Pat’s Chat (July15)

I have heard of and observed many people who have been under so much strain, anxiety, and worry, that some are nearly, if not actually, sick. That makes them miserable, and their family and/or loved ones miserable. Is this the way we have to live? I don’t think so. I read that one specialist in psychiatric problems said there would be much less strain on men and women if they would just team up with God as a daily partner.

Someone very close to me would say, “How can that help if I don’t believe in God?” If that is the case, you would have to do your testing and a “trial” period and see if it would change your situation. Since the Bible is the place where believers in God get their information, that would be the first place to go. Perhaps talk to a minister whom you know and ask for a list of verses that mention “peace,” or go to your computer and look for Bible verses mentioning “peace” and do some critical analysis of the verses.  

You might talk to God (Christian’s call it “prayer”) and tell Him that you are trying to help yourself get some peace from the strain and worry of life. Be honest with Him and tell Him, “I don’t believe You exist or that You are really out there answering prayers, but I am doing a trial, a test, to see whether if I talk to You daily, I will feel better and not worry so much.” You are not going to get answers if you do not talk to Him. Isaiah 26:3 says “Thou (God) will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee (God).”  

If you have been around awhile, you probably know that we are told Christ has died for our sins. If He has done that He will surely also want to be your partner and guide, if you want Him to be. You might wonder what it means to “die for your sins.” Romans 6:23 states that “The wages of sin is death.” The Cost to pay for sins is DEATH. Now, death is the opposite of life, right? The cessation of life is death, not eternally burning in hell as some mistaken scholars have said. That should be a relief to realize that. So if Christ died for YOUR sins then it should be no problem to believe that He will also gladly be your partner and guide through your life. Christ, our Precious Savior, has paid the penalty for our sins by shedding His own blood on the cruel cross.

Christ foresees the future, so why not let Him bear the burden of the future? We don’t know what will happen today, tomorrow or anytime in the future, but He knows. Matthew 24 gives an outline of the future, the days to come. Read it and see for yourself.

He not only takes care of the past, but He takes care of the future, too. He promises that those who love Him WILL be with Him where He is. We don’t ever have to be separated from Him—neither now in spirit, not then in actual presence.  

I wish you could take this verse from an old favorite gospel song and learn it, believe it, and live it:

Yes, ‘tis sweet to trust in Jesus

Just from sin and self to cease;

Just from Jesus simply taking

Life, and rest, and joy, and PEACE.

—Louise M. R. Stead  

I love you, each one, and God loves you, too. After you have read this, you might think that you just don’t know how to pray! If that is what you are thinking, I am going to show you a simple prayer: “Dear God, I know that I am a sinner, and I want you to forgive me. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sins and that you raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as my Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to know and do your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.”



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