There are many moments in life where we are tempted to worry about and fear the uncertainty's of life. We are always bombarded with thoughts of "what if" coming from a negative point of view and if we continue asking about what is uncertain in our lives we will be tempted to worry, fear and complain about something that hasn't come our way yet. Instead of using our energy in a positive manner thinking good, overcoming and affirming thoughts, we will be using our energy to bring down our spirits by worrying about something that has not come to pass. That is why I am an eternal optimist. Whatever negative or uncertain report that comes my way I am quick to spin it in a positive manner that will strengthen my faith and make me even more trusting in the Lord. I have learned that faith and fear cannot occupy the same space. I will either strengthen the one or weaken the other. I can't say I believe God and then murmur and complain about what might happen. I must back up my faith confession with my positive and reaffirming actions showing the Lord and the enemy that my eyes of faith are focused on the Great I Am who has every answer to my every dilemma. (Habakkuk 3:17-19) (Psalm 91:2-7)
When we put our eyes of faith on the Lord we will not have room to focus on any negativity that may be trying to infiltrate our being. We will know that God is able to deliver us and meet our needs exactly when we need them met. The Lord loves to show Himself strong on behalf of those who trust in His power. When we say yes to the Lord, our yes brings everything with Him. We receive forgiveness, mercy, grace, peace, joy, encouragement and love that surpasses all understanding. God wipes our slate clean and makes us a brand-new creation. He forgets our past and establishes a new future filled with hope. Why would anyone want the alternative to peace? Why would anyone choose worry over calm? I agree with Joshua who so wisely said "As for me and my house we will serve the Lord." God is enough for me. He is my portion of peace. He is my recipe for perfection. Nothing else compares to the Majesty and Glory of the Lord whom I call my Friend, my Redeemer, my Savior, my King and my God. God is good my friend. Rest in His goodness, rest in His peace and most importantly rest in His love. (Jeremiah 31:3) (Joshua 24:15)
I hope this message inspires and encourages your heart to always keep focused on the Lord so that His peace will never leave your mind or heart.
The home I grew up in as a boy had a river running along one side of it and a set of railroad tracks running along the other. Being just 10 feet away from the tracks sometimes scared my Mom. Our home consisted of two, old, shanty cars painted green and several rooms we built on ourselves. She knew that it would be crushed if any one of those 20 feet tall, railroad cars loaded with coal were to tip over on it. I never shared her fear, however, no matter how much those cars would sway as the trains went by. In my child's mind the trains and tracks where a source of endless adventure and home was a place of love, joy, and safety that I could always return to.
In fact, I would often spend part of my summer mornings walking down the railroad tracks and back home again. It was a challenge to see how long I could walk on one of the narrow, steel beams without stumbling off. It took me a while before I discovered that the trick was to never look at your feet. As long as I kept my eyes on that old home of ours I never fell off. I would walk for hundreds of yards with thoughts of my Mom's tender smile, my Grandma's big hugs, a loving greeting from my dog, Duke and a loaf of warm, Italian bread for dinner running through my mind. They always kept my heart and feet going right where they needed to go.
Life here on Earth can also be as tricky as walking on a narrow, steel beam at times. You may even feel in moments like a huge railroad car is about to fall on you. Don't give up, though. It is times like these that you have to keep your eyes on home. Our lives here may be our house for a while, but they are not our home. As much as we may learn about love and grow in goodness here our true home still awaits us. It is there where the smiles will never cease, the hugs will go on forever, and the love will never end. It is there where we will feast in God's warmth, love, and light. Enjoy your trip though life then, but always keep your eyes on home.
By Joseph J. Mazzella
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
1 John 5:11-13 "And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God."
1 John 4:17-19 "Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love him, because he first loved us."
Psalm 105:1-5 "O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon His name: make known His deeds among the people. Sing unto Him, sing psalms unto Him: talk ye of all His wondrous works. Glory ye in His Holy Name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD. Seek the LORD, and His strength: seek His face evermore. Remember His marvellous works that He hath done; His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth."
Psalm 107:6-9 "Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and He delivered them out of their distresses. And He led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation. Oh that men would praise the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! For He satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness."
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: WHAT'S HOPE?
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Today's Selected Testimony: I'M AN OVERCOMER
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In Christ's Service,
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