Anxiety and Worry

After the last series, I was not sure what to write about next.  I am still not sure where to go from here.  I need to be patient and listen to the Holy Spirit to guide me.  In the meantime, I have been struggling looking for work.  I was laid off the end of July and it has been frustrating, getting few calls.  There also has been a couple family issues to deal with.  So, this one is kind of reminding me that God is good and He provides.  He will take care of me and I don’t have to worry, because I can trust in Him for things to work out.  It is a time to remember that many in this world are struggling, a lot worse than I.  I have been very blessed, as most people are in this country and many of us take it for granted.  I have been to Haiti several times and each time I am reminded of this.  Though people are in poverty, sometimes in danger, they still can find joy.  I see it in their smiles, I see it in the love they have shown me.  This lady in the featured picture was always smiling and singing praises to God, though she lived in an impoverished, struggling country.  We can learn from people like her.  God doesn’t always give us everything we want or get us out of the storm, but He is always there to help us through it.  And I know there is more blessing ahead.  So, don’t worry. Continue reading “Anxiety and Worry”

God’s Promise: Joy and Peace

The words of Jesus:

John 14:27-28

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.  

John 15:11-12

These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.  

John 16:33

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

Jesus says, “Peace I give to you” and “your joy will be full.”  But, His peace and joy are much different than the world view of peace and joy.  That doesn’t mean everything will run smoothly in your life; it means that no matter what life throws at you, you will have peace and joy in your heart.  That God will lead you through it.  That Christ is by your side.  That the Spirit within you will give you strength.  That you will have confidence and faith, knowing that you will be in heaven with almighty God. Continue reading “God’s Promise: Joy and Peace”

Cost and Blessing of Following Jesus

At first I thought of titling this post, “Strength through Tribulation and Persecution.”  But it is more than that.  Every trial we go through, every time we are persecuted, every struggle, God is with us and we grow spiritually and become a better person and we have an opportunity to help others in similar situations.  He is always there whether we realize it or not.  As a believer, we need to realize we will go through trials.  There is a cost to following Jesus.  But it does not compare to the blessings and the reward we will receive by knowing Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.  As the last of the series on “I am Saved…Now What Do I Do?” I want to prepare my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, in particular those who are young believers of things they may face while giving words of encouragement that it is all worth it.  I also want to start this discussion by making it clear that what we do does not determine our salvation.  It is what Jesus Christ did on the cross.  Our sins are forgiven because of Him.  We just need to accept that gift of grace He has given us.  What we do is a result of that salvation.  When we are saved, there will be a change in our hearts, our lives and our actions.  The blessings are tremendous, but that does not mean things will be easy.  It just means it will be worth it. Continue reading “Cost and Blessing of Following Jesus”