Share The Load

Share The Load by Jill Roleke

So many times I hear people say that God won’t give us more than we can handle. I believe they are referring to 1 Corinthians 10:13 NLT, which states, “The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” 

As far as I am concerned there is a vast difference between the temptations that come at us and other devastating or difficult things. With temptation, we have a choice. We can give into it or resist it. God will always show us the right way. When difficulties or devastating things happen to us we don’t always have a choice. There are times that it is absolutely more than we can handle. If we could handle everything that comes our way we would really have no need of God. Sometimes we need God to bear it for us.

In Galatians 6:2 NLT it says, “Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.” We are to share the load. If we were able to handle everything, then we certain wouldn’t need others to help us. 

Platitudes are usually unhelpful to the people they are being spoken to. I think they are more for the one speaking them. It helps us feel like we have done some good. Instead of trying to make people feel better by telling them something that isn’t found in the Bible, how about letting them know that God is still with them and that He will never leave them?

We also need to learn to share the load; not just by telling people to call if they need something. That gets us off the hook but the odds of them actually picking up the phone are pretty slim (I speak from experience on this). 

We need to do the reaching out. A phone call, a visit, even just a hug and an ‘I love you’ means so much.  It lets others know that we are thinking of them and that they are not alone. Pray with someone when they are in need and help meet a need in whatever way you can. That is putting scripture into action!

We all know the saying: actions speak louder than words. I say let our actions reflect The Word. Be obedient and help carry the load of someone who is unable to carry it alone. We need each other. Someday you may find yourself on the other end, needing someone to help lighten your load. Let us not begrudge what God asks of us. Step up and be a blessing. You will be blessed as well!

God’s Word

God’s Word by Jill Roleke

Why is it so much easier to say we believe the Bible is true than to actually put it to work in our lives? We quote 1 Peter 5:7 (NLT) that says, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares for you,” but then we worry ourselves sick over things. We fret about our finances and our health but don’t bother to put it into God’s hands.

Do we need to dwell on hurts and offenses? Philippians 4:8 tells us to fix our thoughts on what is true and honorable and right and pure and lovely and admirable. According to 2 Corinthians 10:5, we need to take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ.

Are we really doing this though?

I am just as guilty of letting my worries and hurts sway me when I should be asking God to be in charge of the situation.

I think sometimes we throw the Word of God around because we don’t want others to see our doubts or insecurities. We hide behind scripture instead of standing on it.

Many of us don’t even know what the Bible says. Sometimes what we think we know is not really what it says. The only way to remedy this is to actually read it and study it.

We need to hide God’s Word in our heart like the psalmist talked about in Psalm 119:11.  

Knowing God’s Word is important because it allows us to know the difference between truth and inaccuracy. How can we share scripture with others if we don’t even know it ourselves?

Knowing it is not enough though. Even Satan knows scripture. After all, he tried using it against Jesus himself. We need to believe what the Bible says is true. All of it. We can’t pick and choose what we think is true. As far as I’m concerned it either has to all be true or none of it is.

God inspired each word in the Bible. Everything that is there is in it for a reason. He does not make mistakes. Just because we may not like something in it does not mean we get to ignore it.

The Word of God is powerful! He created everything just by speaking it into existence! The power of His Word has not changed. It is a formidable weapon. That is why God gave it to us. I encourage you to start wielding it today!

Believe God’s Word. Stand upon it and see God work. You may be amazed at what He does!

There is Hope for the Hurting

There is Hope for the Hurting by Jill Roleke

There is something about attending your younger brother’s funeral that makes a person do some heavy thinking.  When that death was a suicide the thinking becomes even more intense and the questions are numerous.

In my way of thinking, the one thing my brother lacked was hope.  Hope that things could be better. Hope that there was a way out of despair.  Hope that the future held good things. Hope that God could take the ashes of his life and make beauty from it.  Without hope, life has no meaning. There is no reason to go on or to live from day to day.

In Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) it says, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”  I believe the word hope comes first in that verse because without hope we have no future.

If only there was a way to make everyone see that hope exists at all times. There is a God who loves us and He is all the hope we need.  He offers us hope not only for this life but in the life yet to come. We have the hope of living with Him for all eternity.

I have never been without hope in my life but reading Jeremiah 29:11 makes my hope grow. It tells me that God doesn’t just want me to have good things in my life, but that He has planned for them.  They may not be what I am experiencing right now but they will come if I trust in my God.

I want to give hope to those who are hurting.  To give them something to cling to when they are being hounded by the enemy of our souls.  Without hope there is no weapon to fight against the lies he plants in our minds.

Hope brings light to the darkness.  It is a lifeboat when we are set adrift.  It is something we can hold onto until rescue comes.

This is my prayer for all, directly from Romans 15:13 (NLT), “I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in Him.  Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.”

In My Savior’s Arms

In My Savior’s Arms by Jill Roleke

I want to crawl into my savior’s lap

Lay my head upon His chest.

I want to listen to HIs heartbeat

As I settle down and rest.

I want to feel His arms around me

Feel His breath upon my face.

I want to close my eyes and savor

His love and His embrace.

I want to have His peace surround me

And wrap myself in love.

I want to dwell right there forever

With the one who reigns above.

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God gave Jill this beautiful poem a few short days before she found out her brother had passed away.  It is a beautiful testimony and reminder that God knows exactly what we need before we even need it.

These words not only help to bring healing to Jill’s heart at the loss of her brother, but they should encourage you as well.  During this time of fasting prayer – take time to crawl up in your Savior’s arms, listen to His heartbeat, experience His peace and allow Him to embrace you.

–Pastor Debbie Kitterman

Be Strong

Why is it that we seem to think the Christian life is supposed to be a bed of roses? Even if it was, let me remind you that roses have thorns and you might get pricked. In John 16:33, Jesus tells us that in this world we will have troubles but to take heart because He has overcome the world.

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