Is Life a Party?

Party of lifeDo Christians live better lives than non-Christians? One would think so with all of the Biblical scriptures taken out of context as of late. If anything, Christians’ lives become more difficult after they are saved. That’s how God intended it. If you read My Testimony, you might notice that as you read, my life became more and more difficult. This is because God allows, and at times, creates trials in our lives to test our Christian resolve. And, with every test we pass, our faith grows stronger – and with every test we fail, our wisdom grows greater. God allows these trials so that we become closer to Him (Life’s Uncertainties).

Our lives are not going to be blessed with only great prosperity, love and happiness, there will also be blessings of loss, failure and disappointment. We need to expect and accept the bad things as blessings because God is using them as “The Great Potter” and is molding us to His image.  In fact, in many cases, our lives cause us to endure more of the bad blessings than the good. The scripture “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” is far too many times, taken out of context. Read this in context starting in Philippians 4 verse 11  below:

I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

Paul wrote this while in a Roman prison and was talking about HARD living, not expecting great happiness, joy, rainbows, flowers and unicorns but accepting that God is sovereign, and so he was joyful in his trials.  Paul knew he was right where God wanted him. This scripture is very important for living our lives righteously, without pride and with the faith that God’s amazing Grace is there when we fall – to help us up, to help us learn and to help us grow.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:2-4)

Don’t be afraid of having trials in your life, welcome them as blessings.  And don’t expect there will be no trials in your life.  There will be difficult times.  It’s how you handle them that defines your character and it’s how we grow.

Far Away

https://www.thegraceoftheword.comDoes it feel at times that God is far away from you? Typically this is because we have sinned (probably a lot) and you have not confessed so as to be absolved of your sin and to be reconciled to the Father. But sometimes He moves far away from you because He wants you to seek Him, and perhaps while doing so performing a service to His glory. Jeremiah 29:13 says “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

But why are we sinning? Some of us sin more than others, but WE ARE ALL SINNERS and imperfect, living in a fallen world. Why is that and why does God move so far away from us at times? We must remember that all sin comes through Satan, not God. After Lucifer tried to overthrow God and was banished from heaven, he walked the earth for a time. We know this from Job 1:6-7 – “One day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them. The Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered the Lord, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.” “ So Lucifer, at one time the most powerful of all the Angels, was thrown to earth after his attempt to overthrow God.

And so it was that God created man is his own image (Genesis 1:27). So now satan hates God and God created us, puny little creatures that look just like Him and puts us all over the earth. Imagine how much satan must hate us, being surrounded by millions of little God looking beings. This is why we sin. It’s basically a tug-of-war between satan and God. When satan is pulling us one way, God moves the other way, far away at times, so as to exercise our spirits so that when we move back to where God is waiting, we will be farther away from satan, farther away from sin stronger in the Holy Spirit of Christ and closer to the Father.

Don’t let yourself stay far away from God. Read His Word so that you know His mind and He will tell you what He wants from you. He doesn’t want you far away, but close with a strong spirit. Let God’s light shine through you so that others may see and want to be that way too. (Lead By Example)

Fellowship

Fellowship and companionshipI have, for a long time known that Christ is living in me. (My Testimony) But that does not mean that I like being lonely.  If Christ is in us we are never alone, but we can feel lonely when we are without other human companionship.  God built us to live as groups in many ways.  some of the groups we live in are in school, church, the family unit, neighbors and even roommates.  Companionship is important, but fellowship is even more so.  The bible tells us this:

“There was a man all alone;
he had neither son nor brother.
There was no end to his toil,
yet his eyes were not content with his wealth.
“For whom am I toiling,” he asked,
“and why am I depriving myself of enjoyment?”
This too is meaningless—
a miserable business!

Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their labor:
If either of them falls down,
one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
and has no one to help them up.
Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
But how can one keep warm alone?
Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”  (Ecclesiastes 4:8-12)

As iron sharpens iron,
    so one person sharpens another.”  (Proverbs 27:17)

These verses are a bit deep in interpretation, but that’s why fellowship is so important.  Scripture may mean something very important to one person and it may be God’s task for us to make that meaning know to some or many others.  Fellowship is how we do this for God.  This is how we know that God does not want us to be alone, so He gave us the Holy Spirit to help us to live godly lives and we will not ever be alone, though we may sometimes feel lonely. (Acts 1:7-8)

But fellowship is more than just not being alone.  We should be practicing all the good things we know in gladness and serenity.  In closing, remember what Paul writes:

“Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. “In your anger do not sin” Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”  (Ephesians 4:25-32)