Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Life Is More Than A Series Of Problems To Be Solved

If you concentrate on simply solving problems, you may miss the Journey.

A phrase I like to use is "We are all Captains of our own Ships, traveling through this mystical, magically, journey, called Life." Meaning, that we are all responsible for the choices we make. We will all arrive at the destination we are traveling towards. Just like any other Ship, if you set a course to Bombay, you will end up in Bombay. Japan? Same. So on and so forth. If you set your course towards Heaven, that is were you will end up. If not??? You get the point. 

Many people either do not have a course set, they simply drift around, being thrown to and fro by the waves. Or, they do have it set, and allow the waves to take president over the Journey itself. Now do not get me wrong, some waves need to be dealt with. No doubt about it. But is that all your Journey is? Dealing with wave of issues and problems after wave?

Think about this. God Created all that is. God Created you. God gave you everything He Created. God Loves you so, He had to come and die for you, so that you may Live forever with Him. Do you really think that God wants you to merely exist to solve Problem after Problem? No. He wants you to have a Long and Happy Life. He wants you to have fun, be happy, and enjoy this gift He gave you.

Remember, Jesus told us,,
"The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. "{John 10:10} 
A little bit later, He said this,, 
"Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full."{John 16:24}
Think about this, you are a Father. Or a Mother. You love your Children, right? You will sacrifice things you may want, to give to them. Children that grow up in single family homes of modest means, I was one, may not get the hottest "Must Have Toy" this year. But we will get something we really want. We may even get that one. Perhaps a bit later when the price comes down. But those Parents that do this well, the Kids never actually know that they are poor. They may understand the concept, but they do not really care.

However, now God, the Creator of all that is, was, and ever will be, is now your Daddy. Think about that. You are that Rich Brat. You have access to any and everything God has. Which is any and everything. Jesus said this,,

Matthew 7:
7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?

10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?

11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
When you become Adopted into the Family of God, and He becomes for you "Abba Father," He doesn't want you turning into some kind of drone or something. He doesn't set you down and throw a Book of Rules and Regulation at you, telling you, "Do this or else." That is NOT what to Bible is. That is NOT His way. It may be Religion, but it is not God.

Oh, by the way? Work is not evil..

Ecclesiastes 2:
24 There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God.

25 For who can eat, or who else can hasten hereunto, more than I?

26 For God giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he giveth travail, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to him that is good before God. This also is vanity and vexation of spirit.
Just a side note, according to The Word 
 "For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat." {2 Thessalonians 3:10} 
Work can be a thing of Joy. I know, I know, but that's why there is that old saying, "find something you love to do, do that, and you will never work a day in your life." 

God wants you to be Happy. In his letter to Timothy, Paul wrote this warning to give to the Rich.
1 Timothy 6:
17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;

18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;

19 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
God is not against the Rich. A little bit earlier, Paul declared this,,
10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

13 I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession;

14 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:

15 Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;

16 Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.
Jesus tells us that Life is much more than merely making money to supply needs. He said this.
"Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?" {Matthew 6:25} 
He tells us that we should, above all else,,
"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof." {Matthew 6:33-34}
Trials and Tribulations will come. Worries and Hardship, may come. But you do not need to fear these things. You do not even need to fully understand them. Look at Job. God did not solve Job’s problems right away. It lasted a long time. Why? He allowed Job to grow in Grace and Trust through his many trials. Look at the answer Jesus gave to Peter.
"And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren."{Luke 22:31-32}
Trails and Tribulations are not something to be feared, but understood, that they are meant to help you. Help you to grow. Help you to help others. To bring you closer to God Himself. But these are not Life itself. Life is to be enjoyed and celebrated. You are a Child of God. You are Blessed beyond measure. As a Child of God, you need not worry.

Philippians 4:
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Enjoy life. Have fun. Do not waste it away worrying. Do not waste it away on the quest for Money. Do not waste it away thinking you need to solve all your, and others, Problems and Hardships. Understand who you are. Understand what that means. Go gave you this life to be lived and to be happy. Enjoy the moments. Every moment. Give Him thanks always, for all things. Simply? Live.

Do you know Jesus as your Savior? Have you been adopted into the Family of God? If not, say this Prayer. Right now. Wherever you may be. Say it in your own words, and do not doubt in your heart. God will hear you. He will send the Spirit of Life to you. Let us Pray..

"Oh heavenly Father, Lord God. I am a sinner. I know this. I know there is nothing I can do to change that. But I know you can. I accept Jesus's sacrifice for me. I repent my sins. Please send the Spirit of Adoption into my life. Help me to get to know the real you. Save me. Please. In the name of Jesus, Amen!"

That's it. It really is that simple. Now go tell someone what you have just done. "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." {Romans 10:9} You need to find a Church that God leads you to, and be Baptized the way Jesus said to be. You are now a Child of God. A new Creature. You "have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him." {Colossians 3:10}

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The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. {2 Corinthians 13}

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