Believe it or not, as each day passes, you are getting closer to your opportunity to call heaven your permanent home. As you make your way to be with God, there are decisions you will face, sacrifices you must make, and challenges you have to undertake. Unfortunately, not everyone will survive the test of moving through the tunnel, as required, to complete the journey to heaven. Some will lose their way, some will give up, and some will be lured away from the right path. God gives everyone the opportunity to be with Him, but only those who pass the test will receive eternal life.
The Bible tells us that God is our Father—and we know how much parents love their children. In fact, we were created because God wanted offspring in His own image. Can you imagine that God wanted you to be His child? It is awe-inspiring to comprehend that God, our Father, wanted to have children so He could love them. Consider how our human parents, despite their imperfections, are usually able to love us unconditionally. Now imagine how much more God, in His perfection, is able to love us despite our shortcomings. If you are looking for real love, look for God.
Perhaps one of the most significant struggles people have in their walk with God is to have faith during troublesome times. In our humanness, we are conditioned to believe that which we can see. We see sickness, financial woes, family issues, conflict on the job, and personal problems. Seeing is believing; and it becomes our reality. Having faith means rejecting the negativity that you see and believing in a positive outcome, which in the moment you are unable to see.
You are not in control. None of us are. While we can certainly influence the path our life takes, ultimately, God has the final say. Often times, we get stressed out and needlessly worry about things we cannot change on our own. Learning to surrender your life circumstances to the will of God is a critical step in finding the peace that you desire.
Our Father in Heaven can do anything. There are no limits to His power. As we examine God’s Word, we can see numerous examples of times when the Lord saw the distress of His children and came to their aid. That same God exists today and is listening for our SOS call.
The Book of Ecclesiastes, in my view, is a masterpiece. It tells the story of Solomon; a man who was Godly, powerful, rich, talented and wise. He had everything that society says is important; and yet he still felt empty. That lack of contentment, led him on an exhaustive search to find the true meaning of life. It is the examination of Solomon’s personal journey that can help us all find the meaning of life for ourselves.
The devil is real. He’s not a cartoon character. He’s not a myth. He’s not dead. Our enemy is alive, active and continues to wreak havoc on the lives of God’s children everyday. It is inevitable that we are going to come face to face with our enemy and his forces from time to time in our lives. Therefore, it is in our best interest to understand who and what we are really dealing with. In order to defeat the enemy, you must know him. You must understand how he operates.
Sin is an addiction. When you really take time to examine it for what it is, you will find many similarities to the common addictions that plague mankind today. Sin begins as a good time, but the person who is experimenting with it later finds themselves to be hooked. Gradually, the good time becomes a nightmare.
It has happened. The situation you just weren’t ready to face is now part of your reality. You don’t understand how things could have taken such a dramatic, unexpected turn for the worse—but they did. Now what? How do you go on with your life when going on feels impossible?
God enjoys helping us climb the mountains that exist in our life. The more significant the challenge, the more glory He receives when we are victorious. The Bible is filled with stories of mortal human beings accomplishing great things with the help of the Lord. It’s exciting to know that we are capable of seemingly impossible feats because our Father is there to support, guide, and assist our efforts.
Most of us have dealt with the disappointment and anger that occurs as a result of being emotionally hurt by someone. Maybe you were disrespected, betrayed, or abused in some way and although time has passed, the pain still has some impact on you. In your heart, you know it’s best to let it go—but you just don’t know how.
The Lord made the sacrifice. His work is done. Salvation is ours to claim. We are just steps away from an eternity with God. That is the Good News of Jesus Christ, which is actually great news! If we are to receive our gift of eternal life, there are things we must do in this life. The Bible outlines a plan for us to redeem the prize that God has waiting for us.
Throughout our life’s journey, we will be confronted with situations that test whether or not we are truly different than others. We cannot be perfect, but we can be different. When we accept Christ and obey the Gospel, we are then set apart from the World. While our physical existence is in the World, our spiritual existence is rooted in the Word of God. People should see in our behavior that we have the Spirit of God at work within us.
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