You don't have to be in full time ministry to see the frustration and hopelessness of so many people. It has bombarded our media with all the reality shows. I have to keep a tight boundary on this at my home. Why would I want my girls to watch a show with nothing but turmoil when I work so hard to have peace in our lives. It 's just more confirmation of how much I would love for the Lord to return and take us to a perfect place. BUT for now.....
Here we are in this world. The Lord meant for it to be a perfect place but then plans changed. Man chose to cross the boundary that was made and everything changed from there. The Lord actually meant for Adam to be the keeper of the garden. This was his responsibility but the moment he crossed the boundary he forfeited that right over to someone else, Lucifer. The enemy is now the prince of this world. He does have great influence but we have a choice. This is not an easy task. As a matter of fact, nothing worth keeping really is an easy task. It all requires effort. Some even more than others.
This is where we as Christians must know His word, His character, His voice and not blame everything on the enemy. Some things are just the influence of evil and what we are fighting against is our own flesh. I love what Rick Renner said, "The devil's attacks against our lives wouldn't work if our flesh didn't cooperate". That's where the study of His word comes in (don't put that word "study" in a box....it's just a quiet time of you reading His words and letting that sink in your soul). This is where Colossians chapter 3 comes to life, asking us to put to death sin (fleshly nature) and clothe ourselves with the very nature of Christ. It is POSSIBLE or else He wouldn't have put it in the word!
You are asking yourself, "How do I get to the other side of hard?"
"Happy is the man who finds (that means effort on your part to seek it) wisdom, and the man who gains (this means you retain it and make it applicable) understanding; For her (meaning wisdom) proceeds are better than the profits of silver, and her gain than fine gold. She (meaning wisdom) is more precious than rubies, and all the things you may desire cannot compare with her. Length of days are in her right hand, in her left hand riches and honor. Her ways (meaning wisdom) are ways of pleasantness, and ALL HER PATHS ARE PEACE. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, and happy are all who retain her." Proverbs 3: 13-18
Do I need to say anymore? That's why God's word can stand on its own....that will preach!
Wisdom: the ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense, and insight. No wonder Solomon chose this of all the things he could ask for. Happy is the man....
-The Mrs. Pastor