When We Feel Abandoned By God, What Should We do? How Do We Reconnect?

God Left Me! Why Has He Forsaken Me?

When We Feel Abandoned By God

It’s been a while I got this kinda concern. When I started reading this concerned message I realised am also a victim to this. But in this case let’s read and try to contribute positively in supporting and helping this anonymous brother.

I grew up in the church and I know the Bible well. But now, I’m positive that God left me. Like Saul. I’m empty and it seems pointless to live. I’m basically a corpse walking around. I have no joy, peace, patience or kindness. No fruit of the Spirit. How can I have the fruit of the Spirit when God left me? I got sick about a month ago and started doubting everything. I was thinking sick thoughts–blasphemous thoughts. I tried to fight with scripture but the doubt and evil thoughts continued to expand. And now I know that the beautiful spirit of the Lord is gone. God left me; He has deserted me. I’ve prayed and prayed but I’m sure God left. God has given me over to a reprobate mind. Now nothing affects me. My heart is hard. I know that the Bible is God’s Word and that Jesus is God’s Son and that He gave He gave the Holy Spirit to dwell in those who believe. I know who God is even if He gave me over to a reprobate mind. I will continue to let people know that He is true even thought God left me.

Uncle Tim gave a very positive and encouraging advise.

The purpose of God’s testing is not to undermine us, but to purify and to move our assurance away from feelings which can be transitory to a solid faith that seeks to serve God even if it seems that He is destroying us (Job 13:14). Sometimes we think we are strong Christians when we do not realize on what weak legs we stand. Then the storms come, as Scripture says they will, and our worlds are turned upside down. God’s purpose through His training of us is to substitute for our weak legs some strong legs of faith, where we seek God and seek to live out His will even when our worlds seem to be collapsing around us. We are the house built on the rock.

So my encouragement to you is to lift up the feeble legs (Hebrews 12:12-13), stand strong in God, understand His purposes in your life, and hope in Him. When the testing is done, you will come through as pure gold, a treasure fit for His presence, and a blessing to all.

Another anonymous contributor advises

So here is what I do when difficult times come. First, I pray and ask God to reveal if there is some sin that has brought about the feeling of estrangement. If there is some sin that comes to mind, I confess it.

Second, having dealt with any know sin, I remind myself of His promises to me and assure myself that God is not a liar. In fact, I go farther and reaffirm to myself His great character and desire for us. Sometimes I read some of the great passages of Scripture on God’s character. I reaffirm that He has forgiven my sin and cleansed me, even as He promised and even though I do not “feel” clean. The feelings follow faith. I talk to myself about Him.

Third, I stop and worship Him for who He is. I submit myself before Him and tell Him how great He is. I see this with Job’s response, where in his sorrow he paused and worshipped (Job 1:20).

Fourth, I talk to myself about me, my purpose in this world, my calling to represent Him well, my choice not to focus on myself but to focus on Him. I reaffirm that serving Him is my choice no matter how I feel.

Finally, I seek to engage with His word and continue to pray, accounting that He is listening even when I have no feeling of engagement. (But I must admit, usually by the end of step 2, I find that I have reconnected. There is something about worship that touches God’s heart and transforms ours.) Yet, in the times when I still feel remote, I choose to draw near to Him and trust that in His time He will draw near to me. And He always does.

Other contribution to this …

Faith is trusting when we cannot see, banking that in the morning joy will return.

I encourage you not to be cast down, but to know that such times of struggle are part of God’s good gifts to His own, demonstrating His loving training so that our faith may stand strong and robust and be able to withstand any storm that strikes the rock on which our house is built.

I know this is difficult, especially in times you are not feeling well. But I encourage you to engage with others, and seek their prayers for mutual support during this time.

What advise do you have for this concerned brother, we will love you to share your thoughts and contributions too….

Have a blessed Sunday!!!

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The Thirty Second Quiz

The Thirty Seconds Quiz

Don’t bother getting a pen and paper… just read… if you can’t

answer them, just keep going.

1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.

2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.

3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America contest.

4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer prize.

5. Name the last five Academy Award winners for Best Actor and Actress.

How did you do?

The point is, none of us remembers the headliners of yesterday. These are no second-rate achievers. They’re the best in their fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

Now here’s another quiz. See how you do on this one:

1. Name three teachers who aided your journey through school.

2. Name three friends who helped you through a difficult time.

3. Name five people who have taught you something worth while.

4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.

5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.

Easier?

The lesson?

The people who make a difference in your life aren’t the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They’re the ones who care.

Once Upon A Time

Once upon a time, there was a multi billionaire, who was enjoying his life to the maximum and had power and influence over many companies and many employees.

