Roses and Sunshine

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Sometimes, Christian Victory should be called Christian struggles. The purpose of this site is to encourage people in their walk with Christ. But, struggles do come and sometimes, they come at you hard and they come at you fast.

If they didn’t, none of us would need encouragement and we would not need to lean on the Lord either.

Sermons talk actively about relying on the Lord. It is preached to the downtrodden, the poor,  the unemployed. It is a message that is preached to me. As an “itinerant” preacher, I boast of my victory in the Lord. Becoming a Christian was the hardest thing that I have ever had to do and we must be crazy sometimes to look at the cross and raise our tired arms in victory.

When life is going well, we count our blessings (sometimes we even mean it) and when times go sour, we can cry out and lean on the Lord and have the resources of Heaven, or we can cry out to our neighbour who really doesn’t listen. Does being a Christian mean it is going to be roses and sunshine? No, it is usually the opposite. It is a life of thorns and snares. It is filled with scorn from family and friends in the world who simply do not see the point of worshiping any god, let alone “THE GOD”. But being a Christian gives me something that the world does not have: peace. At times, it is frightening to think I am unemployed and the donations for this site are not what they could be. At times I even wonder if He listens to my pleas for money so my mortgage will get paid.

The fear is of the world and it comes and goes. It lasts for mere seconds and then an incredible peace rises from deep within. He is in control. No matter what, as Psalm 91 says,  I can live in His shadow. That means He is in front of me, clearing the landmines before I step haphazardly into them. He is there in front of me because He cares about each and every step that I take.

Does this give me license to be lazy? Of course not, but it is the Lord who prompts me to look for work, hone my skills, spend more quality time with Him and listen for that soft whisper in the wilderness. In Matthew 11 we find:

28 Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
30 “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” NKJV

I want that rest that He talks of. I want to know how Paul wrote the letter to the Philippians while he was awaiting certain execution. While I do not have all of the answers to His mysteries, one answer that helps me find that peace is Psalm 91:

91:1 HE who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
91:2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” NKJV (emphasis mine)

As I see my bills pile up, unopened, unanswered, I will begin helping the Lord, to help me. I am going to ask for His help and when He begins to help, I am going to let Him.

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