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Contentment in Circumstances

I’m not the world’s most content person, and I struggle like everyone else in this area.  But as I’m getting older and seeing things not always go my way, I still have a spirit of thankfulness toward God.  This comes from my contentment in circumstances. Is my life exactly like I thought it would be.  No in many ways it is much better, in many ways it is about what I thought, and in other ways it is much harder.  Knowing that God is in control helps me put into perspective my role in my life.  Knowing that I am His child through the blood of Jesus Christ gives me a hope.

Now don’t get get any of what I said above with where God has me right now.  Life is HARD.  Raising kids is hard, work is hard, being a good husband is hard, dying to self is HARD!!!! But the knowledge of my God and Savior doing all that they have done for me makes it easier to be content when things get hard.  When you want to give up don’t…God Loves You.  When you can’t walk another step…Do God Is With You.  When you can’t make it another day…He Will Sustain You.

This life is hard but one day Jesus will be back to bring us to His home where there is no more sin, heartbreak, or tears.  That day is coming so Christian find contentment in your circumstances no matter how hard life seems today.  We are so more blessed than those that don’t know God so we must always remember that.  Our circumstances help test our faith and produces perseverance.  Hang on Christian your Faith is growing.

 

New International Version
because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. -James 1:3

 

As I was writing this my wife just called with a car breaking down 45 minutes away with 3 kids so, I’m off to help her.  Thank you for today’s testing Lord, give me the strength.

Oh How I Desire to Astonish Jesus

There are many folks in the Bible that I look at and really admire their love of God.  I love the stories of Daniel, Stephen, Paul, and Nehemiah to name a few.  But one of my favorites is about a man who’s name is not ever mentioned.  We know him only as the centurion.

Matthew 8:5-13

The Faith of the Centurion

When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.”

Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?”

The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

10 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him,“Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. 11 I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.12 But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that moment.

Every time I read this I am so encouraged that a regular Joe, and everyday ordinary man had the ability to astonish or amaze Jesus.  Really all we must do is come to Jesus and ask for His help, and He is willing.  We also tend to sell Jesus short on what He has power over.  I know that I have put Jesus in a box saying He can or can’t do this based off nothing more than my life experiences (even if only in my head).  As I look back at that, I say to you how foolish my tongue and evil my thoughts.  How can I possibly put limits and boundaries on the very one who establishes what a limit or boundary is in the first place.

I’m now in a very different place in my walk.  Have I ever seen someone pray for someone to be healed and then the person walks away healed?  The answer is no.  But just because I have not seen it doesn’t make it impossible for God.  I need to remember my place and be humbled to know that Christ has all authority and if He wills it will be so it will be so.  Lord, please forgive me of my unbelief.  Please strengthen me in your word, and in your love.  Help me to astonish you Jesus.  Help me to have a faith greater than the centurion.  I want You to be well pleased.  How easy I forget sometimes the many snares You have brought me through.  Help me Jesus to know that You are the one true God, in control of all things, and that You have been given dominion from the Father.  Faith in you has cured the heart of man for centuries which is much harder than fixing broken bones, and the afflictions of health we go through.

In Christ name I pray, Amen.

The Book of Romans Chapter 6 (Part 2)

15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace?By no means! 16 Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. 18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.

19 I am using an example from everyday life because of your human limitations. Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness. 20 When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. 21 What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! 22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in[b] Christ Jesus our Lord.

This passage is so amazing on so many levels.  First I connect to the obedient slave that obeys out of love because I look at my sons who for no other reason than it is right and holy and that they love me they obey.  Nothing is more honoring than when they obey the first time without an argument.  However, when they do argue or complain and grumble against me I struggle and wonder how much longer must I be patient.  God must wonder the same thing about me when I miss the mark on what he has planned for me, versus my plan for me.

The second part that reaches my hear is “What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of?  Those things result in death!”  There are many things that I have done in my life that I am ashamed of, sins that at the time looked great but I was looking at them through the eyes of Satan.  The desire I had for sin left me in a place where death is all I had earned.  Alone, separated from Christ I had no hope.  Then through the mercies of God, I was given to the Son!  The Holy Spirit opened my eyes and I was alive.  My bondage was to sin but it was broken and now I am bound with Christ.  So in this I must live apart from sin.  I fall short here daily but my desire is righteousness in the sight of the Lord.  To one day hear “Well done good and faithful servant”.  I stand saddened by the wages of my sin, but stand proudly in the work Christ accomplished on the Cross.  Praise God!!!