A little over a year ago, I was awoken around 7am on a Sunday morning and was asked if I could preach last minute at church that morning. It was sudden and unexpected so I had to immediately go to God and ask Him what He would have for that fated morning.
As I was reflected on various truths and Bible passages I was brought to a very simple, yet often overlooked one, and I knew it was needed:
The Love of God.
The Love of God is a theme I’ve revisited many times and is one that I have to remind myself of often and I felt I should share it with you as well.
Although we live in a culture that has devalued and misconstrued love as something you feel or an undirected affirmation of anything someone else wants, God’s love towards us is an undying care an affection that we could study our entire lives and never reach it’s depths or expanse.
One of my favorite hymns describes God’s love this way…
Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade;
To write the love of God above,
Would drain the ocean dry
Nor could the scroll contain the whole
Though stretched from sky to sky
That verse paints such a vivid picture of how we cannot fully understand or appreciate the vast love of God.
But we can certainly try.
And so I have tried to make the habit of taking 5-10 minutes a day to simply reflect on the love of God, and I invite you to join me.
I’ve written some verses below for you to simply read through,
To slow down,
And simply think about God’s love and care for you.
"Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.” – Deuteronomy 7:9
"But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.” – Psalm 86:15
"Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever.” – Psalm 136:26
"The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.” – Zephaniah 3:17
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16
"As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” – John 15:9–13
“But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8
"No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:37–39
"But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us,
even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved.” – Ephesians 2:4–5
"See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.” – 1 John 3:1
"I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” – Galatians 2:20
"In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins..” – 1 John 4:9–10
"Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:6–7
"He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” – Psalm 147:3
In case you missed last week’s post, you can read part one at this link: "Embracing A Lifestyle Of Confessing Sin And Repentance”
I never intended for this to be a two-parter, but as I was thinking and praying more about this topic, I realized I left it off improperly.
So let’s back up…
It’s incredible how difficult it is to write on a topic like confessing sin. As I wrote the past blog and now writing this one, I’m constantly pausing to wonder what else I should be confessing or repenting over.
Even worse than that, I have the dread that someone will come to me with something I’m completely unaware of (or worse, that they’ll just hold on to it bitterly while I sit here unaware).
But it was while I thought about these things, I realized I had completely missed one of the most important pieces in my last post.
Encouraging us to actually do it.
The last post pretty much left it as an important thought and something to reflect on, but did you realize that this is something we need to act on right now.
Jesus told us that this is so important that we should even pause our worship to reconcile with those who we have sinned against:
“So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.” – Matthew 5:23–24
Jesus is basically saying that nothing is more important than your confession of sin and repentance.
Even if you find yourself presenting worship to God
He would rather you confess your sin against someone else and reconcile with them
And then come back to worship Him.
So, are you going to do it?
Do you have someone in mind that you haven’t confessed sin to and asked forgiveness from?
Now is the time.
Meet with them.
Repent of sin,
And worship God in His forgiveness.
As we were made to do.
“Confessing sin” sounds so intense doesn’t it?
It brings up images (for me, at least) of a catholic confessional or your final words with a priest when on death row.
But, it’s not suppose to be so distant in the life of a Christian, is it?
We see confession and repentance as an important act all throughout Scripture. In the Old Testament with the entire sacrificial system and lifestyle ordained by God – and even Jesus Himself confirming this for Christians as His primary message was a call for us to repent of sin and turn to Him for forgiveness (Mark 1:15, Luke 13:5).
(And, note that repentance absolutely confirms confessing sin, as without confession, you have nothing to repent for.)
This is later confirmed in Acts where the primary message of the church to unbelievers is to “repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out.” (Acts 3:19).
All of these examples show that we need to confess and repent of our sins for salvation, but why should we repent of sins after we’re saved?
Repentance as a lifestyle
Ongoing repentance in a Christian’s life is such an important topic that it was the first of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses:
“When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said, ‘Repent’ (Matthew 4:17), he willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.”
As Luther pointed out, scripture points to a daily/frequent repentance – not just a single repentance to become a Christian.
This is alluded to in the sacrificial system laid out in the Old Testament where there were times of “whole covering” sacrifices, but then there were also “trespass” offerings and other types that were done on an “as needed” basis.
