By His Grace: The promises of God always prevail
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work."
Have you ever felt in life you were like driftwood being tossed to and fro?
There may be moments where everything appears chaotic. Nothing said or done comes out right. We know the right scriptures to defeat the enemy at his game but fail to apply them in every situation. Then there is the feeling of aloneness. You begin to question where the Lord is in the situation, why these things are happening to you.
It appears you are being pulled in many directions, unable to process a clear thought and please all those who call upon you.
That feeling of uncertainty while struggling inwardly over which direction to take next becomes overwhelming. It is like always having a great starting point but never reaching the finishing line. And out of frustration, we throw our hands up in defeat.
You are not alone.
In your daily routine, do not become too busy. This can eventually lead to lesser time in the presence of the Lord. That is the ultimate plan of the enemy. To withstand the many challenges we face, you and I are to be securely anchored in the word of God. This is accomplished daily through reading, studying and applying His promises to our life. By not doing so, we leave a door open for the enemy to step in. He will set about quickly separating the key from the lock, replacing our faith in Christ with fear.
The word of God tells us trouble is all around you and me. For it is written: “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” And for those who are found in Christ will be shown the way to safety. God’s word is true and light to our feet and our path.
“Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth.”
Always remember the word of God when applied continually encourages those who believe. Allow me to share a few of these fundamental truths:
“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
The word of God reassures us that through Christ we can do all things and succeed. “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.”
The word of God will impart knowledge and wisdom of right from wrong, enabling you and I to make wise choices during difficult times. “For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.”
To those found in Christ, who are called his children, the word of God will reprimand and correct in love. “Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent.”
In 2010, when I personally got hold of these truths and began to apply them during my walk with Christ, my perspective in life began to change. Situations I once believed impossible to overcome became not so. I recall the lord asking of me one afternoon, “Is there anything too hard for me?” My reply was, "No." And it was at that moment when I declared with my mouth and believed in my heart was when I ceased being driftwood.
Take the Lord at his word. He will do what he promises he will do; for he is a Promise Keeper.
“In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God.”
And there is one promise you can always trust the love of Christ for you is free of charge and comes with no other requirement but to simply love him in return.
There may be someone who has never experienced a relationship with the Lord and wonders how does one obtain this gift of love which is promised?
Answer: make Jesus Lord of your life. Our true identity begins and ends with him.
By your own free will, you accept Christ as Lord and Savior. This will be the most important declaration you will make. Do not allow this moment to pass; tomorrow is not promised.
When you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. This has nothing to do with religion and all to do with a relationship. It is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
Please repeat this prayer: "Lord Jesus, forgive me of my sins I committed against you. I believe Jesus died for my sins and has risen again. Please come into my life and heart and lead the way. I confess you as my Lord and Savior from this day forward. In Jesus' name, amen."
Welcome into the family of Christ.
]May the lord keep you and bless you continuously. Shalom, go in peace.
Bible references: 2 Timothy 3:16-17 NKJV; 2 Corinthians 4:8-9; John 17:17 NLT; Isaiah 40:31 NIV; Proverbs 16:3 NIV; Proverbs 2:6 NIV; Revelation 3:19 NIV; John 1:1 ESV. To obtain the full benefits of each verse, please read the five verses before and after each verse.
Edith Nevis can be reached at 857-2200 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.