Sunday, April 3, 2011

My Secret To Life...




I was asked today what I think the secret to life is. I had to answer that my secret to a blessed wonderful life, is a living relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.  I was totally living in sin and He died for me, He forgave me all of my sins, He healed my body of lung cancer, He is bringing my whole family to the Lord, He meets all of my financial needs, and He reveals Himself to me through His Word every day!  I mean life just doesn't get better than that!  Do I have problems?  Yes as a human living on this earth we all have problems.  The difference is how I choose to solve mine.  I give everything over to the Lord.  God declares both His ability and His willingness to be our strength and support—mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. He is able (and best of all, willing!) to take everything that threatens to overwhelm us and use it for our benefit. He has promised to “work all things together for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Even at times when we doubt Him, He is still working for our good and His glory. And He has also promised that He will allow no trial to be so great we cannot bear it and that He will provide a means of escape (1 Corinthians 10:13). By this, He means that He will not let us fall, I can tell you from personal experience when I thought the worst thing in the whole world happened to me, Jesus was there as He promised in Psalm 55:22“He cares for you”—gives us the motivation behind His other promises. Our God is not cold, unfeeling or capricious. Rather, He is our loving heavenly Father whose heart is tender toward His children. Jesus reminds us that just as an earthly father would not deny his children bread, so God has promised to give us “good gifts” when we ask Him (Matthew 7:11). 

In the spirit of asking for good gifts, first we must pray and tell the Lord that we hear what He's saying in John 16:33, where Jesus says, "These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." Then we should ask the Lord to show us how He has "overcome" our problems, our worries, our anger, our fears and our guilt.

The Lord reveals to us through His Word, the Bible, that we can be of good "cheer," that we can

1) rejoice in our problems because God will use them to our benefit. "Knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope" (Romans 5:3-4);

2) see our "worries" as an opportunity to practice Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths";

3) counteract our anger by obeying Ephesians 4:32, "And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you"; and

4) deal with any sinful feelings by believing and acting upon the truth of 1 John 1:9, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." All of our problems can be dealt with through simple faith in God's Word.  We are new creatures in Christ Jesus.

God is bigger than all our worries and problems put together, and we must realize that if we are to have any victory in our lives. Everyone suffers with these difficulties, because the Bible teaches that temptation is "common" to mankind (1 Corinthians 10:13). We must not let Satan deceive us into thinking that all our problems are our fault, all our worries will come true, all our anger condemns us, or that all our guilt is from God. If we do sin and confess, God forgives and cleanses us. We need not feel ashamed, but rather take God at His Word that He does forgive and cleanse. None of our sins are so heavy that God cannot lift them from us and throw them into the deepest sea (see Psalm 103:11-12).

In reality, feelings come from thoughts, so, even though we can't change how we feel, we can change how we think. And this is what God wants us to do. For example, in Philippians 2:5, Christians are told, "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus." In Philippians 4:8, Christians are told to think on things that are "true," "noble," "just," "pure," "lovely," "of good report," and "praiseworthy." In Colossians 3:2, we are told to "set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth." Therefore, as we do this, our feelings of guilt diminish.  We begin to walk in the spirit of Jesus Christ!

So, each day, taking one step at a time, we should pray for God's Word to guide us, read or listen to God's Word, and meditate on God's Word when the problems, worries, and anxieties of life come along. The secret to giving things over to Christ is really no secret at all—it's simply asking Jesus to take our burden of "original sin" and be our Savior (John 3:16), as well as submitting to Jesus as our Lord in day-to-day living. Who could ask for anything more!  Then when this life is over i get to be with Him for all eternity in heaven!!! Wooo Hooo!!!   May our Lord God bless you all! <3

7 comments:

I am glad that you are writing again. I have missed seeing your posts. I hope you have a happy Monday.

Great post! Glad to see you updating this site.

R u the same person on tumblr? I was searching 4 u on google. If this the same person, hacome u dont link to this site on your tumblr page?

@ anon 8:34 am

That is a good idea. Thank you for the suggestion. God bless you! <3

Thank you for your kindness! I am going to try to keep on with this. God bless you! <3

Ah thank you so much! The Lord is so good to us isn't he? God bless you! :)

That is a good idea. Thank you for the suggestion. God bless you! <3

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