In God I Believe………

In the world we are living in, there are often ups and down’s,  joy and disappointments when people and life lets us down. It’s inevitable that there would be changes, sometimes these changes are great but there are times when they are not. Things are constantly uncertain, but there is one thing, one thing only, that will always exist. This is, God. God will always be there for you.

God Sees You as His Beloved Child

“If you are a Christian, you are not a stranger to God. You are not an orphan, even though you may sometimes feel alone. The heavenly Father loves you and sees you as one of his children:

“‘I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters,’ says the Lord Almighty.” (2 Corinthians 6:17-18, NIV)

“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” (1 John 3:1, NIV)

No matter how old you are, it’s comforting to know that you are a child of God. You belong to a loving, protective Father. God, who is everywhere, keeps watch over you and is always ready to listen when you want to talk with him.

God Sees You as Forgiven

Many Christians are staggering under a heavy load of guilt, afraid they have disappointed God, but if you know Jesus Christ as Savior, God sees you as forgiven. He does not hold your past sins against you.

The Bible is clear on this point. God sees you as righteous because the death of his Son cleansed you from your sins.

“You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call to you.” (Psalm 86:5, NIV)

“All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.” (Acts 10:43, NIV)

God Sees You as Having Hope

When tragedy hits and you feel as if life is closing in on you, God sees you as a person of hope. No matter how bleak the situation, Jesus is with you through it all.

Hope is not based on what we can muster up. It’s based on the One we have hope in: Almighty God. If your hope feels weak, remember, child of God, your Father is strong. When you keep your attention focused on him, you will have hope:

“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'” (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV)

“The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him;” (Lamentations 3:25, NIV)

“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” (Hebrews 10:23, NIV)

When you see yourself as God sees you, it can change your entire perspective on life. It’s not pride or vanity or self-righteousness. It’s the truth, supported by the Bible. Accept the gifts God has given you. Live knowing you are a child of God, mightily and wonderfully loved.”

http://christianity.about.com/od/topicaldevotions/Inspirational_Bible_Devotions_by_Topic.-4xJ.htm

Pain Can Only Delay Us

Suffering is so unfair. It kidnaps your attention and tries to force it to look at your pain. But there’s something suffering cannot do. It cannot steal Jesus Christ from you.

You may be going through a terrible ordeal at this moment, such as divorce or unemployment or serious illness. You don’t deserve it, but there’s no way out. You have to keep going.

If you can manage, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to look beyond your suffering to your sure reward of eternal life with Jesus, you can make it through this journey. Pain may be an unavoidable detour, but it cannot keep you from reaching your final destination.

Some day, you will stand face to face with your Savior. You will gaze on the beauty of your new home, filled with never ending love. You will look at the nail scars in Jesus’ hands.

You will know your unworthiness to be there, and filled with gratitude and humility, you will ask, “Why Me?”

http://christianity.about.com/od/topicaldevotions/a/whyme.htm

God is a loving Father who never expects us to do something we’re incapable of doing. He either equips us for the task or steps in to help us do it. We see that principle at work throughout Scripture and since God never changes, his principles don’t either.

Too Much for Willpower

It’s always going to be a struggle for us. Fear is a strong emotion, and we’re all control freaks at heart. Jesus knows that. And because of that awful night in Gethsemane, he knows firsthand what fear is like. In spite of that, he can still tell us, “Don’t be afraid.”

When we’re trying to obey that command, willpower alone just doesn’t cut it. We can try to squelch our fearful thoughts, but they just keep popping up, like a ball held under water. Two things are necessary.

First, we have to acknowledge that fear is too strong for us, so only God can handle it. We have to turn our fears over to him, remembering that he is all-power, all-knowing, and always in control.

Second, we have to replace a bad habit—fear thoughts—with a good habit, namely prayer and confidence in God. We may be able to switch thoughts with lightning speed, but we can’t think of two things at once. If we’re praying and thanking God for his help, we can’t be thinking about fear at the same time.

Fear is a lifelong battle, but God is our lifelong Protector. He promised to never abandon or forsake us. When we are secure in his love and salvation, nothing can snatch us from him, not even death. By holding tightly to God, no matter what, we will make it through, in spite of our fear.

http://christianity.about.com/od/topicaldevotions/a/overcomefear.htm

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2 Responses to “In God I Believe………”

  1. Excellent post and message.

    Your post is timely for me. My Bible study tonight emphasized the difference in hoping and wishing and how if we are bored and making wishes we should evaluate what role God has in our life.

  2. vixstar1314 Says:

    Thanks =)

    I figured sharing God’s views with others is always something that should be done.

    Appreciate your comments and occasional drop by to my website.

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