Burdens

Hey, so it’s been awhile since I’ve written anything on here so I decided to add a little encouraging note to fellow Christians that read our blog.

Sometimes we get discouraged in our fight against the spiritual battles that seem to over-power us every day. Fighting under the banner of Jesus Christ, no matter what enemy we’re facing, is a serious thing and there will be rebuttals thrown against you. I often feel like just knowing about all the diverse evils of our age can be overwhelming in and of it’s self.

It’s times like these that I think it’s important to remember that God isn’t going to ask of us something that we can’t handle. That includes the knowledge of evil in the world. And the command to fight against that evil.

I Cor. 10:13 “…But God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able;”

II Timothy 2:3-4 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

Jesus Christ chose us to be a soldiers. Let’s not forget that. It may be a burden to continue on our march against sin but “Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.I Thess. 5:24.

Our ways of confronting sin and helping people to find Jesus may be different, but we fight under the same banner. We fight for the same King. It’s hard knowing there is suffering in the world, but we aren’t helpless against it.

Whether it be the hundreds of people contemplating suicide, the murderers, thousands of teens locked up in jail with no one to tell them about Jesus, the everyday Joe or Jane (and list goes on and on) they need hope. Hope that every saved follower of Christ has. Hope that Christ has commanded for you to go and share with the world. Share with the victim. Share with the perpetrator. Share with your fellow sisters and brothers in Christ. Be encouraged by this.

Joshua 1:9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

Psalms 31:24 “Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.”

 

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The Birds still Sing

Have you ever sat with your window open during a storm and just listened to the noises outside? Recently I had the opportunity to do just that and a thought struck me. It was during a lightning flashing, thunder roaring, wind blowing and rain pouring storm. The storm was so strong that it uprooted tree’s, ripped off shingles from some of our sheds, and sadly it came pouring in some of our bedroom windows. By the time the storm had died down and we no longer had to fight the water that was gushing into our rooms I was tired and discouraged. I went to sit down and take a couple of minutes to rest. After opening the living room window to receive some fresh air I leaned back and listened. The sounds that came to my ears both amazed me and encouraged me.
As the thunder roared and the lightning lit up the sky with rain still coming down in a steady pace the birds were singing. In the distance I could hear the birds chirping from the tree’s.
During the storm it was raining so hard that visibility was so limited we could hardly see our yard but after things settled down a little bit and the chaos died down the birds went right back to chirping and it was still storming.
I sat down on the floor by the window and just listened. It was such a refreshing time. The fresh air, the cheery chirping of the birds and the reminder that even through the storms we can be just like those birds and still sing. Those birds had the possibility of losing their nests which are their homes. They had the possibility of losing each other in the wind of the storm. In reality, they had it worse then we did.  They survived the storm from the outside, we survived the storm from the inside and we are much, much bigger then the birds. But yet, they still sang even during the rain and thunder.
It was such a beautiful sound to be honest. To hear the thunder roaring a few miles away and still have cracks of lightning here and there and all the while the occasional chirping of birds. I thought of what an example those little birds are for us humans. No matter the seriousness of the storm or the loss that may happen because of it, they still sing.
We can apply that to our lives, we face many storms in our lifetime.
The storms could be, loss of a loved one, job, home, etc. It could be the storm of bad or digressing health. The storm could be in our education and the struggles that are there with all the deadlines, peer pressure and the stress.
It’s true these storms can wear us down and drag us to the point where all we want to do is give up. I’ve been there and I’m a saved person. Just because I am a Christian does not mean that my life is easy. I’m just as human as you are and it’s something that so many people forget at times because we tend to hide behind this facade and we refuse to let the world see that we are just as human as they are, but that is a whole different topic. Back to what I was originally saying.
We face many storms and the question that I want to ask you is, do you sing when it’s storming? Birds sing, they chirp, that is what they do aside from building nests, dig up worms and take care of their young…. kind of like humans eh? But one thing I’ve noticed from my bird watching is that, they sing before the storm, they sing during the storm and they sing after the storm.
Do we?
I know it’s hard to sing during a ‘storm’. Especially when it’s painful and all you have are questions of “why is this happening to me?” or “what is the meaning of all this?” but it’s during times like these when our faith is exercised. The birds still sing, do we still sing? Do we dance in the rain? Do we have songs in the night?
The Bible says that God looks after the sparrows. He see’s if one falls to the ground, He knows when one is hurt.
Matthew 10:29 – 31 “Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? And one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.” 
“But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.”
“Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.”
 Listening to those bird’s chirp during that huge storm really encouraged me and made me realize that I can sing during the storm. I can sing before, during and after. It’s up to me. If they can sing during the hard times, why can’t I?
It is easier said then done, but it’s not impossible.
It’s having that “song in the night.”
It’s praising God during the storm.
The birds still sing.
Do you?
Psalm 42:8, “Yet the Lord will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.”