Ever feel like everything is just going against you? Afraid of what might be around the corner? Just so worried that can’t see the sky above? Been there, done that, probably a lot more than most. It has taken me some time to believe what my Owner’s Manual says about worry. DON’T. Can you name one thing that worry has changed? I can, it ripped me apart inside. It steals my joy, and affects every aspect of my life. “But Claude, you just don’t understand, I have to worry” No, you don’t. Worry is the opposite of Faith. I have come to realize that no matter what, it will be OK. If I truly believe (and I do) then God will take care of me. It does not mean that everything will be perfect, far from it. I still face health issues, financial issues, and emotional issues, probably more than most. But it will be OK. God never said we would not have trials and tribulations, but He does promise us He will get us through it. And oh what waits for us when we shed this shell of clay. I know what waits for me just after the Shadow of Death, and I pray that you know as well. If not, pm me, and I will pray with you. For those who know, exercise your Faith, every day, and watch it grow stronger.
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Lessons From My Owner’s Manual, #133.
Am going to start posting these again. My Owner’s Manual is the Bible. May it grow to be yours as well. The thing that has been on my mind today is a particular sin that I have been guilty of lately. The sin of omission. My Owner’s Manual states ” he that knows to do good and doesn’t do it..To him that is sin”. I have been in such turmoil/pain lately that I stopped doing the things I enjoy, things that can help others. Not going into any details, a few of you are aware of my situations. But here is the thing, how can I expect to be blessed if I am not doing what my Spirit intended for me to do? Starting with this post, I am going to get closer to God. He will make a way, or take me home.. I will serve Him either way. This is just one of the many reasons Lessons from Owner’s Manual are starting up again. Please feel free to comment, share, or even disagree. Not going to debate, merely stating what I have learned. Looking forward to your responses. Thank you for your time, and prayers. God bless
Lessons from the Owner’s Manual #134.
Forgiveness of self. Give yourself a break. We have all screwed up at times. We have all sinned. Paul said he sinned daily. For many years (and still at times today) I had/have what is known as Survival Guilt. Why did others die, and not me. They had so much to live for, me, not so much at the time. (Other combat vets know what I am speaking about). I spent years covering those feelings with just about anything I could get my hands on. It has taken a long time, and I am still working on it. I’ve been to the darkest of places, facing away from God. No more. Oh I still struggle at times, and get low. But the difference? I don’t try to cover those feeling, I turn them over to the God of my understanding. Now I know that I am supposed to reach out to others going through rough and tough times and share my experience, strength, and hope. Here for you, if I may be of assistance. I am not the Way, the Truth, and the Light, but I know who is. Feel free to comment and share. Still seeing how many these read. God bless. Thank you.
Lessons from the Owner’s Manual #135.
We are supposed to treat others the way we want to be treated. Doesn’t matter how they treat us, really none of my business. My Owner’s Manual tells me how I am supposed live, and how I am supposed to act. Sure, it is difficult at times, especially if they are mean to us, speak ill of us, even harm us. It is not about them, it is about our actions, our hearts. Doesn’t mean we have to be a doormat, far from it. “Well you just don’t understand what they did/say” Oh but I do. It is about keeping my heart clean, free from anger and resentment. My Owner’s Manual speaks to me. Doesn’t tell me to judge or think less of others. I know this is a tough one, believe me. “Well, what am I supposed to do?” Glad you asked. Pray for them, and turn them over to God. God really doesn’t like people messing with His Kids. If I do what I am supposed to do, God will take care of me. Oh, just so you know, I have to work on this lesson daily. No one ever said it would be easy. Practice, practice, practice. See for yourself that it works. Thanks for reading this, feel free to share, and would welcome your comments. God bless.
Lessons from Owner’s Manual #137
Christmas season is fast approaching. Have you made plans to include Jesus? After all, it is His Birthday that we are celebrating. It is not about how much stuff we receive or get for others, it is about Love, and helping others. That is what Jesus taught. Remember “in as much as you have done it unto the least of these My brothers, you have done it unto Me ” I really have to keep that in mind, especially this year. Would be so easy to just crawl into my cave of grief, but that is not what dad would want me to do, and definitely not what God expects of me. So find someone you can do something for, even if it is buying a meal for a Veteran, getting a pair of gloves for a homeless person, or perhaps volunteering somewhere. Pray about it, seek guidance from above. And here is a very important part of giving. Don’t go on social media and tell everyone what you did. Your blessings will come back tenfold. Anyone remember the old bumper sticker that said “practice random acts of kindness “?? Practice that. Serve God by helping someone else. As always, thanks for reading this. Feel free to comment and share. Merry Christmas to All
Lesson from Owner’s Manual #138.
Crazy man. Imagine if you will traveling with a group of friends (walking) and a crazy, naked dude comes running at you. He lives in the tombs, having lost everything he had when he was stricken with this “craziness” What would you do? Personally, I would be looking for a place I could protect my back. But not this man called Jesus. He stood fast, and the man spoke to Him (actually it was the demons that spoke to Him) they recognized him, and told Him to go a away and leave them alone. You know the story, Jesus cast out the demons, and a bunch of hogs committed suicide. Go ahead, read it for yourself. And know what? The man even got his house back in town. See, no matter how crazy things get, God can handle it. Read the story yourself. And realize, no matter what God’s got you, He accepts you just the way you are, but loves you too much to let you stay that way. Thank you for reading this long post. As always, comments and sharing welcome. God bless
Lesson from Owner’s Manual #139
What if you came into a city, and you knew if you stayed one week you would be tortured in unimaginable ways, and then put to death. Would you hang around? I wouldn’t. I would get out of there as fast as I could. But not Jesus. He knew what was coming, he knew he was going to die. Yet he stayed. Why did he do that? What would make a man lay down his life for folks he didn’t even know? And make no mistake about it, no one killed Jesus, He laid down His life. And He did it for you and me. During this week before Easter, as we all are staying home with the family, give some thought to what Jesus was headed toward. And it was all for us. Whether you believe it or not, Jesus loves YOU. He died for YOU. I pray that you accept Him today, if you have not already. If you have, then join with me in prayer for all those who need Him, even if they don’t realize it. Thank you for reading this, feel free to share and as always, comments welcome.
Lesson from Owner’s Manual #140
Good Friday? I often wonder why it is called that. I know I know, the standard answer is it was good for us. But it sure wasn’t good for Jesus. In my mind I picture Him beaten spit on and nailed to a cross. Then the cross was raised and dropped into the ground. That had to add a great burst of pain. And let’s not forget about the crown of thorns, and having a spear driven into his side. After all that, He said “Father forgive them for they no not what they do ” He also spoke to a thief on the cross next to him. Remember what he said? ” This day shalt thou be with me in Paradise “. Not tomorrow not in 3 days, not in thousands of years, THIS DAY. The thief didn’t get baptized did he? But that is a lesson for another day. Then Jesus said..IT IS FINISHED. The Law and prophesy had come to completion. NOW WE ARE UNDER THE GRACE PLAN OF SALVATION. Again, a lesson for another day. My point is this…take some time to mentally picture Jesus on the cross, close your eyes, imagine that scene. Does it bring a tear to your eyes? It does mine. Thank you for reading this rather long message, intended to make you think about what Jesus went thru. As always, please feel free to comment and share. Easter is on the way. THE SON IS COMING UP IN THE MORNING.