Posts Tagged ‘Lord’

Walking By Faith

April 17, 2009

The credit for this blog goes completely to my Lord. Then again, when should it not, when He has inspired me to type my other testimonies and things, as well? Today, at 11 in the morning, I realized that I had not prepared a blog for this week. I pondered about it, but then I decided, “Why won’t I just let my Lord decide this blog?” So, I lay on my bed and prayed, waiting for an idea for a blog. A few minutes later, I got hungry, so I got up to fix some lunch. As I was heating up some lunch in the microwave, I glanced at the cover of a magazine on the kitchen table and read the phrase “How the [economic] crisis has changed you.” I thought to myself, “Faith was involved… wait. Faith…”

I then remembered an experience from last year. It was June 2008, and I gave up on college, as I had no passion. I was merely drifting, getting college credits as I go. My parents were heading to Galveston, Texas, on vacation, so I decided to use the opportunity to fast, because I was desperately looking for an answer to my problem. On the second day of the fast, I read from the Book of Matthew. Matthew 6:31-34 caught my attention:

“So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ for the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

I figured it was then time to end the fast, since I found my answer. I placed my faith in my Lord since that day. On August 2008, my pastor and principal took me out to lunch. They knew I wanted to use the time off from college to work as a teacher. So, this year, they made me a full-fledged teacher at Restoration Christian Academy, and as I worked there, I discovered my passion. I also worked as a private tutor, to help those who were struggling in Math. Despite the trials that required patience to go through successfully, like days when I had trouble getting the students to settle down, I loved my job.

January 2009, I reregistered as a student at the University of New Orleans. With this new passion, I wanted to go through college and graduate. My Lord has definitely been there for me, the whole time I was in college, because half the credits I had obtained from prior college years worked with the curriculum.

Despite any situation that may occur, I know that if I put my faith in my Lord, I do not need to worry.

“Any my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:19

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Good Friday: The Good of It

April 10, 2009

I understand the topic title might sound a little strange, but that is what I want to focus on, today.

Nearly 2,000 years ago, My Lord prayed at the Garden of Gethsemane, for He knew that His time had come to do what He ultimately came here to do. Being human, the knowledge of His coming death was stressful, painful, and frightening. However, my Lord refused to run away and gave Himself to be put to death on the cross. Judas, one of His disciples, betrayed Him, and handed Him over to Pilate for 30 pieces of silver. He was laughed at, mocked, beaten, whipped 39 times, and even had a crown of thorns thrusted on His head. And, even after all of the pain and public humiliation, He carried the cross, with His severely weakened body, up the hill to Golgotha (some might call it Calvary). There, His hands and feet were pierced by nails, driven through His flesh into the wood on the other side. Within what might have been a few hours, He died there.

What was the good part of that, you ask? Ever since Man’s fall, sacrifices had to be made for the atonement of sins. However, the priests were imperfect, and the offerings were imperfect. Not a man could ultimately redeem the sins of the people. Then God sent His Son to take away the sins of the world. He was made man so He could be made a perfect offering to God.  He was God, but He was also a man, and as a man, He was tempted in every way, but He was without sin. By dying on the cross, we no longer have to make continual sacrifices to God. Even better, we are all made heirs of God, because of His Son. Jesus, as a priest, made the ultimate sacrifice. Being a priest, He is also the connection between God and Man. He, as the Lamb of God, sacrificed Himself to remove the sins of the present, but the sins of the past and the future, as well. The veil of the temple tore in two from top to bottom, because when the sacrifice was complete, we are now able to approach God’s throne through our Lord Jesus. And that is just scratching the surface.

I consider this day, together with Easter, as the most important holiday, with Christmas close behind. We need to thank the Lord, this Friday, for without Him, we would not have been saved.

Top 10 Reasons to Go to Church

March 9, 2009

Since FoxNews isn’t letting my post show up. (The filter almost never lets my posts go through, especially if they are well thought-out.) So, I decided to post my top 10 reasons here to link to them later.

I gotta say, though, I usually don’t go out of my way to make blogs like these just to put on a news forum, but I find this reply to be quite special, especially since it does indeed involve a testimony. So, I’m going to keep this up, since I really enjoy re-reading it.

Article: http://foxforum.blogs.foxnews.com/2009/03/08/shuler_church/

Reply for FoxNews.com:

Oh, first of all, if you believe that man is made in God’s image (Genesis 1:27), if God didn’t have a sense of humor, we would not be able to laugh.

Also, I personally laughed a lot at number 5.

1) Fellowship with the Lord. You can pray anywhere, but nothing beats a place that is set apart for worship when it comes to praying.

2) Fellowship with others. You’re not going to enjoy church much if you don’t talk to your brothers and sisters in Christ. Not only do you earn friends of priceless value, you will also grow in your spiritual relationship.

3) Wisdom and guidance. All of us face trials and hardships, one way or another. By talking to your pastor and your brothers and sisters in Christ about your trials, they will always be supportive, whether it is by testimony, prayer, or anything else.

4) The epistles. Most reading you hear come from the epistles of the New Testament. These are chock-full of wisdom and good advice, and as a bonus, you may get a sermon that discusses the reading in-depth, to help clarify the message.

5) Youth groups. In some churches, teens and young adults can get together for worship. The result is a stronger spiritual relationship and a chance to make friends your age.

6) Worship music: If you go to, say, a Pentacostal church, you may experience a more modern form of worship, such as with electric guitars and drum sets. Well, the one I went to had that, and I loved it. No idea what modern worship is like? Check out Mercy Me, Toby Mac, or Newsboys.

7) Church activities. Some churches get involved in the field. One church I went to had what was called “Feed the Multitudes”, a special picnic that everyone is welcome to eay, play games, and listen to music, while the Good News is spread throughout the picnic.

8) Bible study. Interested in going even deeper into the Bible? Ask about Bible Studies. Groups can get together to learn more about God’s Word and enjoy food and fellowship in the process.

9) Tithing. Although I won’t get deep into tithing, I will suggest a verse: 2 Corinthians 9:6. Do not hesitate to put a tenth of your week’s earnings in the bucket. The money may be used for the church building, special activities, food for the hungry, etc. Keep this verse in mind when you give your tithe. The Lord rewards those who put their hearts into their tithing.

10) Your overall growth. The difference between choosing to go to church and choosing not to go may be as small as not getting spiritually nourished or as big as your own life. Why I say that is because in times like these, depression is not just found in the economy. People need a beacon of hope when life’s greater trials hit. I, myself, can say that if it weren’t for church, I may not be living today, because I hated my life before I learned the joy of knowing the Lord. Where I saw weakness and failure in myself, my Lord saw strength and success, and it is evident today by my current job as a teacher and by my testimonies. Of course, it was not by my strength alone. The Holy Spirit guided me to this life I now love.

God bless you always.