Look Again

We as human beings try to do the right thing by our standards. I often think about how I could help more and what I would do or should do if I encounter someone in need, I tell myself I would try my best to fill that need.

I was reminded recently that God knows what is best and what is needed not us.

Here’s what happened the other day, I left the grocery store and I saw a homeless man sitting on the side walk with nothing but a few bags beside him. His head was hanging sadly.

My mind immediately began to race about what to do. Do I give him money? Some of my food? Ask him what needs? All these thoughts were racing through my mind.

I decided to ask God.

I could hear the words, “Pray.”

I did exactly that. I prayed for his needs to be met. But then of course that didn’t seem good enough so I asked God, “Okay, now what?”

I heard, “Now get in the car and drive away”.

I got in my car went to drive but then thought this can’t be right, I have food, some spare cash, I could supply him with something.

Then I heard, “Look again”.

So I did and I saw him differently than I had originally.

The man had four full bags next to, his backpack was also full and his head wasn’t hanging in sadness but instead he was asleep.

The man’s current need was sleep.

If I had approached him to try and meet what I thought he needed then I would have been interfering with what he actually needed.

God knows our needs.

Trust in Him.

He will provide for you and others.

Have a Blessed Week,

Chris

God is Easy to Forget

It’s easy to forget God.

So easy to forget Him during our struggles. We forget He can help us.

So easy to forget our Lord during our triumphs. With all the praise given to us by others and even ourselves it’s easy to forget to thank Him.

How often do you hear about a famous person who was raised in a Christian home but now has abandoned the faith. They got their millions and exactly what they needed so they feel they no longer need God.

I’m not picking on the rich this happens to people in all the different economic classes.

We all forget about the Lord sometimes.

Why is that?

Because it’s easy.

The alternative is hard.

Putting your faith in God when it seems like there is no hope can be terrifying.

But the Lord says “Fear not”.*

Praising God for your accomplishments rather then giving yourself all the credit is hard and takes a humble heart.

But the Lord says, “Those who humble themselves will be exalted and those who exalt themselves will be humbled”.**

We forget God because we can.

We will continue to do this until we can’t.

We will continue to do this until we are face to face with the Lord.

What will happen then?

Will you be welcomed as His child in to His home or will He forget you as you forgot Him?

It all depends.

Have you accepted Him and His grace?

Or have you rejected Him?

The ball is in your court, if you reject Him, He will reject you.

If you accept Him, He will accept you. And your life will change forever and ever.

He will be with you always.

Have a Blessed Week,

Chris

*https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah+41%3A10&version=NKJV

**https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+23%3A12&version=NKJV

What Do You Do? You Pray

I see many questions about God from atheists who have anger in their hearts.

They want evidence, they want proof and they demand answers.

Now the truth is I have seen many Christians ranging from your average person to highly educated apologetics present many different types of evidence from archaeological to scientific to historical to even personal accounts but they are never believed.

Often times when you do present your views they become angry and say harsh things and take a nasty tone to God. Many are upset that we even had answers to their questions.

They call their views “rational” and say they have “logic” and “reason”.

Which even in a polite conversation when you use those words to describe your atheist views we can assume since our beliefs are the opposite of the atheist that they believe our views are, “irrational”, “illogical” and “unreasonable”.

I have personal experience with this but there is no need to get into those stories.

I heard a quote from a former New Ager named Steven Bancarz he said, “Atheists have two beliefs when it comes to God. First that he doesn’t exist and second that they hate him.”

If you encounter a person like that you may ask yourself, “What can I do for them to know the love of God?”

Well the truth is their heart is hardened and their mind is made up.

They have created a barrier to protect themselves from outside views.

So then what can you do?

You Pray.

Pray to God for their heart to be softened.

Pray to God for their mind to be opened.

Pray to God for them to see the Truth, The Way.

You Pray.

Have a blessed week,
Chris

Links for Steven Bancarz…
https://reasonsforjesus.com/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3g3LSHLqOm4HnsWi20uumg

Can I Be Fixed?

