February 5, 2013

Look to Jesus, Not Man For Your Wholeness

We all think about it, we all wonder, and we all look for answers. Why do things happen? Why DON'T things happen? Why do people hurt others? Why can we never seem to find complete happiness and peace? Why do the same things keep repeating themselves in our lives?

Simply put....most likely because we are looking to ourselves and others to fill our hearts and minds. We look to parents, spouses, children, friends, family, and community to make us whole. Make no mistake, all of these elements are very important in our lives, but not a single one of them (and not even all of them combined), can give the peace, happiness, comfort, and healing that we so need and desire in our lives. Only Jesus can heal our hearts and fill our minds with his Almighty Good. When we keep our sights on him, all things become easier, more manageable, and clearer. We can gain a sense of peace from knowing he wants to carry our burdens for us. We are not meant to carry our burdens, or the burdens of others. We are to cast them on Jesus for him to deal with as he sees fit...and then we are to trust in his timing and outcome.

Our sufferings make us richer by bringing us closer to God, reaffirming our trust, and building our faith when we see what miraculous blessings He pulls out of even the most difficult times for us. This is always easier said than done...but sisters and brothers, it is essential to us have a balanced life centered around Christ. Here are some scriptures I will leave you with today that will hopefully speak to you and calm your mind, as they have done for me:

(Ecclesiastes 2:26 NIV)
To the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

(Ecclesiastes 7:14 NIV)
When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, a man cannot discover anything about his future.

(Ephesians 4:22-24 NIV)
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

(James 1:2-4 NIV)
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

(Romans 5:3-5 NIV)

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