God Loves You

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In a scary time for me, when I had a serious eye issue, didn’t know whether I would retain useful sight, and was far from my doctors, I would wake at night to see if I could still see. 

I was scared.

During this same time, I was editing my book (When Storms Come: Will You Be Ready?). Four chapters deal with God’s love. As I carefully reviewed God’s love for His adopted children, in the midst of my scary time, I rejoiced. In fact, I became giddy with assurance that He loves me.

In these dark days, with ominous clouds for the future, we must make sure we both comprehend God’s love and that we place confidence in His love for us. To stay on course, we must have informed trust in His love.

So we have known [ginosko: understand, grasp, ascertain] and believe [pisteuo: be persuaded of, place confidence in, trust] the love that God has for us. God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. (1 John 4:16)

God loves us, believers in Christ, with an infinite, everlasting love. He has blessed us with every spiritual blessing, and He has given us everything pertaining to life and godliness.

Please study God’s word to us, the Bible. Please prayerfully and daily read about who He is, what He has done, and what He promises. Please, as you know Him better and better, increasingly believe what He says, and order your thoughts and life in that knowledge. 

It matters.

Please. 

I’ve Got This

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I’ve Got This

“I’ve got this,” says someone picking up a tab.

“I’ve got this,” says a person moving a heavy box.

“I’ve got this,” says someone who is solving a thorny issue.

“I’ve got this,” says our most high, all-powerful, eternally faithful God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

The Facts 

God is in control of everything and everybody all the time.

God’s providence brings innumerable actions together for His own purpose.

God’s glorious plan results in judgment of evil and glorification of His righteous.

God loves His adopted children, and guarantees that everything (everything that seems good to us and everything that seems bad to us) will work together for good.

God is trustworthy.

We are responsible to walk in His way.

Hard Times

God’s glorious plan includes hard times. For His own reasons, He is allowing evil in this present time. 

We are affected by trouble, and the Father works that trouble in our lives to make us more like His beloved Son.

We are His witnesses, testifying to Him, and declaring His love and power. We are to be His lights in the world.

What to Do

Determine to trust God.

Determine to do the work He has for you to do.

Determine to press on.

Trust God and Press On

My 2021 resolution: Trust God and Press On.

I usually have a short statement, sometimes one word, as a goal for the new year. It may sound silly, but I remember times that one word or phrase energized and guided me in a godly way. 

Trusting God was the big lesson in 2020, and is continuing this year.

My sense is that 2021 is going to be difficult and that trusting God will be an ongoing requirement to sail through the year. 

In addition, I know that He has work for me in 2021. His work for me feels more urgent as the world gets darker. My resolution is to press on.

Trusting God and pressing on are related. When I trust God, I have both confidence and hope to press on.

Trust God

I am determined to:

Trust God for what He is doing around me, what He is doing with the world, with my nation.

Trust God for the circumstances in my life.

Trust God for the outcomes of following His orders.

Trust God that He is with me, and for me, and will never leave me.

Trust God that He has a glorious eternal life for me.

Trust God and Press On

Trusting God brings freedom to act in His will. 

Trusting God brings hope.

Trusting God brings confidence to press on.

2021

Trust God and Press On. Please join me.

Be Not Afraid

Be Not Afraid

This first time I saw this cartoon, the door was labelled “June.”

This year, 2020, has been hard, unexpectedly hard. And there is every reason to be concerned about what is beyond the 2021 door.

But God tells us, over and over: “Be not afraid;” “Do not fear.”

We are guaranteed trouble. At the same time, we, believers in Christ, Christ-followers, are guaranteed the Lord’s presence and help.

Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)

God has given us a Savior, Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:11

God has given us all things. (Romans 8:32)

God has given us the kingdom.

Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom. (Luke 12:32

Trust God and press on

He will not fear evil tidings; His heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. (Psalm 112:7

Doxology

Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy,to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. (Jude 24–25)

Happy New Year!

God’s Gift of Hope

At Christmas we, of course, rejoice about Christ’s birth. God with us. The eternal Word made flesh.

And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14

For believers, those who have repented, believed, and received Christ as Lord and Savior, God gives us hope.

God’s hope is guaranteed, just not yet seen. God’s hope is something He promises and will fulfill. What He promises are facts.