Now, as Christians, we do not have a need for a sacrifice to be made beyond what Jesus has already done, His work on the cross as our sacrifice is complete and forever. However, we are told to continue to confess and repent of sin in our lives because, although we have been made righteous before God, we are still imperfect in our actions.
We see this lifestyle as described in James 5:16 where James writes:
“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” – James 5:16
And also in 1 John 1:9
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” – 1 John 1:9
These are not descriptions of repentance for salvation, but for the daily struggles of sin we still have even though we are saved.
So, why is ongoing repentance important?
The obvious question is “why is ongoing repentance important”? If this is not repentance for salvation, then why would God tell us to do this?
I think there are a lot of good reasons for this, but here are the two most important factors I can think of:
1. Confession and repentance keep us focused on the Gospel and the ongoing grace and mercy of Jesus in our lives
Think about it this way: without ongoing repentance, it would be dangerously easy to grow prideful in our salvation. It would be all too easy to think that we have life together and that although the Gospel was something we needed “back then” we don’t need God’s grace for today.
Repentance is the quickest way to bring ourselves back to the reality that we are imperfect, in need of a Savior and that we need God even for our every breath.
And, as a side-note, having a constant reminder of our need for God’s grace is the only surefire way to keep us humble, which is by far the best way for us to live life, since we are told multiple times in scripture that God “Opposes the proud and gives grace to the humble” (Proverbs 29:23, Matthew 23:12, Luke 1:52, James 4:6, 1 Peter 5:5)
2. Confession and repentance bring a constant reminder of who we are and who God is making us to be
Or put another way: when we have an active life of confession and repentance, it helps us recalibrate and realign with God’s will and plan for our life.
Think about it this way: without ongoing repentance, God might never work out the character flaws or other “rough edges” from of your life. Although the Gospel brings about our justification, it is also meant to bring about our sanctification (our becoming more like Jesus).
Paul actually wrote to Titus specifically reminding him that the Gospel was meant to bring about our salvation and to transform us into a people who “renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age…” (Titus 2:11-14).
God wants us to grow in holiness and Christ-likeness, and this will not happen without the ongoing confession and repentance of sin and shortcomings as God reveals them to us in our lives.
An awesome (and surprising) side benefit of confessing sin and repenting
About a year ago, I remember reading about a study that had been done by the Barna group on what brought about the most evangelistic change in Christians. They were looking to see what could be done in churches today to help the average Christian share the Gospel more frequently in their day to day lives.
And do you know what they found?
It wasn’t how many Bible studies attended
It wasn’t how involved they were in church
Or if they were part of a small group.
The factor that caused the most amount of evangelistic growth in groups of Christians was simply an increase in confessing sin to one another and repenting of their sin.
Isn’t that crazy???
The two seem so unrelated… but are they really?
Because, as we make a purposeful choice to confess sin more frequently…
We are actively choosing to remind ourselves that the Gospel is for us, today…
And as we engage with and are humbled by the Gospel for ourselves
How could we not increase our sharing the Gospel with others?
I think what we so often lack, as Christians, is that we believe the cross, our repentance and the Gospel was for yesterday. It was for “back when I really needed Jesus”.
But when we remember that we need Jesus today.
And we come to Jesus with our sin, today
We will be more humble,
More engaged with His mercies
And, of course
We won’t be able to brush by those around us without telling them about this good news that we are experiencing today.
Good news, today.
So, may you refresh your hearts in God’s Gospel, grace and mercy, today.
Whether you’ve been saved 1 day, or 100 years, you can enjoy the Good News just as much as you did when you were first saved. And I guarantee you, that when you do, you’ll have a deeper passion and desire to tell others of this great love you’ve found in Jesus.
As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I’ve been listening to a podcast called “Hurry Up And Read” where they read old Christian books aloud on the podcast (that have entered public domain).
As such, here are some quotes and notes from another book I’ve listened to on that podcast. They’re great to meditate on, and if you like them, you can go listen to them too, or read the book, “The Great Gain Of Godliness” by Thomas Watson, yourself.
When others spoke against God, these spoke for God.”
