Let me again remind you of that ever-present Christian phrase that God will never put more on you than you can handle.
Most, if not all of you have heard and, dare I say, repeated to yourself and others this supposed biblical fact. You may have heard it differently at different times of your life, but the meaning remains consistent. It may be God’s intent to test you, but it is not his intent to break you.
Allow me to repeat what I believe is a spiritual fact. Tests come from the Almighty. Temptations come from the devil. Passing God’s tests and overcoming the devil’s temptations both lead to our individual testimony. Triumph over these kinds of adversity leads us all as Christians to render testimony for others. And without these pop quizzes in our lives, none of us would be able to testify as to the goodness and mercy of a God who has stood by us and seen us through it. And we all know if we live long enough, it happens.
I submit myself as an example. My ability to witness and perhaps help another believer is because my experience as a sinner allows me at some level to relate to the trials and tribulations of someone else who is catching hell here on Earth. No one is immune. As a matter of fact, did you ever think that it might just be a privilege for God to single you out to endure certain hardships?
If so, I believe we are obligated to share the triumph with another who, because you did, also can. They are able to overcome, persevere and join the fraternity or sorority of those who can say, “I’m here today as a witness to the mercy and kindness of Almighty God.” I guess what I’m trying to say is, when it appears that all doors are closed and you have run out of options, that is the best time to look for and depend on God for the answers you seek and the ones you need. There is a ram in the bush for all situations, but we have to have that mustard seed-size belief system that is guaranteed to move mountains.
Part of the reality of understanding this is the faith that God will never abandon any of us. In our darkest day or worst night, he’s there. I know this because I think I’ve had what I considered at the time to be many “worst days of my life” and several “it can’t get any worse” moments, only to survive to battle the enemy yet another day. God was with me then and truth be told, he is probably with me now and with you, no matter the circumstances.
I find peace in this because I know there is trouble ahead just as there was back in the day. But you see, back then I didn’t know the fight was fixed because I couldn’t always recognize my superstar teammate. For those of you who are wondering where I’m getting this from, I finally found the Scripture that guarantees what I’m saying is true. Corinthians 10:12-13, “So if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall. No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way so that you can stand under it.”
The key here is God will provide the ram in the bush, not you. So in all things you must keep your eyes and ears open to his solution. Once you submit to the fact that it ain’t you, then you open the door to God’s answer. And the possibilities of his answers dwarf the prospects of yours. When you begin to think and believe in the possibilities inherent in God’s power, anything, and I do mean anything is possible. God is in control. Be still and listen. May God bless and keep you always.
Have you succumbed to the notion yet that prayer will get you through it? The “it” I’m referring to is everything. If you’re like me then the truth is at times you’re not very enthusiastic about your faith. That fire that initially burned in me when I finally met Christ leaves me more cold than hot and I cannot and do not remain constant or consistent in my journey towards eternal salvation, Have you ever been there?
Even my prayer life is more often weak than strong. I’ve finally figured out at times like these that if I only do one thing, I have to continue to pray. However casual or cavalier I might think it is, if I do nothing else, I’ve learned that I’ve got to pray my way through it.
If you’ve ever been lost on a nameless highway and know that you’re lost, you probably understand what I’m talking about. No exit, no gas stations, no people or other cars around, no one to ask for directions. You just keep driving and you just keep looking. It’s just you and the needle on the fuel gauge. Given your and my circumstances, prayer is probably very appropriate when one is spiritually lost; especially when you are forced to acknowledge that you are lost. My word to you is to just keep praying.
At this stage of my spiritual development, I can’t think of an alternative. I just happened to look up prayer in my Bible’s Concordance and found out that I’m correct in my assumption that prayer(s), pray(ed), praying, all hold a special place in spiritual history and in the eyes of God. For every quote I could give you right now, there are many of you who could quote at least three more appropriate ones for this message. James 5:15–16: “And prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you might be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.”
