The Whirlwind Called Time

Time is quickly passing by,

It will not stop, not matter how hard we try.

Seconds, minutes, hours, days,

None of them seem to want to stay.

Time is flying, it can’t be stopped,

Every second, tickedy tock.

As months pass by and seasons come and go,

Though for a time they may seem slow,

Years pass us by and suddenly we think,

“What has happened? Time flew faster than I could wink.”

Use each day wisely, leave a mark,

Shine Christ’s Light out into the dark.

Live each day like there’s no tomorrow,

Reach out in love, save someone from sorrow.

Share a smile, cherish your life,

Leave a legacy of love, not strife,

Seek Christ first every second of each day,

He will always be your Rock, come what may.

Love Him, trust Him, and seek Him first,

Study His Word, to the very last verse.

Time keeps right on flying past,

But it will not forever last.

Christ will return one glorious day,

What then will you want to say?

“I lived my life wholeheartedly for You,

I endeavored to bring as many as possible to You, too.

I was not perfect, but I gave it my best try,

It’s all because of You, forever by my side.”

And on that day I pray He will say,

“Well done, thou good and faithful servant – do not delay,

Enter forever into the joy of your Father – forever to stay.”

Trusting – Always

Today I wanted to continue our talk about trust. It’s a powerful word, isn’t it? Trusting the Lord in every aspect of our lives is a difficult thing to do. Worries are always trying to creep in to steal our joy and peace. But, with God’s strength, we can rebuke the devil and the lies he is trying to sell us!

In my own life, I have been thinking a lot about trust lately. One thing I have been thinking about is, why do we fully trust God with the biggest thing in our entire lives - our salvation – but when things come into our lives that throw us off balance, our trust wavers? We don’t understand why things happen in our lives, and our natural fallen instinct is to worry.

Maybe you lost a dream you were holding tightly to in your heart, something you thought would be so good, so perfect. And yet, the Lord had to gently tell you ‘no’. Maybe your heart shattered into a million pieces the day that happened, and your trust wavered. In your pain, you cried out, “Why, Lord? Why would you take this dream from me? It would have been so good – so perfect.” In your tears you can’t understand how He could possibly be closing one door so that He can open another – one so much better than what we can fathom. Our trust wavers, because we wonder – and we worry – why would this happen?

A verse that comes to mind is Proverbs 3:5-6, where it says: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” Wow, this speaks right to what we are feeling! In the ways we cannot understand why things are happening to us, this verse is saying, “lean not on your own understanding”. Our understanding of the ‘why’ is finite. But God understands everything in the entire universe – He is infinite in wisdom and understanding! Our duty is to trust Him, through everything. Even when the going gets tough, we can be encouraged by the apostle Peter, “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials,that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.” (1 Peter 1:6-9)

Trusting in Him, believing in Him; when we do these things, we will be rewarded with peace, joy and happiness in knowing that we are safe in the arms of our Savior who will never let go. When worries creep in, and the devil tempts us to doubt and tries to make our trust waver, we must rebuke him! We must tell him, firmly – “Flee devil, you have no power over me. I have the victory over you through my Savior Jesus Christ; you have no power at all.” We can also quote Scripture to rebuke the devil, but also to reassure and calm our hearts. There are so many verses on trust, I’ll list some below:

“And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.” Psalm 9:10

“Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the Lord our God.” Psalm 20:7

“O Lord of hosts, Blessed is the man who trusts in You!” Psalm 84:12

“The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

A verse that speaks right to worry, fear and wavering trust is Philippians 4:6-7: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” What wonderful words these are! Right here God’s Word is commanding us not to worry, but to bring every single worry to our Savior through prayer and supplication. What follows that? “…the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” What a beautiful, reassuring hope!

When our trust wavers, instead of letting the devil get a hold of our thoughts, let’s rebuke him, and bring everything on our hearts to Jesus. Let’s pray for strength to hold tight to our Savior, even when times get tough. Let’s pray for perseverance through any troubles we may face, that our trust will remain firm, and that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13). Let’s stay firm against the devil’s tactics, so that we can say along with the Apostle Paul, “I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”(Philippians 3:14)

I hope this article has been of encouragement to you all! “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.” (Philippians 4:23)

The Kingdom of God

“Seek you first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” Those are powerful words of Scripture that I’m sure we have all probably heard before. What do they mean exactly, though? What “things will be added to us”? Well, let us look closer at the context in which this passage is written.