(referring to Malachi 3:16–18)
“To profess religion, when the times favor it, is no great matter. Almost all will court the Gospel Queen when she is hung with jewels, but to own the ways of God when they are decried and maligned, to love a persecuted truth, this evidence is a vital principle of goodness. Dead fish swim down the stream, living fish swim against it. To swim against the common stream of evil shows grace to be alive.”
“Sin is never the better because it is in fashion.”
My note: No matter what everyone else says, we need to follow what God says.
“Lack of the fear of God, is the cause of all innate wickedness.”
“Men do not fear God because they have no knowledge of God.”
(refering to Proverbs 1:29)
“Men do not fear God because they presume on his mercy… but God’s mercy is for those who fear Him: “And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.” – Luke 1:50
“Do you have knowledge, so has Satan
Do you have profession, so has Satan
But do you have filial fear (one of a son or daughter): in this you excel him.
The fear of God is not our plea of heaven, but our evidence of heaven.”
“The majesty of God is seen in the humbling of pride.”
“The fear of God is a Christian’s safety.
He’s invulnerable, nothing can hurt him.
Plunder him of his money, he carries a treasure about him, which he cannot be robbed (Isaiah 33:6).
Cast him into prison, his conscience is free.
Kill his body, he shall rise again.
He who has on this breastplate of God’s fear, may be shot at but can never be shot through.”
“What were the apostate angels damned for? Was it for any more than proud thoughts?”
“I would rather obey than work miracles.” – Martin Luther
“How shall we arrive at this blessed fear? Answer:
1. Let us set God ever in our eye. Study His immensity. He is God, almighty (Genesis 17:1). He gives laws to the angels, binds the consciences of men, cuts off princes. He breaks the spirit of rulers, He is feared by the kings of the earth (Psalm 76:12). The thoughts of God’s incomprehensible greatness should strike a holy awe in our hearts. Elijah wrapped his face in a mantle when God’s glory passed by. The reason men do not fear God is because they entertain slight thoughts of Him. “You thought I was altogether like you” (Psalm 50:21).
2. Let us pray for this fear of God, which is the root of all holiness and the mother of all wisdom. “Give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name (Psalm 86:11). The Lord has promised to put His fear in our heart (Jeremiah 32:40). Let us pray over this promise. While some pray for riches, and others for children, let us pray for a heart to fear God.”
“His [God’s] ways are secret, but never unjust.”
“Tremble at sinful thoughts. We startle at gross sin, but we do not tremble at sinful thoughts.”
What should the matter of our meditation be?
– Think of God’s immense being
– Think of God’s omnipotence
– Think of God’s holiness
– Think of God’s mercy
– Think of God’s veracity (abundance of truth)
“Though God is sometimes silent – He is not deaf!”
“See the privilege of the godly – they have God’s ear! ’The Lord hearkened and heart!’ ‘His ears are open unto their cry!’ (Psalm 34:15)
“If God records our services, then let us record His mercies. Let us have our book of remembrance. A Christian should keep two books always beside him. One to write his sins in, that he may be humble. The other to write his mercies in, that he may be thankful.”
“A person falling on hard times, and then marring a king, has a share in all the crown revenues.”
“What richer dowery than diety.”
Since we celebrated Mother’s Day yesterday, I wanted to add some encouragement to the mothers in my life. And I think this is important because in today’s culture, we tend to either idolize or demonize people and positions – and neither does any good.
We can talk about how incredible and “perfect” mothers are, and unintentionally crush them into guilt as we put more on them than they can live up to.
OR, we talk of the imperfections we’ve seen in mothers or how we have been hurt by mother figures, and that does just as little good for all the mothers we ought to be thankful for.
Ultimately, the approach we should have towards mothers is one of thankfulness for the role they’ve played in our lives, and more importantly, their lives and roles should cause us to look towards God in thankfulness and worship.
So, let’s back up…
God Seen In Every Person And Position
As human beings, we have a very special position before God: we are “made in his image,” or “likeness” (Genesis 1:27).
But, even more than that, God has revealed Himself and His character throughout scripture by giving us comparisons for us to understand Who He is.
A classic example is that God is like a loving Father Who has compassion on His children (Psalm 103:13)…
But that is merely one example. The Bible is filled with comparisons so that we may get an idea of God’s goodness, love, kindness, gentleness and all Who God is by collecting these hundreds of glimpses into a single picture.
