“9 But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.'”
2 Corinthians 12:9New International Version (NIV)
“Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”–1 Thessalonians 5:18
Today’s preaching was titled “Optional Living or Obligated Living” by Pastor Diego Mesa. This was such an awakening because he preached about how many want options in Christianity, much like in life. We cannot live in an optional life, always seeking our own desires when we must live to seek the will of God.
“For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone.” –Romans 14:7
I attend a church called Abundant Living. Our Pastor, Diego Mesa, is great and, like always, delivered an unbelievable sermon. He named it “By One Man’s (Person’s) Obedience” and it was exactly that, relating to the fact that we are often being viewed by others, our kids, siblings, etc. Continue reading
“And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.” –Luke 4:4
Today’s sermon Sunday was great! It was about how we will find ourselves in desolate times within our lives. Much like a night glow stick, we must be broken down and shaken up to work as God wants us to. Jesus was tempted during his time of need and we will find ourselves tempted the most during those times where we are at our lowest point, but we must find refuge in God. Much like in a dry desert, we must quench our thirsty souls through God. Are you having problems in your marriage, your relationship with your kids, financial situations, let us not focus on what is not being done or what low point we are in, but let us focus on reveling in the current situation because we are there in order to learn something; we are there because God wants to shape and mold us? The pastor mentioned how Moses was to take the people of Israel through the desert and how the trip was suppose to be a trip that should’ve ended quickly, but ended up being a 40 year lesson due to the complaining and ungratefulness. Let us not get lost in the negativity of our situation, but in appreciating where we are here and now.
“My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge, my savior; you save me from violence. 4 I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.” –2Samuel 22:3-4
This verse brings peace and calmness to my soul. I should not worry about something happening to my family because I have someone on my side. . .my Lord. Certainly, we are a world filled with good and evil and the ability to decide on anything for we have been given free will, but, nonetheless, I will place my faith on my Lord who will keep us safe. I know things happen everyday, but worrying about it will not fix anything, I can only pray and do my part as much as possible to keep my family safe. He is my rock and he is the one whom I take refuge in.
“Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘what will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things: for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:31-33
I read this quote earlier this week and it silenced me. It stopped me on my tracks and dropped me to my knees. It is true, why question if God will provide us with such things? How dare we, for through him all things are possible. I need to stop my questioning and simply believe that it will. I place my faith in him and will discontinue my questioning. Who am I to question? Who are we to question such things when we are blessed with life? There are times when I read such text and am dumbfounded to the point of speechlessness.
“Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love” (1 Corinthians 16:13-14)
Be strong and do all things with love. Have you noticed that all things seem easier when completed with love, when instilling love? Simply put, all things sealed with love never seem as difficult. The lord instills his love in everything he does and creates. You can see that in nature, in his miracles, in everyday life. I find beauty in the smallest things because I see my lord in all things. I am grateful to him for allowing me to live, to smell the beautiful flowers he created for us, to be able to look at the beautiful sun that rises every morning, to be able to feel the rain drops when they descend from above, I am grateful to be able to embrace my kids and feel their kisses. I am grateful for feeling emotions of love and compassion. I am grateful for the difficulties as well as the victories because one would not be as important if I didn’t experience the other. Simply put, I am grateful for God and his mercy in providing me with everlasting life, after this life has ended.
Be strong. Stand your ground. Live in faith for your lord and see the beauty in all things. Do all things with love. Not half ways and simply because you have to, but with full blown love.
Have a great week!