ARE YOU READY?
“Are you ready?” We hear that said almost every day!
We make our elaborate plans and hope all will go our way!
Sometimes we are so very sure, that not one thing could go wrong!
While others say, “I just knew that would happen, all along!”
We must be able to face the battles of unexpected strife
With a good and peaceful spirit to rule our heart and life!
Although problems are all around us and panic starts to rise,
We run quickly to Jesus if we are truly trusting and wise!
“Are you ready? Will you now just let go and trust our loving LORD?”
He’s the only One who can hold us steadfast in sweet accord!
Make us ready and prepare our hearts O LORD we pray!
For with Your help we can prosper in all our ways!
This Book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you will be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and you will have success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1: 8-9.
I TRUST THESE SCRIPTURES AND WRITINGS WILL ENCOURAGE YOUR HEART AND BUILD YOUR FAITH AS YOU READ THROUGH THEM! Our prayer for this website is that it continues to be a source of encouragement and blessings to all who have stopped by for a visit with us! Mary Mayko
Every January I pause and reflect on the past year to remind myself to be thankful for all the LORD’S blessing! Some years seems to be filled with difficulties as well as times of wonderful renewals! My God reminds me that my heart and life is actually a reflection on those things I not only think about, but also what I say and do! People watch us and can read my actions or words differently than my intentions! Many things can wound our mind and affect our spirit unless we are very careful of how we live! When I personally went through some unexpected things this past year, I asked God to show me some answers and I believe He has! The following are a summary of some of my conversations with my LORD I feel worth sharing!
Why am I suffering this much pain over what I have no control? He reminds me that if I did not care deeply for Him and all things and actions concerning Him, it would not be so painful! “Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If any man come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” Matt.16:24
The LORD Jesus Christ reminded me of some things He endured as a Man here on earth and the reasons He did it. The reason for His public life on earth showed He suffered all the sorrows, and the pains as well as the joys of His followers love and devotion here on earth!. He reminded me that many wanted the “perks” of popularity as they wanted others to see how “wonderful” “they” were! He called that kind of person hypocrites in Matt.23!
“To him the doorkeeper opens, and His sheep hear His voice, and He calls them by name, and leads them out.” John 10:3. He reminded me that He knows my name and talks with me when I pause to listen to Him! He reminded me He offers wise counsel through the teaching and preaching God’s Way of life. He prayed for many, but not all chose to follow Him. He did miracles that proved He was lead by the Holy Spirit and was who He claimed to be, but He also reminded me that after all He did, if any would not accept the Ways of God and Him as Master, He never ran after them, trying to persuade them to come back to Him! It was always their choice to depart, not His! The Rich Young Ruler was such an example! Matt.19:16-26. “But when the young man heard this statement, he went away grieved, for he was one who owned much property.” V.22
Then He reminded me that Leadership is anointed and appointed by Him. That as His “called” Leaders we endeavor to be like Christ. Jesus identified with those He came in contact with love and compassion, but as always, choices we make, affects not only ourselves, but many others! “You did not choose Me, but I chose you, and appointed you, that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain; that whatever you ask of the Father in My Name, He may give to you.” John 15:16
A simple reading of the Gospels reveal much about what Jesus endured for our sakes. He reminded me of many things that caused God the Father and Jesus to show displeasure and anger at things that violated Him and His Word! John 2:14-17 “And He made a scourge of cords, and drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen; and He poured out the coins of the money-changers, and overturned their tables.” V.15 Does sin make you angry? Godly indignation is called for at times! When sin is exposed, a choice is made, deny it or confess it!
Heb.4:14-16 “Since then we have a high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weakness, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace that we may find receive mercy and may find grace to help in our time of need.”
He reminded me of the following:
If I never experience the pain of spiritual and social attacks or rejections, how will I be able to minister wisely to those who come for prayer or counsel? If I have never suffered from those who have falsely accused me or misunderstood what God has called me to do, how will I be able to show compassion for those who are reeling from those kinds of experiences? If I have never felt the agony of loneliness, how could I really understand how devastating that is? If I have never been wounded by a sister or brother in the LORD, would I be able to give others wise counsel?
If I had no family experiences of conflict or disagreement among them, how can I actually help those who suffer from broken relationships? If I have never suffered a physical injury or illness or disorder of some kind, I might feel sorry for them but not really understand what it is to suffer in such a way! Would I have any compassion? If I have never suffered the loss of a beloved one to death before, could I understand any of the suffering they go though? If I had never suffered from any of these things, would God have been able to use me to minister to a person or a multitude of hurting people?
He called me to minister years ago in four specific ways. To teach or preach when the opportunity arises but never try to push open any door. As a result I have studied the Holy Word of God ever since. I must have fresh milk, meat and bread daily. How could I minister and counsel until I could actually identify with many of these issues? Years ago, I asked God “not to allow any of my pain or suffering to be wasted but to be an altar of communication with Him.” How could I pray or intercede for them without the heart of Christ, knowing He is always interceding for me as well as the others in my life? He has helped me to “see” my suffering is not wasted, but as an honor to “feel” what Jesus felt and pour out my own wounded heart for others.
Today, in this New Year have you paused and reflected on some new inspiration of how God has worked in the past year of your life? Happy New Year! Many blessings from our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ!
In His Service, Mary Mayko
Christian Fellowship Church Of Largo
Mary Mayko is Christian Fellowship's Adult Sunday School Teacher, Church Elder and one of our counselors. Mary also has the pulpit one Tuesday night a month to deliver Gods Word. She has penned inspirational poetry and writings for over 30 years.