My friend directed me to an article she had read and thought it was awesome and wanted me to read it to see what I thought (I recommend reading it (https://www.raystedman.org/new-testament/acts/handling-dissension). Needless to say, when I finished this article I was moved. I believe the part that made me break down was this:
All we need to do is get the truth out to people. The Bible is the truth, it is the way things really are. We are living in a world ruled by illusion and fantasy where people are confused, disturbed, and upset. They feel that there is nothing certain, nothing to be trusted. Everything is a phantasmagoric cloud of uncertainty and illusion. They do not know where to turn or what to believe. The truth hits with wonderful impact upon such minds. There is an immediate awareness, as there was in Jesus’ days on Earth, that what is being said is right. There is a ring of truth conveyed. As the word of truth abounds, disciples multiply because men and women are drawn to the truth. They want to know what is right and what is real, what is honest, what is genuine.
All that is important – all that truly matters is Christ and Him crucified! Paul said:
And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.1 Corinthians 2:1-2
There is nothing but Christ. The answer to anything is Christ. We are so imperfect and yet He chooses us to tell others of Him. Praise the Lord! What a humbling truth.
Everything in this world is ruled by our thoughts, our feelings, and what we think is right. Yet scripture tells us:
Trust in theLordwith all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.Proverbs 3:5-6
In all our ways we should acknowledge Him – the answer is Christ!
Truth is, I have made choices and decisions without prayer, without forethought; I have just went rough shot at what “I” thought was right. When I have done this, usually, it hasn’t turned out well. I have hurt others, I’ve not followed the Lord’s leading – I leaned unto my own understanding.
BUT GOD! He restored me after much prayer and repentance! He is such a good God who allows us to stroll down our own way so that we learn. I have learned that when I am being attacked, or when I’ve made the wrong decision and things are going badly to look at what I need to do (if anything) and to learn what I need to learn as I’m going through that valley moment.
Every experience is an opportunity for growth. Whether what you are going through is something you directly created or caused or something with which you were not directly involved. When you are feeling attacked by the enemy, allow yourself a moment to rest in Jesus, pray, and to ask Him to show you what you need to learn from this experience. I believe we stay in those valley moments until we learn what He wants us to learn.
I guess what I’ve learned is this – “For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.”
I love y’all!
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I don’t know about you, but I have said a million times, “I just can’t find the time.” Now that I have a ton of time on my hands (I’m laid off), I find I waste time. I can watch a movie or read a book and before I know it, three hours have passed me by and I haven’t washed a dish or did laundry. Plus, I can get a little lazy (housekeeping is not my favorite).
Then I start thinking about when I was working and how a lot of this stuff still got done. Sure I had to do it on my day off or at night but it was done. My husband has never gone without clean clothes or his coffee in the morning. I found the time to do the things I needed to do.
And there it is – what I “needed” to do. I would find time to do those tangible things; the things that someone would notice, however I was letting my spiritual life sit on the back burner. After all, who would notice? I know all the key things to say and to do so no one really knows I have – not left my first love – but I’m certainly not paying much attention to Him. I was drying up.
Then there are the workaholics. You know who you are. You think if you don’t do it, it just won’t get done. You bring your work home, you go to work early and you just can’t seem to find the time for anything else. When are you feeding your spiritual self? You are missed by God and by those who aren’t benefiting from you being present.
For the moms out there, I believe you need that spiritual break most of all. Take advantage of grandma and grandpa who will take the kids for an hour or so and take time getting close to the Lord. Your kids need you to do that. It not only is a time of quiet, but its a time for you to feed yourself so that you can feed your children.
I know this seems a bit rough. Trust me, I’m sharing this because I have an issue with time management and spiritual balance. I know I can NOT be the only one with this issue. After all, this blog is about getting real about our struggles.
Remember, the Lord is a God of balance. WE NEED to find a balance in our lives.
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; A time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; A time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to week, and a time to laugh; A time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; A time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; A time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; A time of war, and a time of peace. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
We need to take back our time!
See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. Ephesians 5:15-17
If you look up the Greek word for “redeeming” it is exagoranzo which means to recover from the power of another. That’s right ladies, the enemy wants to keep you busy doing all sorts of other things but the Word tells us to not be fools but be wise and take back the time!
Finally, let’s remember this scripture. In fact, hide it in our hearts and say it often:
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33
Ladies, together lets treat our time like we treat our tithes. Lets give God our first fruits of time. The rest will be added unto us! Love you all!