How to accept God’s will in our lives

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When life throws us an unexpected twist, it can be hard to understand why. However, God knows why. Here are four suggestions to help you accept God’s will in this continually changing world.

Change is one of the most difficult things we will face during our mortal journey. Change appears in all different forms: the loss of a loved one, a change in jobs, housing plans falling through, unexpected financial situations, etc. As we cope with these changes, we must remember they are God’s will. He is directing us to where he wants us to be and helping us become the person he knows we can be.

However, accepting God’s will, especially during times of change, can be challenging. Thoughts of self-doubt, frustration, depression, anger and many other emotions surface as difficulties arise in our lives.

Additionally, as we make large life decisions such as who to marry, when to have children, what employment opportunities to accept, etc., God has a mission for us, and it is our job to recognize God’s hand in all things and move forward. But this is much easier said than done. I have struggled trying to accept God’s will, especially when his plans didn’t match up with the plans I had for myself. Here are a few suggestions that have helped me accept God’s will and hopefully they can assist you, as well.

Be Prayerful

If you want to know and understand God’s will, you must be willing to communicate with him. Prayer is the way in which you can develop a relationship with God and come to know his desires for you. As you pray, be mindful of the thoughts and feelings that come to you. These revelations will help you understand the path you need to be on and why certain experiences are happening. Also, pray continually throughout the day. When those doubts and feelings of depression and anger begin to creep in, say a prayer. Ask for help understanding the lessons you are being taught.

Study the problem out yourself

In many situations, you need to figure out life’s challenges on your own. God may point you in a certain direction or ask you to endure a life-changing experience, then it is up to you to choose how to best handle the situation and press forward. Throughout life, you may be presented with several options where you need to choose which is best. When these decisions come your way, find ways to study out the situation. Make comparison charts, research each option if applicable and talk to those you love most. Frequent and consistent worship, prayer and scripture study are also critical for finding answers.
Keep the spirit with you

You will only understand and accept God’s will when you have the spirit with you. You need to live your life in harmony with his teachings and make righteous decisions that will lead you back to God’s presence. Feelings of anger, frustration, self-doubt and other discouraging emotions are not from God. When you are overcome with these emotions, you will not be able to hear and understand what God wants you to hear. If these dark emotions do surface, find ways to bring the spirit back into your life. This could be as simple as sitting down and reading your scriptures, singing a church hymn or saying a prayer.

Move forward happily

Sometimes things don’t quite turn out as expected. We need to remember that God’s plans for us may not match up with the plans we have for us. We need to be accepting of the pathway God has for us and happily proceed down it. Our attitude has a great effect on how we handle and deal with life. When we are optimistic and happy about the circumstances before us, we are able to find the good during the trials in our lives and be more grateful. Here are some other reasons why accepting trials helps us grow.

God has a path for us, even though it may be difficult for us to see. When we recognize God’s hands in our lives, we are able to overcome challenges in our lives and we are able to see the many blessings and tender mercies God has in store for us.

Courtnie Erickson
Reblogged from: http://familyshare.com/how-to-accept-gods-will-in-our-lives

Because He Lives

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Just Yesterday, God talked to me through the preacher… recently, life’s issues distracted me and got me… I lost focus and confused. It seems just everything has been out of control. To cut is short, I think I’m lost and I’m so blessed before I got drowned He takes my hand again and remind me.

The preacher talks about the Lost Sheep (Luke 15:3-7); Lost Silver (Luke 15:8-10) and the Lost Son (Luke 15:11:24). He emphasized on the Value of the “lost”, God valued each and everyone of us. He even said even if you are already saved and have known Jesus you could still wander off from the shepherd, get lost and distracted. If you would look unto the world you get distracted. Only by looking unto Jesus could keep on focus and not loss sight of the things that counts important. I got distracted and starting to put interest in things that I didn’t confront with God but I’m so thankful He reminded me early.

