Another Encounter with Jesus: Jesus and the Woman with the Issue of Blood

Have you ever heard about something and it sparked your interest so much that you wanted to try it? I have read this story in the Bible over and over again but no matter how many times I have heard or read it, one thing remains the same. This woman was desperate and wanted to be healed.

She is commonly referred to as the woman with the issue of blood who sought her healing so desperately that she spent tons of money trying to make herself well. During that time women who had their menstrual cycle were not permitted to live amongst the main stream of people because they were deemed filthy. The blood being an impurity, it was believed that if anyone came in contact with her that they too would become unclean.

Luke 8:43-48 Now a woman having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any came from behind and touched the border of His garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped. And Jesus said, “Who touched me?” When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, “Master, the multitudes throng and press You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’ But Jesus said, ” Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me.” Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling; and felling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all people the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately. And He said to her, “Daughter be of good cheer, your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”

While she was not poor because she was capable of paying for help she did not get well from all this care that she paid for but rather grew worse. I think moments like these find us because we are capable of making life work for us without the help of God. Even though God had gifted these physicians they could not help her with her situation.

How many situations have you tried to fix without God’s help. I believe that this woman’s situation occurred the way that it did in order that on lookers might see the power of God in it’s fullness and the value of outcasts to God. She was ostracized because of rules that were established to keep her out of public view and away from public contact. However, with courage being her driving force she said within herself that if she could just touch Jesus’ clothes that she would be healed. Saying and believing this she pushed past the looks of others and with great tenacity and went to touch the hem of His garment.

This encounter went against so many traditions in their society and yet she tried it anyway not knowing for sure if it would work. It is for this very reason that I am writing about this subject. Don’t wait until you are at the end of your options to try Jesus or turn to God. Do it before you run completely out of resources and options. To start this journey all you have to do is accept Jesus Christ into your heart and utter your first prayer to God. It can go somewhere along the lines of, “Father, I thank you for life thus far. I feel like I’m at my wits end because I have tried everything and it seems nothing has worked. I need your help with (whatever you are requesting) in Jesus name, amen.”

The wonderful thing about praying to God is that you can be as candid as you would like because He already knows your struggle, yet it does not stop Him from showing you compassion. So just let it flow like you are talking to a good friend and patiently wait while things turn around for you.

Suffering With Christ?

I was reading a book entitled, “The Bible Promise Book for Women”, it’s sort of like a devotional or rather a reference book for the challenges that we will face in life. In this book the author compiled scriptures that apply to each topic which is the strength I rely on when going through difficult times.

In the topic of adversity I came across a scripture I was familiar with but never looked at it like this before. The scripture is 2 Timothy 2:12 “If we suffer we shall also reign with him.” If you are not familiar, Paul is referring to a saying but it connotates that Jesus Christ bore what he faced, and in so doing, became the perfect example of what it was like to overcome life’s troubles.

2 Timothy 2:11-13 ” This is the saying; for if we died with Him we shall also live with Him. If we endure; we shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us. If we are faithless, he remains faithful; he cannot deny Himself.”

In this manner, when it says endure it connotates that we suffer with Christ and to suffer with Christ means to be connected to someone who has come through what we have come through and received victory over it. Jesus stated that if we are to follow him we should take up our crosses daily and follow him. The cross represents a place of shame and humiliation or any disgraceful place in your life because that’s what Christ himself was crucified for.

Man bearing a cross

Luke 9:23-24 Then He said to them all, ” If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take u his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.”

Those areas are healed internally by the crucifixion of our own life, forsaking that which is natural for us to do, escaping, and in turn helping us to bear it in order that his glory might shine in those moments. Life has a way of stripping the integrity and dignity of a person by way of persecution, slander, and the like making you believe that your suffering is because of Christ and that forsaking Him would bring you more peace. However, the opposite is true because Isaiah 53:5 says that the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, so what we need to bring us into a realm of peace is the one that we may be tempted to forsake because of the troubles we face in life.

Isaiah 53:5 ” But He was wounded for our transgressions He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by his stripes we are healed.”

Truth be told we were already destined to experience the struggles we face but having access to Jesus Christ made those moments more bearable. Jesus Christ is not an imaginary, mystical man, made up for the sake of governing people. At least that is what others might have us to believe, but rather He is the son of God, born of the Spirit to help strengthen our inward man when we get weak, among a multitude of other benefits.

