TITLE: Everyday Christians, February 9, v2018
By Yolanda Payne
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Christians often experience dilemmas that challenge their faith. These dilemmas force them to reexamine their faith. Although they want to follow Christian principles, they may ask questions of God. Is it wrong to question?
A man loses his job and there is no food and no money available. What should he do to provide food for his family? Should he steal to provide food for his family? Many are searching for work because they were laid off from their employment. Some no longer receive unemployment and there are no available jobs. Because there is no food, housing and money what should they do?
Being and living as a Christian is not as easy as people portray it to be. Christians are often tested in the trials of life. They are often placed in situations that force them to examine their faith.
When facing a challenge I often seek guidance from fellow believers. Some give me a pat answer and others suggest I read my bible. These individuals give pat answers give then because they have never been tried in the fires of life. They know nothing about pain and suffering.
When called upon to make a decision, I seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We must seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Once when praying I asked God why had things been so difficult for me. He responded that rather seek than His guidance before making a decisions, I only called upon Him and His guidance after a poor decision had been filled. I called upon Him because I wanted him to fix the situation which I caused by a bad decision enacted. In my heart, I knew this was true. I never sought his guidance before making a decision.
I tire of those who give ready solutions for every problem that arises. When attempting to provide comfort they often quote scriptures. It’s as though quoting scriptures is all the solace they can provide. Maybe they are hiding behind those scriptures.
Sometimes we desire to hear from someone who knows and understands what we are going through because he has been there. Walk a mile in my shoes before you tell me I understand what you are going through.
Please don't try to tell me you understand my hunger if you have never been hungry. Please don’t tell me you understand if you’ve always had food to eat and clothes to wear upon your back. You don't understand my pain and suffering. You may think that you do but you don't understand. Although I've read and heard about the pains of childbirth, I don’t understand them because I have never given birth to a baby. How can you tell me what it is like when you have never been there? I can’t tell you how it feels to be white it America, because I am not white. I can tell you about the experiences of being black in America.
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