Why a great tribulation?

Last week I did a blog post about the great tribulation. Now I’d like to add on to those thoughts.  Again, it can be quite scary to think about such tribulations.  A lot of Christians mistakenly believe in the pretribulation rapture because they don’t think God would let Christians suffer so much.  Remember that God allowed his son to suffer on the cross for us because he loves us so much.

The great tribulation is going to be a final test for the Christians left on earth.  The great tribulation is going to strengthen and fortify the Christians that are living.  ‘The great tribulation is going to be the final fertilizer before the harvest.  You’re familiar with the parables Jesus told about the mustard seed and the wheat in the field right?  He was talking about the great tribulation.

Can you harvest your seeds(AKA Christian people) before they’ve fully sprung? No you can not.  While the tribulation will lead some astray from God, it’ll lead many people to God.  As God has promised us, he will be there with us during the time of the great tribulation.

Christians and Wasting Time

Yes, I know I haven’t been posting once again.  One of my favorite things to do when I get home from church on Sunday is to waste time.  As many of us Christians know, Satan loves to have us sell time.  It’s easy for most of us female Christians to waste time window shopping, doing beauty regiments, watching chick flicks, etc.  

While a little leisure time is good and even relaxing, we are called to guard our time and give our time up to God.  When we waste time, we’re not busy fulfilling the plans that God has for us.

My new goal is to stop wasting time on Sunday afternoons and get right to my blog as soon as I get home.  it’s also best to give a little time up to God once you wake up in the morning,  that way you start the day off right.  That is going to be my next goal, but I plan to take things one step at a time so the changes stick.  I hope that you resolve to give your time up to God and not let Satan talk you into wasting yours.  As Christians our time on this earth is truly precious.

Another Random Bible Verse

I just  can’t think of anything else to write about at the moment so here’s another random bible verse ……

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 (KJV)

There’s nothing we can do to save ourselves or free ourselves from sin.  Jesus did die for us, all we have to do is believe and keep Gods commandments.  It is true that God wants us to serve one another, but we can’t get into heaven by simply doing good things.

It’s also true that God considers laziness a sin, but working hard isn’t going to get us into heaven.  The work to get us into heaven was done when Jesus died for us on the cross.  What more work could possibly be done?

Having faith isn’t always easy, and every Christian has struggled with it at some point.  It can seem difficult to have faith, but God has never given us any reason or cause to doubt him.

We all do want credit for the hard work we do, but hard work isn’t about boasting or bragging.  Hard work is its own reward.  Jesus never boasted or bragged about any of the work that he did.

God and Food

After having a nice delicious lunch I decided I want to write my next blog about food.  Food is something many Americans take for granted.  In fact, many Americans have so much food left over that they just throw excess food away.  As Christians we are called to love and think of others.  Instead of throwing the extra food, donate it to a church or food bank.  God also wants us to pray for those who are hungry and malnourished as well.  I normally pray for the hungry as part of my prayer before I eat.  Do you?

Far more important than physical nourishment is spiritual nourishment.  After all, we can’t get to heaven unless we lead Godly and spiritual lives.  To gain spiritual nourishment we must turn to God.  God also provides for our bodily nourishment as well.  I am finding myself hungrier for spiritual nourishment as my walk with God continues and I pray that you are too.

Calling God “Father”

I am now reading a book called Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller.  My next few blogs will be related to the book with a random bible verse or two thrown in.  To start I’d like to discuss the word father.  In the begging of the book Miller states that he wonders why God wants to be called “Father” when so many fathers abandon their children.

Why does God want to be called “Father?”

The Oxford dictionary defines a father as “an important male figure in the origin and early history of something” and “a man who provides care and protection.”  God isn’t a man, but he did create man in his image.  Since he created man, he is the “father” of mankind.  No one provides for us or cares for us like God does.  There are also many verses in the Bible where he states that he wants to protect and comfort us.  While there are a lot of fathers who do abandon their children, there are many great fathers out there.  Calling somebody father is a term of respect and honor.  Nobody deserves our respect or honor more then God does.

