False Picture

“I think one may be quite rid of the old haunting suspicion—which raises its head in every temptation—that there is something else than God, some other country into which he forbids us to trespass, some kind of delight which he ‘doesn’t appreciate’ or just chooses to forbid, but which would be real delight if only we were allowed to get it. The thing just isn’t there. Whatever we desire is either what God is trying to give us as quickly as he can, or else a false picture of what he is trying to give us, a false picture which would not attract us for a moment if we saw the real thing. . . . He knows what we want, even in our vilest acts. He is longing to give it to us. . . .” –They Stand Together: The Letters of C.S.Lewis to Arthur Greeves (1914-1963), p. 465.

We get so easily distracted by what others have and are able to achieve, in the midst of this distraction we stray from our path and long for to follow someone else’s. We glance at their path and get frustrated thinking it is easier or more suitable than our own and at times we even wonder why them and not us?  If only we were sensible enough to comprehend that each one of us has a unique path to follow. We need to stop comparing, what might work for them might not work for us. Let’s hope we learn to look at the picture as a whole and not by its fragments. When we don’t take the time to wait to see the end result, to wait to see exactly what the artist is painting we might fantasize about a false picture instead.

God is not trying to distract or forbid us of anything we desire, He just wants us to realize that occasionally what we are longing for is simply a false picture of what He wants for us.

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Decision-making

Man´s heart

Do you struggle with decision-making? I do, at times, I can’t even decide what I’ll have for lunch.

I always wonder why I am so indecisive? Why do I struggle so much to make a decision? I desire to change, and although I know change doesn’t happen overnight, I trust that God will help me see clearer and will teach me to become less indecisive. What I have been learning is that true transformation happens when you allow God to teach you how to change. This is what he is teaching me:

First, I need to make my own decisions. Sure, it can be helpful to search advice from others, but at the end of the day, you are the one who needs to determine what is best for you, not them. By surrendering to God and acknowledging that his plans are greater than mine, I trust that he will show me the best path to take, I trust that I am capable of making my own decisions based on what God is showing or telling me.

For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

So trust that He will lead you towards what is right.

Second, I need to stop worrying about failure.  The fear of failure can hold us back from achieving God’s purpose. We need to let go of this fear and trust that he will be with us every step of the way, he will be there when we fall and will lift us up again.

For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again. Proverbs 24:16

Don’t be afraid of failure. If in fact you fail, take the opportunity to learn from it and remember that just because you fail at this moment it does not mean you will fail in the future. You still have the opportunity to try again and start over.

Third, take responsibility for your decisions, be prepared for the consequences of it, whatever they might be.

But let each one test his own word, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. For each will have to bear his own load. Galatians 6:4-5

Fourth, get rid of distractions. What is distracting you from achieving your goals?  We need to pay attention to what is most significant to us and cross out superficial stuff that will only distract us from achieving our goals.

Many are the plans in a person’s heart,but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21

By listening to God and by getting rid of distractions we are able to narrow down our choices, making it easier to follow a plan.

At the end, we can rest assure that God’s purpose will prevail, isn’t that an extraordinary promise?

It Is Wonderful

 

I love this quote, this is so true! Some people wonder why we, Christians, feel the need to share with them about God. The reason is, it is so wonderful to know God, to trust in Him and experience his faithfulness to us that we want everyone to know it and experience it too.

May God Bless you today and always!

* Quite a Revelation

It was declared at the beginning let there be light
And through men disobedience came perpetual light
The dark night of the soul, men searching for truth
The truth of God´s loves hidden from view
But God had a plan and it might sound strange
To bring back the light through a lamb that was slain
Let me explain
To get rid of all death would have required a new birth
The birth of a baby that would shake the whole earth
His birth was astounding
Quite a revelation
Breaking through the darkness heavily illumination
The first born of heaven laying in a manger extracting the soul of all men from eternal danger
But wait it gets stranger
He lived a sinless life and gave the credit to me
Took all my burden so that I could go free
I once was blind but now I see
And this great revelation has been given to me
That
JESUS CHRIST is the light of all men, he paid for all sin, new life could begin
_ Gray, John. From Here to There. Sermon. 
*Please note – Could not find a title for this poem. The title Quite a Revelation was chosen based on the poem. 

Heaven Inside You

[To have Faith in Christ] means, of course, trying to do all that He says. There would be no sense in saying you trusted a person if you would not take his advice. Thus if you have really handed yourself over to Him, it must follow that you are trying to obey Him. But trying in a new way, a less worried way. Not doing these things in order to be saved, but because He has begun to save you already. Not hoping to get to Heaven as a reward for your actions, but inevitably wanting to act in a certain way because a first faint gleam of Heaven is already inside you. ― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Some people believe that being a Christian means to live a strict life and that, strictness, comes from the Church forcing us to do or not do what they teach. However, the truth is, when you have a piece of heaven already inside you, you act in a certain way not because you are being forced to, but because you desire to. Your life is transformed, your priorities change, and what once was significant to you might not be as significant anymore. You see things under a different light, you begin to view life through Christ and that’s where transformation comes from!