Are you suffering from any kind of affliction? Maybe you have suffered through an affliction and are now recovered? Maybe you are suffering in a mental way? Perhaps you are suffering through spiritual matters. Throughout your suffering did/are you moaning, complaining, asking why?
We all will have to “carry a cross”, sooner or later in life. There may be a point at which we carry it for the remainder of this life.

Christians should consider life trials as a gift from heaven. Our sufferings give the perfect opportunity to live a part of our lives as Jesus did – in suffering. Consider your suffering as a part of Christ in you and make every attempt to glorify your heavenly Father in your suffering.(Psalm 118:7) Accept your cross and carry it with the Grace that God gives you.(Matt 6:16-18) Let your Christ-like attitude shine out so it may be seen by others as an example of how we should live the good and the bad times with joy in our hearts.(Matt 5:16) Christ brought the Helper to shine the light in all of us and to remove all darkness.

Suffering also brings us closer to God.(see Life’s Uncertainties) We can consider ourselves blessed that we encounter trials in our lives as this is the gift God gives us so that we can remember Him as sovereign. If you are going through a painful surgical recovery, cancer treatments, diabetes, arthritis or any other discomforting affliction, don’t gripe, moan and ask “why me”? Remember what Christ went through for you generations before you were brought in to this world. If we are to TRUELY be Christ-like in our lives, we MUST face the suffering as well as the good times, just as Christ suffered for us.(2Cor:1-5)

Lead or Follow?

Sometimes I think we were all born to be followers and all of our true leaders have already passed through this life. Some of us have never been taught nor have had the experience to think for themselves; to think in a way which makes good decisions out of bad circumstances. This process can start to spiral into an endless vortex into which our lives, and other’s lives as well, are unnoticeably drawn.

I think most of us don’t even have a problem until we see it on television or hear about it on Facebook, the Internet or through the grapevine. Once made aware of it, we decide we have that problem. We’ve become so brain-washed that we can actually experience physical ailments just by thinking we have them. The ailments may become real, but we should have never had them in the first place.

Rather than focusing on what is bad or unhealthy in our lives, we should be focusing on what’s good in our lives. We should think about our homes, our full refrigerators, GOOD health, not bad health. Those who are able to concentrate on the good Lord’s blessings, may be those who should step in line to be our next leaders. Then, hopefully, focused on the good in their lives, they can pass more good things on to those who have less in their lives.
THIS IS the Christ philosophy.

Thoughtless Provocation

I think our society has become notorious for being explosive. Road rage is practically at an all-time high, worldwide. (It makes me wonder about automobile sales being escalated) Suicide bombings, school shootings, fire bombings, all are seen in the news nearly every day. The perpetrators, feeling sanctified to their cause, are blindly executing their deeds to satisfy an undefinable, unseen, unreliable, nondescript and hidden in the dark corners of the earth, god, who exists in our human flaws. This god feeds on fear, anger, threats, darkness, hate, indifference, loneliness, dispassion, ignorance and lack of grace, among numerous other negative human traits. We need to come out of the darkness and into the light so we can see what is truly around ourselves and fix that which is broken.

Brothers and sisters, we are living in a fallen world. We need to have the capacity to differentiate the darkness from the light. Ignorance leads to darkness, truth leads to the light. To find the truth, the one and only truth, we have to have a source. The best source of light is the Holy Word of God, the living Truth, the endless source of light. It is humanity’s living owner’s manual for life. While living in darkness, it takes only to open the Bible, and the surrounding darkness is immediately illuminated by the truth of God’s promises and heavenly wisdom. Beware, though, once enlightened, you are responsible for all your actions. While Christ died to pay your sin debt in full, your actions may have worldly consequences. You have the responsibility to make the light shine through you from God’s Holy Spirit, and let the consequences fall where they may. But even in our consequences we can find comfort in the light for we know that all things happen for the good of those called to God’s divine purpose.

Friends, everything we think, everything we feel, everything we say and everything we do has the capacity to be blessed by either Christ or by satan. Satan lives in the darkness and Christ lives in the light. Christ pleaded with us to come out of the darkness and into the light so that the light would also shine through us to show others the path out of the darkness. Don’t put the bowl over the lamp. Keep the lamp burning and continually add oil so that you may always have the light of Christ to keep you out of the darkness.