That is a question that many ask. Sadly to some it is a question that isn’t even worth asking.

If you’re asking if you can fix yourself the truth is…

You can’t.

There is only One who can.

 

The One.

 

Our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.

 

He can fix you.

 

I realized a while ago that I couldn’t fix myself so I let Jesus into my heart and surrendered to Him. There is a battle in me every day and sometimes I feel like I’m losing but the truth is with God you will always win in the end.

 

Surrender to Him and let Him do His work.

 

It won’t be easy and it will always be a process and a fight but with the Lord you can overcome.

 

He will help you walk on the narrow path.

 

Just take it one day at a time. Baby steps with your Father.

 

He loves you and He can fix you.

 

Have a Blessed Week,

Chris

 

Philippians 4:13 New King James Version (NKJV)

13 I can do all things through [a]Christ who strengthens me.

Blessings Will Come

Remember God is always there.

Fear not He is with you in your suffering and anxiety, combat what is distressing you with the power of God.

Remember He will never forsake you.

Jesus told us our Father in Heaven values us more than the birds in the air who He provides for.

He also said He has a place prepared for us when we pass away.

God will take care of us on Earth as it is in Heaven.

Trust in Him, the blessings will come. You know this because He provided His grace so you’re already blessed!

Keep watch and look out the blessings can come from anywhere or from anyone.

The Lord will provide because He loves you.

Have a BLESSED week,
Chris

Memorial Day

 

Have a blessed week,
Chris

Source:
https://www.beliefnet.com/faiths/galleries/15-inspirational-prayers-for-memorial-day.aspx?p=8

Go to God for the Answers

There’s a new movie coming out next week called, “Breakthrough” it is a faith based movie and already I am seeing comments and reviews about the lack of evidence in the power of prayer and how we Christians tell others to take our faith on faith.

But the truth is if someone tells you they prayed for a miracle and the miracle occurred  how else can they prove to you that prayer works?

Atheists and agnostics want answers but in their searching they refuse to even try to go to God.

They won’t believe what others tell them because it hasn’t happened to them but
prayer doesn’t work for atheists or agnostics because they have no faith.

This is not just a secular problem, Christians often times won’t go to God for answers. I see them asking questions from groups, other Christians or Pastors. Don’t get me wrong that is good as well but we have to remember to go to the Bible and God as the final authority.

Matthew 7: 7-8, 7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”

God is willing to talk to you, it’s up to you to listen.

Prayer does work, it takes faith. Abraham waited until he was an old man for God to fulfill his promise, there was plenty of doubt along the way but he trusted. In any solid relationship the foundation is built on what you do for each other not what one has done for you.

Ask God for help but also ask God what you can do for Him.

I spent my whole life praying to God for things when I needed them but never talking to Him when life seemed good. I asked for things, wanted Him to help and when things didn’t go the way I wanted I was too blind to see what He had done for me throughout my life.

Only when I flipped the script and asked God what I could do for Him by His will did things start to change.

I have witnessed God answer my prayers day after day, He has brought healing to my mind, body and soul when I needed it. He has given my wife and I financial blessings when we had difficulties, He has done more for my family and I than I could possibly imagine. God helps daily, I could dedicate a blog to just what God does for me every day. Maybe I should.

I have read countless miracles from every day people both big and small.

God is always there for you.

Some take the, “How dare you question God?” approach which is silly. The Bible is filled with men and women asking God questions in faith or even when their faith is lacking. God often times showed He was willing to changes His plans for His children. The prophets would ask for the Lord to relent, God told them if the people who repent He would stop the judgment. God told Abraham He wouldn’t destroy Sodom and Gomorrah if He found 10 people who were righteous. Moses pleaded with God not to bring judgment on the people His people and God relented. Jesus healed the sick, made the blind see, He even raised the dead.

God will change things for the benefit of His children.

If the answer doesn’t come than remember to trust in God’s will.

The Lord’s Prayer says, “Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.”

Jesus gave another perfect example in how to pray  when he asked the Father in Luke 22: 42“Father, if You are willing, take this cup from Me. Yet not My will, but Yours be done.”

