My view – Enjoying the storms
Dear brothers and sisters,
Today I got in on my heart to talk about the storms in our life’s … in my life. I also mentioned this subject in my Daily word of 31 January 2015. Me and my family are still going through some rough storms, and there have been enough time that we let them get the best of us, but this is not in line with serving our God (the only and the Almighty God!). God showed me even that He wants us to enjoy the storms? Why? Because then we acknowledge that we are not servant/slaves to our circumstances. That we also acknowledge that God will never let us fall, but will allow for us to become better to learn from those storms. But also to take those time to love God even more that He is getting you through it and to help you grow!
The basis for this ‘My View’ is Matthew 8:24-28, which says:
24 Without warning, a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” 26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. 27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”
See how Jesus did not the storm determine His mood or how He spend His time during that storm. God wants us to fully bring all worry and problem to Him and to rest under His wing. And enjoy all that God has and is still blessing you with. And it is through that more and more I learn not to be influenced (just like my family is going through the same progress, Amen!) by any storm and to enjoy your life and be close to God.
I pray that you all will learn to enjoy all times, so also the times of storm. God is getting out and protects you also during the storm!
I love you God and I trust on you to bring us through the storm to the other side of the lake, where the blessings are awaiting us!
My view – Charlie Hebdo
Dear brothers and sisters,
Today I want to talk about Charlie Hebdo. This week the world was shocked by the news which came from Paris: 3 muslim extremist that attacked the headquarters of a magazine just because they were criticizing islam. For days now the news keeps coming and it shows how the world is moving more and more to its end (because this incident is not alone with ISIS, Boko Haram and such).
Trust on God
First of all let nothing that happens in the world bring you worry or stress. The devil will try his best to bring things in our life that can bring us stress and worry. But no matter how much terrorism and war (and all sort of things) there will be, you still need to fully trust on God and even in these times be free from worry and stress.
This incident / act of crime shows that we should never place trust on ourselves or others, because it is only God that can really keep us save. Also see this incident as an extra reason to grow closer to God.
This attack is also viewed as an attack on democracy. Why? Because simply by having an opinion, these people got killed because these islam extremist did not accept any critic on them. They way they want to silence all critic on their faith is very wrong and shows a direct difference between Christianity and Islam.
We should never allow anyone to lose our faith, because they have critic on our faith or on God. We should grow every day in our faith to be more determined in our faith, but as Jesus never used violence we should also never use violence to “protect” our faith. You won’t honor God by shedding blood in His name. Also we life in a time that people will have more and more critic on our faith as the devil is pushing more and more, because he wants as many people as possible to reject faith in God by any means! But never allow the devil that victory, because God is almighty!
Also stay calm when you talk with someone and they insult Christianity or God. Explain your faith and tell them about Jesus. If someone stays aggressive then just stop the conversation, because you should never be put in a hostile conversation.
So never let any of this kind of news scare you, but see it as extra reason to grow closer to God.