Oversight – God sees, but you control

There are many reasons identified as to why people will not trust in God to give them life-saving salvation. The promise of eternal life seems pretty sweet to me, but I have been a Christian for more than three decades, so my belief in the concept has been solidified by many hours of learning from men of God teaching from the Holy Bible. Also, I benefit from the experience of seeing God’s movement in my life as I keep his truths as my guide.

Perhaps the most halting thought for those stopping at the deciding line for trust in Jesus is the concept of oversight. It may be  due to the knowledge that God is omniscient, meaning he sees everything: past, present and future.

O lord, thou hast searched me, and known me.

Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.

Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.

Psalm 139 1-3 King James Version (KJV)

We live in a culture where more is known about us than ever before. Credit cards, online shopping, store loyalty cards, surveys and any number of other subtle devices are used to track any and every aspect of our lives. Yet people will hesitate on what I consider the most important decision of their life because they don’t like the thought that Jesus will see what they are doing or thinking.

I have lived with his knowledge for a long time and I find it very comforting. Why? Is it because I know He will keep me from doing something I shouldn’t? No. It is not like that. God blessed/cursed us with free will. We are blessed because we get to make our own choices. But we are cursed in the same way. God lets us decide what we want to do. But if you choose God to guide your life you should also want to do the kind of things that please Him.

I like the fact that God has oversight. I know he will gently tap my conscience when I am doing or thinking about doing something inconsistent with my faith. Then the burden is on me to make an effort to either step away from the thought or situation. He has oversight, but we still maintain control. It is when people understand that his offer seems more palatable I guess.

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Overworked -Jesus Will Give You Rest

Who isn’t overworked in 2017? The race to achieve and keep up with everyone drives so many people to overextend. But I want to focus on a different aspect. I want to talk about being overworked trying to maintain your Christian witness in this busy, mortal world.

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthey 11:28 KJV

Jesus already knew we would need someone to take on the burdens of our life, whether work, illness, family issues or whatever accumulates on your mind, heart and body. Let’s face it, sometimes going through a day of life can seem so much like work. Throw in a speed bump are too and we can feel overworked really quickly.

Nowhere in the Holy Bible does Jesus say directly or promise through his heavenly inspired book authors that the path would be easy when you become a Christian. What He promises is that you will not be alone, that He will guide you, under gird you and show you how to complete your life with Christian love and His strength. Will you still have the same situation? Maybe. But you will have the comfort of knowing you are not alone and He can do all things to assist as you navigate your troubles.

The rest he promises will be something you can bank on. A promise you will not get from any other person that means so much. Not to say all of us do not have friends we can count on, but God is there 24x7X365, which is usually when we need the assistance. His promises are more solid than we can comprehend.

Maintaining your Christian witness while you live in a world quickly pulling farther away from biblical values is challenging. But thankfully there are still men of God and churches delivering important instruction on how to keep your witness solid. We just have to be willing to submit to the instruction as we guard our hearts and minds.

I have been able to enjoy this promise for many years and can attest to the richness of Jesus’ promises. Won’t you trust Him with your concerns today?

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Marathon – A Life Long Race of Faith

Tell us your thoughts about the word Marathon, because that is the Daily Post word of the day today.

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:                                            2 Timothy 4:7 (KJV)

I find myself more often considering the life led by those I know who have finished their course on the earth and moved on to their heavenly reward. Of course I mean those who have followed Christ in salvation and will reap their eternal reward of a life with Jesus forever.

This mortal life for those who choose to follow Christ can certainly become a marathon as we try to navigate the pitfalls that can complicate your Christian faith. In the verse above Paul is talking about just such a struggle. Sometimes it is more like a fight to get through without compromising your values or beliefs. But Christ encourages us remain strong, stay on the narrow path hold strong to our faith and finish the marathon.

In order to accomplish this we must invest ourselves in learning what our faith requires. Staying true is an everyday, even every minute task. Temptations will come in many forms to trip us up. But as I have written about recently God always provides an exit from temptation. Just as a runner must work and train for their marathon race we must put in the time to prepare our heart and mind. But the marathon victory reward is so sweet that you will be happy you did.

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Mercy – #JustJotItJan Daily – 1/15/17

The Just Jot It Prompt for 15 January is “Mercy” supplied by BarbCT blogging at Gallimaufry.

 
For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee. Psalms 86:5 KJV
When I decided to begin blogging I wanted to be sure to put Christ first in my writing here as I do in all other aspects of life. His mercy is something everyone should desire and all can have if they choose to believe. I know living a life on earth without it would be so much more difficult. I am thankful every day I learned the benefit early in my life.
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To What Do You Cling?

via Daily Prompt: Cling Cling is a physical verb. An action verb, if you like. It is something we do when we need to be sure we have security.

I choose to cling to a promise. More succinctly God’s promise.

John 3:16 King James Version (KJV)

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

There is so many less solid things on which the people of Earth choose to cling. Drugs, alcohol, money, people, possessions and more are just a few of these. But none of them promises or delivers like God’s word. When you trust on the Son of God you can know beyond any doubt you will reap the reward you seek. What a reward it is, living forever in heaven with God.

