In 2009, my father passed away. I grieved very deeply. I coped by writing poetry. That poetry later became Enduring All: A Collection of Poetic Praise. In this book, I even included a farewell letter to my father. I thought the book was closure for me. I was incorrect. Father's Day came, and I could not call my father nor buy him any gifts. My birthday came, and the man who was instrumental in my conception was not here. Christmas came. the sting was severe.
In 2010, my mother passed away. It was like a sucker punch. I was devestated. I prayed more than I had ever prayed in my life. I was hurting very deeply inside. I had expectations for both my parents. I had expected for them, at some point to be white-haired with me being thier caretaker. I had expected for them to live to see my child go to high school and college. All of my expectations were now shattered.
Fortunately, I had a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I would ask Him to ease my pain and soothe my soul. He did more than that. He also gave me peace. I had a peace that even surpassed my own understanding. The blessing in mourning is the comfort of Christ. He tenderly takes us into His arms and wipes away every tear. He whispers, "I am with you always. Even until the end of the earth. Come unto Me all that are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Cast your cares upon Me, because I care for you."
Blessed are those that mourn, for they shall be comforted.
I personally was raised in a very liberal environment. I was free to drink and smoke marijuana at age 16. I was free to have sex as long as it was protected. I was free to run the streets all hours of the night. I was free it seemed, but I ended up in bondage. I ended up being bound by sin. At age 17, I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and savior. The first few years, I attended church once weekly. That was not sufficient, I ended up returning to my old ways. I was a pitiful soul.
I soon learned the importance of studying the Bible outside of the church. I soon learned the importance of having an intimate relationship with God. The more we pursue God, the more He will reveal to us. I have been blessed with various spiritual gifts. If I did not make continuous efforts to know God better, I would not be able to recognize my gifts. Everyone has some type of gift that is of use. Through continual study of the Bible, we can learn to recognize things that the natural eye cannot see.
Be not conformed to this world. Do not grasp the concepts of this world. Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind. Be completely changed by allowing the Spirit of God to dwell within your mind.
How many people over the years have accepted the idea that Jesus came to do away with the law?
Let's get a perspective from the Bible on what God the Father inspired to be said about how His Son would look at the law. In the Old Testament, Isaiah prophesied of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, that "He will exalt the law and make it honorable" (Isaiah 42:21), not abolish it.
During Jesus' time on earth, we see Him taking that obligation seriously, as when He was asked by a calculating group of lawyers, "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?"
Surprisingly to some, instead of a legal or technical response, Christ held out the opportunity to raise the sights of all present-and all humanity since-by saying: "You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment."
Raising the stakes so the lawyers would have to start making changes close to home if they were to agree with Him, He added, "And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'"
Then the Teacher of the law, and of love, in words the lawyers couldn't dispute, ended the issue with: "On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets" (Matthew 22:36-40).
Other than the Ten Commandments, condensed by Christ into those two maxims in Matthew 22, where does His "new commandment" to "love one another" (John 13:34) fit in? Doesn't it in some way alter our obligation to keep the Ten Commandments? Isn't love all you need?
In John 13 Christ is simply summarizing what we saw Him explain in Matthew 22: that to love to the degree expected of us, we should have the love He had. His way of life magnified the law, a law of love toward God and toward every human being. This was living the Father's will, to which Jesus, His Son, was totally committed
God has not given us the spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind. If we doubt, we should not believe that we will recieve anything from God. I say "we" because I am including myself. I have to regularly study scripture and pray to keep the spirit of fear away. Our minds have to be renewed in order to live a victorious life. We are born in sin and shapen in iniquity. It takes years for us to be corrupted by Satan. It often takes years to become uncorrupt. Operating in faith is not simple. We have to study and pray. The Bible is our textbook. Are you learning faith?
When living the Godly life we are free to confess our sins so that the adversary can't use our sins to make us feel guilty, or make us hesitate when serving God. No one can't tell you that you aren't saved, especially if you are doing your best to exhibit the fruit of the spirit. When everyone knows about the sin in your life it is their duty to pray for you if they are Christians, and for those candidates that are being witnessed to see that being a Christiann is more an insurance policy than needing to have super powers (even though Christians have supernatural powers) to live the life that is Christianity.
I agape you all.
Jesus is not the light of the physical world. The earth was without form and void and God said "Let there be light." The sun and the moon are the light of the physical world.
Jesus is the light of the spiritual world. When Jesus lives inside of us, we become the light of the world. We are his embassadors here on earth to provide light to a darkened world.
Light draws people. Being filled with God's light will bring others to the Light of the World, Jesus.