Why are we so PARANOID and SURPRISED by life? Some answers…

14 04 2010

Well, let’s see…where to begin?

Nadia was found by the Grace of God!

This morning on the news they broadcast the story about the 11 year old girl from Florida, Nadia, that was rescued after 4 days in the forest in central FL.   A church member found her after 100’s of emergency personnel couldn’t find her.  The media asked the gentleman that found her this question, “how did you find her when others couldn’t?”  The implication was that he was guilty of something.  It was obvious!

A friend of mine found out his son was having sex with his girlfriend.

Tabloids, Reality TV, Prime Time TV and magazines are exploiting sex like its candy.

The economy still hasn’t fixed itself and we are still being Obamaized.

These are issues becoming everyday common experiences.  We live in a broken world folks.  I’m amazed at the fact that even with all that is going on and the degradation of our culture that I can still have PEACE! I’m also amazed at how HUGE God’s GRACE is!  Living every day knowing that God is Sovereign and STILL in control of all things makes me want to LIVE even more.  I live by a couple of verses from the Bible that I hope will encourage you as well.

Galatians 2:20  “I am crucified with Christ nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ who lives in me who loves me and gave Himself for me.”

Jeremiah 33;3 “Call unto me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things which you know not.”

Ephesians 3:16-19 “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”

Philippians 3:10 “I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings,  becoming like him in his death,”

We choose to live paranoid and surprised.  I say we choose because the Bible tells us its going to get worse.

Matthew 24:3-13

“As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you.  For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Christ, ‘ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.  Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.  There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.  All these are the beginning of birth pains.  “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me.  At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.  Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.”


Here is the encouragement…

1) If your a follower of Christ – you don’t live anyway.  Christ does, IN YOU!

2) Prayer works and is powerful.  You pray, trust and believe in God, and what you can depend on is not maybe your request given but an even better result (great and mighty things!)

3) You got to get to know the POWER within you is real – it’s the Holy Spirit – and HE is alive!

4) Pursue being more like Christ every day.  Yea, you’ll fail but believe me, it does make you feel better and live better!

5) Don’t be PARANOID or SURPRISED by what this world has to offer.  Go and BE A LIGHT in the midst of it all!

Matthew 5:16 – “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works, and GLORIFY YOUR FATHER who is in heaven”

That’s how you do in a nutshell – Now go and CAUSE GOD JOY!




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