I have been enjoying the peace of this belief for over three decades wondering how in the world those without deal with the craziness of the mortal world. With all the violence, poverty, death, destruction and day to day worries of life it would be mentally draining without the aid of my faith.

I wonder how others reconcile their rejection of this idea. Perhaps it is easier to ignore reality when you don’t feel you have to face it. I was saved for fifteen years before I faced the loss of my only brother. Three years later I lost my father and eleven years after that my mother passed away. The peace I felt in all three situations was so incredible. Yes, losing family members was tough, but I knew they were blessed to be with God in heaven, so how could I be 100% sad?

What do you cling to in times of trouble? If you do not know about God’s promises find someone you trust to share them with you.

 

 

Uneven – Daily Post

Today for the Daily Post we write about Uneven. Do you feel like your blessings are sparse? Like maybe you are being cheated when it comes to enjoying the good things of life. Maybe it reaches the point of feeling uneven, the good you see compared to others? Well maybe you need to alter the way you approach life. Try this on for size, it is a bible verse about blessing others. When you bless others the reward you get is so much more than you can ever fathom.

24The Lord bless thee, and keep thee:

25 The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:

26 The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. Numbers 6:24-26 (KJV)

This is one of my favorite bible verses because it has an outward focus when you quote it. As I continually say in my posts from this faith based blog I try to follow the idea of the J.O.Y. Principle, which is Jesus First, Others Second and Yourself Last. This verse is all about another which hits this principle head on.

God has blessed me my entire life and I am continually giving Him thanks for that. I believe that He is omnipotent and omnipresent, so he knows about everything around us. I also believe He can control anything he chooses. In this verse when you pray you pass on the blessing to another.

You ask God to bless this other person and to keep them safe. God is full capable of this just as he does to everyone he created on this planet. Then we come to the title of the post, shine. When God’s face shines upon you it is better than the strongest sunny day. You will feel a deep love that is almost impossible to describe and certainly to match.

But perhaps the biggest component of this three verse set is that the Lord will provide you peace. Everyone has earthly troubles or situations that thieve peace from our days. Having the kind of peace a life with God brings is something I wish everyone could understand and enjoy. God wants us to not only survive this mortal existence but thrive throughout it so we can share our blessings with others.

We are also taught to share Christ with others. That is another reason I created this blog, so I could get the word out on another platform to those who might not get the information the traditional way, inside a church building. When society changes the way it receives knowledge we must keep pace by altering the method of delivery. I hope you find this a comforting post and if you are still wanting more information leave a comment below.

Daily Prompt: Tempted

Well finally there is a Daily Post topic in 2017 I can write about on my faith based blog! Tempted is something we all face in our human experience and there is plenty of help from God when dealing with this mortal pitfall. Who among us can boast of never feeling tempted? No one who is being honest. I will quickly raise my hand to testify that there is temptation all around me.

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. 1 Corinithians 10:13 (KJV)

God is so good to us. Not only did he create this wonderful world we get to enjoy every day, but he provides lessons for us on how to get the most out of our lives. There is so much good he has stacked up for us we are foolish not to embrace it all. But as with all things too much good can be a hazard to us. Who has not heard the saying you cannot get too much of a good thing. Trust me you can.

Dessert is good. Sunshine is good. So is any number of experiences, objects or desires. But eat too much dessert and you could be overweight. Allow your skin too be bombarded by the sun and you can experience skin cancer. Moderation is always a good way to live. Knowing you limits is an important thing.

Temptation comes in so many forms. But in the realm of what God instructs us we must think about it a little differently. We all tend to have a first love for ourselves. Don’t take that wrong it is not a totally bad way to live, it can just get in the way of caring for others. You will notice the title of this blog is Living the J.O.Y. Principle. You can click on the link to go to another post I wrote about it, but basically it is making Jesus your first priority, Others your second and yourself the last priority.

Temptation will complicate this process. I know, because even as I strive to live this way there are times when I want first. I am not going to tell you I always get it right because I am just as human as any other person breathing right now. Today I celebrate my 52nd birthday and it is hard not to sit in the “do for me” chair. I am blessed with a wife and family who think about birthdays that way so it is the way for today. But do not think I am not thankful and blessed to enjoy their feelings.

To get back tot he point of the bible verse above, God always provides a path of escape when we are tempted. The more you learn about God and his ways the more you see what is meant by this escape. Suppose you have thoughts of taking something that is not yours. God will convict you in that moment, you just have to be willing to hear him. Or maybe you want to be dishonest about a response. Again God will let you know that is not an acceptable path.

God wants us to succeed in this mortal life. He did not create us as we are and then arrange a cascade of failures for us to collect during our moon cycles on this terrestrial ball. He wants us to not only survive, but thrive. Much of the burden is on us. Being tempted once is not a sin. Being tempted more than once for the same reason and refusing to learn how to escape that temptation however is. We must develop our ability to see our sin for what it is and deal with it with God’s help.

Tempted is no way to live, so if you know that is a concern in your life reach out to a friend who can help you understand God’s answers to your weakness.