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Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up. – Proverbs 12:25 NIV
There have been times in my life when I have had a lot of anxiety. My anxiety didn’t mean that I didn’t have faith, but it distracted me from my faith.
The Lord asks us to cast our cares on Him for He cares for us. When we speak kind words to ourselves, we can have more compassion for others. When I find myself judging others, I ask myself “to focus on yourself. How would you feel if someone said the same thing about you?” I almost always back off from being angry after reflecting on my own standard of judgment.
When we feel exhausted, our physical state may cause us additional worry, but God is faithful, and He does not forget about us. Amen.
Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. – Psalms 63:3 NIV
Jesus loved us more than life itself. We are wired for self preservation, so a love that deep is unusual.
Do we love Jesus more than life itself? Life is full of illness and trials, but also triumphs. We can be willing to give our lives over to Jesus, who sacrificed everything to save us.
I sometimes wonder if we will remember all of the hardships we suffered during this lifetime after we get to heaven. There will be no tears, illness, or even physicians in heaven. It is hard to imagine a life without hardships, but for God, nothing is impossible. Amen.
But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. – 1 John 1:7 NKJV
Jesus lights up our lives. When we fellowship with other believers of Jesus, we can learn and encourage each other.
We don’t have to have an exact duplicate of another person’s faith to fellowship.
Everyone’s relationship with Jesus is different, but one thing is the same: Jesus loves and saves all of us who believe in Him.
Sometimes we get caught up in doctrine and rules and forget that it is by grace we have been saved. We do good works because we love God and want to please Him, not because we are afraid. The Lord cleanses us, but He does not take away our choices. Amen.
Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you. – John 16:22 NKJV
Jesus knew that His disciples would grieve after he died, but He also knew that He would be resurrected.
It is not a common thing for a man to die and come back to life. The Lord is a God of miracles, and we don’t always understand how they take place scientifically, only that they are possible. With God, nothing is impossible.
In this life we will lose loved ones and experience grief, but even though that grief really never goes away, as it only fades and comes back in waves, in the second coming everything will be restored. Holidays can sometimes be difficult when we have lost a loved one, because we remember both the joy of having them there but the sorrow of not having them with us at the present moment. We will see our loved ones again, including Jesus. That will be a joyful day. Amen.
Also He said to them, “In whatever place you enter a house, stay there till you depart from that place. And whoever will not receive you nor hear you, when you depart from there, shake off the dust under your feet as a testimony against them. – Mark 6:10-11 NKJV
Some of my friends haven’t accepted Jesus into their lives yet. I can still share with them my struggles. I can show compassion when they share their losses with me. We are all children of God.
Although I can’t convince everyone, I can share the good news about salvation through Jesus Christ in a subtle and respectful way. Jesus can close the sale with them if it is their choice to accept Him.
If they don’t ever tell us that they have decided to become a Christian, it is not a failure. God wants everyone to be saved, and we can’t read people’s thoughts, so we can’t make assumptions about their relationship with Him. He can work on their hearts. Amen.
All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. – John 1:3 NKJV
Jesus is creative. He is the source of all creation. When we create things, it is because we are made in His image; therefore, we can imagine, plan, and put our plans into action.
Nothing happens without the Lord knowing about it. He is aware of all the details of our lives.
When we are sick, He heals us. When we are hungry, He feeds us. When we are sad, He comforts us.
The Lord intends for us to prosper. He has work that He wants us to do, and when we take time to read the Bible, we tune in to His purpose for us. When we are busy getting our “to do” lists done, sometimes we are too busy to hear His voice. When we take the time for prayer and meditation, we hear Him and follow. Amen.
Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” – John 13:7 NIV
Peter didn’t want Jesus to wash his feet at first. Jesus knew that his disciples didn’t always understand the things that He did or why.
The Lord reveals to us just enough knowledge that we need to know at the right time. He doesn’t confuse or overwhelm us with too much information.
Some things we won’t understand when we read God’s Word, but that doesn’t mean that we will never understand them. We can trust that God will explain everything when the time comes. Until then, we can be humble and patient, because what we know is enough. Amen.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. – 2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV
The Lord can perform miracles. It is very difficult to let go of old thoughts that don’t serve us. God helps us let go. He creates in us a new mind and a new heart.
When things are new, they don’t have the scars of the past. They are fresh and pure.
Jesus is a great healer. He heals us when we get sick, and He comforts us. He promises us that if we love Him and follow His commandments, we will have access to this new life that He has planned for us.
He never meant for us to be stuck in the past. The Lord wants a new future for us. Amen.
He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. – Revelation 21:7 KJV
The sad thing about inheritance is that it is only possible after someone dies. The Lord, Jesus Christ, made a tremendous sacrifice for us so that we would be saved. He really loves us.
The Lord will make all things new: our minds, our bodies, and our spirits. He will renew us and restore us beyond our imagining. What a glorious day that will be! We have a kind and loving Heavenly Father who loves us more than life itself. Amen.
Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue… – 2 Peter 1:3 NKJV
Jesus gives us everything we need to live a godly life. He calls to us, even at 3:20 AM. He gives us peace, but we have to let Him in.
The world is full of wrongs. When we give in to our negative thoughts, past betrayals, and anger, we forget the knowledge that God ahs given us to replace the things the devil places in our minds to distract us. Yes, we may have had instances in the past where people wronged us, but when we constantly revisit those bad experiences, we shade our eyes from the glory God has in store for us. Amen.