Archive for December, 2014

10 ”The Lord has made me very grateful that at last you have thought about me once again. Actually, you were thinking about me all along, but you didn’t have any chance to show it. 11(Even so) I am not complaining about having too little. I have learned to be satisfied with whatever I have. 12 I know what it is to be poor or to have plenty, and I have lived under all kinds of conditions. I know what it means to be full or to be hungry, to have too much or too little. 13 Christ gives me the strength to face anything.” – Philippians 4:10-13 –

Meet two little words: Even and So.  They don’t seem like much when you first look at them.   All the same, they can be a powerful twosome in the lexicon of your daily life.  Together, these two little words never pretend.  They don’t deny reality.  And, they don’t disguise the hardships of survival with paste on “everything is just fine” smiles.  In fact, “even so” unflinchingly recognize that sometimes life just stinks.

This dynamic duo of words can stare courageously at the obstacles we face each day.  With the help of their cousins – however, nevertheless, withal, still, yet, all the same, nonetheless, and notwithstanding – they shift our gaze from what we see only with our natural eyes to the things yet invisible to our senses.  In the process, our attention is redirected from the limits of what we know to the one whom by nature is omniscient – our Creator, the all-knowing one (1 John 3:20).

And that my friends changes everything.

  • Facing situations that are difficult?

Even so, you can do anything if you believe.

  • Up against cliffs of challenge that seem impossible to climb?

Even so, God will see you through.

  • Are storm clouds looming and you feel too weak to pray? 

Even so, God will be the strength that you need.

  • Do you feel like an angel of darkness is harassing you?

Even so, His grace (favor) is all you need to succeed.

  • Are you confused; full of fears and doubts.

Even so, God has given you an overcomer’s spirit of power, love and a sound mind.

EVEN SO – In Brazil they say mesmo assim, in Italy nonostante ciò, comunque.  All over the world, in any language, the meaning is clear; in our most desperate hour, God will supply us with the strength to face anything.

You’re right, sometimes, life stinks.  Even so…, even so…

Joseph A. Cerreta, Ph.D., is an author, broadcaster, popular Bible teacher, and the
founding Pastor of Living Faith Christian Fellowship in Holiday, Florida.
© 2014 by Joseph A Cerreta, all rights reserved. Insighttoday.com

27 “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart! And the peace I give isn’t fragile like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” – John 14:27 Living Bible

What a great verse from the Gospel of Saint John. The word Gospel means “good news”. Jesus had some really good news for his friends and followers. He told them that peace was his departing gift to them (and us). Life on planet earth offers no lasting peace. And yet, countless lost souls search for it in vein every day. Jesus promised a peace that he alone can give. Peace of mind and a peaceful heart (spirit). Are you stressed? Thoughts and emotions churning inside? Do you suffer an anxious sense of urgency that seems to rush you along life’s path? Are you feeling fainthearted? Things seem to be whirling out of control? A bit unsure that you know how to handle it all? You are suffering with heart trouble. Left untreated, your heart will harden and that could stop you from receiving God’s best for your life. At the very least, your troubled heart will afford you no joy in the journey.

A Bizarre Pair

Meet the twin spoilers of a peaceful heart; Hurry and Worry. They work together and yet they are war with each other. Hurry will trouble your heart. Worry will make it afraid. Together, they will ruin your life.

  • Hurry always runs out ahead of things; Worry hesitates and lags behind.
  • Hurry is often reckless; Worry is overly cautious.
  • Hurry sees only those things that speed him on his way; Worry sees only those things that are in the way and therefore sure to cause a problem.
  • Hurry never sees the countless little things that make life truly worth living. Worry sees nothing but countless little things to be afraid of, most of which have nothing to do with your life at all.
  • Hurry never thinks about the consequences of making hasty choices. Worry never makes a choice at all – for it might be the wrong one.

And so, these two destructive forces are forever pulling you in opposite directions. God have mercy on the man or woman who is filled with hurry and worry.

The Cure

Imagine Jesus as he spoke to his followers. He knew that their hearts were deeply troubled. He recognized that they faced uncertainty in an increasingly dangerous world. Jesus saw the worry and the fear. His admonition was pretty straight forward:

27 DO NOT let your hearts be troubled (agitated and in a hurry); neither let them (your hearts) be afraid (full of worry)” – John 14:27

Suffering from a troubled heart? Tired of being hurried and afraid. Now hear this:

1 “YOU must not let yourselves be distressed—YOU must hold on to your faith in God and to your faith in me. – John 14:1 J.B. Phillips New Testament

There it is. The cure for (spiritual) heart trouble. YOU must do two things:

  • Trust God – He is still in control, and He alone is capable of exercising infinite wisdom, infinite power, and infinite love
  •  Trust Jesus – He is the means by which all of God’s infinite wisdom, power and love is made available to you.

Now, it is up to you. Place your confidence in God by calling on Jesus – the Mediator between God and man. He’ll answer. He always does. Put a stop to the destructive rampage of Hurry and Worry in your life today. Do it now! Hurry (just kidding)

© 2014 by Joseph A Cerreta, all rights reserved.  Joseph A. Cerreta, PhD is an author,
broadcaster, popular Bible teacher, and the founding Pastor of Living Faith Christian
Fellowship in Holiday, Florida.