“But look at her! She is so blessed, isn’t she. She always seems so happy! God has blessed her so much, surely its God’s blessing! “
For many month which lead to years, I tread my Christian path thinking likewise.
Its a known fact that the church today is growing with preachers who are stressing on blessings- or can I bluntly say, financial blessing.
Its a good thing…..
For nobody wants to just be able to buy food to go into the mouth
But, I wonder how many Christians today misinterpret all financial blessing to be God’s handiwork.
We all know the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. That city was like the Garden of the Lord!! Well-watered, tranquil, abundant with every good thing… it looked like it was blessed!! Yet what sort of people dwelt there is no mystery to us..What remained of the city in the end, is no less than a sci-fi movie!
So, can we say they that are all glitters are really gold?
Why is that a big lavish car owner of the car appears convincingly blessed rather than that old man with ragged shoes, who might be equally righteous in the sight of God? Why do we conclude that the latter certainly has some serious spiritual problems hindering him from receiving God’s abundant blessing (aka money)?
How deep is imbibed in us the truth, ‘Seek His Kingdom and HIS righteousness”? Because if it was, then we really wouldn’t be measuring God and his blessings with the scale the world knows best- money!
Because we are in an era where everything is all about money, to an extent even our dealing with God has been transacted with money !!
Is God only of the rich, and not of poor?
Can God only give, and give, and give… and not allow a certain period and percentage of taking?
We know the answer best: Yes HE can, for HE is the Potter and we are the clay.
And He is faithful. In silence and in storm.
In sunshine and in rain.
Concluding my thoughts, I would like to leave with this message,
Whether I have plenty, or scarce,
Whether am honored, or despised
Whether prayers get answered, or even denied,
Lord, I know you’re faithfully standing beside
Whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish like a green leaf.
What is occupying you?
Who is on your mind?
Other man’s wife?
What is your mind after?
The lead singer’s position?
Jesus enter into vacancy,
Jesus fills the empty,
Jesus satisfies the hungry…
And uses donkeys that no one is riding…
I really liked this short story shared by my friend of FB.
Could not help but post it.
Have a joyful day
A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: “How heavy is this glass of water?”
Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.
She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.”
She continued, “The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything.”
It’s important to remember to let go of your stresses. As early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don’t carry them through the evening and into the night. Remember to put the glass down!
Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down on your wrath…
Everything today is online.
Spreading the good news also. Easy isn’t it?
Internet has taken over our lives, overwhelmed us rather.. Undeniably, even the churches and its functions have not been spared of its impact and power.
Tweeting biblical verses, sharing God-inspired posts, pictures…Everything is so easy and so fast.
But in this age and technology where Christians are online, the Christianity in the Christian is offline..
What I am trying to say is this,
Tweeting prayers for ailing aunt Polly is not praying. Posting an uplifting comment to encourage Uncle Tom is not fellow-ship. Donating a few bucks online to charity homes does not reach out to the love-starved little souls.
Its time to get real, Christian. Its time to practice rather than post.
Lets get down there in the murky place, Visit the sick in their ailing days, Touch them and hug them, pat their backs, Drop a letter, handwritten with ink blue or black… Pray. With them. For them. And see how my Father rewards in Heaven! ♥
Lets go offline, for there is less traffic there.
Of late I seem to be growing more and more bitter..
Bitter about the way life, people (and sometimes God) had treated me… I wake up every morning, and continuing throughout the day that God could have made this better, or that still better…
But what we fail to practice, though theoretically understand that bitterness arises because of jealously and or covetousness, leading to hatred against other brothers and sisters, and ending up with a heart that is ungrateful to God. And murder( of all sorts).
We all remember Cain’s story, don’t we?
First and foremost, we ought to understand that no matter how much we may compete against circumstances, and even get what we regret of having lost out, we will never find happiness. Because the problem was and is not physical or material. Its spiritual. And must have a spiritual solution.
Now that the problem is established, what can one do to kick this slow poison?
- Pray. Please. How long are we Christians not gonna go our secret closets, get personal with Him who longingly and lovingly awaits to get really really personal with us?
- Repent. Its not just enough to confess. We have to be determined to stick not to go back to all those things that make us bitter. Just don’t look back.
- Read. The word of God. Memorise, write down what you learnt, just make a journal. Meditate. Even better if you get good christian books to help you out. It works. Trust God.
- Recreation. Now, the practical part. Pursue your hobbies, interests. Listen to good christian music (love Chris Tomlin’s). Get busy. Don’t be idle. You will soon find that you’ve no time to look back again!
Bitterness, Oh bitterness,
how you came in a stealthy way,
robbing me of joy with each passing day…
Bitterness, Oh bitterness,
I know not how I let you in,
slowly leading me into deeper sin.
Bitterness, Oh bitterness,
Time to kick you out of my life,
And I will get better, with Jesus on my side