Sunday, April 19, 2020

Sunday's Thought!

"Man Riding a Bike!"
Photo by Tower Electric Bikes on Unsplash

Another week with a quarantine lockdown. I keep thinking about this crazy virus. I am not one to just buy into something so I question everything. Then, I have to analyze it before I make decisions. With that comes a lot of questions. I won't get into too much of that here because it's not really a huge concern to feature in a post.

Since I am not able to get to the pool to do my Deep Water Aerobics, I am finding some other ways to exercise. It's been challenging because the Deep Water Aerobics really helped me with my health issues more than what I realized. So, I am glad I took advantage of the classes.

Since I am already walking my dog Noah, I increased my time with him pushing it to the limits. It seems he must know that I need to do it because he is walking really fast there days. Which is great. He isn't pulling me and I keep it at a comfortable, well reasonable, pace so I don't get hurt.

Thanks to a buddy of mine, I am riding my bike too. For me, this has turned out to be quite the adventure. My first trip was for 3-miles in 30 minutes. While that sounds great, I have to say I learned quite a few things on this adventure. First, the hills in my neighborhood are HUGE! I knew they were challenging while walking, never paid attention to them in my car, but on a bike?? Oh my goodness. And, I learned to prepare for those hills by shifting gears to one which is easier. Near the end of the ride, I finally got off my bike and walked as the hill before my house seemed to have gotten twice as high or challenging as it was this morning when walking Noah.

While doing my exercises these past few weeks, I've begun noticing a common look among the others who are doing the same. They have looks of confusion and fear. Some of them will go out about 6 or more feet away from me before they pass. Those people really have had fear written all over their faces.

Seeing these people, and of course, I cannot talk to them because I do not know them and their fears are controlling them, makes me wonder about myself. Why am I not afraid? Why am I not gripped by fear? It's not like I am immune to the virus. I've had my share of frustration and aggravation with this especially since I cannot do my Deep Water Aerobics. 

Why? As a Christian, I know, and believe, that God has my life in His Hands. He's in Control. What happens is what God knows is going to happen. Sometimes, we go through hardships or rough times. Sometimes, we go through illnesses and deaths of loved ones. Sometimes, life's events are tragic and heartbreaking. Through these events, God teaches us things in life we need to know or to grow in Him and His Word. For example, when I went through the period of caring for and ultimately losing my parents, I was worn out for stress and exhaustion. I wondered "why" quite often. During the time, I learned quite a few skills which may help others.

Fear. Fear of the unknown. Constant barrages of news, media, and social media sharing as if the world is coming to an end and you need to run for your life. Fear. The people I see walking or riding their bikes or even driving their cars are afraid... fear.

Well, you do not have to live that way. We cannot live in a constant state of fear. God didn't intend us to live that way. He gave us His Son Jesus so if we confess our sins, believe in Him, and accept Him, we will have eternal life in Heaven with Him. Until that glorious day, God will be with you throughout your life. When events happen, you will have peace in your heart which takes away the fear the world has. You'll be able to say "God's got this!" 

If you would like to turn your fears over and accept Christ's awesome gift to us, the Gift of Salvation- eternal life, please read and pray through the following-

Admit
Admit that you are a sinner, just like everyone else born into this world until we confess to Jesus Christ and ask His forgiveness:

"(23) for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (24) and are justified 
by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,
- Romans 3:23-24, ESV

"(23) For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
- Romans 6:23, ESV

Believe
Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ:

"(16) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him 
should not perish but have eternal life." - John 3:16, ESV 

Confess
Confess your sins in a prayer to the Lord Jesus Christ:

"(9) because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. "
- Romans 10:9, ESV

(13) For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 
- Romans 10:13, ESV

Pray
"Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner and do not deserve eternal life. 
I believe You died and rose from the grave to make me a new creation 
and to prepare me to dwell in your presence forever. 
Jesus, come into my life and take control, 
forgive my sins and save me. I place my trust in You alone
for my salvation and I accept your free gift of eternal life."

Amen

Now, you're a Christian - Welcome to the family. So, what's next-

  • Find believers (Christians) to fellowship with.
  • Get baptized.
  • Buy a Bible
  • Read the Book of John.
  • Get in a Bible Study.
  • Daily: Pray and read the Bible
  • Find a Mentor
  • Learn how to Pray
  • If you find yourself asking "Why am I not perfect" or "Why am I still doing wrong things?" Be sure to talk with your Pastor, a Christian friend or a mentor.

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