By God’s grace, even though we physically live in a fallen world, we are raised together in a new type of life in the present. God rich in mercy, showed His kindness because of His great love for us. By God’s grace in the coming ages, He will display His exceeding riches to us in heaven. [Ephesians 2: 4-7]. Paul taught us not only where our heavenly citizenship lies in the future but also what has already been done for us spiritually through Christ Jesus in the past and present.
and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, Ephesians 2:6
Imagine going before God and saying, Lord I have a sin problem. I don’t want to name my sins or have Your Spirit point them out to me but forgive me any way. This would be ridiculous because all sins have the same cure, the blood of Jesus, we tend to lump them together with token words of repentance. Forgive all my sins. Yet God’s Word says we must confess our sins; we must agree with God that each sin the Spirit brings to our minds is wrong and turn from it. God desperately wants to forgive us, remove our guilt, and transform our walk with Him all in response to confession.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 HCSB
The call to confess Jesus “before men ” is a call to declare ones allegiance to Jesus as Lord. In the context of persecution, such a declaration would require remaining faithful to Jesus even unto death. In contrast to today’s prosperity gospel message, Jesus offers His followers no smooth ride. But He does promise that the Holy Spirit will embolden for witness and assures of God’s love.
Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. Matthew 10:32 (KJV)
Times of hard work deserves times of rest. While God did not rest due to weariness, He gave the example of rest after His creation work. Surveys indicate that people, animals, and machines do better if they have times of rest. What are your favorite ways of relaxing after working hard? Did you know that God has pleasure in watching you rest after serving Him?
And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made. Genesis 2:3 KJV
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