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Patience

“Be patient, then brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming.” (James 5:7 NIV)

Easier said than to do- believe me it’s something I work at every single day. During my time of being homeless, I lost patience every day. I questioned God, cursed, and yelled. I was pissed that I was going through this situation. All I ever wanted was to live a good life and be happy. Again that’s what I wanted but God wants more.

IMG_1340Patience is suffering, we all must go through the flame to get to the other side. The blessed are those who “PERSEVERED”. We all saw Job and all that hew went through, but he persevered also with much and much patience and look what God brought about. Our God is full of compassion and mercy but we must be patient and pray.

Yes it’s hard to see others get all their heart desires but we are only seeing the outside. We don’t know what struggles they have gone through in life or how long the process of patience took them. Whether you are in trouble or happy stay in prayer and while in prayer be truthful and full of love in your heart. For what is for you no man can take, God again knows what he has for us. Slow and steady with patience will succeed every time.

Disclaimer:  The blog is my own personal interpretation from reading the Bible.  I am not a minister only a person who is learning the Bible and absorbing the word. 

 

 

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Faith & Restraint

The book of James Chapters 2 & 3 focuses on these two words: Faith & Restraint which are defined.

Faith is defined as complete trust or confidence & strong belief in God or in the doctrine of a religion.  Restraint is defined as a measure or condition that keeps someone or something under control or within limits. IMG_1337

Faith without works is Dead, because faith apart from works is useless (James 2:20, ESV). Abraham believed in God no matter what and was called a friend of God (James 2:23, ESV). No matter the circumstance and yes I know that’s hard don’t lose faith and remember you must have works.  Remember, for as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead (James 2:26, ESV).

Taming the Tongue, can be the hardest thing for any human to do.  We all get frustrated and we scream in an outburst of frustration and believe what is happening is the worse, when in fact it’s a test of our restraint.  From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so (James 3:10, ESV).  I am guilty of this yes I speak well when things are going good but when just a moment of frustration steps in and out of the mouth blessing came cursing follows.  I need to do better because God has brought me so far.

Things in our life will not always go the way the want- God knows what is best and test will always be with us, we must learn to trust God no matter the situation without any doubt and know from the frustration will come a blessing.  God never fails.  So remember Keep the Faith, have Works, and Tame the Tongue.

Disclaimer:  The blog is my own personal interpretation from reading the Bible.  I am not a minister only a person who is learning the Bible and absorbing the word. 

Book of James

“ …faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.”

James 2:17 (NLT Parallel Study Bible) Screen Shot 2017-07-09 at 8.14.36 PM

So it takes more than FAITH to be committed to change in your life. Let me tell you, I know that for sure, my journey was based on FAITH but others of myself had to change to make me the persona I am today.

The book of James provides that need to change I choice three that stands out:

  • Stop looking down on others
  • Anyone can falter, don’t judge
  • Everyone is on a different journey- don’t criticize choices

We must learn to be committed to our FAITH and show ourselves in accordance with our FAITH and not be a sometimer. We need to look at ourselves in the mirror not the outer and see if we are living our lives to what we proclaim.

Yes we are all a work in progress but the question would be when does the work truly begin and what steps must we begin to follow our journey.

I will be looking at the five chapters of James in upcoming biblejournaling and the concepts they teach for us to follow our FAITH.

Disclaimer:  The blog is my own personal interpretation from reading the Bible.  I am not a minister only a person who is learning the Bible and absorbing the word. 

Choices: Orpah & Ruth

The choices we make on a daily bases can be the determining factor that sets us on the path to our future. Many of us are given the opportunity to take the road less travel but instead to stay or return to what we know. That is what happened with Orpah.

Orpah married Chilion, son of Elimelech and Naomi. Ruth who was Orpah sister-in-law by marriage to Chilion brother Mahlon, all three women lost their spouses. So Naomi decided to returned to her own counIMG_8558try, and urged her daughter-in-laws to return to theirs. By both being Moab women they had learn the way of God but in Orpah she may not have fully embrace the life. This maybe the reason Orpah chose to return to her own people and not follow Naomi as Ruth did.

Ruth was more engaging and open to understanding the relationship of God, so her choice of following Naomi lead to the path of Ruth being the great-grandmother of King David.

So because of the choices Ruth passed her test, but did Orpah failed? Orpah choice was for the rich and prosperous Moab she knew and not the battle of dealing with individuals she knew did not like

Moabites and the unknown life of struggle, she choice the path known instead of the path less taken.

But after she made her choice she vanishes from the pages of our Bible and into a place we have no ideal and where her journey landed we have yet to know.

So remember choices are tough in life we can stay safe and do what we know or take a risk and have the faith that God will lead us and we will end on the right side. Choices are a leap of FAITH.

