Just about everyone knows the story of Jonah and how God called Him to preach a message to Ninevah. The people were practicing evil deeds, but after God’s message they repented from their ways and God spared them. This time He speaks through Nahum. Again the message is clear that evil reigns in the land and they were being wicked to the people of Israel and Judah. Assyria, of which Ninevah was the capitol, had conquered Israel and treated them harshly. But this time they did not repent. As we now know, the Assyrians fell to the Babylonian empire and Ninevah is no more.Continue reading “Nahum: Warnings to Ninevah”
Anyone besides me having a hard time having peace in these troubled times? I have been reading scriptures and other articles that we will have peace through Christ and I know it’s true. But, I still struggle with the anxiety of it all. Yes, I still do find peace inside, because I know God is there and he has a plan, as frustrating as it is not knowing what that plan is. I know God loves me and He is by my side even when I don’t feel it. I know that He is always there for me even through this chaos. Even though it seems the world has turned upside down with the virus, the empty shelves at the grocery store, the economy crashing, social distancing and all the bad news on TV, we need to continue reading God’s word and remember His promises and to continue in prayer and to trust in Him. Continue reading “Peace Through Troubled Times”
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”
In our weakness, God gives us strength. When we struggle, He comforts us. We will go through hardship; we will have times of weakness. He doesn’t keep us from those times, He helps us to get through them. He is always there for us, even when we don’t realize it. The Spirit will guide us and strengthen us and pray for us. Continue reading “God’s Promises: Comfort and Strength”
The words of Jesus:
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.
These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.
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”