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God In Control

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You have heard the verse that God will never let us go through more than we can bare.  But most of us look at the and frown.  I think we frown because we look at the stuff that we are made of and not of God power and ability to sustain us no matter what trial, tribulation or testing we experience.  It’s when we don’t see favorable change or outcome we ponder or where oh God are you at?

I can recall a few years ago going through Prostate Cancer Surgery and one night there was a equipment malfunction which through me into the deepest pain I have ever experience.  It was so painful that I forgot that I was in the hospital and actually asked someone to all 911!  At that point I said to myself and God, well you are not taking the pain away but I believe that you are with me.

That was one of those you would not let me to through more than I can bare.  The older I get I see the word perseverance as the key to the Christian walk of faith.  I cry at the fake faith that is preach in many churches today.  People expect positive natural outcomes in everything.  But when it doesn’t they crash and lose heart and faith in God.  You see they were set up to fail by the faith that was of their own making and not that of God.  The faith of God says I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  The key word is “ALL”.  That means the good things and the bad.

Failing Faith

We don’t always past all the test!  The bible is full of people who did not past the test, but after their failure God restore them and used them mightily.  No one has figure God out, and when I here someone say it is the will of God to heal all the time, I cringe!

Falling Away

I believe many people fall and are falling away from the faith because serious bad teachings, some of those are word of faith, health, wealth and prosperity and some dogmatic heavy doctrine teaching which are noting but mind of men.  Trials and tribulation are indeed the trying of our faith.  It’s these moments that show us what we are made of or better yet where are faith is rooted in.  God’s thoughts are not are thoughts, nor his ways our ways.  Blessed be the name of the Lord.  His hand is always there to catch us.

God Is So Into Me!

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I can’t but ponder how God is so into me!  Most people would think the opposite because we see God as this supreme being that we have to somehow please or God would not be so into us. But that is not what the bible says and teaches.  It say that God so love humans that he sent his only begotten son Jesus, that who soever would receive Jesus who put their trust in him, they would be the receiver of eternal life! John 3:16!  So where did all the stuff about working so hard by doing good, that hopefully or just maybe God would become interested in YOU, come from?  I tell you that came from man made religion.  You know you are taught about a set of rules, commandments or rituals to keep that some how that will gets God attention.

But the bible says no man can come to God unless he is draw by God and that is not within no human being period, but it is the free gift of grace, love and mercy that God extends to all human beings through Jesus Christ.

I spend 12 years of grade and high school in religious schools.  As I reflect back, some was good and some was bad.  It gave me a conscious of God, that I believed God existed but I had no glue of his great love for me.

Rituals

I was baptize, had first holy communion and conformation, but had not idea what that all really meant. It was just something the church taught and I like others went along with it.  I think those things made me more fearful of God in a negative way.  I still did no see God love for me. I even at one point wanted to become a priest but I ponder if that was because it was my attempt to please God so that I would not go to hell?

Born Again

It was sometime in the late 70’s when I was introduced to the Born Again Christian while living in Los Angeles.  In fact it was the first time I heard that God loved me period.  It was the first time I heard and learn about salvation and that I did not have to rely on Mary or any other saints to pray for me, or the Priest to forgive me my sins.  I learned all that was done by and through Jesus alone!  You could say I was a born again christian because before that I was a Catholic Christian.  I have found hope, peace and love from God the Father in Jesus Christ alone.  So I can say without a doubt that God is so into me!  What about you?

 

The key to running and winning the rest is where we have our eyes set.  I have found when I take the eyes of my heart, mind and soul off of Jesus then I begin to sink.  In fact I blame Jesus for not keeping me together.  But the truth is Jesus did not change at all.

 

Run The Race

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Life is a race, either you are active in the race or you are sitting in the stands.  The bible says to ” set our eyes on

Jesus, Founder and Perfecter of Our Faith

12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

The key to running and winning the rest is where we have our eyes set.  I have found when I take the eyes of my heart, mind and soul off of Jesus then I begin to sink.  In fact I blame Jesus for not keeping me together.  But the truth is Jesus did not change at all.

Endurance

Endurance is the word I hear a lot in life these days.  You got to have endurance to go the distance.  The definition of endurance is: the fact or power of enduring an unpleasant or difficult process or situation without giving way,   the ability to withstand hardship or adversity; especially : the ability to sustain a prolonged stressful effort or activity.

As Christians we have the source of our endurance within us,  The Lord Jesus Christ himself, for he is our example, our mentor, or leader in whom steps we follow.  So therefore we run in such a way as to obtain the prize that is before us, the salvation of our souls.

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

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