Unlike most rich people, he was a good person. He had put some rules in his companies. According to his vision, keeping these rules would facilitate the work flow and at the same time would create a friendly cozy and fair atmosphere between the employees.

The multi billionaire himself kept these rules too in order to give a good example and to be the model to be followed by the employees.

As the billionaire respected the employees, he never forced them to follow him. He respected the freedom of his employees and their free will was something he never allowed himself to control- although the amount of money he had, would allow him to control whatever he wanted. However, the wise billionaire found that respecting each other’s freedom would lead to a better atmosphere and better productivity.

Despite the smooth work flow and the good work condition, an employee decided to rebel against the billionaire and he turned some employees against their boss. The rebellious decided to lie, to falsify the truth and to disrespect all the rules put by the billionaire. For that, the rebellious and his followers were thrown out of the billionaire’s companies and were considered enemies.

The rebellious who have lost their jobs, have never been successful in establishing their own company. They were left weak, poor and unemployed.

Actually the loss of these employees did not affect the productivity of the companies, as the power of the multi billionaire could guarantee him and his employees a very prosperous life.

While enjoying his life, the multi billionaire started to imagine himself as a father of many children. He is a person who has lots of money and power that he could share with his children and that could guarantee joy and happiness for them. He started imagining his children’s life and thought that he will give each one of them a company. He will delegate his powers to his children and will of course respect their freedom. He will encourage them to be creative, productive and to enjoy their life and their business. He will ask them to obey the rules he had put in his companies and in order to preserve the rules, he will also write them down for them in a manual. He imagined himself loving his children so much and he decided never to abandon them. Whoever needs him and asks for his help and support, he will immediately come to help him.

The billionaire was aware that he has some enemies, the rebellious. But he also knew how weak they were. They were not even capable of establishing one company, while he had so many companies. The billionaire knew that the rebellious will try to hunt his children, but he also knew that if he stands next to his children, no rebellious could harm them. He will offer his ultimate love to his children, all they have to do is to love him back to enjoy the perfect life he will offer them and to enjoy his protection.

While imagining his children, the multi billionaire started to love them so deeply, even before they were born. He loved sharing and was ready to share his whole life with his children. He was already ready to die for them.

The years have passed and his children grew up. Each one of his children has become the owner of a company with unlimited power and influence.

Some children have enjoyed their father’s care and love. They kept their father’s rules and enjoyed keeping them. They invited their father to spend some days with them in their companies. Whenever the rebellious tried to come next to them, they called for their daddy, who just needed to stand next to them to keep the enemy away. These children made a huge success out of their companies. They also participated in the establishing of new companies. And when it was family time, they spent great moments with their father who shared his visions and his thoughts with them. The multi billionaire was very proud of them and he kept giving them more and more.

Another group of children decided to enjoy the power given to them, but didn’t accept their dad’s presence. They preferred to consider him dead, while he was there alive standing in front of them. They considered him too old and old fashioned. Whenever he talked, they shut their ears and turned away their faces. While disrespecting the rules put by the billionaire, they dealt with the rebellious in their work. They started to trade with them and to invite them from time to time to their companies. By doing this, the rebellious gained more power on the market. As long as the multi billionaire was not invited, they appeared and merchandised with the billionaire’s children. In fact the rebellious started to take ownership of these companies and the billionaire’s children, the real owners, started to obey their new masters. Heartbroken, the billionaire could only -from time to time- pass by these children, wishing one of them would call for him, but, as he was respecting their free will, he could never impose himself.

The last group of children decided to obey the rules and to work in their companies. But they never really talked to their father. They decided to act as employees and not as owners. They followed the rules and whenever the rebellious came, they called for their father to deal with him. This group has never understood why they were here and what they were doing. They have never enjoyed their place, as they never understood that their daddy is longing to talk to them and to share his visions with them. They never understood that they have the powers of their father and that they were the owners of their companies. All they could see is that they are working, obeying rules and calling their father to face the enemy. The billionaire was also heartbroken for this group of children. He wished he could spend time with them to talk to them, but they never invited him in an intimate way. All he could do is knocking on their companies’ doors, waiting for anyone to open and to invite him to an intimate chat and dinner.

Just Like Abraham Lincoln: Never Quit

Born into poverty, Lincoln was faced with defeat throughout his life. He lost eight elections, twice failed in business and suffered a nervous breakdown.

He could have quitted many times – but he didn’t and because he didn’t quit, he became one of the greatest presidents in the United States history.

