Good Monday morning to all and I pray all is well: Today’s reflection comes from my readings in http://bib.ly/Ps99.1-9.NKJV http://bib.ly/Ps100.1-5.NKJV http://bib.ly/Ps101.1-8.NKJV and it seems I needed this message. Considering my last two weeks, today's reflection will focus on me getting better at asking God to help me live with integrity each day; just like King David.
The last two weeks have taught me I need both God’s mercy and Judgement in my life. I have fully picked up my cross and have chosen to follow Yeshua (Jesus). My choice in doing this knew push back would come and I would have to endure to the end. This is because Yeshua (Jesus) asked a lot of those who chose to follow him and little of those who chose not to follow.
The Last two weeks I have experienced both betrayal and rejection. I have been hurt by some who I thought were in my corner but in the midst of this all; God has shown me my true friends. Matthew 5:44: But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,
Whether our days are good ones or bad ones it’s clear we need his guidance. We need both his mercy and his judgement, and we need this in order to maintain our integrity. The past two weeks I have struggled with letting the old Jared out, or staying humble with the new Jared. The old me would have lost his mind by now but instead I get the feeling to turn to the scriptures, and now I feel more at peace. Regardless I struggle daily but I will maintain my integrity with all the strength I can. Staying humble and in good works is the ultimate example any of us can make moving forward to change the world.
In closing Following Yeshua (Jesus) picking up your cross denying yourself comes with both joy and rejections, but for me my eternal reward is what I’m seeking. I’m not ashamed of my new path and I will share God’s victories in my life along with the daily struggles. I know many of you out there are hurting and I pray God helps relieve some of the pain many of you are experiencing this very moment. Stay strong, maybe these readings might help with a little reflection. Matthew 16:24-26: 24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 25 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. 26 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
Praise GOD for everything in our lives even in our darkest moments: Draw near to God and he will draw near to you!
Jared W. Campbell
US Army Retired