Some times it’s hard to praise God during difficult times. But as Christians, when those difficult times arise, we should not be muttering, “Poor me.” Rather, these are the times we should be wondering, “God, how am I to react and learn from this?”
Truth is the devil tries to block our path 24/7. He wants us to blame God for every hang nail, empty bank account, every spouse fight and every sick child.
The devil’s not happy unless we are unhappy.
Thankfully, Jesus told us exactly what to do when confronted by satan.
The life of Jesus, in His three years of ministry on earth, was absolutely pure. He actions and reactions, to those blessed to be in His presence, were the perfect example of how one leads a God centered life.
Thankfully, for those of us not of that time in Israel, Jesus’ words for salvation and life were transferred onto parchment.
In the book of Matthew a young man asked Jesus how to get to heaven. Jesus responded with Moses’ Ten Commandments, which the man accepted, but then Jesus’ final portion of His answer made this young man sad.
Jesus shed His holy blood in seven different ways for us at the cross.
The significance of this true love sacrifice for mankind is in the meaning behind each blood shedding. Through Jesus’ perfect blood sacrifices seven freedoms are returned to us, redeeming freedoms that set us free from all bondage.
Bad days happen to all of us. They are unavoidable. They quite often contain situations beyond our control. It’s what believers do on bad days (actually we are to do it everyday), that sets us apart from the world. We acknowledge our smallness.
We proclaim God is in control and we live on earth, not in heaven.
To think one has a choice in all of life’s situations is false. Heartache, disease, and unemployment can appear out of nowhere. One may leave home with their head high and a smile on their face, but return feeling the world is against them.
The good news: believers have power over unexpected and unwanted days.
When Paul spoke to the church in Corinth he asked them a direct question. A question all believers should refer back to when facing struggles.
2 Corinthians 13:5-6 Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test? And I trust that you will discover that we have not failed the test.
When Paul stated, “Christ Jesus is in you,” he wasn’t simply saying when one thinks of Jesus He is with you. Paul was stating biblical fact: Christ Jesus, who believers know as the savior of the world, God made flesh, the Word, the Lamb of God who literally dwells within us, within our hearts–at all times!
Are you ready for change? I know I am. 2020 and 2021 were years of uncharterd stress. Folks suffered individual trials as difficulties flourished. The world as a whole experienced great unwanted change.
In my small circle of life I witnessed or heard of the goings-on of family and friends as they navigated 2020 and 2021. It wasn’t easy and thankfully those years are over and done.
Now 2022 is about to begin. New years offer new beginnings. Let’s leave them behind and enter anew, a new day, by making a decision for change.
A change to purposefully, profusely, and properly speak Jesus in 2022!