Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Christian life, Difficult or easy?

Have you ever thought to yourself..Christianity is difficult!  I certainly have.

Its like waking up in the morning, and you need to put on your best behaviour. Act in a manner where you do the right thing, no anger, no swearing, you cant vent your frustration, always smile, always be a shoulder to lean on etc etc.
s this what it is about? 
I doubt it.

Lets see some of the things that Jesus wants us to do by telling us through His world:
·         Talking badly about other people – Instead of judging others and taking on Gods role, rather act with compassion and forgiveness. Really? When someone swears at you, when someone gossips about you, can you act with compassion? With Gods help we can. Just think to yourself all the time “Do to others what you would want them to do to you!” With practise and Gods help, it becomes a way of life
·         Do you ever think badly about yourself. Things like “I’m too fat or thin”, ”I’m ugly”, “I am a slow learner so everyone thinks I am stupid”. What makes us think like this? Well its not God! If we can take Gods view on ourselves and stop the rubbish thoughts that are put into our heads by the world (advertising, newspapers, television, other people), we would love ourselves, accept ourselves and forgive ourselves. Remind yourself how special you actually are. Stop justifying yourself to others and see yourself through Gods eyes.
·         Do you worry about everything? I do. But if you look at it (and I am one to talk J), does worrying actually get us anywhere? Worrying about stuff means that we don’t trust God. Read Matthew 6:27-30. Is life not more than worrying about what food to eat, what clothes to wear and what is going to happen tomorrow. I don’t know, I find myself always worrying about what may happen tomorrow. But we are called to trust God, put it in His hands and He will take care of us.

·         Is your spirit right with God. Sometimes we always try to accomplish things ourselves and leave God right out of our decisions. When things go wrong, then we ask “WHY GOD?” Hebrews 10:22 – Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart with full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having your bodies washed with pure water.  If we have a clean spirit and walk naturally in the steps of Jesus, bad language falls away as a habit and bad pessimistic thoughts become a thing of the past as these are against the Word of God. If we walk in the footsteps of Jesus, we start doing the things that He did....Did Jesus ever complain?

·         If we repent from hidden sin (sin from ages ago), a huge burden gets released from our shoulders. These burdens cause us to be aggressive, bitter, complain and do things that are not in Gods direction. Release unforgiveness. God forgave us, can we not forgive others. I am not saying its easy, because its not..especially when someone has really hurt your deeply in your life. Talk to God, ask Him, spend quiet times with Him, relate to what He is saying to you. Tomorrow we will talk about Hearing from God.
I am not saying that any of this is easy. Some things are really hard. (for me, its forgiving others for some things) but it says in Ephesians 4:31-32:
Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other Just as in Christ God forgave you.
Good Luck, but through Jesus we can accomplish anything.
Would love to hear you thoughts, comments and concerns on this.

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