While many teachers focus directly on the Trinity, in these messages, my objective is to focus attention to the Bible, God’s Word. This is the tool with which God teaches us how to live a righteous life so that we can have an intimate relationship with Him. This was true for all the people during the writing of the Word as well as all generations. The passages I cite, for the most part, link to the King James Version. My posts link to “Bible Gateway“, where you can change the version for easier reading if you wish. With God’s unfailing Grace, we have this user manual with which to learn the experience of a righteous life. If you’ll notice, the welcome includes the phrase “A Mustard Seed”. I aspire to plant the seeds of the Word to expand Christ’s church across the Internet, and with God’s blessing, across the world.
“I have to get this task done this week.” “I need to study more and ace this exam tomorrow.” “How will I pay for those shoes for my kids?” “Why did they have to get sick?” “Who’s responsible for this?”
Every day, I come across examples of worry in most people’s lives. In fact I don’t believe I know anyone who is not basically constantly worried about something. Even the tiniest bits of life have become worrisome.
Almost as far back as the birth of this nation, the most aggressive form of this sin (yes worry is a sin(Matt 6:25-27)) seems to have been with our governments. For decades, our country has been divided; mostly on foreign and economic postures. In the latter years, the public has become much more vocal as technology and travel have evolved. Brothers and sisters, please pay heed – our governments are just tools in the Lord’s plan for the destiny of humanity. Just as He used the Pharaoh Ramses, Pontius Pilate and Judas Iscariot in what we consider negative ways, he continues to use everyone in every kind of way. “Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was valued, whom they of the children of Israel did value; And gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord appointed me.” (Matt 27:9-10)
Each and every one of us were brought to this world to become an integral part of His plan – right down to the infant who dies at 2 days old. I wish not to offend anyone, but God is in control and there are reasons even for what we deem as such a tragedy. (Isaiah 55:8-9)
I have found the grace of the Lord’s peace in just 2 lines of wisdom:
– Obey God and leave all the consequences to Him (In Touch Ministries)
– “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose“.(Rom 8:28)
You see, we know we should obey God and if we don’t stay in His path for our lives there will be consequences. As Christians, even bad consequences will have a positive effect on our lives and the lives of those around us. It is God’s way of steering us back onto the right path, through the “narrow gate”(Matt 7:13)
So for each and every day that comes and goes, as the sun lies down on the bed of its horizon, let us lie down and rest in the peace of the Grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ, that He has already planned, for us, a better tomorrow and there is no need to worry about it. (Matt 6:31-34) “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths“.(Proverbs 3:5-6)
Disclaimer: In this section, blogs are written using the foundation of InTouch’s Life Principles written by Dr. Charles F. Stanley. I cite the Life Principles and then expand on them quoting scripture and applying the concepts to life in modern times. Please enjoy and I hope you find some value in this blog.
God’s Love for Us
God loves us and He wants us to love Him as well. But how can you love something and/or someone we have never seen? The Bible, God’s Word, tells us how. If we study “InTouch’s” Life Principle number one, it teaches the following: “Our intimacy with God – His highest priority for our lives – determines the impact for our lives”. God seeks fellowship with us which is why He created us the way He did (Gen 1:26). But to experience God’s best for us, we need to surrender to Him, completely. If you’re holding something back in your life from God, you are not getting His best for yourself. (Eccl 2:24-26), (Song 5:16)
Genesis 1:26 tells us God made man in His own image and then gave man rule over all things on the earth. In return, He wants our service and worship to be fruitful and effective. But often times we resist and move away from God’s will for or lives. Why? All too often it is out of greed and pride. Our world has become a world of instant satisfaction. We want what we want and we want it now. (Psalm 27:14) Also, pride makes many people feel like they can do better for themselves than God can. Still others believed that God is vengeful and if they give God control, He will do things that will make them miserable.
A friend once argued with me that God is not righteous. His example depicted a young child suffering and dying from cancer. I tried to show how this is, in some way, a blessing. Well, I failed. Recently a pastor friend taught me this philosophy: “I have given eulogies for 90-year-olds as well as 4-year-olds. Consider each life as only a single drop of water in the oceans of the world, as compared to eternity”.
God does not make bad things happen – they just happen. He will allow some bad things to happen and most often, good will come from it (Rom 8:28), but we need to remember two very important things: first, God is omnipotent, in control, and second, we have something call Free Choice. We can easily step out of God’s will by using this free choice, but there will be consequences.
So the next time you feel like God is punishing you, remember God loves us and has the best for us within His will. Then, ask yourself: Have I stepped out of God’s will for my life and are simply suffering consequences from my own choices? If you contemplate your situation and pray about it, the answer will become clear. (Matt 7:7)