This story is a tale of the weeks leading up to the family tradition of crowning a new king, the next in line to sit on the throne and rule a nation. This story made me think of being created by the King of Kings and being destined for a specific purpose. Each child of the king had their specific place in the kingdom just as we, the children of the Most High each have our place in the kingdom of God. This book is packed with situations we can all relate to in our everyday lives, love, frustration, selfishness, fears of adequateness, rebellion, unforgiveness and more, with the added truths that the bible speaks of.
Every character in this story faces trials that deal with the seat of our emotions, the heart. And I love the way that the author interjects the word of God that speaks to the current situation each faces. The bible holds the solutions or answers to the questions we have regardless of how issues present themselves. Hebrews 4:15 says, “For we do not have a High Priest who is unable to sympathize and understand our weaknesses and temptations, but One who has been tempted [knowing exactly how it feels to be human] in every respect as we are, yet without [committing any] sin.” The author conveys this throughout this book.
This book so graciously shares the truth of life that we all face whether rich or poor we share the same types of struggles but the one that rescues us from them all is the same. He is no respecter of persons. No matter the age I think we all can learn something from this book. In my opinion this book is great for upcoming teenagers and young adults but I enjoyed every minute of it. It touched on things of my youth that I wished I had paid more attention to the word in. But we all have our paths to take and as the saying goes, “There is no testimony without the test.”
Thank you to the author Livy Jarmusch for the pleasure of reading such a divine story full of character, that relates to life. It may be a work of fiction but God has his way of using us to deliver his powerful message through many means and I believe this is one of those many ways. I pray that this book touches the hearts of many and draws them ever so closer to the Lord. Help others to develop their relationships with him and know that all things work together for the good of them who love Christ Jesus.
Over the last few days I happened to have had conversations about things from my past and in each conversation I found myself expressing that I am in a much different and much better place today. And that I am a much better person because of what I went through back then. The only reason I look back at my past is to remind myself of how God changed my life and how far I have come. I realize that life without Christ right now could be very different for me.
When satan KNOWS who you are in Christ it is in his very existence to destroy you because the power that God has placed in us will defeat the adversary every time. The key to defeating him though is to know who’s we are and WHO we are in Christ. I will admit that I needed help in finding out both of those things and at times I take my eyes off of God and look straight at my issues and forget who I belong to and Who I am But John 14:16 says to ask the Father and He will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever.
God will never leave you or forsake you. He is always there and his Holy Spirit, the LIFE that sits on the right hand of the throne forever making intercession on your behalf, walks with you even when you don’t feel him there. He carries you when you are to weak to carry on. He strengthen you in your wounded and weakened state. He equips you when you think that you are unprepared to face the trials and tribulations of the day.
Now look back and see that everything you have gone through has made you who you are today. And you are still here today because you are reading this message. All that you go through God already knew you would face and it was necessary to mold you into who he created you to be. I never would have believed that a day would come that I would say I would go through every trial, every storm, every hurt, heartbreak and every pain all over again to get to where I am today. But yes….I would. My end which has yet to come will be greater than my former. Why because the word says so in Haggai 2:9.
9As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, abide in his love.
11These things I have spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
Jesus gave us a main commandment which is to love one another as He loves us. He has no conditions on His love for us. Meaning He loves us with a love like a mother. You know how your mother loves you no matter who you are or what you have done. God loves us even when we do wrong but He sends His word for us to get it right. He does not want us to continue to walk blind in our sin. And He does not want us to continue on a path of destruction.
We love people with conditions, with the main condition being, if you hurt me in any kind of way or you don’t treat me the way I feel you should treat me then I won’t love you anymore. But Jesus loves unconditionally, meaning no matter how we treat Him, He still loves and cares for us. And we do Him wrong everyday, we turn our backs on Him, we act like we don’t need Him and we say hurtful things to Him or about Him. Yes we are all guilty of one or all of these in some kind of way. That does not mean that we do always do it intentionally but we do it none the less.
Lives can be changed if we will follow this commandment that was given to us. Love can break a multitude of evil down if we use it the same way God used it when He sent His son to die on the cross for our sins. The same way Jesus uses it as He sits on the right hand of His Father forever making intercession for us.
My question to you today is, “Can you love the way Jesus loves?”
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the path of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me: thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
We are the sheep and He is our shepherd. He is leading us that follow Him and he will lead us when we are lost. He will never let us go without the things that we need to survive on this Earth. He will make sure that we walk up right in truth and that we should not lie. We do not have to fear man or demon because the Lord will always stand with us in battle against those that come to do us harm. He will prepare us and equip us with the weapons that we need to fight our enemies and show mercy towards us in our weaken times.
Thank you oh Lord for your provision and protection. Thank you that I do not have to be independent and self-sufficient but I can depend on You and your grace is sufficient for me. I am humbled that you have prepared a table just for me and will vindicate me before my enemies. Thank you for your goodness and your mercy that will follow me all the days of my life. Help me as I continue to dwell with you in your house forever. In Jesus name. Amen.
I endeavor to share the love of Christ with all who are looking for true love. I was at a place in my life where I felt alone and in much despair. But I found God and He loved me back to life and health and transformed me by His word. I pray that what I share helps you to discover the same love that is open and waiting for you. To give you hope for your future and life more abundantly.