Wednesday, September 28, 2011

~ "Five truths..."

If you point these things out to the brothers, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, brought up in the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed. (1 Tim 4:6)

5 TRUTHS TO SHARE: 1. Prayer prevents panic.2. Count your blessings to forget your problems.3. If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.4. There is no "Key" to happiness. The Door is already open.5. Fear God who saves your Soul, not those who can harm your Body. God has called each and everyone one you, he has hand picked you, chosen you on purpose to walk on the earth with the same spirit that raised Christ from the dead, He has given you authority over the devil, over sin and over anything that dares to come against you. As we begin to understand our identity and who we are in Him, we learn to stand firm determined to run our race with endurance!!!

I stole the above from a friend (yes, I told her I was stealing it). It seemed to go hand in hand with 1 Timothy 4. In his letter to Timothy, Paul tells him (and us) that everything God made is good. He opposes false teachers (as should we). We should enjoy and thank Him for the blessings He bestows upon us (love, food, life, etc) - not abuse them (gluttony, lust, murder). We should use them to honor Him.

These five truths remind us that if our focus is on the Lord (through prayer, honor, faith, belief and fear), there is nothing the enemy has that can take that. He will try to distract us (it's his job). Keeping God in the center of our lives means that Satan is not. He sits on the edges waiting for his opportunity to strike and once he finds a weakness, he hits is over and over again until we crash to the ground. Fortunately, we have Jesus ready and able to put him back in his corner.

We all have a unique road we take each day. We have the same God, but we all have different lives. Some of us work, some of us are retired, some of us are looking for work. Some of us are raising children, some of us are enjoying grandchildren, some of us have no children. Some have financial problems, some do not (you get the idea here). The point is that we need to be headed in the same direction regardless of our circumstances. You may think that because someone hasn't walked in your shoes, they do not understand your needs. They may not - but they do understand the five truths! They can shine a light on the darkness within you and brighten your soul to what God has in store for you if you are patient. Take advice from those who have been in a similar situation, but accept the offering of prayer for your plight from all who are willing to pray for you. Pray for those you cannot help in any other way as well. Share God's word with those who do not know it. Take the time to honor and praise God (even in the storms of life). Keep those five truths always in sight and your road may not be easy, but the load will be lighter...