As the our southern borders are flooded with illegals needing help bringing the local border economies into crisis and the rest of the country into crisis, as the middle East flames into fresh wars and old conflicts and deaths escalate and, as innocents are shot out of the sky in the Ukraine, our own lives move through these uncertain times and you could very easily slip into an attitude of fear and despair or perhaps anger. Don’t.

Be compassionate, feel for the families of those who lost their lives and pray for the killing to stop, find ways to help those who came to our country looking for a better life and are here with nothing… in pain, homeless and hungry. We all need to find a way to help the victims of a culture of political innuendo and misinformation here in America that gave false hope to their dreams.

As members of the body of Christ it is not our job to worry about the how’s and why’s of a person’s needs. We are to help those in need and in doing so spread God’s love throughout the world. Be part of God’s solution.

God gives each of us a purpose in His grand plan and we each should find that purpose and do the will of God. Is this true? Are we given only one gift and one purpose and if we believe this aren’t we limiting an infinite God?

We need to be ready to be the tool that God uses whenever, wherever and however He chooses. When someone reaches out to you with a need, a hurt, a question, drop to your knees and pray. Pray for that person, right then… aloud… with him or her. Let nothing keep you from bringing Jesus into their view. Let nothing that you do dim the light of Jesus that needs to shine through you.

Even when you feel inadequate you can listen to their story, you can lead them to help and, most importantly, you can show them love. People will lose sight of the love of Jesus and often people have never seen the love of Jesus. Don’t be afraid to show His love to a lost and dying world and especially, don’t be afraid to get up close and personal with individuals who need God’s love.

There are people who live in this world who are not of this world. They live their lives always looking forward to the time when they will be with God. In fact, they spend so much time looking forward that that they neglect the world around them. They forget that God has a purpose for their lives here on earth.

Thinking about the joys of your salvation is a good thing. Looking forward to eternity with Jesus and fellow believers is wonderful and not to be denied anyone. But to neglect the problems of world to concentrate on eternity is not why we were saved. When we are born again we should happily follow the examples set in the Bible, joyfully feed the poor, heal the sick, shelter the poor and fill the needs of the helpless.

If following Jesus means encountering hardships, trials and dangers and even death then we should not hesitate, and should not worry. God has a plan and His plan includes you if you are willing to give everything to Him, even your life. Stop looking forward and start looking around for what Jesus needs you to do here… now.

What the world thinks the seasons of a man’s life are:

At the start of a man’s life, life is all about him getting trained and prepared to earn enough money raise a family. During the middle of a man’s life, life is all about raising children and providing for the family’s physical needs. At the end of a man’s life it is all about retiring to a life of comfort and ease. What a fool I was to think that this was what is important.

God has a better and more fulfilling purpose for the seasons of a man’s life. Man’s life is a series of events that God designed to draw man closer to God, teach man how to live for God, worship God and praise God. During this process we learn how to show God to others and if we are very blessed we get to disciple others. But above all there should a reverence for God taught and shown throughout a man’s life or (for those of us who begin to understand God and Jesus late in life) every day after he learns the truth of Jesus and the true meaning of life with God.

The world is full of beauty and inspiration. The sun shines majestically in the sky while we go about our daily lives, figuring out how to survive in this version of reality. Some days we notice the beauty and some days we definitely do not. Some days we enjoy the sunshine and other days we will not see the beauty, we will not see the joy, we will be consumed with the ugly side of the world.

It is when the ugliness of sin appears that we most need the Son of God. It is when we are in deep despair that we most need hope and yet it is in the darkness of night where we are trapped in our misery that we see no hope, no way out.

But wait, there is a hope, the hope of all mankind and that hope is in Jesus. But in your despair you don’t want to know about Jesus, you just want peace, you just want relief from the burden of life. Sounds reasonable. But is it?

Why reject a known and documented cure because of a societal prejudice against it? Jesus is the way to happiness and joy and, yes, eternal life.

There is only one constant in life, only one thing that is true for every human being and that one thing is death. So, why do we ignore it until it happens and then act shocked that someone died?

Christians need to be mindful of the condition of the souls of everyone who matters to them. Death is not an end to the soul, it is a new beginning. A new beginning that is either glorious or horrendous beyond belief. As Christians we know the way to glory, the path to eternal bliss and we need to show everyone else where the path lies and help them avoid the pitfalls of Satan.

Start with your family, move through your friends to your acquaintances and finally proclaim the good news of the gospel to the world. There is no time to lose, every soul who dies not proclaiming Jesus as Lord, not knowing of salvation or rejecting salvation has not only been lost to God, but is doomed to an eternity of pain and suffering. Be full of joy for the saved, rejoice over the souls who know and love God. Weep for the lost and get busy. Get busy spreading the Word.

I spent most of my adult life thinking that ‘good enough’ was in fact good enough, thinking that the good that I did outweighed the bad and that God would forgive my trespasses… no matter what. How foolish, how foolish to think that I could possibly do enough good, give enough to the poor, heal enough hurts to earn my way into heaven. No wonder I was always frustrated, irritable and cross. My mind read the Word of God and did not understand.

I know now that salvation is not earned, forgiveness does not come through our actions or by our efforts. Salvation, peace, hope, forgiveness all come by grace, grace that is freely given by God. What God has given to us no man can take away. Satan can come and whisper in your ear that you no longer have grace, people can belittle you and try to take you peace and the world can stone your ideals and mock your God until the end of time. Your salvation, your eternal time with the Lord and your joy will always remain.

Psalm 18:2 The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strong rock, in him will I trust; my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower.

The world would be a better place if Christians would take their responsibilities seriously. Too many claim to be Christians while ignoring their neighbors and friends, while turning a blind eye and a deaf ear to the poverty that sits right here in America. No it is not glamorous to donate to American problems and it is usually a short trip to where you can help – no foreign travel.

Do not ever say that you can’t help, that you have no resources, that you are too young or too old or too sick or too anything. Say yes I can help, yes I can with the help of the Lord. Look around for opportunities to show the love of Jesus.

If you start looking, God will start showing. If you start moving, God will start steering. If you start sharing, God will start blessing.

Linda and I started looking, and God started showing, we started moving and God started steering. We started sharing and, wow did God ever start blessing.

As you look may we suggest as a place to start. They do wonderful things in some of poorest areas of America.

One of the great joys of my life has been seeing how God has worked on me to make me more like His Son. I just saw some of the results as I cried over a story that would not have moved me before. This started me thinking… what changes have I seen and did I see any of them coming.

I cried out to God for peace during a difficult time in my life (after a lifetime of trying to do it myself) and He brought me to Jesus. Well, peace I received. But you never receive just what you ask for. As you surrender, and to a large extent to what degree you surrender, God allows the Holy Spirit to transform you. Your anger goes away, your disappointment in life vanishes, your need to be always in control disappears, your grudges become seen for what they are; in short, you start to reject evil and embrace God.

These little posts are a direct result of the work of the Lord in my life. My need to share Jesus and His bounty overcame my reluctance to write. I now share my faith whenever and wherever possible. Won’t you too?

Do you need comfort? Does your soul hurt? Are you lonely and tired? There is shelter from the storm, relief from the heat and warmth to hold off the cold. Seek God with your whole heart as He seeks you. He even sent His Son into the world to provide a way to Him. Jesus is the way, and the truth and the life. Relief from worry now and eternal life are waiting.

You too can be at peace in this tumultuous world and say with the psalmist in Psalm 121: I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.


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