Monday, September 17, 2018
Welcome to my Monday Blog, dear hearts!
First, I give thanks for all of God’s mercy during this past weekend. As a result of Hurricane Florence, many have suffered great losses and have had their lives turned upside down. It’s times like these when our faith is tested and we may become vulnerable to the Devil’s tricks and promises. We mustn’t fall for the lies he spreads. He’s very clever and creeps in when we we’re at our weakest.
When disaster strikes too close to home, it’s these times when we’re weak and dismayed. Yet, it’s also these very times when we can get on our knees and praise God for all He’s already done for us, and continue to rely on His love and genius to get us through the present challenge we may now be facing.
In other words, this is not the time to run from God and be blasphemous – on the contrary – this is the time to show God just how much we do indeed trust in Him. These are the times we use our FAITH in Him to get us though it:
“Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful works.” – Psalm 105:2
Often I’m reminded of the incredible faith my dear Mother not only spoke of, but showed my siblings and me by the way she lived her life. Whether a disaster had just landed in her lap on a rainy Monday, or we were all enjoying a great meal after Church on a sunny Sunday…her faith was real and intact, no matter what she was faced with. (Thank you, Mother!)
My family and I were not harmed in this hurricane; however, we’ve lived through several prior to this one and we know what it’s like, first hand. I know the feeling of despair and loss…I know how emotionally and financially tragic a tragedy like this can be. It is indeed a feeling of grief and despair. It can also create a feeling of strength and courage if we can hold onto our faith!
Yes, we must pull ourselves up and keep going with a lust for life and an unwavering faith in our creator, God, Himself.
Hebrews 11:1 tells us that faith is “being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” There is no other component of the Christian life more important than faith.
Faith is a gift from God, not because we deserve it, have earned it, or are worthy to have it. It is not from ourselves; it is from God. It is not obtained from our power or our free will. Faith is simply given to us by God, along with His grace and mercy, according to His holy plan and purpose, and because of that, He gets all the glory. God designed a way to distinguish between those who belong to Him and those who don’t, and it is called faith. Very simply, we need faith to please God. God loves to bless those who are obedient and faithful. Faith is what sustains us to the end.”
My prayer for all of us this week, is that we will all share whatever we can, no matter if it’s a heartfelt prayer, labor, food, time, money…whatever we may have to give or share…to show our faith in God, ourselves and each other in this time of need, fear and doubt.
Anything we may do to lift someone up and help them in any way possible is when we truly grow in our own humanness. God loves to bless those who are obedient and faithful.
GOD is Good! GOD is Great!! Always!!
I love you,
* A special ‘Thank You” to Bible Faith for scripture contribution to today’s message on Faith.
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