This is Celia C. Tillman bringing you greetings and encouragement from the Honey-Comb of Praises. Our lesson for this month is FACING LIFE PROBLEMS WITH COURAGE. What is courage? Courage is the ability to take proper action in the face of fear, grief, pain, sickness, and death willingly. Courage is the answer to many of our life problems. Jesus Christ is our greatest example of courage because he faced mockery, pain and even death at the hands of cruel men, (Isaiah 53:1-12). However, before he was crucified on the cross, he prayed unto his heavenly Father saying, “Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine be done,” (Luke 22:42). However, his Father didn’t leave him comfortless but sent an angel from heaven to strengthen him, (Luke 22:43).
Life is more than just living from day to day but it is about preparing for life eternal, (John 14:1-6). The Bible says, that life is but a vapor that appears for a little while and it is gone, (James 4:14). The word of God however, will last forever, of which the Gospel is preached, (I Peter 1:25).
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, a famous poet once said, “Into each life some rain must fall, some days be dark and dreary.” What does this mean to us as Christians, it means that in this life we will have good days and not so good days, which happens to everyone but as Christians we should know how to handle them, (I Peter 4:12-13). God told Joshua to be strong and courageous, (Joshua 1:1-7). Our faith is small if we can’t endure, (Prov.24:10).
Ladies, as Saints of God, we must be strong and courageous holding on to God unchanging hand.
Some of us distant ourselves from God,when we are going through our storms. The Bible teaches us that if we draw near to God with a sincere heart, full of assurance (faith) in him; getting rid of our sins, then he will draw near to us, (James 4:8). The end product of drawing near to God is peace of mind and happiness of the soul. This peace cannot be found in the world unless the world recognizes the power of God and come to know him through his word or precepts; the “peace that passes all understanding,” (Philippians 4:7).
Jesus in his Parable of the sower and seed speaks of those who gladly hear the message; accept it right away. But they don’t have any roots, and they will not last very long. As soon as life gets hard or affliction; persecution comes, for the word of God, or defending it, then they give up (Mark 4:16-17). Read also verses 18-20.
Every Christian must keep the pace, and walk not in front of Christ but let him lead the way, across rivers of turbulent waters, and climb the tallest mountains. The Apostle Paul said, “All that live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution, (II Timothy 3:12). Yes, after all been said and done, the child of God must continue to move forward, even if he or she is knocked down but get up and continue to move forward and let God order their steps, (Psalm 37:23); putting on the whole armor of God and being able to stand against the wiles of Satan.(Ephesians 6:11).
It has been often said, “Life is not a bed of roses,” however, we enjoy the beauty of the roses even though we may feel the pricks of the thorns. However, the thorns have their place in each of our lives though they are not welcome. But they are there to keep us humble and depending on God. The Apostle Paul had a thorn in the flesh, and he asked God to remove it on three occasion, but God said, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness,” (II Corinthians 12:9).
THE PREAMBLE OF A CHRISTIAN’S LIFE
- As a Child of God, I will hold up the Blood Stain Banner of Jesus Christ, (Hebrew 9:11-14).
- I will be faithful to the cause of Christ even if it cause my life, (Revelation 2:10).
- I will forsake all others and follow Christ, (Luke 18:18-24).
- I will continue to study God’s word to be pleasing unto him, (II Timothy 2:15).
- I will continue to sing God’s Praises, (Colossians 3:16-17; Ephesians 5:19,20; Psalm 33:1)
- I will continue to share God’s Blessings with others —- teaching with honesty; sincerity of his love and promises, (Roman 4:1-25).
- I will be strong and courageous in the Lord, putting on the whole armor of God, (Ephesians 6:10-11).
- What were some of the courageous things you have done in your life? (B) Did God get the glory?
- Do you worry about things that are not likely to happen?
- Do you ask God in faith to help you bear the burdens of life?
- Can you say, Thy will be done or It is well with your soul, with all honesty?
- Do you get frustrated over every little thing?
- Do you consult God or pray to him about your decision making?
- When you are going through your storms, will you be able to keep your spirit high through prayer, Bible study, and thoughts of good things?
- If you were Job, having lost everything, could you have praised God, or said, ‘’The Lord gave, and the Lord taketh away; blessed be the name of the Lord, “ (Job 1:21)