Praising God in the Blessings [Pt 2.]
Wow Welcome Back!
It has been a little while since the last time I posted, Good news we are back on track. I am pleased to say that a lot of exciting things will be happening in the future of this ministry and I will let you know all of the updates in soon to come posts.
What does it mean to praise God in the blessings? I mean obviously its a common sense choice, that when things start going good in our lives we thank God and prepare for the struggle because we are promised that one is on its way. Well even though we want to say that this is how we would react a lot of times we don’t. In fact we completely turn away from God because our earthly worldly lives are going great.
People are funny and this is why I wanted to make this a two part series, because I know that it is a struggle to rely on God in the hard times because well life is hard. This idea is what made me want to write this, but then I began to think that we can also take our eyes off God even when our lives seem to be in order for a bit. We turn to money, cars, power or something else instead of thanking God for blessing us in this season of life. This can even be potentially more self destructing than taking our eyes off of God during the hard times. This is why we need to condition ourselves to praise and thank God in every season of life, and trust me its HARD! However as I feel like I say this almost every post, God never promised EASY, but when our eyes are focused on Him we can be even MORE than conquerors.
Well this is one of the main points of focus in my opinion. When we are blessed with wealth of any kind, we tend to move our focus from God to earthly pleasures.
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven”
This is actually one of the many times Jesus talks about how difficult it is for someone to get into heaven because their own wealth blinds them from the truth. Now I know, in this case if its hard for a rich man to get to heaven then the “man” in this verse is not already a Christian. I am talking to current Christians and even though Jesus is talking about non-Christians I think we can still pull some good truths from this passage. Lets ask some questions;
- Why is it hard for a rich man to get to heaven? A quick answer is that they let their own wealth blind themselves from the truth.
- Lets apply this same concept to current Christians. The “Blind” metaphor still applies here, except it is even more convicting in my opinion because there is one difference between the “man” described in Matthew and a current Christian, and that is that the CHRISTIAN HAS ALREADY SEEN THE TRUTH. So the “man” in Matthew cannot see the truth because he is not allowing himself to see it. However the Current Christian who became blind to the truth is saying that, “Yes I have seen the truth, but I am to arrogant to give up my power and wealth.”
- Revelation 3:16 – So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.
In essence it is better to be COMPLETELY blind to the truth(To not even know Christ), than to know the truth and do nothing with it.(In this example the blind man is the cold one, and the man who knows God but has gone blind is the lukewarm one.)
It is better to have not even known God, than to know God and do absolutely nothing with your faith.
“If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you… If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you… because they do not know Him who sent Me.”
This is one of the many occurrences that the Bible promises persecution. I like to think of the phrase;
“The calm before the storm” Because the Bible promises storms, we need to use this calm season to prepare for battle. When your life “Seems” together this is for a reason. You see God isn’t an unfair God, He is pure and Just.
Ok, lets look at a group of people called “Storm Chasers” we are going to look at two different scenarios
Scenario A; The Storm Chasers are going into a MONSTER storm(Which can represent a struggle in your life). They have a small Toyota Corolla from 2004. they also have no idea how the storm is moving and when they get into the midst of the storm they get out of the car and walk around to examine the area, without any gear or equipment. How do you think this is going to end? Unfortunately there will be no survivors. Why? Because they were no where near prepared.
Scenario B; The storm chasers are going into a MONSTER storm(Which can represent a struggle in your life). The guys on the team are all prepared to go into this storm. They have those armored cars that can withstand almost anything nature throws at it, they have plenty of emergency plans and they are all trained. How do you think this story ends? I can tell you that the storm chasers safely come out of the storm without a scratch on them. Why/ because they were prepared.
Do you see what I did there? which Scenario do you want your faith to model? Do you want to survive and successfully fight the storm? Or would you rather go into the storm unprepared and lose your life?
So Prepare for battle, because the enemy is on the way! With God on your side there isn’t even a compition.