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Have you ever considered Ephesians 2:10?
“For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].”
Have you ever meditated on the fact that God Himself wants to take credit for all the good things that are in you and happen to you?
I know some will say, “There is nothing good in me,” or “Nothing good ever happens to me.” But, I know God, and I know those things just can’t be true.
When I look back over the 28 years I have known God, I can honestly say I have changed. Sometimes the changes were so small and so daily I didn’t realize they even happened, because I am not the one that brought the change.
Jesus said that whosoever believes on Him will have everlasting life. Those who do not believe on Him will have everlasting death.
The scriptures tell us this in Saint John’s gospel, Chapter 3 and verses 15 – 18. Jesus is the only way to God – there is no other way!
Not Buddha. Not Allah. Only Jesus.
And, He has a plan for your life that is a plan of peace and joy. He has a plan to redeem you and to give you a new path for your life.
His love for you is so strong. He longs to be close to you. He won’t run out on you. No matter how far you seem to be from Him, no matter what you may have done, His forgiveness is that strong. His love covers a multitude of sins. It covers every sin.
Tom grew up in a warzone. Nobody was safe inside the walls of his “home.” While young, he began making excuses for being out—activities, work, whatever. Instead of going to birthday parties and playing sports, he hung out on the streets, hiding the truth.
While out and about, though, he wasn’t searching for something better. He was simply living life on his terms.
“I don’t need anyone. Dreams were stupid.” His attitude was as dark as home.
Though everyone considered him tough as nails, he secretly saw himself as damaged goods. This was the hand he’d been dealt.
Fear as a way of life.
Tom would say he wasn’t afraid of anyone or anything, but fear was masked by the anxiety of when the next snap would come, when the next session of abuse would leave him feeling hated, helpless and alone.
While younger than most, he moved out on his own. But every time he found something good, he waited for the bottom to fall out.
As born-again Christians, it should be our goal to complete those assignments that God has called, chosen, appointed and anointed us to do. One might ask, “How do we know what we’re called and anointed to do? How do we know God’s will for us?”
To know God’s will is to know God’s Word. He speaks to us through His Word and through other believers by way of prompting by the Holy Spirit. In Romans 12:12, Paul cautions us not to be conformed to this age or this world, but rather to be changed and transformed by the entire renewal of our mind so we can prove for ourselves what is the good, acceptable and perfect will of God, even that which is good, acceptable and perfect in God’s sight for us (personally).
“To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven,” Ecclesiastes 3:1.
I like potted plants, but I’m not always successful at keeping them healthy. Once I had a beautiful potted plant, but despite my efforts, it withered. So, I set it outside next to the potting soil, intending to use the pot for another plant.
Before I got around to reusing the pot, I noticed a green shoot pushing through the soil. I had thought the plant was dead – but the roots were still alive and sent forth a new, healthy plant that I ended up enjoying for a long time.
I’ve begun to realize that some people have forgotten what true faith is. They have forgotten that the simplest form of faith is the key to a successful faith walk. When a problem starts to arise, we’ve started telling God, “Ok, time for You to prove Yourself to me again.” It’s a voice of desperation that’s clouded our confidence in what we already know instead of being confident and remembering that He’s already left all blessings in our hands.
faith and hope
All hope is in faith. Faith is the substance of all things hoped for. In other words, it’s the manifestation of our hope. Your faith is literally the substance which forces our hope to manifest (Hebrews 11:1).
Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in our own lives and forget what’s really important: faith. We must not forget how confident our faith was when we first became saved (Hebrews 3:14). It seems we’ve replaced confident faith with desperation. When we find ourselves needing a miracle A.S.A.P. – and it happens to all of us – many of us are practicing a desperate attitude toward God.