Recently several of my children have experienced situations where they had to make choices–major choices in their lives. I am pleased that God gave us Word to guide us along this life as His blood bought adopted child. These 3 children of mine chose to beseech our Heavenly Father, along with fellow believing friends, to keep them strong. Where do place your expectations? I’ve always told all my children (and others) that trusting in people will always cause heartache, because they will let you down. Place your trust in the One who is worthy and capable–for HE IS GOD! ♥ Streim
2 Corinthians 12: 9-10 ” And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
Was Paul out of his mind when he used the words “most gladly” and “take pleasure” in describing his list of very unpleasant situations like infirmities, reproaches, needs, persecutions, distresses? Absolutely NOT! Rather he was giving us a wonderful lesson on what true reliance on the Lord means. You might say, “well Paul could say that, but I am different”. Nothing could be further from the truth. Today, we as God’s blood bought adopted children NEED to realize that if we suffer these things “for Christ’s sake”, He strengthens and the grace of God will show itself to be stronger than any and all the pains (physical, psychological), sadness, losses, persecutions and distressful times we may experience.
How can I say that? For three simple reasons: 1) God’s Word says it 2) I believe God’s Word 3) My personal experience with my Father and Lord Jesus
2 Timothy 3: 12-14; “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived . But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;” (KJV)
“Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it” (ESV)
There are so many places in Scripture we see people of God suffer joyfully. I honestly can’t say that I jump up and down with joy when I get out of bed everyday… because I know (and feel) the excruciating, chronic pain is still with me; plus what other body part is going out today. But I can say— I stop for a moment, give all of my day to Him and grab my walker and go. I could go on about other issues besides my health, but I won’t because it’s ALL in HIS ALMIGHTY hands… for whatever good HE sees fit— not what I like or want. In many of today’s churches, there are far too many that believe once they’ve asked Christ to be their Savior… all their troubles will be over. Well, I’m here to tell you that if you are hearing that from your pulpit; you better get a copy of the Word and read for yourself. (I guess I should have titled this “No Rose Garden Here Part 2.)
I would like to share a little story. My 8-year-old granddaughter said it simply! On the way to daycare a few days ago, my granddaughter said “Ya know mommy I have 2 daddies!” To that my daughter just paused and said “I know” (thinking of her bio dad and step-dad). My granddaughter asked “You want to know who they are mommy?” “Okay, sure… ” my daughter replied. My granddaughter said ” Well my number 1 Daddy is God!”
She knows Jesus as Savior and God as her Daddy. We all know a daddy takes care of us, protects us and more. May all of us have that faith Jesus spoke of when He said “… Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3
May you grow everyday in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ and have an intimate relationship with the Father through prayer and His Word. ♥ Streim
2012’s Most Priceless Moment
I remember precisely the who, what, where and how of this moment— we’ll exclude the when since it is of no significance. My again grey matter has a propensity for not remembering months, weeks, days, hours…
The Who: Myself aka Grandma and my 7-year-old granddaughter aka “Bug”
The Where: We (me and Bug) had just finished a family meal at my youngest daughter’s home. Bug and I were just talking about “things”. She looked at my silver cross necklace I wear all the time and asked a simple question.
The What: Question #1 ” Grandma why do wear that cross all the time? ” she asked with her little head tilted to one side and a deeply curious look in her innocent eyes. “Because I love Jesus honey” I responded immediately with a smile.
The What #2: Like most young children she wanted more. You know that question most parents dislike– the big why question! “Why do you love Jesus Grandma?” Without thinking (literally!) I responded “Because He first loved me” After I said that, I patiently waited for her to ask another question, but she didn’t! Her eyes lit up like fireworks exploding she smiled and said ” OK “. That was that!
The How: How amazing is the simple truth of God’s Word to little children. She completely understood!
*******************************Dwight L. Moody said ” It is a masterpiece of the devil to make us believe that children cannot understand religion. Would Christ have made a child the standard of faith if He had known that it was not capable of understanding His words? “
Matthew 18: 1-4
At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
” And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him. Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. We love Him because He first loved us.” 1 John 4: 14-19
May each of us Father, as we begin a new year in our lives, never forget that we are “your little children” made to humbly love, honor and glorify You for all the world to see! ♥ Streim