2 Corinthians 12:9-10

New International Version (NIV)

9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Its The End Of The World!!! Or Is It???

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There seems to be a lot of talk of the end of the world being today, May 21, 2011 at 6:00 pm.  (not sure if that is central standard time)  I don't really like to post about controversial subject matter but this one is more than that.  I believe that people can believe what they want to believe.  In this case, I think they believe this will all of their heart.  I believe that they are are sincere and that there is no malice or attempts to deceive, on the part of the people who believe this.

Do I believe that today is the end of the world?  I believe what the scriptures say, and the scripture that says it  best is Matthew 24:36, 42-44-  36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him."

So according to this scripture nobody knows, not even Jesus, only the Father.  So could it be today, it could be, but I doubt it.  But that is not to say that we should not prepare for God's coming.  We should live everyday as it is our last, because we don't know when that will be.  I don't think that we should go out and sell all of our possessions.  I'm saying being kinder, loving our neighbor, doing the things that matter the most, making sure that we have that relationship with God.

My question to you is- If God were to come today, would you be ready?  I have to ask myself the same question.  I myself need to reflect on this and make sure that if He were to come that I would be going home with Him. 

So if today is not the end,  make it the beginning of you journey to God.  So when He does come, He will be coming for you.

Can you just imagine Jesus face when His Father turns to Him and says -
"Son, it is time!!, sound the trumpets, bring them home". 

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When The Road Is Way Too Long

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The other night on my way home from New Orleans I was tired, I was drained from a full day.  Impatiently ready get home and get to bed, I dreaded the trip home.  For what seemed to be the longest road ever. 

To make matters worse, right before I reached Baton Rouge, I came to a complete stop in traffic, in the middle of the interstate.  I was stopped for what seemed to be an eternity.  As I looked ahead at the what seemed to be an endless line of brake lights, I could feel the panic rising. I was just so tired and ready to get home, why was this happening at 11:00 at night. 

I started to calm down after telling myself that eventually traffic had to start moving.  I kept reassuring myself that I would not be stuck there forever. It wasn't long after that it finally started  moving.  I got home safe and sound,  exhausted but happy that I had gotten to the end of that road.

Sometimes the distance from point A to point B can seem endless.  Especially in our spiritual journey. Sometimes there is no end in sight, no relief.  When will things get better?  Will it ever end?  Why is it always me? We are completely exhausted, emotionally, mentally, spiritually and physically.  We just can't see where this long and winding road is leading us, and we keep wondering how much more we will have to endure.

But, just like what seemed like my endless trip home, our trials in life will have an ending too.  Many more may come our way, but we have to have faith that eventually we will get to the end of it.  And always know that we will be stronger because of it.  These roads in life shape us, mold us into the person God created us to be.

So next time you fell like the road is way too long, remember the One who will see you home.

1 Peter 4:12-13 (NIV) 12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.

Psalm 34:19-20 (21st Century KJV) 9Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivereth him out of them all. 20He keepeth all his bones; not one of them is broken.

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Rock Bottom

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Rock bottom is an emotional state.  When your will is gone and your faith is shattered and there is no hope in sight.  When you have fallen so far and there is no further down you can go.  When you have completely given up, completely surrendered, when there is just no more fight. When you are so emotionally exhausted that you finally put your hands up and finally have figured out that there is no way you can do it on your own.  When you are weary and weak and have lost your way.

The other day I really felt like I was at that point.  Feeling hopeless and abandoned, worthless and rejected.  Around the same time I ran across this article about a girl with similar problems to mine and how with God she overcame all of her obstacles.  In that moment I felt God talking to me.  He wanted me to know that He was still there.  Regardless of what I was going through, regardless of what I had done, He was still there.  He was there waiting, patiently waiting on me to realize how far away I was from Him and just how much I needed Him.

Later that day I read something that stated "God knows when we have truly surrendered".  At this point I had realized that I was trying conquer things on my own, which was leading to my own demise. Once again I was overcome by an assurance that I had not been forgotten but that I had only lost my way.  God was quick and eager to show me once I was willing to open my eyes to see. 

When we hit rock bottom and think we have nowhere to go, when we think that we no longer have the strength to go on, look up.  Look to the Maker of the mountains you cannot climb, for He is waiting and He will move those mountains for you.
Psalm 121 (NIV) 1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? 2 My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. 3 He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber; 4 indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. 5 The LORD watches over you—the LORD is our shade at your right hand;6 the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. 7 The LORD will keep you from all harm—he will watch over your life;8 the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.