Even in the midst of turmoil, trial and strife.
“I am not alone, for my Father is with me. I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – Jesus, John 16.32b-33
Jesus never said this life would be easy. It will be hard.
It is hard.
It would be even harder without him.
This world, not to mention Satan, has a tendency to play with our minds, offering things that seem more alluring and spinning lies about how this thing or that person/relationship will fill the void that we all have.
Everything this world offers (thing, money, relationship, job, etc.) will not last. They always change and I can guarantee that at some point or another, that thing will cause you more heartache than you ever thought it could.
Believe me, I’ve been there.
Some days, I’m still there.
Only in Jesus can peace, hope and the ever-constant state of being of joy be found.
Only Jesus lasts….from beginning to end; Alpha and Omega (Revelation 1.8).
Only Jesus is constant. He’s the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13.8).
Satan is also very good at creating doubt where a firm foundation should be. One of his most effective traps for robbing Christians of peace, joy and hope is to convince them that they need to earn these gifts from God.
Grace doesn’t work that way.
There isn’t a price to pay.
Jesus paid it all on the cross and we don’t owe a single thing on that debt.
It has been paid in full.
We fall for it all the time.
If you’re struggling with this, I encourage you to find time during those moments when you’re about to fall for Satan’s claims – hook, line and sinker – or even when you have and turn to God.
Get into the Word.
Read the Psalms and praise him for all that he has done and continues to do.
Find an accountability partner.
Walk through life with other believers.
Listen to/for him.
And believe the truth that you can’t earn God’s love. There isn’t anything you can do to earn his love or make him love you more than he already does. He loves the same, ever constant.
My prayer, my wish, for you in 2014 (and beyond) is this:
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15.13 NIV