Lost Silver (Luke 15:8-10) was misplaced. The woman had 10 silver and later she noticed she lost one. Sometimes we misplaced some things too, you didn’t noticed you put it somewhere and time comes you remember it weren’t on where it should be, it was lost, It got misplaced. It’s the same with life too, sometimes we are so busy on something,that something might be good, but we tend to forget some other things that are important too. For example, it might be your Job, you got so busy with your Job and it takes all of your time, you cannot read the Bible the way you would, you cannot pray and have that silent time alone with God, or you cannot be present anymore every Sunday since it is required for you to go to the office. You might be a Church Minister and so busy with God’s ministry, Yes it’s not bad, but if that makes you neglect the time you can have to spend with your children and family, then something is misplaced. Children doesn’t stay as children, they grow fast and then you will just not notice then they go astray because you haven’t spent quality time with them and pray with them and trained them. I could see so many children of very faithful ministers and servant of God gone astray.

The Woman in order for her to find the lost silver sweep the house and found it. The same with life, Let’s sweep these things that distracts us and regain focus on things we must do and put them in order. It is not easy but by the Grace of God, I know we can.

the Lost Son (Luke 15:11:24) asks for his inheritance. I know the Father would give it to him one day, when the time is right but he couldn’t wait. He leave the house gone to the faraway country and live riotously. The son willfully leave the father’s house. Sometimes, it is true in our lives too. We Christians are capable of leaving willfully the Father’s House (the Church) to go to the faraway country (the world). The younger son was deceived by what the faraway country could offer. The worst thing about being deceived is you don’t know that you are already deceived. It is sad that sometimes we view the church like a hedge or a fence that controls us and stops us but in reality the church’s there to protect us, the world is dangerous. You don’t need to fly to go to “faraway country”, it is just there somewhere near calling you, offering you things, temporal things, just anything that could take you out from the church.

So when the younger son was hurt by the faraway country, “He came to himself and said, How many hired servants of my father have bread enough to eat, and I perish with hunger!” He realized that it was far better for him then. Then came to a decision to go back and ask his father to be hired even just a servant because he thinks he doesn’t deserve to be son anymore. But when he was still on the way the father saw him, had compassion, ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. Did you noticed it was father who saw him first because he was waiting for the son everyday of his life since the son leave the house. Put on the best robe on him, put a ring on his finger and killed the fatted calf and celebrated. There is always something better more than we could imagined God hath prepared to us. The world trying to distract us offering things that in the end hurt and break us, but God prepared something good and far better, the best it might not be right now, but God’s time is the best.

I got distracted, I started to look on a “faraway country”, A job I would never consider to apply before, because of it’s 24/7 schedule which you will be on duty even on Sundays, just because it has a so much higher pay than my current job. But then I’m thankful God answered me and He said No, don’t take it, it will take you away from me.. Remember you used not to put interest on that job. 😉 I think I got impatient and wanted to do it with my strength. Thank you Lord for sending Pastor. Matt Keen, visiting us last Sunday to deliver that message. That was really for me. I take personally every word he said.

Forgive me, I hope I could relay it much better. What preacher Matt Keen all have said, 😉

Romans 8:18 “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow,
Because He lives, all fear is gone;
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living,
Just because He lives!

Not Time for Sorrow

As season of love coming as what the world celebrates, As A Christian, we know that celebrating love shouldn’t be only on February 14 as what the world have always done. We knew everyday of our lives we ought to celebrate and be glad that Someone hath love us more than anybody could love us. Sorrow always come uninvited, we couldn’t do anything about it, but we could shrug it off by always remembering what did the Lord Jesus Christ done for us. And remember this ” Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.” (John 16:20)

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Is there a heart o’erbound by sorrow?
Is there a life weighed down by care?
Come to the cross, each burden bearing;
All your anxiety—leave it there.

All your anxiety, all your care,
Bring to the mercy seat, leave it there,
Never a burden He cannot bear,
Never a friend like Jesus!

No other friend so keen to help you,
No other friend so quick to hear,
No other place to leave your burden,
No other one to hear your prayer.

Come then at once; delay no longer!
Heed His entreaty kind and sweet,
You need not fear a disappointment;
You shall find peace at the mercy seat.

Christian Hymn: All Your Anxiety

I am Capable

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The next time you feel like God can’t use you, just remember…

Noah was a drunk.
Abraham was too old.
Isaac was a daydreamer.
Jacob was a liar.
Leah was ugly.
Joseph was abused.
Moses had a stuttering problem.
Gideon was afraid.
Samson had long hair and was a womanizer.
Rahab was a prostitute.
Jeremiah and Timothy were too young.
David had an affair and was a murderer.
Elijah was suicidal.
Isaiah preached naked.
Jonah ran from God.
Naomi was a
widow.
Job went bankrupt.
John the Baptist ate bugs.
Peter denied Christ.
The Disciples fell asleep while praying.
Martha worried about everything.
The Samaritan woman was divorced, more than once.
Zaccheus was too small.
Paul was too religious.
Timothy had an ulcer.
AND…
Lazarus was dead!

