"For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers." (Ephesians 1:15, 16 NIV)
We can get frustrated and angry - and even rude - when we’re not appreciated for what we do. From work, school, and chores, we can go through the day feeling unappreciated, as if nobody cares. If you’ve ever felt this way, there’s good news for you. God sees everything you do. He knows the sacrifices you make and the work you do. With every good thing you do in Christ, He is appreciative.
"Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, " (Colossians 3:23 ESV)
"…And your Father who sees in secret will reward you." (Matthew 6:4 ESV)
"Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan. God’s purpose was that we Jews who were the first to trust in Christ would bring praise and glory to God. And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago. The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him." (Ephesians 1:11-14 NLT)
The entire point of God’s blessing is His glory. God blesses us with every spiritual blessing in Christ so that we may enjoy and glorify Him forever. This means that our purpose in Christ is to worship God and enjoy Him eternally.
So the trouble is not with the law, for it is spiritual and good. The trouble is with me, for I am all too human, a slave to sin.
But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good. So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.
But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin. (Romans 7:14, 16, 17, 23-25 NLT)
In Christ we can still struggle with sin, but Jesus Christ - not being good - will deliver us from its punishment and power.
Grabe!! You are just so great!!! Jesus, you’re all I need. :)
Oftentimes Christians go to Jesus for forgiveness of sin so they can go to heaven, but they leave the gospel behind when it comes to living daily life. Yet Jesus says we must abide in Him (John 15:4). What does that mean? It means that we stay put! That we are fed by Him daily and that we flourish as we remain in Christ.
"Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." (John 15:4, 5 NIV)
In the midst of trial, trouble, or tribulation, the best thing we can do is give thanks. We enter the gates of safety, truth, and peace when we enter God’s courts.
Take the truths of God’s love, grace, and mercy to heart and believe them! Apply them to your heart like a balm. Confess any sin of unbelief or desire for the things of the flesh or the world. They will be a snare, a lure, and a pitfall.
Five points to help you remember these truths:
1. Pray for help. (Grab the red phone!)
2. Proclaim your position IN Christ. What enemy can defeat Him? You are covered by the blood the Lamb and hidden in the strong tower of His name: God Most High, Ruler of All, King of all kings.
3. Plunge your sword. Know the Word of God and use it. Target the enemy’s lies with the truth.
4. Position yourself and stand firm in the truth.
5. Proceed forward believing that He is God, thanking Him, and trusting that He is in control.
Read 1 Peter 1:6-7. Sometimes unbelief can be very subtle and hard to recognize. The truth is that it is in difficult times that our faith is tested and strengthened. We need to trust the Lord in those times and run to Him.
Everything’s doing fine until it started to drown itself again. There was 00101 but now there’s nothing but zeroes. Binary of agony. Confusion went beyond. Conditional. But what just happened? Lucid dream? I guess not. More of self inflicted. A silhouette of a guitar printed on a wall painted in purple. Victim of another illusion. Controlled by a shadow. Puppet. No. This must stop. It should find its way out. A rope…