You ought to try a little prayer time every day, early in the morning before beginning your day’s work, asking the Lord to help you, lead you and guide you. When you first wake up, before you do anything, talk to God! Get your orders from Him for the day and you’ll be amazed at how He’ll solve a lot of your problems before the day even starts, if you will simply listen to what He has to say!
But if you go plunging into all your problems and troubles and your day’s work without stopping to talk to the Lord and get your directions from Him, you’ll be like a musician who decided to have his concert first, and tune his instrument afterwards! Begin the day with the Word of God and prayer and get in harmony with Him first of all!
Don’t ever think, “It’s too hard to pray”, or “I haven’t got time to pray!” The busier your day, the more reason you have to pray and the longer you ought to pray!–If you’ll just spend a little more time praying, you will find that you’ll spend a lot less time working to get things done later, because if your day is hemmed with prayer, it is less likely to unravel! It’s just that simple!
All the answers to our questions and problems are simple for the Lord! In fact, sometimes this is why the Lord lets us have a problem, so that He can give us the answer! He likes for us to find out that we can’t always solve our problems on our own, and that we need His help! After all, if we could figure it all out and solve all our own problems, we wouldn’t need Him! He likes to give us answers to remind us that we’re dependent on Him and we need Him. He likes us to appreciate His help and to love Him for it. He even knows what things we have need of before we ask. (Mat.6:8)–But He usually waits for us to ask!
The Lord solves problems so easily if we just ask Him, but He likes us to ask Him! But sometimes our own pride and independence get in the way and we don’t want to ask! We don’t want to admit that we don’t have the solution. We don’t want to admit that we can’t solve it so we try to do it ourselves to the point of frustration, when all we need to do is ask and receive His answer!
“I may not know all the answers, but I know the Answer Man!” God’s got all the answers! He knows it all! Try Jesus! He IS the Answer! Praise God!
What is God like? Some people picture Him as an angry God–an all-seeing eye Who carries a big stick around, ready to clobber them!–Or a cruel tyrant, some kind of a monster, Who is trying to frighten everyone into Hell! But actually, He is love! He’s a loving God who is trying to love everyone into Heaven! He’s so close, so intimate, so personal, so loving, so kind, so tender, so gentle, so concerned, and He’s waiting with open arms. The only reason He follows us around is that He’s hoping we’ll turn around and meet Him with open arms!
He never stops loving us no matter what we do. He never rejects us or withdraws His Love. He always has hope for us no matter how far we’ve strayed. So if you feel far from God, maybe it’s because you haven’t opened your heart to receive His Love and forgiveness! You need not continue to feel condemned for your mistakes and sins, only be sorry, ask for God’s forgiveness, and be forgiven! (Isa.1:18; 1Jn.1:9)
If you’ll even start God’s way, if you’ll just turn toward Him and start trying to find your way Home, the Father will come running toward you and receive you with open arms of love! (Lk.15:18-24)
God’s mercy is endless, from everlasting to everlasting! His Love and mercy and forgiveness and Salvation never end! He never stops loving us no matter what we do. He never rejects us nor withdraws His Love. He always has hope for us no matter how far we’ve strayed. (Psa.103:3-14)
Even in spite of our sins and shortcomings and misdeeds and crimes, whatever they may be, the blood of Jesus covers all our sins, past, present and future. If we will forsake our sin and turn to the Lord, our God shall abundantly pardon. (Isa.55:7) The Bible says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins.” (1Jn.1:9)–No matter what we have done! The only “unpardonable sin” is a refusal to believe in Jesus, rejection of Him as your Saviour.
But most people do not suffer for the unpardonable sin, but rather for pardonable sins from which they fail to repent and ask for forgiveness.
We have a God big enough to forgive not only our mistakes but our sins! He always has and always does and always will, forever and ever and ever! Like a stream, like a river, His Love and mercy just keep flowing no matter what!
“If there is an all-powerful God behind the scenes,” people often ask, “why would He allow such horrible wars? Why doesn’t He put a stop to all that if He’s in control?”
Although God hates war and its blood-thirsty perpetrators and IS soon going to intervene and set things right when He “destroys them that destroy the Earth” (Rev.11:18), He hasn’t yet, because in so doing, He would have had to put a stop to the main idea of His whole Great Design–Man’s choice!
Man brings all this evil upon himself through his own sins, his own hand, literally dying by his own hand because of his refusal to receive the Lord, follow God or obey His Word! But if the people would just turn to the Lord and repent of their sins and ask for His forgiveness, He would lift the curse, and there would be wars no more!–But they won’t! So He has to let the wars come and all the horrors that Man brings upon himself, to show what a mess Mankind is without the Lord!
Are you a person of peace?–Or a wager of war! “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God!” (Mat.5:9) Join the peacemakers and help bring peace to the hearts, minds, and souls of men, through the Prince of Peace, Jesus!–Who will soon take over and stop Man’s wars!