No more excuses now. God can use you to your full potential. Besides, you aren’t the message; you are just the messenger.


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When I am Weak, I am Strong

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There are moments in my life that I felt so weak and vulnerable. No matter how I sleep, rest, ate, I still felt
tired and blank. This always happens when life’s struggles hits me, when decisions need to be made, life’s choices pressures me and more. Then I remembered, Philippians 4:13, I don’t need to solve it myself, all I need to do is to lean on Him the all powerful God that hath laid His life for me… 😉 Even though I still feel weak right now, yet I’m confident that all this struggles will pass away because HE is there…He is always there…

His strength is perfect, so perfect

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength
But sometimes I wonder what He can do for me
No great success to show, no glory of my own
Yet in my weakness He is there to let me know

His strength is perfect when our strength is gone
He’ll carry us when we can’t carry on
Raised in His power, the weak becomes strong
His strength is perfect, His strength is perfect

We can only know the power that He holds
When we truly see how deep our weakness goes
His strength it must begin, when ours comes to an end
He hears our humble cry and proves again

His strength is perfect when our strength is gone
He’ll carry us when we can’t carry on
Raised in His power, the weak becomes strong
His strength is perfect

His strength is perfect when our strength is gone
He’ll carry us when we can’t carry on
Raised in His power, the weak becomes strong
His strength is perfect, His strength is perfect
Raised in His power, the weak becomes strong
His strength is perfect, His strength is perfect

Songwriters
CHAPMAN, STEVEN CURTIS / SALLEY, JERRY DEAN JR.

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Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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Redeemed!

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Redeemed—how I love to proclaim it!
Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb;
Redeemed through His infinite mercy,
His child, and forever, I am.

Redeemed, redeemed,
Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb;
Redeemed, redeemed,
His child, and forever, I am.

Redeemed and so happy in Jesus,
No language my rapture can tell;
I know that the light of His presence
With me doth continually dwell.

I think of my blessed Redeemer,
I think of Him all the day long;
I sing, for I cannot be silent;
His love is the theme of my song.

I know I shall see in His beauty
The King in whose way I delight;
Who lovingly guardeth my footsteps,
And giveth me songs in the night.


Source: http://www.hymnal.net/hymn.php/h/301#ixzz2rIfeEoLl

Standing on the Promises

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Standing on the promises of Christ my King,
Through eternal ages let His praises ring,
Glory in the highest, I will shout and sing,
Standing on the promises of God.
Refrain:
Standing, standing,
Standing on the promises of God my Savior;
Standing, standing,
I’m standing on the promises of God.

Standing on the promises that cannot fail,
When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,
By the living Word of God I shall prevail,
Standing on the promises of God.

Standing on the promises I now can see
Perfect, present cleansing in the blood for me;
Standing in the liberty where Christ makes free,
Standing on the promises of God.

Standing on the promises of Christ the Lord,
Bound to Him eternally by love’s strong cord,
Overcoming daily with the Spirit’s sword,
Standing on the promises of God.

Standing on the promises I cannot fall,
List’ning every moment to the Spirit’s call,
Resting in my Savior as my all in all,
Standing on the promises of God.

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Whatever this year may bring unto our paths, Let us always remember We are standing on the Solid Rock of Our Salvation, The Lord Jesus Christ and His promises never fails and it never changes. 😉

Jesus is the Reason

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Who is this King of Israel
Born in a manger
His name is Jesus
His name is Jesus
He came to set us free
God’s only Son is He

God rest ye merry Gentlemen
Let nothing you dismay
Remember Christ our Savior
Was born on Christmas day
To save us all from Satan’s pow’r
When we were gone astray

Oh tidings of comfort and joy Comfort and joy
Oh tidings of comfort and joy

He is the reason for the celebration
Go tell ev’rybody in every nation
Join with the angels And lift high His name
And clap your hands Just clap your hands Clap your hands
And let the whole world know

