Living by faith as a Christian can be hard. It can feel tough, difficult and even overwhelming sometimes. In the Book of Hebrews, the writer describes this journey as a race which has been ‘marked out for us’.
Today, I want to encourage you to keep running. Don’t stop and look around, nor wrap yourselves in things which may lead you astray. Focus on living for Christ and He will guide you through it all.
‘Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance, the race marked out for us,fixing our eyes on Jesus,the pioneer and perfecter of faith.’ Hebrews 12:1-2
It has been more than a couple of weeks since I started this blog and I have loved delving into my Bible to explore the promises God has for us and what his purposes for us are. As I continue to learn unfold what the Bible says, I hope to open my eyes and heart to God’s Word and share biblical home truths to keep you spiritually filled.
Despite the current situation and worries of the world, we can take refuge in the fact that God is in control even though we may have moments of uncertainty. The thoughts of doubt and fear can always cloud us with anxiety, but God’s love will always cover and guide us when we feel perplexed.
‘The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? The Lord is on my side as my helper; I shall look in triumph on those who hate me.’ Psalm 118:6-7
Everyone has opinions. As people, we are all entitled to our views and perspectives on life. We can share what we have learned from our experiences and walks in life to help others make the right decisions and lead them to paths which benefit and build them.
As stated, these are opinions and not facts. Regardless of what we may think, we should not let our opinions blind our sight to the truth of the Bible. The Bible gives us facts which open our hearts and minds to know and trust in our relationship with God.
‘Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.’ Joshua 1:8
During this time, many are wondering how they will fit all they need comfortably into one box and maintain their familiar standards of living while they can. But the question for us as believers is: How can we think outside the box?
How can we reach above and beyond to help people, expand our ideas and glorify Christ? How can we go the extra mile and reflect Jesus at work in our lives?
The Bible says we need to stir each up and build one another towards good works. We think outside the box by loving our enemies and praying for them. We consider our trials as pure joy and thank God for the gift of life. We think outside the box by living differently from the world around us and standing by Christ.
‘And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.’ Hebrews 10:24-25
‘But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also.’ Luke 6:27-29
After attending church online and helping my mother with the cooking, I have realised how blissful Sundays are. By being surrounded by people you love and hearing the Word of God, you are filled with a godly righteousness to fill others and lift them up higher.
Despite the limitations of not being able to have the physical interactions with others at church, just hearing the voices of friends and being able to chat with them has helped me to remember that we are all in this together. We are able to encourage one another with Bible verses and remember the God we serve.
Although there is no guarantee or promise that we can make as individuals about the future, we can be certain of trusting God who is with us during this time and will never leave us, regardless of how we may be feeling of what we are going through.
Before I gave my life to Christ, I really struggled with the idea of talking to God about my problems and telling Him how I felt about life. I couldn’t understand why God wanted a relationship with me; I felt like I was a burden to Him.
Having seen God’s goodness and work in my life, I now understand how important it is for us to cast our cares onto Him. God is not trying to make us feel downhearted or instil us with worries; He simply wants us to place Him at the centre of our hearts and turn to Him with all we have. When we trust God and cast our cares onto Him, He promises to listen to us and grant our heart’s desires.
‘Do not be anxious about anything, but in prayer and petition with thanksgiving present your requests to God, and the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.’ Philippians 4:9
During my summer holidays, I stayed with my family and felt blessed to be with everyone that was close to me. However, as I was very young, I refused to share a gift I was given with my cousin, as I felt it was only meant for me. My grandmother turned to me and said ‘Christine, sharing is caring.’
As Christians who aim to reflect Jesus in their lives, I believe the same old saying still stands. By showing generosity and sharing with others, we display the affectionate side of love Jesus wants us to have. It is important that we continue to put others before ourselves and share what we have with others.
Whether it is food, money, time or even just a listening ear and showing that we can share our advice and open hearts with someone, we follow the lead of Jesus who did more sharing than we could ever imagine. We glorify His name and show how much we appreciate His love and grace by sharing with others.
‘And do not forget to do good and share with others, for which sacrifices God is pleased.’ Hebrews 13:16
As Christians, we are meant to set an example to others by reflecting Jesus in the way we live our lives and make our decisions. By being unique and showing that God is first in our hearts, we remain obedient to His Word and grow in our walk of becoming more christlike.
Each day we are being sanctified by Him, and should embrace the opportunity to reflect Jesus at work in us by living just the way He did and showing that God’s commands live indelibly at the centre of our lives. The people around will be able to tell that we love Jesus and stand to represent and glorify His name.
‘You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.’ Matthew 5:14
‘In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.’ Matthew 5:16