Adrenaline!

It’s been about a month since I have discovered a whole new world, the world of WordPress.  I cannot believe how vast and deep it goes.  A world that is able to share back and forth on personal trials, personal victories.  So much rich knowledge to drill down on from a wide varying writers.

I am not sure when I started my blog, which for the most part was my voice on all things spiritual.  I was hit and miss with my writings maybe I would write on average about twice a month.  

I do not have anyone to teach me the in’s and out’s of blogging, so the learning curve has been almost extreme.  Learning how to use categories and tags, finding a writing style that was unique to me.  I have never tried to write fiction, could be I was not very capable of writing such pieces during my high school year.  I write on things that I know, lately it has been about my personal struggle as bi-polar.

Things feel different when it comes to blogging, it is the one thing I think of when I wake up in the morning.  I cannot wait to read the new blog pieces that I have followed.  There is a new sense of excitement within the depths of my being.

Maybe, it is a rush of adrenaline!

The Fight Of Your Life

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Eph 6:   MSG
11  So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way.
12  This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels.
13  Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet.

A preacher friend of mine once made this statement: “A rose smells nice, but, when it is crushed it brings out it’s true fragance”!

No one likes adversity, yet we know it is part of life here on earth.  When I hear the word cancer my heart breaks for those facing that horrible disease.  Some of them give up as soon as they receive the diagnosis, others face it head on never waivering.

Life is not a picnic.  The folly of our youth when we feel that we are invinceable, the world is ours for the picking.  Oh how wrong we were when reality sets in.  Having to find a job, pay rent, buy groceries, and then put gas in the tank.  I remember my first time living on my own.  I rented a small one bedroom apartment.  Then rent was reasonable.  I had a job at minimum wage working in an orchard.  I went to buy groceries for the very first time and I went to the till.  The clerk rang it all through, the cost showed up on the till.  I took out my wallet, looked at my money, then almost cried for I would be left with about ten dollars which had to last for two weeks.

Hardships can do two things, it can make you bitter, or you can face it and let it make you better.  Like the rose our true sense of who we are comes when we seem to be crushed when we face the giant trials in our life.

The Christian though has been given all the armour they need to walk this rocky road.  Even when we face the thorns and thistles we still can move forward in this battle called life.

I remember when growing up and someone was going through a battle you would hear someone tell them, “keep an upper lip”.  

If you are facing the trial in your life be assured you are not in it alone.  There is one who is always right there with you.  Like the Hebrew children thrown into the fiery furnace when they opened up the furnace doors they saw four men walking around.  Three Hebrew children and the fourth man appeared like the Son of God.

 

 

Pure Joy -Part Two – Matters Of The Heart

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Proverbs 17:22 KJV
22  A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

A relative of mine several decades ago was expierencing stomach and digesting problems.  She was referred to a specialist about these problems.  When she ate it would cause severe pain.  Her family physician thought it was ulcers.  When she met the specialist he asked her a question that was quite shocking to her.  Instead of asking what she was eating, instead he asked her what was eating her.  She was carrying grudges and bitter feelings directed at those who had hurt her.  These things were the link to her stomach and digestive problems.

Here is what the experts tell us about grudges and how they hurt us physically.

They stress you out

“Countless studies have shown that holding grudges and keeping in negative feelings is bad for your mental health, increasing anxiety and frustration,” says Meyers. Case in point: Research published in the journal Psychological Science found that when people were told to nurse a grudge when thinking about wrongdoers, they had stronger negative emotions and greater stress responses (namely, higher heart rate and blood pressure) than those who were instructed to imagine granting forgiveness.

From the website:  https://www.health.com/celebrities/3-reasons-holding-a-grudge-is-bad-for-your-health

It can only be God who would have a servant to write about a condition more than 3,000 years ago.  God gave us the remedy to healing our spirit and calming it.

Isaiah 26:3 KJV
3  Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

So we see that there is a pattern to follow to have pure joy in our lives.  It is a daily struggle to keep down those things that would rob us of joy.