Here’s a few more examples to help explain what I mean:
God is described as or compared to a…
Shepherd (Psalm 23)
Warrior (Exodus 15:3)
King (Psalm 29:10)
Potter (Isaiah 29:16)
A friend (James 2:23)
Teacher/Guide (John 16:13)
And many more…
Each of these tells us an aspect of God’s unchanging character and role in our lives.
And one of the most great comparisons is how God is like a mother
God has used parental figures in His Word very frequently, which I’m sure is intentional since we all experience a parental figure in our lives at some point.
Here are just a few examples we see from scripture of how God is like our mothers.
Keep in mind that many of these are specifically God’s relationship to His covenant people, Israel, but we can definitely apply this love and character to God in how He loves and cares for all His people, especially now those who have been added to through His Son, Jesus (Ephesians 2:19, Ephesians 3:6, Romans 11:17-24)
“Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk; I took them up by their arms, but they did not know that I healed them. I led them with cords of kindness, with the bands of love, and I became to them as one who eases the yoke on their jaws, and I bent down to them and fed them.” – Hosea 11:3–4
“As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.” – Isaiah 66:13
“Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.” – Isaiah 49:15
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!” – Matthew 23:37
Mothers have been used many times to remind us of God’s undying love, protection, compassion, care, teaching, leadership and so many more things that most of us have experienced from our own mothers.
And, for these great examples of God’s Character, we ought to be thankful to our mothers…
Unfortunately, We (As Examples Of God) Are Broken And Imperfect
And this is where the problem begins.
We see how God compares Himself to mothers.
And we begin to lift them up to a place they don’t belong.
On a day when we should simply be thankful for our mothers,
Many, even in churches, begin to act as if they’re perfect (or that they ought to be)
And this puts an impossible burden on them.
Or we go the other route.
And maybe we’ve seen poor examples of mothers,
And we begin bashing the hurtful things mothers have done to those we love.
And neither way is good.
Because we were never meant to expect perfection from our mothers.
Like every other person alive,
Mothers represent a piece of God.
They have been made in the image of God
And have the special role of motherhood to exemplify specific traits from God.
But they are not God.
As with every other person alive, their role as an image bearer is to have their lives point to God as the One Who is perfect, Who is complete, Who is lacking nothing.
Just as we have been made as image bearers of God (Genesis 1:27)
Just as every Christian is an ambassador for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:11-21)
Mothers are to point us to God, who is the perfect and complete “mother” we all need.
And as we look at our mothers, we can see their strong points. Their godly characteristics. And know that our God is even more so.
And when we also look at our mothers, and we see their faults. Their imperfections. We are rest assured that our God is not lacking in any way.
And when we look at our mothers this way, we can be thankful for everything they are.
Their strengths, as they help point us to God’s even greater strength.
And their weaknesses and lack, as they also point us to God’s strength and fullness.
There is no need to put them on a pedestal, to put a burden on them that would merely crush them; because it’s a weight they weren’t meant to bear.
Instead, we can enjoy them more fully,
Thanking God for every part of them,
And having their role in our lives bring us even more blessing as it points us to God.
Yesterday, I got to teach the older kids class at our church as we continued through our study in the book of Mark.
Even better, we were studing the story of The Transfiguration (Mark 9:1–13).
Here’s the basics:
- Jesus goes up on a mountain with Peter, James and John…
- And… “He [Jesus] was transfigured before them, and his clothes became radiant, intensely white, as no one on earth could bleach them.” (Mark 9:2–3)
- And… Then Moses and Elijah are there speaking with him…
- And… Just as Peter is starting to say they should make tents for them and stay a while with them…
When Suddenly… This Happens:
And a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, “This is my beloved Son; listen to him.” And suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone with them but Jesus only.” -Mark 9:7–8
Even for Jesus’ ministry where “the miraculous” was synonymous with “just another Monday” (they were common)… THIS was uncommon.
In all of Jesus’ ministry, there were only two other times where the Father audibly spoke from Heaven. Once at His baptism (Matthew 3:17) and once when Jesus was publicly (John 12:28).
This Is A BIG Deal.
The Father felt it very important, to tell us something.
And what was that?
