Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Questions Seekers Ask

Questions Seekers Ask

What happens when God enters our hearts? Will people have it easier than before? Will we become rich because of our new relationship? Do our friends understand about our new life? Will all my problems disappear?

When we find the Lord and He becomes the Master of our lives, He directs us. Our lives will not always become better overnight. We still will have trials and tribulation but God is there for us.

God is in control of our lives, He provides what we need. He knows what lay ahead for us. He guides us through our lives and helps us make choices that honor Him. Our richness is in the Lord.

Because we asked God into our hearts, some of our friends won’t understand. God will lead you to new friends and will help you establish new relationships. We can pray for those friends who choose to avoid you because of your new relationship.

Simply put, our problems will not disappear, We might have more problems because of our new life. But Jesus can take care of these new problems and the old pre-Christian issues.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Contentment: An Ingredient of Peace

. . .for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. . .I have learned the secret of being content in every situation. (Phil 4:11b,12b)

Paul wrote to the people at Philippi an important fact of his life. He was content with who he was and what he did. While we focus on his letter to the Philippians, we need to remember he wrote these words from prison.

A friend recently told me she was happy for the first time in her life. I understood what she meant. I. too can say, I am the most satisfied I have been in my adult life. If someone were to look at my life, they might think otherwise. But my state doesn’t come from this world. It comes from God.

“ Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. I press on toward the goal to win he prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus”. (Philippians 3:12-14.)

In a Bible Study on Philippians, theologian Warren Wiersbe explained that while we may have things of our past come up, we don’t have to be controlled by them.

Jesus told us we could rely on him “For my yoke is easy and my burden light.”
(MATTHEW 11:30 )
We all need to turn our burdens and cares over to Him each day because he makes them His and we no longer have to worry about them.

I feel it is important for every child of God to find contentment and peace in his or her heart. Personal peace is the foundation of interpersonal peace. In turn this leads to peace of a nation, which leads to peace in the world. But, we won’t have true, lasting peace until Jesus comes to reign.

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