Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Flashforwarding?

So, for the last two days I've been watching this show called FlashForward. There are certain aspects of the show that I do not like...I won't go into detail. But basically in the first episode of the TV show everyone in the entire world blacks out. They just fall to the ground almost as if they are dead. Their black-out lasts exactly 2 minutes and 17 seconds. During this time they have a vision of their life in 6 months.

The whole idea got me thinking...if I could somehow look into the future, and see myself in say...6 months, 1 year, 5 years...what would I see? Would I want to see it? My answer would be a resounding NO! There are two reasons...I will give you lesser of my two reasons first.

My first is because I might not like what I see. Maybe God has a different plan for my life than I envision for myself now. For example...maybe I look into the future and I see my family living in a small little house in Indonesia, barely scraping by...and I look at that and think..."I don't want that for my future!" But maybe what I don't see in my flash-forward, is that I'm a missionary there, and we're reaching people for Christ.

I think you can naturally see where I'm going with this. My main reason for not wanting to "flash-forward"...is that God is in control. I don't need to see the future...because God is in control. He has a path for my life...as long as I'm doing my best to live my life for the Lord and seeking His direction in it...I can trust Him that He will take care of me, and provide for all my needs.

Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
Psalm 37:5

The LORD redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.
Psalm 34:22

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Proverbs 3:5 & 6

Friday, August 20, 2010

'Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus

by: Louisa M. R. Stead
’Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to take Him at His Word;
Just to rest upon His promise,
And to know, “Thus saith the Lord!”

Refrain:
Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er;
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
Oh, for grace to trust Him more!

Oh, how sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to trust His cleansing blood;
And in simple faith to plunge me
’Neath the healing, cleansing flood!
***
Yes, ’tis sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just from sin and self to cease;
Just from Jesus simply taking
Life and rest, and joy and peace.
***
I’m so glad I learned to trust Thee,
Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend;
And I know that Thou art with me,
Wilt be with me to the end.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Inspirational Quote #1

So, about a week ago I started reading "The Pursuit of God" by A. W. Tozer, and I came accross a quote that I thought was really good! I had to share it with you all. Here it is:

Wherever we turn in the church of God, there is Jesus. He is the beginning, middle and end of everything to us…there is nothing good, nothing holy, nothing beautiful, nothing joyous which He is not to His servants. No one need be poor, because, if he chooses, he can have Jesus for his own property and possession. No one need be downcast, for Jesus is the joy of heaven, and it is His joy to enter into sorrowful hearts. We can exaggerate about many things; but we can never exaggerate our obligation to Jesus, or the compassionate abundance of the love of Jesus to us. All our lives long we might talk of Jesus, and yet we would never come to an end of the sweet things that might be said of Him. Eternity will not long be enough to learn all He is, or to praise Him for all He has done, but then, that matters not; for we shall be always with Him, and we desire nothing more.

-Frederick Faber

Monday, August 9, 2010

My Savior

I am not skilled to understand,
What God has willed,
What God has planned.
I only know at His right hand,
Is one who is my Savior.

I take Him at His word and deed.
Christ died for sinners, this I read.
But in my heart, I find a need
For Him who is my savior.

That He should leave His place on high,
And come for sinful man to die.
You count it strange…so once did I,
Before I knew my Savior.

So living, dying let me bring
My strength my solace from this spring.
That He who lives to by my King,
Once died to be my Savior.

He died to be Savior…

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Spiritual Birthday

On this day 15 years ago I accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as my Savior. I don't know if I fully understood what would lie ahead for me after making that decision, but I can assure you, my life hasn't been the same since.

As I approach my 15th year in Christ, I have some thoughts to impart. I recently had a coworker ask me why I had chosen to follow in my parents footsteps, living a life trying my best to serve the Lord, and not turn from the Lord, as many who were raised in Christian homes do. I had a hard time answering this question.

My answer to this question now, is that we as Christians have to make Christianity our own. This, for me, happened in my Junior year of High School. I had already accepted Christ as my Savior, because I believed in my heart, but I was still very much depending on my family to be the spiritual support system to guide me along. But there comes a point in our lives where we must depend on Christ so strongly that we can go through anything because we have the Lord to strengthen us.

Junior year of High School I really started struggling with my faith. I was beginning to question everything I had believed about God since I was a child. I kept talking to different people about what I needed to do. Everyone kept telling me to just keep reading my bible, keep praying...God would reveal it to me in time. So for a long time I struggled. I had a hard time reading my bible, and praying, but I knew I needed to do it. The struggle continued for a long time, until one day while reading in I John God opened my eyes with one verse. I don't know what it was...but this verse just cleared my head, and I was free from the struggle. Here's the verse:

Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
I John 5:5

Don't ask me why God decided to use this verse, but for some reason He did. I guess this verse just opened my eyes to how powerful God is, and how through Him He could help me through anything that life threw at me. I realized that that if I believed in God fully, I could overcome the world. This was so powerful to me...through this verse my faith returned with more vigor than I had ever experienced before.

I know that were I not to have learned this lesson back in High School...I would not have lasted as long as I have in the Navy. I would have given into the temptation a long time ago. I can take no credit for this...it is by depending on the Lord that I have lasted this long...thank you Lord!

So...I would like to encourage all my Christian friends to make Christianity your own. There will come a time in your life, where your family will not be there to support you, and you are going to need to depend on the Lord fully for your strength. There are Christians serving as missionaries in China right now who have no one to depend on but the Lord, because they are in hiding, as it is illegal to preach about Christ there. We must be so dependent on the Lord, that we would willingly rush anywhere God wants us to go, because we know that He is able to give us the strength to do it.

I pray that we would all live Christian lives, fully dependent on God.