May 19, 2012 Comments Off on Handyman
A few weeks ago, I found out that something was wrong with my apartment that would require a maintenance worker to come by and fix. However, I wasn’t able to call for help because my apartment was too messy to have someone come over. I felt obligated to clean up my mess before I could ask for help because I was too embarrassed.
How many times in our lives do we feel like this is our life with God? We feel like we have an issue that we know we have messed up on, know we have committed sin, and need healing, but we’re too ashamed or embarrassed to ask God for help in the situation.
We allow ourselves to believe that we are too messed up, too “dirty” to be able to ask God for help. When in reality, we are at the perfect place to let God step into our lives. When we have nothing, God is up to something. It is the people that are the most broken that have the opportunity to become something greater if they are willing to give God the broken pieces.
So often we believe that we have to fix our mess or put our life back together before we can become closer with Jesus- when in reality He is the only thing that can.
So next time you feel like you have to fix the issue before you call for help from God, remember that He wants you just as you are, but doesn’t plan to leave you just as you are.
Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my help and my God. By day the Lord commands his steadfast love, and at night his son is with me, a prayer to the God of my life. (Psalm 42: 5,8)
April 13, 2011 Comments Off on Count it All Joy
We as humans are always faced with troublesome times, disappointments, pain, and utter let downs in our life. But as Christians, aren’t we supposed to be living the good, high live that is sorrow free? No. In all honesty, living the christian life is harder than being a non-christian, but you must understand there is a reason for this- sort of.
God puts us through tough times in our lives for 2 reasons: 1) to test our strength and remind us to rely on him 2) to use our trials and poor circumstances to further our witness to others. Often times we get so down on ourselves and turn our backs from God, but it is in those times that we truly need to seek Him the most. Think about it this way, God gives us harder circumstances because He wants to show his strength to the other people that we come into contact with. The bible tells us that God is in total control and even the devil himself has to ask God to do something bad to us (see the story of Job for further insight).
Therefore, God allows you to go through a job less, financial difficulty, failed relationship, or bad family situation to show his awesome power in your life to you and to others. God is a proud Father of His children, you and I, so He loves to show us off. God is putting you through a tough season in your life to be able to show the non-believers in your life that even in the worst of circumstances you are counting it all joy because you completely and utterly trust God 110%.
So remember this next time something bad happens, don’t get mad or sad the instant the circumstances come upon your life. Instead, look for ways to continually praise God for the things He HAS provided you with in your life in this difficult season because you never know who may be watching your every move to see how you react. God wants to prepare you, not punish you, for what He has in store for another season in your life upcoming. All you have to do is wait, God loves patience! Hang in there!
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. -James 1:2-4