Here is a sketch of Lincoln’s road to success;

1816 His family was forced out of their home. He had to work to support them.

1818 His mother died.

1831 Failed in business.

1832 Ran for state legislature – lost.

1832 Also lost his job – wanted to go to law school but couldn’t get in.

1833 Borrowed some money from a friend to begin a business and by the end of the year he was bankrupt. He spent the next 17 years of his life paying off this debt.

1834 Ran for state legislature again – won.

1835 Was engaged to be married, sweetheart died and his heart was broken.

1836 Had a total nervous breakdown and was in bed for six months.

1838 Sought to become speaker of the state legislature – defeated.

1840 Sought to become elector – defeated.

1843 Ran for Congress – lost.

1846 Ran for Congress again – this time he won – went to Washington and did a good job.

1848 Ran for re-election to Congress – lost.

1849 Sought the job of land officer in his home state – rejected.

1854 Ran for Senate of the United States – lost.

1856 Sought the Vice-Presidential nomination at his party’s national convention – get less than 100 votes.

1858 Ran for U.S. Senate again – again he lost.1860 Elected president of the United States.

Check out the chronological order of this great man. Am sure most of us would have quitted a long time ago, 🤔ain’t easy at all. But this man keeps going. Whenever I read about Abraham Lincoln, his story motivates and inspires me.

The Fallen Star

A true story from an anonymous reader.

I never realised I was in neck deep trouble until it hit me straight between the eyes.

All the lies kept piling upon each other until it was an unstable deck. And on the slightest breeze all came tumbling down.

It must be okay to say I fell. I fell deep and hard like the entire gravitational force of earth is concentrating on me alone. And when I fell, there where so many of them standing tall and mocking me, like they knew I had it coming all the time.

Why didn’t I see it coming? I was always the one who never made any mistake. But for the last 3 years it seems like i was living a lie. A reality which even I didn’t know was a big fat lie.

I had it all. And now, I was stripped of every power I had. My name, my pride, my dignity,my reputation, my love and all my life’s worth.

Down where I fell it was all chaos. All the beings were pointing their crooked nose and fingers and saying I was an outcast.

All I could do was curl up in that crater which I fall. I lay there for months hearing the scornful words from every one that passed by. I was called many names. The Harlot,The Pariah, The Black Swan..

Every time I hear those words I cringed and cried. My tears made a pool in the crater. Soon it became a lake. Deep down inside the lake I still lie. Curled up in a ball. A cocoon of myself. But they never forgot about me. They knew I will come out one day and they were all ready to rant about me more. That’s when I decided. They didn’t lost anything from my fall. It was just me and my loved ones who lost everything. Not everything. Everything was not lost. There was only one thing that was lost. The real me. All the little things that made me where gone.

And when that realisation dawned upon me I decided to let it all go. I will do what I want. I will rise again. I will see places. I will get my place back in the stars. For there are still people who believe in me, who looked upon me and who loved me. That love is all I need to shine bright.

Today I shine brighter than any around me. I do have bits and broken edges around me.. But all those broken edges made me the unique one that I am now.

Overcoming The Power Of Depression

In recent times, suicidal deaths have been a source of concern to Nigerians and the human race at large. According to the World Health Organization, 350 million people around the world suffer from depression. NGO’s, care groups and even the government have created laws and means to curb this menace yet the answer looks far from our reach. Our Christianity is beyond emotions. It is our commitment to live with God through life and whatever it throws at you.

But how do people overcome it?

The story of Charles is a wonderful testimony on how he overcame depression.

He was 21 when everything went south. He was dumped, he lost his car and he found himself unemployed all at once. Things began to spiral out of control from there. Depression settled in and Charles turned to the bottle as a source of escape.

Things took a dark turn for Charles. But with the help of his roommate, and religion, he overcome his struggle with depression.

He was invited to an event hosted by a preacher, and it was there that he rediscovered his faith in God and religion. It has helped him grow his faith as an evangelist.

He’s looking to spread that message now across the world.

Overcoming depression requires the renewing of our minds through the word of God. When you trust in yourself and things don’t go as expected, it can result in depression. It is important that you always encourage yourself in the lord. Take the focus off you and focus on God. Understand that there are somethings that are beyond your control and learn to pray about that problem. Confess the word of God daily over your life. Ever heard the popular saying “why worry when you can pray”? I am sure the writer understood by experience that prayer is the only way out in times of distress.

Secondly, unrealistic comparisons with other people implies you are telling God that He has failed you. We are all on individual journeys in life and so face different challenges, hence stop comparing your life with others. Stay on your lane, pray and watch the miracle worker do wonders all around you.

