I am a born again believer. I am not afraid to share my faith. "But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father in heaven." Matthew 10:33
Mark 14:36 New International Version (NIV)36 “Abba,[a] Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”
Whew! Jesus is such a better person than I am. I would be telling God I can not do this. I am sure the angels were waiting on Jesus to say come get me. But Jesus did not do that. He willing went to the garden and waited on the soldiers to get him. There was another way out of that garden. He could have ran but instead stayed and even showed mercy to the solder and reattached his ear. He willingly went to the cross and died for use. He knew what was about to take place and he was willing to do what was needed alone.
Sometimes I do not take into consideration the following verses:
John 15:17-19 King James Version (KJV)17 These things I command you, that ye love one another.
18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
Verse 18- they will hate you because they do not understand you. We are not of the this world and it is time to stop acting like it. I show love to others not because I always love them but because God created them in his image. I love them and hate the sin in their life. It can be hard when the person spews hate at me but I have to remember that God judges not me.
Deuteronomy 6:13 New International Version (NIV)
13 Fear the Lord your God, serve him only and take your oaths in his name.
Your main focus should be on God. I have so many things that I have to do on a regular day , that I sadly (and I am embarrassed about it ) do not always put God first. He can come in last and that is not the way that it needs to be. He is the creator and the maker of all things. He was , is and always will be the mighty reigning King.
Deuteronomy 6:16 New International Version (NIV)16 Do not put the Lord your God to the test as you did at Massah.
Who else has said to God “ I am not sure what to do. I am a person that needs clear instruction. If this is your will, make it clear to me.” Everytime for me , a friend may say something or another person will and I am like opps… should not have done that. Testing him is not a way to show faith in him.
“Resisting God’s Promises will make us forget God’s Presence” I read this out of a Lysa TerKeurst bible study this morning. It made so much sense. I have never thought of it that way but it is true. When I do not want to follow God’s commands or that urging to go talk to someone it is like the rest of the day I go downhill. I become blindfolded and do not think of others as much and have difficulties that I would not have had if I would have followed God in the beginning. I think of the disciples. They had see miracles such as the feeding of the 5,000 but still was scared when Jesus walked on the water to them. They thought he was a ghost but instead Jesus was with them trying to help them have faith. He wants us to have faith and not fear in life.
Psalm 34:5 English Standard Version (ESV)5 Those who look to him are radiant,
and their faces shall never be ashamed.
We know that prayer does not always equal responses right then. I feel that when it is not answered right then that there may be something wrong with me. It may be that I feel not good enough right then or unworthy of his attention. But we must push through those feelings and talk to God. We must focus on him and his love. He will never forsake us and we should not try and run away from him. I think of Jonah, he ran away from God but ended up being closer to where he needed to go. He finally followed God’s command and was given peace. It took some time for him to get there, but he did it eventually. Think about all that we can do if we stopped resisting what God wants us to do. We would not be as burdened as we are.
1 Samuel 1 :1-20
Hannah wanted a child so bad, but God had not given her one. It was not until she prayed in the right way did she receive her blessing. Sometimes I think we live in the “microwave” generation. We want everything right now and do not want to wait. But sometimes the way God answers our prayer is with the word wait. We may not be ready for the blessing as much as we think we would. He created us and knows how much we can handle with him by our side. We are chosen and created for him. He will not forget us, we do not have to be afraid that the valley experience will not end. They too shall pass.We should not be afraid of the devil but should have a healthy respect for him. He comes in like a lion and if you are not prepared for him, he will devour you before you realize it happened.
There is no such thing as normal. Things are going to happen that cause us pain. It is up us to decide what we put up with. Being told no or feeling left out happens. But what you do next is what matters. Do you get mad? Upset? Whatever reaction you give matters to God. It lets him know whether you think that you are in control or he is. You must have a clear mind and be ready for battle with God as your amour.
Psalm 55:22 New International Version (NIV)22 Cast your cares on the Lord
and he will sustain you;
he will never let
the righteous be shaken.
In 1 Samuel 25, David wants food but then gets angry when he is told no. Instead of letting it go, he and his men go to kill the people that they had been protecting. It was only the quickness of the wife that saved not only the family but David from sinning as well. He wanted food but then got so upset that he was about to do something without thinking.
Sometimes when I focus on my past, I end up angry. I am not even in that situation anymore but my anger comes back. That is what I think happened to David. He remembered past rejection and got even angrier in the situation then he truly needed to be. Rejection hurts and the memories can come back with the slightest of phrases.
I remember being in high school and the ‘in’ crowd not inviting me to events. Now that I look back, I Realize that God was protecting. It was a good thing to be set apart from them. I do not have to worry about some of the things that they have to worry about now because of it.
John 13:34-35 New International Version (NIV)34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
This verse gives a great message to me. I can get so busy focusing on me that I do not see what others need. I am working to get better on that issue but it is hard and takes time. I have to pray that I will focus on God’s love and not my selfishness. I can not love others if I am still holding on to grudges that I have with others. I have to let them go and pray about them. It can be hard but at the same time time freeing to know that I do not have to deal with that hurt anymore. It is in God’s hands now. I can not hold both a victim and victory sign at the same time. I must choose how I deal with others daily.
In Luke 22, it describes how Jesus was taken from the garden. He could have called down angels and stopped the problem but instead accepted Judas’s kiss. He healed the man that got his ear cut off by Peter. Peter then denied him three times and went and cried. Sometimes I feel like Peter. I try to do something right and then end up making more of a mess. I am so headstrong I do not pay attention to what is in front of me. But in John 21, Peter is accepted back and told to feed and take care of the lambs/sheep. He is given a new assignment. He wants us to be like Peter and slow down and focus on what is important. Sometimes I can be doing so much and not focusing on what others needs. We are to be like the shepherd and care for the sheep not being so busy we do not pay attention to the small details.
Sometimes I can go somewhere and I can tell in seconds that I should not have even bothered going there. In the past, I have went to friends house and been ignored or even went to an event with a friend and realized that they ditched me to be with a boyfriend. They just wanted their parents to think that they were with the “good” girl. I roll my eyes at it now but I can still feel the hurt that I had way back then.
Now it gets tougher because my colleagues remember the mistakes that I make and recall them. I can be having a great day and they can bring me down with just a comment. This is one of the reasons that I try hard to do what I can. I know that I am not perfect but I will try my hardest to what I can. I have started stating to myself, I can not change my circumstances but I can control how I respond to it.
He has given us so much if we accept it. I can not believe that he gives a peace that passes all understanding. I can be having a rough day and then pray about it. It is like the problems disappear and I can think again. It is a great feeling to now that I can always trust him.