Again, this is also for me to remember what I learned today.
This pastor said…
…Let the Holy Spirit encourage you today…Its about a constant choice. In fact it is to live life with an AMAZING ATTITUDE. Here in these verses is loaded with amazing encouragement of how to deal with life’s challenges. The Apostle Paul who is so familiar with adverse difficulties in his journey wrote these words…REJOICE…in the Lord…Again, I say rejoice…this is a constant attitude. Rejoice in the Lord. This is the key in facing ALL kinds of issues. My JOY is in the Lord. The source of my strength will come from the Lord when he is the source of my life. Your own anxiety about life, your fears, your worries trip you up. Stop being anxious, learn to bring what worries you to God…he hears, he sees, he acts upon your prayers. Be constant, bring all things in supplications, in other words, keep on asking, and seeking and knocking, cast your cares on him, for he cares for you…This is the attitude that I want to have to take me to the next level of faith. Let God know what trouble you…Sometimes we allow too many anxious thoughts to control our minds instead of the peace of God. What is controlling your mind today? Peace or Problems? The peace of God comes when we CHANGE THE WAY WE THINK. Change our thinking is the key to peace of mind.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.(Philippians 4:4-7)
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
“learn to bring what worries you to God…he hears, he sees, he acts upon your prayers.”
I am definitely having fear…. It could be controlling my life right now… This is not what I am supposed to be. I was thinking other day that what is the difference between me and a person walking to next me on the way to work? I am in Japan, so I assumed he was not a follower of Jesus. If he struggle with the same problem as I do, what would be the difference? Then I though it would not be any different if I struggle the way I am handling it….. I have to focus on what I have. I must chose what He says. I am His children. He loves me. Although I don’t know what’s going on right now, He totally knows. He is in control. So I can trust Him. In this darkness that weighs really heavies on me, I have the light. I know where to go. I have hope. I have a loving daddy who adores me enough to die on the cross. This hope is what I have and what the person probably does not. This is the “JOY” the bible says I believe. This is the practice to the next step of my faith. Everything has reason. A good reason. Because that is what God says. I chose to believe this today.