I will not sit here and profess to you to be a righteous man. What I will do is to profess to you and anyone who will listen that I am a sinner seeking God’s forgiveness. I am also on record as praying for you, my fellow man, that you too, will understand God’s faithfulness. Mark 11:24–25: “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” I’m not making this up. This is what the text says. Hopefully, what I’m trying to convey to you is once I was lost. I’m sure I’ll get lost again and when it happens, prayer will continue to lead me home. It is an irrefutable spiritual fact. Try it. Speak to God from your heart. Let him know that you know he knows you are lost. He will then step up and act out on your behalf, proclaiming for all to see that you are never really lost. He has known where you were from the beginning of time.
May God bless and keep you always.
Have you ever gone to a specific church to hear a particular pastor only to find out that said pastor will not be in the pulpit? It’s happened to me and I’ve come to appreciate it’s not the messenger. It’s the message. And so it was recently when a minister unknown to me spoke of humility. Fortunately for me, it was one of the first principles I remembered from the guy who saved my life, the minister I was going to hear. Humility, as the guest pastor clarified, was particularly evident in Philippians 2. The entire chapter is devoted to Paul’s message to the church at Philippi regarding “Imitating Christ’s Humility.” As I listened, humility went from a concept of docile behavior to a fact of faith and strength of conduct. It was made clear that Christ deliberately chose to consider himself at best equal to, if not less than His fellow man. Remember, this is God choosing to make himself human, in order to serve his divine purpose. This text tells us. “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Now, my recollection of Christ says that’s a pretty good description of how he looked upon his duty and pretty much what got Him killed.
Isn’t it ironic to think that the most dangerous, therefore the most powerful and important thing you can do in life is to care more about someone else than you care about yourself? This humility thing has teeth. Paul teaches us that it is our fundamental responsibility as Christians to be united in emulating Christ’s denunciation of status, pride, ego and self. I mean really, if anyone had a right to be arrogant, try being the walking talking Word and deliberately transform yourself into a mere mortal. If you can grasp that thought, please do not let it blow your mind because you know you couldn’t do it. I certainly couldn’t, no matter my intent. I mean, become the Son of God and die on the cross at the hands of men. Fortunately, as the guest minister sermonized, Paul was not asking us to do the impossible. He lets us know the goal is service unto our fellow man. He reminds us that the mission is to put a cap on what we think of ourselves and our independence in favor of the recognition of our collective interdependence upon each other and the Almighty. Christ died to save us all, and here in Philippi, Paul tells us that our conduct must be based on the recognition of the following truth. Out of this thing called humility, Christ saved the world. Are we better than he is? Think it through. If you look down your nose at anyone, if you think you’re better than anyone, then you think you’re better than Jesus, who thought himself no better and even less than you. He died in service to you. Do something today for someone else simply because you can. If you don’t get this, I think you had better think again.
May God bless and keep you always.
The road to spiritual salvation is sometimes so obvious, so apparent, that we just miss it. Like most of Jesus’ messages, it doesn’t seem possible that by simply changing one’s outlook, the kingdom of heaven is yours.
Disciples asked, “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment of the law?” Jesus replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is just like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the laws and the prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:36–40.
It is not always through guile and deceit that the devil works his evil. He can accomplish his goals if he can convince you that what is very important is of little matter and no consequence. This love thing is pretty well documented throughout the Bible, and Christ certainly clarifies its importance in the above passage. Remember, this is the son of God talking. The single most important thing I can do to abide in God’s will is to possess love in my heart for God and my fellow man. That’s it? Yeah, that’s it! If that’s as close to a guarantee as we can get. Why are many of us hell-bent on doing the things that will ensure our place at the kitchen table in hell?
I personally think the concept of loving God is pretty easy to comprehend. Most of us, dare I say, are arguably, trying to accomplish this in one way or another. It’s the loving your neighbor as yourself that’s causing the problem. The devil is having a field day on this one. Count how many people you can’t stand at this very moment. Take your shoes off and add to your list those people, of whom, if they died tomorrow, you would be among those who would think, if not say, “Good riddance.” The devil has us so confused and dumfounded on this issue that we can’t see that the hatred we harbor for others, the contempt we feel for people we don’t even know, masks an underlying reality that won’t allow us to love our neighbor. In actuality, we hate ourselves. You see, the devil has tricked us into hating the mirror image of us. Deep down inside we hate in others that which we might become, because we really don’t like what we have become. HELLO!
