Some people seem to believe that whatever comes in life, good or bad, joyful or sad, must be endured without question or feeling. Others think that eating, drinking, and seeking luxury is the ultimate goal of life. Our days are filled with opportunities and obstacles. That’s the way of life. Yet when we secure our faith in Christ, we have available His strength to cope and to know joy even in stressful times. Are you secured in Christ?
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 NKJV
We aren’t some happenstance of time, plus fate, plus chance. We’re are not the product of some arbitrary, mechanistic evolutionary process. On the contrary, each of us is the personal , specific, creation of God, and we bare His distinctive sacred image, even though marred by the fall into sin. We should respect all of God’s creation, but we must reference each human life. Each human bearing His divine image is of unique value to our Heavenly Father. God never created a nobody everybody is a somebody to God.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. Genesis 1:27 KJV
Confessing our sins to God requires that we first identify them to ourselves, and that can be painful. We may also come to see actions we need to take in regard to people who have sinned against us. As we acknowledge our sins, not only does God forgive us, but He also desires to help us not to repeat those sins again and again. We grow spiritually through the process. In His model prayer Jesus went a step further, linking the importance of private confession to God forgiving others for the wrongs they do us. Do you make a regular practice of acknowledging your sins to God and asking Him for forgiveness and cleansing? If not today would be a good day to start.
For I acknowledge my transgressions, And my sin is always before me. Psalm 51:3 NKJV
Open windows, open doors. The relationship here is worthy of consideration. Worship comes before work. Prayer proceeds programs. The one who worships God and prays to Him will never lack for opportunities to work. Windows doors; both open. We open the windows God opens the doors. Remember however, that the opening of doors for effective service does not mean exemption from suffering, difficult problems, and adversaries. But if we keep the windows open, the Lord Jesus Christ is committed to seeing that doors are not shut. And the things that happen to us will turn out for the spreading of the gospel.
I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. Revelation 3:8 KJV
Random acts of kindness are simple things soon forgotten by the one who gives but long remembered by the one the one who receives. Jesus said when we reach out to help someone in need, we have in fact helped Him. Jesus died for us.We can never repay that debt, but we can serve Him by showing His love to others. Jesus described several simple ways we can acknowledge Him today. Which of these will you do?
And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ Matthew 25:40 NKJV
Today, Christians live and function in a global atmosphere rife with unbelief and even contempt for the simple message of the gospel. God’s message of love and forgiveness is often viewed as unreasonable. Wealth and position don’t count? Nor does power or local standing? Illogical! Logic implies reason, common sense, and facts. The fact is we are all sinners. But God in His sovereign will, invites individuals to Himself. God’s matchless mercy and grace still confound the worlds mighty things.
1 Corinthians 1:27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; NKJV
Scripture says we must believe with our whole hearts and confess with our mouths that Jesus is indeed our one and only Savior before we can take part in His family.The Bible promises eternal security when we accept Christ’s gift through faith. Doubts will come because of tests and trials, but God is faithful. He will never withdraw His love from His children. Our relationship with Him is on solid ground, and no amount of hardship on this earth will ever take it from us.
One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation. Romans 10:10 HCSB