Jesus himself called God his “Father” in the New Testament.   Jesus wants us to follow and live by his example so if he called God “Father” there is no reason why we shouldn’t call God “Father.”

My final thought for this blog post – God wants to make up for absent fathers and have a loving and forever lasting relationship with us.  Like a true father should, God will always be there for us and never abandon us.

God is Great

God has been really great to me lately!  My faith in him is only getting stronger.  As my pastor says, there is nothing you can do but believe.  It can be hard at times, but He’s there and He provides.

Sometimes God will allow bad things to happen to you but he’ll never let more bad things happen then you can handle.  God knows that we all have pain thresholds and he won’t let that threshold be crossed.

We may not feel that God is great when bad things happen to us, but God is great.  God does not pile up bad things on us, and he knows that there are times when we can’t handle any more bad things.

God comes through for us when we need him the most.  God knows what we truly need, and He always makes sure that we get them.  The best way to get things from God is to come to him with our needs.

God always loves us, and God is great.  It’s easy to feel Gods love if you want to feel it.  God never fails us when we need him the most.  Even when things aren’t great for us, God is building us up for great things.

Trust God

I’m still going through a lot of personal things in my life right now so last night I called the pastor at my old church.

I told him that I’m anxious and don’t know what I’ll do if things don’t turn around soon.  He told me to trust God.  Sometimes it’s a lot easier said then done but as Christians it’s the best thing we can do.  Sometimes it can feel like things will never get better but that’s no reason to stop trusting in God.

As the Bible says, God knows what you need and he cares.  We never have to go through worries and burdens alone, we have family, friends, and church to lift us up and build our trust in God.  We all go through trials where our faith and trust is tested.  Some people have longer trials then others, but they all end.

Proverbs 3:5 states, “trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”  It can be impossible to understand why some things happen or why some things don’t happen.  Trust that God knows what he’s doing and that he has his reasons.

It’s not our duty to understand why God does what he does, it’s our duty to trust him and have faith in him. 

More on Shopping

Shopping is a serious issue, so it deserves a second posting.  This is a issue I feel strongly about because I’ve seen a lot of it.  Suze Orman herself says that the less you feel the more you spend.  This means that the less you feel about yourself the more money to spend.  This is especially true for females.  There is no reason to feel like less because we are all creations of God.  We are all loved by God, and have a great value to Him.

There may be times when we feel unachieved or underaccomplished.  There may be times in our lives when things just aren’t going right.  God puts us through trials to make us stronger in our faith and He even tears us down so he can build us up stronger.  There are no excuses to spend money recklessly or spend money as part of a therapy.  In the end spending money is a quick fix and normally ends up in regret.  God is the only therapy we need.

Easter

Happy Easter everyone!  Today we celebrate the day that Jesus rose from the dead.  During Easter we celebrate Gods triumph over death, and we celebrate the fact that God can do anything.  Gods value and reverence for life is shown through his death and resurrection, and this is something believers must remember all year round.

I’m currently going through several struggles in my life.  There were times last year that I just didn’t want to live anymore.  There were times when I wondered if it would be best to end my life.  I have been a Christian all my life but didn’t know how much more I could struggle.  Then I gave my burdens to God and strengthened my faith in him.  I knew that He didn’t want me to kill myself and I knew that he is only building me up for great things.  If God can overcome death, there’s nothing He can’t help me overcome.  God loves me enough to have died for me, and he loves me enough to bring good things in his timing.  Gods love for me has kept me strong and has been my reliable rock.  God has also put great people in my life that I can talk to and rely on for encouragement.

Sometimes I’m ashamed of myself since I know that none of my struggles are as hard as the struggles Jesus faced during his crucifixion and resurrection, but I have asked for his forgiveness.  Jesus was scared of facing the cross and thought about backing out of it.  I decided to follow  the example He set and face my hardships head on.  God gave me my life and He’s the only one who has the right to take it away.

Things are finally starting to look up for me now.  I know that things are only going get better.  Gods will is unfolding in my life, and it will keep unfolding forever. I still don’t know what the future has in store for me, but God will exceed my expectations.  Always remember that God loves you and that your life is precious.