That Jesus isn’t just another prophet, miracle worker, or man greatly used by God. Jesus is His Son. And we should listen to Him.
Jesus Is God. And When God Says Something, We Should Listen.
Think about it this way:
- If I called you a liar, it might hurt, but there’s no real consequence…
- But if your boss calls you a liar, there could be consequences…
- And if a judge calls you a liar, there will be even greater consequences…
Basically: the level of authority someone has over you, the greater their words matter.
Sometimes, we give someone authority over us by simply valuing them and caring what they say. Other times, their authority over us is given to them by someone else (such as your direct boss being given authority by the company you work for).
So, where does God fall into this?
- He created us (Genesis 1:1)
- Everything we are, have and see is His (Job 41:11, 1 Corinthians 10:26)
- He is the final Judge of our entire existence (Ezekiel 18:4, Luke 12:20, James 4:12)
God’s Words Matter… A Lot.
And, if they matter so much…
Then what does He say?
The God Who spoke the universe into being…
Has said things to you in His Word.
Have you been listening?
We are told many things each and every day,
Some of them are truth,
Others are not.
And we would do good to follow Paul’s instructions:
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” -Romans 12:2
Renewing Our Minds
The idea of “renewing our minds” is simply this:
Correcting the lies with truth.
So, as we did in the kid’s class yesterday, I encourage you to write down everything you’re told, and more importantly, what you believe. The good, the bad, the truth, the lies and everything in-between. A few examples might be:
- “You need “X” to be successful or happy”
- “This life is all there is, so make the most of it”
- “What’s most important is the experiences you have and people you meet”
- “If you try hard enough, you can accomplish anything”
- “Your life is what you make of it”
- “What goes around, comes around”
Write a list of the thoughts, words, ideas and beliefs you hold most closely…
And see what Jesus has to say about them.
Does He confirm them?
Or deny them?
Because, as we’ve already alluded to…
What He Says Is All That Matters
To help you get started, here’s a list of some of the things God/Jesus says about some of the most important things we experience in life. May you take them to heart and be encouraged, corrected and renewed as you seek what God says about life.
- Jesus wants you to do good to those who are unkind to you
1 Peter 3:9 “Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.”
- Jesus wants us to do our best to be at peace with others
Romans 12:18 “If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.”
- Jesus wants us to be encouraging to others
1 Thessalonians 5:11 “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”
- Jesus doesn’t want us to gossip
Ephesians 4:29 “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”
- Jesus wants us to love God with all of our lives
Matthew 22:37–38 “And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment.”
- Jesus wants us to love others as ourselves
Matthew 22:39 “And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
- Jesus wants us to live holy lives that obey Him
1 Thessalonians 4:3a “For this is the will of God, your sanctification”
- Jesus won’t give up on us
Philippians 1:6 “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”
- Jesus has prepared good things for us to do
Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
- Jesus wants us to have faith in Him
Hebrews 11:6 “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.”
- Jesus can help us do good, AND He can help us want to do good
Philippians 2:13 “For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.”
- Jesus wants us to not be anxious
Matthew 6:25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
- We can go to Jesus for comfort
2 Corinthians 1:3–5 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.”
- We can go to Jesus for wisdom
James 1:5 “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.”
- We can go to Jesus for help
2 Corinthians 12:9 “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
- Jesus is working all things for your good, and you have purpose
Romans 8:28 “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
- Jesus has a plan for your life
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
- Jesus opposes the prideful and gives grace to the humble
James 4:6 “But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
- Jesus has given you the ability to do everything He has told you to do… today
2 Corinthians 9:8 “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.”
- Jesus empowers you to overcome any temptation
1 Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”
- Jesus is with you through all of life
Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Isaiah 41:13 “For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.”
- Jesus will make all things right (He will get revenge)
Romans 12:19 “Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”
- You can go to Jesus with your problems
1 Peter 5:7 “Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”
John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”
- Northing can separate you from Jesus’ love
Romans 8:38–39 “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
- Jesus wants you to obey your parents
Ephesians 6:1 “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.”
1 Peter 1:18–19 “Knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.”
- Our hearts are deceitful and wicked
Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?”
- Jesus wants you to trust in Him, not in yourself
Jeremiah 17:5,7 “Cursed is the man who trusts in man… Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD.”