Finally, the journey of depression ends in hopelessness so instead of feeling like you are a burden to others, speak up. A problem shared is half solved.

Time To Live

Movement, sweet motivation to keep on living. What was the point on just staying on the same place? For the young man, life was always related with movement. When he was younger, spending a long time sick in bed, made him realize the importance of live life to the fullest. What was the use in crying? Isn´t better traveling instead of just drowning in a sea filled with tears? No, it wasn´t an easy task letting go all of that sadness and bitterness caused by past wounds, but he was determined to build foundations for a better life.

And against all odds, he was able to find what he wanted. There would be no more days of just watching life pass him by. The young gentleman wanted to get a more active role on his own life, and he managed to get it. So, he just speeded his wings and flew away, as he always dreamt. Maybe some were expecting for the moment to watching him fall, but he wanted to put up some fight first. Movement, perfect spirals of movement. Now he was an important part of that rhythm of life, and nothing could hold him back anymore. It was his time to live.

The story describes my life growing up. Had to push hard to live my life and never look back to the depressing past of my life.

I hope this story will help someone today.

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You Overweight Pig

A story about a fat girl who got bullied, depressed, finally got her life together for a year. And she finally proved it to her best friend who always picked on her every single day about something that she just realised that day.

All I did was shove all these food down my throat whenever I feel the feeling that I always felt, hoping that it would’ve made it better. But I knew clearly that it’ll make it worst.

I’ve been over weight since I was a kid. Bullied and just disrespected just because of how I looked.

I tried to go on a diet, and exercise, but it was always hard for me. I never had the motivation. I never had people to support me. And no one understood the struggles I had.

People called me names. They actually still call me ‘Piggy’ every time I walk into school. They pinched my fats and pushed me down and told me that I was always too slow to ever make it in time to class, when actually I just really wanted to avoid classes as much as possible.

But now is a new year. A new year where I’m going to change who I am. I’m going to change how I eat, how I live my life, and how my mind set is. I’m going to be positive and set a goal. I’m sick of it already.

My mother agreed with me and let me stayed home school for a year until I become healthy. I told her that she won’t regret it. Nor would I.

So I woke up every day at five, looking at the mirror and telling myself that I’m going to do it. There were a lot of ups and downs and when I told myself that it was just a fantasy. But it’s not true. Dreams can be real if you actually work hard for it.

I started eating healthy. In fact, and drank more water. I slept earlier, instead of staying up all night, worrying about the bullies and what people called me. Cause they’re going to be a joke when I go back to school.

After a year, I’ve fitted my sixth year old clothes again. Maybe it was rather bigger actually. I was happy. I had friends. I ate well and I feel awesome and fit. This was the best decision I’ve ever made.

“It’s time for you to go to school honey.” My mother called me from down stairs while I stared at myself into the mirror. I smiled at myself, thinking about how people are going to react.

I drove my car that my mom just bought me during my birthday and parked it in front of the school. I walked out with my sunglasses over my hair and walked into the school like I belonged there. Every guy that I passed were staring. And all the girls were whispering.
Then I waited at the genius who made up my nick name’s locker until a person came. But it wasn’t her. This person looked different. She looked tired with her eye bags. Her skin was unusually paled with red dots, and she was actually chubby. Not as chubby as I was before, but it was close. She had a cigar in her fingers, but the only thing that made me know that it was Amanda was her pink golden phone case that she always have in her hands everyday.

“Excuse you.” She snapped at me before I could even say anything. Now I’m pretty sure that it was Amanda.
“What happened to you Amanda?” I asked softly even if that wasn’t the question that I was going to ask.
“None of your business weirdo. Now move, I don’t even know you!”

“Oh, so you forgot the girl who you used to kick and pick on every single day. So you forgot the girl who you made depressed and who you almost made her actually kill herself and thought it was a joke. The girl you called fat and the girl you told everyone not to talk to because I was so fat that they might even catch it.” I actually chuckled a little bit at the thought of how stupid that was.

“Piggy?” She looked at me full of confused as if she didn’t believed me.

“You know what Amanda… I just came here to say thanks. Thank you for everything. Without you, I wouldn’t have lost weight, have real friends and have my whole life together. So basically I wanna thank you for not making me end up like you right now. Because all this time, I got myself back up just to proof some mean girl that I could’ve been better than her. I thought that maybe it would have made me happy if I showed the person that never even cared about me that I was not only a pig. But I just realised that I didn’t need to proof this pathetic rude girl that’s standing in front of me anything. I just wanna say sorry as well because whatever happened to you the past year.. You look horrible man. And you gotta get a life instead of making fun of other people and making up such smart nick names for them. Snapping at everyone you see and just be a bitter lonely person. So I just wanna wish you good luck.”

