After having a real and rigorous discussion with my friends about one of our friends, I sat to think it through. Our friend has has been acting all weird and unstable recently and all I kept saying was “She’s got no excuse” (didn’t mean to sound mean, just said that based on what I know about her).
Everyone has got their ups and very down times, you’ll only get to know if you’re told. The only difference between a christian and a non-christian is how they handle their down moments. Many people carry this “I’m good, Praise God” face but back in their closet they’re weeping and asking God for help.
An example is Joseph (how I love him). Another one is Paul, if he didn’t write it in one of his books we wouldn’t know that the Almighty, eloquent, enthusiastic, and super-evangelist had a thorn in his flesh! What made them exceptional is how they handled their situations. Joseph still kept on doing good as he knew how to do (Genesis 40); Paul didn’t stop caring for his friends or the church because of his situation. They didn’t transfer aggression, or allow it to weigh them down but they kept on with their faith and trust in God.
Yes everyone cannot be on the same level per time in this race. That’s why the strong people are admonished to help the weak. . Romans 15:1.
What if the weak refuses to be helped someone may ask? Pray for them and keep doing your best. Don’t leave them to it. . . Jesus did not give up on you.
Show them love, encourage, and build them up Romans15:2-7.
To those who feel weak, you’re strong! Don’t be discouraged or weighed down by your situation. Truth is, you’re the not the first person to pass through that road neither will you be the last (that’s how I encourage myself). So try to encourage yourself in the Lord like David did. Seek good friends and godly counsel, read inspiring books, read the Word, praise, have fun as much as you can, and avoid being on your own all the time.
Each and every one of us will give account of our actions and reactions Romans 14:12; you cannot say it was because of this that I did that.
Hope deferred can make the heart sick, yes, but please hold on. Trust in the Lord . . . With all of your heart Proverbs 3: 5-6.
Don’t be weighed down. . . No more excuses.
Just trust . . . Help is on the way . . . This too shall pass.
Whatever your hands find to do, do it cheerfully as unto the Lord . . . Let’s take a look at the life of Joseph Jacob. While Joseph was locked up in the prison by Potiphar in Chapter 40 of Genesis (you can read it in your spare time), he was appointed to be in charge of other prisoners. I have read the passage before however, when I read it again some days ago I realised that Joseph was in his best behaviour even in the prison. He kept at doing good which I believe earned him his job while in the prison. He had several things that could make him restrain from being the Joseph that Jacob and God loved so much but he knew where he was going.
Many a times we get weary in doing good which might not totally be our fault.
You may be working and getting little pay or recognition and because of that you start putting little or no effort to your task. You probably have tried to be the best man or lady/woman in your marital life but you always get taken advantage of. Have you started any business and it looks like no one is patronising you despite the low price you’re giving out? You’ve stood for the truth and it seems not to be paying off, in fact, you’ve got into trouble. You’ve tried to be nice to people but you’ve got stabbed in the back. You’ve applied for jobs and no employer is inviting you over for a test. Whatever category you fall into, be steadfast and unmovable.
Joseph had a choice to turn from being good to something else but he held on and it brought him a great reward. He learnt a lot that helped him later in his role as the Prime Minister.
So keep at whatever good your hands find to do, it might feel humbling or frustrating or tiring but it will pay off in the end. Though it tarries, wait for it . . .
It can never be a waste.
God be with you.
Special people personally picked by God behave like Him. The word Christian was born out of the behavioural traits displayed by the disciples of Jesus Christ. . .
You have been chosen way before you were born #interesting (Jeremiah 1:5); even you and your generation have been chosen 1 Peter 2:9!
Be that as it may, there are some characteristics that God’s special people need to portray: The Fruit of the Spirit. Among others are gentleness, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. . .
Sincerely, only special people can have all these hand-picked traits because they all belong to the same “family-trait” 1 Peter 3:8-12 (MSG)
Consider this, Clothe yourselves therefore, as God’s own chosen ones (His own picked representatives), [who are] purified and holy and well-beloved [by God Himself, by putting on behavior marked by] tenderhearted pity and mercy, kind feeling, a lowly opinion of yourselves, gentle ways, [and] patience [which is tireless and long-suffering, and has the power to endure whatever comes, with good temper].
Colossians 3:12 AMP
You have been chosen to represent the Creator, don’t fail in this assignment. Ask God to help you.
God be with you.
It’s been a mixture of extremely great, great, good, and not too good these 21 days of September.
I realised that through my tough days God had been watching and following up on me. He’s been confirming my heart cries with prayers prayed in church and through encouragement from friends and strangers.
This has made me smile and confident that I have a God that truly sees and knows and is genuinely involved with me and “worried about me” (concerned) as well.
What really amazed me was a prayer I said in church one evening about Him helping me to sort out an issue I had earlier in the day. Before I got back to my home that day, He had already worked on it! I was so surprised, I didn’t have to talk or act so much because He took charge. I was reminded of that verse that says before you ask . . . while we’re yet speaking . . .Isaiah 65:24.
I used to wonder how that can be true but honestly, it is true.
I also recall an incident that happened some 2 years ago. I was hurrying somewhere and I needed a bus ASAP so that I won’t be late. As I was getting out of my gate I saw a bus leaving and I was like Oh dear Lord! Just immediately, I said you can still help me please. . .Do you know that as I crossed the road to the other side, another bus was waiting for me? The driver just parked, rested his hands on the steering, and was looking through a newspaper. The best part is that immediately I sat down in the bus, the driver shut the door and took off. I was like wow!!! The driver might be taking a break but God made him take it when I needed it!
I couldn’t hold it I said, thanks Jesus!
Sincerely, God is in it all. He was even in the heart of the driver working through him for me. That’s the way I see it don’t mind me; God’s just amazing! He’s in The good, the bad, the ugly, and the unexplainable #smiles. He sees and hears and works. His answers can be prompt or slow as the case may be but He is working; I am a living proof. He might not have answered all my prayers but He has answered most of them even the silently prayed or “jokingly” or “grudgingly” said ones (Merciful God).
God sees and knows the tiniest of our worries and is ready to settle us.
Don’t give up on Him now . . . you’ve come too far to back down or out now. Keep asking. . . He cares a lot about you and is ready to act. .
Hold On. Before you finish speaking, he’s heard (Isaiah 65:24 MSG).
Want to share how you’ve seen God at work in your life? Please do, It will definitely encourage others including me. . .
God said it, believe it, that will settle it.
Have a lovely and blissful day and week ahead.