Man kneeling before cross

So to suffer “with” Christ is to endure life’s problems with Him on your side, knowing that the battles you face have been nailed to your own personal cross, that through you others might be healed too. Our suffering is not because of Jesus Christ, it’s a by-product of living but when we apply His principles to our own suffering the way of escape is discovered and we then come to realize that we were equipped to bear the unbearable.

If you have not decided to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior all you have to do is believe in your heart and confess with your mouth that Jesus Christ is the son of God and that He died to redeem your life. Just ay these words our loud, ” Lord I believe that your son Jesus Christ died to save my life and I accept Him as my personal Savior.” You are now apart of the family of God and given the opportunity to utilize the benefits in Him but you must connect with a local church in order to learn more about the decision you just made and the gifts that we have as believers in Him.

The Pandemic and the Holidays

If this pandemic has taught anyone anything its that life brings unexpected challenges and while these challenges in typical environments may wield some undue stress this new environment and it’s restrictions have taken a toll on many. Mental health crises are at an all time high and now with the added stress of a traditional family holiday where many of us gather with our loved ones to celebrate and give thanks and show our appreciation to one another both depression and anxiety can rule our hearts.

Due to the pandemic we have ample reasons to be stressed with the changes to our family, school, work, and even social lives. When we face problems that weigh on our hearts and that tend to be nagging situations that seem unending we encounter depression. This feeling deepens now because of the time we are able to sit and ruminate over those problems and the more we ruminate over them the deeper the hole of despair becomes.

Anxiety has the same effect even the Book of Proverbs in the Holy Bible mentions how it weighs down the heart, ” Proverbs 12:25 Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.” When we are on edge we don’t need anything in our lives that continue to push us to that edge, however this pandemic has most certainly pushed those limits.

I want to share with you something that has helped me when I get in moments of despair or in times when my heart is overwhelmed with the troubles of life. Over the years I have learned the value of laying everything at the feet of the Lord and allowing him to handle them. While it seems impractical, because how can an invisible being of whom I cannot see, touch, or rather even sit face to face with possibly help me through a situation like this. I want to encourage you, as a witness, that He can. Prayer is one of the main ways of getting these frustrations off of me and onto Him. In fact we are even encouraged by God through Peter to do this.

So for this season when you are facing those moments when the problems tend to topple over you get into a quiet place where you will not be disturbed by anyone or anything. Jot down those things that you are fretting over and that you are frustrated with and writing them in the form of a prayer after you are finished read it aloud. I would do this a lot especially in those times when I was juggling multiple burdening situations. It not only freed my mind in that time but it also freed my heart. So in those moments I want you to consider making an exchange worrying for assurance that whatever is bother you is in the hands of the Lord because you placed it there when you lifted it up to Him.

Another Encounter With Jesus: Jesus and Zacchaeus the Tax Collector

Jesus Christ had many encounters with all types of people. In every encounter the person who experienced Him was never the same again. He encountered the people at the wedding in Cana where he turned water into wine. A boy who had two fishes and five loaves of bread and turned it into a meal for over 5000 people. A Gentile woman who persistently pestered Him to heal her child. A demon possessed man. A expert in religious law. A woman who had hemorrhaged for over 12 years. A blind man, a lame man, a man with a withered hand, just to name a few.

One day Jesus had an encounter with a tax collector who was considered among his people to be a sinner because he made his wealth by collecting the taxes for Caesar. His job was viewed as oppressive to the recipient because he requested money that many did not have or were unfairly assessed. Tax collectors where often known to even tilt these collection services in their favor and cheat people out of their hard earned money.

Jewish man collecting taxes

Luke 19:1-10 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him since Jesus was coming that way. When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.” But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor. and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.” Jesus said to him, ” Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

Zacchaeus’ experience changed is life eternally and in exchange for this he decided that he was going to right the wrongs he had done in his profession. Many times when we decide that we want to change our lives for the better while we are excited for the future there is the past that looms over us threatening our worthiness of what Christ offers us. But this experience was a bit different Zacchaeus did not look at his worthiness however others who were in the crowd did.

