“He told them: “The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few. Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.” (Luke 10:2).
Spreading the word is something that people often neglect. As I have stated before most of us are more worried about our well-being; Things like income, food, clothing and everything else that life necessitates. We become consumed with these things and put them before God. Often when I tell people my age, that I am married, with a child on the way, they say to me, “wow aren’t you a little young to be married with kids, and how are you going to provide?” The saddest thing is a lot of these people call themselves Christians. A lot of Christians today lack understanding of what it means to put your trust in God. Many ignore that still small voice inside of them that attempts to guide their footsteps. When God says to move and you move you will be blessed abundantly for it.
“So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
People who do not believe in God rightfully worry about these things because they do not have a provider, therefore they must become providers for themselves. With Christ, these things are added unto us if we just follow Him and seek the kingdom. I spent all of last year and this year taking big risks and steps because God said to. I made bold statements with nothing to back myself up except for my trust in God and that He was leading me. Because of this I went from not having an income whatsoever, unmarried, and confused, to being able to support myself and a stay at home mom in the matter of months. In the midst of my confusion I questioned the steps God set before me, but my doubts did not dictate my actions. I said to God I don’t know how it will get done but I know it will get done.
Trusting in God can be a struggle but we are called to do so and when we do, God always proves himself reliable. If you love someone you trust them, so why not trust God? I work in the hospital and was in school studying to become an RN, but recently had a revelation. God revealed that His will for me is not to save lives here, but to save eternal lives for Him. God called me to the field and said “do not worry, things will get scary at times but trust me, it is only scary because you do not know what I know. If you knew what I knew you would walk through the fire with a smile on your face. Do not worry, for you are in my hands, and no one who is in my hands can be plucked away.”
So what do I do, do I trust God and enter the field of souls seeking to bring as many to heaven with me as possible? Or do I trust myself, and the views of the pagans that believe I need to waste years of my life in school in order to provide? You do not need a school, a six-figure salary, the lottery, or anything like that if you have God. The only time those things are needed is when God leads you in that direction. Jesus pulled His disciples straight from their jobs with no biblical education and for some, no real education at all and sent them out into the field to win souls for His kingdom. So don’t listen to people who tell you that you need a whole bunch of bible school, experience and whatever garbage they can come up with to steer you away from going out there and leading people to Christ RIGHT NOW. I believe it is great to have a solid biblical education, but it is not a necessity to be eligible to go out into the field and work for God.
Today when we travel to an area of the world that we have never been, we listen to a GPS. Why, Because it knows the area better than we do. Let God be your GPS through life because who better to know what you should do with your life than the giver of life?
Hundreds of thousands of people are concerned with their career path and what it will be. Only a fraction of those people are concerned about what God wants them to be, only a fraction of those people actually listen to God, and only a fraction of those people follow the path in full.
God needs more people spreading His word! He needs more people harvesting souls than an income for themselves. God will never lead you to a place that will lead to destruction. Trust Him and He will provide all that you need while you go out into the world and spread His word!
In times of great blessing and in times of great tribulation, we are to call out to God giving thanks. We are to give glory and honor despite the situation. At times it may be easier to express love and gratefulness but when you think about all that Jesus Has done for you, your trial pales in comparison. Never mind what you are experiencing now and how hard it is, Never mind your struggle. Struggles are only put there to build strength anyway, so why complain. All it means is that God is working on you. never mind your hurt, never mind your insurmountable odds. Give God the glory in the midst of it because He made it possible for YOU to receive glory again. Think about what Jesus has given you. He gave you everlasting joy and an eternal glorified body and kingdom. Doesn’t God deserve your praise? Why wait until times are good. “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” (Matthew 6:27) Therefore praise God through and through because before your conception, you children of the most high were blessed and counted as kings and queens.
Sometimes I approach reading the word of God with haste because I’m anxious to learn. This is a good thing but it becomes a bad thing when done so hastily that I forget to pray. The reason why Atheists have a hard time understanding the principles of the bible is because they do not have the Holy Spirit of God guiding them, teaching them and helping them to understand. We as Christians do have this, but when we approach God’s word without first praying and asking for it, there will be times where we finish reading and feel like we’ve gotten nowhere. God is the one who equips you with understanding, so when you leave Him out of the process you inadvertently handicap yourself. It is an amazing thing to be anxious for God, but it is dangerous when your anxiousness supplements your patience.