Disclaimer:  The blog is my own personal interpretation from reading the Bible.  I am not a minister only a person who is learning the Bible and absorbing the word. 

Daniel – Endure

The book written by its name sake is a time when Daniel was in Babylon. While in the city he was given the name Belteshazzar to help him be more relatable in his new home away from Israel. Daniel had foreseen many trials coming to his home land. The book of Daniel was in the old but gave sight into the future and what lay ahead for his people back in Israel. IMG_7440This story adds to my own personal life of feeling trapped in a place unfamiliar away from home and feeling alone, but knowing this is a journey I must follow and God has not left me nor forsaken me. I must keep working with God no matter what I face or how hard it seems I must persevere with endurance not knowing what lies ahead or allow me to get me down. Endure no matter.

Disclaimer:  The blog is my own personal interpretation from reading the Bible.  I am not a minister only a person who is learning the Bible and absorbing the word. 

Book of Lamentations

First the word has a meaning of expression of passion or grief.

Lamentations begin “How lonely sits the city”, Jeremiah was walking through the streets and back alleys of Jerusalem and saw nothing but suffering and pain. The IMG_6792book looks at how a person (Jeremiah) is unsure how there is so much suffering, death, and children begging but in the midst of this this was the judgment of God upon the city of Jerusalem but faith always appeared: “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentation 3: 22-24

I think of this even in the midst of darkness you must be able to see light (which is hard) and know the suffering will not last. Like myself I was in hope of being in my new city and then darkness felt on me, I became homeless and lost hope and wanted to return back home but that would be easy, so I looked for the light.
But I kept my FAITH– believed in HOPE, knew God LOVE me, and VICTORY would be mine.

“ The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.” Lamentations 3:25-26


Disclaimer:  The blog is my own personal interpretation from reading the Bible.  I am not a minister only a person who is learning the Bible and absorbing the word. 

Samson- One more Time

The story begin in Judges 13th and conclude with 16th chapter. During this time the Philistines lived on the west side of Anaan, which is near the seacoast of the Mediterranean. They were also the number one enemy of Israel during this time and also out numbered the Israelites. There was a man name Manoah from the tribe of Dan whose wife was unable to have a child.

The angel informed her she would soon become pregnant and provided instructions on what she couldn’t do. The angel informed her don’t drink wine, or any alcoholic drink, nor eat forbidden food. The son was to be a Nazirite – (which is a person who took a vow to be set apart for God’s service) and also informed her his hair must NEVER be cut.img_6198

The woman went back to tell her husband all that the angel had told her. The angel spoke to Manoah and informed him his wife must follow all his instructions including other items.

When the son was born he was named Samson, the Lord was with him. A Philistine woman caught Samson’s eye and he told his father he wanted to marry her and asked him to get her. His parents did not approve but was unaware that the Lord was at work. The marriage was unblessed and his wife was soon taken from him by her father and given to a companion. Samson was angry and took out revenge on the Philistines. The Philistines felt Samson’s punishment and took out their own revenge by burning her and her father. Samson fell in love with Delilah. What Samson didn’t know is that the Philistines went to Delilah to entice Samson to find out what makes him strong.

Delilah tried everything but she knew Samson was not telling her the truth about his strength. Until after all her nagging he told her “My hair had never been cut, and he was dedicated to God as a Nazirite from birth.”

Delilah got Samson to fall sleep and his hair was shaved and the Philistines captured him and gouged out his eyes. The Philistine brought Samson into the temple to entertain them and Samson hair was growing back. With his anger of what had happen still he was thinking about revenge again for himself. Samson, prayed to the Lord “Sovereign Lord, remember me again..please strengthen me just one more time.”

As Samson stood between two center pillars and pushed against them with both hands, he prayed. “Let me die with the Philistines.” At that moment the entire temple crashed down on the Philistine rulers and all the people in the temple. At that moment Samson killed more people when he died than his entire lifetime.

Lesson Learned

Samson was to be a Nazirite, set apart to God from birth. God give him strength to fight Israel’s enemy instead he used it for his own revenge and he gave into temptation and was a womanizer full of sin. But God will use even a sinful man to enact his will

What’s so sad of this is Samson understood the true source of his strength but he never knew his true purpose. That is the truth in our life; there are many people given ability with such great talent but never truly knowing their purpose or destiny.

The main lesson is if we keep walking into temptations, will lead to sin and we will suffer the consequences for our disobedience. Our God will use a sinful individual to enact his will.

Reference:

NLT Parallel Study Bible

Copyright 2008 by Tyndale House Publishers

 

Disclaimer:  The blog is my own personal interpretation from reading the Bible.  I am not a minister only a person who is learning the Bible and absorbing the word.