Thursday, September 18, 2014

Feeling Immortal?





A deer may not be an immortal being but God cares even about this deer!  How much more us who were made in the very image of God himself! (Genesis chap 1)


God has 'written eternity into our hearts! Ever wonder why God would do that? 

 The Bible talks about it in Ecclesiastes. Well, here may be the answer:

This evening as I was watching the sun going down and talking to God in prayer, I felt Gods presence in my heart speaking to me. 

 Anyway, the message coming through to me from Gods Spirit was basically Gods love for me (and us) and I was telling God that I didn't really understand it all that much. So I asked God to explain a little.

 After this I felt light coming into my heart from God. Along with this light came the thought that not only was I merely loved but that God understood everything about me. I understand this concept intellectually but I'm not sure how much emotionally. But there was more to it than that. It was what I didn't understand about myself that was missing.

  It was then that I realized what God was saying. He had created our spirit to be eternal and that God wants to be near us forever. 

We are not just passing things to Him. We are loved so deeply that He has made us eternal (and though our body will die - our spirit will not). When we believe Jesus came to save us from being shut out from God (hell) and cling to Him then he saves us and brings us back to his ultimate plan for us - to be our friend eternally. 

We are THAT important! Wow! I felt overwhelmed!

I must also share with you that had I not backed up what I felt God saying to me with what the Bible says too then I would not have the peace inside that the message was truly from God. Some verses that sum up my thoughts here can be found in the following:

- Ecclesiastes where it says that god has put eternity in our hearts

-  The parable of the rich man and Lazerus, where the rich man lifted up his eyes in hell and seeing Lazerus across the divide (being in a good place) asked Lazerus to wet his tongue as he was burning.

- Where Jesus says "He who believes in me will never die."

There are many many more scriptures about it that I would be here all day writing them down. But these are a good start I think!

Thanks for your comments!

-Albie
http://SailingWithAlbie.blogspot.com



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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Fear of the Inevitable

Ever have a fear of the inevitable? It's like death - you know it's going to happen - you just don't know when. 

Well I have another fear kind of like that. For months and months I wondered and worried slightly what would happen when the transmission failed on my white van that I drive for my job with Ontrac. Well God got me through that fear:

Yesterday my transmission broke on my white Ford van. God worked it out for me to be able to only have to spend half the price on a rental van and half the price to fix the transmission and with payments that can be paid over the next two months instead of all at once! You won't believe how much that helped me. Gods grace everywhere I turned.

In all of that I did my best to do what I could - but I couldn't of got by without the help from my boss for getting the van and finding an amazing rental rate. Also from my mechanic for cutting the price in half and ultimately from God for creating mercy and kindness in the first place.

 I would have been hit with a lot of expense on both sides - way more than I could have afforded. It's an important lesson that you can't do everything yourself. A team is needed and really, God is needed. Because everything good comes from God. So even the little or big things your friends and family do for you is a form of Gods love. But this love cannot be controlled by us.

That's why God wants us to trust him like a kid trusts his parents. As a child you know you can't take care of all the things your parents do for you. You don't even know all the things your parents do so that you can grow up properly! Yet parents don't care if you know what they do, they just want you to trust them and listen to them.

That's why Jesus says in the Bible 'that unless you become like a little child, you will not enter Gods kingdom.' (My paraphrase). Why? Because God knows we can't possibly know everything He does. Nor does he care - he just wants us to trust and listen to him!

 So I ask myself again: do I have any fears of the inevitable? Fears like death or big problems in life. My answer is yes. I do have those fears. But I also know who I can trust. 

Thanks for your comments!

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-Albie
SMILE :-)
http://SailingWithAlbie.blogspot.com

Sunday, June 15, 2014

The Mystery of Giving up Your Life for God



Group1 Crew: "I do this for you."



"I do this for you
I do this for love
I do this for the life we've been dreaming of." Group1 Crew

I love this song and it's words that inspired me to even write this. Often I will listen to it and think of my lovely wife and our relationship that I cherish.

From the day we got married I remember looking out away over the horizon at the clouds and the sea while the pastor was talking and having a dream of what we could do together. I think this is a beautiful thing and something to take seriously for the two of you and accomplish. Yet on the flip side it can get the best of you too, flame your selfish ambition and destroy what God wants to do in your life. So how do we keep a balance? And what does God have to say about it all that will guide us when we are about to go the wrong way?

God says: "Whoever wants to save his life will lose it but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it."

"Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me." Luke 9:23

So how do those verses have anything to do with "the life we've been dreaming of." It sounds rather that God wants us to give up living for our dreams. Well, if that is so then explain this verse:

Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires [and secret petitions] of your heart." Psalm 37:4

So in finding joy in God and making him #1 in our lives, we find that God delights in us too and gives to us the secret desires of our heart.

So how does all this work? Well I think it's all a matter of focus: when you're focus is on loving God and others ahead of yourself then you find that you DO have to sacrifice to do that but at the same time you feel what Gods kingdom is all about: GIVING!

You feel joy in giving and God gives back to us what little we give up because GOD IS THE GREATEST GIVER OF ALL!  He truly loves to give BECAUSE HE TRULY LOVES US! Not only is this the case but also others feel our love and give back to us too. AND THAT IS WHAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS ALL ABOUT!

So in focusing on loving others, does this mean that we ignore our own selves? Well obviously if our focus is others we put others above ourselves but that doesn't mean doing harm to ourselves or abusing the responsibility we have to love ourselves too:

"Follow the ways of your heart and whatever your eyes see, but know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment..."
Ecclesiastes 11:9

So God wants us to enjoy life and do things we want to do - but this doesn't mean being selfish. Here is how God wants us to look at it:

Philippians 2:3 "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit ...
Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, ... each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself. ..."
‎Philippians 2:4 - ‎Philippians 2:3 NASB

So now to check my heart and see if I really live by this: yes, I believe I do.  I do have my faults though. I think this battle to love others is something that you have to get up and fight fresh each day. Attitudes fluctuate and if your not happy about something that can have a big impact on your response. But following the Spirit and submitting your way to Gods loving way can take courage and backbone. But it's the way of the shining path that grows brighter and brighter each day!