Jesus in human form was scared and asked the Father if it was possible to make it so He did not have to go through with the crucifixion but He knew if it was the Father’s will He would accept it. Of course Jesus went through with the crucifixion so the World could be saved because He loves us all.

Jesus gave us the example and that is how we should pray and trust in the Lord.

“Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.”

Have a Blessed Week,
Chris

God in three relationships: Introduction

The Holy Trinity, one God in three separate yet equal forms, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Trinity is clear yet also mysterious in nature. Many have read about the Trinity, written about the Trinity and of course prayed about and to the Trinity.

But today I want to start a series about God not in three forms but in three separate, yet equal relationships.

Next week’s blog entry will be about God as a best friend, He is with you through everything, He is there for you when you need him, in big situations and in small. He is with you always. There is no better best friend then God.

The second blog entry will focus on the family of God, how we all are a part of His family and the relationship we are to have with our fellow Christians.

The final entry will discuss our relationship with God as God. How He is not just our God but the true living God of the World. We must trust in Him and realize all of His power and the beauty of His love and compassion. Knowing this will help us bring others to Him so they can be saved.

I am hoping that this series helps others get a better understanding of the importance of a relationship with God.

I hope you all have a blessed week and if there is anyone out there that needs praying please comment.

-Chris

New Year, New Life with God

Happy New Year everyone!

It is a New Year that means for many it’s a new opportunity to change their lives. We hype this time of the year up as if it is magical but in reality many fail in their resolutions. I stopped doing New Year’s resolutions as I always failed them and it made the New Year very stressful. They’re just not for me, if they are for you then great, I wish you luck and I’ll be praying for you.

Many may mock you but it is because they’re stuck in their ways and wish they could change.

The truth is though, you all out there can be successful in change, even the ones that scoff and mock. Just because you failed in the past doesn’t mean you will fail today.

The best first step is to go to God.

With God He can make all things new. I’ve seen memes where they say, “You don’t need a new year just a Monday.”

Well with God you don’t need a new year or a Monday; you just need a new moment.

Right now everything can change for you.

My entire life has been different since I started having a relationship with God.

I have seen change in myself and others around me, I have seen miracles both small and big. When you give your life to Christ, you will see how God will take care of you.

God has taken care of my wife and I in so many ways, I wish I could list them all here today. I should be writing more about the ways God has effected my life in order to show the love of God and His wondrous works.

Well, would look at that, maybe I do have a New Year’s resolution.

But I digress.

Please pledge your life to Christ today.

If you have fallen away, recommit your life to Christ today.

Don’t just start a new year, don’t just start a new week, start your new life today.

Have a blessed week,
Chris

Here are three great Bible verses for you………….today.

Philippians 4:13 New King James Version (NKJV)
13 I can do all things through [a]Christ who strengthens me.

2 Peter 3:9
9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

Deuteronomy 31:6
6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

God’s Birthday Gift To Me

Philippians 4:13 New King James Version (NKJV)
13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

That is one of the most important verses in the Bible. It is something I repeat to myself and pray about when I am scared or anxious or feeling depressed.

The only One who knew this was God, it was one of our special prayers.

However, recently  I have been feeling depressed about a few things, the biggest being my writing. I am trying to be a children’s author and the process of finding an agent is very difficult, you put a lot of effort in to querying and most agencies will only send a reply if they’re interested.

This can become frustrating and makes me question if I am good enough.

I have been struggling to even continue writing.

While all this is going on my birthday came and my wife did a great job throwing me a mini party, it was a lot of fun, yet nice and relaxing. She handed me one of my last gifts, it was a small box.

I opened it, it was a wooden pen with a Bible Verse,
Philippians 4:13 New King James Version (NKJV)
13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

I couldn’t believe it. I had never told her how special that verse was to me and haven’t  even opened up to her about my struggle lately.

How amazing is that?

It truly was a gift from God.

I am very blessed man, thank you God for everything.

Thank you God for my wonderful wife, she is the best gift I have ever received.

Have a blessed week,
Chris