Answers to Life’s Questions

There are several questions that every human being wants answered. Who are we? Where did we come from? What are we here for? Where are we going? Scientists, philosophers and researchers spend inordinate amounts of time looking for answers.

God is the source of all of our answers. He created us as His Children, for His glory and to spend eternity with Him in His Kingdom (Galatians 3; 2 Corinthians 5; Romans 8).

Everyone who chooses to believe in Christ and His sacrifice for us on Calvary’s cross finds our true identity in Him. Those who refuse to believe condemn themselves to eternal darkness (John 3:16-18).

God is constantly perfecting us by His Spirit who abides in our spirit. He takes away our desire to sin, and it no longer appeals to us. We are alive to God and we desire intimacy with Him more than the temporal pleasures of sin.

God’s Spirit helps us to walk away from our weakness and addictions. He searches our heart and knows our mind and prays for us according to the will of God (Romans 8:26-27).

We are Born Again by the blood of the Lamb, and God’s Spirit replaces the carnal nature in our soul with the divine nature of Christ. Our eternal destination is heaven (2 Peter 1:3-4).

Jesus swallowed up death, and gave us the victory through His resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:54; Isaiah 25:8). What the world views as the finality of death is actually the ultimate victory for God’s children.

Leaving this earth is to our benefit, because God rejoices in the death of His Saints (Romans 8:28; Psalm 116:15). In truth, there is greater advantage for us to go Home to the glory of Heaven than to continue living here on this sin-cursed earth (Philippians 1:21).

Prayer:
Father God, thank You for making us a new creation in Christ, for filling our life with Your peace and joy, and for exchanging our sin for the righteousness of Jesus Christ. Through His resurrection, we have assurance by Your Spirit of enjoying everlasting life with You both now and for eternity.

You rescue us from violence and deceit, because we are precious in Your sight (Psalm 72:14). Your mercy and grace are our mainstays and ground us in this life with stability and normalcy, which only You can give. We cling to Your promises and enjoy the divine nature of Christ in us (2 Peter 1:4). Continue to mold us into sanctified servants for Your Holy Kingdom.

Thought for the Day:
Accepting who we are in Christ, and why we are different from those in the world, helps us to make an eternal difference in our world.

Living in God’s Glory

Jesus is our everlasting light and life (John 6:47; Isaiah 60:19). He takes the place of the sun, moon and stars in our life; and we will never dwell in darkness again (Isaiah 60:20). Jesus’ first miracle at the wedding feast in Cana of Galilee manifested His glory and caused His disciples to truly believe in Him (John 2:11).

The Apostles all wrote about the possibility of us also enjoying the intimate, personal union with Jesus Christ, which they did. Anyone who receives Christ and believes on His name has the right to become a child of God (John 1:12; Acts 16:31). All we have to do to enter into this new life is to confess that Jesus is Lord and totally believe that God raised Him from the dead, so that we will be saved.

When our heart believes in Jesus, He gives us His righteousness; when we confess Him as our Lord, we enter into His eternal salvation (Romans 10:9-10). Anyone who does not have the Spirit in them is not Born Again, and they do not belong to God. However, if Christ is in us, His Spirit, who raised Christ from the dead, gives life to our mortal body as well as our soul and spirit (Romans 8:9-11).

As vessels of God’s fullness, we walk by His Spirit and accomplish His works in the earth (Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 2:10). God’s children do not live by the flesh, because God’s Spirit abides in them. Our carnal desires are dead, so that we can rise up through the glory of our Father and walk in this new life in Him (Romans 6:3-5). God freely gives us all things, both to enjoy and to help us to do His will (1 Tim 6:17; Philippians 2:12-13).

Prayer:
Father God, Satan is the god of this world and creation is subjected to him and the curse of sin. Therefore, all creation groans for the appearance of Your children. Creation is waiting for You to restore Your order to the heavens and earth, and to bring us all into Your glory and freedom (Romans 8:19-22). Christ in us is our hope of entering into Your glory forever (Colossians 1:27). Even so, come, Lord Jesus (Rev 22:20).

