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Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ

So today my horoscope said:

Dealing with the people you care for turns out to be a heavy burden. Spread the word far and wide, for it is time to set yourself free. After all, this kind of dependence ends up taking a serious toll. It’s not your job to carry someone else’s cross.

What a horrible concept. As Christians we believe that the Lord blesses us with His love and the strength to get through the storms that we face.  He made the ultimate sacrifice when he  gave unto us his son to relieve us our sin. As is written of Jesus in 1 Peter 2:24:

He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”

Knowing this how could we not pay His blessings forward to our fellow man.  When the burden they are facing becomes too much for them to carry alone should we not lift them up?  Would we not want someone to help steady us when we are staining under the weight of our earthly troubles?  Should we not we not help each other strengthen our faith when it waivers so we are reminded the Lord is working to relieve us of their angst?  Have we forgotten that we are all children of the Lord and He never gives us more than we can bear and maybe it is through the compassion we show each other in difficult times that He is lessening our load? Do we not believe that He will look down upon us favorably and bless us ten fold for showing compassion to others? Remember it is not only the righteous thing to do but we are commanded to do it in Galatians 6:2:

Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ

Remember as humans none of us is immune to troubles. Psalms 34:18 tells us:

Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all

How weak and selfish are we if we are to expect the Lord to carry our burdens and believe it is not our responsibility to provide comfort and aid to others. That we look at our assistance to others as a burden to ourselves and allow them to continue to struggle, crushed under the weight of their troubles.

May the Lord give us the strength to help those in need and the foresight to never turn outback on others.
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You may at times neglect your faith but it is never to late to renew it

When I first moved into my new apartment I was gifted an African Violet as a house warming gift. I remember thinking how beautiful it was with its purple blooms. Now I’m not exactly known as someone with a green thumb but the African Violet did not need much attention. You have to keep the soil moist to dry, and allow the soil around roots to dry out before watering. It thrived in moderate to bright, indirect, indoor light. Pretty much it was set and go and enjoy its beauty.

In the beginning I made a point of taking great care of the plant, it was after all easy to do. I also found myself looking to it as a source of relaxation and motivation due to its striking color and amazing blooms. Just by looking at it I could feel my spirits being lifted as it seemingly gave me a sense of purpose.

As the months went by the good times were plentiful. Success seemed to be around every corner. With success I found myself spending more time at the office as I endeavored to continue which at the time was a rapid rise up the corporate ladder. When I wasn’t in the office I was out networking and enjoying the social scene. During this time I neglected my beautiful African Violet that had provided me with so much inspiration.  Then as fast as the success came the economy took a downward turn. Cutbacks were on the horizon. I survived the company purge but the rise up the corporate ladder came to a dramatic halt. The large bonuses, that I had foolishly incorporated into my budget to finance my over extended life style, dried up. At the same time my girlfriend who I believed loved me answered the question New Edition once asked. Can you stand the rain?  Her answer as you may have guessed was no and she told me it was over. She made up some excuse about us growing apart but it was pretty obvious the distance between us only widened as my bank account lessened.

I fell into a funk. Depressed I cut myself off from most of the world. Constantly asked myself why is this happening? Spend many a weekend laying in bed with no desire to get up and embrace the day. One day I went to look at my long neglected African Violet in hopes in could once again inspire me with its beauty.  When I looked at it I saw it had stop flowering and its leaves had turned yellow.  I immediately understood that it was my failure to water it and cultivate its soil, because I was so busy enjoying the good times, that was. responsible for its current condition.

I had taken it for granted and assumed that it would always be there in all its beauty as an inspiration when I needed it.

Your faith is like the African Violet, it does not require super high maintenance.  But it does require that we not neglect it. Not cultivate and continue to strengthen it in the good times and expect that it will simply be there for us in times of angst.  We must continue to take steps along our spiritual journey, praising the Lord for the blessings He has bestowed upon us in good times. Strengthen our belief each day so that we do not turn away from the Lord and egotistically pat ourselves on the back for achieving such success, forgetting that without the Lord we would literally be nothing.

I looked at the African Violet and took the steps need to restore its beauty. Watering it, cultivating its soil, ensuring that it received the proper amount of sunlight. Soon its beauty began to return. It started to bloom once again. New bright and vibrant green leaves took the place of the ones that had turned yellow.  My renewed commitment to the African Violet brought me a new and stronger plant and with it a new source of inspiration. Now each day I now look at it in all of its beauty and go out and embrace all that the world offers me good and bad.

As with the African Violet you can renew your faith by recommitting to the Lord. The Lord does not hold grudges and His blessings are always there for you. As you restart your spiritual journey and you offer your praise unto him you will soon see that your situation will in time begin to brighten.

