Things to Consider Along Life's Way

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I have reached the age where I can look back over my life and see where I have come from. This enables me to plan better for where I am going. My younger days were filled with foolishness and unwise decisions. Hopefully I have learned from them. Early on, there were things I was not sure about - especially things pertaining to God. My life has been a journey into the heart of God although I didn't always know that was where I was headed. God was still faithful to me although Ive let Him down time and time again.

Would you allow me to make this a personal time with you? Would you allow me to share some of the things I have learned over the years? There is so much I still do not know; so much I still question. The journey has not been so much about what I know because I know so very little, but rather it has been about what God has revealed to me as I walk through the mystery of life.

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I Am on the Victory Side

I have not had a bad life. When I get down I can always find someone that is experiencing circumstances worse than mine. On the other hand, there has been much suffering in my life, mostly brought about by my own hand. I can always find someone better off than me as well. Either way, this I know - I may lose a battle here and there, but the war has already been won and on the victory side.

Circumstances and situations are neutral. It depends on how we look at them that determines our mindset. It is our mindset that so often determines the outcome. We can't change life's circumstances, but we can change our perception of them. If you are a child of God know that you're no going through the situation alone. You are on the victory side for God is the Victor.

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I Am Not Worthless

I am a child of God and have been bought by His precious blood that was poured out on Calvary. A rough man who lived a life of sin once told he felt worthless. In the Light of God's presence, his darkness was revealed, and he came to the end of himself wallowing in the pit of despair and self-pity. My heart went out to him.I once saw myself in the same pit until I came to realize something - something that changed my life.

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According to God's Word, I may be unworthy, but I am not worthless. Worth is the result of the value that is placed on an object. My worth is priceless. Who can put a price on the blood of Christ that bought my salvation? It is infinite. I may not be worthy, but I am certainly not worthless. If you know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, you too, have infinite worth. Walk in this truth. There's no need for a child of the King to lower his/her head in despair, but rather hold your head high as you step by step overcome the adversity in your life as you cling to God.

There are literally thousands of promises in the Bible, but God never promised to lead you around the storms. He did promise to go with you through the storms. So sense the security that is all around you. Step out and accomplish what God has called you to accomplish. Nothing can stop you if you walk with God through the troubles of life..

I Am Strong

Strength of character takes time to build. Usually God uses the storms of life for this purpose. If you were able to avoid the storms, and even the hurricanes of life, where would your faith be? It is precisely these things that cause faith to bubble to the top. Without adversity, faith wouldn't exist. Faith is only faith when it's tested. You can overcome the seemingly worst situations in your life because Christ gives you His strength.

While the Apostle Paul was being tested with an infirmity sent by the devil, but allowed from God, he cried out for relief. After pleading with God three times to remove the affliction, Jesus answered him by saying, "My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness" (II Corinthians 12:9). Paul was able to go on through life carrying this badge of honor because he was made strong in Christ. The strength did not exist in him, but in the One he came to know and trust. The same is true for all of us that know the Savior.

I Am Secure

No matter what happens in life, I know that I'm secure in Christ. The security isn't found in myself. It's not because of anything I've done, or not done. It is because of the promises of God. Think about these wonderful Bible passages that are there for the claiming.


  • Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. - the Prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 41:10)
  • For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.- The Apostle Paul (Romans 8:38, 39)
  • The LORD upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down. - King David (Psalm 145:14)
  • And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, (Genesis 28:15)
  • Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. - Jesus (John 14:1-3)

The presence of God is always with you. You have His word on it. What is there to fear? What is there to doubt? Certainly at times we do, but it's all wasted time. How much better to put our trust in the only One that can truly help than to worry about and second guess the outcome. Remember, the circumstances and outcome are neutral. How you perceive them will make all the difference in your life. No matter what happens, you're safe in the Hand of God.


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How can you be victorious, worthy, strong, and secure? Only through Christ. God has made salvation so simple, a child can understand it, Please don't complicate the issue by thinking there's got to be more to it. It's this simple.

  • Admit that you've failed God, and have sinned against him. ("There is none righteous, no, not one: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." - Romans 3:10, 23)
  • Realize there is a penalty to pay for neglecting God's only way of salvation. In this verse God is referring to a spiritual death to follow the physical death -separation from God forever. (". . . the wages of sin is death . . . - Romans 6:23)
  • Realize that the purpose of Jesus death was to pay that penalty. ("But God commendeth [directed] his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8)
  • Fully believe these things and realize that God raised Jesus from the dead conquering death and hell once for all.("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 with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."(Romans 10:9, 10)
  • Fully commit to trusting Christ for your salvation. ("For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Romans 10:13)

You can have an abundant life as you live for Christ day to day. I know. I'm living proof. Because God has done this for me, I'm now responsible to share it with you. What you do is your choice. I'm no longer responsible for your eternal destiny. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email me. I want the best for you, and so does God.

