What I’ve Learned from The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit.

Jesus Christ is my unbreakable rock, my great protector, my great forgiver, my great Savior and Lord.

Ever since I have chosen the path to follow him, I have learned much.

Now.. some of you may not be believers but I hope and pray that this post may draw you near to Him. From simply reading his name, you have a seed, he wants to help you water it.

Now let us begin.

Firstly,

Good is better than Evil.

We all have done evil, but that’s alright. We all fall short of God’s glorious standard. I’ve learned from God that we must turn from it. We must turn from evil, and turn to good if we are to fully enjoy our lives and fulfill our purpose. We were created to do good! Not to do evil! We all grow up living in sin. That’s a given, but we don’t need to live in it today. We may have grown up not listening to our mothers, cursing our friends and ignoring the opportunities to do good. Now that we are in Christ, we can fight that evil, knowing that He is here with us!

“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”

– John 15:12

“Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.”

– 2 Timothy 2:22

Secondly,

Humans disappoint, Christ doesn’t.

Jesus is like no other. God-man. He rose from the dead. He healed people just like us. He taught. He won against sin.

Death? Not a problem for him. Satan? Not a problem. Us? He has the power to wipe us all out, but he doesn’t. Have you ever walked across water? I definitely tried as a child… HE CAN. Being a Christian doesn’t make us walk on water, but it does equip us to fight against evil. The evil within us and around us.

“These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful.”

– Revelation 17:14

Thirdly,

He frees us from fear

Fear is a very powerful emotion but when the people in the Bible trust in God, He protects them, loves them and watches over them!

Jesus said: “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

– Matthew 19:26

Have you ever heard of David and Goliath?

David was “a man after the Lord’s own heart” and a humble Sheperd. He trusted in God many times and therefore won against his enemies. Even the intimidating Goliath, who was a 9ft tall champion of the Philistines, was no match for David when God was in the equation.

David told Saul “I’ll go fight him!”

“Don’t be ridiculous!” Saul replied.

“Reaching into his shepherd’s bag and taking out a stone, he hurled it with his sling and hit the Philistine in the forehead. The stone sank in, and Goliath stumbled and fell face down on the ground. So David triumphed over the Philistine with only a sling and a stone, for he had no sword.”

– 1 Samuel 17:49-50

What? Really?

YES!

Fourthly,

God loves us

Jesus speaks so, so much about how much God loves us, about how we are more valuable to him than a flock of sparrows. How we are his people and that he watches over us everyday. We are more than we think we are, we may imagine that he looks at us like ants to him from his view in Heaven but he does not. We are made in our father’s image, and we are not simply a number.

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.  Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
1 John 4:7-8

Fifthly,

God forgives us

Of all we have ever done to upset him, he has forgiven these offenses, he has forgiven you and I. Praise God for his forgiveness! Think of all the things we have ever done, be it you or someone you know. He forgives us all. He defeats those who reject him and shelters those who love him. We are truly so fortunate to have such a loving God!

“To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against him.”

– Daniel 9:9

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

– Ephesians 4:32

Sixthly,

We have second chances

God gives us many chances. We must forgive each other just as he has forgave us. Often, we fail. We are not without fault. Nobody is, even those with the kindest of hearts.

But, praise Christ! For he is what we are not. He is the only one without fault. He does not look down on us like a domineering boss or a proud and arrogant man. He reaches down and offers us his hand. We may be at fault, but Jesus loves us nonetheless.

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother who sins against me? Up to seven times?”

Jesus answered, “I tell you, not just seven times, but seventy seven times!”

– Matthew 18:21-22

Seventhly,

Jesus heals

I could mention all of the things I’ve heard, but in truth; I have a very bad memory. So I’ll summarize.

God does heal. You’ve probably heard “some daft things” from the followers of Christ. I once thought they were daft stories made up just to encourage me to pray for others, but they are not daft wee stories. They are real. When I was born, I had a wonky heart valve. I was not expected to live through it, and there were many times I went into surgery with my mother’s eyes looking on to me with a look of “Will this be the one that fails?”.

My Mother and Gran prayed, and Jesus healed me.

Throughout the New Testament, Jesus heals so many people. I am one of those people, among many, that have been healed today. Christ is still with us and he still heals.

When He went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and felt compassion for them and healed their sick.

– Matthew 14:14

I’ll be honest, I’m so afraid to post this. Primarily because it’s my first piece on my beliefs. I often worry that I won’t please everyone with my words, but as I listen to Christ. I know this is enough. I have done a good job.

Thank you for reading. Thank you for being you, and carrying on.

May God bless you,

Lew

Why you should try reading books

Everyone reads to some extent, we read because we crave and need information.

Maybe it’s a political thing, a novel to relate to, a book on sleep, a First Aid manual, a Best Movies of 2019 list or a study on why something works. Alternatively, you can gather information through people on TV, but I prefer reading and I’ll tell you why you should give it a try.


0. Books have stopped bullets.

They don’t actually. I jokingly believed this until I researched it. Basically, books aren’t thick enough. There is that one famous American guy, that got shot and a book prevented the bullet from killing him. Though… he probably made that up.

1. Reading books helps loneliness.

I struggle with loneliness very much, I’ve always felt quite alone despite having people around me. Books always helped, books helped me learn in school, but at home they let me be someone else! or be somewhere else! How cool! I’ve always been obsessed with Star Wars and wow.. I don’t know where I’d be or who I’d be without it.

“19% of readers say that reading stops them from feeling lonely. This is backed up by a study analysing social connectedness which found that reading books significantly reduces feelings of loneliness for people aged 18-64.” R’1

2. Mental Health Benefits

Reading for pleasure combats stress and depression, imagine that! Ask your doctor for a book next time you visit.

“An online poll of over four thousand people from a representative sample in the UK revealed that regular readers for pleasure reported fewer feelings of stress and depression than non-readers, and stronger feelings of relaxation from reading than from watching television or engaging with technology intensive activities.” R’2

3. Empathy

Studies have found that people who read a lot are more disposed to charity work than those who barely read at all. It’s interesting because they don’t have an answer for why this is. My guess is that reading about other’s experiences triggers that caring part inside all of us and then they motivates us to help others.

“Studies have found that reading for pleasure enhances empathy, understanding of the self, and the ability to understand one’s own and others’ identities.” R’3


Thank you all for reading, take much care and may God bless you.

– Lewis


Photo by Anton Darius | @theSollers on Unsplash

References

1. [Hilhorst, S, et al. (2018) A Society of Readers Demos p. 12]

2. and 3. [Billington, J, (2015) Reading between the Lines: the Benefits of Reading for Pleasure Quick Reads, University of Liverpool]