It’s Sunday morning. After getting out of bed and opening up my eyes I realized, “I’m hungry!” I proceeded into the kitchen to make breakfast when I became aware, “I had run out of bread”. I hate that feeling of realization when you are all set to do something and you don’t have what you need to do it, and you have to go get it. This morning’s alternative was to cook cheeseburgers, (which I almost did) or go hungry, so I went to the store. Even if I had made the cheeseburgers I would still be out of bread.
It was on the drive back home I had the realization that some people run out of bread all the time. They run out of the “Bread of Life”. Jesus said in John 6:48, “I am the Bread of Life”. How do they do this? They stop going to church. They stop reading their bible. They stop hanging out with their Christian friends. Not all at once of course, but little by little. Satan’s deceptions don’t happen overnight! It is a slow process of time that he works on you in order to take over your mind. You see all he wants is to kill, steal, and destroy anything, or anyone that God has made or loves, and that includes you.
The hard to believe part of this is when these people get hungry, they don’t run to the store meaning to the church, but they start trying to satisfy their hunger with the things of the world which satan has now convinced them is okay.
So go get some bread. It’s free, because Jesus has already paid the price for you by dying on the cross. Partake of the Bread of Life all you want. It does a body good.
I said unto the Lord, “God I love you so much. I will do anything you ask me to. I will go anywhere in your name. God I’ll even go to Iraq if you want me to.” But God said, “I want you to go next door and speak to your neighbor. Maybe you don’t think they care about me, but you don’t know their heart like I do”
I then said, “God I will give everything I have for your Glory!” He replied, “Thanks but I would rather you look around and give to those you see in need. Whether their need is food, clothing, or shelter – give.”
“God I could start a great foundation for you. What do you think of that?” Then God said unto me, “Go visit the sick, and not just for 5 minutes either! Sit with them. Attend to them. Let them know they are not going through this alone. Then when you are done with that go visit someone in prison, or at least sit down and take the time to write them a letter. Let them know that though they are locked up they are not forgotten. Show them there is hope.”
“But God I want to do something great for you” Then God spoke to me this, “If you want to do something great then give what I did; give your heart, give your time, give your life.”
Mat 25:40 Then the King will say, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me–you did it to me.’ (MSG)
One thing I just learned is don’t write a blog about contentment. This past week I had the hardest time remaining content! Every morning I would wake, and get mad because I’m not getting to live the life I really want to. I felt bad about this, because I just wrote in my blog how important it is to be content with the life you have.
While I was riding the commuter train I was praying and I begin to run down my list of, “God it sure would be nice if you would answer this prayer request concerning one, two, three, and four.” Then the thought hit me, “What if God promised to answer only one of those request? Which request would I pick?” As I picked one in my mind I then realized this, “Does that make the other request not important? Could I do without them? Should I not really be praying about those things?”
The truth is we are to bring ALL of our request to God. “Phi 4:6 Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns.” (MSG)
This verse coming to my mind helped me get through the rest of the week. It’s okay for me to tell God the desires of my heart. The real miracle is when my desires align with God’s desires for my life. “God, until then, help me not to lose focus of you.”
Another thought: “When you are intently focused on your life, others who desperately need to know God might walk right by you unnoticed.”
I was talking this past week with someone and it didn’t take long before I realized they were depressed. I asked them why, and they responded they weren’t sure. I asked them if they were happy with their current situation concerning life. They replied, “No.” Then the question of all questions came to me, so I asked, “If your world looked like you wanted it to what would it look like?” I mean this is the kind of question my friend Steve usually comes up with, but not me, so it had to come from God! The person I was talking to said that was a really good question, but wasn’t sure how to answer it.
What if you were asked that question? Would you be able to answer it? Would you have a different job? Live somewhere else? I hate to ask, but would you be in a relationship with someone else? If your world could look like you wanted it to would that world be the result of making better decisions? Have you really learned from the life you have lived in the past?
You can’t live in the past, and you shouldn’t live with regret. Whatever it was, it happened. Okay? So get over it with God’s love, help, and power. Learn from it. Give it to God, and allow him to use it to help someone else who is about to do the same thing. Paul tells us:
(Phi 4:11) Actually, I don’t have a sense of needing anything personally. I’ve learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances.
Contentment is a powerful thing to say, but even a more powerful thing to practice in your own life! I think once you learn to accept and relax in your current situation it is then that God can begin to lead you to the life He wants for you, and I assure you, this is the life you should really want.