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Easy…..I don’t think so.

It seems that people come to a saving knowledge of Jesus and think that they are going to be walking on easy street for the rest of their time here on Earth.   They are suddenly confused when hard times come upon them again after they have been saved.  It also strikes me that we perform a tremendous disservice to new believers when we diligently share Jesus with them and then leave them hanging after they commit their lives to Him. 

 First, let’s be clear about this, life on Earth is full of trials.  God will give you all the tools you need to tackle each one, but you have draw on His strength and seek the path He has for you.

Psalm 32:7-9 says:  You are my hiding place;
       you will protect me from trouble
       and surround me with songs of deliverance.  I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
       I will counsel you and watch over you.  Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you.

Facing the trials (as well as the successes) are defining signs of the life and path God has for you.  Learing from each trial and building on each success will help you walk “in the way you should go.”  Try not to become overwhelmed by the “bad stuff” when it comes your way.  Instead ask God what you should learn from it.  Be open to the idea that God may have you in the middle of a tough situation so that you cross the path of someone who needs to see God’s grace in the face of turmoil.   Watching you handle the car wreck or rebellious teen-aged child or cancer treatment may be the avenue God is using to reach another soul.  It may open a door for you to share Him with someone else. 

In other words, maybe it’s not all about you!

And what of the new Christian?  If God has given you the opportunity of witnessing to another soul, be sure to follow through with them regularly.  You can’t think: “OK, that’s done. Bill is in your hands now, God.”  That just doesn’t work.  Pray for your friend.  Pray that they will grow and that the Holy Spirit will fill them and sustain them.  Reach out to them and ask how they are doing.  Find out if they have plugged into a church body somewhere.  Don’t leave them hanging.

 Finally,  PRAY!  Pray without ceasing.  this helps you cover not only your life, but the lives of those around you.  If you are awake at 2AM, don’t just lay in bed, get up and pray.  Maybe God has something to tell you.  If you sense a hairy situation coming, pray for guidance and wisdom.  Pray for your kids, spouse, family, church.  Keep a regular time with God (Quality and Quantity) and get there every day.  He’ll be waiting.  He has a plan for you.  Your life may not always be easy, but you will have the confidence to live it knowing you are in God’s will.

2 Responses

  1. Great post! It most definitely isn’t easy and unfortunately I don’t think we as Christians hear it enough. Especially in regards to new believers. You are right to say it is our responsibility to reach out and help those who have recently given their lives to Christ to make sure they are firmly established and rooted in Christ. And lastly, the most important thing any of us can do is pray, pray, pray. God Bless! ~Jen

  2. Thanks for the feedback, Jen. I continue to pray that so many of us will have a passion to see lost souls saved and that God will grow His work in us each day.


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