Good evening everyone…and how was your day? I hope it was a good one! Today, I just took it a little easier, by getting some things done this morning…and resting this afternoon.
One thing I’m learning more and more; is that I need Jesus, in every aspect of my life. You know…it’s so easy to call ourselves “Christian;” but the true test comes, when we are faced with a trial or dilemma in our lives. We read about leaning on God; but do we do that? We read that God is the One who supplies every need; but do we turn to Him, in time of need…or do we attempt to turn to some other source, while we allow Him to remain locked within the depth of our hearts?
I remember a time in my life, when I was always trying to make things work for myself…that is, until I came to realize what I was doing to Christ. Here, I had accepted Jesus into my heart; but it was as if I was keeping Him tied up and imprisoned within my heart…through my own actions and responses to life’s problems.
Last night, as I reached the end of my rope; with this pain that I seem to be daily experiencing…I began to let the pain have the best of me, while God seemed to be put along the wayside. For the longest time, I have always turned to God, for everything that I needed…or even for this pain I experience; but last night, it seemed as if Satan was stoking the fire within me, as the pain increased. As I look back on these moments…I can see why…and that is because I had come to a comfortable place in my life, where I found it easy to turn to God, during an hour of need. Now another test was about to begin, as the pain increased. In other words…could I turn to God, as things began to get worse?
We need to realize that Christ is the only source; that can help…sustain and carry us through these difficult obstacles that we face in life…and if we don’t turn to Him, during these difficult times; then I guess we need to ask ourselves, as to why we even gave Him permission to enter our lives.
I have come to see…over and over again; that accepting Jesus into our hearts, should never be our free ticket into heaven; but rather, we should long for a relationship that grows through these difficult times…to the place, where we know without a doubt; that He is there for us…no matter what…or how difficult the affliction may seem to be at the time.
Tonight…I am praising God, even with a foot that is bandaged and in a lot of pain…and why…because I have a good friend, who will ALWAYS be with me…to walk me through these discouraging times.
In Matthew 11:28-30, we read… “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29) Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30) For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." You know…we are being given an invitation, to come to Jesus through these Bible verses…just as we are…with all our hurts, disappointments and brokenness. Now the choice is ours…will we take all the hurtful moments we’re facing and fall into His loving arms and let Him be everything we need…or will we just keep Him locked up deep within the heart? I don’t know about you; but I’m going to give Him free reign…of not only my heart…but my whole being.
Well…I sure enjoyed this time with you tonight! My prayer for you as we part; is that you will come to truly know a God, who longs to be everything; that you can’t be for yourself. Take care and I will hope to be with you again tomorrow!
Goodnight & God bless!
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