The following was inspiration from this morning’s reading of Ephesians 3. May you be blessed by it.
In a day and time that God seems increasingly far from us, we need to remember that while God is truly with us, evil is also near. In these last 10 years, the evil deeds that come from Satan have increased substantially, because he knows that his time is drawing to a close. God’s Word speaks of it.
Despite the evil that we encounter and the increase of deception that God speaks of that will come in the last days, when we turn to God, we are strengthened. Something to also remember is that God is bigger than anything you encounter.
We are encouraged to live another day to fulfill our calling to love people into the Kindom of Heaven, God’s kingdom. I can rest knowing that despite what takes place around me, God is forever unchanging and faithful even unto death. Jesus, God in the flesh, demonstrated it through his life, his persecution, his death and, most of all, through his resurrection. Jesus didnt leave this earth without making sure that he let it be known that he wasn’t leaving us for good. Jesus came back from the grave not only to fulfill the prophecies about him, but also to demonstrate to us that we are not forgotten.
No matter where you are today or what you are going through, you are not forgotten. Be strengthened by God’s Word and remember that He is forever faithful.
One will never understand who they are in Christ unless they come to truly know who he is. It is necessary to know Christ to know yourself. We can’t fully know who we are unless we know Christ- not know of him, but know him. Knowing Jesus is more than dedicating your life to him. Knowing Jesus is more than obedience. Knowing Jesus embodies a knowing of who, what, where, and why he ever did what he did. Jesus didn’t just die for our sins. That act of bravery, alone, created a bridge for us to reach God. It didn’t give us the understanding we need to truly know who we are in Christ. You will never know who you are in Christ until you truly, fully know who Christ is.
How is it that there are Christians who are alcoholics, struggle with fear and many other types of struggles? While I understand that every person’s journey is different, what we need to always see is some sort of progress in our life. That progress – if not complete healing or even deliverance – should be in the form of learning and growing. Our personal growth is the result of our learning. While we are in the trenches of the battles of this life, never are we to just sit and wait. We are to wait by doing. What does that look like? Our time should look like this: we are to be drawing closer to God through reading our Bibles and through prayer. We are to be seeking God’s fullness.
In essence, we need to learn who Christ is, but we will not learn about who we are in Christ unless we are reading our Bibles and spending time communicating with God. God wants us to talk to him, and then give him the opportunity to say something back. When God speaks to us, it may not be profound, but the experience is. God’s voice brings so much peace and even deliverance. God’s voice brings understanding that we would have never had unless we had taken that time to listen. Sometimes it comes in something like a download of the knowledge we need to change or a path to walk.
So, how do we overcome the trials and tribulations of this world? By communing with God. And in our time of communing with God, we should talk to him about our past and all the hurts in it. Through the Holy Spirit, God is our counselor, and he brings more comfort, more peace, more understanding, and much more direction for life then any other counselor you can make an appointment for. It is not my recommendation to cancel appointments that you already have. The question is this: who do you rely on more? People or God? If you place more faith in people than God, then all you will get is a very watered-down version of what God has to offer you right now. God can do things that people can’t. He is the source of all things that you need whether that be food, money to pay your bills, or even the strength and endurance to accomplish things you never thought possible.
For example, recently I published my first book. This past Saturday, I had my first book signing, and it was a huge success. My book sales were expressed to be competing with seasoned authors and their own book sales. Now, the fact that I even wrote a book is a miracle all in it’s own, but for it to actually be a success is down-right a miracle of a completely different kind of miracles. It’s huge! I would have never been able to do this without the Lord walking me through it. He surely is my strength to conquer any obstacle standing in my way of fulfilling my purpose in this life.