Did you think you could break me?
That you could convince me that earthly possessions were more valuable than spiritual ones, strip me of my compassion for others by exploiting inherent fears and prejudices that reside within us all,
drive a wedge between my savior and me, cause me to abandon my faith and turn my back on him.
Look again and understand this:
My faith is strong in Him, not you.
He who forgives me of my sins and loves me unconditionally, not you.
He who I give praise to, not you.
He who I thank each day for allowing me to wake to this beautiful world that He created, not you.
He who am a child of not you.
He who has blessed with the promise of eternal life not you for as it is written in John 6:40
For it is My Father’s will that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”
It is because of Him, the Lord, my savior, that you could never break me.
Dear American people
Today’s problem is that the government is supposed to derive its power from the people’s will. Still, we have essentially given up their authority dividing ourselves into two parties who no longer hold politicians accountable but blindly follow the sound bites of those in power based on if they have a (R) or a (D) after their name. Individuals who. have only a casual interest in educating themselves to maintain their wealth and power.
Let us take back our government by
Informing ourselves on the issues
Educating ourselves on the options
Holding our representatives accountable.
Let us retake control of the government; after all, it is our government.
Would you believe if I told you that: I do not worry about the pursuit of earthly riches.
I do not fret about my status in life.
I have cast away my fears of failure.
I do not allow self-doubt to consume me.
I have been relieved of all my worry.
What if I told you all of this is because:
I give my heart and soul unconditionally to the Lord.
I believe that through my faith, the Lord forgives me of my sin and loves me unconditionally in return.
I am strengthened in the knowledge that I do not walk alone on this journey that He is guiding me and protecting me each step of the way.
I believe that with the Lord, all things are possible.
I am encouraged in the knowledge that through my prayers, praise, and faith in Him. The Lord will rain down blessings upon me.
What if I told you that by setting aside your pride and allowing the spirit of the Lord to consume you that you too could be freed of self-doubt, worry, and the pursuit of earthly riches. Would you? Could you?
In our pursuit of earthly wealth and power, it is often easy to fall into the company of and work in partnership with those whose intentions are far from righteous.
Evil rarely presents itself as evil. Evil never sleeps, always tempting us, masquerading as good by falsely communicating its intention to work in our favor. It blinds us to the evidence that in our association with it, we are slowly being stripped of our compassion for our fellow man and are more than willing to take advantage of, subjugate and even kill each other to advance our personal agenda. It corrupts us into pitting ourselves against each other by exploiting inherent fears and prejudices that reside in each of us. It persuades us to create division to protect our own power and wealth. As our association with evil advances our cachet in society and swells our bank accounts, it is easier for our faith to waiver and our relationship with the Lord to widen.
Avoiding this temptation is not easy. We are, after all, only human and to be humans is to be inherently flawed. Left alone, history has shown us our willingness to sin when we believe that sin would benefit our lot in life. We even have used our so called “religious” beliefs as an excuse to commit one of the most heinous of sins by waging war against and taking the lives of fellow humans whose views differ from ours.
How do we avoid this? It is only through the Lord that we can temper our innate desire to sin. Like with our physical bodies, we must commit to an exercise program to strengthen our faith. Through daily prayer, praise, and conversations with the Lord, our spirituality grows. We come to understand that no amount of wealth and power here on the Earth can compare to the eternal existence that awaits us in the Lord’s paradise. Through our strengthened spirituality, we are guided to the path of righteousness and blessed with the courage required to rebuke evil. Through our spirituality, we can recognize that we are weak, and it is ok to ask the Lord for help in overcoming our desire to sin. It is our faith that enables us to see that spiritual riches are far greater than physical ones. Only when we embrace these concepts and give our lives to the Lord will we truly become one with the Lord and reap all the blessings that association will rain down upon us.
I recently asked a friend what the secret to their success was? They replied that they were unafraid to walk the path of the unknown. Many fear that path and avoid it, but often, at the end of that path, opportunities are abundant. That may be the case, I replied but walking the unknown path is fraught with risk. While there may be an opportunity to advance waiting at the end, there is just as much chance that there will be perils that, when encountered, will set you back. This is true, my friend replied, but I have faith in the Lord, and as such, I have cast away my worry, and I step fearlessly onto the path knowing that He will guide me and bless me with the courage to face and the strength to overcome any dangers that I may encounter along the way. You see, they continued with faith. I know that the path may be that of the unknown to me, but I am not walking that path alone; I am being protected and guided by the Lord, and with Him, there is nothing to fear, and all things are possible.
As I awake today, I give praise to the Lord for yet another beautiful day and make no mistake, each day we are blessed with the ability to walk upon this amazing planet we call Earth is a beautiful day.
