As I lie here on New Year’s Eve thinking about the last 364 days, I can’t help but tell God thank you! I have faced some things this year that shook my very core. The situations looked dismal and I wasn’t sure if I’d make it through. But God is so faithful to us! God made ways when it seemed like disaster was at every turn. God kept me through it all. I did not lose my mind or have a nervous breakdown. When I felt alone, I could hear the voice of the Lord telling me to hold on, your help is on the way. I can stand flat footed and say that God kept his word! He methodically guided me through every situation; God granted me favor with strangers. People drooping words of encouragement, it really helped me. There comes a time in each of our lives where we have to learn to trust God for ourselves. I wouldn’t be able to say God is a provider if he never provided anything for me. I couldn’t say God is a keeper if he didn’t keep me when I wanted to veer to the left.
1 Peter 5:6-7 says: Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
When I began to ask God for help (humble myself) things started to fall into place. I still found myself facing challenges, but they weren’t as heavy as before. I found that casting (throwing) all of my care to God through Jesus made everything more bearable. When I did this, I could feel the love God has for me. He carried every weight for me. All I had to do was hand it to Him. Did I still have disappointments? Yes, but with each disappointment, God picked me up and pushed me forward. God reminded me that my due time is coming! I know 2014 hit you in some unexpected ways but God used it to make you who you are today. You may have felt like you weren’t going to make it, but I date you to look back over the last 364 days and trace the progress from then until now. You have come so far and still have a long way to go! Remember, take God with you and expect greater things in 2015! Be blessed blog family! Happy New Year!!!
I know I’m not the only one to have gone on a trip and forgotten something. What makes it worse is by the time you remember that you forgot it, you’re too close to your destination to turn back and get it. You’re basically at the point of no return. This is concept is also true as we walk with Christ. When we start the journey, we have a lot of extra baggage that we hold on to because we feel we need it to survive. As we walk or commune with God we hear scriptures like:
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17
For most of us, the extra bags we have been carrying slowly drop off. We conquer that particular situation and continue to move forward. We trade in our old ways of thinking, and put on the mind of Christ. What happens when those things we overcame come back with a vengeance? Do we turn around and forfeit the entire journey to go back to something we have learned to live without? No! We have to remember the words of Paul in Galatians 5:1,
Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
We have to remember our past victories. Standing fast in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free means no matter the temptation or situation, you do not waiver to the left or right; you keep your head in the game and remember that you’re at the point of no return. You began to think about how hard it was to shake that stuff loose. You weigh the situation and decide that you did not come this far to be entangled with the same issues from five years ago. You make the choice to push forward with Christ and leave the past where it is. You realize that you’re thriving without the extra baggage you thought you needed at the beginning of your journey. Not to be redundant, but you’re at the point of no return so push on!