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This is the day the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it

Lately the Lord has been laying on my heart to rejoice and be grateful in whatever situation I am in. This was further impressed on my heart by the book of Jeremiah of which I am currently reading. In Jeremiah 32:41 the Lord says “ I will rejoice in doing them good and will assuredly plant them in this land with all my heart and soul”. If you have read the prophecies that preceded this message from the Lord it could almost be described as a light in a very dark tunnel. The Israelites had sinned against the Lord and therefore incurred punishment, a very serious one at that. However in midst of the prophecy of recompense, God is instilling hope upon his people, that even though they are about to enter into turmoil, God is already speaking of his plans to bless and restore them.

How do we respond to a word from God

Now what did the Israelites do with this information? Well they ignored the prophecies. They were only interested in the false prophets that prophesied against Jeremiah and told them how the Lord will not bring judgement through the Babylonians, but will bless them instead. This brought to mind the scripture of 2 Timothy 4:3; “For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear”. Is this not happening today? Do we really go church to hear both positive AND negative reports? Or do we actually just want to hear that God will bless us with a house, marriage and a great paying job. As believers we need to be able to accept the good as well as the bad, thus remaining in humility. Think of it this way if we were perfect we would have joined God in heaven by now. However the fact we are still here means that God is still working in us through his grace.

Faith = Endurance

How you respond to trouble determines your endurance. A mind governed by fear and anxiety will not last very long as this is a detriment to your own body. However a mind filled with hope no matter the situation not only demonstrates faith but also encourages God to act on your behalf. In Matthew 6:25-27 it says;  Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?  Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? Here the Lord himself is not only telling us not to worry but telling us that “life” which is Christ, is more important in other words this world and everything in it will pass away but the word of God (which is Christ) will never pass away,(Matthew 24:25) (Isaiah 51:6) therefore focus on this. A question to ponder; why do we still struggle with this, could it be a trust issue?

“How you respond to trouble determines your endurance..”

Summary

In this post I have touched on a few points on our take as believers to situations that are constantly changing around us. And something to make us ponder on what we are actually anchoring ourselves to. I do this often to myself in questioning thoughts and feeling’s that may pass through my mind thus constantly pulling down strongholds and making it obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:4).

Blessings

Nathalie

The Bridge…

Bridge – a structure carrying a road, path, railway, etc. across a river, road, or other obstacle

It has become apparent that this world is headed some where, if you haven’t watched the news maybe the book of Revelations will shed some light. These things are not to scare us, but have been revealed to make us aware that we must all the more run to Christ our Lord and Saviour. The bridge in this case in taking us from one season to another whether we like it or not. For some this season may be one of an awakening others it could be one of transformation either way no one comes out of a season with the same mentality.

“but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me” 1 Corinthians 13:10-11. Here Paul talks about a transformation he encountered almost as if he was describing an old way of life he was living. Then he states that he “became a man” which led to him to the disposal the childish things. In other words he crossed the bridge and entered a new season and he adapted to the new season by putting away the childish things.

I believe that it is necessary to check the thermostat in our lives regularly. We need to ask ourselves questions like; am I in my God given purpose? have I adapted (not compromised) to the season I am in? The reason I stated “adapted” and not “compromise” is because the main purpose is to grow in Christ not compromise to the things that are going against the word of God! Indeed we are the light of the world.

A bridge can be uncertain sometimes; could be dark, could be short or long, either way the passage demands some form of trust for us to make it to the other side. I have crossed many bridges and the more I encounter, the more it demands me putting more of my full weight on it to support me. This ultimately means leaning on God and trusting his process. Indeed what a challenging task it was for me in the beginning considering I relied on myself for almost everything even though in reality it wasn’t really me but the grace I was under.

A bridge can be uncertain sometimes; could be dark, could be short or long, either way the passage demands some form of trust for us to make it to the other side..

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up Galatians 6:9. In times where the bridge seems too long and dark we need to hold fast to this scripture (amongst others), with the encouragement that others have gone ahead of us and succeeded, including the Lord Jesus Christ. As Christians we don’t have to walk through this alone for the Lord is with us and he will never forsake us, trust him.

But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold. Job 23:10. A final scripture I wanted to include was the story of Job. Most know his story and the suffering he acquired during his journey and how he was able to come up with such a powerful statement in such a odious situation. This demonstrates that he was focusing on the end goal and not on the current situation. Personally I like the term “gold” this is something that never loses it’s value especially went it has been purified!

Nathalie