There is an old hymn that comes to mind:

Leave It There

Charles A. Tindley, 1916

  1. If the world from you withhold of its silver and its gold,
    And you have to get along with meager fare,
    Just remember, in His Word, how He feeds the little bird—
    Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.

    • Refrain:
      Leave it there, leave it there,
      Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there;
      If you trust and never doubt, He will surely bring you out—
      Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.
  2. If your body suffers pain and your health you can’t regain,
    And your soul is almost sinking in despair,
    Jesus knows the pain you feel, He can save and He can heal—
    Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.
  3. When your enemies assail and your heart begins to fail,
    Don’t forget that God in Heaven answers prayer;
    He will make a way for you and will lead you safely through—
    Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.

So dear follower of Christ if you are suffering from a broken spirit turn your burdens over to God lay them on the altar and when you stand up do not pick up those burdens.  Leave them at the altar and let the Lord start His healing in your spirit and then your body!

 

Pure Joy – Part One

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James 1:2-16 MSG
2  Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides.
3  You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors.
4  So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.
5  If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it.
6  Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. People who “worry their prayers” are like wind-whipped waves.
7  Don’t think you’re going to get anything from the Master that way,
8  adrift at sea, keeping all your options open.
9  When down-and-outers get a break, cheer!
10  And when the arrogant rich are brought down to size, cheer! Prosperity is as short-lived as a wildflower, so don’t ever count on it.
11  You know that as soon as the sun rises, pouring down its scorching heat, the flower withers. Its petals wilt and, before you know it, that beautiful face is a barren stem. Well, that’s a picture of the “prosperous life.” At the very moment everyone is looking on in admiration, it fades away to nothing.
12  Anyone who meets a testing challenge head-on and manages to stick it out is mighty fortunate. For such persons loyally in love with God, the reward is life and more life.
13  Don’t let anyone under pressure to give in to evil say, “God is trying to trip me up.” God is impervious to evil, and puts evil in no one’s way.
14  The temptation to give in to evil comes from us and only us. We have no one to blame but the leering, seducing flare-up of our own lust.
15  Lust gets pregnant, and has a baby: sin! Sin grows up to adulthood, and becomes a real killer.
16  So, my very dear friends, don’t get thrown off course.

For the next few articles I would like to bring to focus on how Christians should re-act to trials and persecutions. 

I believe I shared this before but this is relevent to the subject.  I was on my job in a fast food chain when I was told there was an important phone call for me.  On the phone was my mother and she told me that a cousin has died, he fell off of scaffolding while working on a barn.  I attended the funeral and the pastor first sentence was this, “Life is not fair”.  That statement was shocking, but, oh so true.  Remember the words of Christ, “it rains on the just and unjust”.[Matthew 5;45]

A pastor once told me concerning trials that we face, “whatever doesn’t make you bitter will make you better”.  There it is, it is our choice, bitter or better.  I choose better.  It would be so easy to fall into the former, human nature is one that likes to complain and take the attitude ‘poor me, I must be the only one going through this’.

We have such a greater witness about how we should handle trials and temptations. Job decided not to curse God.  Paul and Silas when put in jail decided to give praise to God even at the midnight hour.  The Christian author, Watchman Nee, wrote many of his’ books in China while in jail for being a Christian.  So, I guess compared to those, my trials and temptations seem somewhat small and trivial.

I choose to be like what the Christian songwriter wrote in the following song:

 

Through It All
I’ve had many tears and sorrows,
I’ve had questions for tomorrow,
there’s been times I didn’t know right from wrong.
But in every situation,
God gave me blessed consolation,
that my trials come to only make me strong.
Through it all,
through it all,
I’ve learned to trust in Jesus,
I’ve learned to trust in God.
Through it all,
through it all,
I’ve learned to depend upon His Word.
I’ve been to lots of places,
I’ve seen a lot of faces,
there’s been times I felt so all alone.
But in my lonely hours,
yes, those precious lonely hours,
Jesus lets me know that I was His own
Through it all,
through it all,
I’ve learned to trust in Jesus,
I’ve learned to trust in God.
Through

Dear reader it is my prayer that you will choose ‘Pure Joy’ and not the ‘Bitter’ when you are facing trials and temtations.