January 19, 2018 – God’s Will
We’ve all done it, at least several times in our lives. We’ve all wondered what we are here for, what is our purpose, what are we supposed to do with our lives. For some people, mostly non-believers, life is all about getting that perfect job, that perfect house, that perfect spouse and competing with others to have better than they do, being able to say “see what I got, I did this myself”.
Unfortunately, they will discover somewhere down the road that it was all “stuff” and didn’t really matter at all. They will start looking inward, seeing what type of person they have become and deciding if they like who they are. Some will start searching for a higher power to direct them. Some will turn to Christ, some will turn to paganism in many different forms and some will continue to worship the almighty “Buck”.
God can and will use anyone of us for his purpose. He will use believers and non believers to exact events and changes that are according to his will. Many of us, believers, will wonder if how and if God is using them or going to use them. He can put a person here just to say the right thing to the right person at the right time. He can use many in ministry, many as teachers, others as servants and still more as warriors and some as examples.
We may not always know what his will is. He doesn’t always tell us, but we are being used of God all of our loves for his own purposes. I’ve struggled with this, wondering where I was supposed to be and what I was supposed to be doing. But what I have found out is that we start doing God’s will by obeying him. Jesus even said we should still follow the 10 commandments as they were given to Moses but he also said that we need to share his message and love everyone as we love ourselves.
I don’t know for sure what God’s will is for me, but I strive to live as he commands. He may have already used me as an instrument to exact his will, but he doesn’t have to even tell me what it was or will be. Today I am thankful, no matter what it might be, that God can and will use me to do his will.
Mathew 19: 17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
Luke 6:27-28 “But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.
January 20, 2018 – Faith
What is faith? Do we really understand the meaning of it? The bible says in Hebrews 11: 1-3 that “1.Faith means being sure of the things we hope for and knowing that something is real even if we do not see it. 2.Faith is the reason we remember great people who lived in the past. 3 It is by faith we understand that the whole world was made by God’s command so what we see was made by something that cannot be seen.
We, humans, tend to put faith in what we can see, hear and feel. We tend to put more faith in ourselves, our inventions, our thoughts and our knowledge than we do in Jesus. We may believe in him but sad to say that a majority do not turn to him in faith unless something happens that they cannot take care of their-selves.
We get up in the morning and have faith that the car will start, that the electricity will be on, that our jobs are waiting for us and that we have all that we need, but when something goes wrong we act as if it is all a catastrophe.
When we get sick, we depend on home remedies, the hospital or the doctors to make us well. I know there are some of my Christian friends and family, that believe prayer should be the first thing we do before trying the home remedies, going to the hospital or the doctor. I even pray in advance, usually before bed that the next day will be a healthy day.
It is by god’s actions when we pray that we increase our faith. I’ve seen and experienced too much to lose faith in what he ca and will do for us. I prayed when they told me I had cancer, and they were able to get it all at one time without having to go through chemo or radiation.
Every morning I would pray before getting on the road that I would not have an accident, that I would stay aware and not cause injury, death or harm to anyone. Recently we ha a fluke with the car. We needed to get to the emergency room quickly. When we went out to start the car, their were no headlights or taillights. I still went on using the brights, praying all the way. When we left, I tried once more and the headlights worked, but still no taillights.
We took the car to the shop, but I had prayed before going that it wouldn’t cost a lot, because we are on a fixed income and it is very rare that there is any money left at the end of the month. When we got there, I felt a peace about it. The mechanic came out, said both were working, he couldn’t find a problem. He said it might have just been a fluke involving water and rock salt getting up there, but I believe it was having faith in prayer and the Lord. We paid nothing!!!
Today I am thankful that God shows me that having faith in him is all I need.
Hebrews 11:6 “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.”