Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Feeling Bombarded?

Here are four simple truths from God's Word that can make a difference and lead you to victory.

1. First, whenever you face difficulties, remember that God is in control of all your circumstances. (Romans 8:28-29). Though He may not have initiated our trials, He allowed them. That means He can bring good out of them and teach us powerful lessons if we trust Him.

2. Second, remember that the Lord takes full responsibility for all your needs when you are following Him in obedience. (Romans 8:31-32) Paul confirmed this principle when he wrote, "God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 4:19). The Father is faithful to provide for you, even when you cannot see how He will do so (Ps. 37:25)

3. Third, remember that if you have trusted Jesus Christ as your Savior, the Lord is always with you. (Romans 8:35-37). You are not alone. No matter where you go or what you go through, God will never forsake you (Deut. 31:6, 8; Heb. 13:5)

4. Finally, remember that the Lord loves you with an eternal, irrevocable love. (Romans 8:38-39) You cannot lose God's love. It is unconditional, sacrificial, and based on His unwavering character - not on your behavior (Romans 5:8; 1 John 4:7-10). That does not mean He condones sin. On the contrary, ungoldly behavior is destructive to you, so He despises it. Rather, it means His affection for you is not based on what you do. You don't have to earn it or work to keep it. When you fail, you do not forfeit it. And no one could ever convince Him to care for you less. His love is freely given and all you have to do is open your heart to receive it.

(By Charles Stanley ~ edited by B. Finley)