Too Blessed to stressed

Have you ever think life’s not fair?
No no, I mean not like you’re having terrible accident and lost one of your beloved ones, or lost one of your eyes etc.

I’m just talking in the sight of when you actually already have all you need to live on, such as house, clothes, foods, etc, but looking to someone else who has the same thing as yours but they have the more high end side of what you have.
what does it feels like? do you ever, even in the slightest amount felt jealous? wishing you will also can buy what they buy easily, without having to save for months?

I did, and sometimes I also feel it today too, but it doesn’t mean I have to keep those kind of thinking kept hanging in my head. NO!

Jesus said that He takes care of us, so we don’t have to worry about what to eat or wear. is that even possible?
Yes it is! that doesn’t mean we don’t need to work, just sitting idly at home, do nothing and waiting for God to feed us. No it’s not like that

We still need to develop our resources with all our might. Just as Paul said to young Timothy, to throw himself to the work and gift that has been given to him, so he won’t be ashamed to stand before the Lord when He come. Yet when people of this world do it with an anxious heart, with a lustful heart, with “love for money”, we God’s own children need to do it without worry, with a glad heart, joyful heart, knowing all our works won’t be in vain ( 1 Cor 15:58)

For it is the blessings of the Lord that makes people rich, and He adds no sorrow with it – Proverbs 10:22
no sorrow for me means no regret as if someone who work day and night without stopping and come to neglect his health, his family, his relationship with God and all his beloved ones.

I truly believe that we are given the power from above to life a balanced life, to keep working as for the Lord, do our job in our own fields, without compensating for the most important things which is our relationship with God and others.

1 Timothy 6:6-10 The Message (MSG)
6-8 A devout life does bring wealth, but it’s the rich simplicity of being yourself before God. Since we entered the world penniless and will leave it penniless, if we have bread on the table and shoes on our feet, that’s enough.
9-10 But if it’s only money these leaders are after, they’ll self-destruct in no time. Lust for money brings trouble and nothing but trouble. Going down that path, some lose their footing in the faith completely and live to regret it bitterly ever after.

we must remember when we look up and see people that we think are more blessed than us, we also need to keep balanced to look down. see around! do you see anyone who is hurting? do you see anyone who doesn’t know what to eat tonight? simply because they don’t have it? do you care enough to reach out to them and fulfill their stomach even just one time?
or would you keep standing still? stay indifferent to their needs? and keep sulking in self pity “why can’t I buy that dress, when she could afford it just easy?”, “why must I use loans for motorcycle, when he can buy those racing cars?”

Matthew 25:40
New International Version (NIV)

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Then, what we’re going to do?
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matt 6:33

God is faithful to His Words, even when we are not (2 Tim 2:13), so we can rest assured that He will fulfill our needs, even to abundance

2 Corinthians 9:6-15 New International Version (NIV)
Generosity Encouraged

6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 9 As it is written:
“They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor;
their righteousness endures forever.”[a]
10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

Keep working as for the Lord, keep being joyful in all you do, keep sharing what God entrusted you with, and keep enjoying what He has in store for you!

Would love to hear your comments ^^
Have a blessed day
-luz-

Seek the Kingdom First (revelation from Haggai book)

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The setting was in Babel exile. Israelites was so full of themselves, their own business, their own crops, their own houses, and matters so that they forgot at all about building the house of the Lord.

And the Lord got furious at them, as it is mentioned in Haggai 1

2 This is what the LORD Almighty says: “These people say, ‘The time has not yet come to rebuild theLORD’s house.’”
3 Then the word of the LORD came through the prophet Haggai: 4 “Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?”
5 Now this is what the LORD Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. 6 You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.”
7 This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. 8 Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build my house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored,” says the LORD. 9 “You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blewaway. Why?” declares the LORD Almighty. “Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with your own house. 10 Therefore, because of you the heavens have withheld their dewand the earth its crops. 11 I called for a drought on the fields and the mountains, on the grain, the new wine, the olive oil and everything else the ground produces, on people and livestock, and on all the labor of your hands.”

The Israelites experienced many hardships and fruitlessness labor because they just focus on themselves, and without a single thought about what God wants for them to do with their life. But as soon as the rebuke came, they repented, and so they started to build the House of the Lord.
It turns out to be (the House of the Lord) much less majestic, luxurious, splendid, etc than the first House of the Lord which was built by Salomo, Israel previous king. But then we see what the Lord said to the Israelites who turns their HEART TO GOD:

Haggai 2: 2-9
the word of the LORD came through the prophet Haggai: 2 “Speak to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, to Joshua son of Jozadak,[a] the high priest, and to the remnant of the people. Ask them, 3 ‘Who of you is left who saw this house in its former glory? How does it look to you now? Does it not seem to you like nothing? 4 But now be strong, Zerubbabel,’ declares the LORD. ‘Be strong, Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest. Be strong, all you people of the land,’ declares the LORD, ‘AND WORK. For I am with you,’ declares the LORDAlmighty. 5 ‘This is what I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt. And my Spirit remains among you. Do not fear.’
6 “This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. 7 I will shake all nations, and what is desired by all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the LORD Almighty. 8 ‘The silver is mine and the gold is mine,’ declares the LORD Almighty. 9 ‘The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,’ says the LORD Almighty. ‘And in this place I will grant peace,’ declares the LORDAlmighty.”

The Lord said that HE WILL STILL BE WITH THEM, NO MATTER HOW BAD THE HOUSE OF THE LORD LOOKED LIKE THAT TIME COMPARED WITH THE FIRST ONE. God’s presence and favor are still available for them not because they have made marvelous things, BIG things, as we often thought, but because they HEARD HIS VOICE and TURNS THEIR HEART TO HIM.

And the Lord also said that
18 ‘From this day on, from this twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, give careful thought to the day when the foundation of the LORD’s temple was laid. Give careful thought: 19 Is there yet any seed left in the barn? Until now, the vine and the fig tree, the pomegranate and the olive tree have not borne fruit.
“‘From this day on I will bless you.’”

taken from: ot103.wordpress.com
taken from: ot103.wordpress.com

From THIS DAY ON (when the foundation of the House of the LORD was laid on), God will bless them. No more lack, only abundance!

What about our life? Do we tend to get busy and only care about our own matters? My life, My money, My family, etc etc. or we are on our journey to embrace life the way God wants? To “seek His Kingdom first and its righteousness, and all these things will be granted to you as well”?

Have a blessed day everyone!