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REFLECTION

I had wanted to do so much more with my life.  A career in music was high on my list.  However, music requires stamina, which I am not blessed with.

I marvel at the new medical equipment used to diagnose and to treat those with failing health.  I had wanted to study to become a biomedical engineer in my 20’s.  That dream dropped out of the sky like a meteorite glowing in flames, landing on my lap, a charred cinder.  

Sociology and psychology warmed my heart instead.  This knowledge aided me in working with sick and disabled persons of all ages.

Still, I felt there was something missing in my life.  

I grew up in a Christian home, where God was perceived as our holy and mighty Creator, worthy of worship on Sundays.

But I didn’t have a personal relationship with Jesus, our Redeemer.  Many years later, God led me to a Bible based church.  Through Bible study, fellowship, and a deeper worship experience, I became aware of Jesus’ strong desire to have a personal relationship with me.  So I reciprocated.  Walking with Him has been a rich experience.

When we are ill or suffering, many times we wonder why God has allowed this pain and burden to enter our lives.  We start complaining, dispairing, or blaming someone or something for our malady.  But we don’t honor Jesus’ request to draw near to Him.  He wants to be your best friend in good times and in times of trial.

The next time you feel your life couldn’t be any better, don’t forget to thank God, letting your faith deepen.  You will start talking to Him often during the day.

When seemingly insurmountable trials invade your life, you will discover Jesus is walking beside you, holding your hand.  You will experience His reservoir of living water, deep and unending.

Allow Jesus to heal your scarred emotions.  For He needs you to reach out to individuals who have become distressed on the road of life.  Individuals who don’t know Him.  As Jesus told His disciples,  “Freely you have received, freely give” (Matt 10:8) NKJV.  

Looking back, Jesus has been preparing me to accept a mission to continue working with Him, giving people a relief from the pain caused by sin and hope for an eternity spent with Him. 

 

OVERCOMING THE DEVIL’S WILES

We’re all in this worldly mess together. Evil lurks everywhere. “Your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8).

We all, at times, have thoughts critical of others enter our minds. Further, jealous feelings spring up in our hearts over others possessions or achievements. This is human nature. We easily find the thoughts and feelings too difficult to resist. We dwell on them and own them, thereby sinning. The devil tells us these are little sins; they don’t matter.

The word of God supplies a solution to resisting temptation: “Submit yourselves thereby to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you” (James 4:7,8). Develop a relationship with Jesus and abide in Him daily. He will give you His strength, making it possible for you to obey God’s law, as Jesus, Himself, was able to do perfectly while on earth, being tempted in every manner as we are tempted. When we resist the devil through Christ’s power, the devil flees from us because he knows he has no chance of overwhelming us. Then we can turn those initially critical thoughts to an acceptance that none of us is perfect. Also, we’ll transform the germ of jealous feelings over someone’s possessions into happiness for them and we’ll turn jealous urges over someone’s achievements into admiration of them.

Jesus offers us a promise we can internalize: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Phil 4:13). Many of us underestimate our ability to do what we are called to do by the Lord. That’s because we don’t recognize that the Lord will empower us if we believe in His ability to make marvelous things happen through us. We have to remember that we are His instruments and He is the Provider of success.

To work with the Lord requires a strong prayer life. We need to develop trust in Him to show us the way. He does this one step at a time. This is how God works when He is going to do something great. He doesn’t lay it all out ahead and let us agree or disagree that his plan will work for us, giving us a chance to bail. We need to trust Him one step at a time, in earnest prayer.

To have a relationship with God is imperative if we want to do His will. Only God can enable us to resist temptation. Only He can orchestrate His successes. Also, He is our only Friend who, if we seek Him in earnest prayer, always understands and can comfort.

God loves you. He is longing for you to tap into His strength, wisdom, and unconditional love. He wants you to have a full life. And being so endowed, you’ll be better able to introduce your family, friends, and even enemies to the love of your Lord and Savior.

—Scripture quotations taken from KJV—

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