The devil knows man is not perfect, so he entices us into hating the imperfection of others; their flaws and faults, their weaknesses and shortcomings. All the while, being imperfect, ourselves, ensures that we cannot live up to the greatest commandment of loving our neighbors as ourselves. Isn’t it interesting that most people who claim being saved tell you they first had to realize that God, through Jesus’ sacrifice, loved them, warts and all? The stories come from former drug addicts, adulterers, petty gossips, murderers and greedy, self absorbed takers in life, who wished they knew how to have a healthy, respectful, loving relationship with another human being. One by one, we line up and confess that once we accepted that God indeed loves us, then, and only then were we able to love ourselves and subsequently love others just as they are: all imperfect, all flawed children of God, all welcomed at his eternal kitchen table. At this point one sees God in every man, every woman and every child, because once you accept that God resides in your own sinful soul, you can see God in others. God knew you before you knew you. And he loved you anyway in spite of what he knew you were going to do. As incredible as that sounds, it’s true. It’s called love. God’s point is so simple. If he’s got it for you, the least you can do is have it for others. Step back, Satan. I love me, and I ain’t got nothing but love for you too. May God love and keep you always.
Prayer, and how we approach it, can really make a difference in our perspective on life, particularly when the proverbial “going gets tough.” Personally, I am coming to rely heavily upon the notion that prayer will indeed get you through it. The “it” I’m referring to is, well, everything.
The fire that initially burned in me when I finally met Christ sometimes leaves me more cold than hot and I cannot seem to remain constant or consistent in my journey toward eternal salvation. Have you ever been there? Even my prayer life at times can be more often weak than strong.
I think I’ve finally figured out that at times like these, there is only one thing to do and that is to continue to pray. Through prayer we seek the face of God. Pray my way through it.
If you’ve ever been lost on some nameless highway in the middle of nowhere, you probably know what I’m talking about; no gas stations, no exits, no one or other cars around, nobody to ask directions. You just keep driving and looking. It’s just you and the needle on the fuel gauge. Given the circumstances, prayer can be very appropriate when you’re physically lost. I submit that prayer is more appropriate when you’re spiritually lost. My word to you today is to just keep praying.
At this stage of my spiritual development, I can’t think of an alternative to prayer for what ails you. I looked up prayer in the Concordance of my Bible and found out that I am correct in my assumption that prayer(s), pray(ed), praying, all hold a special place in biblical history and in the eyes of God. For every quote I could give you right now, there are many of you who could quote dozens of more appropriate ones for this message. James 5:15-16 “And prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you might be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.”
Now I will not sit here and profess to you to be a righteous man. What I will do is confess to all who will listen that what thing you can be sure of is that I am a sinner, a sinner seeking God’s forgiveness. I believe I am also on record as praying for you, my fellow man that you too, will come to understand God’s faithfulness. Mark 11:24-25 “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that the Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” You cannot make this stuff up. This is what the text says.
Humbly, what I’m trying to convey is once I was lost and I’m sure I’ll be lost again and again. Life happens. But when it does happen the fact is prayer will lead me home again and again. This is an irrefutable fact for me. I encourage you to try it. Speak to God from your heart. Let Him know you know He knows you are lost and wavering. Then step back, and watch God step up and act out on your behalf, proclaiming for all to see that now, you are found.
All I’m trying to say is when you don’t take prayer for granted, you might still get lost but you’ll never be abandoned — big difference.
May God bless and keep you always.
Have you ever gone someplace and come back with an impression of the experience etched in your psyche, seared into your memory bank? You vividly remember the smell, the feel, maybe the pain or the pleasure of the experience.
As time goes by, reminiscing about it means re-experiencing that impression as if it was actually happening again. Every now and then, I believe I get a glimpse of the life and times of my lord and savior Jesus Christ as he walked among us. Most times this happens as I am reading Scripture or listening to a dynamic sermon. When it happens, I tend to think in terms of his righteous indignation. It is so vivid to me that I sometimes feel that way also.