I smiled at her even if I saw her glaring eyes into mine. I walked passed her after I patted her back.

I continued walking while I just realised that we were crowded with a bunch of people who were actually clapping after what I just said. Then I walked through the crowd without a hassle because they made a path way for me.

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Lessons to Learn From Apostle Paul As Christians

Paul was an inspirational man of God and there are many things that we can learn from him.

Who was apostle Paul?

Paul of Tarsus (c. 10 – c. 67), originally named Saul, was one of the most notable of early Christian missionaries, his prolific writings forming a major portion of the New Testament. His influence on Christian thinking has, arguably, been more significant than any other New Testament author, though he himself very likely never knew Jesus in life, but was converted to his faith by a vision which appeared to him in his efforts to suppress Christianity.

For Paul, killing Christians was committed as an act honoring God. Though he was out to bring an end to the early Christian movement, it was motivated by reverence for the law. We can become so immersed in religious traditions that we miss the actual spiritual move of God when He causes a shift. If we are disconnected in the spirit we’ll act out of former understanding and not the “right now” word of God.

The apostle Paul never seemed to exhaust the topic of grace – what makes us think we can? He just kept coming at it and coming at it from another angle. That’s the thing about grace. It’s like springtime. You can’t put it in a single sentence definition, and you can’t exhaust it. When Paul was in prison, he never siezed a day without praying and asking for the grace of God. “Lord your grace is so sufficient”. If he can be saved from all the killings and persecution of Christians, surely it’s just by the grace of God.

So why should we take the time to learn from a previously known murderer? Especially someone who tried to kill off the very thing he later promoted?

Here are lessons to learn from Paul;

1. God can use ANYONE

Of all the people that God could have used to bring so many people to Him, he ironically used the man who had been killing Christians. God changed Paul’s heart and used him for His glory. It’s almost difficult for us to understand why God picked Paul of all people, but honestly that’s what makes Paul so relatable to us. Even though we aren’t murdering other people, we still don’t deserve the second, third, fourth, etc. chances that God willingly and gracefully gives us when we mess up. The fact of the matter is that God cares about everyone . If God can use someone like Paul to do that much good, then that should be encouragement to know that He can use anyone, including you!

2. No one is beyond the saving grace of God.

God was more than willing to forgive Paul for the countless lives that he took and for all the bad things that he had done. God gave Paul grace and transformed him into a completely different person. Like Paul, God can do the same for us. We are broken people that can be transformed by God’s saving grace that He so lovingly gives to us, even though we don’t deserve it.

3. It’s okay if you mess up.

I know that as Christians, we can be really hard on ourselves for our mistakes. It can be tempting to think that if we mess up, that God won’t love us anymore. Paul killed tons of people in his past. He tried to stop Christianity. Even still, God forgave him, had a purpose for him, and loved him. Know that if you make a mistake, it’s okay. We are not perfect people because we live in a sin fallen world. It’s impossible for us to be completely perfect, and that’s why we need God in our lives. Don’t get discouraged by your mistakes, but allow God to use them to transform and strengthen you so that you can be an encouragement those around you.

4. How to get your priorities

Paul talks about how “to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21).
In Philippians 3:7-9, Paul talks about how everything else of this world is garbage compared to his relationship with Jesus Christ. He knew that nothing else in this world even mattered. God was number one in Paul’s life. I don’t know about you, but that can be a pretty difficult thing to do. It’s so easy to put other things in that number one place in our lives: school, work, family, friends, relationships, anything that we find important. But Paul shows us that when it’s all said and done, the only thing that matters is our relationship with God and that He is number one in our lives.

5. What it takes to be with God forever

Building off of point #4, we know that Paul recognized the importance of a relationship with Jesus. He also recognized that’s what’s going to get us into Heaven. He shows us that there is a difference between knowing something about Christ and actually knowing Him on a personal level. In Philippians 3:9-10 Paul writes, “..that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ- the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.” In other words, Paul realized what is so hard for us to understand: We can’t do it on our own . Our own good works and merit isn’t enough to get us into Heaven because we’re not perfect, nor did Jesus die for us to be perfect. Good works is the product of faith in Jesus Christ, and salvation is about a relationship with God. Knowing Him is the goal.