Jesus Christ was viewed as an untouchable, holy being and was not to be associated with the least of them. However, if scripture is closely examined that is exactly who he came to give his life for, the underdog or those who need redemption. In fact he proclaimed this when he started his ministry on earth.

Luke 4:18-19 The Spirit of the Lord is on me because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, and to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.

Even though Zacchaeus was considered a sinner among them because of the duties of his job it did not cut him off from being able to receive God’s love through Christ. And I would suggest the same to you. Did you know that nothing or no one has the ability to cut you off from God’s love? Right now you have the opportunity to receive that love through Jesus Christ.

Zacchaeus may have been considered a cheat, a sinner, or maybe even oppressive but that did not stop him from being loved by Jesus. Today you have the same opportunity because not only did Christ do this then but He’s doing this now. In order to start all you have to do is say this out loud: “Father I believe that your son Jesus Christ died to redeem me from the penalty of my sin. I receive your Son as my personal Savior.” And now you are given the opportunity to live this new found life in Christ not focusing on the mistakes of the past but on the redemption that you received and now the mercy you can present to others because it has been give to you. As always I encourage you to get involved in a local church where you can learn more about this life and God.

Where does your allegiance lie?

Who or what have you pledged your allegiance to? Allegiance is our loyalty to someone or something. In our nation we were taught early the pledge of allegiance and we recited it facing our flag. And it went something like this:

Pledge of Allegiance

After gaining a bit of wisdom and understanding through schooling we eventually found out how untrue this statement was but, never the less, it was our daily decree. While pledging allegiance to the flag we are actually pledging loyalty to our nation and it’s principles but, some never grasp this concept because we are taught it at such an early age that it just gets embedded into our day. Becoming a simple ritual or task we perform to start our school day.

Well loyalty to your country is one thing but what else are you loyal to? What else has your allegiance? Is it a political party? A humanitarian group? A social club? There are so many different areas of our lives that have different allegiances but do all of those allegiances have a center focus? Is there something that connects them at their core?

Above all my allegiance lies with God and all other pieces of my life fall into place from there. So if any piece was out of order that I could get back to the center of what really mattered. Our allegiance is basically who or what we trust in and where our values lie. Joshua, Moses’ predecessor was familiar with allegiance he proposed the very question to the children of Israel after they had overcome so many battles in the Lord.

Joshua 24:13-15 “I have given you a land for which you did not labor, and cities which you did not build, and you dwell in them; you eat of the vineyards and olive groves which you did not plant. Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord! And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Opened Bible

When we align with other things it’s similar to serving other gods because those things take precedence over God the one who fashioned the world and everything in it. He also gave everything its intended purpose. This is one of the major reasons why my allegiance to God is before any other thing in my life.

Serving the Lord involves honoring Him in all aspects of life to where our lives are aligned with godly principles. It’s easy for our loyalty to God to ebb and flow in our lives but above all things does it last longer than any other alignment or commitment. It’s even more difficult when there are so many options in life. I shared this in the hopes that you would consider what you value in life and if that thing that you valued would withstand the test of time.

If you are interested in serving the Lord and in becoming a believer in Christ it’s not too late. All you have to do is say this out loud, ” Lord I believe that your Son, Jesus died to save me from my sins. I receive your Son as my personal Savior.” You are now a part of the family of God and endowed with certain benefits in life that help you to learn to withstand some things and also live wisely. I encourage you to join local church some that you can learn more about this life you have joined, may God send you somewhere where lives are changed, hearts renewed and restored, and true deliverance is taking place.

Rich Man, Poor Man

In the Bible, we are warned about the deceitfulness of riches. It’s one of the sayings that gets repeated generation after generation. While having things can be awesome, when those awesome things have you they have the potential to steal your soul. The whole goal of Christianity is unity through the love of God and others but how can we love others when our hearts are partial to certain groups of people.

Matthew 16:26 What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?

Stack of Money

He’s not saying that we should not have riches but rather that riches ought not rob us of the ability to treat others humanely. Nor should we allow it to take precedent over our decision making. God is not against success but He wants us to not lose our morality in the process or our compassion for the little guy. It is possible to build yourself up in a way where your untouchable but not only will you be untouchable you’ll also be untouched, meaning apathetic toward others who don’t belong in the same category as you do.

