God is bigger than “insert your situation here”!

When I was a kid I really enjoyed watching Veggietales! Looking back on those days I realize how big of a message some of those stories actually where. One that I remember quite often is the song  “God is Bigger Than The Boogie Man” (click the link to listen to the song). This song doesn’t just apply to the Boogie Man it applies to everything that life has to throw at us.

I want to be clear that I am not talking about an easy fix for all of the problems we have in life. God promises us trials and trouble, see John 16:33 or 2 Timothy 3:12, but if you read John 16:33 you will also note that it says “But take heart! I have overcome the world.” So no matter what the world throws at us Jesus has overcome it with his death!

I also know that many of you will probably think, “you can’t talk about this, you don’t know what I am going through.” or “I don’t think this applies to me.”. Well guess what, it doesn’t matter what your going through or what I am going through, because I am not God, I am simply explaining and bringing to light what the Bible already tells us. Smile So listen up because I will be quoting scripture, and that is the TRUTH!

I want to start off by quoting a section of scripture from Matthew 28.

The Great Commission

16Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go.17When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.18Then Jesus came to tem and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Here is what I believe this piece of scripture is telling us:

Jesus has just risen from the grave, and is addressing his disciples for the last time. Now think about this for a little bit. Jesus who has been leading them on a crazy awesome journey is about to leave them. How would you feel if everything that you had ever accomplished in life was about to fall apart and disappear forever? This is exactly what the disciples were going through. If I were in their shoes I would probably be feeling fear, anxiety, and a bunch of other things mixed in with that. So this is what Jesus decides to leave them with, it is an encouragement to them. Jesus also wants us to know that he will never leave us. Just like he would never leave the disciples.

 

When Jesus left he gave us humans something to replace his physical body. What he gave us was access to the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:4 describes the Holy Spirit coming down on the people at Pentecost. The Holy Spirit is how God stays with us through the hard times and the good times in life. Like I said earlier God told us that in life we will have troubles, but he also promised to watch over us and be with us during those times. I also said that this is not an easy fix to all of the troubles in life, although it isn’t an easy fix it is fix that will make you a better person and help you grow in your relationship with Jesus Christ. Let me explain how this is working out in my life right now. In the last half of 2013 I had a bit of a rollercoaster, I had one of the best experiences of my life, and very shortly after I lost someone close to me. I won’t go into great detail about either of these situations (maybe I will do another post on them), but I will tell you that God definitely put people and passages into my daily path to help encourage me and keep me joyful. There were days when I did not even know what to say to God, but because I had the Holy Spirit I did not even worry about it, because the Holy Spirit translates all of our pain into words that God can understand.

Finally, I want to talk about how he can help you! Even after all of this you might still be thinking, “My situation is different, it is so hard and I don’t think this applies to it”. Well let me tell you something, God is experiencing it with you, if God never leaves you then He knows your pain, he knows exactly what you are going through and is ready to jump in and help, all you have to do is ask! Now don’t expect an overnight switch, God will work with you to help you overcome this pain, but like a lose weight fast diet, if you expect to be happy right away you will bounce back, because you are not giving God time to work in your life.

I really hope this helps anyone dealing with depression, addictions, the lose of someone close or any other pain in life. If you have more questions or something wasn’t clear I would suggest talking to your local pastor to help clear things up. Smile have a great day!

 

Jordan Froese

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Moses the Brave?

Recently I have been reading about Moses in the Bible. Everything I read surprises me! How much faith would someone have to have in order to walk in front of a countries royalty and tell them exactly what they did not want to hear? Well that is exactly what Moses does, and when he did that the pharaoh decided to punish the Israelites. When the Israelites were punished they became angry with Moses. So now he was not only doing what the Pharoah did not want, but he was also going against what his family the Jews wanted. What would you have done in this situation? Would it have been hard to continue? I don’t know what I would have done, I probably would have given up if I am being honest, but that is not what Moses did. Moses kept going and eventually saved his people. Read the full story in Exodus!

God calls us to take leaps of faith, to speak the truth (the truth is God and what he tells us). “Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbour, for we are all members of one body” Ephesians 4:25. This verse is not only meant for our next door neighbours, no not even for just or Christian friends, this is meant for all people no matter what race or religion. We need to grow in our walk with Jesus, but we also need to help other people grow or in some cases help them find Christ.

Sometimes it is hard for me to do this. I struggle with starting conversations even with friends. Even though it is hard to do God calls us to it, and I want to do what God asks. I have not been focusing on this task in recent months or even the last couple of years. I want to take leaps of faith and trust in God, so please remind me if you see me that I need to take these leaps, and maybe starting a conversation with me will also be a leap for you! 🙂

My Brother Samuel.

Samuel Paul Froese, is my younger brother he is 16 and is unemployed. Where to start with this awesome guy. I will start with some more recent memories. Over the past couple of years (I would say about 3), I have seen this young man grow into an amazing man of God. Last year he went to Pembina Valley Bible Camp to attend the MTT or ministry training team session. When he came back he told us about the ways he was challenged and the ways he grew during those 2 weeks.
 
After this time at PVBC, you could tell he had truly grown. One awesome example I remember was a time he evangelised to someone he didn’t even know in our hometown. He was hanging out with one of his friends in town and decided to check out the skate park that was under construction (he is into biking). When they got there they noticed that some of the workers were still there. They then decided that it would be cool to go get them some slushies as a thank you for building the skate park. So off they went to get the slushies and when they returned the workers had left. 😦 so they sat across the road and drank the slushies. After a while one of the workers returned and was testing out the ramps and grinds and other biking things(I’m not to educated in biking terms). They decided to bring a slushie to him even though by this time it was mostly melted. The guy freely accepted the slushie and allowed them to test out the skate park a little. During the time that they were there they got the chance to learn about this guy and got some time to talk to him about Jesus! My brother is much braver than me because I have a hard time talking to random people.
 
I am excited to see where life will take Samuel and will continue to support him, because he is one of my best friends.