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Joy and Pain
"Joy and pain, it's like sunshine and rain."
Those are some of the lyrics of a 1980's love song by a group called Maze, Featuring Frankie Beverly.I used to looooove that song. Still do actually. That's when music was music and while it's great reminiscing for this quick moment, love songs are not what this blog post is about though.
It's about life and how it has its ups and downs. Some of it is painful, but all of it can be joyful. How can that be? What that means is that we can be in a positive place even while we're going through hell. I'm not saying we won't experience pain, mourning, and sadness, I'm just saying we can be in a faithful peaceful place at the same time and the Lord will carry us through it. I know this, because that's exactly what I had to do when I felt pain for myself, my family, and other families due to pain that we were all hit hard with. During the time of that intense pain I decided that I would trust God, because I knew He was (and is) a God of joy and I never once doubted Him.
So what that ordeal taught me was that when God allows certain adversity to hit our lives (because they will), He will get us through if we will trust Him to do it. So, yes joy and pain are like sunshine and rain, and I chose to focus on the sunshine side of things. When I do that the rain will come, but it won't last long. We have to believe God will bring us out to make us better. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight" (Proverbs 3:5-6).
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I've often had conversations about how we know God is real, about how we know His spirit lives, about how we know we are spiritual beings in human form (not the other way around). The answers lie in the beginning starting with the living spirit of God and how the world began. God is Real. He's a living breathing spirit, an organism. God is love . I often wonder how it is that some people think the opposite though. That the world began with a bang, a big bang, a black hole, whatever else they want to call it. The question I always raise to such a "theory" is, how was love created? How was flesh, blood, bones, or our souls created? What I mean by soul is that part of us that perceives "silently" what we do, think, believe, feel, and our mind, our will, our intellect, our emotions. Science or no bang or hole of any sort can explain that. If science can indeed come up with an explanation that does not include God, then let me know. In fact, let us all kno