In Matthew chapter 6 verses 25 through 34, we read: “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” This was Jesus talking to His disciples during His time here on the earth. He was instructing them in how, as a Christian, worrying is simply pointless. Worry will do nothing for us, and as it says, who “by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?” A cubit was, in Biblical times, the distance from the elbow to the fingertips. Stretch out your own arm and take a look at how long that is. You see, by worrying, we cannot accomplish anything, and it most certainly won’t make us any taller!

In the Christians’ life, worry will try to creep in, to grab a hold of us, and tighten its grip. That is one of Satan’s best tricks, to sneakily bring thoughts of anxiety and fear into our minds to make us drift away from our relationship with our Saviour. How do we contradict the devil, when his tricks come flying our way? Well, keep reading! As we read in Philippians 4:6-7, it says “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Prayer is our communion with God; it is how we communicate with Him. When we bring everything to Him, laying down our fears, doubts, anxiety, and everything that is in our hearts, something amazing will happen. “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”! We will have peace, but not just normal peace, like “Ah, this is a peaceful atmosphere.” No, we are talking about God’s peace! The holiest and purest peace a person can find when they are on this earth. And it will also guard our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus! With our hearts and minds guarded by Jesus, we will have no reason to worry about anything, even the devils tricks, because we have security and the peace of God in our lives to stay. We can kick the devil right out of our lives with the Lord!

We also read in Matthew 11:28-30, “Come Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” This includes worrying! We can find rest in the Lord from worrying, and all the troubles of this life.

So my whole point in this article is – do not worry. Jesus tells us not to worry, and to disobey Him is to sin! And when the devil sneaks in with worry? Let’s kick him out by quoting the Scriptures I’ve listed in this article, along with others that deal with worry. We’ll show that devil that we are God’s children, and nothing can make us any less than royalty. God bless you all!

Spreading God’s Love…

God, please show me ways to witness to people! I want to bring people to You so badly! The teen girl prayed, sitting on her bed deep in prayer. Flopping onto her stomach, Jinger hung her head over the side and stared at the pile of assorted magazines and books that lay strewn about. Tracts a friend had recently shared caught her eye. Reaching down, she snatched them up. Sitting back, she gazed at what lay in her hands. The answers to all her questions – her prayers. Lord, I can use tracts! Thank you so much for answering my prayers….

Her thoughts whirled; remembering a container of tracts her parents kept in their bedroom. Taking a running start, she slid down the hardwood floor and took a flying leap into their room. Peeking into the closet, she quickly spotted the container and took it in her hands. Sprinting back to her room, she jumped onto her bed and grabbed her boom box, turning up her favorite Christian band. Opening the container, she was amazed at everything that met her eyes….

Standing in line at a grocery store checkout, Jinger nervously ran over in her mind what she had been rehearsing all that day. Making her way to the counter she paid for the snack she had picked up. Now is the time. Come on Jinger, you can do this! “Have you gotten your million dollars today?” She asked the elderly lady at the register, handing her a tract.

“Why, um, no….” The lady took the bill in her hand and looked down on the message below. “Thank you!” She smiled and watched until Jinger was well out of sight. Looking down at the message, she read “Christ died for you, so that you can live for eternity with Him in Heaven…..” Sitting down heavily on the stool beside her, she read the message over again. Jesus Christ died for me to forgive me for my sins? I want to know more….. I’ll have to look up this verse it mentions… John 3:16….” Reaching for her phone, she typed in the words and was in awe of what met her eyes.

Every day, Jinger went about her life from that day forward purposing to leave tracts wherever she went. Walking the length of her driveway, she looked down at the booklet in her hand. It was a tract that included the Gospel of John. Lord please soften the heart of our mail carrier to be receptive to your word… She prayed the words out loud and deposited the tract into the box, having no idea what an impact she was having on the world around her.

We as Christians need to be like Jinger, spreading God’s Word to everyone in our lives. We are to make disciples of all the nations, including our own. I pray we all have the courage to take a stand and to proclaim God’s Word to everyone, despite any odds.