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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Promises About Faith

Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move.  Nothing will be impossible for you."   Matthew 17:20

The prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up.  If he has sinned, he will be forgiven.  James 5:15

In Christ and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.  Ephesians 3:12

Righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.  Romans 3:22

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Pain Has A Purpose

When we realize our days here matter, our pain has significance, and our choices are meaningful, we can step through the darkest of times with hope in your hearts.  It's not that we won't waver, but even our inquiries have the potential, when we are seeking, to lead us to a stronger faith. 

I find that my joy is enlarged by understanding that, as a child of God, even my pain has purpose.  That realization doesn't eliminate my pain, but it makes it more manageable, allowing me other emotions in the midst of calamity, even joy.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

The Power of Faith

Everybody experiences difficult situations in life.  Things that make us want to scream out or give up.  Deprivations.  Sacrifices.  Losses.  Misunderstandings.  But isn't there some way for the Christian to respond without getting mad at God?  Otherwise, what's the good of our faith?  There has to be some key to being joyful in the midst of discouraging circumstances and crabby people.  What is it?

It's taking god at his Word.  It's believing he will do what he says, no matter how things look or how we feel.  Nobody said it would be easy.  If you find any Scripture that even hints that life will be easy, call me collect.  Please.  But I can tell you now ... it ain't in there!  However, trusting God with everything we have, everything we are, every problem that is ours, every loss we endure, every battle we face, every person who disappoints us --with thanksgiving-- gives us the grace to come through it with flying colors.

written by Luci Swindoll

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Promises About a Happy Heart

You have made known to me the path of life, O Lord; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.  Psalm 16:11

Be glad ... rejoice in the Lord your God, for he has given you the autumn rains in righteousness.  He send you abundant showers, both autumn and springs rain, as before.   Joel 2:23

Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.  Psalm 30:5

You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing to you and not be silent.  O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever.  Psalm 30:11-12