Earth Shaking, Doors Opening, & Breaking Free! Acts16:26


 In time of pain and hurt, Receive Peace......and a funny story.
Reflecting back on some of my thoughts from my other blogs. Choices. Roads. Paths. Direction. Honesty. Love. Good times and bad. Life as you think it to be is truly a rollercoaster. You never know what will happen or take place. As the scripture says, "To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven, (Ecclesiastes 3:1)". A purpose for everything I think?? I ask myself, "What, a purpose?" I think to myself, "how can there be a purpose for everything I have went through". I question what I read but we know that God does not lie. It says that He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
So I think how can my pain be for a purpose. We may never know the answer to it. I will have to say, in my own experience that if you stay strong with seeking the Lord you will learn the reason to your questions of WHY THIS.... When pain and hurt comes its a natural feeling to receive and hold to is bitterness, anger, and resentment. I've been there. Asking God, "Why this?, Why me?" The thing that gave me peace when reflecting on what has happened in my life is this, "for He maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust, (Matthew 5:45)". So when you are thinking to yourself, "I didnt do anything wrong, I was doing good and right". Realize that things happen for a purpose and that the rain (hard times) fall on EVERYONE. That is were you can receive peace.
This is what you can do when you are in times of pain, "Love your enemy, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you, (Matthew 5:44). Don't start to have a prideful heart. Don't carry around bitterness in your heart. Ephesians 4:31-32 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice and be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God has forgiven you. You need to have a forgiving heart or you will not be forgiven by God for what you have done (Matthew 6:14-15).
You, yourself is not perfect. You, yourself have done things wrong in your life. All you are doing to yourself is poisoning your heart by holding onto the pain and hurt. ITS HARD.... Yes. Very true. I KNOW.... Its take prayer and sometimes even fasting to have a clean heart towards everyone and everything that has happened to you. You feel like you want to get even. Or you may feel you want that other person to have as much pain in their life as they put in yours. To be free from that is to believe and trust in what God says. Romans 12:19 for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Forgiving that person for what they did does not mean that what they did was right. Forgiving is giving it to God. Forgiving is letting it go. Forgiving does not mean you have to trust that person again. Like my Pastor says, "Verify then trust". Actions will tell you whether or not if you can trust that person again. Forgiving allows you to be forgiven. If you do not forgive bitterness will spring up in your heart.
Peace is very important. I have learned that peace is a gift that is given to us for FREE. Its only up to us to do what we need to do to have that peace within ourselves. Philipians 4:6-9 6Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. 9Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
The God of peace shall be with you....YES. PEACE... When you think on the true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and of Good report your mind, body and soul will receive that wonderful peace. It all starts with your mind and what you allow yourself to think on (Romans 12:2). If you are always thinking and talking about the bad that has happened to you it is inevitably you will start to feel bitterness, hate, anger towards that person or situation that took place. You dont want to have a root of bitterness spring up trouble you (Romans 12:15). If you allow bitterness to spring up you will not be able to find repentance (Romans 12:17). You cant find something that is not there. If you do not have respentance you will not find a relationship with God and to be able to repent you need to forgive. You need to repent to go to heaven. (Repent: Ezekiel 18:30-32, Luke 5:32, Luke 13:5, Acts 2:38, Acts 3:19, Acts 8:22, Acts 17:30, 2 Peter 3:9, Rev 3:19)
PAUSE... I have to tell a story of what just happened to me RIGHT NOW.... Trying to let some steam out here. So my mom calls me and I get distracted from writing. I happen to stroll down stairs. I find my bedroom door closed. Which is a good thing because it has to be closed or my moms dog would eat everything in that room. Well, I go in and GUESS WHO I FIND IN THERE. YES!!! That stupid dog. Well, I see on my bed wet spots and I start to get VERY angry. I just washed my sheets last night. YES, that made me mad. THEN you wont believe this. POOP.... THAT STUPID DOG.... Yes he pooped all over the floor and even on my clean clothes I had folded up on the floor. I PRAY... OH LORD. HHHHEEEELLLPPPP me not to kill this dog. I start thinking about this whole message that I was writing and started to laugh about it. LAUGH, yea, I laughed. While I was cleaning up the mess I was laughing. Well, I still was a little mad. ISN'T it funny how God allows even the little things happen to us in our life to teach us something... I guess I didnt shut my door all the way when I left my room and he pushed it open and got locked in. And well, truthfully I guess it scared the poop out of him. Yes, thats right and true there...... Here we go, I guess its time to do laundry all over again..GGRRRR... OH peace peace peace, wonderful peace.. I need peace Hehehehe

Now after experiencing that... WHAT DID YOU THINK I wanted to do to that wonderful sweet dog. KILL IT.... GET SO ANGRY... BE MAD... Which I did get angry but I made sure not to sin.. Its okay to be angry but do not sin(Eph 4:26). Its okay to be mad but handle it in the "RIGHT" way. So what were my options with this situation. I could have stayed mad and angry and have it effect my whole day. Or I could take the peace that is given unto me and think of good, pure, and lovely things and my mind will be set at ease... So, How you think and react will make a difference in your day and for the rest of your life. And just to let you know, I washed EVERYTHING TWICE....... Proverbs 16:24 Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones. Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. Proverbs 16:20 He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy is he. Proverbs 15:1 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
So do you want good health? Then say pleasant words. Do you want peace? Then think on THESE things as the Lord speaks of. Do you want to have good? Then handle the matter wisely. All the answers are right there. May you be blessed in Jesus name.