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There Are No Shortcuts: Emotions & Life Overall

Psalm 35:20 For they speak not peace: but they devise deceitful matters against them that are quiet in the land.

In life there are “no shortcuts.” That would comprise all of “life and the milestones and emotions” that accompany us from our first breath, down to our very last. We have to live out and through “all of it.”  If we are blessed to continue to blow out candles on our birthday cake, and are seeing a new year again and again, then we will invariably have to wait out each circumstance and perspective that surrounds life at it were. And if we are good Christians and follow life according to His will and purpose and abide by God’s rules and His “play book” ergo, the Bible – we will undoubtedly be successful and able to get through any situation no matter how dire, with the hands of the LORD leading us and bringing us through it.

There are all kinds of people we will encounter during our travels here on earth. Kind ones. Mean ones. In between ones. Wise ones. Uniformed ones. Obedient ones. Rebellious ones. Honest ones. Dishonest ones – and conniving ones-that scheme to get what they want, all the days of their lives. Now this last one in particular can have dastardly consequences as a result. It could rear ugly repercussions and rebound with force that can literally knock you senseless if you are the one doing the scheming. And consequently – it can have a bad outcome on the one that is the recipient of the scheming!  So, it goes to say – it affects all parties concerned.

Remember Jacob?  He schemed along with his mother to trick his brother Esau out of his birthright (Genesis 25:27-34). His life was filled with drama and episodic turns – He literally wrestled with the LORD. However, after losing to God in a wrestling match, (Genesis 32:24-29) Jacob received God’s blessings and a new name – Israel.

That particular passage can teach us that when we manipulate and plot and scheme – we will be punished, either here – or in the afterlife. Jacob after that incident walked the rest of his life with a limp, due to the injury sustained in the wrestling match. Jacob is a biblical hero who depicts the power and grace of God to change and renew.  We can all be recipients of God’s grace and mercy. We all have an open invitation to “accept the LORD as Savior” and repent and be forgiven. It is an inherent part and blessing of being a Christian and serving a merciful God.

Psalm 117:1-2 O praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the Lord endureth for ever. Praise ye the Lord.

Blessings will not be forthcoming, through unthinking and uncaring actions – and it certainly can wreak havoc in any given relationship in the interim. But through the LORD we have the ability to change and rearrange our lives in a way that will be pleasing to God. And be essentially joyful to us.  Speaking truth and living in truth, that is to say – God’s Holy Word, is quintessentially the best way to live a life that is dedicated to all things pertaining to righteousness. And in doing so, it will completely set us “free.”

John 8:31-32 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples; indeed, And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

In conclusion – there are no shortcuts in life. We need to do the work, exercise our souls in the depths of the Holy Bible – and live through all of the emotions from happiness to sadness to rejoicing in gladness!  And when we do all these things, with the help of the LORD – we are able to foresee the shadowing of things to come – by gaining wisdom-by reading the Word. By honoring God in all we do. By having the gift of a ‘discerning spirit’ that will guide us. We might not always see someone’s hand at purporting a “manipulative evil” against us – but with God in our corner -I tell you this – we will always have victory through Christ!

Christ defeated the world and death, and He resides in each of His believers. Now – isn’t that a consolation and comfort in these times?

Have you accepted Christ as LORD and Savior over your life?

John 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

My Precious LORD – thank You for Your Word and the wonderful lessons that it contains. Thank You that there is no one that is beyond Your grace. And that salvation is available to all who will hear and receive the truth, we thank You for Your guidance, may I always acquiesce to Your truth, Your love, and be Your humble servant all the days of my life, in Jesus’ name, Amen.”











C D SWANSON is an Author of 22 plus books, freelance writer, contributor to various websites, including The Bottom Line Ministries/Faith News. She's an active member of Faithwriters- and has her online website/ministry for over 15 years. It is her greatest joy to write what’s in her heart, and thus her favorite form of expression is in her devotionals. She and her husband share a deep love of God and dote on their fur baby Mickey. Retired Director from Long Term Healthcare Industry, she continues to be an advocate for many. To check out other writings of this author you can go here:

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