He’s the King of glory
He’s the Lord God strong and mighty
Said He is the Prince of Peace
Jehovah Jireh

The Lord God strong and mighty
The Lord God mighty in battle

Help me lift Jesus higher
Help me lift Jesus higher and higher
Help me lift Jesus higher

Credits to the owner of the song: Not My Own

Keeping Christ in Christmas

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It irritates me when I see Christ being taken out of Christmas. That is not limited to only non-Christians–even Christians have adjusted to the commercialism of the holiday season. Obviously, not all of it is bad–in fact the holiday season provides the opportunity for families to reunite and also provides a pleasant break from our routines. I personally look forward to these days as an opportunity to visit with friends who are much too busy at other times in the year to just stop and relax.

But we have become terribly imbalanced. We give a myriad of useless gifts at Christmas because it’s expected of us and we feel guilty if we don’t. The commercialized world now makes a $100.00 toy seem perfectly normal. It’s easy to observe the stress that our imbalanced society places on family members. Christian parents who cannot provide the latest indulgences to their children are often depressed and distraught. Obviously, no one purposely makes them feel unworthy or insignificant, but the overwhelming emphasis we place on giving at Christmas certainly does.

So great is this social pressure that the closer we get toward Christmas Day, the more depressed and unworthy those who can’t indulge feel. Unfortunately the pressures don’t end once Christmas is past either. Those who can’t afford to compete in their gift-giving often dread congregating with their friends immediately after the holidays, because at “show and tell” time they don’t have much to show. It is not a conscious act on the part of most people to openly display their pride. Rather, because we are in a competitive society we often determine a person’s worth by his ability to buy things. “For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” (Colossians 3:3).

BALANCE

One extreme is not balanced by going to the opposite extreme. The distortion of Christmas won’t be corrected by eliminating all gift-giving and observing Christmas as a “religious” holiday. The fact is, we do live in this world, and our families are greatly influenced by others. What we need to do is swing back toward the middle and eliminate the need to compete with others. Then we will have the freedom to develop God’s plan for our families without the pressure from the commercial world.

In order to do so, I believe that as Christians, we must first believe that God’s plan is different from the world’s, and is more–not less–fulfilling. It is a deception to think that by adopting a more disciplined lifestyle we are somehow denied the “good life.” It’s like saying that by avoiding drugs, we deny our children the euphoria that would make them feel “good.” But to decide that any and all drugs are evil and absolutely refuse to use them makes for a painful experience if you have to have a broken leg set. The key, as always in God’s plan, is balance. That always comes from following God’s wisdom.

SHIFT OF ATTITUDES

Gift-giving at Christmas is a relatively new idea. Until a couple of centuries ago, Christmas was reserved as a religious holiday on a noncommercial basis. Many of our forefathers would have believed that trading presents on the day set aside to observe Christ’s birthday was near blasphemy. However, gift giving became a generally accepted practice and was used primarily to show appreciation to loved ones. Gifts were usually simple, regardless of the means of the giver so as to not embarrass those who couldn’t afford to give very much. For a long while in most countries, gifts were exchanged on New Year’s Day (not a bad idea today–think of the great buys you could get!). Christmas gifts were limited to food for the poor or special gifts to pastors and missionaries.

As with most things that start out right, somewhere along the way the direction shifted. By the early twentieth century, families were exchanging simple gifts, usually handmade, on Christmas Day. Certainly there was really nothing wrong with that, except that under the growing influence of secularism it was a golden opportunity for Satan to divert our attention from Christ to Santa Claus. By post-World War II, Santa was the dominate figure at Christmas and December was the calendar month for retail sales of all kinds.

How did it happen? It would seem apparent that Christians aren’t as wise in the things of the Lord as non-Christians are in the things of the world. The secular world is always looking for ways to shift attention from God to material things, and we’re naive enough to go along. By the time we realize that our whole direction has been diverted, as it has been at Christmas, we believe it’s too late to change, so we give up. “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” (1 John 2:16).

WHAT TO DO?

By anyone’s standard, the way Christmas is celebrated today is a gross commercialism of the most important birth in history. But we don’t need to preach to the unsaved world to put Christ back into Christmas. They shouldn’t; we should. One thing I learned a long time ago in counseling is not to try to over correct too quickly. Not only are past habits, such as overindulging at Christmas, difficult to change, but quite often others around us don’t see things just the way we do. If you attempt to stamp out all Christmas gifts suddenly, you’ll end up with a revolt on your hands. The correct way to is make some positive steps to establish a better balance.

