How to Face Life’s Battles with Hope and Faith

There is no doubt that this journey on earth is filled with trials, sorrows, doubts, and fears at time.  We look around us and mourn because of  the tragedy of a young girl’s brutal rape.  Terror attacks are becoming common place throughout the world.  Riots turn to violent attacks upon innocent victims who now fear to speak up or dare to seek to find truth.  Truth doesn’t even seem to matter to those who incite such riots; if their voice is heard screaming above the rest. Cancer, heart disease, and a multiplicity of diseases claim lives daily.  Poverty, violence and despair spreads throughout our inner cities.  Beyond all that, there are the battles within our own hearts.  So, where in the center of all this can one hold onto hope?  How can our heart hold fast to faith in God’s Sovereign Grace?  When trials come where is our anchor?

As I consider today the wondrous birthday of my baby son, Ron; I pause to look back over all the years.  The day this little 4-pound wonder was placed in my arms for the first time 36 years ago, I was thrilled and fearful as well.  You see, I had by then faced many trials and had fallen prostrate before my Lord and King, Jesus Christ many times.  Oh, yes; by then I had learned of the magnitude of God’s Grace toward me; but, I had also learned of the depth of darkness and evil that filled this journey.

EPHESIANS 6:12-13

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

THE GREATEST GIFT WE CAN GIVE OUR CHILDREN

Yes, life is very hard at times.  There is only one gift that we must give our children if we can hope that they will survive in this world.  That gift was provided by God, Himself.  Of everything else that we might teach them or show them, we must teach them how to face the battles of this life.  Jesus Christ is our only hope, the light that shone forth into darkness, the word of God made flesh; who provided hope, faith, and the only way of salvation for our souls.  He paid our price for sin; so that, we might have an intimate relationship with God.  He is the love, hope, joy and grace that our world is so desperately in search of.

If you do not know Christ, I urge you to begin there.  Go to my page on how to be saved. Take that step; ask Jesus into your heart. Continue reading How to Face Life’s Battles with Hope and Faith

How Can Works Display the Truth of Love?

Salvation is a gift of God, by faith; not by works of my hands, for there is nothing that I could ever do to transform my heart. Yet, if indeed I have tasted of the sweetness of God’s mercy; then, my life will show signs of that through the works I perform.  Because of the working of the Holy Spirit abiding with me, I will be changed.  The works are then a product of Christ abiding in me.  It is the fruit produced by a vine that has been pruned, nurtured, and feed by God.  I cannot say that I love God, if I do not desire to show that love through obedience and service to Him.  With all that He has done for me, how could I do less.  That is what James went when he wrote:

Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. James 2:17-19

So many followed Christ seeking His miracles, desiring what He could do for them. Still, it was that same crowd who later cried, “Crucify Him” when they realized He was not going to set up His Kingdom, freeing them from the Romans.  They did not seek Him for the magnificent Grace, love and beauty He bestowed.  They wanted the gift and not the giver of the gifts. Continue reading How Can Works Display the Truth of Love?

LORD, Open My Eyes Each Day to See-A Song

All too often, because we get so busy about our life, our desires or even our trials; we focus on self instead of focusing on God.  As we do, we become more distraught, angry, or depressed with the world around us.  Sometimes, we stand demanding that it is the fault of everyone else; when, in truth, it is our own lack of Grace.  You see, I cannot overflow with God’s Joy, Grace, or Love; unless, I actively am coming to His Fountain of Living water to be filled.  If I truly love Him, I will seek and savor Him; above all else. My prayer would be: Lord, Open My Eyes each day that I might see You as my greatest treasure.

Furthermore, God will not leave His Children there in the desert parched for Him.  He will do whatever it takes to rip our hands free from those things we clutch so tightly to of this world; so, that, we might focus on Him. God knows He is our ONLY hope of Joy, Love, Peace, and Glory!  There is nothing on this earth that can truly satisfy our soul, apart from Him.

A QUESTION OF LOVE

So, the question truly is: Do I love God?  If so, wouldn’t I want to spend time alone with Him every chance I get? When I get too busy with the cares of this world, I will become anxious, withdrawn and distraught.  Furthermore, fears will begin to overtake my life.  However, when I am focused on Him; even the storms of this life cannot steal my joy, hope and faith.

My heart bleeds for those of this world who do not know Him.  I cannot imagine a day without God’s loving Spirit to comfort me.  It is no wonder so many have no idea how to display tolerance, love, or kindness; though, this is all they speak of wanting in the world.  Without God, how can they understand?

This is why I wrote for you today this song. Continue reading LORD, Open My Eyes Each Day to See-A Song

And the Grumblers Win! Not Really! Are You?

In our modern world, we are told that we must stand up for our rights. Don’t let anyone push you around!  Speak out! Fight back! After all, if you don’t stand up for yourself, no one else will. However, there is a grave problem with this ideology.  When it is devoid of God; it becomes merely a self-aggrandizing rhetoric that leads to hate, selfishness, and anger.  Unless touched by the Grace and Love of God in our hearts, we sound like a bunch of grumblers.  Grumblers may at first appear to have a message; yet, no one wants to listen to grumblers for long; because, their words become increasingly self-centered and full of hate.  Whining, grumbling, and temper tantrums cause others to ultimately close their ears.  At some point no message is heard.

Beyond that, the grumbler himself or herself grows increasingly more frustrated with life.  Locked into an ideology built on self-worth and pride, the grumbler always sees the world through eyes of “I deserve better.” They become increasingly inept at seeing acts of kindness and grace; while, at the same time becoming less grateful for what they have.  Grumblers become sometimes militants who riot with no true message or they withdraw into depression; never, realizing they are truly blessed.  God, in His Sovereignty, gives great gifts even to those who do not believe.  It is His gracious hand that suspends the earth in its rotation, allows the beauty of the night sky, and provides each act of kindness we meet in this world.  He holds steady His Hand of Final Judgement while seeking to draw one more soul to a saving knowledge of His Son, Jesus Christ.

GRUMBLERS WITHOUT AND WITHIN

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Did You know God is Listening for Your Cries?

Are you facing any trials today?  Do you have any worries that seem to overwhelm your heart and mind?  So often, we try to push them aside; because we really don’t want others to know.  After all, what would people think if they knew we had doubts or fears!  Wouldn’t they make fun of our lack of faith; because, don’t we call ourselves Christians? As though admitting the truth would be shameful, we smile and put on a happy face.  If we try hard enough, we might even convince ourselves.  Perhaps if I sing loud enough; God won’t even notice my distress.  Yet, the truth is that God is listening for our cries of help.  He never meant for us to go this alone.  Never did He say it was going to be easy. In fact, the scripture teaches us to lean into Him and call out His name.

 The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry… The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.  Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.  Psalm 34:15,17-19

A RIGHTEOUSNESS NOT MY OWN

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