When Things Seem Impossible
†And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.†
This message today was inspired by Dr. Charles Stanley's ministry as I get daily devotionals from him that are most encouraging. And, as I've been experiencing a very rough patch in my life, today's message was a comfort to me this morning.
Dr. Stanley writes in a simple to understand way about God's principles of directions for living a 'better' life in Christ Jesus. It makes me ponder even more what I've said myself so many times that Christianity and a life lived in Jesus is not brain surgery by God and yet so many Christian Clergy, Pastors, and Teachers of God's Way ~ make it so much harder and so very complicated when it really isn't.
Now you may not agree with everything I share here in my Hiker Notes, which I believe it all to be food for thought that comes from my Jesus heart and you may chalk it up as my opinions. That is your perogative and your own perspective then in how you may see things differently or may not know Jesus yet as your Lord and Savior and do not experience a deep connection and personal relationship with Him.
After all, we can be at different levels of understanding in what Jesus teaches us individually and where we are in that ongoing growth process as His children of God. I know that in my heart is where most of my life change is now occurring and I believe that in my heart dwells my inner child who knows Jesus far more intimately than my outer man who suffers all the inflictions of this world. (( another story for another day )).
I will continue to put my full trust in my Lord and Savior who never steers me wrong and I know and fully realize that it becomes this simple. We are many times over our own demise and many times over the circumstances of our lives could have been different had we kept our eyes on Jesus in the first place and followed His principles and directions in how to live no matter what circumstances we may find ourselves in.
The biggest comfort I will add today to that mouth full my friend is that no matter how 'mucky' your life is; thinking you have failed at everything so far and/or maybe you are just feeling badly about a bunch of stuff and so many things lately ... Please know that we are still physical human beings, and we are allowed and supposed to feel all these things and more. For this is the very reason we were endowed with feelings in the first place. All part of God's bigger picture for your life and all meant to bring you back to Jesus!
Everything has it's purpose and place and all we will endure in this earthly life is meant to bring us back to our Creator, back to Jesus Christ, for He does not want to lose any of us. We are all special in His sight and we are all His children. He love endures all things ~ that is a life lesson and heartfelt truth I share here, plain and simple ... not brain surgery at all!
All we were, all we are now, and all we will become was mapped out for us by Jesus at the beginning of time before we were born. And know this; when we became born again and saved by the blood of Jesus ~ all the sinfulness of our former self, what we were and all we did / or did not do, was washed away as we began our journey seeking a new life in Christ. We are forever being redeemed and transformed, as we are becoming a new creation ~ one with Jesus.
When I examine myself, lol, which I seem to do almost everyday as I try to do better and become a better physical man, I wake up and can see all the reality in what I do share here on Strength For The Journey and then I myself can hear clearly again that God does have a plan for me and my life.. I know regardless of my present circumstances that God's Way for me is still and will always be the Best Way and the Only Way for me.
I thank Jesus every morning I awake with a new hope and feeling of renewal.. I thank Him for not giving up on me as I am a living work in progress.
Thanks for reading and visiting with me today my friend,. You are always welcome to comment and share your own inspirations and testimonies with me as we journey on in our hearts for Jesus.
May God, bless you and keep you,
In His Love, Comfort and Peace,
your brother in Jesus,, Hiker Dan
My Prayer ~ Dear Jesus, Thank You Lord for You! Thank You for not giving up on me and for fresh starts and new beginnings every day. No matter how I feel or what this day may bring,; I will Praise You knowing that You are with me and I can be rest assured that You will help me get through this day with new hope and faith.
I Love You Jesus! ~ Amen.
October 5, 2011
When Things Seem Impossible
What is your first reaction when you encounter a difficult circumstance—one that looks impossible? Some people go into "overdrive" searching for an answer or a way out. Others curl up in defeat or withdrawal, either declaring the situation hopeless or trying to avoid it altogether. Hopefully, as a Christian, you turn immediately to the Lord, seeking His guidance. But what you ask Him is very important.
* O Lord, what am I going to do? At first glance, this seems like the right thing to ask, but is it? The problem with this question is that even though we are seeking the Lord's guidance, the focus is on our actions. That means the way we think about how to handle the situation is limited to our abilities, resources, and understanding. All too often, our minds will begin to devise possible plans, and we soon resort to manipulating and maneuvering in an attempt to fix the problem.
·* God, what are You going to do? This is the right question because now the focus has shifted to the omniscience and omnipotence of almighty God. He blows the sides out of any box that confines us and untangles any situation that baffles us. He has the power to carry out His plans, which—unlike our solutions—are perfect, always bringing Him glory.
To truly pray the second prayer, you must be willing to surrender all your plans into His hands. Not only does He know what to do and how to accomplish it, but He can also make a way through any impossibility. Your job is simply to trust Him and obediently follow His directions.
Dr. Charles Stanley