Hey folks, Sara here reporting from my kitchen (well, my landlord’s kitchen), here to talk about some of the top reasons why the Lord is so, so good.
Recently, I’ve been a little(more like a lot) wearisome, and by opening up my biggest worries to God, I have a new perspective. A renewal of faith if you will. I must say that this week was like no other.
Remember when I previously blogged about my struggles with eating, and how I was really having difficulty gaining self-control with food? Well, this week I was brought to a whole new level of lack of self-control.
But, graciously, God has helped me tremendously by allowing me to forgive myself for not following his ways, and has driven me closer and closer to Him.
And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 1 Peter 5:10
It would be foolish of me to think that I had over-come my challenges this week by self-empowerment, because I was the one who got myself into my mess in the first place. And, if it were up to me, I would have given up because I was running so short on hope and faith.
A prime example of how God has helped me this week, was during a short walk down my street this week where I had an encounter with a complete stranger. She noticed my sluggish posture as I walked by her house, and she stopped to ask me if I was okay. My response was “no, I’m actually not okay”, and she welcomed me to sit down with her to talk about what was happening.
This was no coincidence. This lady was a helper who was sent by the Lord to comfort me during my adversity I was currently living through.
And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever. John 14:16
God is always looking out for us, He is always concerned about our lack of encouragment, and has already considered our needs.
With that being said, God will be ever so gracious to you if you keep His commands.
“If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever, the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.”
I have accepted Jesus as my Lord and saviour, and because of that, I have experienced His grace and love during difficult times. I have recognized that ever since I have accepted Jesus, I have faced more challenges than I did when I was not saved. How could this be?
Well, when I was not a true Christian, I was very much a part of the world’s ways instead of God’s. I was living not according to the bible, but according to my own(or Satan’s ways). I rarely experienced any suffering because, I was a part of the world and Satan was pleased by it. Why would Satan try to torment me when I’m doing exactly what he wants me doing?
Jesus allowed me to experience being part of the worldly sin because He was waiting to see if I would go chose to accept Him and live according to His will. And I did.
Some of us are so caught up in worldly sin that we don’t even realize it, and therefore the enemy fools us into thinking the temporary glamorous, yet sinful lives were living are more important than eternity with God in heaven. I am so blessed to have a Father who showed me the ways of life, rather than death.
So, where am I headed with this?
Well firstly, I haven’t done a blog post similar to this one in a while because I have been so shattered by some of the enemy’s schemes. If I am being honest with myself, I have not been whole heartedly devoting my life to God in the past few months because I have been overwhelmed, and worried about my future. The bible says Do not worry, many times, for many different circumstances.
Not only have I been worrying, but I have been fearing so much. Fearing the future is something I am not proud of, as it is a sin to fear anything but the Lord, so I have been praying more about fear in my own life.
But if I asked you, if you have any fears, could you come up with any? Is there anything that you feel you are afraid of, and as a result you run away from it instead of running to God?
If you can identify anything that causes you to make poor choices from fear, I urge you to pray about it, talk about it with God and with others if you feel comfortable. Open up and talk about your fears, as I did with a complete stranger this week, who was so ever helpful.
Thank you for reading, I encourage you to have a wonderful and blessed evening.