Step 1: Stamp out Santa Claus. Christian parents should let their children know that Santa is a fraud. Santa’s harmless you say? Not so, when parents knowingly deceive their children about an apparently omnipotent being who travels the world in the wink of an eye and disburses presents on the basis of good or bad. It may be a small matter, but it is a place to start.

Step 2: Husband and wife should pray together and agree on a reasonable amount of gift-giving. Once you have reached a decision that you feel is God’s plan for your family, don’t get caught by Satan’s condemnation as Christmas approaches. The pressure to buy when everybody else is buying will be difficult to resist unless you absolutely agree. And again, I repeat, don’t over correct. Develop a balanced attitude that will accomplish your goals over the next few years.

One method that has proved successful to many families is to commit an equal amount spent on gifts to feeding the truly needy. In many areas of the world, an amount equal to most of our gift purchases would feed and clothe a family for several months. By giving to a specific family through a Christian organization, your children can see the purpose and value of your sacrifice and theirs. “And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.” (Matthew 10:42).

Step 3: Stamp out credit. As bad as commercialized Christmas is, commercialized Christmas on credit cards is even worse. Many families literally indenture themselves to creditors for a whole year just to buy some useless junk at Christmas. As Christians, we need to decide if we really serve the God of the universe. If so, then He knows our needs and will meet them through His people without indebtedness.

I know that some of the people reading this have desperate needs. I also know that others sincerely want to help but don’t know who has needs. The use of credit allows those who have needs to temporarily buffer themselves from God’s real source. “As it is written, He that had gathered much had nothing over; and he that had gathered little had no lack.” (2 Corinthians 8:15). I believe Satan has used credit cards to cheat God’s people out of blessings and to keep them in bondage.

WHY BOTHER?

With all the other important issues to deal with, such as crime, abortion, and drugs, a logical question would be, “Why bother with such a minor issue as gifts at Christmas?” Because gift-giving is one area totally under our control, and like the Easter bunny, it is leaven that Satan sprinkles in the church. The practice of giving gifts is not the problem, just as the use of credit is not the problem. It is the misuse of these things that entangles us and diverts attention from Jesus Christ to material things.

We have enlisted in God’s army and now we can’t identify the real enemy. “ No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.” (2 Timothy 2:4).

Our problem is that we keep trying to negotiate a compromise with an enemy who is totally dedicated to destroying us. It’s time that, as Christians, we decide to draw a battle line again. When it comes to commercializing Christ’s birth or resurrection, we need to establish a balance.

Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; (1 Timothy 6:17).

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This material was taken from the book “Using Your Money Wisely” by Larry Burkett. Published by Moody Press, a division of the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, IL. Used with Permission.

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I Shall Come Forth as Gold

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There are times and moments in our life that we don’t or I could say we can’t really understand. Trials and testings seem so often and It seems every step we take was a thorny narrow way. But we should remember before the Gold will be worth of a value, it was heated and purged, hammered until it will be refined. And Apostle Peter said, we should greatly rejoice because the trial of our faith is much more precious than gold. (I Peter 1:6-7) 😉 so here’s a song for you that we sang early this morning during our service.

God never moves without purpose or plan
When trying His servant and molding a man.
Give thanks to the Lord
Though your testing seems long;
In darkness He giveth a song.

Oh, rejoice in the Lord. He makes no mistake.
He knows the end of each path that I take.
For when I am tried and purified, I shall come forth as gold.

I could not see through the shadows ahead;
So I looked at the cross of my Savior instead.
I bowed to the will of the Master that day;
Then peace came and tears fled away.

Oh, rejoice in the Lord. He makes no mistake.
He knows the end of each path that I take.
For when I am tried and purified, I shall come forth as gold.

Now I can see testing comes from above;
God strengthens His children and purges in love.
My Father knows best, and I trust in His care;
Through purging more fruit will I bear.

Oh, rejoice in the Lord. He makes no mistake.
He knows the end of each path that I take.
For when I am tried and purified, I shall come forth as gold.

Source: http://loishelland.wordpress.com/2011/01/18/i-shall-come-forth-as-gold/