6. Our past doesn’t define us.

I’ve heard it said, “Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.”
It’s pretty clear that Paul had a very dark and wicked past, but he didn’t let that define him. Instead, he grew and learned from it and was transformed into an incredible man of God. In Philippians 3:13, Paul writes, “…Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.” One thing I have recently learned is that Satan is not God, he just wanted to be God. So since he isn’t God, he cannot see what is in front of us, so that only leaves one weapon for him to use: our past. He’s gotten good at it too; putting the thoughts of “I’m too far gone for God to use me” or “I’ve made too many mistakes for God to love me” into our heads. However, our past mistakes do not define us. They only provide opportunities for us to grow. God knows we are imperfect people, so He will love us regardless, and nothing that we can do will ever change that.

7. The importance of quiet time.

Paul wanted to know more and more of Jesus. He spent quality time with Him as often as he could. In Philippians 3:10-11, Paul writes, I want to know Christ- yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.” Paul knew that the only way that he would get to know God on the level that he wanted to was by spending time with Him in His Word and through prayer. Paul shows us the importance of quality time and that it results in knowing Christ intimately and personally.

8. How to care for others.

Paul’s life and his works make it evident to us that he cared for others.
Acts 17:16 says, “While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols.” Because Paul had a heart for the Lord, he also had a heart for His people. In Paul’s engagement with others, he didn’t act as though he was better than them, but instead fueled his conversation with compassion. This is an important thing to learn from Paul, especially in our interactions with others about faith. Nothing about it should be condemning, but instead out of genuine love and compassion for God and His people.

9. Humility

One thing that really sticks out to me about Paul is written in Philippians 3:12. Pauls says, “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” Now if there was anyone that could brag about how on fire they are for God, of all the good things that they have done for Him, or all that they have surrendered for Him and accomplished through Him, it could be Paul. But Paul recognizes that he still has room for growth and doesn’t let pride consume him. Paul’s humility amazes me and it is something that we can definitely learn from and aspire to.

10. How to be content in any situation.

In Philippians 4:11-13, Paul writes, “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in an and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all things through him who gives me strength.” The secret of Paul’s contentment was that he drew his strength from the Lord. He learned to rely on God’s promises and strength to help him be content in any situation. He knew that God would supply him with everything that he would need and that God ultimately knew what was best for him. I tend to be the type of person who stresses and worries, so I know that this is a very difficult thing to accomplish. However, I know that with God’s strength, it is possible for me to accomplish this.

11. How to stand firm in Christ.

In Philippians 3:20-21, Paul writes, “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.” The way to stand firm is to keep our eyes on Him. It can become so easy for us to be distracted by everything going on around us, but we need to remember that this world is not our home. Standing firm means to resist the ways of this world. Don’t get discouraged or lose heart when you mess up, but instead continue to press into the Lord. He promises strength, so with Him, you can stay true to the Lord.
These are just a few points that we can take away from Paul, but there is so much more that we can learn from him. All in all God used a man who was wicked and transformed him into an evangelistic dynamite. In all of these points that we can take away from Paul, know that you are not too far gone for God to use, that He has a purpose for you, and that in His strength, He can use you to do great things for His kingdom and glory.

The More Difficult Life Is, The More We Appreciate God’s Forgiveness and Grace: Williams Story

I have been thinking about all that GOD has done for me. I have no words to adequately express the love and the appreciation I owe to GOD. To whom much is forgiven, much is required. GOD help me to honor You in all that I do.

No matter what we’ve been through in life, no matter what had happened in the past, no matter what we’ve done and think it’s in for given, we should always look up to God, because God is love. Here is Williams story….

Why I am a Christian

I was a child of rape,
Fatherless,
Unloved by a mother, not wanted, neglected, beaten, burned and abandoned,
Fostered and then adopted by those who did not cherish nor protect,
Molested, raped and shamed,
Told was a mistake, no good, would never amount to anything,
Cursed, kicked, slapped, whipped, beaten,
Learned by example that alcohol and drugs would numb the pain,
Runaway,
Bullied, beat up, drug overdose and left for dead,
Hospitalized, juvenile incarceration, defamation,
Hopeless, angry and alone,
Crimes led to prison,
Attempted rapes, countless fights, stabbed repeatedly, and in isolation hatred consumed,
Unwelcome, homeless and hungry,
Never begged, but ate out of dumpsters and occasionally worked for food or cash,
An object of another’s deviant sexual behavior, who were beaten and money taken,
Alcohol warmed on cold nights,
Lonely women in bars were nothing more than a bed to sleep in,
Uncaring, indifferent, selfish, self-loathsome,
Attempted suicide, and angry that even death evaded me,
Immersed in the bar-tend culture,
A stripper, an escort, drug dealer, a player,
Woke up high, went to bed drunk, every day for the next twenty years,
Mean, calloused, vile and vulgar defines the man I had become.

