…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).
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.
……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.
Probably no aspect of the Biblical account of Jesus has faced as much opposition as the story of His resurrection from the dead, and rightly so; for Paul says, “If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith” – [1 Corinthians 15: 14].