…He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.
For six whole hours, the Son of God was suspended between heaven and earth. And at the height of His suffering on the cross, He cried out in the deep darkness, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:45–46).
Doctors have discovered that worry, stress, fear and anxiety can cause stomach ulcers, high blood pressure and other health problems. The Bible says that a merry heart does good like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones (see Proverbs 17:22). It also says that God wants us to prosper and be in health, even as our soul prospers (see 3 John 1:2).
…How great is the goodness you have stored up for those who fear you. You lavish it on those who come to you for protection, blessing them before the watching world…
Psalm 31:19, NLT
King David said, “What would have happened to me if I had not believed to see the goodness of God?” I wonder how many blessings we’re missing out on, how much favor, how much increase we’re not seeing simply because we’re not expecting it. We’re not releasing our faith.
…grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ…
2 Peter 3:18
In the Old Testament, three types of burnt offerings were brought to God. I believe that the rich brought offerings of young bulls (see Leviticus 1:3), the not-so-rich brought sheep (see Leviticus 1:10) and the poor brought turtledoves (see Leviticus 1:14). Though of varying sizes and values, the different burnt offerings were all accepted as sweet aroma to the Lord (see Leviticus 1:9, 13, 17).
When you were younger, were you often scolded for not finishing all your food or leaving the lights and fan on when you left your room? Were you constantly reminded that there are people starving in the world, that electricity costs a lot of money and that money doesn’t grow on trees? Now, do you find yourself telling your child the same things?
It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows; for so He gives His beloved sleep.
Are you one of those who have trouble sleeping at night? Perhaps just this morning you said, “I was up the whole night—my boy was running a high fever,” or “I slept for only two hours—I was awake polishing up my presentation,” or “I couldn’t sleep at all—I was worried about the bills that are piling up.”
God “gives His beloved sleep.” Who are His beloved? You and I! Because we are in Christ, we are His beloved (see Ephesians 1:6, 2 Thessalonians 2:13).
Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?”
God, who parted the Red Sea, rained manna from heaven, caused the walls of Jericho to fall, shut the lions’ mouths, healed the sick, raised the dead and calmed the sea, still performs miracles today.
However, some Christians doubt that God wants to work a miracle for them today. They believe that there were miracles when Jesus walked the earth, but they think that the day of miracles is over. And they talk about how everything will be perfect one day in the sweet by and by. But God wants us to know that He is still the God of miracles today.
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
2 Corinthians 5:21
When an Israelite brings an animal as his sin offering, he lays his hand on it before killing it (see Leviticus 4:1–4). By laying his hand on the sin offering, his sins are transferred to the innocent animal. The animal dies for his sins and he goes free.
But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty
1 Corinthians 1:27
When you are faced with a big challenge, do you automatically look for the most powerful means to solve the problem? Well, my friend, that is not thinking the way God thinks. The Bible tells us that it pleases God to use what the world considers weak, foolish, base and despised to bring to nothing things which are mighty.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
When faced with a challenge or crisis, our tendency is to get all anxious about it. But God does not want us to react this way. He does not want us to be anxious about anything. Instead, whatever the problem is, He wants us to go to Him in prayer and supplication, telling Him what we need and thanking Him for the answer. When we do that, His peace, which surpasses all understanding, will guard our hearts and minds from all worries, anxieties and fears.
I am…the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty
Ever been too busy to get something done, and then find out that it’s too late when you finally get down to it? As human beings, we live our lives constrained by time. But Jesus, the one who created time, is not time-bound. He always has time for each one of us!
……looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…
If you are sick, you must know that you are already healed because of the finished work of Christ. Don’t ask, “Do I have enough faith to be healed? Do I have the right kind of faith to be healed? What if I am lacking in faith?”
You are focusing on yourself and your faith, instead of Christ and His finished work.
Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
Many Christians are familiar with Jesus’ rhetorical question, “Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?” But not many of us actually let it get into our hearts and allow the love of God to free us from our habit of worrying.
Pope Francis, while celebrating Ash Wednesday at the Dominican-run Basilica of Santa Sabina in 2015, he described Lent as a journey of purification and penance – a movement that should bring one tearfully back to the loving arms of the merciful Father.
There could never have been a better time to preach this message but on Ash Wednesday, the day when all Christians walk around with the sign of the cross on their foreheads:
those two smudge-strokes of ash made by the fronds burned from the last Palm Sunday. It is to mark the beginning of Lent, which, some commentators argue, is equally, to mark the season of hypocrisy. Continue reading How Hypocrisy Has Overtaken Godliness During Lenten Season→