able to lay your head down on your pillow at night, at peace with God, committing your life and every detail of it to the Lord. It is no longer being plagued with guilt, saying the words, “Lord, I trust You, as you drift off to sleep. 

David, who had good reasons for a lot of sleepless nights in his life, wrote, “In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for You alone, O Lord, make me to dwell in safety” (Psalm 4:8). I think Daniel could do that through most of his long life.

Do you find yourself in a “lion den” today? As with Daniel, you may have some enemies out there plotting your destruction. And you certainly have an adversary who “prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devout” (1 Peter 5:8). You feel like the heat is on, and you wonder if you can hold on to your sanity-and your faith, in this time of pain and perplexity.

Daniel refused to be distracted from the purpose in his heart. He maintained his priorities and kept his cool in the face of opposition and intimidating circumstances. So did Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego when ordered to betray the Lord or die. And so did Job when Satan stole everything from him but that which he cherish most his relationship with the living God.

These real people from the pages of Scripture teach us to keep our eyes of faith locked on our faithful God, no matter what. Keep on praying..keep on living a godly life..keep on claiming the promises of God’s Word, keep on trusting the Lord to come through for you and to continue working for your best and His glory.

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Eileen

God Can Fix It

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And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in according with the will of God. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.                                        Romans 8:27-28

A confident person is not afraid to get out of the boat and shake things up. I’m not talking about doing whatever you want to do, but what you think God is leading you to do. If your heart is right, if you’ve done your best to seek God and what you know to do to hear from God, and you feel like what’s come to you is right, you’ve got to step out and find out.

I’m not afraid to make mistakes, because I know that God knows I’m doing all that I know how to do, and that I’m on a journey. I’m not where I need to be, but thank God I am not where I used to be. I’m more excited about my progress than depressed about how far I have to go. God approves of me. he doesn’t approve of everything I do, but He approves of me because I love Him and my faith is in Him, and I’m doing the best I can to follow Him. You can be bold to step out for Him and try new things and do new things. God is God. He can fix it if you make a mistake.

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Eileen