When it comes to our confidence, it’s not as complicated as we make it out to be. We have a savior, and he is at work in our lives. He cares more about what we become than what we do for him. He cares enough about us to complete the job he’s started in us.
Each day is a choice we get to live. We can settle for despair or hang on to hope. Sometimes despair feels familiar. But it’s only when we choose to let go of despair that our hearts are able to make room for hope.
Do you tend to assume the worst about God or the truth about Him? God is good. His love is steadfast. His plans are perfect. His timing is impeccable. When He calls your name, it’s because he loves me, not because you're in trouble.
While forgiveness is hard, it’s a sign that you believe God’s plans for your life. While forgiveness feels like you’re letting someone off the hook, it’s an acknowledgement that God is still in control, and that His ways are indeed best.
Here’s what I’ve learned from rejection: we must never confuse rejection by men with rejection by God. Men may reject us, they rejected our savior after all, but our Father will never turn his back on us.
Problems are just obstacles used by God to change us into his likeness and remind us of how strong he is, strong enough to help us overcome our problems. Yeah, our God is bigger than our problems. He’s not daunted by the things that scare us.
Some people wonder how I’ve made it so far... the road has been hard at times, and the disappointments abundant. I often wonder how I’ve made it this far. The answer is simple. Jesus is the only reason I’ve made it this far. His love saved me. His grace sustains me. His power protects me. And his word guides me. Do you know this Jesus?
Are you living set apart in a culture that does not believe in God? Or are you confusing the lines between God and culture? Being separated from the world has less to do with being weird and sticking out, though sometimes we will, and more to do with being lights in the darkness.
When I don’t see any obvious results for my work, I start to wonder about God. Does he not care that I’m working so hard? Yet God ‘s pattern is different. He sometimes keeps away encouraging results in order that we learn to trust him without them.
Over time all the straining and striving doesn’t accomplish the work God gives us to do. Only God himself can do the work through us. God's power in us is the fuel that not only gives us the will but the power to do what he has called us to do.
If we could truly believe and understand the depth of God’s personal and unconditional love for each of us, how different our lives would be. The best way to remember the depth of God’s love for you is to look to the cross where Jesus died for you.
Lina AbuJamra, a pediatric emergency room doctor by profession, is passionate about empowering people with biblical truth. A popular Bible teacher, blogger, and conference speaker, she speaks four languages and is the author of three books. She also reaches English and Arabic listeners through weekly podcasts. Born in Lebanon, Lina is single and calls Chicago home.
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