Many times I’ve found myself questioning whether I should continue working hard to maintain my sanity when life’s struggles seem to always keep me from prospering. Throwing in the towel seems like the best option because it’s easier to do. However, there’s always a question I face within my struggles: ‘What if all this stuff about God is real’? Then I’m faced with the inner question of: ‘What choices do I have’?
I often challenge people with the same scenario I challenge myself with: ‘If God isn’t real, then when we die, nothing will happen, but what if He is real’? That means, when I die and find out that the story of God sending His Son, Jesus, to the cross for the sins the world was actually real, then I won’t have a chance then to change my circumstance because I chose on earth to not believe. The critical question is, is it worth taking this chance? If I stand before God then, there’s no time to repent of my sins because that’s what I died in.
This is a chance that I am unwilling to take. Although life’s struggles may seem to wear me down at times, there’s still not a day that I believe, God has not been faithful to me. I pray that you too are willing to submit and except Christ as your Lord and Savior. Because we cannot get to the Father without submitting to the Son, Jesus Christ! So, are you prepared?
“So keep a sharp lookout! For you do not know when the homeowner will return- at evening, mid-night, early dawn, or late daybreak. Don’t let him find you sleeping when he arrives without warning. What I say to you I say to everyone: Watch for his return!” (Mark 13:35-37 NLT)
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The two most important ignored scriptures in the church today are the beginning of the Bible and the end of the Bible – the teaching about creation, and the teaching about the end times. Both have been spiritualized way too long.
If pastors are not teaching it, then people have no hope…nothing to grasp on in the time of struggle. Why has depression become one of the # 1 factors in life today? If everything is spiritualized, how do we know if anything in the Bible is true? Most of it has to do with laziness on the part of our study. We become too busy, and the only word we take is from the message of others. Without studying for yourself, how do you know if I’m even speaking truth? But there are real snakes out there who capitalize on the emotions of people. It’s easy to look at the daily needs – the cares of life – and watch people get excited and cry over a “feel good” sermon. If that’s the only tactic to keep them coming, then we’re off track. The truth is not always easy to hear, but people should never feel guilty for not “giving” enough – especially when they don’t have much to give. The idea is that if they give, their needs will be met. In order to fully understand prophesy though (the beginning and end times), it requires real study and real prayer for understanding. We have to get back to the basics of why we were created – the purpose we are to really serve during this time. This will guide us to a better hope toward our future. When we know, we won’t become afraid of the things to come when we understand the main goal (what to expect). So why not be willing to share what we can with as many people who want to listen without the guilt trip. The Bible tells us that Jesus is coming for those who belong to Him. So that has to mean that there are only two kinds of people – those who belong to Him, and those who don’t right?. But if we know that there are only two kinds of people, then why is there so much disagreement among us? All this is based on faith. This is not a forced message. We either believe it or not. It’s just that simple, but it’s made complicated by many of our leaders (the guilt trip). Food is given behind the four walls of the church, and that’s great, but we need to step out and reach our starving communities to lift them up. But, I almost forgot, we can’t make any money that way correct? :-)
Romans 8:18 states: “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”
Peace and blessings,
Heaven and earth will disapear, but my words will remain forver. However, no one knows the day or the hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows.” (Matthew 24:35-36 NLT)
I’ve heard this statement as long as I could remember. I’ve read this Scripture throughout my life time, and during my youth, I would become afraid because of my lack of understandings. Although my great grandmother instilled this form of fear within me, without the proper or personal understanding, how could I fathom this thought process. Hearing that Christ would one day return in a moment – in a twinkling of an eye – any second. ..could scare any child into a stressful way of living.
During my early teens, I realized that it was impossible for me to live without making mistakes. Shucks, most of my childhood issues dealt with non-compliant behaviors that kept me in a category of “the troubled child.” I struggled daily with many weaknesses…some that would taunt me way into my adulthood. In reading over the ten commandments alone, I realized that I could not meet the requirements of passing the test. So, like many that have been exposed early on in fear to live a Godly life within the church, I walked away. As I reached my adulthood, I found that my anger toward the things I remembered about the judgmental church, made me believe that God turned away from me.
In the midst of my wayward life, I often thought about my great grandmother’s words, “Jesus is coming back!” As much as I tried to forget my background and fit into the world, the more I was reminded by the world that the Word of God was being revealed in every day life. But it wasn’t until I felt alone in the midst of so many friends surrounding me every day, when I realized that I was missing something in my life. That feeling tugged at me so strongly, that the trick of the enemy in my mind was to give up. I didn’t believe that happiness would come. I didn’t feel that I could overcome my daily battles – mostly within my own mind. But while I was feeling defeated daily, God was working on me. I became paranoid and uncomfortable around the scene I once felt safe in. “Jesus is coming back!” Those words began to shout out to me in my sleep. I fought with the dark each night, so much that I was afraid to fall asleep. I can remember, even while in my sin, I would find myself repenting each night in fear that I’d miss Jesus – just in case He did return.
So what brought me back?
I had a personal experience with God in my bedroom one day. No church service, no elderly mother praying over my head, and no inspirational speaker telling me that I could make it. In the midst of my just about ready to take my own self out in the flesh, something supernatural happened to me. My assigned angels entered my room, and a battle took place over my soul. Although fear grasped me suddenly, the outcome of the moment(s) resulted in such a peace, that I could not fully understand. The experience was so heartfelt, that I began, as a man, to cry out to the Lord…calling on the name of Jesus. I could not say another word.
Following that moment, I began to pray. I began to ask for better understanding of His Word. I began to search the Scriptures daily for myself. I had to find a Bible believing ministry to help mentor me in a spiritual way in order to grow. I became fascinated with the fact that Jesus did love me. All that I was searching for was always there waiting for my return. In my spirit, I saw that He never left me alone. I had to not only open my heart and mind listening to the Word, but pray daily for a better understanding of the Word of God.
So now I await earnestly for His return as the sign of the times are being revealed each day. But, as I wait, I asked God to use me as His vessel to spread the Word. Not as a leader with a title, but as His child sharing the love He has shared with me. Stay encouraged and know that God is the way, and that He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus, to suffer, bleed, die, and rise again – just for you and me to have eternal life with the Father.
Peace and blessings, always,
Some of us are so mesmerized by the “Club,” that we are controlled by it…the lust of the flesh. We need to be delivered from this trick of the enemy, which will only lead us to death…but the gift of accepting Christ in our life brings eternal life (Romans 6:23).
Romans 7:14-25 talks to us about the struggles with sin. But verse 25 gives us the final answer – ends with. ..”Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin. (NLT)
So you see, the strength of sin is in the law. And now knowing what is said in the law, there’s heavier weight on us. But God is a deliverer, and says, “Come to Me, and I’ll give you rest” (Matt. 11:28). Christ died so we all can be reconciled unto Him.
There is a direct connection between the words you speak and your pattern of thinking. Your thoughts significantly impact your path in life. It is therefore important to renew your mind daily with God’s Word. An increased relationship with Him will lead you to His divine plan for your life.