Archive | October 2008

Your Faith’s on Trial…

You know how we get into our own pity parties about the situations in our lives that we don’t like. We ask questions such as “why me?” or “I don’t deserve this”, you know just falling out like a big baby!!! Well take the time to read about Job, in the book of Job. This man was an up standing, true follower of God. Everyone around him knew how dedicated he was to God. Yet, he found himself one day losing all of his children, cattle (wealth), failed health, then even his wife told him to curse God and die. His friends were talking about him saying that he must have done something wrong for these things to come upon him. But he was a righteous man. God knows how much we can bear. He looked Job over before he even considered this storm to be brought into his life. God actually had a conversation with satan about Job. Satan told God that the only reason Job loves and serves him so much is because God’s hand was on his life, he asked God to allow him to do these things and in his mind he thought Job would decide not to serve God anymore. So God, knowing fully that Job would never do so told satan to go ahead….”do as you please, but don’t touch his soul”. Even after his children died, and he lost his wealth, his friends forsook him and then even his wife didn’t understand and turned her back on him, Job never gave up on God. God seeing that Job loved him still gave him back everything he lost plus more!!!

We cry over losing our job’s. Our cars braking down, when there’s another one parked in the garage. We cry because we had to eat the same meal for two days in a row. Try facing those same trials that Job faced all at once and then maybe we can complain. Even then Job did not complain!! WOW now thats true faith in God!!

Nurture Your Faith

I kept my faith, even when I said, “I am greatly afflicted” (Psalms 116:10 NRSV Bible)

We have two choices in dealing with the unexpected. We can become bitter, or we can allow the unexpected to enrich our lives. If we choose to allow the unexpected to enrich our lives, then how can we survive the pressure? I believe there is only one thing that can truly help us deal with all of the changes of life–our faith in God.

I would not be the person I am today without my faith in Jesus Christ. I would not have been able to handle all the ups and downs in my life with out God’s love working in me. So, we must nurture our faith–no matter how much we have. Weather we have lots of faith or only a tiny bit, we must nurture it. We do this through worship, study, conversations with God, mutual support of one another, by helping those who need us, by giving our time, and by sharing our resources. The greatest growth in my faith has come from experiences of helping other people.

So, we must nurture our faith, which will help carry us through the unexpected twists and turns of life. God of all, as I nurture my faith in you, please carry me through the unexpected hardships of life. In Jesus name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

You Must Set Rules

You have to govern your life in such a way that you cannot act without integrity, even when you might want to. You do this by setting rules for yourself and following them without exception.

These rules have to be based on a standard you ascribe to in life that does not change, regardless of the circumstances or consequences. Your standard has to be something higher than the circumstances, because circumstances come all the time.

These rules have to be made known to the appropriate parties involved. One of the three components of acting with integrity is to let people know where you stand. Likewise, you have to let your loved ones and the people you work with know where you stand in terms of the standard and rules you have set for yourself since they are likely to be the ones helping you to follow or carry out these rules. They will also hold you accountable, which will help you, stay on track.

These rules have to be set before circumstances arise so that you are prepared to deal with them. If you wait until you are in the midst of a challenge to decide how you are going to handle it, you are likely to come up with all sorts of ways to compromise.

Also, never leave room for second-guessing or thinking twice about the rules you have made. Stick to them. Be true to the standard you have set for yourself.

Because I have set and followed rules for such a long time, I also benefit from having a sensitive conscience. This is good in that I know I would end up telling on myself if I did something wrong because I would have no peace. No minute of pleasure or any dishonest gain is worth giving up the ability to sleep at night. And this alone protects me form giving in to a lot of temptations.

Consequently, there is no way I could go to bed at night next to my wife after I had been intimate with another woman. I just could not–not because I am incapable of it, but because my conscience would not allow it. This kind of sensitivity has kept me from ruining my marriage, and this has been the ultimate payoff for me for living a lifestyle of integrity.

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