Luke 16:19-26 “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores. The time came when the beggar dies and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away with Lazarus by his side. So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony on this fire.’ “But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted and you in agony. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’ “

Jesus tells this story about the rich man and a beggar named Lazarus not his friend Lazarus of whom was raised from the dead but a figurative person. The rich man could be Lazarus’ boss or possibly a person who could better assist him but rather he feeds him scraps from his table. The drastic portion is the difference in the places they go after death. Lazarus the one begging for scraps gets sent to heaven while the rich man goes to hell.

In our society, riches and fame mean clout and prestige and those that have it obtain immediate honor among men. Even though we want to believe that we would treat others the same if they didn’t have what they had, truth be told, we wouldn’t. While I believe that this is one of the major reasons why there is a separation between classes of people I do believe that we all have the same mediator, Jesus Christ.

There are other aspects in this passage that are pressing but all point to the same avenue helping and empathizing with others.

Figures climbing up a ladder

So, how can Jesus Christ be the same for a rich man and a poor man. The answer is simple it’s because salvation is available to both and gives them the same benefits they just use those benefits on different levels. However, if not careful and left unchecked both can lose their ability to empathize with others. One because of being over looked and casted aside and the other from feeling like their being taken advantage of because of their status.

These remedies can be found within them as long as they stay connected with the one who blesses them. He can keep both of their hearts from growing cold because of the hard situations that they have to face. Jesus can restore both those rendering help as well as those who are in need of that help. The major key is for them to keep hungering and thirsting for righteous because this is the promise that guarantees that they both shall be filled (Matthew 5:6).

If you have not made that decision yet to follow Jesus Christ, I want you to know that you still have time right now all you have to do is say out loud, “Lord I believe that your son Jesus Christ died to save me from my sins. I receive your son as my personal savior.” It is just that simple but I encourage you to get connected to a local church home where you can continue to learn more about Christ and build your faith in Him.

How long Lord?

This week I came across a passage in the Bible where the prophet Habakkuk (Habakkuk 1) prayed to God after being in distress behind the injustices he and his people faced. He asked the Lord the question, “How long?” It seems like a question that would get a straightforward answer but God sort of replies with an answer that implies, until. Until is a very insufficient reply when you’re tired of suffering, even more so when you’re weary and over burdened with problems only God can solve.

Habakkuk 1:2-4 How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, “Violence!” but you do not save? Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrongdoing? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife and conflict abounds. Therefore the law is paralyzed, and the justice never prevails. The wicked hem in the righteous, so that justice is perverted.

“Until” translated means “Trust me. I’ve got this”. When we cry out to the Lord we expect Him to answer immediately or at least to see signs that our situation is going to turn around. Until also means I’m using this time to prepare you. Just like the enemy used in times of oppression in the past to weigh down the righteous He does the same thing now. However this same oppressive force doesn’t realize or recognize that there is a God who helps us in all times and through all troubles.

One of the most notable times that come to mind was in the days of slave trading. Many slave owners introduced their slaves to the gospel of Jesus Christ in the hopes that it would cause them to be submissive to their demands and while some in the bondage of slavery did become more submissive many more found freedom through that same gospel and used it to get free. They taught them that for things to be easier for them that they had to be subject to mistreatment and totally obedient to their master. However in that same book the master (boss) is commanded to honor and serve God and not subject their servants (employees) to harsh or unfair treatment.

One of the trademarks of Jesus Christ was to help the oppressed and down-trodden. He was sent to help those who couldn’t help themselves. So He ended up being the refuge and hope for them in desperate situations. A far better answer to life’s problems than Habakkuk received and a more sufficient provision as well. “Until” is uncomfortable but that feeling ends up pushing you into a deeper level of trust with God. How do you know you really love the Lord if you’ve never seen Him work through your hard times? How do you really know you trust Him until your back is up against the wall?

“Until” will build more resilience and character in us than an immediate “yes” would. So when you pray to God and the answer seems to be until just know it is not an immediate denial just as God made the enemies of Jesus Christ His footstool to exalt Him. He uses those moments of pressing to infuse power into us.

So if you are going through a situation and you don’t know when it will turn around and get better just know that God is still going to bless you with an answer. It sometime just takes time for those things to run their course in our lives. Every trouble in your life has an expiration date but while going through it seems as if it will never end. I just wanted to encourage you and tell you in those moments to continue trusting in God.

