Having faith is easy when nothing challenges it or presses in. To keep the faith in the stress of persecution or evil or ugliness or abuse, which liberals are much more widely heaping on the rest of us who do not agree with their views, is challenging. But we are warned that being a follower of Jesus Christ means being treated how they treated Him. Evil hates the light. It always has and always will. Thank God for our good President who holds freedom dear. And may those who oppose him be punished to the full extent of the law. But I digress, and use that example as one where prayer is our weapon against infringements on our faith. Prayer is our greatest tool because it humbles us and calls on our powerful and superior God to intervene and help. Also it changes your mood. Humble prayer elicits worship for you can not come before the throne of our powerful, loving God and not worship and praise. It is impossible. And worship and relationship with Him puts things in their proper perspective. Joy and peace rush in. You sing, you dance. It becomes clearer that God already won the war and oh yeah, I trust Him with all this. No worries. Faith kept. The second tool is truth. The Bible is the only truth. Know it, read it, love it. Bible is truth and truth is power because God is truth. Faith kept. Can’t fool or distract me because I am grounded in the truth and in constant prayer. Faith kept. I love you! ❤
Most people are not naturally warriors. I am and have had to learn to trade that fighting spirit for a peaceful one. But I believe we all are warriors in our way or at least have the potential to be. Not everyone is called to bloody warfare or physically stopping a bad guy, but everyone I know has some kind of battle and can wage war against it. There is always a battle between good, those loving God, and evil, those against God. There is no middle anymore. And so there is a fight for everyone’s soul and life. God wants to love us and care for us in heaven forever. Evil wants us dead and defeated and separated from God forever. So we have choices to make, sometime little tiny ones like telling the truth in a situation instead of lying or big ones like not allowing someone to hit you again or git your kids. And everything in between. That horrible person trying to bust up your marriage, that irritating and disheartening employer, that annoying neighbor playing loud music at late hours, that one discouraging person, your onternal fears or addictions. And I believe every person not only has it in them to be a warrior but humbly with God’s help, to win. God is a winner, THE winner. He has won the war and helps every person who asks Him to win whatever little battle still waged. “Nothing formed against me shall propser” with God’s help. That is a promise, a guarantee not a possibility when you reach out to Jesus for help. A warrior is only as good as his weapon and the Bible and prayer but mostly Jesus is our weapon. No one stands a chance against Him who means you harm. Fight renewed, loved warrior!
It is the sunny side of the street, the optimistic viewpoint, the good stuff, that green grass under your own feet in your own yard, it is looking at the blessed side of life. We are incredibly blessed. I am incredibly blessed. In every dark valley I chose to walk in or was forced to walk in, there was always that one path, albeit difficult to see at the time, that way to sunshine, that hand out to grab. And in good times, it is more obvious. And as soon as we focus on it and humbly draw near to God, we can see it everywhere. Faith builds up and we can see the blessings more clearly, more poignantly. Of course the evil is still there. It will be more and more as the enemy’s days are numbered and Jesus return is soon. But I can choose to focus on God and humbly search out His blessings and even ways to be a blessing. Oh, there is when you have arrived, matured n in faith. You are not just looking for the light but become it. That, my friends, is spectacularly beautiful! I love you! ❤
This is a great song. Many have sung it but I like Margaret Becker’s rendition personally. Look it up. Lyrics are: “People get ready, there’s a train coming. Don’t need no ticket, just get on board. All you need is faith to hear the diesel humming. Don’t take no ticket no, just praise the Lord. People get ready for the train is coming picking up passengers from coast to coast. Faith is the key to open the doors of heaven. There is only one train to get you there.”
I think being ready for anything is internal. I believe, as I grow in maturity through this life that being ready and prepared is first spiritual, then mental, then emotional and physical. Those last two are the easiest things to manipulate and disrupt, so they have to be forced into the last position in succession. The spiritual, if we are walking close to God in humility/contrition and faith, we are ahead of the game on all fronts. Not that we become amazing but that God is amazing and can work freely in us. Closeness to God is the first and foremost priority on being ready for anything. There are no surprises to Him, nothing He cannot put in its proper place or perspective. He is everything. Closeness to Him is being protected eternally by the Maker of everything we know of or even don’t know yet. Then He helps set our mind right second for whatever situation arises. Then He takes care of the basest of all, the emotions and physical areas, our weakest points. Here we need the most help for we are vulnerable. And our vulnerability is not bad at all but must be taught and guided or it can become so very quickly. Or it can be molded into a beauty to help other people that surpasses what we can do without it. If we start with the highest priority on humble and faithful closeness to God, loving, good, kind, self-controlled, gentle, faithful, joyful, peaceful, patience, everything else becomes assets guided by Him to allow us to be prepared for anything now or to come eternally.
Happiness is a feeling based on a decision. Joy is much deeper. Joy is a character trait, a result of the Holy Spirit living inside. It is proof that you are God’s, part of His internal spiritual gift to you and is not conditional upon a decision (excepting that initial decision of salvation). Happiness is a decision and is generally tied to feelings and emotions which are readily tied to circumstances. You can temporarily force happiness in bad circumstances by strong will and decisions, but can never sustain such will when tired or hurt or damaged for very long or consistently. Joy, however, is forever. Joy is internal, unshakable, incombustable. Joy cannot be moved. However the enemy tries to dumb it down or distract you from its amazing power. The joy of the Lord Jesus Christ is our strength inside us available any minute or second of the day. The joy of the Lord is my strength. Happiness is external, joy is internal. Our goal should never be so shallow and fleeting as to be happy. Happy is so easy to manipulate. Joy is deeper, stronger, internal, POWERFUL. You can not increase its presence or power in your life, you can only recognize it more as you declutter your spirit and soul of distractions and wordy pullings. Joy is our treasure, so closely bonded to peace that the two must exist together. These attributes of God live in us who are saved! We own these valuable resources! We do not have to ask for them. We have to obey and uncover them with faith and release of this world. This world is not our home, we are just passing through. Heaven is our home. And while on earth, we have valuable joy and peace and the other fruits of the Spirit tied together with love and hope and faith. Wow!! What incredible power we possess over the schemes of the enemy. How beautiful is the blessed God who is the originatornof these gifts and pours them out to us generously and lovingly. Is am so thankful that He saw fit to save such a little girl as I am. Accepted by God, it does not matter who else rejects me. I am a beloved child of the Most High God!!! So are you!!! ❤❤❤
Daylight to me is life. And it has nothing to do with the sun, no matter how much I love the sun. It is the Son, Jesus Christ who is the Light and Truth. I drink deeply of the daylight of God’s truth and love and holiness. There is no greater or more satisfying energy source than a that of humble worship, intense prayer and Bible study. And obedience is life. I obey God because He is the only One worthy of our healthy fear and respect but moreso or equally rather because I know He loves me. He holds me when I cry or ask Him. He wipes my tears. He allows me to be tried and tested to be sure I know where my heart is toward Him in reality. He already knows. He thinks of little tiny me in the big universe enough to hear my prayers. Wow! Have you truly considered that? The best thing that ever happened to me was humbly accepting Jesus Christ as my Savior and starting a love and respect relationship with God who lovingly and purposefully made everything I know about and even don’t know about. Oh how I love Him!!! ❤