Tuesday, January 17, 2012
"FULLNESS OF LIFE"
In case you are wondering about this picture, it reminded me of me after I have made some "doozies of bad decisions without consulting God first. It has been pretty rough going at times. LOL!
Good Evening to All!
My son, forget not my law or teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments; (2) For length of days and years of a life [worth living] and tranquility [inward and outward and continuing through old age till death], these shall they add to you. (3) Let not mercy and kindness 'shutting out all hatred and selfishness' and truth [shutting out all deliberate hypocrisy or falsehood] forsake you; bind them about your neck, write them upon the tablet of your heart. [Col. 3:9-12.]
(4) So shall you find favor, good understanding, and high esteem in the sight [or judgment] of God and man. [Luke 2:52.] (5) Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. (6) In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths. (7) Be not wise in your own eyes; reverently fear and worship the Lord and turn [entirely] away from evil. [Proverbs 8:13.] (8) It shall be health to your nerves and sinews, and marrow and moistening to your bones.
I think this has got to be one of my favorite passages in the Bible. To me of course this is only my opinion, but it sums up quite a bit. To love God, His Word says that we will keep His commandments. As I have said many times before there are more commandments than just the "Big Ten". Let me say, I'm not using that expression of the Ten Commandments to be disrespectful. It's just that when the word "commandment" is used, people automatically think of the Ten Commandments. He also says he wants to have a "relationship" with us. He wants us to come to Him for advice. If we try and make our own decisions without consulting Him, more likely than not we will make a mess of things. If we will ask Him what He thinks and abide by what He tells our spirits, things will always turn out for the better. We may not think so at the time but by and by we will see that He knows what He is doing better than we do.
We all want a happy and successful life. We also want to make all of the right decisions and to see our children thrive and succeed in life. This passage tells us that this will happen if we follow God's lead. If we will listen to Him and abide by His Word. If we will surrender our will to Him and give Him control of our lives and decisions we will succeed in our goals.
Now let me clarify, because I have known some people to think that this meant asking God for help, and then just sitting back and watching to see what happened. That is not what I mean. God will help us by providing the means for something to happen. For example if someone is needing money, it isn't going to fall from the air. Someone may call with a job offer, or you might receive a refund or rebate in the mail. Someone who owed you money a long time ago may pay you back.
Another example was healing. Although God can and often does heal miraculously, he also uses doctors and surgeons to heal. I "laid hand on" a friend's husband and prayed for him. He had been diagnosed with cancer. A couple of months before that. He had gone to several doctors and they had him keep coming back and checking him. After I prayed, he went back to the doctor and they couldn't find the cancer anywhere. They looked and looked. Finally, they did find it, but instead of being spread as originally thought it was in a shell of sorts which made it a lot easier for the surgeon to go in and get it all out without worrying that there was any left. My friend's husband is still doing quite well today. This happened about 7 years ago.
The [point I am trying to make is that if we will rely on God's thinking and not our own, we will be much better off and a lot happier.
Qualities that are more radiant than gems are love and loyalty. The definition of "loyalty" is continually supporting someone of some cause. Being loyal to God is studying His Word regularly (as in every day) and trusting Him even if we don't see a solution to our problems. If we cast our cares upon Him like He tells us, things will work out for the best.
I know if you are not use to do this it is hard at first, but the more control you allow Him, the more you will be able to see His wonderful results and the easier it becomes to relinquish more control. This is what is known and increasing in faith.
Lots of bad things happen in life, but if we will allow God, He will help us through them. If we will lean on His understanding and knowledge rather than our own, several things will happen. First things will turn out better for us. Also, we will learn to depend more on Him like He wants us to. Our faith will increase because we will start noticing how much better things turn out and BEST of ALL, we will get closer to Him and develop an intimate relationship with Him.
There are two things that should be checked to measure the fullness or fulfillment of life. Those are our RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD, and FAMILY. (in that order). If we have a fulfilling relationship with God, then everything else will follow.
Good Night To All and May God Bless!