2 Corinthians 4:13- 5:10
2 Corinthians 4:13- 5:10
Psalm 19 – The Word’s Place in Our Lives
The creation declares to us the knowledge and power of our Creator, but it does not tell us the story of our sin and our desperate need for redemption. The creation declares the glory of an eternal Creator, but it does not tell us the story of our gracious redeemer. The creation should amaze and humble us, but it takes the word of God, to bring our hearts to repentance and
Where Are You?
Gen 3:9 tells of God’s question to Adam, after he had sinned. God is not looking for information. He is calling Adam to awareness of the consequences of his sin and his need for God’s help. God calls today for the same reason, He wants to rescue and clothe us. (Gal 3:27; Rom 16:20)
Suffering and God’s Purpose in It
All people in this world suffer. As God’s people it is not ours to know the what and why of our suffering. It is ours to trust God and His promises through it!
We do not judge our faith by mere appearances. The value of our faith is not found in the numbers of people who agree with us, nor is it found in measurements of success the way this world measures success. The value of our faith is found in the One who is the basis of that faith, Jesus Christ. He is Lord, the Almighty (Rev 1:8. 18), and we eagerly await His return (Rev 22:12-21)
Lord, Don’t You Care If We Drown?
The Lord knows that this life is filled with “furious squalls” that come up, trying times that shake our faith in Him. Jesus, as often He did, answers His disciples question with another question, actually two: Why Are You So Afraid? and Do you still have no faith?
Jesus’ reply is really with rhetorical questions, meaning they hold their own answers. In other words if the disciples want to not be afraid, they
The reality is that our enemy the devil is far greater than we are. A spiritual being described as so powerful that a wag of his tail disrupts a third of our heavens. It is this powerful beast and his fury that deceives the whole world and leads them astray from God.
Also a part of this reality is the war fought in heaven for our sake and the victory that is ours over this enemy because of our Savior coming into our world. It is through the blood of His sacrifice and the word of His testimony by which we, too, can overcome!!
At times God’s people can feel forgotten or forsaken and find their souls mourning, oppressed, disturbed, and downcast. When the circumstances of life overwhelm us, we can certainly feel this way, and if we do, we need to remember that in Christ Jesus – God is NOT against us (Romans 8:31)!
In psalms 42 & 43 the soul of the psalmist is panting and thirsting for God’s presence, to be with his God in a way so that despair and fear are vanquished, just melted away.
The psalmist knows the thing he ought to be able to do, “put your hope in God.” That is the truth he states over and over to his soul (Psalms 42:5, 11). Yet, despite what he knows and says, his soul remains oppressed in mourning, and he feels forgotten (Psalms 42:9) and rejected (Psalms 43:2). The panting of his soul has brought out a cry for vindication and rescue (Psalms 43:1). Until finally, he makes this victorious request of God: Send forth your light and your truth, let them guide me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell. This is it! This is necessary request, this is the one according to God’s will, this is the one God answers, and he knows it! Then, will I go . . . my joy and delight . . . my Savior and my God (Psalms 43:4-5).
Are you feeling uncertain, weak, hopeless, frustrated, even lost? Our world is full of uncertainty, but Jesus says the truth will set you free, free from all this uncertainty. The truth Jesus refers to is the truth given in His word. It is the truth that sanctifies us from the uncertainty of this world and gives us the victory over this world, even our faith (1 Jn 5:4-5; Rom 10:17; Jn 17:17, 20).