It’s not all hearts and roses…

Well, it’s been a while since I have attempted to post anything. Honestly, I’ve been a little discouraged and not sure if this blogging thing is for me. I’m not trying to promote anything for money; I just simply want to share with people. Maybe even make a difference in someone’s life even in a small way. And what an honor it would be to help someone find God and to really find out who Jesus is. Truth is, sometimes I feel like I’m still trying to find out. Those are the hard times.

See, there are those who tell you all the good stuff.

‘Once you find Jesus, your life will be so much better!’

‘God is going to bless you financially and you’ll never have to worry again!’

‘There will be no more hardship and trouble!’

Now, as far as finding Jesus and your life being better….oh yeah, definitely! You have accepted that Christ died for you, welcomed him in your heart, and asked for forgiveness of your sins.

Let me tell you, the moment that happened to me, I felt the change. It was one of the happiest days of my life. If you accept Christ, I do recommend getting baptized whether publicly or privately. The experience itself is so special, God is present, and angel’s are singing for you in heaven! The act is a public display of your belief in Jesus and having your sins ‘washed’ away in a physical sense.

But guys, here was my mistake. That day, I thought that I had to be perfect from that moment on and that I could not sin and if I did, God wouldn’t look at me as being saved anymore. I also thought life would be a perfect walk in a peaceful meadow and that nothing would shake my faith. All those notions were completely wrong. I would not say I was misguided but misinformed; not prepared as I should have been. But finding out has been a part of my journey and continues to be. I’m still learning on a daily basis. I have good days and then I have bad days. Times when I am so overcome with God’s presence that I cry or feel like my happiness is going to explode from within. Then there’s those dark moments when you want to scream and ask God if He hears you. Let me tell you, He does.

Over the years since I have been baptized, we have dealt with changes in our family, financial issues, health issues, job loss, wavering faith and lost hope. In those moments, it feels like you’ll never reach the other side. Fear slips in and consumes you. We begin to see the negative and focus on it rather than seeing the good.

When things go sideways we automatically want to blame God because He controls everything. God does not purposely hurt us. He loves us. We are His children. Satan has come to destroy and right now God allows him to have his time. He will sneak in when you least expect it thinking that you’ll turn away from God when things go wrong. God allows things to happen but know there is a reason for it all. Do we know what it is at the time? No. He is the Almighty and His plan is perfect. I remind myself of that constantly. At times, that’s what keeps me going forward when my feet feel like they cannot move another step. Read God’s promises and study them. Say them over and over again. Write them on sticky notes and post them on your bathroom mirror, in your car, at your job. When Satan is attacking you, rebuke him in Jesus’ name and remind him of his fate. He has no power over you. His days are numbered and he knows it. A day will come when God strips him of the power he has here on earth.

Your faith will be tested. Just hold on to that little sliver of hope and know that God already has the resolution in place. That small flame that’s burning inside of you is going to explode into a roaring fire when you realize the strength you have in Jesus.

When you sin and you feel conviction, go to God and ask for forgiveness and try to do better. God knows we’ll make mistakes but He gives us the strength and willpower to do better. He helps us but we have to make an effort on our part.

We live in a world that is full of trials, evil, hatred, sickness, and depression. A world that is taking small pieces of the Bible to support whatever they believe. We cannot do that. Those words are there and we cannot change them. If there is something you question or don’t understand, research and study on your own. Pray and ask God to give you clarification. Discuss it with someone who is knowledgable on the Bible. We have to stop trying to please people of the world and start pleasing God. We have to stop walking on eggshells around people and be bold in our faith and what God stands for and doesn’t stand for.

Here are a couple of scriptures that I like to read regularly and be reminded of:

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Do Not Worry Matthew 6:25-34

“For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” Hebrews 8:12

Have you suffered in some way and had your faith tested? What did you do? How did you pull through it? I would love to hear from you so comment below!

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