We must speak to God and ask for Him to sanctify us by His truth which is His word, and help us to apply that word to ourselves. Then the outcome will be a lot more pleasant. It is kind of like the order of a day, if the sun fully rose before the rooster crows, what good would the rooster be, or if a flower grew from a seed without being planted first, what good would the soil be? Therefore we must talk to God first so that His word can have the impact it is supposed to have on us and so it can resonate with us. 🙂
I am so happy to have a guest post by my little sister in Christ on here. She has such a brave heart and has just entered into a world filled with disbelief and darkness. This world is called college and she is going to need as much encouragement as possible because college can be a dark and manipulative place. Thankfully the Lord has blessed her with some amazing friends :). After reading this be sure ti head over to her awesome site and follow her. Okay without further a do I present you A gift from about by Courtney the 1timothy412girl
Before I begin, I would like to say thank you to my friend and big brother in Christ—Julian—for giving me the opportunity to guest post on his site! His posts are awesome I know that God has great plans for him, his family, and his blog!
When Julian asked me to write a guest post, he asked that I speak about a time when I felt God’s presence in my life. After a lot of thinking, I realized that the way that God is revealing Himself the most strongly right now is through my friendships. Throughout the years, God has placed some amazing people into my life who have encouraged me in my walk with God and helped me grow.
I met my best friend during the summer between freshman and sophomore year, when I was going through a particularly dark season that I thought would never turn around. I was dealing with a lot of drama that I never would have volunteered to be involved in, and I was falling deeper and deeper into a sea of despair. I remember days when I didn’t even want to leave the house, feeling that I would never have close friends again. Nonetheless, as time went on, and as I pushed forward, it soon became clear that loneliness was not part of God’s plan for me. Little by little, he began bringing new and wonderful people into my life
Upon the arrival of sophomore year, even amidst the continuous drama I was dealing with, I soon found myself becoming closer with fellow classmates—some of them whom I’ve known of since junior high. As I spent my year wishing for one perfect friend, God was orchestrating things behind the scenes to bring me a whole group that would soon become like family to me.
One day—two years later—I was hanging out with my friends at the mall. By then, I had moved past the pain and drama and was surrounded by a wonderful, quirky, amazing group of friends. We were sitting at a long table in the mall cafeteria and my best friend Alex and I decided to get up and walk around. One by one, our friends began getting up and followed behind us. Alex—amused by this scene—made a comment that we both still remember.
“It looks like we’ve got a squad!”
That day, the “squad” was born, even though in some ways, it’s earliest roots can be traced back to the start of high school. During freshman year, when one of my friends was diagnosed with diabetes, a group of students from our English class met at Cracker Barrel to support him. At another point, I distinctly remember another friend sharing about a personal experience he was dealing with involving racial prejudice. Yet another time, I expressed some of my fears about the future and one friend promised that no matter what, we’d always be friends and when he has kids, I get the honorary title of being “Aunt Courtney”. We’ve all walked through some big problems together, but our friendship has always proved to be bigger.
Our “squad” is about as diverse as any friend group can be, with a mix of personalities, interests, and dreams, but we share a common friendship and we were brought together according to God’s plan. I have also been blessed to make friends through the blogging world, and have met people from other states and countries—even places as far as Nigeria!
In the Bible, Jesus models friendship through his relationships with his disciples and fellow-sojourners. Meanwhile David and Jonathan, along with Ruth and Naomi show what it means to have a strong unbreakable friendship.
I have been blessed with friends like this, and I pray God continues to work in our friendships, drawing us each closer to Him through our relationships with each other. Throughout our life here, we are given many wonderful gifts from above and I believe that one of the greatest gifts is the relationships that we have with one another, as well as our friendship with our Heavenly Father. In Christ, we always have the assurance of friendship, and a family who will be by our side for all eternity.
Jesus calls us to be a family— an eternal “squad” that will never fade away.
Can I get an amen?
In order for Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross to be valid, He had to experience the full extent of suffering for the sins of all mankind. This meant being completely separated from God. To be separated from God is to be separated from all that is good. “Everything good comes from God. Every perfect gift is from him…” James 1:17
Jesus, by suffering the consequences of the sins of humanity, despite living a blameless sinless life, became the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. No other person or deed could have covered the cost. He took our damnation and turned it into salvation and the most amazing part of it all is that it is a free gift to each of us. “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” Romans 10:9-10
God is love, and He has shown us that, “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13
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We serve a most magnificent God, who displays a glimpse His glory and majesty in the universe. Our solar system represents the power God has. It represents how big He is. The universe never ceases to expand, so what does that say about our God. It says that He is never ending, that He is eternal, that He is everlasting. it fills my heart with joy to know that I serve an everlasting powerful God. My spirit can rest because I know all is well because My God the only God who created the world has the final say on what goes on in it. My worries and insecurities are miniscule for lack of a better word in comparison to His majestic, awe inspiring, overwhelming, eternal glory. Thank you God simply for being who you are. Thank You God for having the attributes that You have. I thank You because you are perfection and yet You will stoop as low as you do in order to love me. Who am I compared to the great I Am. My Lord my God your glory is so beautiful.
