Your Life Can Be Good
YOUR LIFE CAN BE GOOD EVEN WHEN MANY things are not going as you would like. You yearn to feel more in control of your life, but this is not My way for you. I want you to learn to relax more in My sovereignty, receiving each day as a good gift from Me—no matter what it contains. Remember that you are not responsible for things beyond your control. Accept the limitations of being a finite person and keep turning toward Me. Cease striving and know that I am God. Awareness of My Face shining upon you can instill Joy into the most difficult day.
Let Me guide you step by step through this day. Because you are My follower, you live in the midst of fierce spiritual battles. Even your most routine day will have some minor spiritual skirmishes. So be on the alert as you follow Me along your life-path. Use your shield of faith to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Recognize and reject the demonic lies that assault you day and night. Rest in the truth of who you really are: My beloved child in whom I delight.
Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.
The LORD make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you.
Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
[1 Peter 5:8]
Take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
~ Sarah Young ~
Remember that you have been made a child of God through your faith in Jesus Christ. May you have faith to believe that when you came to know Christ as your personal savior, you also have been adopted into God's loving family. I pray that you will have the faith to know that you are an heir to all of God's promises. May you praise God for calling you into His family, as you inherit the blessings of a loving relationship with Him.
In Jesus' Name, Amen.
“This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”
One Path Leads to God
Some historians clump Christ with Moses, Muhammad, Confucius, and other spiritual leaders. But Jesus refuses to share the page. He declares, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me” (John 14:6 rsv). He could have scored more points in political correctness had he said, “I know the way,” or, “I show the way.” Yet he speaks not of what he does but of who he is: I am the way.
His followers refused to soften or shift the spotlight. Peter announced: “There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12 nlt).
Many recoil at such definitiveness. John 14:6 and Acts 4:12 sound primitive in this era of broadbands and broad minds. The world is shrinking, cultures are blending, borders are bending; this is the day of inclusion. All roads lead to heaven, right?
But can they? The sentence makes good talk show fodder, but is it accurate? Can all approaches to God be correct? How can all religions lead to God when they are so different? We don’t tolerate such illogic in other matters. We don’t pretend that all roads lead to London or all ships sail to Australia. All flights don’t land in Rome…
Every path does not lead to God. Jesus blazed a standalone trail void of self-salvation. He cleared a one-of-a-kind passageway uncluttered by human effort. Christ came, not for the strong, but for the weak; not for the righteous, but for the sinner. We enter his way upon confession of our need, not completion of our deeds. He offers a unique-to-him invitation in which he works and we trust, he dies and we live, he invites and we believe.
We believe in him.
[3:16: The Numbers of Hope]
You are not willing that any person spend life without you. You have made a pathway of salvation for all who choose to walk on that way. The Bible teaches us that your Son, Jesus, is the way and the truth. There are not many ways to make our hearts right before you. There is only one way, and that is through the death of Jesus Christ. Thank you that you offer this unique invitation of salvation to all who choose to believe in you,
“Nor is there salvation in any other; for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
“That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth.”
~ Max Lucado ~
Faith is a road we walk. It takes us through the wonderful and the terrible times alike. This road has highs and lows and stretches far and wide.
In our darkness, the road can feel lonely; our steps falter, and our hearts and minds slip farther from love and truth.
Have faith, dear one, Jesus has promised that we will not walk that road alone.
WHEN SOME BASIC NEED IS LACKING—time, energy, money—consider yourself blessed. Your very lack is an opportunity to latch onto Me in unashamed dependence. When you begin a day with inadequate resources, you must concentrate your efforts on the present moment. This is where you are meant to live—in the present. It is the place where I always await you. Awareness of your inadequacy is a rich blessing, training you to rely wholeheartedly on Me.
The truth is that self-sufficiency is a myth perpetuated by pride and temporary success. Health and wealth can disappear instantly, as can life itself. Rejoice in your insufficiency, knowing that My Power is made perfect in weakness.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.
And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.
[2 CORINTHIANS 12:9]
~ Sarah Young ~
GUARDED AND GUIDED BY THE FATHER’S LOVE
Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me”.
Peter was unique among the 12 disciples. He had unique potential. Unique problems. Unique personality.
But in John 21, Peter compared himself with another disciple, wondering if the future course of their lives would be similar. The Lord’s reply was simply, “Follow me.”
Timothy Dwight offers this insight on the danger of comparing one Christian’s lot in life with another’s.
WALK WITH TIMOTHY DWIGHT
“How often we find that we never escape certain difficulties. We hope to escape them; we wonder why we do not.
“The Lord’s reasoning is clear: We were made for the accomplishment of a special divine purpose—for the showing forth of a divinely formed character and life—and all allotments of experience are wisely fitted to that end.
“The work of Peter as a disciple of Jesus was intended to be different from that of John. He was to show the development of true life in a different way.
“Providential dealing takes all our living, and every part of our experience, into God’s plan and purpose.
“It teaches us to trust that the natural movement of our lives is under a supernatural guidance, and that in all things we are guarded and guided by a Father’s love.”
WALK CLOSER TO GOD
Loving Father, you are the Lord over all, my Creator, my Savior. You know me better than I know myself.
Remind me often that my life is still under construction as you use my particular abilities for your glory.
Help me to see trials as opportunities to become more like the person you want me to be.
Thank you for the daily delight of following you. In the name of Jesus my Lord I pray. Amen.
“The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion, and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.”
[1 Samuel 17:37]
Today, as I face the Philistine giant of contempt, or the lions of judgment and injustice, help me to take my slingshot of faith and slay the giants of doubt and fear.