Escape Into a New Life

3304253447_46dd8bb66d

Flickr/Vincepal

I remember the times when parents would have their children on a leash. Whenever the child strayed the parent would pull the leash and the child follow in place. It seemed humiliating to me watching a child being treating like a pet dog. Parents who use these leashes (body harnesses) say its for the child safety. When we grew up safety were our parents first concern also but we knew not to run off; we obeyed them willingly.

What a blessing that’s not God’s way to get His children to follow Him. He gives us the freedom to follow Him obediently.

I imagine children on leashes wanting freedom after watching other children walking or playing without them. I imagine them wanting to escape their reality.

Just like those children wanting to escape their reality, people escape their reality also by fantasizing, denying, gambling, justifying, rationalizing, eating, drugging, avoiding, isolating and many other ways.  Facing reality is painful.

God place us in situations to help us grow spiritually and for us to reach our greatest potential. Most of the time it’s not to our liking or understanding so it SEEMS better if we escape. The devil deceive us into believing it’s better if we flee by taking the road that most people take. The broad highway to hell.

You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for many who choose the easy way. But the gateway to life is small, and the road is narrow, and only a few ever find it. (Matthew 7:13-14)

What are people running from? RESPONSIBILITY. The parents I mention earlier of having their children on leases don’t want the responsibility to teach their child not to run astray. THEY CHOOSE THE EASY WAY.

Responsibility are not burdensome. They are gifts from God. When we take care of our personal responsibilities it satisfies us spiritually, however, when we don’t they become overwhelming, depressing and the feeling of the need to escape is greater.

Be sure to do what you should, for then you will enjoy the personal satisfaction of having done your work well, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. For we are responsible for our own conduct. (Galatians 6:4-5)

Few people ever find that narrow road to life when they choose to live their life by default. Doing so allow their circumstances and feelings to make choices for them. Then they find themselves doing things even when they know the results will be devastating.

You don’t have to live your life trying to escape anymore, because God have heard your cry. Your prayers have reached His ears. He will not fail you! In my next post I will explain how God will teach you the right path to take. All He ask you be open-minded and willing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nothing Else Matters

9711325376_0b003d5867

Photo by Celestine Chua

We all have been hurt in the past one way or another. For example your friend betrays you leaving you bitter and full of resentment or maybe as a child you waited for your father to pick you up but he never showed up.

Your first reaction to hurt and pain was negative. You automatically reject your spirit in such times and rely heavily on your thinking believing somehow it can take away your pain if you can understand why it happened.

But what happened to you in the past doesn’t change the fact that Jesus loves you; nothing else matters.

Satan loves when you lives in the past away from God and away from His grace. Denial once your friend protected you from your past hurts but also kept you from living in and dealing with reality. The reality that God loves you.

How long?

How long you’re going to hold on to your past hurts? God is waiting for you to give them to Him because they’re holding you back. God said it’s time for you to move on.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  (Hebrews 12:1-2)

God wants you to know that He hurts for you. He’s sorry that you had to go through such pain. But holding on to it and not being willing to forgive the person who hurt you in the past is giving them power to hurt you today; in the present. Your unforgiveness is hindering you and entangling you in your race. God will help you find the willingness to forgive them.

Understand loving God, being in His family, and having the right to live in heaven for all eternity is what’s important. Compared to eternity; nothing else matters.

ASK YOURSELF:

WHAT HELPS YOU KEEP YOUR EYES ON JESUS?

WHY YOU THINK IT’S HARD FOR YOU TO FORGIVE?

WHAT DOES HARDSHIP DEMONSTRATE ABOUT YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD?

The Growing Process Of A Spiritual Slump

 

god far 2We have all been in this place before.  When God seems so distant, we can’t feel His presence.  When your prayers become a task and when you are out of your spiritual comfort zone.

Being an athlete all my life, I would hate when I was in a slump. Playing baseball, sometimes I couldn’t get a hit to save my life. Or playing basketball, I couldn’t make a free throw when I needed it the most.  So I would practice more and more because I believed I had control over the situation.

Now, as a Christian, I still hate being in a slump: a spiritual slump.  And just like in sports, there are some things we Christians can do to get out of our spiritual slump and back on top of our game.

When Trusting God Gets Difficult

If anyone watched the San Francisco Giants’ run to a World Series win this year, they saw a good example of having trust during difficult times.

Down two games to zero and facing elimination, against my beloved Cincinnati Reds, the Giants managed to win three games in a row. They were then in the same place during their next series vs. the Saint Louis Cardinals, but still found a way to advance.  Then to top it off, they then sweep the Detroit Tigers in the World Series.  god far 7Not only did they have trust in each other, but they believed.

When it comes to God, it’s easy to trust and believe in Him when things are going well, but what about when things are going against you?  What about when it seems there is no way you can win?

Believe it or not, these are the times when God is performing deep work inside of you.  Jesus learned obedience from the things He suffered (Hebrews 5:8).  Trusting in God, despite of your pain and difficulties, will lead you to victory.

Loving Him When He Seems Distant

When any of us have experienced a place of darkness or a difficult moment in our lives, like the loss of a loved one, career, or hope, sooner or later we began to see a light that we have never seen before.

God said, “Let there be light”, so that His children can shine in Satan’s dark world.

When you follow the light and stop trying to think and reason your life back in order, you’ll come to the end of yourself, but to the beginning of God. god far 4

Close the gap between you and God’s love by not looking on the outside to make you feel at peace on the inside. When you do this, it creates illusion of distance between you and God, which in turn creates a situation where loving God becomes a challenge.

Understand that just because your current circumstances aren’t ideal, it does not mean that God isn’t working for you.

Separation between the Old Life and the New Life

Several times when God has a calling on your life, it requires a separation between your old life and your new life.  He’ll distance you from old people, places, and things, taking you to an unknown place, to help you discovery your true self.  Don’t be scared of this journey.  Not fully embracing this will lead you to making decisions that are not part of God’s plan.

When this happens the vicious cycle of doing the same thing and expecting different results take place. Insanity. A huge part of keeping your sanity is not acting your old way like acting on impulses or fear. Waiting on God is your new way of living. Many people have waited on God for a very long time and some are still waiting.

God gives us direction, hope and promise by turning our bad ideas into his own plan but it all depends on how we can wait.

Just like getting out of a batting slump takes practice, so does getting out of a spiritual slump. It requires separation from all that you have known before. Many times you aren’t able to make sense of it.  It seems there is no hope.

god far 6But just like the San Francisco Giants pressed on to become World Series Champs, you can press on to find God’s love during difficult times.  Spiritual slumps are a process of change.  You need only be willing to turn the process over to His design and His plan.