“Knowing this,that the trying of your faith worketh patience.” – James 1:3
A man had a grandfather clock. One day he felt sorry for the grandfather clock because it had a weight on it. And that weight was always pulling on the clock. The man said, “Oh, Mr. Clock, you’ve held this weight so long, I’m going to remove it and let you rest.”
The clock protested, saying, “Don’t take that weight from me. That’s what keeps me going.”
In the same way, the trials and tests of life are there for your endurance. They’re to keep you going, keep you trusting, keep you praying, and keep you depending upon God.–Adrian Rogers
One of the saddest verses in the Bible is found in Luke 2:7 which says, “And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”
Can you imagine having a life so full but yet having no room for Christ? Many would say no but the reality is many of us have a life just like that. Oh we try to add Christ to our busy schedule but when other things come up we often push Him aside because we have no room for Him in our life.
The question we must ask ourselves is how do we make room for Christ in our life? Simply by giving Him the key thus allowing Him to have complete control in our lives. Things that He wants to change, let Him change. Sins that He reveals to us, confess them. When we do this we will be able to live a life that is fuller and richer more than we could ever imagine.
May you each a great and wonderful day!!!
4 “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!5 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever thingsare pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things areof good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” Philippians 4:4-8
We live in a world where it is easy to worry. Whether it is over the economy, our family and friends, or life in general we can find ourselves easily overcome. So is there help for us? I believe there is and it is found in God’s Word!!!
If there was a man who could have had been a worrier it could have been the Apostle Paul . Paul was in prison for preaching the Gospel, the church which he help started are now being attacked by false teachers and preachers plus their was problems within taking place but yet throughout his writings you never see a man who was worried (maybe concerned but not worried). Why is that? It is because Paul knew how to win the war against worry and he tells us in Philippians 4.
First Paul says to Rejoice in the Lord. What he means is to Praise God anyway!!! If things are going great, Praise God, if not Praise God. Second we learn from Paul the F.R.O.G. principle. What is the F.R.O.G. principle? I am glad you asked. F.R.O.G. stands for Fully Rely On God. We do this by living in the atmosphere of prayer and being specific with God with thanksgiving. Finally to win the war over worry we need to change our thinking? How? By thinking on the positive instead of the negative. Instead of focusing on the negative things that cause us to worry, lets focus on the positive. There maybe someone that says, there is nothing positive happening in my life but my friend I believe there is. For inside every negative situation there is always a positive.
If we will do these simple steps we will find ourselves being worry free. May you be blessed and encouraged today!!!
“To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness…” Isaiah 61:3
Isaiah 61:3 gives us a blessed promise that one day we will no longer have to worry about mourning for in its place God will give us a crown of beauty, joy and praise. I can only imagine what that will be like when we will no longer have to mourn and weep. It gives every believer something to look forward too, when mourning will be no more.
Although this passage is filled with hope there is a reality we must all face. Until the Lord takes us home we still have to deal with mourning. For it does not matter if we are mourning over the loss of a loved one, friend, job, relationship, we will still have to deal with the pain and it’s after affects.
So the question rises, is there hope for us now. The answer is yes for hope is found in the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-30, “28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” In these words Jesus did not say that you will not mourn or weep but instead He invites you to come to Him and in return He will provide you comfort and strength.
If you are feeling broken-hearted this morning, may I encourage you to run to Jesus!!!
“Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.” 1 Thessalonians 5:21–22
Hold fast to what is good, or the world will take it away. Satan is the relentless enemy of good. When he saw that what God gave Adam and Eve was good, he set about to take it away from them. When he saw
that King David was pleasing to God, he attempted to destroy David’s relationship with God. Never take the good in your life for granted. If you do not hold on to it firmly, it may be lost. People will challenge the good that you are practicing. They may criticize you for your moral stand, your child rearing, your use of money, or your involvement in church. Time pressures will attack the good in your life. Your time to pray, study Scripture, be with your family, and serve in your church will all be pressured by the many other time demands you face. You may give generously to your church and other Christian causes, but you will be tempted to spend your money selfishly and minimize the good you are doing with your finances. Scripture reveals the solution for holding on to what is good—abstain from every form of evil. Evil robs you of what God intends for you. A spouse and family are great blessings, but the evil of adultery can rob you of the good that God has given. Prayer is a wonderful gift from God. Yet sin robs the power of prayer (Isa. 1:15). If
you will not abstain from evil, it will rob you of the good things God has given. God’s commandments do not restrict you: they free you to experience God’s best. Diligently abstain from every form of evil, and you will be free to enjoy every good thing God has for you.—Richard Blackaby, Experiencing God Day By Day