expectations and disappointments

Warning: great expectations may lead to great disappointments. Sometimes the greater the expectations, the greater the disappointments are as possible results. Much depends on what our great expectations are, though.

-thought by me

“Why We Struggle With Trusting God” Note by me.

“Why We Struggle With Trusting God” Note by me.

–Originally just a comment; posted here for readers’ benefit and for God’s glory.–

We struggle with trusting God because, well, it’s natural, we’re still in our present bodies and all the imperfections and deficiencies that come with it.

Apostle Paul was very aware of the struggle taking place in each of us, the struggle of flesh against spirit, trust against doubt, pride against humility, hate against love; struggles against temptations, enemy attacks, and other things that we will encounter and experience and fight until the day we die.

We must daily die to ourselves,and daily be made alive to Christ; He’s our Sustainer, Healer, Master, Lord, Friend, Great Physician, sole source of strength, our very life and breath, our all in all, the one we must daily fix our eyes on, the one who can help us in our infirmities, He can help us obey, trust, grow, love, help, and do all we can’t without Him and His grace and love.

God’s the unchanging one when our circumstances change, when doubts come and feeling change, when friends leave and we may feel all alone, He’s the one who’ll never leave of forsake us.

God’s the one we need to turn to for all things, we have not the strength to get through everything that comes our way. To God be all the glory!

“We are philosophers all, theologians all, warriors all” by me.

“We are philosophers all, theologians all, warriors all” by me.
We are philosophers all, theologians all, warriors all. But some are good only at being one of those and terrible at being the any of other.
Being philosophers all we must ask the questions and find the answers, slackers and idle minds won’t achieve much at all; anti-intellectuality is not a virtue.
Being theologians all it is our responsibility to find the truth about the Creator, to study all about Him, to acquaint ourselves with Him, to surrender our whole being to Him, to guard the truth He has revealed about Himself in His Holy Word; all counterfeits must be rejected, all idols must be destroyed. All that God says is true must be held to be true by us too lest we make God a liar. Study God and not a counterfeit; study not an idol made to fit natural man’s preferences, study the real God, all other gods are worthless and none of them are worth anyone’s time.
Being warriors all we are all on one side or the other in the very real war that shall not end for us until we die and won’t end for the world and indeed until Christ returns as He said; true, the war has already been won by God but we must still fight, there are still many battles for us to fight, we all have things God calls us to do, people to fight for, lost souls to pray for, so much to do, so little time, too much distraction vying for our attention; idleness the easiest road but a harmful one to be on. There is no middle ground to lie and wait for the war to end and then side with whom we will; there’s no fence to sit on, there’s no neutral place where we are free from choosing, from responsibility, from taking part in the unseen war that’s going on even now. We all have our duties, tasks, assignments, callings, missions, battles, and ignoring those things won’t get us anything good, that’s for sure.
If we want to pretend we’re not in this war, we’re just blindfolded warriors, self-deceived soldiers on the battlefield, we makes ourselves easy prey for the enemy, we basically say we don’t care about fighting for the good and right, fighting on the winning side. Such folly won’t be excused, nor will our playing ignorant of the reality of the spiritual, unseen war.
Just my thoughts shared; I hope it may benefit some who read it.

“Fame’s a Pedestal of Expectations” Note by me.

“Fame’s a Pedestal of Expectations” Note by me.

–Originally just a comment; shared here as a note–

Fame’s a pedestal of expectations that can’t be met by the famous for they are but our fellow sinners, flawed, imperfect, broken, and sadly too many of the famous live in denial of this and let fame get to their head, clouding their judgment, leading them down darker and darker roads in life.

If they can’t admit they’re sinful, flawed, imperfect, broken, then their life (or existence) is based on denial of a very important truth that can pave the way to right road, to look beyond imperfect self to something beyond self, to get a glimpse of that transcendental reality that is God.

God is that too-often ignored Creator of all things who made every individual, calls each to embrace Him and have eyes opened to a reality that they’ve been blind to; to answer a call the world can never give; to love without pretending; to be set free from the easily-besetting sin; to be put on a road that has to do with the eternal instead of temporal; to truly live and be all they can be in the grace and strength of the God who created them.

“The modern-day obsession of too many with not being offended…” Note by me.

“The modern-day obsession of too many with not being offended…” Note by me.(7/19/17)

The modern-day obsession of too many with not being offended may be summed up thus: “If you offend me, then you hate me.” Such a conclusion would not be reached by the use of logic but by the person’s feelings of the moment and a flawed perception of another’s intentions. To assume that someone who offends you hates you is just that, an assumption not based on fact but a sort of extreme conclusion reached by some strong feelings of the moment.

I think very few offend others because they hate them; many times offending is done by accident and sometimes offending people is necessary such as during a necessary conflict or when you know you must speak the truth to them but you know they’ll get offended. You must value the person above their momentary feelings. The need to offend must be driven by love. They may get offended, mad at you at first, but later may thank you for what you did because that actually helped them even though their feelings were hurt at the moment.

While we shouldn’t make a habit of offending people, especially if there’s no good reason, the fact of the matter is that offending people at some point or other will become a needed thing, if we truly love a person and want to help them but it would mean offending them. I say it’s worth it in the long run, and maybe even in the short run, depending on the person and what their need is at the time when offending them is necessary.

If we think offending people is evil, we call Jesus evil since He did it many times but He did it at the right time and for the right reasons; He knew when it had to be done and why. Knowing that why and when isn’t instant; it’s a learning process, and we can start by learning from the people in the Bible who did that, why and when, and our greatest example should be Jesus Christ. If we’re going to offend people, we should do it like Jesus did, and like His disciples and apostles.

“Satan Won’t Overcome” note by me.

“Satan Won’t Overcome” note by me.

–Note: the major part of this was originally a comment I made somewhere but I edited it and want to share it here with all, for the glory of God and the good of people.–

There’s something we Christians should realize and remember: There’s an unseen involvement of Satan and his minions spreading their propaganda and lies and seeking to counter the work of God in the Church and in the hearts and lives of men and women.

Satan and his kingdom has been hard at work since the beginning of the Church seeking to sow discord, heresy, separation, division, apathy, hypocrisy, anything to change the Church from what it should be to what he would be pleased with, second best to seeing it destroyed, but he knows he can’t destroy it since he didn’t build it and Christ said Hell won’t stand against it.

Christ has come to destroy the works of the devil; Christ has overcome the world; Christ is greater than the one in the world; Christ is undefeated now and forever; rest in these truths and live in obedience to the Father and Lord in Heaven.