Bad things happen because we live in a fallen world where both believers and unbelievers are hit with the tragic consequences of sin.
God allows evil for a time although he often turns it around for good (Romans 8:28). We may have no answers as to why God allows evil, but we can be sure he is all powerful and knows what He is doing.
We may have no answers as to why God allows evil, but we can be sure He is all powerful and knows what He is doing. The next time you face trials and dilemmas see them as opportunities to turn to God for your strength.
You will find a God who only desires to show His love and compassion to you. If you can trust Him in pain, confusion and loneliness, you will win the victory and eliminate doubt, one of satan’s greatest footholds in your life.
Make God your foundation. You can never be separated from His love.
“For this is what the high and exalted One says – he who lives forever, whose name is holy: “I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.”
~ISAIAH 57:15 NIV~
“In six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed”
~EXODUS 31:17 ESV~
The giver of life is also the renewer of hope, and He is ready and waiting to fill you with new life, new hope – to transform your heart and lift you out of the pit. All you have to do is ask.
Breath of life, breath into me Your sweet joy and peace.
Help me see the coming years as an opportunity to discard the old and embrace the new.
and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be,
but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him,
for we shall see Him as He is”
~1 JOHN 3:2~ (NKJV)
God’s ultimate goal for us is to make us like Christ.
As we become more and more like Him, we discover our true selves, the persons we were created to be.
How can we be conformed to Christ’s likeness?
BY READING AND HEEDING THE WORD
BY STUDYING HIS (JESUS) LIFE ON EARTH THROUGH THE GOSPELS
(Get ready for a Life-Changing Encounter with God as we continuously seek His face)
BY BEING FILLED WITH HIS SPIRIT
AND BY DOING HIS WORK IN THE WORLD
(even simple things matter)
Embrace Your Identity In Christ
“He has identified us as his own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts.” (2 Corinthians 1:22a NLT)
Your faith will grow stronger as you focus on your identity in Christ (Galatians 2).
What this means is that you abandon any image of yourself that is not from God. You stop accepting what others have said about you, how others have labeled you, and how others have defined you.
You start believing what God says about you, that he is pleased with how he created you, and that God defines you.
You’re not defined by your feelings. You’re not defined by the opinions of others or by your circumstances. You’re not defined by your successes or failures. You’re not defined by the car you drive, the money you make, or the house you say you own when the bank really does.
You are defined by God and God alone. He identifies you as his own (2 Corinthians 1:22).
The thing is, if you don’t know who you are, then you’re vulnerable to other people telling you who you are. But the concrete, solid, gospel truth is that you are who God says you are, and no one else has a vote in the matter.
This “identity issue” is an important part of living the abundant life. Jesus was able to face the incredible demands of his mission because he knew exactly who he was. He knew that he mattered to God, and that gave him confidence to move purposefully in faith. (RICK WARREN)
Saturate your mind with the truth of God’s Word. It’s filled with reminders of His unconditional love for you. He says you are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). He says that nothing can separate you from His love (Romans 8:35). Don’t let the enemy steal your identity. You are God’s masterpiece. Believe it! (Joyce Meyer)
Let God use times of waiting to mold and shape your character.
Let God use those times to purify your life and make you into a clean vessel for His service.
~Henry Blackaby and Claude King~
The ability to wait in the Lord stems from being confident and focused on who God is and what God is doing. It means confidence in God’s person; confidence in His wisdom, love, timing, and understanding of our situation and that of the world. It means knowing and trusting in God’s principles, promises, purposes and power.
God’s love and forgiveness can pardon and restore any and every kind of sin or wrongdoing. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you’ve done. It doesn’t matter if you’ve deliberately oppressed or even murdered people, or how much you’ve abused yourself. The younger brother knew that in his father’s house there was abundant “food to spare”, but he also discovered that there was grace to spare. There is no evil that the father’s love cannot pardon and cover, there is no sin that is a match for his grace.
Act 1, then, demonstrates the lavish prodigality of God’s grace. Jesus shows the father pouncing on his son in love not only before he has a chance to clean his life and evidence a change of heart, but even before he can recite his repentance speech. Nothing, not even abject contrition, merits the favor of God.
The Father’s love and acceptance are absolutely free.
Exodus 20:12 ~ Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.
Exodus 21:17 ~ Whoever curses his father or his mother shall be put to death.
Ephesians 6:1-3 ~ Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this this is right. Honor your father and mother (this is the first commandment with a promise), that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.
Psalm 11:13 ~ If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?
Honor is the bond between generations (George Stob).
The Fifth Commandment is at the heart of God’s Law. It concludes the first four Commandments that address our relationship with God. It introduces that last six commandments which govern relationships between people.
About a generation ago, American youth in general quit honoring their parents. Today we see appalling results. Respect and reverence for elders have been replaced with rejection, rebellion, and rioting against authority in the home school, church and government.
Youth are not entirely to blame for the breakdown of the family. Many parents fail to command the respect of their young because their own lives are in shambles. Obedience to the Fifth Commandments begins with faithful parents and spiritual elders who teach and guide the young by example and loving discipline.
When parents flout God’s moral law in relation to family, society and government, the meltdown passes on to the next generation. Parents who drink, flirt have no moral authority to restrain their children from drugs and porn. When church and clergy compromise the norms of marriage and family, we should not be surprised at the rising tide of divorce/annulment and teenage pregnancy among Christians.
The Fifth Commandment is hailed as the first commandment with promise: that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land (Ephesians 6:2-3). It would be unwise to reduce this promise to motive. Doing right for rewards is no longer right. We honor and obey our parents, not for reward but simply because it’s the right thing to do. As Paul said, children obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right (Ephesians 6:1). When you do that, things will go well for you.
Honoring parents, however, does not guarantee immunity from sickness, accidents, or premature death. The promise linked to the Fifth Commandment is not about rewards but results. It’ about how life works. When children honor their parents, there is no generation gap, no matter how times may change. When children respect and obey their parents, they have the best chance at a long, fruitful and happy life.
The Fifth Commandment with its promise simply echoes general principle of the Bible: the only way to live life well is to live life on God’s terms.
“Honor your parents unconditionally ~ in thought, word and deed ~ regardless how they live and no matter how they treat you (PAST, PRESENT or FUTURE).
” My parents are not perfect,flawless and faultless but they are a gift from God that makes them as a perfect Mother and Father to me.”