Thought for the Day:
We receive the glory of the Lord through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ by faith in Him to justify us, not by our human efforts, but by our faith in Him. – Galatians 2:16; Ephesians 2:8-9

Spiritual Healing – Part 3

Focusing on God

We often react to people and situations without thinking. We usually over-react because we do not have all of the facts. Then, because of our insecurities, we exaggerate the incident in our mind and end up falsely accusing others. At other times, the action from the other person pushes buttons from our past and we are instantly incensed ( http://www.theophostic.com ).

Sometimes, we allow another’s behavior to continue until we cannot stand it anymore, and then we finally react in anger. Change will often affect us negatively; or if we get tired, we will get grouchy and easily angered. The cure for this is to focus on the will of God in the situation. This brings instant peace to the circumstances.

As we stay focused on God, we live in His perfect peace (Isaiah 26:3). We also give God charge over our attitudes, behavior, desires and thoughts. Any time our attitude turns negative, we can be sure that we are either neglecting some legitimate need that we have, or we are harboring an inordinate need that is an idol in our life and that we need to surrender to God.

If we fail to consult the Lord about the issue, then we often end up inappropriately dealing with it our self. As a Believer, we can realize that nothing will occur in our life, which is not already part of God’s plan for us. He works out even the most horrific issues for our good (Romans 8:28). This reminds us to look for the seed of a miracle in every trial. God is good all the time.

Prayer:
Father God, Your Word advises that sweet and bitter water cannot come out of the same well (James 3:11). Fill our mind with Your thoughts. Keep our thoughts focused on only that which is pure, true, noble, righteous, lovely, admirable, excellent and worthy of praise (Philippians 4:8). Cleanse us from any wicked way in us and lead us in Your everlasting ways (Psalm 139:23-24).

Thought for the Day:
Love does not dishonor others, is not self-seeking or easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs. – 1 Corinthians 13:5

Wings of the Wind

God covered the earth with water as a garment. In the beginning, water even covered the mountains; but at His word, it fled. At the sound of His thunder, the water hurried away and flowed over the mountains and into the valleys, which is where He designed for it to reside. The water cannot cover the earth any longer, because God set a boundary, which it cannot cross (Psalm 104:5-9 NKJV).

God covers Himself with light as His garment. The heavens are His tent. The beams of His upper chambers are in the canopy of water above the earth. He set the earth on its axis, so that it can never be moved, unless His chooses. He travels on the clouds as His chariot and strides on the wings of the wind. The winds are God’s messengers and the flames of fire are His servants (Psalm 18:10, 104:2-4 NKJV).

The Lord is like an eagle, using the winds beneath His wings. He teaches us to fly in the Spirit, like the eagle teaches its young to fly. The eagle stirs up the nest and hovers over its young. If they falter in flight, the eagle spreads its wings and swoops down to catch them and carry them aloft (Deuteronomy 32:11). In this same way, God speedily comes to our rescue in any time of need (Psalm 40:13).

This same Lord is our dwelling place throughout every generation. He birthed our earth and created the mountains on it, proving that He is God from beginning to everlasting. At our death, He turns us back to the dust from which He created Adam. He has power and dominion over the whole earth and all of its inhabitants. God does not dwell in finite time (Psalm 90:1-3 NKJV). He is from everlasting to everlasting (Psalm 90:2, 103:17; Isaiah 40:28).

Prayer:
Father God, in Your sight, a thousand of our years passes like one day, or as quickly as a single night watch (Psalm 90:4). We are but grasshoppers in Your sight; yet, you care for us as Your own children. You walk on the wind; yet, You control every aspect of our life on the earth. You are rich in mercy and great in Your love toward us. Even when we were dead in sin, You loved us. By Your grace, You made us alive together with Christ (Ephesians 2:4-5).

Thought for the Day:
In God’s wisdom He creates and casts down, and the earth is full of His possessions. – Psalm 104:24