Then the unexpected happened!

GOD graciously revealed the truth of Christ’s redeeming work on the cross of Calvary to save a wretch like me. So real was GOD’s presence as tears of joy washed away a lifetime of anger and pain. Gone was the guilt of my sin against GOD. Knowing that by accepting Jesus as my Savior and LORD, GOD had declared me righteous.

Nothing in my past had power over me anymore. It was then that I realized why GOD chose me. I know hurt. I know pain. I know intimately the hopelessness felt by all people today. But most importantly, I know that GOD can save. What I did, I no longer do. I’m not without sin, but, the sins I used to love I now hate. When I am wrong I am quick to ask for forgiveness. And shockingly, GOD has birthed in me a sincere concern for the needs people have, and the urgency for their eternal salvation. I am becoming a very different person, and this is my testimony to the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

It is never too late for God. If you know God has done so much for you in anyway and you feel to share your story. You can be anonymous or can reveal your identity, whichever way we will respect your decision.

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Chopsticks: A Story To Feed One Another

A woman who had worked all her life to bring about good was granted one wish, “Before I die let me visit both hell and heaven.” Her wish was granted.
She was whisked off to a great banqueting hall. The tables were piled high with delicious food and drink. Around the tables sat miserable, starving people as wretched as could be.
“Why are they like this?” she asked the angel who accompanied her.
“Look at their arms,” the angel replied.
She looked and saw that attached to the people’s arms were long chopsticks secured above the elbow. Unable to bend their elbows, the people aimed the chopsticks at the food, missed every time and sat hungry, frustrated and miserable.
“Indeed this is hell! Take me away from here!”
She was then whisked off to heaven. Again she found herself in a great banqueting hall with tables piled high. Around the tables sat people laughing, contented, joyful.
“No chopsticks I suppose,” she said.
“Oh yes there are. Look, just as in hell they are long and attached above the elbow but look, here people have learnt to feed one another”.

True Story: The Life-Changing Power of Jesus Christ (Tammy’s Story)

My name is: regret, shame, pain, dirty, angry, failure, hated, forgotten. My life is full of valleys, with no mountain in sight. I haven’t seen good in so long I’m not sure it still exists. My story starts out like anybody else. For six years of my life I was the typical kid. Then life got in the way and things started changing.

When I was six I watched my great grandmother take her last breath. Four short months later, at age seven, my dad died. He died from complications from attempted suicide. I was never a “normal” kid after that. I sat alone on the floor during P.E. at school watching the other kids play begging God to just tell them I loved them.
That in itself is way too much for a seven-year old to handle all by herself. I started getting really depressed. I even went as far as attempting suicide. My heart was broken and nobody could or would help me. As time went on I came out of my depression and could see hope again. Then on January 27, 2009 my world crashed. My great aunt died. I was lost and empty. Eleven short months later tragedy struck again. My papaw died. I felt an anger start in my heart that would not soon be quenched.

On June 16, 2012 my faith was put to the test harder than before. My other papaw lost his battle with cancer. I started spiraling. I was depressed, angry, and confused. I wondered why God who is supposed to love me so much kept ruining my life. I started drinking and smoking pot daily. Curling up to a bottle was the only thing getting me through the day. I started giving myself away in pieces and slowly at first, then all at once, until I had nothing left. I looked in the mirror and saw a stranger — a tired, broken stranger. I was a mess. I was only 14 but I felt like I had lived a thousand years.
On October 20, 2013 I knew I couldn’t continue down the road I was on, so I turned to Jesus. I became a new person that day. Jesus saved me from myself. He became my life. I could finally stop fighting. After 10 years of death and pain I was exhausted. I could smile and laugh. My brokenness healed. I had hope for the future. Tragedy still came. August 17, 2014 my world came to a stop once again. My uncle who was my best friend, died. Losing him was the hardest thing I’ve ever gone through. It didn’t make sense; he was only 46. How could someone that I loved so much and had seen every single day really be gone? Five days later another uncle passed away. I couldn’t take it. My heart was so broken and I was so emotionally exhausted. I felt like running away and never stopping.

This time was different though. I was done running. I asked Jesus to carry me through it and he did. He still is. Because of him I have a smile on my face and a song in my heart. I have valleys, but I also have mountains. I have hope; I see the good in the bad. I am transformed. My name is: joy, peace, over-comer, remembered, redeemed, restored, loved, forgiven.

Jesus Christ is in the business of changing lives: Raksha’s Story

I grew up in a very troubled home. My dad had an affair and mum was always unhappy. I was the eldest and had to take on many responsibilities. I was very troubled and insecure which I carried over to adulthood.

