Humanity and our cosmos did not accidentally appear. We are God’s handiwork, created in Christ to accomplish the works, which God created in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10). Each of us is unique, special and unconditionally loved by our Daddy God (1 Peter 2:9-10).
Although every person ever born sinned and fell short of God’s glory, and the consequences of sin is death, God’s free gift – to anyone willing to believe in Jesus as the Christ – is eternal life in His service (Romans 3:23, 6:23). In Christ, we are a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17).
In the midst of our troubles and trials, issues and pain, God always provides us with His grace, wisdom, refuge, strength and courage to accomplish everything that He created us to do (2 Corinthians 12:9). We are incredibly and wonderfully made by Him to bring Him praise, honor, and glory (Psalm 139:14).
Our true identity is in Christ. Jesus is our life, our reason for living, our all in all (Colossians 3:3-4). His Spirit begins perfecting us at the instant of our salvation, and He continues throughout our lifetime until His work in us is finished when we see Jesus face-to-face (Philippians 1:6).
We can replace the lies of our flesh, the world and the devil with the truth that we find in God’s Word. We reject doubt, depression, discouragement, and defeat, because we live in continual victory in Jesus Christ – by the power of His name and through His shed blood on Calvary’s cross (Proverbs 13:12).
Father God, when we are discouraged, we look to You, because You are working out all things in our life for our good (Romans 8:28; Jeremiah 29:11). You never answer our requests with a “No” unless what we asked for is harmful for us, or not according to Your will for us (James 4:1-3). You are not vindictive and mean, but gracious and merciful. Your love and mercies for us are new every morning (Lamentations 3:23).
You have only our best interest in Your heart, even when You allow loss, heartache, suffering or deprivation into our life. You always plant a seed for a miracle in every trial that we ever face. Although at times, we have to wait for Your blessings to come our way, Your ways are so much better than anything we can ever desire for our self. We give You the glory, honor and praise for who You are and all that You do for us.
Thought for the Day:
When we face a detour or a thick wall impeding our path in life, we can trust that God has a higher purpose for that detour or wall that will work out for our ultimate good; rather than grasping for His gifts, we can wait patiently with outstretched hands to receive all that He has for us.
– Romans 8:28