At times I’m amazed at how easy it is for me to give place to complaining; especially if aggravations are consistent.
But when I think about it, aggravation was consistently present with Jesus in the form of Judas, wasn’t it? That guy was a thief and a liar even though he lived and “walked” with Jesus every day; yet, God loved him. God didn’t slip into complaints regarding him even though every word would have been justified.
Jesus knew that it wasn’t about that. Neither is life in God for us. Living Godly is about living righteously… that means allowing ourselves to be transformed into the image of Christ Who Himself is the exact image of God, according to scripture.
Ever think about that? I have and, whenever I do, it adds amazing grips to my feet. Humility increases the strength of our foundation in God, y’all; it allows us to yield to God’s desires to cleanse all blemishes to our personality. Saying yes to God’s desires will enable us to “love” continually, even when aggravations are present, and it’ll keep us from slipping into complaint.
Last Wednesday night Lynette and I returned from our ministry/vacation trip out west.
The week out there was very successful. We brought strength to her aging parents who have lived faithful lives for Jesus and who have been very dear to me over the past 20 years. We hung out with them for 6 – 8 hours each day and attended church with them on Sunday. We prayed with them, had long talks, and encouraged them in the Lord as God directed… it was a wonderful visit.
Our flights were perfect going out; coming back, the planes were a little late, but everything worked out fine; it was good to fly above our Father’s world and see the activity of His angelic hosts going to and fro to accomplish His will. He showed me the angels specifically protecting our aircrafts, and it made me tearful and grateful during each flight. God kept the house safe and sound in our absence, posting ministering spirits even before we left – He is faithful.
Those who encourage and lift up the saved and unsaved will, themselves, be lifted up and encouraged. Without God, we are nothing. With God, we are and have everything.
Thank You, Jesus.
When life changes abruptly – you know, the “suddenlies” – a part of you says, YES! It’s finally here!!! And another part of you wants to put on the brakes, even for things you’ve been praying for forever. That’s us humans for you.
I’ve been annihilated by the “suddenlies” over the past 18 months, and I’m glad… from my heart I can say honestly that I am joyously overwhelmed by the about-face changes God has made in my life. But there are also parts of me still recovering from emotional wind-burn and jet lag.
Jesus enables me to do all things through faith in Him; when I look around I feel entirely blessed. God in me handles the blessing, because my coffers have been enlarged and so has my territory. He is the complete Guardian against my flesh, pushing it backward and beckoning my spirit forward.
God is my shock absorber – He’s the only One Who can be – I cast my cares on Him.
The sun comes out again, and I say, “Thank You, Jesus, for the warm beams that change me and saturate me with nutrient life.” Jesus is the “Son” that never sets, and He carries me through the suddenlies until my legs and feet are rested, and then I am just fine. Then, in Him, I am contentedly braced for more suddenlies, and my being is evenly browned by the light of His Love.