Through it all, Scripture lets us see, in Christ’s own words, his incredulousness at the prospect of the apostles not embracing the concept of unconditional love. To him, it was so simple a message that you could almost hear him sigh in frustration that they (we) just didn’t get it. What is so difficult about the notion that God the Father so loves you, that he sent his only son to die in order to save you? To Christ, what was so difficult to understand about a love so strong that no matter what you do, what secrets you keep, what thoughts you harbor, what misdeeds you perpetrate, that love will only endure and grow stronger and more encompassing? For someone who was sent to die for the salvation of mankind, the prospect of ignorance on this subject must have been just a tad disheartening. Scripture lets us experience some of this as we come to grips with the fact that this sacrifice was, yes, made for us also.
Can you imagine somebody, anybody, loving you enough to condemn a most prized and honored offspring to the most vile kind of death possible? I guess what I’m getting at is if you could talk to, recognize, appreciate the reality of this kind of love, how would you treat it? Could you really handle it? Most of us, if we’re honest with ourselves, can’t comprehend this from our fellow man. Original sin has something to do with it. To us, love begets fear in the natural sense; fear of betrayal, fear of loss. Life in a sense can brainwash you into believing no one can really love you unconditionally, if they know of all your flaws and faults. It just doesn’t seem natural to us. Love, to us, always comes with strings attached.
On a supernatural level, the one in which we were created, we were made in the image of God, and believe it or not, therefore, worthy of universal unconditional love, the kind reserved for the Almighty and given to us by him. That is whom we honor and who resides in us in the form of the Holy Spirit capable of giving and receiving this blessing of grace. Christ must have been a basket case at the notion that man simply couldn’t understand the truth of love being the answer to the human experience. Biblical reference after Biblical reference confirms this message over and over again. John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” Kinda awesome I know. I had to get used to the idea myself. It’s love, stupid.
May God bless and keep you forever.
If you just look around at what’s going on in the world today, you would conclude that we live in a world where Satan does indeed have some sway. Plenty of Christians will tell you in the physical realm, he can appear to be in charge.
For a moment let me use my sanctified imagination and purport how one might function in a world where the devil has power. For those of you who might think this a bit farfetched, just substitute the term evil for the devil. It may be easier to acknowledge that we live in a world filled with evil and loaded with temptation than to focus on a biblical supernatural being. Just read the newspaper or watch any news program and evil might better explain to you the craziness in which we live.
Now what is your responsibility as a believer in God, when it comes to living according to the model shown us by one Jesus Christ? My first point of reference would be Jesus’ temptation by the devil in the desert. He offers Christ all the world, his world, has to offer: power, riches, world domination. Jesus renounces all of it in the devil’s name and is attended to by angels who then supply his every need.
My second reference point is when John wrote to believers in Ephesus and he explains we should not love the world or anything in it. As a matter of fact, if you fall prey to lust and pride, you must recognize them as of this world and not of God.
It appears that in order to navigate a world stacked against you, you and I need help. That seems to come from a belief system that reinforces the knowledge that the world we live in is a temporary one. The devil runs the place and we’re passing through. It’s kind of like coming upon an accident on the highway. Everything can be viewed through your car window and the view, by itself, does not hurt you. That does not mean you can’t help folk. On the contrary, it’s an obligation. But the accident should be a reminder that outside forces can wreck you life. Now I understand what some ministers have meant by telling me the Bible is a roadmap to help me navigate treacherous terrain.
Life can be treacherous for the ignorant and the innocent if you do not acknowledge the evil that exists in it. Our obligation as Christians is to put forth an effort not to succumb to the known temptations of this world. We cannot love this world more than we love God. We cannot be led by our passions and our emotions in this regard.
We have to respect the fact that the devil is clever and relentless. He will never let up. Our faith in God must be equally relentless. If you would allow me to go back to my journey analogy, the journey is just that, a means to an end. Pack everything you will need to finish the trip: food, water, snacks and that would include a good supply of faith. I’m told a little love can’t hurt and whatever you do, don’t forget the map because without it, you will surely get lost.
