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Sometimes people think that there is some supernatural power other than God that can give us insight to the future. Inform us that we have made the...Sometimes people think that there is some supernatural power other than God that can give us insight to the future. Inform us that we have made the right choices in our life and some Christians look to this as some sort of conformation. No one likes uncertainty, many in this world want to know the grand master plan of life!
As children of a most high God this is just not the case, we will never know everything only until it happens! God has told us his promises, he will never leave us, abandon, or forsake us. Just that alone should comfort us. I have seen many Christians in my life that are not satisfied and on some sort of level disagree with God on this matter. They ignore the fact that he has even given us the past, present, and future already in his book! So….why do we keep trying to stay one step ahead of God?
Today when my husband and I went through the drive through at MacDonald’s the guy wasted no time in telling us as we paid how he had seen better days. My husband immediately told him well at least it is not one of the worst days you have experienced! It amazes me how we have this way about us that we just want to dwell on the bad more than the good. I will point out three things about this person that they can be happy about, I am only giving three because I have no idea the reasons as to why he was having a “not so good day”
1. He had a job, most do not.
2. He had eye sight, all limbs intact many do not.
3. He was alive.
If "I" a stranger can point out only three things about them that he can be thankful for, you would think he would be a little more careful telling a perfect stranger how he is having a “not so good day.” Sometime we as His children can be so unappreciative and forget about all that has already been done for us. We are too caught up in ourselves to even take one simple note and that is….”VICTORY IS ALREADY OURS” all we have to do is reach out and grab it! God has not hidden it somewhere to tease us nor do we have to go on some wild goose chase to locate this victory. There is no hidden treasure in a map, and there is no scavenger hunt that we have to go on. Accepting victory is already ours and having faith that God will make all things right in your life in due time.
God has placed before all of us a fork in this road we call life it is up to us which direction we go, which path. The other day someone was telling me about how a co-worker that had retired had Chinese food for lunch. She stated that her fortune cookie stated that she had made a right choice. Both of these women are Christians. The one telling me was somehow amazed about this and wasted no time in telling another person right in front of me.
I will be honest, as I was standing there every fiber in my body did not like it. Why? Because given an uncertain future, those of us who serve a covenant keeping God should not act like those who don’t. This means that, apart from what God has revealed to us in the Bible the future is a closed book to us. We should never be amazed by what a slit of a piece of paper states in a cookie. Some I know will say reading this oh it is just for grins, it is all in fun. Sorry to say but God calls these an “abomination.” We never seek horoscopes, fortune tellers, psychic readings, astrology, tarot cards or other practices as a comfort for our future we are to avoid them. If this person that retired had consulted with the Lord before her choice of retiring why did she need, feel some sort of comfort from a cookie? Or find it kinda strange considering that she was officially retiring that day? Do you see how Satan will dangle his crafty, twisted, evil, ways in front of you? Neither person was receptive to this I am sure. Also to repeat it to a stranger only gave hope to that person they can find answers in a cookie rather than the Most High.
So here were two people that God placed a fork in their road. The first did not do as Paul has taught us. The second did not partake in Paganism but shared it.
Scripture for the first:
Philippians 4:11-13 Complete Jewish Bible
11 Not that I am saying this to call attention to any need of mine; since, as far as I am concerned, I have learned to be content regardless of circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in want, and I know what it is to have more than enough — in everything and in every way I have learned the secret of being full and being hungry, of having abundance and being in need. 13 I can do all things through him who gives me power.
Scripture for the second:
1 Corinthians 10:20-21
Complete Jewish Bible
20 No, what I am saying is that the things which pagans sacrifice, they sacrifice not to God but to demons; and I don’t want you to become sharers of the demons! 21 You can’t drink both a cup of the Lord and a cup of demons, you can’t partake in both a meal of the Lord and a meal of demons.
The first person, should have been rejoicing for it was a day the Lord had made! No matter the problems, issues, stress, or anxiety that is in your life be like Paul. Because this life my dear, dear, sweet Christians is NOT free of those things. It is up to us however when we are confronted with them (that fork) how we deal with them. Choose the right road or you will have a long life not filled with those blessings he has promised.
As you stand at your crossroads of life remember the Lord is the grand master planner he will direct you but you have to be still for a few a listen. Read his word, seek direction, and in the process learn how to be content no matter what. When you cannot see another Christian falling way side then it is time to brush up on scripture. You will have to answer for your discontent and also for the one that you did not help stay on the right path. Be vigilant and alert in these last days for Timothy also stated:
1 Timothy 4:1 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Great Apostasy
4 Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons.
