Good morning everyone,
This time of year for most of us is a very special time because it signifies really what life is all about. It is to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior. In Romans 5:8, we are reminded that God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. Even before you knew Him, while we were yet sinners, God sent His only Son to come and save us from being lost forever. Not because we were good enough, but just because he 'Loved' us! Whenever you feel uncertain about God's love for you, remember that He loved you even before you turned to Him. For some folks, they continue to want to hold on to the 'baggage' that has become their security blanket. Their heart strings have been plucked and they know that they can not handle their burdens alone, yet they continue to refuse the 'Gift' that God has already given!! Think about it this way brothers and sisters; any debt you owe has already been paid in full. All you need to do is accept it! But Paul, I'm in over my head and there is no answer in sight! Good thing you mention that. All the more reason to say, 'Lord, even in my brokenness, I give you my all.' That is exactly what He wants. If you can't fix yourself (which none of us can!), don't you think it is about time to let the Doctor fix you! By you releasing your baggage, amazing things will happen! Instead of you carrying around that massive amount of guilt, those financial issues (that most of us have), selfishness, greed, stubbornness, bad decisions and the list goes on and on; maybe it is time to get out of the constant insanity (doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results) that you find yourself in!! But Paul, that is easier said than done! Yes, I agree unless you realize who is in control. Most if not all of the issues that you are faced with will continue because in the big scope of things, we have very little control of the exterior elements we live in and that is life as we know it. But God is the 'Creator of change' within us! He can change our attitude to be that of gratitude. He can help you see through the fog when your sight is completely impaired. For some, this time of year is bitter sweet. You may have lost a loved one recently and Christmas only brings up loneliness to you. My prayer for you is that others reach out to you and remind you about the Love of Christ. Instead of focusing on the issues and problems that you are faced with this Christmas season, ask Christ to fill your heart with so much love so that you can go out and love folks right where they are at!! It literally may be the difference between life and death! Until we know Him personally, we are all dead! Once you know Him, don't you want to introduce Him to those that You love?
Your brother in Christ,