Is This Why You’re Missing Out on the Blessings of God?

 

DSCN0386Are you missing out on the blessings of God? The Bible is very clear about God’s will for our lives.  Of course, first and foremost, His will is that we all come to a knowledge of the truth and be saved (1 Tim. 2:3-4) and that we seek Him first above all things (Matt. 6:33).  However, there are also many verses in the Bible that make God’s wish for an abundant life for us very clear. Continue reading

What it Means to Truly Cast Your Cares on the Lord

We’ve all heard the verse:

Cast your cares on the Lord and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved. (Psalm 55:22)

Most Christians don’t grasp the power and significance behind this verse.  They sing it in church, lamenting over their problems, half-heartedly turning their cares over to God while they wallow in self-pity, weakly hoping for better days.

However, to truly cast your cares on the Lord is life-changing in a number of ways. Continue reading

Your 4 Goals as a Christian for the New Year

With all of the other usual goals floating around this time of year, it’s important to remember to set goals for our walk with Christ as well.  A relationship with Christ, just as with any other relationship, functions most successfully if we nurture and grow that relationship.  Here are 4 goals that can help you grow in your walk with Christ this next year. Continue reading

Why Do I Still Sin if I’m a Christian: Part 2

We talked yesterday about the popular question, Why Do I Still Sin if I’m a Christian, and about how sin reigns in the life of people, in a nutshell, because we allow ourselves to be led by the flesh as opposed to being led by the Holy Spirit, letting it guide us in what we should do. Today we’re going to continue our study in Romans to find out, as Paul tells us in Romans 8, how to be free from indwelling sin.  Continue reading

7 Ways Husbands Can Strengthen Their Marriages

As promised, I’ve got a “part 2″ post today from the Lord to go with my 7 Ways Wives Can Strengthen Their Marriages article.  My dear friends, Satan’s primary goal is to destroy the family, as the family was created as a replica of the body of Christ. Satan works to destroy the family by bringing strife, division and selfishness into our minds, working to make us put ourselves above the “team” of marriage and family.  Therefore, whether our marriages are strong, weak or somewhere in between, it’s imperative that we stand guard at all times, doing what we can to strengthen our marriages on a daily basis.  And since men and women were created differently, Continue reading

Do You Really Know How Much God Loves You?

Do you really know how much God loves you?  Do you truly understand how special you are to Him?  How important your happiness, safety and joy is to Him?  Do you understand that His love for you doesn’t depend on what you do, the color of your skin, or on whether or not you’re struggling with sin right now?

But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows. (Luke 12:7)

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.” (Jeremiah 1:5)

A God who knows the very number of hairs on your head, and who knew you before He formed you in your mother’s womb, has to be, by all logic, a God who loves you very, very much.

After all, how many people in your life can say that love you enough to know or keep track of the number of hairs on your head, or who loved you and knew you before you were even formed in your mother’s womb?

Well, God loves you that much.  And God does not want you suffering from the things you’re suffering from right now – that’s the Devil’s work:

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (John 10:10)

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. (1 Peter 5:8)

When the devil first tempted Adam and Eve, his plan was to take over God’s position as the Most High.  And ever since he lost that battle, his backup plan has been to keep as many people as possible from accepting eternal life with the Creator, by convincing them that God doesn’t exist, or that if He does exist, He’s a jerk.

Don’t fall prey to those lies, my friends.  Don’t reject the most wonderful, perfect, all-encompassing, all-fulfilling love you’ll ever experience just because the people of this world have, through the working of the devil, tainted you and hurt you and destroyed your trust.

God is trustworthy, even if man isn’t.  Man will betray you, God won’t.  I heard a saying once which gave me the perfect antidote for dealing with untrustworthy humans:

Where man is concerned, expect nothing and be grateful for everything (everything good, that is.)

Where God is concerned, expect everything and be grateful for everything (good).

The human race cannot be trusted, because it is, by nature, fallible and selfish.  God, however, is perfect.  His love for you will never fail, no matter what you do.

For God so loved the world (read: YOU) that He sent His only Begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. (John 3:16-17)

I’ll be you’ve heard John 3:16 before, but have you ever heard John 3:17?  Let’s read it again:

For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

Jesus was sent to be the propitiation for our sins (1 John 2:2), but God will never force you to accept that gift, because that’s not the kind of God He is.  Salvation is a gift which you can accept or reject.  God wants you to accept it, because He wants you have eternal life with Him when you die.  He wants to be with you forever and ever.  But He’s left the choice between eternal life after death and eternal hell after death up to you.

Whatever you decide, just know that God loves you, just as you are, with all of His great big kind, loving and merciful heart.