It never ceases to amaze me how God, week after week, gives me messages to share through these posts. I sometimes find myself worrying after finishing a post that I won’t have something to write about for the next week. This brings me to a discussion that I had over coffee with a close friend who was in need of some Godly encouragement. During our conversation the Holy Spirit began to minister to both of us. What we discovered is that we make decisions out of fears and emotions that are based upon our preconceived notion that the outcome will turn out badly. But what if we chose to believe that the outcome will be favorable? Think about it, really! How often do things happen just the way we thought they would? Don’t allow fear to keep you from doing what’s needed. Remember, God is faithful!
Last week, I shared with you the life of two spirit-filled Christian men, Paul and Barnabas. I found myself thinking about these two men, their relationship and their passion for the Gospel, even long after I finished last week’s post.
I truly believe that it was the Holy Spirit that knitted these two Jewish men together. Paul was from the tribe of Benjamin and Barnabas was from the tribe of Levi. It was Barnabas who spoke up for Paul as we read in the Book of Acts 9:26-31 And when Saul (Paul) was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and believed not that he was a disciple. But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus. And he was with them coming in and going out at Jerusalem. And he spake boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, and disputed against the Grecians: but they went about to slay him. Which when the brethren knew, they brought him down to Caesarea, and sent him forth to Tarsus. Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied. These men became companions in the work of ministry for the furtherance of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Yet there are times when a disagreement can cause companions to part ways and so it was with Paul and Barnabas.
The gift of life is by far more precious than anything I can imagine, yet many of us take life for granted everyday. Some of us take life for granted in the way that we treat ourselves and others, then there are those of us who just give up on life completely. The word life, itself implies living, growing and have the ability to change. When God created all life and He gave it purpose. It was never intended for mankind to be alone or isolated. In living we are to glorify God by how we give and share with others.
Yes! It’s true that life is frail, but if we trust in God, life with all it frailties will produce hope, not in ourselves, but in Jesus. The psalmist King David must have learned this valuable lesson about life, I am reminded of this song he wrote, Psalm 118:24 This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. I strongly suggest that you read all of Psalm 118, it will encourage you to have a better perspective towards life, but more than life itself, you may find yourself coming to a place of worship and recognition of who the true life giver is, The Lord God.
The way we choose to live our lives is up to each of us, but there is a word of caution and wisdom given to all from the Book of Proverbs. Proverbs 14:12 “There is a way which seem right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” There are many ways that a person can choose to live out their life and I’ve given some thought to some of those ways concerning my own life, at times I have found myself at different points that have taken me through various stages, some of which have brought me comfort and others pain to myself and others. Take a moment to reflect on your life today, think about some of the stages that you have already gone through, ask yourself, “at what stage I’m I in today?” And where does God want me to be? Know that you and I have the ability to change how we accept our circumstances in life, with the help of Jesus we can make those needed changes in how we live.