We all have a road to follow make sure you are traveling the one that God intends for you not the one Satan has tricked you on!
For The Glory of Yeshua!
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Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.
Since I have...Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.
Since I have been born again I have learned so much about not only myself but others around me. No one in this world wants to be alone, we all want to love and be loved. This is the way God designed us. However, sometimes when it comes to God we just have to go at some things alone. For instance, understanding who we are, our faults, our wrongs, and how we have to change them. There are just no how-to books on this folks, giving up a part of ourselves is hard. More so when you have been a certain way for as long as you have been alive. But when that part within us has caused so much grief to ourselves and those around us we must understand if we want to change for the better that part has to go. I have literally witnessed people hang on to that old self in fear if they gave it up they would go crazy. When I say literally I mean literally it is the saddest situation within someone you will ever witness if you have not already. You see them struggle, live in fear, be miserable, and not happy at all. You think to yourself are they OK with being like this? No matter the cost? The answer is sadly, "YES" it is how they function and all the forces in Heaven cannot change them. That is how determined they are at hanging on to the old self.
The thing I had to let go within me was my family. At the end of my relationship with my family for 10 years nothing good came out of it. That relationship was toxic and It made me not be honest with myself and others around me. I was always in denial which quite frankly is the same thing as lying. Denial is someone tap dancing around the truth and when confronted will cover up what is true with a lie. Who wants to live like that? Who wants to live day in and day out not being honest about how they really feel because they are in fear of losing those they love? If someone truly loves you they will not try and make you live like this. People have construed what love really is, it is not about being selfish or greedy. Most of all it is not about always getting what we want. And when we do not get what we want it is how we deal with it that matters to God. Love is all about sacrifice and we have the best role model there is and that is God’s beloved Son Yeshua. His example should be a daily reminder. He gave up everything, His life so we could be set free. I personally think when people say this they have no clue what it means. It is like a punch-line to them. It sounds good but in all reality when it comes down to it they have no clue what so ever the depths of agony and pain Christ went through all because He loved us. Ask yourself when he states pick up your cross and follow me as a Christian what does that really mean to you? Do we even realize what He went through when He picked up that cross? No, I do not think people really do, they are only willing to sacrifice when it is convenient for them. The first instant they have to sacrifice what makes them happy even if it is a sin against God sadly denial will set in and the tap dancing begins.
When I let go of what meant everything to me at one time I started seeing things a lot more clearly. What I was holding on to was slowly destroying me, the worst part of all it kept me separated from God. How do I know this? Because it was when I let go of those people in my life I was born again. I can sit here and dwell on the sadness and trust me there is enough sadness to last me a lifetime. It could send me into a downward spiral of depression that I would be so lost I could never find my way back. I knew it, and I knew there was a better way. God had been telling me for years. But I like many did not want to sacrifice what I held dear. Then one day and yes for me it was just like that a snap of the finger!! I made a choice and that choice was “His Son” that meant I had to give up what was keeping me away from Him. No joke, my life since I made that sacrifice, year by year, month by month, day by day, God has been replacing what I gave up but this time, it is what He wants me to have. I have a better home life, free of drama, hate, division, strife, loving husband, blessed with a beautiful son. Most of all I am not confused anymore and peace….that is one thing that God has given me that no one in this world can ever give. For that, I love Him so much for giving me a life now that is more at peace. Oh, do not get me wrong things happen my life it is not all sunshine and lollipops. But when things happen I do not resort to Social Media or other outlets to bully, slander, defame, or hurt others so that I can blame shift or feel better about myself. I simply pray and turn to God that is where my peace comes from. It is a peace from the Spirit that is everlasting, not from the flesh that is temporary. I had to sacrifice a lot of myself in order to obtain all that I have now. I had to pick up my cross.
But, what can send me in a downward spiral is those nasty demons we all battle daily. I have chosen to not succumb to those demons. Are they still there? YOU BET! Every day, they try to find some way to make me go down that same ole worn out path God has warned me to never go down again. I have learned obedience in God is everything. I stay focused on Him and the finish line. He is there at the end waving His scarred hands reminding me…Shannon, in the end, it will all be worth it, keep pressing forward, and always remember me! My child the sacrifices are worth it!
Yeshua…..my encourager, my savior, my best friend.
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