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Hello, Beloved Reader! I’m Faith. thanks for visiting me today.
I’ve got some reading for you to do. Read Genesis (37:28), (39:4, 20, 22), (41:39-40).
Now, most of us know the story of Joseph. His brothers placed him in a pit and then sold him. He went to being just under the head of the Potiphar’s house. Then, he was cast into prison and left there for a while. Then, he was made second to Pharaoh in Egypt. But let me ask you something:
Was it all about him?
Well, the obvious answer is “no.” God put him in a place through his ups and downs where he could help His people. Through his trials, God brought him to a place where he could save thousands. But he had to be taught some lessons first.
When we go through trials, sometimes we have the tendency to ask “Why me?” or “Why this?.” But God never does anything without purpose. And what’s more, He can do something in your life that can help in more than one area. One of the main things in a Christian life is to live your life for others. So now let me ask you this:
Are the things you’re going through all about you?
Correct answer: no. Trials and tribulations help one to grow, or teach one a lesson. Your growth can help someone else down the road who is going through the same thing you faced. The heartache can teach you a lesson and help you talk someone else out of making the same mistake.
God loves you, and if you were the only one on earth, He would have still laid down His life. But the truth is, there are other people on this earth too. There are people at rock bottom who need help. Think about it, Joseph went through ups and downs and in the end saved a nation from starving. He couldn’t help them until he was at the right place physically and spiritually. And to get to that place, God found it necessary to put him through trials.
This trial is not all about you. This pain, it’s not just for you. You, as a child of God, are put here for a purpose, and everything you go through is to help you and possibly help someone else.
Hello, Beloved Reader! I’m Faith. Thanks for visiting me today.
So, here I am again, breaking things down the way I understand them. I don’t know everything, and I don ‘t have all the answers, but here’s what I think.
In the blog “Love Is Sacrifice,” I went over defining love and its attributes. But now I’m going to continue this thought and bring in two more subjects, selfishness and self care.
It is my understanding that the world runs on two very simple concepts, love and selfishness.
If you think about it, love is the sacrifice you give, just like God gave of Himself.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” — John 3:16
Love is giving of yourself, and selfishness is taking for yourself. satan is a prime example of selfishness.
“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.” — Isaiah 14:12-15
So, to be like Christ we must give of ourselves to others. But here’s something to think about: Can you give too much of yourself?
That’s where the third subject, self care, comes into play. Google gives the definition of self care, “the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health.” You see, this is the balance between love and selfishness. And even though it may seem like you’re being selfish to take time for yourself, it’s really helping you to help others.
Let’s face it, we’re all human. We all get angry, sad, upset, beat down, and discouraged. We can’t help everyone all the time, because we ourselves need help too. An angry person who meets another angry person won’t bring them out of anger, but each fuels the other and both rage together.
So take some time for yourself. Let yourself grow in God. Read His Word, talk to Him, ask Him to help you. Make sure your heart is as right as it can be. It’s okay, it’s good even to do things that make you happy (as long as they are pure things).
Remember the acronym of J.O.Y. Jesus first, others second, and yourself last. Don’t neglect Jesus, don’t neglect others. But don’t forget: Don’t neglect yourself.
“Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2
When you think of being your brother’s keeper, what or who do you think of? I think of the story of David and Jonathan & their friendship.
David and Jonathan came from two, very different backgrounds.
Jonathan came from a powerful family. All of his life he thought he knew what his calling and place in life would be. David was a shepherd, with little support or encouragement from his brothers and father. He probably imagined that he would be in the background his whole life, tending to the sheep.
They had very little in common, except for one thing; obedience. In order for Jonathan to do what God required of him, he had to step down. The way that he guarded David, went unnoticed by everyone except David. David on the other hand had to step out of his comfort zone. God didn’t make a mistake when he gave David and Jonathan their callings. He put them exactly where they needed to be. David’s life was spared because Jonathan had access to the kings table.
“And Jonathan said, Far be it from thee: for if I knew certainly that evil were determined by my father to come upon thee, then would not I tell it thee?” 1 Samuel 20:9
God has given each one of us a very specific calling. We make the choice to step into the calling He has placed on our life. The Lord never forces us to do something, and if we choose not to walk in obedience, those around us may suffer.
“We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.” Romans 15:1
Have you ever been trying to walk in obedience with God’s will, and someone around you made it harder than it had to be? Jonathan could have chosen to walk in disobedience, and then David would have not been able to walk in obedience himself, as easily as he did. Those we surround ourselves with can make our lives easier or harder. Jonathan and David had an amazing friendship, not based on similar backgrounds, but based on their decision to walk in obedience to God. Saul hated David, the reason being that Saul was not obedient, and David was.
