Being a Christian can take lots of courage. Christians face many challenges living in this world. Those who lived before us had to face their own challenges. Lot was tormented living in Sodom in the midst of ungodly actions and lifestyles.The moral issues confronting us today call for courage and standing firm for what is right. Some are tempted to give in, compromise, go along with the majority or cannot be bothered to take a stand for righteousness. God is counting on us to stand for what is right and reject what is wrong.
1 Corinthians 16:13
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith, be men of courage; be strong
When I need direction, I must trust that the Lord will take my faith, limited as it is, and make something of lasting value out of it. He care about my dilemmas, pain, disappointments, broken heart, hears my heartfelt cries, and will answer me in ways that will be astonishing, and fill my life with songs of joy.
"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Life doesn't always look ideal to us. When finances are tight, family problems are serious, health issues are affecting our lives, Satan is waging spiritual battles against us, or things just don't seem to go our way, we may doubt that God is working in our lives. That is the time we need to remind ourselves our God has a plan and purpose why things happen in our lives. Even when things seem unbearable and strange, God is working in our best interest. We need to have patience and faith, allow him to do his work.to accomplish his purpose.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose.
God, the creator of the universe, there is no other God like him. There are many lords and gods, but to us, there is only one true God. He gave his only son as a sacrifice for our sins. The greatest gift the world has seen. He expressed His love in a sacrificial manner, the highest form of love, agape. He has done for us what we did not deserve. Therefore, we say, thank you God, your grace is amazing!
8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Roy Graneau is the full-time preacher for the South Edmonton Church of Christ.