With all this in mind, just understand this ain’t the Wizard of Oz and you ain’t Dorothy. This ain’t Kansas and the devil ain’t playing. The older I get, the more I understand this really is a relatively short trip. But it is intense. Please drive carefully and have a great day.
May God bless and keep you always.
I’ve been told that faith is a tricky thing to deal with. It is constantly under attack, and if you’re not careful, you’ll lose faith, if for nothing more than weariness due to constant grief. Life has a way of making you believe some things are just not worth the trouble. At some point each and every one of us just wants to quit. Quit your job. End a relationship. Just stay away from those situations and people that remind you of negativity and tough times.
But in the case of faith, you’re always supposed to have a way through. I just believe that way through is work. By work I mean work in the name of the Lord. Use your God-given gifts. It helps. How often have you been able to get yourself out of the doldrums because you decided to help someone else with his issues? How often have you been very thankful for what you have because you’ve seen firsthand what others don’t have? God does have a way of showing you, your stuff could be really worse. As I said, faith can be a tricky thing.
When it does kick in that now is the time, now is the test, then, comes the temptation that challenges your faith. There are no signs on life’s highway that flash “faith test ahead.” More often than not, we recognize faith’s stop sign after we’ve already run through it. Maybe we should feel a little better at that point because we did at least practice our faith some weeks or months ago, or maybe just a few minutes ago. But if we’re honest with ourselves, it doesn’t help when you know you should have handled a particular situation or person better than you did. I know I’ve botched many an opportunity to practice what I profess to preach. Talk the talk and then walk the walk. This is tricky stuff. At the end of any given day, a spiritual critique will show dozens of blown chances to witness, lead by example, help and serve. At the end of any given day, I have run faith’s stop sign again and again. I am one man who appreciates that our God is a God of another chance. And you?
Thankfully, you too know you’ll get another crack at it because you’re still alive and your opportunities to serve are multiplied on a daily basis. It’s called life. If you missed it this morning, another opportunity will come around this afternoon. The faith struggle is remedied by what you do as a result of knowing you can always do better. Real faith mandates a change in you. You just can’t do the same thing the same way with the same people once you’ve accepted Christ. Even though you might make the same mistakes, you will realize and accept them as just that, mistakes. Now what? “So watch yourself. If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. If he sins against you seven times in a day and seven times comes back to you and says, “I repent,” forgive him. Luke 17:3-4. Further in this same passage Jesus proclaims … “So you also, when you have done all that you were ordered to do (by God), say, ‘We are worthless slaves; we have done only what we ought to have done.’” The fact that this comes on the heels of the apostles asking Christ to increase their faith is eye-opening. You know how incredibly hard it is to forgive those who have repeatedly come against you? But in doing so our faith is increased. Again it’s all about knowing the rules. We just need to know when they’ve been broken, when we break them and what to do when others do likewise. Our duty is to continue to work. We walk by faith and not by sight. Our effort is not to break the rules intentionally. The deed is the thing. Act on faith. Forgive and serve. Pretty soon our experiences teach us to recognize the faith signs. The more you do the more you see. The more you see, the more you stop, pause, look both ways and proceed with caution. You see, it’s not so tricky. You just need to keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel. Stop only to help someone else. It’s the work, stupid. As a result, God will take care of what you need to get through your stuff.
May God bless and keep you always.
When you really think about it, do you think God is impressed by the marquee of the church you attend? It is at times ironic to me that so many different churches profess the belief that Jesus Christ is the son of God, was crucified, died and was buried to arise again on the third day and sits at the right hand of his father in heaven. From Catholic to Pentecostal, from Baptist to Presbyterian, from Episcopalian to Methodist, from Church of God in Christ to Lutheran, from Evangelical to just being saved, each denomination wants to set itself apart from the others based upon its doctrine being more in line with God than any of its Christian cousins.
Throughout history, so-called Christians have persecuted other so-called Christians in the name of being more in tune with God’s Word than the denomination being persecuted. It’s just the more I read the Bible, the more confusing this becomes, or the more ridiculous.
