Puzzles and life…..


For some of you that may not know, I work at my church’s

children’s ministry. I really love it there. It’s more than a job

to me. This is part of what I was created to do – working with

children.

So today I had to sort out a few puzzles in preparation for Sunday.

To be honest, I was a bit worried about the puzzles.

Let me just say it’s being a “while” since I played with

traditional puzzles.

I was worried I had forgotten to assemble a puzzle.

I would never hear the end of the story if I failed to assemble

the puzzles…haha

Start I did and rocky it was. Panic started to set in!

Before I got carried away I spotted the pictures on the side of the

box.

What a difference it made. Because of the pictures I

assembled all the pictures at once.

 

It was at that moment I realized how powerful a picture is!

 

Have you got a picture of where you want to go in life?

Are you holding up a picture of what you want your life to be

or are you on auto pilot at the moment, an anything goes attitude?

A picture makes all the difference!

 

And we are very fortunate because the Lord has pictures for us.

He has a plan and purpose for our lives (Jeremiah 29:11)

When you have a picture for your life you will not be easily

side tracked. You have purpose and are focused when you have

a picture.

 

And make sure the picture you have is one God gave you and

not what people have given you. People’s plans for you will always

fall short of what God has in store for you.

 

As I close I want to challenge you to seek the Lord for the

picture. He has amazing plans for your life so don’t go

through life without a picture in front of you.

 

Rolain

 

 

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Does God really understand what we go through???


As a father has compassion on His children, so the

Lord has compassion on those who fear Him;

for He knows how we are formed, He remembers that

we are dust. 

Psalm 103:13, 14

 

What a thought….!!!!

HE KNOWS HOW WE ARE FORMED!

That is an amazing thought. I know He created me but I

was hit anew by what this scripture was saying.

Yes, it is talking about how fragile we are but what does that

mean for other areas of our lives? What does that mean

when it comes to sin?

 

God knows how we are formed so He knows why we do what we do.

Sin does not take God by surprise!

As our Creator He knows how we are wired. He knew the

impact Adam’s sin would have on us.

God already knows we are going to sin. He knows what

bothers us.

He knows what we struggle with on a daily basis.

He knows and understands……

Even the deep dark sin that nobody knows about,

the sin WE might not even detect, He knows about

it….!!

 

Am I then advocating we all sin more????

 

No, no, no!

 

He wants us to fight. He doesn’t want us to accept defeat.

We still have a part to play in all of this. Because God

knows how we are created it means He will not abandon

us when we sin.  He will help us fight the giants in our lives.

You can be guaranteed no matter what the sin is you will

receive forgiveness, no matter the sin!

The only sin that is unforgivable is blasphemy of the Holy Spirit.

Don’t allow guilt and condemnation to take grip in your

life. It’s hard to do but you must fight against it.

The enemy will lie and say your sin is unforgivable but

don’t listen to him. He just wants to separate you

from God. But like I have been telling you,

“God knows how we are formed!” He knows because

He is the One who created us. That is not an excuse

to sin but a reason to depend on His grace and mercy!!

 

God extends grace to us because He knows how we are

formed……

 

Please understand what I am saying here.

I am not saying we are now free to sin because He

knows how we are created.

We have a responsibility to live holy but there will

be times we miss the mark.

We will miss the mark by a little at times and at

other times by a lot but because

God knows how we are formed He will do  things like this:

 

He will not always chide or be contending, neither

will He keep His anger forever or hold a grudge.

He has not dealt with us after our sins nor rewarded

us according to our iniquities.

Psalm 103:9, 10

 

There is grace because He knows how we are formed.

It’s not time to sit down and relax because God knows

how we are formed. It’s because He knows how

we are formed that we act. He didn’t create laziness,

fear, or complacency.

He created sons and daughters who love Him and despite

their weaknesses seek Him with everything they have.

As I end this post take comfort in the fact that He knows

how you are created.

He understands what you are going through better than

anyone else on earth. Don’t think you are alone because

you are not.

 

Rolain

An Introduction on faith…..


 

Do we really understand all we need to understand about faith? I don’t think so. And as I read Hebrews 11 I was more convinced of that fact. There is so much we don’t understand about faith, so much we need to learn. As we begin to understand more of what faith is the deeper we can walk in it. The men and women of old had a different view of faith and we see it in the stories we read. Let me not get ahead of myself….

As we begin let us look at the definition of faith according to scripture.

Hebrews 11:1 – Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].

That is the way the Amplified Version puts it. I like this definition a lot because I understand a little about title deeds. An individual doesn’t need to take people to his house to convince them he owns the house. All he has to do is show them the title deeds. Even though the house can’t be seen the title deed is the person’s proof. And so it is with faith. Your faith is the “title deed” you carry around. We can’t see the house, the car, the career or whatever it is you are trusting God for but the faith you have in God is your proof! It is the tangible proof that God will give you what He promised. But with that being said, how does faith work? To answer that question let us look at another passage of scripture.

The Message bibles says it like this,

By faith, we see the world called into existence by God’s word, what we see created by what we don’t see. Hebrews 11:3

This is the essence of faith. “What we see created by what we don’t see”. God didn’t wait to see, feel, touch, taste for Him to create. Let us learn from Him. Your life may look like nothing is happening but have faith.  Your life seems meaningless but it’s not. You need to speak and act upon what God has shown you. It may seem out of this world but you need to speak it out. Faith doesn’t wait for things to take shape and happen before it acts, no! In the darkness, in the bareness faith works!

To drive this point home let us look at another scripture:

By faith, Noah built a ship in the middle of dry land. He was warned about something he couldn’t see, and acted on what he was told. The result? His family was saved. Hebrews 11:7

Let us imagine this because I think it’s pretty amazing. Noah was warned by God about a flood. He had never experienced a flood before. So because he feared God he built an ark. How crazy must he have looked by everyone! The word says, “He built a ship in the middle of dry land”! Wow. Did he have to struggle with doubts? Did he ever stop and think, what the heck am I doing? We don’t know all that but what we know is he built a ship on dry land. God wants us to start building our ships. It may not make sense, it may sound like the craziest thing in the world, people will mock you, but that is not what matters, believing what God tells you is what is important. Having faith in Him is the most important thing.

As I conclude this post let us look at one more scripture:

By an act of faith, Israel walked through the Red Sea on dry ground. The Egyptians tried it and drowned. Hebrews 11:29

Faith will let you go places other people can’t. Faith will sustain you in situations that would kill other people in normal circumstances. Who has ever walked through the Red Sea or any sea for that matter?? But because the Israelites had faith God parted the Red Sea so they could walk through it. The Egyptians thought it would be an easy task but how wrong they were. If we rely on our flesh we will fail. If we think we are strong enough or clever enough we will fail. The best of flesh is still flesh. Faith is the only thing that will allow us to do the impossible. Faith is the only thing that will get God’s attention.  So let’s picture this scenario,

The Israelites had faith and they walked through the Red Sea

The Egyptians didn’t have faith in God but thought because they were the strongest and fiercest, they could walk through the Red Sea. They were wrong, dead wrong!

As I end this post I would like to share another scripture:

But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [out]. Hebrews 11:6

Faith is so much more than we imagine. Without faith we will not be able to connect to God. Without faith we are like two people trying to communicate to each other in two different languages. It’s impossible! God responds to faith. God is pleased with our faith. Faith in God is what moves mountains! I am not talking about a faith in self or something like that. I have been talking about faith in God. This is just the introduction. In the next post I will continue sharing insights I got from Hebrews 11. It is really a powerful chapter on faith……..God bless

Rolain

To be continued…….