God’s gift of hope

God’s hope is a very big present that we must unwrap and learn to rely on. His hope includes:

Christ in you, the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:27

The hope of righteousness. (Galatians 5:5)

Our living hope. (1 Peter 1:3)

Our sure and steadfast hope, an anchor of our soul. (Hebrews 6:19)

Our hope of eternal life. (Titus 3:7)

And more!

Unwrap your present!

No matter how dark the days, we are sealed by God for glory. As the days darken, let us focus on the brightness of our guaranteed eternal future. Let us practice putting our attention on God’s unseen yet promised gifts. Let’s practice rejoicing.

Let us rejoice in hope. (Romans 12:12)

Merry Christmas!

Habits

Tomorrow will be like today, only more so. (Isaiah 56:12)

Huh?!

That verse puzzled me for years, but now I see how it applies to habits.

What we do (or don’t do) today reinforces what we do (or don’t do) tomorrow. Our habit becomes stronger or weaker.

If we want to start or strengthen a routine, we should do it today. Tomorrow it will be more engrained. 

If we want to stop something we habitually do, today we need to avoid the action and tomorrow it will be easier to stop it again.

Both starting and stopping a behavior isn’t necessarily easy, and both take time to become a new habit. 

But today, start or stop, and know that tomorrow starting or stopping will take less effort. 

Thank You, Father.

Do Not Fret

Current events have, for me anyway, highlighted evil doers. And not only that, it can seem that they’re winning. 

Too often I focus on bad times, horrible events, evil deeds.

It is easy for me to fret about it. 

Do not fret

But God tells me not to fret.

Do not fret because of evildoers. (Psalm 37:1

Do not fret; it leads only to evildoing. (Psalm 37:8)

God will deal with evil

God tells me He will deal with evil.

For evildoers will be cut off.  (Psalm 37:9)  

What to do instead

Focus on God instead of looking at troubling people and events.

Trust. Do good. Cultivate faithfulness. (Psalm 37:3

Delight in the Lord. (Psalm 37:4)

Wait. (Psalm 37:7

Listen to what God says. (Psalm 73:17-19)

Remember God’s promises to the righteous.

Wait! Give God time!

Praise His faithfulness!

Time is Up!

Time’s Up!

Many activities have time limits 

I remember teachers saying:  “Time’s up. Close your booklets. Put down your pen. Hand in your exam.”

Fans watch the clock count down to the end of the game.

People watch the ball marking the time left to the new year.

Spiritual time limits

Salvation

Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts. (Hebrews 3:7-8)

When people die, the time is up to come to belief in Jesus Christ. If someone doesn’t believe, they die in their sins. Period. The time is up.

Unless you believe that I Am, you will die in your sins. (John 8:24)

For unbelievers, time is running out. Jesus said the fields are ripe for harvest. We need to feel urgency for those who aren’t in God’s kingdom. 

Beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.  (Matthew 9:38

And we ourselves must go as directed, and speak as prompted.

Christian Walk

During our lives, there are also time limits.

For us, if we hear His voice calling us to repent of some sin or directing us to some action, we need to hear Him and obey. We can harden our hearts against our Lord’s call, which is sin.

Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin. (James 4:17

Let’s don’t become dull of hearing. (Hebrews 5:11)

Pray

Father, please make us sensitive to Your voice. Please help us listen. Please help us know the right thing to do, and do it!

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See also The Last Knock

Giving Thanks for our Trustworthy God

What are you thankful for on this Thanksgiving Day?

It is a good exercise to stop and count our blessings, both spiritual and temporal. There are many!

Today, though, I am giving thanks that God is trustworthy. 

I am thankful that God is the one in whom I trust.

I don’t/can’t/shouldn’t put my trust in the US President, or Congress, or the courts, or my retirement plan. If I put my trust in anything other than God, my peace is gone and my anxiety soars. 

I praise God that He is sovereign, and faithful. I praise Him that He is worthy of trust.

As Christians we should, no matter what:

            Choose to trust God

            Resolve to trust God

            Determine to walk in that trust

Let’s be thankful!

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Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and whose trust is the Lord.  (Jeremiah 17:7

See also Praise our Faithful God