A Summer of Psalms

If I read one more article or series of articles about how to be happy, I’ll go cross-eyed permanently.  Every writer on planet earth thinks they know the “secret” of happiness.  Here’s my take on all that…  first, it is not a secret!  It’s in the Bible for all to see, if they’ll take a moment to read it.  Second, it’s not a mystery, this thing called happiness.  God wants to help us be happy.  So, relax in the LORD and you most certainly can be happy.  It’s not difficult – it’s not as complicated as people want to make it.

Our Savior, Jesus Christ, is the conduit, the go-between, the bridge, between fallen man and perfect God.  Through Christ, we can have a wonderful relationship with Almighty God (isn’t that a humbling thought?)  Believe it because it’s absolutely true!  Accept the Lord, Jesus Christ, and you will be saved and your name will be written in the Lamb’s Book of Life forever.  It’s not written with disappearing ink.

There is joy in this life and real happiness, hope, and peace of mind and spirit.  Having said all that, I should add that this does not guarantee a life that is free of trials and tribulations.  This happiness the Bible speaks of is not magical.  In this life, we all have a set of challenges.  The great advantage Christians have is the Lord Himself!  He is in our corner as we’re fighting in the ring.  He has everything we need to fight the good fight!

There are some really tough circumstances in this journey called life, aren’t there?  I watched my mother accept a folded flag at my father’s funeral and didn’t think I’d ever seen a lower point in life; however, I could find joy and peace even in that situation because I knew my father was safe in the arms of Jesus and not in pain anymore.  I also knew that my mother was leaning on those same strong arms for her solace.  We hurt – oh, for sure; but, we knew that God through His Son Jesus Christ and His Holy Spirit would be with us while we mourned.

I clung to the Lord when my mother passed away fifteen years later.  There are people who say that my faith is nothing but a crutch, but guess what?  I could name some real crutches in this world, and my faith is not one of them.  To trust a loving and forgiving God Who will never change His mind about anything – a God on Whom I can depend brings me comfort!  Things change at a rapid pace in this ol’ world (and it seems they change faster as we get older) – but my God is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  I love that about Him! 

I find great assurance and stability in the notion that I don’t have to chase after the latest fad or gadget that the rest of the world has to have.  I’m less than impressed with the rich and famous, and in fact, I usually feel sorry for them.  To have your entire being wrapped up in things is very sad.  I know that happiness has nothing to do with owning the biggest and best toy.  Everything in this world is going to decay and turn to dust.  Everybody in this world will die and do the same.  Your relationship with Jesus Christ, His Father and the Holy Spirit is the only path to true happiness.  It is no secret what God can do!  Oh, that should be the title of a really great song!  Wink – I know, it already is!  Silly me.  🙂

 

 

 

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A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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I'LL POINT TO HIM

Go somewhere alone to watch this video. Read the words carefully and let God’s Holy Spirit speak to your heart.

This old hymn, “Just As I Am” simply expresses the truth that we have no plea except that Christ shed His precious blood for us. Once you realize the sacrifice He made on the cross on your behalf, it forces you to make a choice. If you choose to do nothing, you are making a choice to reject the Savior and His life-giving sacrifice on Calvary.

So many people have asked me, “Aren’t you scared?” It’s almost funny because usually they ask it in a whispered tone, as if they could keep God from finding out about their insecurities. God can read your mind so there’s no need to whisper in His presence. Nothing is hidden from Him. He knows all of your fears.

Am I scared? Well, I admit for a while I had a somewhat messed up theology in my mind. I used to go around thinking that every time I did the slightest little thing wrong, I needed to quickly drop to my knees and repent. Now, there are times we have to do that, don’t misunderstand or misquote me. But it’s not a matter of God striking you down with a bolt of lightning if you step out of line. It’s a matter of intent. God knows the intent behind the action, and if you mean well. Sometimes we go along thinking we’re doing things we should but we make a mistake. That’s not the same thing as willful sin. It’s when you wilfully sin you need to quickly drop to your knees in sincere repentance, then make a U-turn.

I always want the lines of communication open between my Lord and I. It’s not worth it to have that line be obstructed because of willful sin in my life. Besides, how can I grow in Christ if I allow sin to become a priority in my daily life? I can’t.

Christ is either Lord of all or He’s not Lord at all. When I die and stand before Him to be judged, I will point to Jesus and plea His blood before God. It’s as simple as that. Being a Christian does not automatically make you perfect, it does, however give you the sweet assurance that you have Christ in your heart and life. I want Him there. I want the sin out of my life and I want Christ in my life. ❤