I am not talking to you today about the struggles we all face, for we do have them. Sometimes this will make us feel alone, even when we are in a crowd of people. Some will leave you alone because they “just don’t get you”. More often than not, we find in this world of chaos, that we all have triggers in ourself that either turn people away, or make them leave, or even begin to hate us. Fighting even for a good cause will make them turn against us for whatever reason. You are not alone. Jesus wanted company with man. He even made us for that very purpose, to have fellowship with him, on his terms. As you begin to read the scriptures, read a chapter at a time, and beginning with Genesis 1. It is NOT a race to see if you can read the entire bible within the year, but what you have learned in that year.
Many people can brag about how many times they have read the bible, and they even believe they understand it, but when it comes to the book of Revelations, they are finding it rather difficult to understand but still skim through in hopes to find out they have been reading God’s word. They know who wins, etc. But what did they truly learn? Nothing! At least not at first glance. Many people skip this book because they don’t understand all the things in it or don’t want to mention God’s warnings of what will take place if people keep doing what they want without him. I know most people I have talked to don’t believe such a loving God would have such destruction for those who are not willing to worship him. Revelations is God’s closure to mankind. Christ was in the beginning, and he is the end. It isn’t impossible to go past the symbols, numbers, etc. God and Satan have been at war with each other from the start. Satan decided he was going to get people to follow after him and worship him as God, while Christ comes for those who truly honor God with their lives, hearts, and will keep them for himself. The separation unfolds for those who find it hard to choose. This is by far the ONLY book I have never heard preached at ANY church. Why would it be this hard to talk about? I don’t know. Throughout all the books saying the same thing, but nobody is prepared to deal with Revelations. The most ignored book in the bible in my opinion.
Isn’t it amazing that when you walk with God and hear his voice, you know you are going the right way? He even helps you when you are down, depressed, and think nobody cares. He is watching over us, and he knows our own heart can only take so much. But we miss all the importance of the word we read, and ignore the things we don’t understand and say we do. Scriptures are that living water that cleanses us daily. For this reason, Jesus did say to deny yourself, take up your cross DAILY, and follow him. What doe s that mean to you? Deny yourself, can mean a great deal of things. Putting others before yourself, yes, and more. Pick up your cross daily…Well, what does that mean to you? Jesus either lives in you or he doesn’t. Which is it?
Many who don’t know Jesus have their different versions of how to view things. I know I have heard two versions of truth for each side of this, so I will tell it to you.
Version 1 goes like this…A man sits down, and within him is a beast that has two natures. One of those natures is to be kind, courteous, thoughtful…you get the idea. The other is a nature of anger, hate, being downright mean..you get the idea. The outcome for that man is what nature he feeds most.
Well, there is another side to tell you…There are two farmers. Both have problems with a long drought in their land. Both have put their faith in God and believe in him, but only one man goes out to prepare his land for rain. Which one is more trusting God to provide the rain? Which one are you?
To follow Jesus, means to be persecuted, even by your great friends and family members when they don’t agree with you on a lot of things. Most of my friends and family think I am still “lost in sin”. By whose standard? They never seem to accept me as saved, no matter what I do or say. But you know? I do know Jesus Christ as my Savior, and I have openly acknowledged him many times, but they refuse to believe me on that. I even watched as they stripped me of my heart. Just as they did to Jesus on that cross. But instead of hating them for it, I found I still love them, even when it isn’t returned. I can ONLY do that when in Christ. My human nature would turn away and hate them, never to talk to them again. I repented of my sins because I did that to him too. He reminded me, that even though I stand alone, he is there with me all the way. He loved me even when I was still lost in sin. He died for me, just as he died for you. It wasn’t the nails that held him there, or killed him. He died of a broken heart. The one I yanked out of him upon that cross. We all did. Only a few have come to a place of repentance. But he forgave us of our sins by dying for us. He was buried and rose again as God promised he would in three days. Jesus said if we confess with our mouths the Lord Jesus Christ, and believed in our hearts that he died, was buried and rose up again, that he would save us. He stands at your heart’s door as you read this. Is he knocking? Well, go ahead, let him in.
What can I offer a church? I don’t know. A listening ear, encouragement, a smile, fellowship…oh how simple it is to just come and enjoy their company in union with songs, worship and praising God together. One of the hardest things you will find is when you start asking questions, but find no answers. Many who come in this fashion, are drawn out by wolves who say there is no God, and point you away from truth.
So I tell you again, even though you are alone, PUT GOD FIRST. He brings you through some very tough times. Stay in the Word and in Church!