How God strengthens us through others?

In the Holy Bible there are books written by prophets these are individuals ordained by God to help people get to know Him. They teach us His about Him and what He desires so that we can walk in alignment to His will. There are a lot of other things that people turn to when they need direction like friends, loved ones, counselors, etc. However where do these individuals go when they need the same encouragement. Who do they depend on for their strength.

During the old testament days God would send these individuals who had devoted their lives to a high ranking level of servanthood to deliver them messages from Him for their strength and correction. Sounds awesome doesn’t it. Why would God think so much of me to send me someone that will help to keep me focused on the right path in life. In a nutshell, it’s because he loves us and wants us to reach our destinies in Him. There is a God ordained destiny for you and if you loss hope or strength in your journey because you are a child of God, He send you a messenger to let you know that regardless of what you are facing right now at this very moment that there is a brighter day on the horizon.

The scripture Jeremiah 29:11 from the Holy Bible

It sounds cruel to say that a loving God would allow us to endure hardships but these hardships are used to shape us for our journeys in life. In Jeremiah 29:11, the prophet Jeremiah proclaims that God knows the thoughts that He thinks towards us and they are thoughts of peace not thoughts of evil but to give us a hope and a future. However, we do from time to time have to endure the chastening of the Lord which is done again out of love for us. If the rod of the Lord is spared from us, His children, then we will be spoiled believing that we can do anything and our actions are permissible, when in fact they are not.

Perplexed Man

Isaiah 40:27-31 Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel: ” My way is hidden from the Lord, and my just claim is passed over by my God?” Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord, shall renew their strength: they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

The prophet Isaiah is referencing God’s chosen people, Israel, because they have endured hard times under the hands of an oppressive king who subjected them to harsh treatment. Can you see now what I am talking about when I say He sends individuals into our lives to encourage us and breathe words of life into us? Just as the prophets spoke then in a way to empower and correct God’s children, individuals are sent into our lives today to do the same thing but sometimes we miss it. They come into our lives to remind us about the benefits of being a believer and occasionally to tell us things that will help us to mature in Christ.

So what are we waiting on? We are waiting on, according to Isaiah 40:27-31, the provision of the Lord, which will come in time to invigorate us and give us back our zeal and zest for life when we feel burnt out or encumbered by pressing circumstances. When our purpose for living is renewed we find the fuel to continue on the journey to everlasting life. It’s a journey meaning we have to endure what comes with the journey, but God through Jesus Christ will always replenish our strength.

If after reading this you want to accept the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior all you have to do is believe in your heart and confess with your mouth that Jesus is the Son of God, and that He died to save you from your sins and you will be given the gift of eternal life. You can’t get to God any other way except through Jesus Christ who is the entrance, the door to our salvation. Then these benefits will apply to you as well. It takes a while to build that trust in God but once you start your journey and begin to exercise your faith through Christ Jesus you too will receive this strength.

The Wedding Invitation

If you were invited to a wedding and you had time to get ready would you be completely ready? What if you weren’t an original guest of the wedding and you were invited by an attendee at the last minute? Jesus tells a story in the Holy Bible comparing the Kingdom of Heaven to a wedding that a King threw for his Son.

Matthew 22:1-14 Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come. “Then he sent some more servants and said, ‘Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’ “But they paid no attention and went off—one to his field, another to his business. The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them. The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. “Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, the bad as well as the good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests. “But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. He asked, ‘How did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend?’ The man was speechless. “Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ “For many are invited, but few are chosen.”

This is a depiction of what’s happening right now as I am writing this blog. The invitations are being handed out to potential wedding guests and guess what if you are reading this you are invited as a guest at this wedding. The wedding is for Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, and His bride, the church, which are those who have prepared themselves and gotten dressed for the wedding. You still have time to get ready and the groom Himself will help you to put on your wedding garment. The garment is simply good deeds done through righteousness and in truth. He clothes us with it as we follow Him.

The Two Become One Wedding Bands

A lot of people misunderstand the concept of Christianity and believe it to be a religion and in society many actually refer to it as just that, a religion. However, Christianity is not a religion. It’s a relationship between us and God. Think of it like this God is your Father and you are His son or daughter and He treats you just like this, as His own child. That’s why the Bible is written the way it’s written to show the relationship between God and man.

