'God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.' James 4:6,7
What a wonderful time of year it is. CHRISTMAS! A special time to decorate the house, to eat special foods, to give gifts to loved ones - why? Because the creator of the universe humbled himself to become like us. He came to give us life. Ah, but I can't think about JESUS right now - too consumed with my suffering.
'what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?' Mark 8:36
I think what if I did have what I wanted? I could fight for my own way. I could confront or justify my anger and bitterness...at the very least I could let it be known that I am not happy.
'Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. Jeremiah 6:16'
Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Matthew 7:14
If you are suffering right now - do as it says in Hebrews - 'lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us. Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.' Hebrews 12:1-4
It could be your mother, your father, your husband, your children - your hurts or your wants...Submit to God. He loves you.
'For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace' Isaiah 9:6
This is great news - and while you may have forgotten as I often do - there is an unseen battle we wage. There is an enemy that would have you be distracted with the things of this world.
Don't be distracted. Look unto Jesus.