Trying to make sense of it all

GloryJohn 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Greetings to my WordPress blog family! After a much-needed break, I feel refreshed and ready to write. I would like to thank everyone for your heartfelt encouragement and words of wisdom. They were well received.

The inspiration for this post comes from a dear friend within the world of blogging whom I have grown to respect and admire for her bravery and sincere sense of being. Several weeks ago she asked the following question, “Is it good to speak something in faith even though your present circumstances do not reflect your reality?”

I took a moment to write on this because I sought the Lord in prayer for just what he wanted me to share so hearts will be healed and faith will be restored.

Before I begin, I feel it is most appropriate to post the conversation so you the reader will understand the context in which this post trends from:

The conversation

Me: The one and only thing that keeps me going is the promise that God will never leave or forsake me nor will anything separate me from the love of Christ. That promise is for all of us. I will be praying for your wholeness, faithfulness, healing and that the fullness of Christ will powerfully manifest itself in your life. Today is your day! Sincerely, Pastor Lionel

Good blogging friend: Well I sincerely hope so. Sometimes I think I’m fooling myself like my co-worker who recently had both his legs amputated due to diabetes. I did not really know him because my workplace has over 2000 employees and he worked in one of our warehouse while I worked in the galleries but apparently from those who knew him well he had delusions of grandeur. He confessed houses, riches, wealth, cars, land, money, family etc… and actually had none of them. Two other co-workers found him collapsed in his home, his legs black from gangrene laying in his own waste. He refused to give himself the diabetes injections. Played games with his health. Saying he was well when he was not. Yes he is alive but he has no one, no money, no family, nothing.

Now I do take my medication for hypertension but after my stroke in Nov. 2008 I lost much of the sight in my left eye. Part of my job in the galleries is to read maps so I may assist the visitors. I can no longer read the maps I just go according to the color, shapes and room numbers in the gallery doorways. I’ve found over the years with health challenges increasing as I get older it is best not to lie to oneself even if you do lie to other people. I always tell my co-workers I’m okay when I’m not even though I can barely get up and down the stairs or even walk to and from the subway. Slowly but surely my lies are catching up with me. Sadly confession does not always bring possession.

Needless to say this is a lot to unpack. However, I believe in being simple and to the point. The word of God is more than able to carry out the Father’s will.

I would like to start by placing every word on the foundation of Isaiah 55:8-9 For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.

Not every situation in life has an explanation that is easily understood or one that makes sense. Like why do bad things happen to good people? Why would a loving God allow that to happen to that person? I do not have all the answers, but I do know that God is a loving God who loved the world so much that he gave His only begotten son (John 3:16).

My wife and I have two precious boys and I wouldn’t even consider sacrificing our boys to save the world. Yet, God gave up Jesus knowing the rejection and brutality He would endure. Furthermore, Romans 5:8 says Christ died for us while we were still sinners. God’s love is beyond comprehension which is why we are to aggressively receive His wonderful grace.

I totally understand the power of faith and speaking things that are not as though they are. However, at times we miss a key ingredient to activating that faith. Having faith does not mean to do nothing, having faith means to act on what you are praying for (James 2:14-26).

For example, if you want a car and believe God will bless you with a car, then believe that he has given you the means to buy the car. If the car is to be given to you then speak the word to others that you are in need of a car trusting that God will move a heart to prehaps donate a car.

One side note, at times the receiving/reading of scripture can be twisted to confuse the hearer. For example when Jesus was tempted for 40 days and nights (Matthew 4:1-11) we see that Satan knew scripture as well. However, Satan’s use of scripture was clouded with subtle inaccuracies in which Jesus quickly debugged.

We as believers must do the same by staying grounded in the word of God to decide if what is said lines up with the word of God i.e. 1 John 4:1 and 2 Timothy 2:15.

I also believe according to Romans 8:28 that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. I may not understand a situation or circumstances may be painful at times, but looking back over my life I realize that every situation came to pass and there was always something to be thankful for.

The truth is God has plans for each of us, plans to prosper us, to give us hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). That plan does not make us zombies for we have the unique ability to follow God or do our thing the way we choose. Either way God’s grace still overcomes in our lives even though we have done nothing to earn or deserve it.

I totally get it when God says His ways are not my ways for the created is not above the creator. I think this is were we become confused and most often run into disappointment. God and only God has the ability to see what’s next (Exodus 13:18). This must become your reason for truly casting your cares upon Him for He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7).

Yes, we will have trouble in this world but Jesus truly has over come them and He wants you and I to do the same by living life to the full by the empowerment of the Holy Spirit that lives within us. You are a child of God whom God sees as the righteousness of Himself through Jesus Christ. To God be the glory, amen!

** If you are in need of prayer (Ephesians 6:18), please click“Prayer Request.”  I would love to pray for you. Please remain secure in the promise that all prayer request are kept confidential. I also ask that you think of others whom you can share this message with.

To God be the glory, amen!