Callie was a young woman who was mostly strong in her faith, but could not shake self doubt. She believed the Bible and in Lord Jesus, but felt so unworthy. The world around her offered so many temptations and distractions that she often doubted whether she would be counted worthy at the Lord’s appearance.
Even though she was given the gift of prophesy and blessed many people in church and out, sometimes the thoughts in her mind condemned her over the slightest failure. The Bible teaches us that’s it is the work of Lord Jesus on the cross that gives us eternal life…freedom from sin and death. His doing not ours.
The Bible also says, “Now you have every spiritual gift you need as you eagerly wait for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will keep you strong to the end so that you will be free from all blame on the day when our Lord Jesus Christ returns. God will do this, for he is faithful to do what he says, and he has invited you into partnership with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” (1 Corinthians 7-9)
Cast your cares, your doubts, and your fears upon Him for He cares for you. And you will have a glorious ending.
This year there is a phenomenon happening in college campuses all over the United States and in various places around the world. This phenomenon is a spontaneous revival. Started by young people who felt the urge to tarry after chapel services and pray. These prayer services were initiated by young souls asking God for forgiveness. True repentance ensued. A supernatural presence of the Holy Spirit of God descended and engulfed the worshippers and now people of all ages come searching to be part of the presence and kindness of God. So far it is continuing 24/7 around the world. How long will this last? Only God knows. The Bible says,
“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.“ (Romans 15:13)
What? Pay my taxes? Oh now you’ve gone to meddling in my business! What? The Apostle Paul is the one telling me in the Bible? Oops. Here’s what he wrote,
“Pay your taxes, too, for these same reasons. For government workers need to be paid. They are serving God in what they do. Give to everyone what you owe them: Pay your taxes and government fees to those who collect them, and give respect and honor to those who are in authority.” (Romans 6-7)
You know, most people don’t look at it that way. The Bible says that God sets people in authority over us and that we are to respect them and honor the law, for that is God’s will. Remember even Jesus said to render to Cesar what is Cesar’s and to God what is God’s.
But the government wastes so much money you say? I agree but look at what the government does to help and bless people, as well as employ thousands of fellow citizens. It may not be perfect but pray that your contribution goes for the right usage. God sees and knows. He is the ultimate judge.
Are you ever disappointed with yourself? Do you ever sit in church and feel badly because the truth is that you have compromised with one foot in the ways of the world, and the other foot in the ways of the Lord? Listen friend, it’s a part of becoming a mature Christian. The conviction of the Holy Spirit will point you in the right direction…if, you listen. Flood your mind with the word of God and earnestly desire to be more like Jesus, and God will disclose His will for you. Eventually as you change the way you think, the ways of the world will cease to interest you as you experience the ways of God, and the true blessings which will unfold in your life.
The Bible says, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Romans 12:2)
Have you ever heard it said by a Christian or even a Pastor in church that “God is a good God! Sometimes that saying bugs me and here’s why. First of all God is the only God. There are none above Him or even to compare. He is not one of many Gods so He cannot be a good God, He is THE GOOD GOD. The other thing is who among us is qualified to state whether He is good or not? Of course we know that He is good. The Bible says that He is good and the only one who is good. So many of us have experienced his goodness. Yet who am I to judge Him and His goodness? Now I’m not putting down anyone who says that God is a good God because I believe their heart is in the right place. I mean I’ve sang the song that says God is a good God, yes He is. I just think that we can get close to Him and so familiar that we lose the realization of His magnificence.
The Bible says, “For who can know the LORD’s thoughts? Who knows enough to give him advice? And who has given him so much that he needs to pay it back? For everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen.” (Romans (11:34-36)