The Future Is As Bright As The Promises Of God

Archive for March 10, 2014

The Blessing of Trials

Kisses from The King

image Today I am thinking about our trials in life and how God can bring amazing blessings to us through them. In fact, for children of God in Christ Jesus, He promises to bless us and glorify Himself through every single one of them (Rom 8:28). No, not even ONE of our trials is in vain when we trust in Him! Knowing God’s promise to us, is there any other way to respond to our trials than with gratitude?….. even Joy? {James 1:2-4}. Yes it sounds crazy, but if we truly trust in God, then we trust that whatever struggle is coming our way is for a Good reason which we may not know, and God will do something amazing with it in our lives and for His Kingdom purpose!

Our adult Bible study is in the middle of Beth Moore’s Daniel and it is amazing. We just left the fiery…

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Love And Hope

“So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all then saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God..”Ephesians 3:17-19 (NASB)
“Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 1:13 (NASB)

In the Christian vocabulary, love is not romantic affection based only on emotion. It is based upon the value of the object loved; and every person is valuable in God’s sight since He gave His Son to save everyone. We should therefore respect the value of every person. This is increasingly important in a world where life is often cheap, and where an individual’s worth is measured by external or material criteria.
Hope in the Christian vocabulary is more than wishful thinking. It is an assurance based on the reasonableness of our faith and the reliability of God’s promises. It is a combination of desire and expectation. Hope keeps us from despair, anguish, loneliness, fear, and all the cares of life related to the future. It keeps the soul calm and secure in days of adversity. Hope does not remove troubles, but sustains the soul in time of troubles. Like an anchor, it does not dispel the storm, quiet the roaring waves, avert the rolling thunder, or bid the winds be still; but it enables the vessel to ride out the fury of the gale and keeps it from being driven on the rocks.
Thank God for our abiding hope in Christ–a hope that serves as “an anchor of the soul.” (Hebrews 6:19)

The Gospel According To Jesus – Part 49

“If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will find it. What will it benefit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his life? Or what will a man give in exchange for his life? For the Son of Man is going to come with His angels in the glory of His Father, and then He will reward each according to what he has done.”
Matthew 16:24-27 (HCSB)

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