I have created this blog in order to share my faith in Jesus Christ with others. My prayer is that these writings, based on God's Holy Word, will encourage Christians to love and serve others as Jesus Christ loves the church. Further, I will be praying that my words, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, will reach non-believers who may be searching for meaning and purpose in their lives. May they find that Jesus Christ is the only source to fill the emptiness inside their hearts.
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Sunday, April 29, 2012
We've Come This Far
then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to
their faithful Creator and continue to do good.” I
yourselves therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due
time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” I
in the quiet of my little writing room, I am finishing my BSF Bible study
lessons for the week. This week’s lesson focuses on the book of I Peter. Within
the contents of these five chapters of scripture, there are many references and
themes regarding trials and sufferings that we as Christians will undergo.
book of I Peter teaches us that these times come to make us stronger and to
strengthen our trust in God. It is through the tough times that our faith will
grow, if we will allow that growth. One thing that I am certain of is that God
did not bring us this far to leave us. So, by faith we keep moving forward
leaning on our Lord and trusting that He always knows what is best for us.
at church, some friends and I were talking about how many hurting people there
are in our own little circles. Multiply that number by scores of others who are
not personally known to us, and on every hand there are hurting people. Some
are suffering from illnesses. Still others are discouraged, depressed,
stressed, anxious, and lost in a feeling of hopelessness. Others
are out of work and desperately need employment. Some are spiritually lost and have no direction for their lives. I am praying that the latter will seek a personal relationship with Jesus Christ for the guidance that they need. So, everywhere we look, there
is pain and sorrow and suffering. That fact alone might be depressing if that
were the end of the story. Thankfully, it is not!
you are reading this blog and your circumstance(s) fit into one of the
categories mentioned above, please be assured that God knows your heart, hears
your cries, and sees your needs. He has not abandoned you. He walks beside you
through these times of uncertainty. Call on Him. He hears, He listens, and He
answers. Take heart, dear ones. God is not finished with you yet.
song posted below is a simple song. It is entitled, “We’ve Come This Far by
Faith.” I have been singing it for over a week waiting for an opportunity to
write these words. My heart and my prayers are with my family and friends and
all others who need encouragement and the assurance that the gentle Shepherd
walks beside them at this very moment.
Prayer: Dear Lord, we love You with all of our
hearts. Be with each person reading this blog tonight. Stay near to those who
are hurting. We thank You in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.