My Uninvited Guest
Some of us will experience the arrival of an uninvited and unwanted guest sometime in our lives. I am talking about a life changing illness or physical handicap due to an accident. Some may even hear the word “terminal” regarding their uninvited guest.
Mine turned out to be Parkinson’s disease. For years I didn’t know what was happening to me. For lack of a name I called it UG (short for Univited Guest). It sounded like “ugh”, which described how I felt much of the time. I knew UG was here to stay before the neurologist told me the news. I simply wanted a name to know how to deal with UG and to give my symptoms credibility. I knew that I was not a hypochondriac, that it was not a vitamin deficiency, that it wasn’t due to the aspartame in diet pop (which I didn’t drink), and that it wasn’t allergies, or depression. I struggled with coming to terms with it – especially the unknown.
When an uninvited guest arrives, what can we do? How do we find the peace of God in the midst of such a life-altering event? First of all, before God can help us, there must be a foundation. We must have a relationship with Him. If we have not trusted Christ as our Savior, then we are on the wrong side of a relationship with Him. We are unforgiven, unrighteous – an enemy of His. However, that can be changed. The uninvited guest that has moved into our lives may be our catalyst to seek God.
The Bible says that we must trust Christ as our Savior to ensure the fact that we will spend our eternity in heaven. Our eternal life begins at the day of salvation. The day we get saved is the day our life changes. The Holy Spirit lives within us and nothing will be the same. On that day, God becomes our personal God, Jesus becomes our personal Savior, and the Holy Spirit becomes our personal Counselor. He now guides and directs our life. He fills us with hope, peace, love and joy. He now gives us a reason to live, forgiveness of sins, a sure hope of heaven, and peace that passes understanding. Everyone can have this wonderful relationship with Jesus. If we are to benefit from the promises and truths contained in the rest of this essay, we must have Christ as our Savior.
The promise: 1 John 5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
All have sinned: Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. Which leaves us in a bad state John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
Sin’s penalty: Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Sin’s Penalty must be paid: Hebrews 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
Sin’s Penalty Was Paid: Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 1 Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures.
You must repent: Isaiah 55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
You must receive Christ: Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
You can be saved today: Romans 10:9, 13 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
What we must do:
* Admit our need (I am a condemned sinner).
* Be willing to turn from our sin (repent).
* Believe that Jesus Christ died for us on the cross.
* Through prayer, ask God to save us through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus.
At this point Jesus becomes our Master 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. Our former unloving cruel master was the devil. We now have a loving Master that cares for us and provides for us as long as we put Him first—the place a master should have in a servant’s life. Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Even though we have a relationship with God, we may have a difficult time understanding Him. Many have been misled to believe that God will always heal. Certainly God can heal if He wishes to do so, but He does not always heal. He may have other plans. Paul asked God to heal him, but God did not. Instead, He promised to be with him through the ordeal 2 Corinthians 12:7-9 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, my grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. Notice how Paul’s attitude changed when he realized that God could use him better because he had an uninvited guest. He gloried in his infirmity. As you read the verse, try taking “infirmity” out and replacing it with PD, or whatever your UG may be.
Jesus even had the same attitude when it came to the cross. Matthew 26:39 And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I well, but as thou wilt. We learn that we are to be Christ-like, so take your example from Him – to be submissive to the will of your Father.
Rest assured, God is in control of circumstances that seem to be out of control.
The Bible is our source of victory. It will strengthen us, renew us, help heal our broken heart, sustain us and give us answers. Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Psalms 119:50 This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me. Psalms 119:165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.
Pray. We need to talk to God often. Philippians 4:6-7 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thankgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. We should keep a prayer journal (like a diary) to record answers. It can become an encouragement to us to review when times are tough. It will help us to realize that God sees us through the trials to the end.
Having the right attitude can make all the difference in our life Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I well never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
Get control of our negative thoughts 2 Corinthians 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; Ephesians 4:23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Don’t require that others constantly encourage us because we are constantly down, discouraged and defeated. When we have complete trust in the Lord then we well set the tone and the attitude. People will love and respect us for it and it will glorify God. Philippians 2:4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Acts 20:35…remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. This helps us keep our minds occupied and gives our lives purpose.
Stay active Colossians 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. We must learn our everchanging limits, don’t overdo. Do what we can in moderation. Sometimes we may overdo on the good days and be down for several days afterward. It is better to pace ourselves on the good days to ensure more good days. On the bad days we may have to force ourselves to do something. Set goals, which will help motivate on bad days. We need to go to church, we need the fellowship of other Christians. We need the preaching of God’s Word. Even if we feel bad, we need to go anyway. Go other places. Spend time with your family. Enjoy the little things of life.
One of the first responses we will experience when an uninvited guest arrives is, “Why?” What frustration to have the direction of our lives changed! What is to happen now? The thing to keep in mind is that God has a purpose for our lives 2 Timothy 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began. We may struggle and rebel a bit because we may not be willing to begin a new chapter in our lives, Proverbs 16:9 A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps. However, some understanding can help us adjust.
Here are some reasons for the uninvited guest.
To teach us to trust in His purpose (Romans 8:28).
To teach us dependence on Him (Psalms 37:23-24).
To teach us how to comfort others (2 Corinthians 1:3-7).
To teach us that we can have joy in spite of the uninvited guest (1 Peter 4:12– 13). (Remove “fiery trial” and fill in the name of your uninvited guest).
To develop maturity and bring spiritual growth in our lives (James 1:3-5).
To get us into God’s Word (Psalms 119:71).
To keep us on the right path (Psalms 119:67).
To improve our prayer life (Isaiah 26:16).
To open new doors of witnessing (Philippians 1:12-13).
To adjust our priorities (Philippians 1:21; Psalms 90:12).
God does not give us more than we can handle 1 Corinthinas 10:13 There hath no temptation taken us but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who well not suffer us to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. We must trust in Him more than ever. He does not wish to make us bitter, but better. Why let our uninvited guest defeat us? We may not have a choice in our circumstances, but we have a choice in our attitude. Choose God today!
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