What If It’s All In Vain?

As a Christian, I’ve asked myself this question before, “What if it’s all in vain?” I have never personally struggled with wondering if God exist, because I have seen Him answer prayers I have prayed. I have heard Him speak to my heart. I have experienced His peace and comfort. Plus I can look at the beauty of His creation and know that He is real.

However, I have definitely had times where I felt weary in my Christian walk. I wondered if it was worth it to keep pursuing the things of God. I have questioned His involvement with the details of my life. There were even times I have experienced that vague feeling, that somehow I was missing the mark of understanding who God is, and what He really wants from me.

Have you ever felt this way?

I believe that it is perfectly fine with God for us to ask Him questions. He wants to know all of our doubts and fears. It’s up to Him to decide what He will and will not reveal to us, but we are always free to talk to Him about anything. Our questions are at times what Jesus uses to draw us closer to His heart.

Matthew 7:7 NIV, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

Some of the things I have learned during my times of struggling with doubt include the following:

1. Doubt is something the enemy will use to pull us away from God. Therefore, we must be honest with God about our struggles so He can help us. (Hebrews 3:12)

2. Don’t compare yourself to others. Comparing yourself to others will cause discontentment, which will cause you to doubt God’s goodness in your life. (Galatians 6:4)

3. Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. Meditating on and speaking God’s Word will replace your doubt with faith. (Romans 10:17)

4. Fear not! Fear will cause you to doubt that God loves you and will supply your needs. Understanding God loves you perfectly will cast out fear. (1 John 4:18)

God promises us that the life we are living for Him is not in vain…

1 Corinthians 15:58 NIV, “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”

TRUST GOD When Fear Comes

Psalm 56:3 (NIV), “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”

Fear can alter the way we think and act. It can cause us to take our eyes off of God, and focus on whatever it is that is causing us to be fearful. There are so many reasons to be afraid, but when fear tries to consume us, we can choose to trust in God instead.

I like this verse because the Psalmist made a decision that every time He was afraid, he would trust God. He planned ahead so that he could be victorious over fear. That inspires me to do the same. I hope it inspires you too.

Life is forever changing and that alone can evoke feelings of fear and insecurity. Even when we think we have things under control, the unexpected can happen and quickly change the course of things. We should make plans for our lives, but we must trust God for the final outcome.

I pray that you will walk in confidence knowing that God will keep you safe. Whenever fear tries to trouble your heart, I pray that He will give you peace. Keep trusting in Him and find comfort in His love. He’s working things out for you.

TRUST GOD, when fear comes

Jesus Christ Never Changes

Hebrews 13:8 (CEV), “Jesus Christ never changes! He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”

Jesus Christ is always the same. This is great comfort for us. The world around us is ever changing. People will often change, but Jesus never changes. His love and provision for us will never cease. He will never go back on His Word. He will forever remain true to His promises.

Regardless of our circumstances or how we feel, He will continue to be steadfast in who He is. When we are going through trials, it’s difficult to understand. We cannot see the end result as we are walking through our situation. However God already knows what is ahead. He will take care of us every day and give us what we need to endure.

Whatever you are facing, carry it to God in prayer. Stand on the mighty, unchanging name of Jesus! His name is above all names (Hebrews 2:9-10). Nothing is too hard for Him. He is good and will always do what is right for you.

Cling to Jesus! He is the Solid Rock that we can always depend on.

Jesus is the Solid Rock!

God Will Refresh and Satisfy

Jeremiah 31:25 (NIV),“I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.”

Life doesn’t usually give us many opportunities to rest. We have to care for ourselves by carving out time for relaxation. If we don’t we will burn out, feel weary and faint. We live in a society that will make us feel guilty if we are not constantly on the go, doing this or doing that.

There is always something else we can do to keep busy, but is it worth it? It’s beneficial at times to choose quality over quantity. Sometimes less is more. Time is valuable and once it’s wasted, we can’t get it back.

God promises to refresh and satisfy us when we are tired. He will replenish our strength not just physically but also spiritually, mentally and emotionally. We’re up against a lot on a daily basis. Life comes at us from all different directions. But God is always by our side. He will never leave us (Hebrews 13:5).

Be sure to take time out for yourself and allow God to refresh you and satisfy your soul.

Be refreshed in His presence

It’s All About Love – 5

Thank you for reading, “It’s All About Love”, this week. I pray you were inspired to continue in your journey of learning to love like Christ. Receiving God’s love, loving Him back , loving ourselves, and loving others is what a life lived in love is all about.

(2 Thessalonians 3:5, NIV), “May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.”

When I started this topic on Monday, I first wrote about “Trust”, but now I want to end with “Truth”. Even beyond trust, true love begins with truth. We know that God is Truth.

Truth allows love to flourish. When we understand the truth about Jesus Christ, who He is, and His love for us, it destroys the lies the enemy has spoken to us and sets us free.

2 Corinthians 3:17 NIV, “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”

When we understand the truth of our worth in Christ, our lives become full of purpose and meaning. He has given us gifts so that we can use them to be a blessing to others.

The truth of Christ destroys the devils lies. Remember the devil is the father of lies, lying is his native language (John 8:44).

How do we tap into the Truth of God’s Love?

We accept Jesus Christ as our Savior. This brings us out of the darkness into the light.

John 8:12 KJV, “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”

Jesus is the Way (the only Way), the Truth, and the Life.

John 14:6 NIV, “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

I’m praying for you, that the love of Christ would fill your heart everyday.

It’s all about love

God Is Proud Of You!

I was driving home from work and I just felt these words raise up inside of me…

God Is Proud Of You!

I believe God wanted me to share that with you, my brothers and sisters in Christ. If you’re doing your best to love Him, trust Him, and obey Him, then He is so proud of you. He is excited about the future He has in store for you.

Don’t look at how far you have to go, instead look at how far you’ve come. Rejoice always! Give God praise and be thankful that you’re moving forward in Christ each day!

Again I say…Rejoice!

Zephaniah 3:17 NIV, “The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”

It’s All About Love – 4

(2 Thessalonians 3:5, NIV), “May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.”

Love Connects

Connecting with people is more of a challenge today. Although we have email, texting, and social media right at our fingertips, real interaction with people has faded away. In order to have meaningful healthy relationships, we must be intentional about spending quality time with people.

Hebrews 10:25 NLT, “And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.”

As Christians, we definitely must put forth extra effort to be aware of those around us who need encouragement. We should also be willing to go beyond our inner circle of familiar people, so we can reach out and touch someone who is unfamiliar. Even if that someone looks different, speaks different, or acts different from us.

Love Forgives

Although difficult at times, we must forgive people who hurt us. Not forgiving will keep us in bondage. A person with an unforgiving heart is not walking in love. We must decide to forgive, and then trust God to help us to walk in that forgiveness.

Mark 11:25 NIV, “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”

Ephesians 4:32 NIV, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

It’s all about love

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