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Happy Monday

Good Morning and Happy Monday
Let us sing with praise yet another opportunity to see a new week and continue our spiritual journey. As the new week begins remember that there are a multitude of new and exciting opportunities waiting for us. Many of them hidden from us in the dark waiting for us to find them. It is with an unstoppable faith in the Lord that we will find that we are blessed with the vision to shine a light on these opportunities and bring them to fruition. For truly the Lord is great and he has blessed us with many remarkable opportunities for us to claim in his holy name.

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My Faith can never be taken from me

It has been said that what is genuinely mine can never be taken from me. Nothing could be more true than this when applied to your faith in the Lord.

Evil never announces itself as evil it comes with many faces but has only one goal, to try and tempt you with earthly wealth and power.  But what evil has never accepted is that if you genuinely believe in the Lord and commit your life to Him no matter what it promises you it can never take away from your faith in the Lord.  Because each day I am reminded of all the blessings that as a child of the Lord He offers me every day and for that I walk in gratitude and while in times of weakness my faith may waiver it can never be taken away from me.

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It is not a test for the Lord it is a test for ourselves

Not to toot my own horn but I was considered a rising star in my career. Having achieved success at every level I quickly rose through the ranks.  While my colleagues continued to take training courses to strengthen their skill sets and keep pace with the new innovations and technologies. I chose to skip these training classes after all I was a star and what was a trainer going to teach me that I didn’t already know. Sadly due to an economic downturn the company was forced to lay off a number of employees including a supervisor in my division. Not being able to hire a new supervisor I was tasked with the responsibility of the direct supervision of that unit. Upon taking over I realized that much of what I thought I knew had evolved beyond my current level of understanding.  Production levels began to suffer, people above me began to question my leadership. Self doubt started to creep into my psyche. My bitterness toward the company began to mount.  How could they put me in this position? Were they setting me up to fail? Then one day my mentor came to me and said instead of moping around, being bitter and blaming the company realize that things were going so well for you it was easy to take your talents for granted you forgot what made you so successful.  Recommit to your craft he said, take those training classes, brush up on the new technologies. Strengthen your area of expertise and you’ll see things will turn around.  Taking his advice I put my nose to the grindstone and enrolled in the training classes, researched the new technology available and talked to staff to get their feedback on what we could do to increase efficiency. With my renewed energy and strengthen skill set it was only a matter of time before the numbers began to turn around and today the division is turning a profit at an all time high.

This story serves as a simile to our Faith.  When things are sailing along in our lives we tend to take our faith for granted. But when faced with adversity many of us ask why me? Why is the Lord testing me? We become depressed at the situation and angry with the Lord. It is then that evil sees its opening and tempts us with the promise of a better day if we reject the Lord and follow it. When faced with this option many of us are easily swayed to accept evil’s proposition. After all if He truly loved me we think why would he test me in this way?  But what we fail to understand is that the Lord is not testing us for Himself, he is testing us for ourselves. As someone once said:

When God pushes you to the edge, trust him fully, because only two things can happen. Either He will catch you when you fall or He will teach you how to fly. 

The key part of that quote is the words trust him fully. In times of adversity it a test for us to see for ourselves how strong our faith truly is. To see if we remember that our good times were the result of His blessings. To see if our faith is as strong as we believed it to be or does it waiver in times of adversity. If it does indeed waiver we must like I did in my career put our nose to the grindstone and recommit to Him by taking steps along our spiritual journey to strengthen our faith.  Remember we our His children and his love for us is unconditional. So much so that he gave us His only son so that we may be forgiven of sin. He loves us so that as it is written in Ephesians 13-14 He promised us eternal life.

13 In him you also, when you heardethe word of truth, the gospel of your salvation,and believed in him, fwere sealed with thegpromised Holy Spirit, 14 who is hthe guarantee4of our iinheritance until jwe acquirekpossession of it,5 lto the praise of his glory.

Once come to the understanding that the Lord will never abandon us and that we should not question when He will provide us with the blessings required to overcome the adversity we are facing but accept the truth that as it is written He makes all things beautiful in His time will we be able to prove to ourselves that we do indeed possess a faith that is strong and cannot be shaken even in times of adversity.

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It is He

Did you really think you could break me.

That you could convince me that earthly possessions were more valuable than spiritual ones.

That you could strip me of my compassion for others by exploiting inherent fears and prejudices that reside within us all.

That you could drive a wedge between me and my savior.

That you could 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.

It is He who forgives me of my sins and loves me unconditionally not you.

It is he who I give praise to not you.

It is he who thank each day for allowing me to wake to this beautiful world that He created not you.

It is He who am a child of not you

It is He who has blessed with the promise of eternal life not you for as it is 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.

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The path of the Unknown

I recently asked a friend what was the secret to their success?  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 there is an abundance of opportunities. That may be the case I replied but walking the path of the unknown is fraught with risk. While there may be 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.

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