Ouch

Life hurts. I woke up in the middle of the night last night and knew this would be the topic of my blog today. Life hurts! It’s a reality whether you are a Christian or not. As a Christian I have to remind myself that I have hope in Jesus. I have to remember that no matter what is going on in my life or how much pain I may be enduring, I have hope and I will still rejoice in Jesus.

The following verses have been a constant in my life when trials and painful situations arise. It’s just one of the scriptures that lets me know that the problems of life have been around for a long long time and yet those who put their trust in The Lord will always have hope and be able to rejoice if they choose it.

Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights. For the director of music. On my stringed instruments. (Habakkuk 3:17-19 NIV84)

The next verses were my life verses in the midst of some of the darkest days of my life. I held on to these verses for dear life and I learned through those painful circumstances that God restores, strengthens and establishes. He did it for me and He will do it for you too. Will you trust Him today?

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 5:6-11 ESV)

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Love Your Enemies

These are the first verses of scripture that I read this morning.

“But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. (Luke 6:27, 28 NASB)

These are Jesus’ words to me and you today. I can hear you now, “say what? Love my enemies? But you don’t know…” Stop right there. Yes I do know because I’ve been there. I’m talking about living with the enemy, doing good to those who hated me, blessing those who cursed me and oh my how I prayed for those who mistreated me. Yes indeed, I did all those things in the midst of being used, abused and mocked for my faith.

The effects of being used and abused over long periods of time take a serious toll on a person. I’m not saying that I was able to do these things every time I was mistreated or abused by someone but I knew what the Word of God said and I purposed in my heart to try not to allow bitterness to grow in me. So I loved, I blessed, I prayed and I clung to Jesus for dear life. He saved me and set me free from every thing I have been through in my life. Every day I have the choice to follow His Words from today’s verses. I choose to follow, will you do the same?

Let’s pray.

Father in the name of Jesus I pray for every reader today to be able to hear your Words and follow them. You know it’s not easy to love our enemies but You set the example by not only loving Your enemies but dying for them. Soften our hearts today to set aside our self proclaimed “rights” and choose to follow your Words. Lord I pray that if anyone reading this blog today is in a situation that is unsafe that they will still follow Your example but get out of the situation as well. Give them the courage to reach out for help. Bless all who visit these pages. In Jesus name. Amen.

Until next time…..

Welcome!

Thanks for stopping by. This is the first of many posts that I intend to write about my journey with Jesus Christ. He is the One who lifted me up from the miry clay and set my feet on solid ground. I can now look back and see that awful miry pit of destruction and I am confident that I will not go back there again. As long as I keep my eyes firmly fixed on Jesus Christ then I know I will be okay. That doesn’t mean that life will be a bed of roses but no matter the circumstances that arise in my life I will stand firm in the faith and hold on to Jesus with everything in me.

Truly the words of Psalm 40:1-3 have become life verses to me.

1 I waited patiently for the Lord;
And He inclined to me and heard my cry.
2 He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay,
And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm.
3 He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God;
Many will see and fear
And will trust in the Lord.

My prayer is that the Lord will use me to reach the many hurting people who may be stuck in the miry clay pit of destruction to help lead them to Jesus Christ who can save, deliver and set free today, right now! Let all that I have been through in my life be used for the Glory of God as I begin to unfold my testimony before the world.

Thank you for joining me today.