The fact that we experience times when our faith seems to be slipping away comes as no surprise to our Father. He always knows what we need, when we need it and even though we don’t always realize it, He has already given it to us. Everything we need to get us through the difficult seasons in our lives can be found in the scriptures.
Reflecting (meditating) on His Word will renew your hope and provide nourishment to a hungry spirit. You can start with these verses and if you have a few favorite verses, read them as well. Before you begin ask the Holy Spirit to help you to understand the mysteries hidden in the words; to help you strengthen your faith.
I recommend reading them out loud whenever you can, so you can hear the words because, “Faith cometh by hearing.”
Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Immediately, the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord I believe; help my unbelief!” Mark 9:23-24
And God is able to give you more than you need, so that you will always have all you need for yourselves and more than enough for every good cause. As the scripture says, “He gives generously to the needy; His kindness lasts forever.” 2 Corinthians 9:8-9 (GNB)
For with God nothing shall be impossible. Luke 1:37
The Lord will keep you safe from all evil; He will take care of your soul. The Lord will keep watch over your going out and your coming in, from this time and forever. Psalms 121: 7-8 (BBE)
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
So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently and boldly say, “The Lord is my Helper; I will not be seized with alarm, [I will not fear or dread or be terrified]. What can man do to me? Hebrews 13:6 (AMP)
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and uphold me by Your generous Spirit. Psalm 51: 10-12
Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. 1 John 5:14-15
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones. Proverbs 3:5-8
What I want from you is your true thanks; I want your promises fulfilled. I want you to trust me in your times of trouble, so I can rescue you and you can give me glory. Psalm 50:14-15 (TLB)
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If a person owns the kinds of things we need to make it in this world but refuses to share with those in need, is it even possible that God’s love lives in him? My little children, don’t just talk about love as an idea or theory. Make it your true way of life, and live in the pattern of gracious love. 1 John 3:17-18 (TVNT
Are you living in the pattern of gracious love?
When asked to describe themselves, I’ve never met anyone, (Christian or otherwise) who has said, “I am evil, selfish, cruel and unkind.” I’m sure those people exist, but thankfully, I haven’t come across them. Most people believe, regardless of whether it’s true, that they are good, kind, generous, and caring. I believe it. Don’t you?
To believe otherwise would cause quite a bit of discomfort. Then we would be forced to admit that maybe we’re just good at talking the talk, but falling short when it comes to walking the talk.
None of us wants to look at those opportunities to help others that we let slip by. We have so many opportunities to show the Father’s gracious love dwells in us, but we don’t take them..because….
- I’m tired
- I don’t feel like it
- They get on my nerves
- I might need it again
- I’m saving up for…
- That’s not my problem
- I paid a lot of money for that
- I can barely pay my own bills
- I don’t like him/her
- Every time I turn around they want something
His command is clear: believe in the name of His son, Jesus, The Annointed, and love one another as He commanded. 1 John 3:23 (TVNT)
Are you loving as Christ commanded?
See what an incredible quality of love the Father has given (shown, bestowed on) us, that we should be permitted to be named and called and counted the children of God! And so we are! The reason the world does not know (recognize, acknowledge) us is that it does not know (recognize, acknowledge) Him. 1 John 3:1(AMP)
Prior to adopting my daughter I didn’t really believe it was possible to love any child as much as you love your own. I’m almost ashamed to admit it, but it’s the truth. And as much I revel in the knowledge that I am a totally unique, one of a kind individual, I know I’m not the only person who believed that.
I see non-belief most often in my own family. They can’t see her as my child because they are unable to separate what they know (her biological parents) from who she is – my daughter. (by law and by love) My heart doesn’t know the difference between the one I gave life and the one life gave me.
I had to learn to accept that no matter how much I may want them to “recognize and acknowledge” who she is, some people just won’t get it. I was there once.
Through faith in Christ we become Children of God. He is our Father and His extravagant love knows no limits. How blessed we are!
xoxo Be Blessed!
