I stared at the calendar in disbelief It had been exactly three years to the day since I was laid off. I had originally seen my layoff as a chance to make a new start, but after three years, not much had changed.
I felt like I was traveling across a vast desert without a GPS. Each night the wind would erase my trail of footprints and by morning, I would lose my bearings. With each restart I would become less and less sure of where I was and where I was going.
Then I read Luke 4:1-2, and there were several concepts that I could not reconcile with my previous assumptions about God.
Jesus was full of the Spirit, yet God still led Him into the wilderness. I’ve often found myself believing that as long as I did my part, I could count on God to do His. With that mindset, “good deeds” were actually premiums for a cosmic insurance policy. How could someone be full of the Spirit and still find themselves in the wilderness?
Jesus was full of the Holy Spirit, yet He was tempted. Most of my mechanisms for dealing with temptation were designed to keep me close to God. That, I thought, would force Satan to stay away. Jesus lived a sinless life, yet still faced temptations.
God was the one who brought Jesus to the wilderness. How could a loving Father take the hand of His trusting, innocent Son and deliberately lead Him into the wilderness to face temptation?
Many of our assumptions about God have more to do with who we want Him to be, than who He actually is. Sometimes, it is our false assumptions that actually prevent us from moving forward. If you find yourself lost in the wilderness like me after I lost my job, remember to hold on to what we know is true from God’s word. God promised to “never leave you, nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). Trust His Word. Lean on Him. No matter what your situation is, you are not alone.
Have you faced any wilderness experiences in your life? If so, did you learn anything about God in the process? Are there any Scriptures that were meaningful to you at the time?
Isaiah 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
Jer 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Studying Mark 10, my heart is open to a knowledge that the ways of God differs from we mortals’. There are times we see impossibility, and try so hard to find alternative means. Worrying and doubtful of what to expect.
God works in mysterious ways, there are several testimonies on seemingly impossible situations made POSSIBLE with God with diverse methods.
His word says “My thought towards you are for good and not of evil that you might have the expected end”. Brethren do not be weighed down by that problem, you have thought its impossible, yes it is with you, but with God it is Possible. You are allowed to expect, please expect joyful solution but don’t worry about how it will come. Leave the process to God.
I apply it to my issues every time and I have no regret I do, at the end I thank God for giving me grace to be Patient as I expect him to do the work. Try it, trust God, be patient as you expect the result of being on God’s side. Halleluyah.
Choosing is deciding among options and acting on the choice. God made man in his own image and gave him freewill. God gives us the freedom to make choices. In giving us that freedom, He is not going to keep us from using it however we want to. He will never force us against our wills to go in the directions He wants us to go. God gave us the freedom to choose between right and wrong, and if this world seems deeply troubled, it’s because we humans keep making bad choices. God made it clear to the Man and woman not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil, the the Serpent came and deceived them, they Chosed to believe the Serpent, sin then came to stay and Man continually made bad choices.
Throughout the Bible, it is clear that people have choice:
– If serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve. (Josh. 24:15)
– Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her. (Prov. 8:10-11)
– Anyone who chooses to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own. (John 7:17)
Giving us free will was risky on God’s part because we have a tendency to misuse it. People have made such horrible moral choices that there was a time in human history when God was sorry He made us. “The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled” (Gen. 6:5-6). That’s how big a risk God took in giving us free will: that we would so grossly misuse it that He would regret having put us here.
God can’t be any clearer that He created us with free will and that we can use it however we want, even to our own demise. One of author Jim Butcher’s stories contains this insight: “God isn’t about making good things happen to you, or bad things happen to you. He’s all about you making choices—exercising the gift of free will.”
Understanding these six aspects of God’s sovereignty can help calm our fears, anxieties, and worries about life on this planet, especially when evil seems to be triumphing over good and we suffer in ways that are undeserved.
Prayer: Thank you Lord for my life and for the gift of freewill, It confirms I am a child and not a Slave. I need you to make right choices in life. Jehovah correct my wrong choices. Thank you for everything. Amen
John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
The things that scare people away from the presence of God are the guilt of sin and condemnation. When we carry these loads of guilt, the devil use them as weapons to lure us into sin and we tend to write ourselves off the presence of God, hence, gradually backsliding. But The Spirit of God has placed it in my heart to tell you that God does not condemn you.
Do you remember the story of the woman that was brought to Jesus to be condemned for adultery? She wasn’t condemned, rather she was given another chance. Because God doesn’t want the death of a sinner.
Through my experiences in life, God has taught me that He is the all-knowing God, but He needs my confession to save me. Times when I displayed weakness, He strenghten Me. So whatever I do or wherever I go wrong, I know He knows and I just go to him sobered because he alone can save me.
Therefore Beloved, God loves us . He does not delight in our sinful nature, He made a way out of it through the only Saviour which is Jesus Christ. He is our Reconciliator.Therefore, Do not neglect this offer to a life of eternal peace and Joy, Come to Him and He will set you free from the guilt of sin and condemnation.
As it was said in the Bible that the wages of sin is death, although we sin yet we live because there’s another chance which we might not have in the next minute. Reconcile with your creator and you will live again.
Prayer: Jehovah, thank you for sending your son to reconcile me with you, I need you in my life, forgive me all my iniquities, take this guilt away from me and set me free. And as I fellowship with you continually, guide my path. Amen.
If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. —1 Peter 4:14
Corrie ten Boom tells how she worried as a girl whether she would be able to stand against the Germans if she was threatened. She felt so weak when she thought about what might happen. Her father, I think it was, gave her a great illustration. He said, “When you are going to take a journey on the train, do I give you your ticket three weeks early or just as you get on the train?” She answered, “As I get on the train.” “So God will give you the special strength you need to be strong in the face of death just when you need it, not before.”
I believe 1 Peter 4:14 promises that in the hour of greatest trial God comes to his children to give them courage and faith which they did not know they were capable of. The Holy Spirit will help you die.
Good tradition tells us that Paul was beheaded by Nero. Paul’s last letter was probably 2 Timothy. His trial had already begun. Picture the old soldier, battle scarred for his Commander, in custody in Rome. He is called before the court. Everyone knows his days are numbered. He’s a marked man. So none of his friends stand by him. He makes his defense. The decision is made to hear him once again—then the end. He goes back to his quarters and writes these words to Timothy (2 Timothy 4:16–17), “At my first defense no one came to stand by me, but all deserted me. May it not be charged against them! But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me.”
I pray that you will remember these words: The Spirit will help you die. He will stand by you when there is no one else. He will sustain your faith. He will give you glimpses of glory. He will cause you to magnify Christ in your death. Courage which you never thought was possible will be yours. The Spirit of glory and of God will rest upon you and carry you home.
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