Have you ever wondered how our existence came to be? How have we evolved, our planet formed, the universe sprang out of nothingness? I have almost every day, and while I do not have the evidence of those who believe that our universe’s existence is simply a matter of science, nor do I dispute what science has taught us about the universe. I always come back to the question. What was there before that?
The universe started with a Big Bang. Alright, I’m buying that is probably true. But what was there before the universe exploded out of an incredibly hot, infinitely dense speck of matter? What was there before there was anything? Who or what set the whole thing in motion? Scientists will continue to theorize that question looking for the answer in some tangible evidence. There is no need to look for tangible proof for those of us with faith, for we realize the evidence is now and has always been all around us. We recognize that the world on which we walk, the universe that the world exists in, and our very own existence is simply too perfect to be explained away as the result of a set of unknown circumstances that happened in such a fashion that we were created. We accept that a higher power could only conceive such a complex and beautiful existence and that higher power is the Lord.
Our faith is a love for the Lord. A love so strong that when others question our faith when evil tempts us to abandon it when science mocks it, we do not turn our back on it and let it wither away. Instead, we are energized to embrace it, to strengthen it. Through our faith, we acknowledge that it is the Lord’s grand design that puts everything in motion. That it is only through the Lord’s blessings that we can use science to answer many of our questions about the universe, it is our faith that tells us that when there was “nothing,” there was everything because there was the Lord.
Each day I awake anxious to continue my conversation with you, to thank you for the chance to walk another day upon the Earth. I am encouraged to believe that no matter where the day shall take me, I never walk alone. Each day my life is a little more enriched by the knowledge you are my savior, and my soul burns with the light of a thousand lights, knowing that because of my faith in you and your love for me, nothing is impossible. I endeavor to let nothing or no one come between me and my faith. I am reassured in the belief that as I continue to give you praise and strengthen my faith in you, nothing can diminish your love for me. I revel in the knowledge that I need not worry about earthly problems because you help carry my load and, in your ultimate wisdom, will bestow on to me the strength and courage to overcome. I am fortunate enough to have found you, for you are indeed my best friend and my strongest ally, and it is for that reason that I am truly blessed.
Anyone can say they have faith, but it is only those whose relationship with the Lord is strong and pure that genuinely have it. Life gives us our share of up and downs, and as with anything, the up times are easy. During the up times, we cruise along, enjoying the moment. For so many of us, we do not take the time to stop and praise the Lord for bestowing upon us his blessings, believing rather arrogantly that we and we alone are responsible for our success. But true faith is defined by our actions in the downtimes. It is in the downtimes that our arrogance is stripped from us. It is doing the downtime that many of us blame the Lord for our troubles.
True faith asks are you willing to accept responsibility for your part in whatever has gone wrong. Are you ready to make the changes required to strengthen your relationship with the Lord, or will you simply grumble that he has forsaken you and walk away from Him? When faced with this choice, we find it easier to walk away from the Lord for so many of us. Now do not misconstrue me; the fact is that our faith comes with some semblance of the doubt for the vast majority of us. After all, we are human, and by definition, none of us are perfect, and as such, it is natural that our faith wavers at times, especially in times of tribulation. However, for those whose faith in the Lord is strong and pure while it may initially waver, eventually, we realize that the Lord always walks with us because He created us, we are His children, He forgives our sins, and He loves us. We believe that He is continually working to remove our troubles and provide us with a new and renewed spirit. We fall back on our faith not because we say we have it but because it is pure and true. Because we value the good times, the Lord has provided for us and understand that the only way not to lose them is to praise Him each day, in good and bad times. When we are willing to let go and put our faith in the Lord, will we see that there is nothing He will let us go without, that with Him all things are possible. Only then can we truly say we have faith and that it is pure and true.
Something is weighing heavy on your soul. You seem lost and on the brink of no return. Yet you have turned away from your most powerful ally, the Lord. Maybe you are worried about how He will react if you talk to Him about your troubles. Perhaps you think that because in good times, you have gone so long without talking to Him and now feared his reaction when you reach out to him in times of despair. Maybe you think that if you let Him in, you’ll be a burden to Him. That you only are coming to Him because of the adversity you are facing. Maybe you think He doesn’t care. Why else would you be in this situation if He did? But what you should know is very simply this – the Lord will never let you walk alone. Not today, not tomorrow. You are His child, and there will never be anything you cannot talk to Him about—nothing you can not overcome with Him by your side. If you have faith in Him, there will never be a time He will not be there for you. He does these things not because He has to. But because of His love for us, an everlasting love. A love that saw Him give us His only son so that we may be forgiven of sin. Embrace Him, praise Him, talk to Him, free yourself from worry and have faith that He will unburden your soul from the troubles that are consuming you.