“For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’But wisdom is proved right by all her children” (Luke 7:33-35).
Last night, my wife and I were talking about the religious leaders in the Gospels. She asked me, “How could they have had any doubts whatsoever concerning whether or not Jesus was who He said He was. With all the miracles He had done, the prophecies He had foretold, the things that He knew about that were done in secret, how could they not see?”
I looked at her and said, “I KNOW RIGHT!!!” The fact of the matter is people make themselves blind to truths that they do not want to or are not yet ready to accept. The Jewish leaders of that day were not looking for Jesus to be their Messiah. They were looking for an immediate deliverer and conqueror that would rescue them from Rome.
This is indeed what they received, they just did not understand that Jesus was rescuing them from something far more important than what they wanted deliverance from. The Jews in that day were looking for deliverance from Rome, but Jesus gave them deliverance from themselves. Jesus, in sacrificing Himself, rescued them from the bondage that their sin kept them in. If they thought the years that they served under the empire of Rome was bad, Hell is a lot worse. They received a Messiah greater than what they could have imagined. The only problem is, they did not accept the fact that they were unclean and they weren’t going to let Jesus tell them they were.
This is the problem with thinking highly of oneself. If you do not see a fault in what you are doing, you will not be willing to change your ways. The religious leaders did not want what Jesus was offering because they did not feel like they needed it. Moreover, the religious leaders enjoyed their roles within the church. They liked being thought highly of, setting the rules, wearing fancy robes and praying out loud for people to see how spiritual they were. Jesus condemned all of their actions and because they were not humble, they blinded themselves to the truth. How do we know this? In the verse I quoted above, Jesus states that the religious leaders thought John the baptist had a demon because he did not come eating bread and drinking wine, but Jesus came eating and drinking and they say He is a glutton and a drunkard. They were trying to remain blissfully ignorant because they refused to accept the truth.
It was clear as day who Jesus was, just like it is clear as day that there is a creator but many atheists just like the Pharisees, do not want to accept this truth. Instead, they offer flawed self-defeating arguments in an attempt to disprove God, just like the Pharisees. When those arguments do not work out for them they move to moral and philosophical arguments which neither prove or disprove the existence of a God. Today we deal with people who blind themselves willingly from the truth.
Jesus says, “wisdom is proved by all her children.” In order to be counted as wise one must exhibit humility. The ability to humble oneself leads to the acceptance of correction, putting others first, being quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to wrath and a healthy fear of God. When someone displays these attributes they come to the understanding that there is a creator and that Jesus is the savior. When these conclusions are drawn, you prove that there is a source of wisdom. Without a creator, wisdom is just a concept of wishful thinking. How can anything be intelligent if there is no creator who defines what intelligence is?
Jesus, before He returns is already a conqueror! He conquered death and the grave so that it would no longer have a hold on us. He conquered sin so that it would no longer define us. He conquered the law so we would no longer be judged by it. He is a conqueror with an everlasting kingdom that will never fall and I accept this conqueror. I accept Him as my Lord and savior because He is the only one with the power to set me free from the shackles of sin. I choose to spread His truth and follow His instruction because it brings forth life, life everlasting!
At times we can feel a sense of voidness, so we may seek to fill that void space inside of us. As followers of Christ we must not seek the things of this world to quench and satisfy our needs. John speaks on the love of the world in 1 John 2:15-17 saying,
“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”
After all, this world will leave us empty, dissatisfied and broken. Look to Jesus for any and every need because He is our Great Provider, and is the only one who can truly fulfill our every need. Only in Him will we find true contentment and joy. We want to be able to say …
“I have experienced times of need and times of abundance. In any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of contentment, whether I go satisfied or hungry, have plenty or nothing. I am able to do all things through the one who strengthens me.”
3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope (Romans 5:3-4)
In order to have a testimony, you must be put through a test. God prepares us throughout our lives to be vessels to be sent out into the world to be a blessing to other people. When you are in the midst of a trial rejoice knowing that God has already given you the victory. Once your prosperous, use your prosperity to guide others through their hardships. We win souls and maintain salvation with unselfish love and provide hope to the hopeless.