Some people think of God as an object or an unknown figure when He is neither. He’s a Spirit that gives life to our spirits but He’s simply waiting on us to connect our human spirit to His Son Jesus Christ who gives us His Holy Spirit. He is what helps us to get dressed for the wedding along with those entrusted in teaching us how to access Him, these are preachers and teachers of the gospel.

Gaining access is easy and it’s the acceptance of the invitation and that’s by accepting Christ as your personal Savior almost like accepting a proposal. Just repeat these words, ” Father I believe that your Son Jesus died to save me from my sins. I receive Him as my personal Savior.” Saying these words is easy believing them is what’s the hardest part but I want to assure you that you’re not saying them to a fictional being who doesn’t care or doesn’t exist. I encourage you to try it. Don’t be like the wedding guest that accepted the invitation and didn’t get dressed. You actually have time to get ready. You can join a local church to get started.

Wedding Alter at the Beach

Revelations 19:6-9 Then I heard again what sounded like the shout of a vast crowd or the roar of mighty ocean waves or the crash of loud thunder: “Praise the Lord! For the Lord our God, Almighty, reigns. Let us be glad and rejoice, and let us give honor to him. For the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb, and his bride has prepared herself. She has been given the finest of pure white linen to wear.” For the fine linen represents the good deeds of God’s holy people.

What If? (It’s About Time)

“What if?” is a question that we often use to express our concerns about the future. It can also drive us completely nuts causing anxiety to wail up inside of us. Stealing every moment of peace and joy if we allow it to. I believe we do this because we don’t want to repeat the mistakes of the past so we meditate on ways to repair it in the present to change our futures and hopefully stop them from looking like a train wreck. Truth be told, train wreck or not, living in the past and ruminating on it robs us of so much present joy that before we know it we are living out the horrible yesterday.

Road sign with past, present, and future directions

So why do we allow our yesterdays to take up so much of our todays? I think that its common but some people have actually mastered leaving the past behind them or at least have a very well put together way of showing that they have. Time is one of the most precious things that God has given us and while some use their time wisely because they count the seconds, minutes, and hours others are lavish with their time allowing themselves not to be consumed with calculating the time because they are busy cherishing the moment.

There is a time for everything at least that’s what the writer in Ecclesiastes tells us. Theologians call him a wise teacher. Only a wise teacher can tell us the importance and significance of time. And this wise teacher obtained his wisdom from God because he was the one who inquired of the Lord to give him wisdom instead of riches or more territory.

Ecclesiates 3:1-8 For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest. A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to build up. A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance. A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones. A time to embrace and a time to turn away. A time to search and a time to quit searching. A time to keep and a time to throw away. A time to tear and a time to mend. A time to be quiet and a time to speak. A time to love and a time to hate. A time for war and a time for peace.

Hour Glass

When we spend time in the past we miss the preparation for the present time because our minds are consumed with what happened. Don’t get me wrong I totally agree that we are to learn the lessons from yesterday to make a better tomorrow. However focusing on the past too often can rob us of the present joys. If these words of wisdom are accurate then we ought to use it wisely while appreciating it at the same time.

Time holds a lot of meaning for a lot of different people for some its memory, money, people, hobbies, business, education, family, etc., all require time in different increments and quantities. In whatever way you use your time I want to challenge you to use some of your time to devote to the one who fashioned time. And you may say to yourself who on earth created time? The answer, God. God fashioned and created the very time that we value in so many different ways. And the one thing that you have to appreciate Him with is the very time that He has given you. Prayer, studying the Holy Bible, attending church service, and serving others in our community are ways that we honor God with our time.

So if you’re one of those people that have a habit of focusing on and revisiting the past in a negative way I want to encourage you and let you know that you don’t have to let yesterdays bad experiences ruin todays wonderful experiences. And if you’re not connected to God all you have to do is accept Jesus Christ, God’s son, as your personal Savior. Just say this out loud, ” Lord I believe that your son Jesus Christ died to save me from my sins and I receive your son as my personal Savior, in Jesus Name. Amen.” You then can begin to appreciate the time that God has given you by doing the things that honor Him with your time.