A Message about being Humble, Grateful, and Thankful

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I awoke this morning with a bit of anxiety. I have been pondering a real estate purchase in another country with my fiancée. This of course adds a large degree of stress, discussions, and more questions than answers about what to do. I woke up earlier than usual and had been reading the book of Romans. I was drawn to a particular verse and chapter, which I used my trusty highlighter to memorialize in my bible. The verse read;
Romans 8:15. “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the spirit of adoption, whereby we cry Abba, Father.”
I was reminded that when I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and savior, and understand that Jesus, son of God, in fact died on a cross to pay for my sins, I am no longer to worry or stress about anything in this world. I need to rely on God, that whatever happens, will happen at his will, not mine. It will happen with the Lords blessing, not any additional steps or maneuvers I can make.
When you are saved and the Holy Spirit is within your mind, body, and soul, there is no greater gift that can be bestowed upon us. The gift of salvation and eternal life beyond our short lives on earth. I instantly felt ashamed for being stressed about something so trivial compared to the grand scale of eternal life. I immediately prayed for forgiveness and instead prayed to God for and thanked him for all the blessings and miracles he has bestowed upon me in my life. I was filled with gratitude, humbleness, and thankfulness that I was not left to die a sinner, but instead forgiven for my past sins, in full restitutions. That the Holy Spirit was delivered into my very heart and soul, to live a spiritual life around Peace, Love and Joy, and not a sinning life in human flesh.
After reading further passages in Romans I was quickly brought back to my spiritual being and not my fleshly being. The feeling of pride, resentment, stress, and anxiousness was replace with Humbleness, Thanksgiving and Forgiveness.
One of my favorite books of the Bible is the book of Matthew in the New Testament. The book is narrated through the views of Matthew, one of Jesus 12 disciples.
With that being said, the book of Romans summarizes the life and trials of Paul, also known as Saul. Paul who was originally a man of little faith, and was known as a killer of both Jewish and Gentile believers of God and Jesus. Paul was visited by Jesus and was asked why he despised him so much. Paul (Saul) was immediately brought to his knees and became on of Jesus biggest advocates.
Acts 9:3 “And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:”
Acts 9:4 “And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul why persecutees thou me?”
Acts 9:5 “And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.”
Acts 9:6 “And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.”
The book of Acts follows Paul as he ascends to great heights in preaching the word of God to both Jews and Gentiles.
The book of Romans summarizes these lessons in a very thoughtful and powerful way, and brings to light the meaning of Jesus’s plights and tribulations in a way that differs from Matthew and other books detailing the disciples first hand accounts.
I would highly recommend reading the book of Acts and Romans in their entirety to gain a broader sense for a feeling of hope and faith.

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I pray that anyone reading this will accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and pray to the Lord for forgiveness.
Romans 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable, and effect, will of God.”

God bless.

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