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Sometimes, you have to look and see what makes a good friend. And sometimes, you have to understand, good friends, need to be loved and appreciated. Christ does that for me, as my greatest friend.
I know His sacrifice on the cross, and the beatings He took for me, and to pay the penalty of my sins, reminds me, how great a friend He is.
So how can I show Christ, my love, and that I appreciate, His great sacrifice?
It is the Christmas season right now. And I cannot explain it, but I feel something in the spiritual realm even in my own growth, and understanding, in gratitude, that I just want to stop, and concentrate on Christ more this season.
I get sad, because you know we all like nice things, but the world, people, even other Christians, seem to forget about what this season is all about. The reason for the season. And its Jesus!
Sometimes, growth, circumstances, poverty, lack, and yes even an abundance, can make you stop and see, and say. Is this what it really is all about?
I mean, we can really get caught up in the ways of the world. We can get caught up, in material things. The lack of, or the abundance. Where is the balance?
Right now, I just want to be a good friend to Christ. More then ever. I am a Christian, who has been a Christian for a few years now. And when I made the decision, to give it my all to Christ, I have not turned back. Yet, daily, I have to work on my relationship with Him.
So, as I ponder on this time of season, and I deal with issues of life, in my own personal life, my families, and I see the world, and I see issues, politically as well, and I see people, and how they feel. Well, I can get my eyes off of Christ.
And you know, I am just trying to sort it out, even as I write, because life is important. What you do with your life is important. How you look at life, and how you deal with situations. I am not perfect far from it. But being the old girl that I am now…..I can easily recall, how just searching for God, through Christ, has made a difference for me. There are so many things though, that I have not accomplished, or done, or been able to do, that can make me stumble. I don’t want to stumble.
So, I am just sorting my feelings out here, and just knowing how much I need to seek God more so. So many have the outlook, that you just receive your salvation, and thats it. You are safe. But, I don’t see it like that. I take the scriptures to heart, when it says, work out your salvation with trembling and fear. I take to heart, that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. I take to heart….
That I have my part in it. I have to discipline myself sometimes, I have to bring it all to the obedience of Christ.
And maybe you can relate to this, maybe not. But I actually get jealous, and angry for God, when people deny Him. When they say terrible things about God, when they mock Him. When they ignore Him……So I take this to heart….
I have to….right now I have to. I am not sure what I am feeling. Maybe it is sorrow, we did have a death in our family. Maybe it is a sense, that nothing is forever, unless it is with God. I am sad, this family member was so young. Why did it have to happen?
But even through this I know the answer is to press into God more! Not less, I can never pull back in who I am in Christ. Even if I am sad. Even if I cannot control my own opportunities. I know God can. So, I just want to press into God more.
A friend asked, recently, when do you feel more alive? (sweet Narita, maybe she will read this) And my answer was: In all honesty, when I am close to God! And that is the ultimate truth for me, when I am. He is the way, the truth and the life. I know that! And I know what life was like without Him. That was not life. That was being like the walking dead. So no, I will not pull back, no matter what I am feeling. Because He fills my cup with life, in Him, as I live move, and have my being.
I don’t know all the answers. And I do not pretend to know. But I just sense right now, how precious life is, and in Christ. I don’t know you, or your situation. I don’t know what you are feeling, or going through. But, I do know there is a God. I know it with all my being. More so, then I did yesterday. You see, everyday I have to search for God. And every day, I find Him, when I search.
Today is no different. Just that I find Him, in different ways.
His love, compels me to search. And I don’t want to be legalistic. But, I know there are ways, to reach Him, according to His excellence. I suppose this is one other reason why I am adamant about using only a King James bible. Purity, preservation, something about going back to the old way of doing something, opposed to modern techniques, or technology. Seeking God. By prayer, the greatest way of communicating to a King. My friend, my Lord, my savior.
Jesus, is my greatest friend. And I just have a sense, more then ever, how precious His friendship is to me. But I have my part…..
And I guess, this is just a little rant of my own, to sort it all out, but I think of who God is, and His patience. I also see, what His word says, His warnings. His anger, as well, and I see how history even in the word of God, tells us, who God is, and what He expects. The fear of God is healthy for a soul.
I don’t know, I just want to grow, but I want to do it Gods way. And what good is life, if we don’t grow, in who the creator intended us to be? Its life, lets live it for His glory. Or what counts? I just want to make a difference. In my own life, and yes in others. But we have to see, we have to know, we have to try…..
TO HIM WHO ALONE DOETH GREAT WONDERS: FOR HIS MERCY ENDURETH FOREVER. Psalm 137:4
Just a thought today, Elena Ramirez Merry Christmas….