Monthly Archives: December 2017

Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? ~ Luke 12:6

This is my first Christmas without my mom. A day that is bittersweet. A day that I count my blessings and give thanks for my life, family, and friends. A day that is entrenched in joy, sadness, grief, love, gratitude, hope, and serenity. As I prayed this morning, I tried to describe to Jesus how I felt… but, no words seemed adequate to express the bundle of emotions gripping my very soul. Then I realized that Jesus didn’t need my words to understand the desires of my heart. So, I cast my cares upon Him, because He cares for me (1 Peter 5:7).

For those struggling with loss, heartache, or despair… God has not forgotten you. He sent His son, Jesus Christ, to save you. Psalm 30:5, tells us that weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. So, on this Christmas day… remember that the birth of Jesus Christ wasn’t an ordinary birth of an ordinary child. It was the incarnation of God Himself. In other words, God became a man in an act of profound love. Therefore, Jesus is both fully God and fully man (John 1:14). He understands what you are going through. You don’t have to feel abandoned. You’re not alone. If you ask and believe… Jesus Christ will comfort you.

God has made it possible for you to have a personal relationship with Him—which is one of the reasons Jesus Christ was born. Therefore, be encouraged on this Christmas day. Think good thoughts, remember the good times and look forward to better days (Philippians 4:8). Know that God has not forgotten you on this Christmas day. Psalm 8:4, tells us that God is mindful of us and that He cares for us. He sent His son Jesus Christ into this world as proof of his love for us.

Know that nothing happens outside of God’s awareness. He knows if a sparrow falls to the ground… He knows all about you, your hopes, and dreams …even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So, don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows (Matthew 10:30-31).

God Bless… I am Wiley’s granddaughter.

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. ~ Romans 8:28

Fate is a very complex idea. We’re not the sovereign masters of our fate… Only God is sovereign. Even the things that we sometimes call fate is under God’s control. Yet… Scripture doesn’t teach that fate is predetermined and beyond human control. Therefore, we need not feel helpless to change our destiny or fate. We must not take the attitude that… whatever happens, happens… And, we can’t do anything about it. This way of thinking is called fatalism and it’s not biblical.

However, Scripture does teach that we were created with the ability to make moral choices. Even the Fall of Man wasn’t a predetermined incident. Adam and Eve were not held captive by fate. Actually, Adam and his wife had the ability to choose obedience and its connected blessing or disobedience and its resulting curse. They both knew what the result of their decision would be (Genesis 3). When we fail to do what is right, it’s because we chose to. We can’t blame the consequences of our bad choices on fate or God (James 1:13-14).

If fate doesn’t seem kind… or things aren’t going in our favor, regardless of our best efforts to do what is right. Remember Matthew 17:20, teaches that through faith the size of a mustard seed… we can move mountains. Then continue to:

  • love God and others (Mark 12:30-31, Luke 10:27, Matthew 22:35–40),
  • believe that God is who Scripture says He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Genesis 5:24, Hebrews 11:5-6, Jude 1:14-15),
  • stay spiritually minded, because it is life and peace (Romans 8:6-8, Acts 2:38, Luke 15:7),
  • reverence and fear God… hope in His mercy (Psalm 147:11, Exodus 20:20, Proverbs 1:7),
  • study and follow the examples of Jesus Christ, the Master Teacher (Matthew 17:5, John 8:29, Matthew 22:16, 24),
  • obey God…  it is better than sacrifice (1 Samuel 15:22, Deuteronomy 10:13, 1 Thessalonians 4:1-3), and
  • work to do God’s will (Hebrews 13:21, Matthew 5:48, Luke 22:42).

Through free will, God has given us the ability to choose… but our choices do affect our fate. God is still in charge. Even though, we may choose to obey or disobey Him. But, everything that happens in this world is made to work out according to God’s purpose

For, when our ways please God… He can affect our past to change our future. So that in the present moment… we see our faith change our fate.

God Bless… I am Wiley’s granddaughter.