From where do we expect peace to come from? Jesus said there will only be trouble in this world, and the only peace worth having, and that will be everlasting, comes from a relationship with Him. A relationship with Jesus brings daily encouragement that can overshadow the troubles of our lives. That is the way of peace.
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 ESV
The Holy Spirit brings conviction concerning sin and ones need for forgiveness; the Spirit strengthens one’s wavering faith to make salvation possible. Paul explained how, because all have sinned, all people need the forgiveness made possible when Jesus died to pay the penalty for sin. When a person accepts Christ as Savior, the Spirit comes to dwell within the believer.
Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God
Not one human being knows what God knows. Nor can one understand His ways. His mind is incomprehensible and His ways untraceable! Yet here is the wonder of God: the supreme Ruler of all desires to have a love relationship with us through His Son Jesus Christ. He cherishes our relationship. The next time something happens in life that does not make sense, remember that God knows everything. He sees it all. He knows it all. He promises His constant presence. Take Him at His Word and trust His heart of love, mercy and grace.
For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who became His counselor Romans 11:34 NASB
If you should visit Washington, DC you would find numerous tributes to Almighty God on our monuments and indelibly etched in the pages of our historical documents. Without question the Founding Fathers understood that no nation could thrive apart from Divine Providence. According to the book Six Months at the White House with Abraham Lincoln by Francis B. Carpenter, President Lincoln was asked if he believed God was on his side during the Civil War. He replies, ” I am not at all concerned about that, for I know the Lord is always on the side of the right. But is my constant anxiety and prayer that I and this nation should be on the Lord’s side.”
Psalm 33:12Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.
How easy it is to get caught up in empty rituals, just going through the motions of religiosity. God wants no part of phony worship. If we want to enhance our worship beyond ritual, we can. This is accomplished by continuing to grow in the likeness of Jesus. We can honor Him and walk with Him. May we continue to walk with Him and honor Him.
“I hate, I despise your religious festivals;your assemblies are a stench to me.
Seated on the Mount of Olives, Jesus shared that no one knows the time of His return Only the Father in heaven. Jesus sought to prepare His followers for the fulfillment of His promise. Our Master told us to0 be alert, expectant, and prayerful. Jesus never intended for us to be inactive. Nor or we to guess when He will come back. We are to be continually prepared for His return. Some individuals we love may not be saved. Many others have not heard God’s saving grace. Every day that passes brings us closer to Jesus’ return. Until that moment we must continue to be prepared.
Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. Mark 13:33 KJV
Sometime through no fault of our own, lean times come and test our faith. Some believers mistakenly believe following God guarantees financial and physical blessings. Not so! God cares for His people in lean times, God is still actively engaged in supporting His children. He may allow us to struggle, even suffer, to strengthen our character. But never abandons us. He provides, often through people He puts in our paths who encourage us or meet our needs.
May the Lord reward you for what you have done, and may you receive a full reward from the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge. Ruth 2:12 HCSB