As a point of reference in my own faith walk, one of the things that got in my way was the decision about which church to actually join. I was introduced to the rural Baptist traditions by my grandmother, only to be baptized Catholic as a young boy and subsequently not follow any particular religion most of my adult life. Even now I sometimes question which church I should attend only to have the Lord backslap me with the fundamental question, “How does where you go to church have anything to do with my son’s ministry?”
Do you really believe that where you go to church on Sunday carries more weight with God than what you do on the other six days of the week? When I get confused on this issue, I’m reminded to pick up a Bible and rekindle the notion that faith is an internal measurement that refuses to succumb to external pressures. In this instance the external pressure is manmade and not God-sent. Those who believe their religion or theology is better than someone else’s surely have missed the entire point of the life and times of one Jesus Christ. My reading of Scripture confirms for me, maybe not for you, that Jesus was anti-theology and pro-faith. I mean, we are talking about someone who rather angrily turned over tables in the temple because he was insulted by the goings-on there; something to do with not using his father’s house for prayer, but rather as a den for money manipulators.
Everything Jesus stood for seems to translate into acts of faith, acts of worship, acts of love and kindness and forgiveness and yes, acts of mercy. These acts don’t confirm for one moment that one person’s religion is better or more meaningful than the religion practiced in the church up the street or around the corner. If Jesus was alive today, would you be Sadducees or Pharisees? Would you be Jew or Gentile? Would you be a member of the Sanhedrin? Either way, if you were not carrying out the will of God the father, you more than likely would have problems with God the son. You see the law, your religion, your theology will be forever secondary to the will of God. Now I didn’t say this. Jesus did. In closing let me confirm that there is no better place to follow the simple edict, practice what you preach, than in church. Which church is actually quite irrelevant, as I see it. “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10.
May God bless and keep you always.
There are a lot of things in our Christian belief system that requires a leap of faith, including faith itself. The whole notion of blessings is like that. I think I’m beginning to understand blessings a little more clearly from a spiritual perspective.
Haven’t we all been taught at one time or another to give rather than receive? Christian or not, kindness and goodwill are thought to be wonderful attributes of all of God’s people. Forgiveness and mercy are considered staples of the Christian diet. The result, we believe, in life now and the next, is God-given rewards for a life spent giving with no hidden expectation of receiving in return.
Now all that sounds good until, somewhere in your world, life happens. Unfortunately, at a very early age we learn that life is cruel, unpredictable and the only religious factoid we experience is that our kindness is generally taken as weakness and our generosity viewed as foolish. Life and the people in it will use you if you allow it. Pain often comes from an attempt to help somebody who doesn’t give a damn about you. It is the reason many a good person goes bad.
People will protect themselves against this kind of personal anguish. We learn how to survive in spite of disappointment. We all eventually learn how to navigate a world in which we’ve come to believe nice guys do finish last, takers succeed and cheaters, well, they cheat and win. Now here comes Scripture with the edict that giving is always better than receiving. As a matter of fact it is a Christian prerequisite.
I thought about this and came to the following conclusions. I know I’ve written about it before. You don’t know what kind of mother you’ll be until you have children. You don’t know what kind of friend you’ll be until you become one. You cannot know the depth of your ability to love someone until you are head over heels caught up in it. The point is you can’t really know yourself as a human being until you share your life with others, without fear, without restrictions, without conditions. It’s that being a blessing thing.
For many, including me, this is tough duty because life is so cruel. However, only by being a friend can you know true friendship. Only by giving love unconditionally can you understand unconditional love. Only by being a blessing can you know being blessed. It doesn’t appear to work any other way. If you go through life just existing with a self imposed set of criteria, then guess what? That’s what you’ll get in return: love and friendship with strings attached.
You can’t expect your prayers to be answered if your prayer life stops with you. I believe you block countless blessings if your prayers include no one but you and they echo the trials and tribulations of your life only. This is evident in knowing the difference between praying in faith or out of fear. God really shouldn’t have to ask what you have done for him lately; when he asks so little of you. Just act like you know who he is and who you are in relation to him. “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.” John 12:13.
Like I said, being a blessing is the only road to being blessed. Now take a look at the nonsense of this world. It gives you clarity. May you be a blessing to someone, and may God bless and keep you always.