Don’t fall in love with this corrupt world or worship the things it can offer. Those who love it’s corrupt ways don’t have the Father’s love living within them. All the things the world can offer to you – the allure of pleasure, the passion to have things, and the pompous sense of superiority – do not come from the Father. These are the rotten fruits of the world. This corrupt world is already wasting away, as are it’s selfish desires. But the person really doing God’s will – that person will never cease to be. 1John 2:15-17 (TVNT)
There was a time I questioned God’s love for me. I could see no reason for some of the things that have happened in my life. I felt like I had some kind of curse on me because everything I had worked so hard to aquire was taken bit by bit..piece by agonizing piece, until nothing I valued was left. All of it – the money, the house, the cars and trinkets. Gone.
My understanding of the way love is supposed to work wasn’t lining up with my experiences and I became bitter and cynical. It just didn’t make any sense. I’m a child of God! I’m supposed to be the head and not the tail, blessed coming in and blessed going out! I didn’t get it.
The heart of man is narrow, and cannot contain both loves. The world draws down the heart from God; and so the more the love of the world prevails the more the love of God dwindles and decays. ~Matthew Henry~
There are so many things and/or people vying for our affection, it’s easy to get caught up and enticed by them. Without even realizing it we begin to place more importance on them than they should have. It is not God’s will that any of His children should go lacking but there is nothing in this world more important than a heart for God and a desire to do His Will.
The one who claims to be in the light while hating a brother or sister is in the darkness even now. The person loving a brother and sister stays in the light, and there is nothing in the light that causes a person to stumble. 1 John 2:9-10 (CEB)
I’ve noticed a trend in this Bible study series regarding “The Light.”
I can only conclude the reason for this is because of it’s importance in living our faith on a daily or even an hourly basis. We have to be committed to living in the all consuming love God has toward us and allowing His love to flow freely through us to all of God’s elect.
If we’re harboring ill feelings toward any of our brothers and sisters in Christ, it needs to be dealt with, right away. If we can’t do it on our own, that’s okay. We have a helper. The Holy Spirit. A sincere desire and a prayerful request to the Father in Jesus’ name is all that’s needed to effect the desired change.
My little children, I’m writing these things to you so that you don’t sin. But if you do sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous one. He is God’s way of dealing with our sins, not only ours but the sins of the whole world. This is how we know that we know him: if we keep his commandments. The one who claims, “I know him,” while not keeping his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in this person. But the love of God is truly perfected in whoever keeps his word. This is how we know we are in him. The one who claims to remain in him ought to live in the same way as he lived. 1John 2:1-6(CEB)
Jesus is light. As His followers we are called children of light. Our faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ sets us apart. The Bible says we love Him because He first loved us. We were chosen, redeemed and sanctified to be holy and blameless. To walk as Jesus walked in love, in obedience to our Father’s laws and commands.
Christ taught the greatest commandment is to love.
- First, believers are to love the Lord our God with all our hearts, with all our souls, with all our minds and with all our strength.
- Second, we love our neighbors as we love ourselves.
When the love of God is preeminent in your life, pleasing Him becomes a priority and it shows. The love and guidance of the Holy Spirit are manifested in the way you live. For it is the Spirit that gives us the ability to remain obedient.
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should show forth the praises of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. 1Peter 2:9
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John 8: 1-19
The Pharisees brought a woman to Christ who had committed adultery. They were zealous in their desire not only to judge her sin, but to subject her to a gruesome death as well.
*Note, It is common for those that are indulgent to their own sin to be severe against the sins of others. ~Matthew Henry~
When Jesus addressed the crowd His response convicted them and one by one they left until He was alone with the woman. Whether our sins are exposed to the world or known only to us, this is where we stand – alone with Jesus Christ. We stand before Him daily and we will stand before Him at the judgement seat.
Then Jesus stood up and asked her, “Dear lady, where are your accusers? Hasn’t anyone condemned you?” “No one, sir,” she replied. Then Jesus said, “I don’t condemn you, either. Go home, and from now on do not sin anymore.” John 8: 10-11
She was guilty as we all are of sinning and her sin, having been brought to light convicted her. But as Christ pointed out, He did not condemn her and no one else had the right or authority to condemn her either. Those that follow Christ live in his light which exposes everything.
There are no secret sins in the life of believers. Jesus Christ is aware of them all. He is quick to expose, forgive and cleanse us of our sins. We live in His limitless love, His grace and His mercy under which there is No Condemnation.
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