"If only in this life you hope in Christ, you are above all the most miserable." That's what the Lord told me in heart as I knelt and confessed my sins. I confessed to God that I had written a blog where I had disowned my God as the answer to everything. I doubted where in God's word I would find comfort to my misery. I forgot all together whose world this life is. How could I think that if took a gun of the word of God and pointed it at Satan, that the devil would let me go unscuffed. The weapons of the devil includes loneliness, weariness, tiredness, guilt for sin, lust, stress, anger, frustration, envy and fear to name a few, but watch out when he hits you with discouragement and you begin to doubt God and the word of God as the foundation of all knowledge! Yes there was a day the Devil had a picnic with my soul and I began to doubt God and his word. But I humbled myself, prayed, sought God's face and turned from my wicked ways, God brought me relief with his word. Then I understood what was happening to me. I began to see how blinded I was trapped and dragged into a ditch. Incidentally, God tells the church at Laodicea, who say I'm rich and need of nothing, that they were poor, naked, wretched, and blind. There are blessings in this life, but the miracle will not be for this life. We get comfortable with this life and its problems. Our kids, parents, jobs, plans and concerns and anxieties. But misery is in store for you if I, you think this way. God is sovereign but this is not God's time. Let's repeat what Paul to the church at Rome," If only in this life we hope in Christ, we are above all the most miserable." Don't make the mistake of underestimating the Holy Spirit to tell the truth and tell it like it is. Misery will come if we focus on this life. God will see to that that you are miserable. God can snare your plans and hopes for this life any old time. God's counsel will stand. How can we preach the gospel about the world tomorrow if we are focused on the things of this life? If we only pray for blessings, healings, expectations in this life, we don't really want to leave this world or its way of life and our heart in not really in heaven or possibly not even in Christ or his sake. Terrible thing to say isn't it!? I think you know by now where I'm going with this blog. The message is to be creative with the misery you encounter in this life. Buy the time to be joyful while God words to bring tomorrow to fruition. Do not dismay anymore. If anything else, try to change the way you think about this life and don't take to seriously. Set aside, reserve some of your joy as to what await us tomorrow in heaven. Amen.
Amen! I do get worked up at times with what is going on in this world, I confess. I must keep my eyes on the prize, not grow weary, nor discouraged but trust God in all things and know that despite what I try to do, God has it all under control. We as Christians have joy, a deep abiding joy, that come what may, we have a certain expectation that keeps the joy within our hearts. Thanks! Blessings! Andrea
[quote=tohimbeglory]If we only pray for blessings, healings, expectations in this life, we don't really want to leave this world or its way of life and our heart in not really in heaven or possibly not even in Christ or his sake. Terrible thing to say isn't it!?[/quote]
Now that just about sums it up right there, doesn't it?
What a profound statement!
And Paul, never one to mince words, has much to say to us regarding focus on this life, doesn't he?
Thank you for your insights.