HOPE NOW – HELP LATER
Posted August 11, 2012on:
I am learning EVERY DAY how painfully MORE devastating my life would be if I DID NOT KNOW THE LORD 4 MYSELF & read my Bible…better yet – if I DID NOT let my Bible read me. I’d like to share something that I have learned with all of you so we can “HOPE NOW – HELP LATER. To break it down so ALL can understand – I am encouraging you as I encourage me NOT to look at today and think it is a “preview of coming attractions” in my tomorrow.
Recently my Pastor Chad A. White Sr., preached on “How 2 B Content” Philippians 4:11-13 where Paul who calls himself the “chief of sinners” who became a “slave to his Savior” is reminding the brethren (sisters too) to rejoice in the Lord , have Peace with God NOW – no matter what things look like. LATER is out of your control anyway. You got a little rejoice – you got a lot rejoice.
“Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased and I know how to abound; every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” KJV
I need to paint a picture here because I am sharing how I started my week on Sunday 8.5.12 and will later tell how I ended my week on Friday 8.10.12 (in Springfield OH where it was a cloud at Restored Life Ministries – 1117 Innisfallen Ave as Deborah Scales – The Rev. Deborah Scales now, preached her trial sermon. I will get to that later in a separate communication)
When Pastor was preaching I was praying and pondering on the things currently going on in my life – the NOW things that I HOPE for – knowing LATER help will come. Later takes too long – doesn’t it?
Paul speaks to us about learning how to be content in any situation. In order to do that we must have proper perspectives, proper priorities, and a proper peace with the Lord. Thank you Pastor Chad A. White, Sr. for that WORD!
Daria what are you HOPING FOR NOW – KNOWING HELP WILL COME LATER? Glad you asked. Because I am an active Soldier in the “Society of Satisfied Saints” – I have learned to never let the world have my JOY (Jesus Opening You) even when I can’t feel that joy. If I did not spend time with GOD I wouldn’t know the difference between his voice and the world’s noise – neither would you. And I would (like I use to) have false joy, false hope and nothing in between.
Nothing wrong with liking nice “creations” such as people, places, things – yeah STUFF.” But don’t give priority to “creations” when the CREATOR is the main focus. But when you lose a job, can’t pay your rent or mortgage, children are challenging, family is freaking out, co-workers are bugging out – what do you do – how do you re-act? Does everybody know when you are not feeling Joyful? Just asking. For I am not the ‘main focus” in this situation. I want to remind you as I remind me that “the world did not give me this JOY – and I will NOT let the world take it away.” I do know the world wants MY JOY, MY POWER, MY PURPOSE, MY PROMISE. You see I am spiritually pregnant (thank you Rev. Deborah Scales) and the world/enemy wants the baby before it is born!!!
That means I will have to fight, cry, hurt, lament, travail, be talked about, taunted, & tortured (sometimes physically and spiritually). And it really hurts though when your family and those closest to you make you that way.
HOPE NOW my brothers and my sisters – call those things that be not as if they were. Fall but get back up. Cry but shout for joy. Love your haters (family members included) – it is hard but Paul reminds us in Philippians 4:13 how we can HOPE NOW – for the HELP LATER. Stay in the WORD and stop trying to solve your problems, their problems – my problems – can you really feel me? Yeah I am talking to ME!
HELP LATER is the end result of our strong, long suffering faith walk. GOD has the final say so. It was never about us anyway. In order to have a testimony we must continue to be tested. Thanks for listening, learning and then loving/doing what the WORD says.
Because I care – I share!