I married at the age of 19. I always felt unwanted by my husband. I started having affairs with different people and lived recklessly. I left my husband many times and there was no end to the problems. I was rejected in the end by each guy I had an affair with and finally my back was up against the wall and I didn’t know where to turn because it hurt so bad to be rejected over and over.

That’s when a friend at work introduced me to Jesus. I turned from my wicked ways and decided to carry my cross and follow Jesus. Ever since my life has never been the same again. My husband and I worked through our marriage and are happily married now. God even blessed us with our own house a year ago. He is good. Praise Him.

Thinking Out Of The Box

Many hundreds of years ago in a small unknown town, a merchant had the misfortune of owing a large sum of money to the moneylender. The moneylender, who was old and ugly, fancied the merchant’s beautiful daughter so he proposed a bargain. He said he would forgo the merchant’s debt if he could marry the daughter. Both the merchant and his daughter were horrified by the proposal.

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The moneylender told them that he would put a black pebble and a white pebble into an empty bag. The girl would then have to pick one pebble from the bag. If she picked the black pebble, she would become the moneylender’s wife and her father’s debt would be forgiven. If she picked the white pebble she need not marry him and her father’s debt would still be forgiven. But if she refused to pick a pebble, her father would be thrown into jail.
They were standing on a pebble strewn path in the merchant’s garden. As they talked, the moneylender bent over to pick up two pebbles. As he picked them up, the sharp-eyed girl noticed that he had picked up two black pebbles and put them into the bag. He then asked the girl to pick her pebble from the bag.
What would you have done if you were the girl? If you had to advise her, what would you have told her? Careful analysis would produce three possibilities:
1. The girl should refuse to take a pebble.
2. The girl should show that there were two black pebbles in the bag and expose the moneylender as a cheat.
3. The girl should pick a black pebble and sacrifice herself in order to save her father from his debt and imprisonment.
The above story is used with the hope that it will make us appreciate the difference between lateral and logical thinking.
The girl put her hand into the moneybag and drew out a pebble. Without looking at it, she fumbled and let it fall onto the pebble-strewn path where it immediately became lost among all the other pebbles.
“Oh, how clumsy of me,” she said. “But never mind, if you look into the bag for the one that is left, you will be able to tell which pebble I picked.” Since the remaining pebble is black, it must be assumed that she had picked the white one. And since the moneylender dared not admit his dishonesty, the girl changed what seemed an impossible situation into an advantageous one.
MORAL OF THE STORY: Most complex problems do have a solution, sometimes we have to think about them in a different way.

Demonstrate No Matter What Your Age, You Can Still Set and Achieve Your Goals: Story Of Sam

Sam had many bookmarks that he has collected over the years. He had just celebrated his 75th birthday, and a surprise birthday party was held for him.

What To Buy Him?
Needless to say, trying to figure out what to buy Sam was a challenge as he desired very little, and he needed nothing. He loved to read, and had a huge collection of books. But, to buy him a book seemed impossible, as I did not know which books he had. So, when I found a custom bookmark made by a local craftsperson, I thought it was perfect.

The Perfect Gift and Saying
The custom bookmark had the following saying written on it:
“For to live is to function. That is all there is in living.” Sam opened my present and smiled. “Where did you get this?” he asked. I told him about the craftsperson that made bookmarks.

Sam Knew The Saying
He went on to tell me that this saying was written by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.. He told me that it was part of the words spoken by Mr. Holmes when he turned ninety. He then went and got a newspaper clipping that had Mr. Holmes words written at ninety:
The riders in a race do not stop short when they reach the goal. There is a little finishing canter before coming to a standstill. There is time to hear the kind voice of friends and to say to one’s self: ‘The work is done” But just as one says that, the answer comes: “The race is over, but the work never is done while the power to work remains”‘ “The canter that brings you to a standstill need not be only coming to rest. It cannot be, while you still live. For to live is to function. That is all there is in living.

I Was Amazed With Sam
At 75 years old he immediately recognized the author of the saying on the bookmark. And further more, I was amazed that he had a newspaper clipping with the words of Mr Holmes. Sam then told me he reads these
inspirational words of wisdom by Mr. Holmes every year on his birthday. He said the words reminded him that no matter how old you are, there is a reason you are here. And, you need to have goals no matter what your age.

Never Stop Setting Goals – No Matter What Your Age
Smiling, as I left Sam’s party, I thought how true those words are. I thought of some people who were much younger than Sam but who accomplish so little. Here was Sam at 75 and still setting his goals, still aiming to improve himself and to help others!