I was so angry with Him. I had taught Bible study and gone to church. I had raised my kids in church. I felt entitled!! For over a year, I could barely function in reality.
Somewhere along the way, Jesus reached down, pulled me out of the pit, and set my feet on the Rock that is higher than I am. It was painful. You see, I figured out somewhere on that journey, that those beautiful orphans had become idols in my life.
Even good things can become idols in our lives…our spouses, our kids, our jobs, etc. Fast forward to today.
He is doing things in my ministry. He is working out His plan for my life…my little piece of His story. OH, how I have wondered. In , I traveled to Uganda on a vision trip with Amazima Ministries. They had a dream of building a secondary school for their sponsored children, because they all had to move hours away from home to go to secondary school. I prayer walked the empty land that they wanted to build on. My husband and I have given over the last 7 years, and today, God made that school a reality.
Today, they opened their doors and welcomed 72 children. Today, God showed me that I never would have traveled to Uganda if I had adopted. I never would have known about the school. I never would have walked the property and wept and prayed for a miracle. I never would have experienced the miracle that I experienced today if I had gone down my own path without His leading.
He is working all things together for your good!! Keep your eyes fixed on HIM!!! This has been a rough season for me. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. My prayer is that each of you can find a way to fix your eyes on Jesus during this season.
He is the reason for the season!! The enemy will use anything he can to get your eyes off of Him. You just need to tell that old devil where to go!! Feelings will lead you in the wrong direction nine times out of ten. I use to function solely on the way I felt. I responded to my husband and children and friends according to how I was feeling about them at the moment. Oh, how I wish I could go back in time and change so many things I said or did!!
But I am learning…. None of us are worthy, and He knew that. Three times He asked His Father to find a different way, knowing that there was only one way…the cross…suffering. You might even be one of them!!
Will you deny yourself and take up your cross and follow Him, or will you feed your feelings and follow your own desires? I woke up with a heavy heart today. One week from today, we will be voting for our next president. You see, we have a sin problem in America. It just keeps getting bigger and bigger!! I accepted them with the hope that they will hear the gospel, but as soon as I accept them, they start private messaging me. In Judges 6, God comes to Gideon and tells him that the Lord is with him.
Well, guess what? In this world you will have trouble, but take heart; I have overcome the world! He told Gideon the same thing! Jesus died to overcome the world!! I know, I know!!! Who studies the book of Judges?!?! Staying in the boat church pew shows no commitment whatsoever.
Reaching out to Him is faith in action Book of James. Just as in many religions of today, we try to make God fit our wants and needs instead of us unconditionally going to Him. Peter did venture out in a sea that was a bit rough, but not described as a storm as in chapter 8 when Christ calmed both the winds and the waters.
Peter stepped out in faith knowing what he was doing was impossible on his own merits, but trusting Jesus, he did as he was told to do. Here is the metaphor so often if not usually missed when this historical event is preached from the pulpit, discussed in home bible studies, or read during personal bible studies. We should not only understand that Peter stepped out in faith then took his eyes off Jesus, but WHY did he take his eyes off of the object of his demonstrated faith in action?
We step out in faith trying to move closer to Jesus then some rough seas as is recorded in Matthew 8 surrounds us. Yes, Peter took his eyes off of Jesus Christ, but it was because he put his eyes on the issues around him; his focus became one of concern for his safety. Even if by chance it was only that he was dazzled by the fact he was walking on the water, yet alone during rough sea, his focus had changed.
Charles Spurgeon once noted: Let your intellect be excited concerning the Lord Jesus. Meditate upon what you read. Be like a fish that swims and explores the farthest depths! Joshua , Matthew , and Psalm are additional quick Bible references that basically say the same thing…i.
He had learned to walk by faith, not by feelings. What about you? Will you grow into a tree of righteousness—or remain a twig? Will you have victory over adversity—or remain defeated? Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
My mother told me the story of a former navy officer who kept up his weapons skills to qualify as a deputy sheriff in the county. Each year he was required to renew his permit to keep his status as a deputy. One year, however, he wore new glasses to the target range, and when sweat steamed up his glasses, he totally lost his focus on the target. Fix your eyes on Jesus. That message is going to many who openly reject it, but the image remains in the mind to remind.
Although it is unclear exactly when or where the earliest parodies of Pelt's artworks were uploaded, but keyword search trend for the irreverent drawings of Jesus began in under the name "Asshole Jesus. View All Images. C'mon Jesus. Know Your Meme is an advertising supported site and we noticed that you're using an ad-blocking solution.