Godly Living Alone Does Not Equate To Living Longer

Perhaps you are numbered among those persons who believe that living a Christian Christlike-Life leads to a longer life existence here on earth.  And there is nothing wrong in thinking in this manner.

But, according to biblical scripture, it is an illusion.  What the word of God teaches is that, yes, he requires various distinguishing moral features to be visible in one’s character, while also allowing each of us to develop our own attitude and outlook on life.  Both of these two factors; God’s moral features plus man’s attitude towards godly living, can lead to a fruitful and productive life. Thus, the latter part of that last sentence has a profound bearing on one’s life expectancy.

Let’s discuss your attitudes towards life’s predicaments.  Do you suck on a sour lemon or do you make sweet lemonade?

Let me see…just how should I approach this situation!

Here is a hint! Ask yourself this question…”Is the life I am living now, which directs me on a path of righteousness and godly deeds (WWJD) lead me to glory, and also be acceptable in God’s sight? Or will my actions leading up to my demise bring glory to God or contribute to fuel for the eternal fire?” To find your answer, study the lives of the two thieves hanging on their crosses along side of Christ Jesus at Calvary. Consider their attitudes towards to receive or to deny what Jesus was proposing.

Both thieves were guilty of living a life of crimes that were worthy of death and were in the process of paying their debts. But according to scripture, one went on to glory and the other went to Hades. Both thieves received judgment that largely depended upon their own attitudes and outlook on life.

To Believe or not to believe…that is the question! Read the true story below.

In my early days of ministering as an international missionary, I had my doubts as to whether the Lord would provide all of my needs while on these tedious journeys to strange lands. I complained a lot. I whined about not having the necessary supplies to perform the task at hand. I harbored anger and dismay at the disorderly conduct of some of the orphan children and staff members that I had to work with. I cried at night in my pillow at how my Good Lord had allowed these helpless suffering people to survive in such deplorable conditions. (Yes, I was on a godly mission, but harbored a faithless attitude.) My faithless actions were an abomination to our Lord and Savior and His Spirit said to my spirit in a still small voice that if I didn’t get my act together, He would send me home (back to America) in a box.

I Got The Message…I made lemonade!

I subsequently got my act together and prayed this prayer: Yes…yes…yes Holy Spirit! I am so very glad that you have not abandoned me and have shown me that Jesus Christ and He alone is the One in Whom I can put my trust. Please help me to rely upon His promises and nothing less. I thank and praise you mightily that you have made my heart realize that God will never leave nor forsake me no matter what situation I find myself in. Amen

Scripture Lesson: “That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him for that day.” 2 Timothy 1:12

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God Will Never Leave Or Forsake You!

My kids wont listen to me…nobody listens to me any more! What am I to do?

Have you ever been brought down so low in life that your situation tempted you to beg, borrow, or steal?  What are you saying, sister blogger?  Are you saying that that was my moment of desperation whereby I thought God had left me?  Was that the time when I sincerely embraced ideas that God had struck me down in retribution of my sins?  Was that the occasion when my friends and loved ones were hurling all kinds of accusations at me and accusing me of engaging in unbecoming activities?  How did you know that surely there had been times in my life when I thought of ending it all?

How Did I Know???  Come on now! 

I know these things because if a person lives long enough, he or she will in variably experience life’s ups and downs that in several instances seems impossible to overcome.   Especially when you are trying to overcome them all by yourself.

The question you should be asking is how I can constructively manage these life-threatening situations.

Recounting a personal example:

Earlier this week I received a telephone call from a friend that not only surprised me but also lifted me up with her message.  She reported to me that for the longest time she had been prayerfully trying to encourage her adult children to reunite with the church and to restore their faith in God.  Although her children politely listened to her, they did nothing to align themselves with an organized institution of godly teaching.  And my friend had great despair that her adult children were setting a bad example for her grandchildren when it came to knowing God and his commandments.  (My friend had more than once shared with me that she thought God had left her and ignored her prayers that she offered up for her family.)

But on this day, my friend was calling me to share some great news concerning her oldest female grandchild we will call Mary.  Mary was a college graduate and had been working for the past 7 years at various jobs.  She called her grandmother to inform her that she had saved enough money to make a down payment on a newly constructed home in a suburb of her hometown.  Mary was giving praises to the Almighty God for being the instrument that had made all these things possible.  And the grandmother’s faith was revitalized in knowing that God had not forsaken her and the prayers that she was sending up for her family were being answered.

After hearing this great news, it took a moment for my friend and I to compose ourselves. Finally I said to her, my sister, I, too, was in prayer for you.  During the past few months, your contacts with me have been very sorrowful and I knew you were under some sort of strain.  I suspected they were growing pains that you had to bear for reasons between you and God.  After hearing such good news about your grandchild, you must have passed the test and are now reaping the rewards that come with patience, gentleness, self-control, kindness, love, joy, and peace. That represents that at all times you were in constant communication with the Holy Spirit but He was letting you do all the talking. Finally, you were at a place where peace and quietness took over.

Thanks be to God that you weathered the storm. For as you well know, our Lord and Savior will never leave or totally forsake you. All we have to do is to hold on to God’s unchanging hand.

My prayer for you and all under the sound of my voice:

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you so much for making Your work in me a ‘calling’ to be available, prepared and complete with intuition to be attuned to my fellowman’s life dilemmas. Not only to obey Your workings in order to gain Your favor, but to fortify the down-trodden, to lift up the heavy burdened and to restore the weak and weary back to Your loving arms. May I always have the fortitude to serve my Lord and Savior to the utmost and not merely man alone. Amen.

Scripture Lesson: Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:10-13

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God Is My Refuge And Strength

Hello everybody. And how is the world treating you today? As for me and my house, all is well. Why? Because I am on vacation!

Belmont, NC

While on vacation, I was thinking…although we know that God is Spirit, references in the holy scriptures allows us to also attribute/ascribe qualifications of a personal or human nature to Him. When we do characterize God in this way, He becomes the very personification of humanity. That is why I can proclaim with assurance that He is my refuge and strength.

To realize that Jesus Christ is with me and I need not be afraid gives me strength and hope. Why? Because believe it or not, I’m not perfect! I make mistakes. I speak out of turn and sometimes without thinking. I sometimes forget special birthdays of friends and family members. I have also been known to forget to renew insurance policies and other business affairs. I may use profanity when I stump my toe. And although I try, I cannot always please everybody.

So, when I declare that God is my refuge and strength, I truly embrace the fact that He and He alone provides me a place of shelter and safety from the pursuit of all hurt, harm and danger. I take comfort in being in Jesus’ presence, trusting in His promise of eternal life. And I always lift up prayers asking forgiveness for all my short comings, mistakes and misguided afflictions I may bestow on others.

Another thing I ask of God is to include me in providing services to others. To always be generous in sharing my blessings with others and to remember to shout praises and adoration to the glory of God.

Just because I am on vacation with my family, I do not want to neglect my readers and followers of this blog message. I am grateful to God for allowing the Holy Spirit to converse with me each week and to remind me of the goodness of God. May you, too, be blessed and enjoy His presence each and every day.

My prayer for you…

Dear Heavenly Father. I truly thank you for Who You are and for making it possible for me to focus on the things that give me hope and to look away from those things that scare and frighten me. I praise you for the promise of eternal life and the assurance that you are my refuge and strength both spiritually and personified. Amen and Amen.

Scripture Lesson: “We fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18)

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