May 19, 2016 – Trials and Temptations
A trial is a test of faith, a temptation is an enticement to do something wrong. We are in training, God is training us to be good Christians so we can bring more sheep into the fold, so to speak, training us for the next life, our eternal life. That is why he allows us to go through trials and temptations. On one hand we are learning to walk, talk and act in a Godly fashion, and on the other hand we are learning to resist evil.
When you go through a trial, you must have faith that the Lord will see you through it, you must believe that he is standing right by your side, fighting with you to get through these trials. Rejoice when your trials are because of your belief in the Lord.
Satan puts temptations in our way, tempting us to do something wrong, say something wrong, think something wrong. He trying to get us to believe that indulging in these temptations will satisfy us, make us happier, make life easier and more enjoyable, but it is not this life we should be worried about being happy in. It is the next life, the life where we will come back to live with Jesus as our king here on earth. This is what we must strive for.
Today I am thankful for the trials and temptations that I have gone through and for the ones to come.
Psalms 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me
May 20, 2016 – Anger
When it happens you feel all tied up in knots. You may even experience nausea, chest pain, heart palpitations. You might get a headache, you might feel like you are going to explode if you don’t do something quick. You can’t breath, your blood pressure rises, you can’t think straight and your voice is elevated to the point of screaming yet what you are saying really doesn’t make much sense. No, you are not having a stroke or heart attack although this can cause those. You are angry!
It takes over your whole being. You can’t find the words to express what you want. You don’t seem to have any control over your situation. You can’t function right. You can’t make yourself understood. You may stomp your feet, throw something or actually physically strike out at someone, and the more you yell or strike out, the worse it gets. Anger is one of the most used tools of Satan.
It is one of the strongest emotions and always causes negative results in our lives, not just with the possible physical problems it can induce, but with the emotional and mental problems as well. It can alienate your friends, your family, your co-workers, and others in your vicinity. It can make you feel like you just want to crawl in a hole and pull the dirt in over you, make you want to hide from everyone and everything.
I have gotten angry in my life, many times, but it doesn’t happen anymore like it used to. This is another “God” thing that seemed to happen almost immediately after I took Jesus as my savior. Sure, there are times I can feel it rising again inside me, but I strive to diminish it as quickly as I can. I don’t like to feel anger, because when I do, I also feel hate and these are two emotions I can do without.
Today I am thankful that the Lord has taught me ways to keep from getting angry.
Proverbs 14:29 Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.
May 21, 2016 – One Truth
There are many diverse beliefs when it comes to the Rapture and the return of Jesus. Some denominations teach that the Rapture will occur before the seven year tribulation period and that all believers dead and alive will be caught up in the sky with Jesus. There are others who believe that all Christians, all believers in Christ will go through the first 3-1/2 years of the Tribulation before they will be taken up to heaven. The third belief is that the Rapture will occur near the end of the Tribulation period, a few days or even a few hours before Christ returns. The last belief is that everyone will go through the Tribulation and the Rapture will occur when Jesus reappears to fight Satan.
There are also different beliefs in different denominations when it comes to speaking in tongues. The Pentecostal Church is the main denomination that believes everyone can be baptized in the spirit and speak in tongues. They believe it is a gift that not everyone receives, but it has no bearing on your salvation. There are even those that believe you are not saved unless you speak in tongues.
Some people believe that speaking in tongues is just another form of mass hysteria and that everyone is making up their own gibberish while others believe that it was reserved only for the apostles or it only happens to clergy, priests, preachers or other officials in the church, and yet, there are also those who believe it is from the Devil.
I can remember the first time I was gifted with speaking in tongues. I wanted to tell everyone, I was so excited. My Jewish bosses just kind of smiled and changed the subject, the former office manager was Romanian Orthodox but was interested in all the different beliefs and wanted to know all about it, while the present office manager, who was Catholic, called down to my office to tell me something, and before she hung up very rudely told me she didn’t believe in speaking in tongues.
The bible is used in almost every denomination, but it has been twisted around or just certain parts used to teach the people what the minister decides they should hear. Some belief systems have taken parts of the bible and added their own verses and teachings to create their own source of reading for their members. Some evangelical ministers, especially those on television, have used sermons and verses to try and convince people that if they give to that ministry, the Lord will increase their finances.
Today I am thankful for one truth that holds no matter how often the bible is perverted, no matter who believes in the Rapture and no matter who believes in speaking in tongues, and that truth is that Jesus Christ is Lord and someday he will be returning.
Matthew 24:27 – For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
Matthew 25:13 – Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh