If your Christian experience is anything like mine, you find yourself walking in a fog at times. You need clarity for decisions and direction. While heaven will offer perfect clarity, how do we find it until then?
Jeremiah 29:11 is, undoubtedly, one of the most quoted passages in the Bible. It’s one of my favorites. You’re probably familiar with it as well. It’s quoted often, inscribed on plaques and found in countless Christian cards. What most may not know about it is the setting in which this diamond of a promise is placed.
This is one of the most glorious truths we must remind ourselves of daily! We all battle with discouragement and doubts. Our accuser often comes when we are struggling, only to reinforce our insecurity and condemn us for our faults. Before long, we feel like dropping out.
There is never a sorrow wasted, never a tear discarded. God records them all! What profound love! What a comfort to know we have a God who cares so much! Peter must have experienced that same kind of response in his failure when He denied knowing Christ three times.
Most of us look upon shame as an embarrassment, the result of some personal failure, mistake or sin. Our typical response is to hide our shame like Adam and Eve when they disobeyed God and ate the forbidden fruit. Shame exposes our faults. We feel guilty and regret what we’ve done so we begin a cover-up to hide our shame. Even if we are successful in hiding our shame from others, we can’t hide it from God or ourselves.
Your new life in Christ is the consequence of a new birth. When Nicodemus, a Jewish leader, came to Jesus after dark one evening, inquiring about His message of eternal life, Jesus said to him, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.”
Have you ever considered adversity as a gift? It sounds not only counter-intuitive but even cruel to suggest; but, in the mystery of God’s providence, we find that problems are often opportunities in disguise! In fact, the real problem with problems is not the problem; it’s how we look at the problem that is the problem!
A wedding ring is a powerful symbol. It has special significance – not only to the one wearing it, but for others as well. It communicates a message of commitment, a relationship of intimacy, and a promise of purity. A wedding ring is more than simply jewelry; it is a sacred symbol.
Our hope in Christ is like an anchor for the soul. It keeps us firm and secure through the storms of doubt, delay and disaster. Life is challenging, but God says we are “ … more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” Romans 8:37 (NIV)
Imagine living a life without fear! That’s the description of those who only fear the Lord. The fear of the Lord is a reverent and holy fear. It is a deep respect for who God is and what He can do. Proverbs tells us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. In fact, if we have a healthy fear of God, we can live without the fears that trouble most of our lives.