Being a Christian doesn’t start and end when we accept Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior, and christianity is more than just a title, it’s living out what you believe. This is why Jesus called people to follow Him, He wants someone to take the journey with Him, He called us to walk with Him and live for Him. Yes, good works aren't the basis for our salvation, but our salvation should bear fruit.
We have been justified before God when we put our faith in Jesus but after that comes sanctification...
You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. (John 14:14)
Whenever I read the Bible, I often notice how big miracles have started with a prayer. In 1 Kings 18, we see how the prophet Elijah asked God to prove that He is the LORD in front of the people who believed in Baal (a false god during their time), by sending fire from heaven, and God did it. Not only that, God also answered Elijah’s prayer to send rain after a prolonged drought during their time. In Joshua 10, God answered Joshua’s prayer to let the sun stand still so they can defeat the armies of five Amorite kings.
Maybe you are thinking that all of those things were only possible back then. But the thing is, God doesn’t change!
If we’re being honest, we’d say that waiting on God is not an easy thing to do. We may know intellectually that He is doing something, but in the midst of waiting, we can grow impatient and even doubtful about the outcome of our situation. We may doubt that God is on the throne and He reigns...both now and for eternity.
When we are waiting for the answer to our prayers,
When we are waiting for God’s healing,
When we are waiting for His provision,
When we are waiting for the bad situation to turn out for our good…
Those times are when we are most vulnerable to the enemy’s destructive lies.
Have you ever felt paralyzed just because of one thought that entered your mind? Maybe it’s fear because of your situation, or a thought that whispered how unworthy you are and much of a failure you are. Whatever it is, it starts with one thought-- one thought that has now filled you with all these negative emotions about yourself and your situation that threatens to take away your hope, peace and joy, and brings such heaviness in your soul.
When we are hurt, we often feel that “someone should pay.” But Jesus would respond, “I paid.”
~Paraphrased from Anne Peterson, Christianity Today.
I don’t take the journey of forgiveness lightly. It is a treacherous road that I was personally entrusted to walk out myself, as you may have been. That journey taught me that careless advice about how to survive the most indescribable pain following what is often a life shattering experience, will harm more than help. This is sacred ground in need of empathy that comes from personal experience. Thank you Jesus, that You know this most intimately and uphold us in our pain!
I ran into a friend recently and we got to discussing the topic of fear as it related to a decision she was trying to make. This is a subject that I believe I’ve earned a PhD or some extremely high honors in! I once lived as though I was mastering the art of letting fear dictate my life decisions. This is still an ongoing struggle for me, one that I am now working to conquer and not submit to, but I want to share some things I have learned about the ever familiar nuisance of FEAR.
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