You Mad? 2.0

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Why do we get mad at God?

Blaming Him for circumstances we created

For a relationship gone wrong

Because we chose a partner we should have never even dated

 

Because we can’t make ends meet

Living paycheck to paycheck and always broke

Forgetting the money we wasted, stole, or gambled away

Never had a budget, and now poor life ain’t no joke

 

Mad because we got addicted to drugs

Or because we drove drunk and crashed the car

Or having our third kid by a third baby daddy

Or because we wanted revenge and went too far

 

Showed up late to work constantly

No real excuse, just plain lazy and didn’t care

Then want to blame it on the boss being racist

The day we finally get fired, claiming life isn’t fair

 

Wondering why we can’t keep friends

And why people avoid us by choice

Forgetting all the lying, backstabbing

Pain, tears and hurt we caused with our own voice

 

Our kids don’t listen, obey or respect us at all

Scratching our head, wondering why

Forgetting we paid them little to no attention

Barely involved in their lives, didn’t even notice them cry

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The Bible Challenge

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Social media has had several “challenges” this past year – the Mannequin challenge, the Get Out Challenge, the Running Man challenge and so forth.

Then we’ve got all sorts of “challenges” in the workplace – diet and workout challenges, and weight loss competitions.

We’ve also got all kinds of “stress relief” activities available – yoga, tai-chi, meditation therapy, etc.

So many things to help us cope with the pressures of life.  So many alternatives for stress relief and relaxation.

We rush to this class and that.  We have special groups and social gatherings.  The gym rats like myself will get up as early as 5 a.m. to workout for an hour or so.  But when was the last time we challenged ourselves to consistently set aside some meditation time to read the Bible?

I’m challenging myself this month to have 30 consecutive days of “meditation” sessions with God, reading His Word.

Why?  Because apart from my hectic everyday life of work, gym, church, parenting, stress, bills, annoying people and challenging circumstances, I need a spiritual boost in the midst of it all to keep me sane lol.

In case you forgot (like I sometimes do) – there is no better stress relief than the Word of God.  Plus it has much longer lasting effects than any hour long yoga session ever could!

Past Sins Can’t Hold Me Back

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Don’t let Satan trick you into thinking that God can’t use you because of your past sins.  If and when God calls you to speak, encourage, advise, write, pray, teach, act or minister in accordance to His Word – do it!  Remember the great heroes of the Bible that God used in spite of their past sins:

Abraham – the liar

Moses – the murderer

Jacob – the deceiver

Rahab – the prostitute

David – the adulterer

Peter – denied knowing Christ

Paul – the persecutor

Sounds to me like we all pass the eligibility test!

#theStruggle

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Why do we look down on people who struggle with things that we don’t?  Do weaknesses have levels?  Am I better if my issues are only in certain areas vs. others?

Galatians 6:1-5 (The Living Bible): 

“Dear brothers, if a Christian is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help him back onto the right path, remembering that next time it might be one of you who is in the wrong.  Share each other’s troubles and problems, and so obey our Lord’s command.  If anyone thinks he is too great to stoop to this, he is fooling himself.  He is really a nobody.  Let everyone be sure that he is doing his very best, for then he will have the personal satisfaction of work well done and won’t need to compare himself with someone else.   Each of us must bear some faults and burdens of his own. For none of us is perfect!”

 

The Lost Art of Discipline

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One of my many pet peeves is when people say they “can’t” do something.  Not because they physically can’t or because something is truly preventing them from doing so, but because they simply won’t and refuse to try.

It bothers me even more so when Christians declare they can’t do something.

Now, most people who know me will tell you that I’m a very disciplined person and that if I set my mind to something or set a goal for myself that more often than not, I will get it done.  However, I will tell you that none of that comes easily or even naturally for me.  All my self-discipline and self-control comes from God.  And the same Spirit that lives in me, lives in every person who professes to know God as Lord and Savior – His Word tells us so.

That being said, he declares that through His Spirit, we have and can exercise self-control/discipline in any aspect of our lives.  So lets stop making excuses! Excuses for not following through on that diet, not going to the gym, not cutting back on drinking or smoking, not spending time with our kids, not saving money, not sticking to our budget, not going to church, etc.

Anything in your life that is physically within in your means to do it, that you want to work on, or get better at – lets set a goal to do so.  Lets ask God to help us exercise more self control and discipline by the power of His Spirit – trust me, you won’t be able to do it alone, even if you tried!

 

Delaying Our Own Blessings

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Sometimes the consequence or punishment for our sin is simply delayed blessings. 

In the Bible, it took the Israelites 40 years to make what is estimated to be an 11 day trip to the Promised Land.  And only because God had cursed them to “wander in the wilderness” for 40 years because of their sin. 

Don’t let sinful habits/situations/people keep you from the blessings that God is literally holding out for you to take hold of……the promotion, new place, new car, answered prayer, financial blessing, breakthrough, healing, etc.   Sometimes its not God holding our blessings back or him trying to teach us patience. Sometimes its us holding ourselves back, because we are allowing sin to be a barrier that is keeping us from reaching our “promised land” and we end up wandering around in the wilderness.  Days, weeks, months, even years go by, when all we had to do was obey.

Disappointment

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God doesn’t disappoint us, people and circumstances do.  Then we turn around and blame God.  God is the one constant in this life.  His Word tells us who He is and He never once fails to be exactly who His Word says He is.  Unlike God, none of us have the capacity to be perfect unfailing creatures.  I’m learning to digest and embrace this fact.  In doing so, I am more understanding, patient and forgiving – towards others and myself.  Don’t forget, that we too have, can and will disappoint others as well.