Step One - There are NO easy steps to God.
Step Two - Re-read step one.
I know, I know . . .if I told you there were easy steps to God, would you really believe me?
We have been talking about New Year's Resolutions and Nehemiah's example. And I already told you that I don't make New Year's Resolutions. Well, the truth is, I make a resolution every morning and ask God to help me through my day. I ask Him to help my children and help their plans to glorify Him succeed and their plans that lead to sin to fail. I also ask Him to take control of my stubbornness and help me to put down my "to do" list when someone asks me for help. Especially my husband.
NOTE: If you are a reader of this blog, you already know how I feel about Santa and what I think you should do about YOUR husband. If you are a new reader . . . this may help.
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This is in no way a formula or "How To" post on God. There is only one way to God and that is to keep His commandments.
I was recently reading Matthew 7, and it is clear.
Don't look for shortcuts to God. The market is flooded with surefire, easygoing formulas for a successful life that can be practiced in your spare time. Don't fall for that stuff, even though crowds of people do. The way to life—to God!—is vigorous and requires total attention. Matthew 7:13-14 The Message
This is Jesus talking. So wake up people!!
It is NOT enough to kneel in the end zone and point to the sky. It is NOT enough to cry over lost soldiers and ask God to help their families. It is NOT enough to promote prayer in our schools, or petition your community for this or that.
If YOU are NOT following God's commandments, and allowing the Word of God to transform your life . . . well then, I don't think it's enough.
I'm sorry but America's "get it quick" mentality is not what is required when it comes to God.
A lot of people are going to be shocked on Judgement Day. Jesus tells us in V 21-23, that not everyone who prophesied in my name will enter in.
Knowing the correct password—saying 'Master, Master,' for instance— isn't going to get you anywhere with me. What is required is serious obedience—doing what my Father wills. I can see it now—at the Final Judgment thousands strutting up to me and saying, 'Master, we preached the Message, we bashed the demons, our God-sponsored projects had everyone talking.' And do you know what I am going to say? 'You missed the boat. All you did was use me to make yourselves important. You don't impress me one bit. You're out of here.' Matthew 7:21-23 The Message
You can't use God to make your case or promote your ministry . . . you work for Him not the other way around. That might mean that you live in a prison, or a housing project, or on welfare and are compelled to tell others about Jesus. You may be a lawyer or a doctor and are compelled to tell others about Jesus. Wherever you are . . .even at the North Pole . . . if you are a follower of Christ you have to tell others about Him. You don't have a choice.
I believe with all my heart in the title of my blog. Knowing that I have Jesus is like Christmas every single day, because I remember a time when I thought I had it all figured out.
I remember how anxious and unsure and miserable I felt at every turn. Every obstacle was like a mountain range. Impossible. And now, pshhh . . . mountain range? Woo hoo! Let's go mountain climbing! River of lava? No problem, let's go swimming! Seriously, the issues that come up in my life seem so insignificant when they are compared to eternal life.
So a life filled with Jesus is in no way "easy", but for me this life is the absolute best life ever, yup, just like Christmas every single day!