Return to the simplicity that is in Christ Jesus.
Proverbs 10:22 - The blessing of the LORD makes one rich, And He adds no sorrow with it.
This is not a promise from God. This is a statement of fact.
Sit back for a moment and think. What really do you WANT in your life? I think you cannot make a list of more than 10 max., probably not more than 5. Normally any human would want the following:
1. Someone who genuinely loves you without ulterior motives, cuddles you, and cares for you.
2. A peaceful and loving family where there are no arguments, fights or misunderstandings. Just happy times.
3. Enough money for all your needs with no debt and no lack.
4. Some reasonable material possessions like a good house and a decent means of transportation.
5. A sickness free life with good health and plenty of laughs.
Ok I am already struggling to go past 5. I think I would have everything I need in life if I had the above 5 things. How about you?
Question is "Does the world you live in, the economy, the culture and its systems give you all of this? " The answer is "YES!, it does", but it also gives you along with it, heartbreaks, ungratefulness, manipulations, jealousy, greed, cancer, pneumonia, heart attacks, depression, alcohol addictions, gambling addictions, drug addictions, pornography addictions, worry, fear, anxiety, divorces, unhappy families, angry husbands and fathers who physically abuse wives and children and more.
Now, ask yourself, "Does God's kingdom give you all of the above 5 things?" The answer is "YES! it does", AND the bible says "HE adds NO SORROW with it". How wonderful is that!!
The truth is that all things you need in life is found in Jesus Christ our Lord. He is truly the way, the truth and the LIFE.
When you believe in Him and choose to walk in obedience to His word (the bible), then you have all things that pertain to life and godliness and with NO SORROWS.
The bible also says "Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you". This does not just mean you believe in Jesus, call yourself a Christian and go to church every Sunday. This means, you actually leave the world's way of doing life behind and choose God's way of doing life. This includes turning from all forms of sin, living a pure and holy life, being loving, being kind, compassionate, generous towards the poor, sharing the gospel with others and actually living out the faith you confess to believe in. Yes, there will be moments when you give in to temptations and fall. But stand right back up and put up a fight. The grace of God is powerful and sufficient enough to give you victory over all sin.
When you consistently do this, all things pertaining to life will be added unto you and He will add NO SORROW to it. Does it happen overnight? No, but you'll be on your way and you will eventually get there. Some quicker than others. At least your life will now move in the right direction isn't it?
The answer to all things pertaining to life is in the knowledge of Jesus alone. Are you aspiring for the 5 things in life mentioned above? You can get it. You can live it and experience all of it when you believe in Jesus and make Him the Lord of your life. The bible says,
His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, - 2 Peter 1:3
And He adds NO SORROW to it. How amazing!!
I was radically transformed by the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ back in 1997 in a most unusual way and unusual place. Read my testimony here. Over the years of my walk with God, I have come to realize a few basic truths that have altered my life.
True freedom is freedom from self-centeredness. Dying to yourself, your wants, your desires and to what gives you pleasure for the sake of others is more liberating than you think.