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Colossians 3:12-14 NKJV

“Put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.”

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Faith in Our Future | Hope in God’s Plans

December 23, 2014 - Author: Bernadette Saddik

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;” Ecclesiastes 3:1, 6 KJV

We all face trials or disquieted spirits at some point in our lives.
Maybe you know what you want but can’t figure out how to get it, or are discouraged in realizing it.
Maybe you are frustrated because you don’t know what you want.
Or stuck in some combination of the aforementioned.

Right now, I want to run fast again. Play music again. Not hurt every time I blink, or smile, or breathe. I want to feel strong and capable again.

But it’s not about what I want.
It’s about God’s will for me. About what He knows I need.
So there is only one thing deserving of ever being wanted.

It should be yearned for, craved, sought after.

And that is God’s will.
That is powerful to want.

It means nothing is in vain. When you walk with God, you are never left alone to figure out the path for your life.
There is no aimlessness, there is no mistake.
There is a purpose.
There is a plan, and you will reach your dreams. Dreams He has placed in your heart, or will once He has prepared you (that is for another post — update 9/1/15: see Praying for a Dream | God’s Purpose for Your Life).

“But always be zealous for the fear of the Lord. There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.” Proverbs 23:17b-18 NIV

Time and time again we see how surely that hope is not cut off.

From the paralyzed man whose friends lowered him through a roof to bring him to the Healer:

When Jesus saw their faith, He said unto the sick of the palsy, ‘Son, thy sins be forgiven thee’…But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (He saith to the sick of the palsy), ‘I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house.’

And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all…” Mark 2: 5, 10-11 KJV

The man and his friends followed through with a risky idea, which could have failed in many ways, in pursuit of the hope for healing Christ brought.

The paralyzed man was completely immobile.

And he walked.

From the girl who was proclaimed dead:

As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, ‘Be not afraid, only believe’…And He took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, ‘Talitha cumi’; which is, being interpreted, ‘Damsel, I say unto thee, arise.’

And straightway the damsel arose, and walked.” Mark 5:36, 41-42 KJV

Her parents spent the last living moments of their daughter’s life in pursuit of the hope for healing that Christ brought.

The girl had died.

And she walked again.

“Be not afraid, only believe.”

Be not afraid about where you are. Be sure of your future. To believe in God’s perfect will, to have faith in His evident mercies and plans for us, is powerful to want.

It means I want my Shepherd to wrap me in His arms as He walks me from my pain to the fulfilling of my calling.

It means I want my Comforter to whisper to me constant reminders of His love for me as He encourages me to step forward in faith.

It means I want my King to call me His daughter to join the inheritance of a whole and joy-filled life starting today.

Lord, may the only ‘I want’ in my life be a passionate desire for Your will, to know and trust you more and more!

“I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of His resurrection and participation in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:10-14 NIV

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Love

March 19, 2013 - Author: Bernadette Saddik

There is a basic concept that God has allowed me to explore to help keep my spirits up. It reminds me of a difference between Judas and Peter.

Judas could not get past the fact that he was responsible for another’s death. He stewed in that horrible situation, and it drove him to a miserable permanent end.

The aforementioned example of Judas illustrates a problem–that staying stuck in that which is not good, in that which is not right, leads to scary ends (Matthew 27:1-5).

Happy thoughts are too simple, too shallow a solution. Great, the thoughts are in my head, but how do I get them to my heart, to the rest of me? This is where the point of this entry come in.

God is love. It is this love that warms our hearts, our emotions, to Him. Christ made clear that love is an action (John 3:16). Thus, the action of love is what inspires our deepest motivations (1 Corinthians 13:13).

Most likely, you’ve heard the advice to help others when life isn’t quite agreeing with us, that it will make us feel better. While I certainly do not dismiss charity, it can be extremely discouraging when you are, for whatever reason unable to follow through.

You are not a failure.

This, however, can put us in an interesting predicament–we need action, but action seems insurmountable.

Here, God shows us His grace. Peter, who denied Christ three times, repented (Mark 14:66-72). The very nature of repenting means to acknowledge the wrong and then do something about it–often implementing a new strategy to prevent a repeat. Peter did not have to go out and do a thousand good deeds. He did, but he did not have to in order to be a part of God’s peace. All he needed to do was repent.

And that leads to a burning desire to sincerely follow where God led him (John 21:15-19). God will not give to us that which we cannot handle.

Which brings me to another question: what are we capable of handling? But that is for another post. (UPDATE: read about it here at Capability from 6/30/13)

In the meantime, do not stop praying and “asking God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding” (Colossians 1:9 NIV).

He does hear your prayers. He does answer.

Look for all the positive, wholesome moments in your life — they are answers, or at least, clues. Go from there, see where your prayers take your mind wanderings. Above all, love God, and love one another (Luke 10:27). It needs not be huge and grandiose. A small gesture can mean the world to someone.

Remember, God has granted us quite a capacity to love.

God bless you all

“Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loves is born of God, and knows God. He that loves not knows not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.” 1 John 4:7-11 KJV

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