Our Heavenly Father knows we will by nature want to seek our own paths and desires. Any law or authority that opposes our personal preferences will cause in us a sense of frustration, at best or lawlessness, at worst. Therefore, we must daily mentally determine to be people who obey the authorities He has allowed to govern us. Through our obedience, we position ourselves to be ready for every good work the Father has planned for us.
Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, Titus 3:1 HCSB
Sometimes we have to take our eyes off things about us to be happy. We have to take the long look in order to bear the present suffering. We have to look ahead, even as Jesus did . He was looking beyond His crucifixion and burial to His resurrection, ascension and glory with the Father. We must often look beyond the suffering of today to the satisfaction of tomorrow.
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. Romans 8:18 NKJV
The Bible makes it very clear that there is just one true God, and we must not have any other gods before Him. That seems easy on the surface, but in reality this first of the ten commandments is the most difficult to keep. Almost anything can become like a god to us if we value it to much. Some worship at the feet of success. Some go to the alter of riches and wealth. Some give their hearts and souls to achieve celebrity status. There are some who who were called to proclaim God’s truth, yet traded everything for a few moments in the sanctuary of lust. Roman 1:25 condemns all people “Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator”
Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Matthew 4:10 KJV
Have you ever wished you could find a place called The Land of Beginning again? It would be one where all our mistakes , heartaches, and regrets could be dropped like a shabby old coat and never put on again. Listen! Such a place does exist. It began in the heart of God and reached it’s climax at Calvary and the empty tomb. Its key word is forgiveness. Are you carrying with you the burden of failure? you cannot change the past; but you can, with God, map a new future. Do not weep for precious chances past away. No defeat is final. A glorious future awaits you if you claim the resources God has provided for you.
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, And whose hope is the Lord. Jeremiah 17:7
How we need grace! We are undeserving sinners in desperate need of forgiveness that can come only through God’s grace. Grace brings light into our darkness and life instead of spiritual death. Grace opens the way to become children of God through belief in Jesus (John 1:12-13). In addition to grace, we need truth! Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). Satan is the deceiver. He would have us believe we can earn salvation. He seeks to convince that world religions are on equal par with faith in Jesus. But Jesus brought truth.
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14 NIV
Jesus traded the glory and joy of heaven for the gore and sorrow of earth. He emptied Himself, took on human flesh, and came to offer us death defeating eternal life. The greatest exchange of all was His life freely given in place of yours, mine, and all those who would choose to believe. Only the one who completely conquered death can truly offer life.
Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. Philippians 3:21 KJV
In Acts 4:12 the exclusiveness of Jesus as the only way to God is emphatic. Other destinations may be reached by various routes, but heaven is reached by one road only faith in Jesus Christ. Only Jesus was born of a virgin and lived a perfect life. Only Jesus died a substitutionary atonement death on the cross. Only Jesus rose from the grave. God in heaven has given us no other name. Therefore, all who desire to be saved must embrace Jesus’ name. Some claim it doesn’t matter what people believe as long as they are sincere. It does matter.
And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12 (NASB)