Recently, my wife and I were reflecting on the state of our nation and world as we begin another year. To be sure, there are huge challenges and at times, it seems like evil is moving much faster than good.
Many Christians seem to be spending more time focusing on fear than considering the miracles which occur regularly. We know that the devil and his kingdom are alive and working to steal, kill and destroy. This should come as no surprise. Nevertheless, God and His kingdom are also alive and well, working to bring light to overshadow the darkness.
We must not ignore the evil, as though it will simply cease. However, we must remember and take hold of the signs and miracles which God is working among us. God always gives good gifts to His children. Take some time to consider the many blessings which God has given you. It is far too easy to be overwhelmed by the works of darkness and those who do them, but if we really focus on God, His love and power, our strength will be renewed. We are more mighty than the most powerful person in the devil’s kingdom, because we are in the kingdom of God!
When it comes to His children, God never seeks to harm them. He always fights with and for them. Jesus paid the price for all of our sins and their deserved consequences. If you have made Jesus your Lord and you believe that God raised him from the dead, you have eternal life. Nothing can separate you from the love of God! Nothing in faith is more important than these truths. Because of this, we can thankfully focus on the goodness of our heavenly father and remember the things he does for us each day.
I don’t always live with unshaken confidence and peace. I become angry and frustrated at times. It’s much easier to know the truth than it is to live it, but I’m going to keep reaching toward the goal! Even before Jesus came, God always tried to show His love and mercy to those who loved Him. Now, we have even greater access to God’s rich blessings!
Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Psalms 103:1-5 (KJV)