God is faithful to His covenant promises because He Himself is faithful. Faithfulness is the essence of His character. He is steadfast, reliable and trustworthy, He says what He means; He means what He says without end. Those who love Him and obey His commandments will discover that to be true. To those who honor Him, He is a wonderful friend. To those who oppose Him, He is a mighty foe.
Know therefore that the Lord thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations; Deuteronomy 7:9 KJV
Life is filled with choices-about what sport, if any to play; which school to attend; whether to marry, and if so, whom to marry; deciding if and when children will be included in the family; and when to retire- all of those choices will be decided at some point. Some life choices are easy some are not. But all decisions involve making choices. Christians must learn they cannot be the people God wants them to be in their own strength. A choice has to be made by each generation., deciding between this world and eternity, between God and anything that would try to take His place. Making the right choice about God makes a tremendous difference in history- for individuals, for groups, and future generations.
But the people said to Joshua, “No! We will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:21 NIV
Living in a world of sin can be discouraging. The Enemy tempts us to feel like there’s no hope for this world, and our light seems like it’s diminishing. But God’s light never diminishes. The book of Revelation encourages us to press on. “For the Lord God gives them light”. Shows us that the God created light, who is light, and whose light will rule eternity is today pushing back darkness with His light and bring to Himself a people from every nation, tribe, and tongue to worship Him.
There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever. Revelation 22:5 NIV
Fear is a warmonger. Despair stirs up anxiety and handicaps us to the point of paranoia and inactivity. We should live in the peace of Christ rather than an environment of fear. The world needs to see us living victorious, adventurous lives, not hiding away in fear. Struugles, trials , and upheavels produce the most beautiful treasures. Diamonds are rarely made in ease. Extreme pressure and adverse conditions produce the purest and rarest gems. So take heart . Be of good courage when trials even of your own making come across your path. The Father is majestically crafting an exquisite treasure out of you.
Then I said, ‘I have been cast out of Your sight; Yet I will look again toward Your holy temple.’ Jonah 2:4 NKJV
Logic says that when the leaves on the trees begin fading from green into yellow, red, or orange, the days are getting shorter and winter is coming.The world is ordered so that we have constant signs of things to come. We also know everything is moving toward decay. We try to prevent it. We repair things when they wear down or break. If time has taught us anything, it’s nothing lasts forever. The very earth we are standing on is winding down. Scientists even say half of the earths heat is caused by radioactive decay. The fact that someday our world will someday fade away is actually proof that Jesus’ statement about His words is true. What He says will come to pass and what He says is reliable.. Our hearts can turn to doubt easily, but no matter how long we think it is taking for Jesus to keep His word, He always does.
Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away. Mark 13:31 NKJV
Pray for the people of Charleston, South Carolina’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.
A Christians faith rests on the fact that Jesus is, indeed, God In the flesh just as He claimed. When Jesus was nailed to the cross, our sin dept our condemnation to eternity in hell was nailed there with Him. He exchanged places with us. Only God could do that. Our filth and our emptiness were exchanged for His riches and perfect righteousness. Becaues of this exchange we were given the right to be called God’s children. We, who were dead, were made alive and new! No matter what is in your past, present or future, this is true for you now! Are you living it out as if you believe it is true?
And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: Colossians 2:10 KJV
Joy in the presence of God makes for a glad heart. A joyful heart inhabits a humble, peaceful surrender to contentment with who you are, what you have, and the life youve been given. Difficult days, troubles and struggles may come. The journey may twist, turn, and spiril into a temptest over the vast ocean. But the clouds will break. And you can hear the Father say, “I’ve got my hand on you. Don’t struggle. Let me keep you from sinking. These storms are my storms.”And you will quicken as each step you draw closer to the Father. You will be at peace, knowing God’s presence.
5 The waters surrounded me, even to my soul;The deep closed around me; Weeds were wrapped around my head. 6 I went down to the moorings of the mountains;The earth with its bars closed behind me forever; Yet You have brought up my life from the pit, O Lord, my God. Jonah 2: 5-6