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billybuc 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

Such a wonderful reflection, Bill. Although I am not fond of the physical changes that have come with sixty-six, I am very happy with the emotional and spiritual changes that have happened. I am in a much better place today than thirty years ago and for that I am thankful.


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no body 14 months ago from Rochester, New York

I loved this lesson Pastor. I was just in Facebook speaking in a closed group of Ex-Jehovah's Witnesses. The one who was asking for help was so focused on Hell and why would one exist that she was frozen from going forward or back. She could not understand how a God that loves would send anyone to a place like that. It was my privilege to tell her that God sends no one there. God has done everything to secure every person can go to heaven. It really depends on what your relationship is with Jesus. Your article has refreshed many of those Scriptures and facts that I could also share with this lady. Much Love, Bob.


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lambservant 14 months ago from Pacific Northwest

Bill this was beautiful. You expressed many things I know in my heart and have tried to share with other to encourage them. I love especially the part about not being worthy but not being worthless. People get this mixed up. Thank you for a lovely meaningful hopeful awesome message during these dark days in our world.


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lifegate 14 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

I know what you mean about the physical changes, Bill. I'm looking at a knee replacement soon among other things. But the physical side of things is only part. I believe our spirits and mental attitude have a lot to do with the physical. As always, it's good to hear from you. You always seem to lead off!


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lifegate 14 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Good Morning Bob,

You know, I was just thinking (yes, really!) God never sent anyone to hell. People send themselves to hell by refusal to come to the only hope that exists in Jesus Christ. Thanks for being a witness to and for the Truth.


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lifegate 14 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

You're welcome Lori,

There's so much more to experiencing eternal life than waiting for the future. It began the day I accepted Christ, and even though life is full of pain and suffering, it just keeps getting better and better. Have a great weekend, Sister!


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Paul K Francis 14 months ago from east coast,USA

Thank you for this inspiring hub. Just about all of the pain and suffering that I have experienced in my life has been a result of my own actions. But it could have been worse if not for Jesus Christ watching my back. He was a hero of mine from an early age, but at some point I turned away, but He never left me, as I can now clearly see. Have a great day.


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Perspycacious 14 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

Each of us must examine ourselves. Just ask prayerfully "what is needed for my improvement?" Such a question, sincerely asked, may be answered with an answer specifically meant for us.

Thanks for this Hub. We can be better each day than we are today.


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MsDora 14 months ago from The Caribbean

Thanks for sharing these very valuable lessons from your own life experience. Unworthy but not worthless--Amen! You're as much a pastor as you can be in your appeal. Thanks for allowing God to reach us through you.


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lifegate 14 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

You're quite welcome Paul,

I like how you said that Jesus was watching your back. He must be busy because He's watched over me all these years too. Truly we serve a great God. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your thoughts!


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lifegate 14 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Hi Perspycacious ,

Glad you were able to come by for a visit. You're right when you say "Each of us must examine ourselves." No one but can answer for me, and no one but you can answer for you - good point. I appreciate you taking time out to read and comment. Thanks for adding your thoughts!


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lifegate 14 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Thank you MsDora,

I don't take it for granted, but I look forward to you stopping by. You're a blessing and an encouragement to me. Thank you again!


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Troy C. 14 months ago from Norfolk, VA

You are on point about everything you said. Thank you for your insight.


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lifegate 14 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

You're quite welcome, Troy. Thanks for stopping by!


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GodTalk 14 months ago from Kentwood, Michigan

Thanks Bill for your message. It was clear and from the heart.


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lifegate 14 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Hi Jeff, Glad you were able to stop by. It's always good to hear from you!


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Jackie Lynnley 14 months ago from The Beautiful South

Sometimes it takes a while to see how simple it is Bill and I do know I am nothing without Christ so I could never boast about what or who I am and I am all that He is because I have become one with Him! It is that simple to me and never lets me think I am or ever could be better than anyone else. I see what you are saying and it is a wonderful testimony to those who think they just can't do it. There is nothing sadder than seeing that and not being able to make them see how simple it is! Hope many read this and have their eyes opened.

Shared everywhere!


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lifegate 14 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Hi Jackie,

Thanks for the share! It really is that simple. It amazes me how many people go through life and accomplish little or nothing for Christ. If it's not for Him, everything else is wasted - whether they believe it or not. Thanks again for stopping by and commenting!


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Tamarajo 13 months ago from Southern Minnesota

Great lessons Bill. I identify with each of them. And at the core of them all, that you expressed so well, is the forgiveness and life that can only be discovered through faith in Jesus Christ which makes all of life so meaningful.

God Bless!

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