“He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.” Proverbs 13:20
We are all members of the body of Christ, where there is obedience, the body is able to flourish, and when the opposite is happening, then the whole body suffers. Watching out for each other, choosing forgiveness instead of strife, can lead to harmony. Be a Jonathan in someone’s life, and surround yourself with people who walk in obedience.
“For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.” 1 Corinthians 12:12
— Joy Morgan
“Why didn’t I learn to listen and talk things out?”
In this message, I talk about why I believe David wept when he came to Ziklag. One reason I think he wept is that he wished he had learned to listen and talk things out with his wife.
We don’t always know how to communicate. It’s not always about who is right and who is wrong. Families, husbands and wives, need to talk some stuff out, without breaking things. Talk stuff out without hateful glares, or getting up and sulking out of the room. Talk things out without giving the silent treatment. And we need to listen, too. If we would listen more and respond with respect and gentleness, so many problems could be fixed.
“I got used to being married.”
Another reason I think David wept is that he worried he wasn’t kind enough to his wife. He feared he had not loved her enough and could have been a better helpmeet. I’ll tell you one reason that so many marriages fail: they make it a partnership instead of a commitment. Partnership: I will give my 50% as long as you give your 50%. Commitment: ‘Til death do we part. I will give my 100% even if you don’t. David wished he had a commitment rather than a partnership.
Listen to this powerful sermon below to hear more about “Why David Wept.”
— Pastor Anthony Wynn
- 1 Samuel 30:1-6
- Revelations 5:4
- Ephesians 4:32
- Isaiah 1:18
- Ephesians 5:25
- Philippians 3:13
- 2 Samuel 14:14
- 1 Corinthians 7:3
- Proverbs 5:18
- Ruth 1:16-17
- 1 Samuel 30:8, 18-20
Hello, Beloved Reader! I’m Faith. Thanks for visiting me today.
“(For the Lord thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.” — Deuteronomy 4:31
“Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” — Deuteronomy 31:6
“And the Lord, he it is that doth go with thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.” — Deuteronomy 31:8
Notice the words in bold. Notice the word forsake. I like to know the basics of things and try to break things down as simply as I can most of the time. And I like to know exacts. So, what exactly does forsake mean? According to Google’s dictionary forsake means to “abandon (someone or something)” or to “renounce or give up (something valued or pleasant).”
I told you to notice the words in bold, now really pay attention to them. These three verses are telling Israel that God wouldn’t abandon them. So, I’m going to break it down nice and simple for you. The children of Israel were God’s people, His children, and He told them that He would never abandon them. We are His children, too. And as children of God, He will never leave us.
But what happens when they’re all gone?
The “they” that I’m talking about are people. When we are alone for so long, we start feeling down on ourselves. We think we aren’t anything special, that people don’t care about us, and we start to think we don’t have any friends. Sometimes, we feel that we are unlike everyone else. That we are different and no one likes us because of that. Maybe we start to think that we aren’t appreciated. When “they” are all gone, when empty air surrounds us, if we aren’t careful, we will dive too deep into our own heads.
The devil is really having a time with America right now, well the whole world really. He’s relishing the fact that people are quarantined. He plays with people’s minds, and one of the best times he can do that is when we are by ourselves. “Stuck at home?” he says, “Oh, now I can really have some fun.” And he begins to work away, piecing things together about people, when it’s a complete lie. Then, we get down and depressed. We start believing the lies. After all, it’s not so hard when they make sense, right? Then, when we are pinned against people, we start pushing them away, wishing to be alone. And then the devil can do more damage in our minds.
That’s where you need to realize something.
“They” might be all gone, but He isn’t. Yes, it is nice to have people validate us. It’s nice to see people, talk with them, and laugh with them. And yes, it is lonely when they aren’t around. But, as much as we need people, we need God more. If you were the only person in the world, you could survive alone if you had God. But, if you had every rich man in the world at your side, and everything you need taken care of, without God, you couldn’t last one second.
So, when everyone is gone, what do you do?
Before you start creating pandemonium in your head about who doesn’t like you and who is not your friend, take a step back. Imagine your mind to the left, and God to the right. Then, head right! Take the path closest to God.
The devil wants to make you think that you aren’t good enough, that no one loves you, and you’re not appreciated. And he likes to do that when we are alone, with no one to tell us otherwise. So, instead of listening to him, take up your Bible and listen to the One who loves you, and thought you were enough to send His Son to die for. Run from the devil’s lies. Listen to God’s truth.
Being alone is a struggle for just about anyone. But if you’re a child of God, then you are never truly alone, are you?
— Faith Cross