You don’t have to worry about anything, all you have to do is obey!
Your happiness and your health and your blessings in this life depend on your obedience to God. If you are obeying the Lord and are faithful and loyal and trusting and believing, then God’s got to bless you. But if He’s not blessing you, it’s not His fault, it’s your fault!–Something’s wrong somewhere.
Sometimes you just have to have the faith to trust God, that He knows best.–Just like a child has to trust a parent, even though he doesn’t always understand why he must do this or that or not do it. He just has to “do it because Daddy says so!”–Because Daddy knows best, and he’ll probably find out Daddy was right in the long run! The smartest thing a child can do is to obey and follow his parents, and do as they do, and as they tell him to do, if he wants to stay out of trouble and survive!–So help us, Lord, to just trust Thee and obey, whether we always understand what You are doing in our lives or not.
The thing that counts with God is your faith in Him and His Word, and your obedience to the Lord. So God bless you and help you to believe and obey–As the old hymn says,
“Trust and obey, for there’s no other way,
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey!”
Winter’s over!–Spring is here!
It’s a pity to live in unhappiness, when just around the corner, your life can be thrilling and fulfilling and wonderful beyond all expectation!–”Beyond the blue horizon waits a beautiful day! Goodbye to things that bore me, joy is waiting for me! I’ve found a new horizon, my life has only begun! Beyond the blue horizon, waits a rising sun!” For all of us who have found the Lord, that certainly is true! Our lives are constantly full of new horizons, behind which the rising Son, Jesus, is always shining, and always brightening each new day! (Mal. 4:2)
He came “that we might have life, and have it more abundantly” (John 10:10), and enjoy His joy to the fullest, here and now!–Not just “pie in the sky” and “Heaven hereafter”, but “an hundred-fold in this life, and in the World to come, Life Eternal”! (Mark 10:30)–All this and Heaven too!–Heaven on Earth and Heaven hereafter! When we found Jesus, it was like the end of a cold, hard Winter and the beginning of a beautiful new Spring-like awakening of the Spirit of Life! Hallelujah! We have a Heaven on Earth in our hearts!
For Truth and Spring our God can bring,
And happy you can be!
Take Jesus’ joy right here and now,
And live a life that’s free!
Resist the Devil and he will flee from you! (Jam.4:7)
We have in effect renounced our Worldly citizenship when we receive the King of kings into our hearts. We have become citizens of God’s great Heavenly City and members of the Kingdom of God when we become Christians–real Christians, true Christians, disciples of Christ, lovers of God, lovers of Jesus!
We’re citizens of a New World of love and life and happiness in Jesus forever!–The Kingdom of Heaven!–The only Country that never did a wrong thing or fought a wrong war or persecuted the poor or oppressed the weak or polluted the Earth! Our Country’s trying to save the World, to stop the wars, to relieve the poor and to feed the hungry, heal the sick and liberate the captives who are bound. We’re citizens of the only righteous nation in the Universe, the Kingdom of Jesus Christ!–That’s our Country and Heaven is our Home!
Are you a citizen of that City already? Have you received your passport? Are you claiming your citizenship papers as a rightful citizen of that Heavenly City? Your passport is Jesus and your citizenship papers are the promises of God for your Salvation!
Some people feed their body and lose their soul, such as the rich man in the Bible who stuffed his barns full of grain. God said to him, “Thou fool, this night shall thy soul be required of thee: Then whose shall all those things be?” (Lk.12:16-21) Having a full stomach and a full purse and a full head cannot give you a full heart. In fact, if you put the desires of the flesh above the needs of your spirit, then you will find that nothing ever satisfies! You will become as the world-famed poet, Lord Byron, who despaired at the height of his fame, “I have drunk of every fount of pleasure and quaffed every cup of fame, yet, alas, I die of thirst!”
Just like you have to eat in order to have physical strength, the good wholesome reliable spiritual food of God’s Word is essential for your spiritual life, and you won’t last long without it! You need a good feeding and feasting and drinking of it every day!
Though your outward man is perishing, is your inward man still growing–renewed every day with the life-giving flow of His Spirit with the nourishment of His Words?–”Taste and see, the Lord is good!” (2Cor.4:16; Isa.55:1,2; Psa.34:8)
Never belittle any task that the Lord has given you, because even things that seem little are so important! You may think what you’re doing now is not very important, but you just might be in school for something that’s more important than you realise. The Lord tests you first with little things, and the more He finds He can trust you with, the more He gives you. He knows if you’ll do little things diligently, faithfully and well, then He can trust you with big things. Jesus said, “He that is faithful in that which is least, is faithful also in much.” (Lk.16:10)
Little things are big in God’s eyes! God runs the whole World on small things and He judges us by small things. The whole World and all the Universe and God’s Kingdom is made up of small things, very small things. And without the small things it wouldn’t BE here!–Are YOU faithful in the little things?
Help us, Lord, to learn how important the little things are and not to fail in even the least of them! Thy Word says, “It is required that a servant be found faithful!” (1Cor.4:2)–Full of faith and faithful at their tasks. So, help us to be faithful and obedient to You, Lord!–In Jesus’ name, amen!