I Can Do All Things…

Most people know Philippians 4:13.  But do we understand what it means?  Out of context, its meaning can be much different from what it was intended.  Just like any scripture, read at least the entire chapter.  Who is the author speaking to?  What is the theme and setting of the book?  Thanksgiving has just past.  It is a time of giving thanks for all that we have.  We should be grateful in good times and bad, because God has blessed us in so many ways, sometimes we don’t even realize it until later in life.  So, what does Thanksgiving have to do with what Paul was talking about in his letter to the Philippians, anyway? Continue reading “I Can Do All Things…”

God’s Promise: Joy and Peace

The words of Jesus:

John 14:27-28

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.  

John 15:11-12

These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.  

John 16:33

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

Jesus says, “Peace I give to you” and “your joy will be full.”  But, His peace and joy are much different than the world view of peace and joy.  That doesn’t mean everything will run smoothly in your life; it means that no matter what life throws at you, you will have peace and joy in your heart.  That God will lead you through it.  That Christ is by your side.  That the Spirit within you will give you strength.  That you will have confidence and faith, knowing that you will be in heaven with almighty God. Continue reading “God’s Promise: Joy and Peace”

No Need to Fear

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The Lord is my Light

Psalm 27:1

The LORD is my light and my salvation;

Whom shall I fear?

The LORD is the strength of my life;

Of whom shall I be afraid?

With all the talk of violence and mass shootings and gun laws and the direction our country and this world is heading, one thing we can be sure of is that God is in control and there is no need to fear.  Many would ask, then why does God allow these things to happen?  I do not know the answer, but we live in a fallen world.  We are not God’s puppets, and there are evil people in this world and Satan is allowed to roam this earth…for now.  But I believe his time is short.  It appears we are living Matthew 24.  But, those of us who believe in Jesus Christ, who follow Him, have nothing to fear.  God assures us of this and there are better things to come.  No matter what we are going through, God is with us and He will guide us and He will give us all that we need.  No matter what happens to us on this earth, we have so much to look forward to.  There is no need to fear. Continue reading “No Need to Fear”

How God Helps Us to Grow

sprout-1147803_1280Sanctification is a big word.  But, it basically just means growing in the Spirit to maturity.  We are a work in progress.  This is not about being saved, but about maturing once we are saved.  The Spirit continually works in us throughout our lives.

This will be a two-part series on what the scriptures say how God leads us to sanctification and what we need to do throughout this process.  First, I will talk about what God does.  Without Him, we can do nothing. Continue reading “How God Helps Us to Grow”

God Answers Prayers

 

Paul says pray without ceasing.  No matter what the circumstance, good or bad, seek God…first.  Praise Him.  No matter what He will be with you.  I think that is what Paul meant when he said, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  It doesn’t mean we can do everything, it means we can handle anything when we put the Lord first and we trust Him to take care of our needs.  Jesus says do not worry because the Lord will provide. Continue reading “God Answers Prayers”