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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Be Transformed

 

1 Peter 1a

As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.     1 Peter 1:14

Are you afraid of allowing God to transformed your life? Perhaps you immediate answer is no. But if you’re having trouble doing what He asks of you, then you are. Of course, what He commands is never easy because it means giving up ungodly thought patterns and behaviors or confronting wounds and beliefs that you’ve held since childhood.  You may also need to relinquish your desires or the possessions you depend upon for security and worth. So it may appear far more agreeable to live in the same defeated status quo than to experience the extraordinary life God has planned for you.

Certainly, it’s a discipline and sacrifice to let go, it’s not easy for anyone. Our fleshly nature holds on and opposes the liberating work of the Holy Spirit at every turn. Even so, when you allow God to change you, you will experience joyous liberty and assurance. Be confident that if the Father ask you to surrender something, it is because He has something better for you. He is faithful to do what’s in your best interest and lead you to the freedom He created you to enjoy,.

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Eileen

 

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ANNOUNCEMENT It’s with HUGE excitement & gratitude to the Lord that I’m announcing my very soon to be published first book! 😀🥰 I will still be blogging, but with a book deadline to meet I will need to reduce posts to once, perhaps twice a week for the next few months. I truly appreciate all […]

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Praise and Worship #76

, Ephesians 3

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.        Ephesians 3:14-18

 

 

 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Eileen

Influence

2 Chronicales 16

For the eyes of the Lord range through-out the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.   2 Chronicles 16:9

Your intimacy with God determines the impact of your life. The more profound your fellowship with Him, the more powerful your influence, regardless of who you are or where you come from. It’s your relationship with God that makes all the difference in what kind of effect you have on the world. 

So how do you achieve a deep and trans-formative relationship with God? First, spend time meditating on Scripture.  Don’t just read the Word, but ask questions such as, “God, what are you saying to me.” How does this apply to my life? How do you want me to respond to you in obedience? Second, pray. Make your life one long conversation with God, one in which you share all the joys as well as the sorrows. Third, realize how important it is to activity listen to God. Train your ears to hear Him so you can have the Lord’s direction, wisdom, and power.

God can do astounding things through your life. So read His Word, pray, and listen to Him. And allow Him to make your life a platform for His Glory.

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Eileen