April 22, 2012 Comments Off on When the Sun Goes Down
What about the parents who pray and their child never gets well? What about when the job loss comes? The relationship that never comes together because of the divorce or the cheating? We all have examples in our own life when we asked God for something and nothing happens. You didn’t do anything wrong, but the events beyond your control forced you away from your dream, your wish.
Sometimes the good, Godly people are the ones that have it the hardest because we think we are doing everything God has asked us to do and nothing is happening.
Nobody can answer what God’s will is, but it’s not a question of “why” God, but “what” do you want to do in my life God?
Seize the opportunity of your adversity to see Gods glory. What if our greatest hurt, our greatest crisis to see what Gods plan is for our life. Seek Him more in this time of pain and confusion.
What would it look like for you to be the miracle in a situation of pain for your life? Seize the potential of the pain to see what God wants to teach you- you have to trust in Jesus as the sun goes down.
God does not always answer our prayers, but He will NEVER waste our faith. God works on our behalf, even when it seems are prayers are being answered. Sometimes the greatest setback in our lives are the greatest setups to see God in our life and to grow a relationship with Him that will last us an entire lifetime.
August 25, 2011 Comments Off on Calm My Storm
37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” 39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. 40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” Mark 4:37-40
There are times in our life when a storm comes along. Whether it be a bad relationship, job loss, family situation, or any other difficult time you may face.
There are times in your life when you feel like Jesus has abandoned you and left you alone in this difficult time, but really He’s just sleeping in your boat.
Jesus wasn’t sleeping because He was stressed, He was sleeping because He was tired and was in full control of the storm- even while He was asleep.
There is going to be times in your life when you look around and everything is going wrong. The waves are so tremendous that you are scared and all you want to do is run from your pain. But remember this, Jesus is still in your boat. He hasn’t gone anywhere. He’s waiting to see if you can trust Him even when everything is going wrong.
Jesus doesn’t care about the storm, nor does He fear it because He is in full control. A critical error we make is that we never ask Him to calm the storm, instead we try to make a deal or plead with Him; an exchange to take away our difficult time for a promised service in our life.
God isn’t interested in you making a deal with Him to get you out of your trials. Why? Because He knows you won’t be faithful. God doesn’t need anything from you, He created you. Instead, God wants you to be able to trust in Him, through this difficult time. He wants you to worship Him and to know He is in full control even when the storms rise.
You may feel like all the good single men and women are already taken. You may feel like all the jobs out there are filled. That nobody would be interested in buying your house. Whatever your situation may be, remember that God is still with you- He’s just seeing if you can trust Him.
We serve a great, mighty, and loving God. Trust in Him and He will calm your storm- no matter how big or small it may seem.
August 19, 2011 Comments Off on Weep No More
20 Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. 21 A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. 22 So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy. -John 16:20-22
Circumstances will come and go in your life. Pain will exceed your expectations and subside again. Your wealth will come and go, your health only a moment away from being at the wrong place at the wrong time.
Understanding that failing is OK is a critical part of your walk with Christ. However, I don’t mean just giving up or not giving your best effort. But a definition of failing, through giving your best effort, but still coming up short because God has something better planned for your life.
There are going to be hard times, the bible is full of those warnings, but understanding and truly believing in your heart that God is in ALL circumstnaces will take your anxiety to an all time low.
Whether it’s a potential relationship, job interview, financial payment due, or any other stressful, yet unknown life circumstance- dont worry.
Position yourself in a way that God can bless you. Position yourself in a way that you give your best effort, so that the only reason you could possibly fail is if God allows you to because it’s not the course He wants you to take.
If you aren’t willing to position yourself for God to bless you, you’re just lazy.
Though hard times may lie ahead, God is good in all circumstances. Even though you might not be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel, He will light your footsteps. Even though the storm is raging and He’s calling you to take a step of faith and walk on water, you follow. Even though the pain is so immense and He’s calling you to be a witness to the person that destroyed your heart the most, He is there.
God will never call you into a situation that He cannot handle your well being or spiritual eternity. God created the things you fear the most and knows how to handle every situation.
Weep no more because there is a day coming that tears will not matter.
God is good all the time and all the time God is good.