Just One of THOSE Days! – 7/25/18

Just One of THOSE Days!

We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.

Romans 8:28 (HCSB) 


Note from Kip…
We all have our bad days don’t we?

We tend to think that way, that there are good days and bad days. We all get a few of each. Well, until the time that our bad days seem to be stacked one upon the other. It builds up from a bad day, to a bad week, to a bad year, to even possibly a bad life.

Considering what most of us would call a bad day, I got to thinking. We really don’t necessarily feel like it is a bad day because we face adversity. I think most of us make the call of a bad day based on the outcome. We could experience catastrophic events in rapid succession, but if the outcome lands us on our feet in good standing we are often more than satisfied with the chain of events. In fact, we might even think it was fun!

So maybe we don’t really have bad days at all. Perhaps, the entire day, week, year, life’s outcome determines what it was.

All Things

We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.

Romans 8:28 (HCSB)

Let me ask you something.  How much faith do you have in the Word of God?

Really, how much do you trust that Romans 8:28 is the real deal, or do you instead take this to be Paul’s way of encouraging us a bit?

If we believe it, really trust God and His Word then Romans 8:28 is so much more than a comforting verse we keep tucked away ready to sooth the pain of a bad day.

If it is true, the outcome determines if the chain of events is good or bad, then a disciple of Jesus Christ should never have a bad day, nor week, nor year, nor life.

If we really place our hope and trust in Him, then ‘We know’ ALL things work together for our good. And no, the last part of that is not an escape clause for the Almighty, because each and every follower of Jesus Christ, has a calling that is in direct line with His purpose for our lives and His Glory.

A thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.

John 10:10 (HCSB)

Jesus Himself told us this.

I, Jesus, the one that created you, the one that loved you so much that He took on the form of a man, just so I could rescue you from  death, I said that. 

“I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.”

No Bad Days

So, we really don’t have ‘bad days’. The outcome for the disciple of Christ is always ‘for the good’. He came that we might have life and not just a life that is just so-so. No, He came that we could have a life ‘in abundance”.

If this is the case, and obviously it is because God said it, I believe it, and that is good enough for me. Then, why is it we struggle with these bad days?

Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.

Psalms 55:22 (HCSB)

It is because we are self focused and refuse to surrender those burdens to the Lord.

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.

Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NLT)

He’s made a way of relieving stress. He’s given us an option of lightening our load. He’s said that He has plans for good, with a future and of hope.  He’s listening wholeheartedly and promises that if we seek Him we will find Him.

So, what is that heavy pack doing on your back at the end of the day?

Jesus said,

“Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Matthew 11:28-30 (HCSB)

If we are too busy lugging around our burdens then how can we possibly take up with Jesus?  If we continue to struggle in our own self manufactured calamity, then yes it will be a bad day, but it could have been a good day, a great day!

If we choose to live and act like the world, we get what the world has. We get a bad day, a bad week with the occasional seemingly good day mixed in to keep us going, but ultimately we have a bad life.  Just like the world.

For what reason? It’s the outcome Christian! He’s already gotten the victory and we are late for the celebration!

For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.

1 John 5:4-5 (NLT)

Those who have not accepted Christ’s rightful role as Lord of their lives, have bad days and it ends in a bad life if they don’t surrender to Him.  It is a life of death, that ends in death.

“Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.”  The victory has been won for us, because in this dead and dying world, we have life, right here, right now.  Life that traverses the boundary of our temporal bodies and carries us to the Throne of Grace, where the one who gave His life that we might have life with Him eternally will say “Well done my good and faithful servant”.

That’s the outcome I’m talking about!  Anything else is a bad day, a bad month, a bad year, and a bad life!  Don’t make it a bad eternity! Not when you can have life now, and have that life in abundance. An abundant life regardless of the circumstance along the way, because we know the outcome has been written and that ‘Everything works together for our good’, because He told us it does.

No more bad days, please!

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

Now may the God of peace—who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, and ratified an eternal covenant with his blood—may he equip you with all you need for doing his will.

May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to him.

All glory to him forever and ever! Amen.

Hebrews 13:20-21 (NLT) 

Be blessed because you are blessed if the one that created you, and died for you, has your burden on Him. No need to carry it any longer. Have a good day!

Blessings,
kip…


 

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