God is awesome!
He gave me an idea for an essay that would never have come to me without His council, love, patience and guidance.
Check it out. I pray that it is a blessing; a source of peace and comfort for you all.
I prayed for guidance in writing this.
You’ll see, then’ why this is so good.
God answered me and directed me.
Not on my best day alone could I ever conceive of writing something like this.
**Note: All scripture taken from The Holman Christian Standard Bible.***
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort. He comforts us in all our
affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any kind of affliction, through the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
1 Peter 5:6-7 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, because He
cares about you.
John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Your heart must not be troubled or fearful.
Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I
am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.
Psalm 30:5 For His anger lasts only a moment, but His favor, a lifetime. Weeping may spend the night, but there is joy in the morning.
John 14:16 And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever.
For years I have had terrible teeth problems.
It started in 2005 with a little toothache on the left side of my mouth.
I woke up in the middle of the night and experienced something so foreign to me that I didn’t know what it was at first.
I had an ache in my face, or jaw, or mouth … something.
At first I couldn’t identify it because it was so new to me.
It took a couple of days for me to realize that I had a toothache.
A few days from that point my tooth stopped hurting and I was so relieved.
I never gave it a second thought.
Until … in 2007 the toothache came back with a vengeance.
It was so bad that at times all I could do was just rock back and forth, pace and hold my face in my hands.
I had that tooth pulled in November of that year.
Then … I began to experience toothache all over my face. The right side would hurt so I’d eat food on the left side.
The pain would go away eventually and then come back.
Each time I ended up loosing a tooth.
I began to lose my front teeth first because they were the one’s doing the majority of the work in tearing and biting.
Everytime I would pull one of those teeth the pain would immediately disappear and I foolishly thought that, this time, I was done for good with the pain.
All my other teeth were tight and stable.
What could possibly go wrong?
Over the years from 2009 through last week in fact, I have had to pull a tooth every 6 to 9 to 12 months.
And everytime I told myself the problem would go away this time.
It never did.
It just got worse until I reached the point where I hated to eat.
It hurts me now to eat anything.
I don’t mean it’s uncomfortable.
I mean it’s a pain that is so severe that at times I just give up on eating and leave my plate mostly full.
But now I am getting something done about it.
Now I’m taking action that should have been taken years ago.
This is something we all do in another area of our lives as well.
We do it in our christian walk.
We ignore problems and allow ourselves to be distracted by sin, by selfishness, refusal to recognize the needs of others over our own self-centeredness.
We tell lies, we make excuses and refuse to deal with reality in any form.
We tell ourselves we can make all the hurt go away by “busy work.”
we push down feelings until they’re as compressed in our souls as the coal which becomes a diamond.
The only difference is that, unlike coal which becomes something more valuable under high pressure and isolation, we get worse from it.
The more we ignore problems the greater they become.
The more we refuse to make an appointment with the physician of our souls, the more we let the devil take control of our lives.
Secular society tries to tell us to just keep ourselves busy doing things and the pain, disappointment and sadness of life will just automatically go away.
But it doesn’t. The pain in the heart will manafest itself in unpleasantness in other areas of our bodies, souls and lives.
We may start sleeping around to seek comfort.
We may start abusing drugs, drinking alcohol, overeating, gambling, isolating ourselves from friends and family to avoid any possibility of having to deal
with our sin, our hardened hearts and closed minds.
Then … when things get so bad we have no choice but to seek God’s help, the surgical process of removing all those years of damage hurts … but it heals.
We need to seek God in the beginning of our trials.
If we do that, we can get effective treatment with a short recovery time.
If we don’t, we run the risk of having to undergo in-house care.
God’s in-house program requires us to become completely broken before He can put us back together again.
So let’s stop forsaking the command from God to seek fellowship with one another. Let’s confess our concerns, worries, disappointments, fears, doubts and
desires one to another?
Let’s start helping one another recover God’s way.
The only way that brings hope, peace and real abundant life to this disease of truth decay?
Galatians 6:1-10 Brothers, if someone is caught in any wrongdoing, you who are spiritual should restore such a person with a gentle spirit, watching out
for yourselves so you won’t be tempted also. Carry one another’s burdens; in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone considers himself
to be something when he is nothing, he is deceiving himself. But each person should examine his own work, and then he will have a reason for boasting in
himself alone, and not in respect to someone else. For each person will have to carry his own load. The one who is taught the message must share his goods
with the teacher. Don’t be deceived: God is not mocked. For whatever a man sows he will also reap, because the one gwho sows to his flesh will reap corruption
from the flesh, but the one who sows to the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit. So we must not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at
the proper time if we don’t give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, we must work for the good of all, especially for those who belong to the household
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their efforts. For if either falls, his companion can lift him up; but
pity the one who falls without another to lift him up. Also, if two lie down together, they can keep warm; but how can one person alone keep warm? And
if somebody overpowers one person, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not easily broken.
Genesis 2:18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is like him.”
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