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“The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”  1 Samuel 17:37

These past few months have been difficult for all of us, one way or another. Some have had health problems and even death in their families. Others have lost employment or even the business they had worked so hard to build up.

Difficulties hound all of us throughout our lives and they have since Eve bit into the apple. As I have looked around and talked with people recently, I have noticed they face their difficulties in a myriad of ways.

How to face our difficulties is illustrated multiple times in the Bible, but no better example there is better than the story of David and Goliath.

How to face our difficulties is illustrated multiple times in the Bible, but there is no better example than the story of David and Goliath. The Israelites and the Philistines were at war with one another. The Philistines greatest weapon was not mechanical. It was human… a great big giant named Goliath. He could kill anyone.

Here’s what we learn from this story:

  • The battle is the Lord’s and He will provide.
  • David ran into the battle and not from it.
  • David used what he had and did not lament over what he did not have

I can’t help but to think how David victoriously faced Goliath. Fighting this overwhelming giant in the name of the Lord. Fighting and winning for God’s glory. Fighting and winning in God’s strength.

As we face our giants, as we face our fears and our concerns, as we face what life throws our way, let’s try to stand as David stood. Stand with strength and confidence in the Lord. I know that it is far easier said than done. We can see that in the fear and trepidation of all the other warriors who heard and saw Goliath. But David stood strong. Strong in the Lord. An example of how we can and should face our Goliath, knowing that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.

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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.Proverbs 3:5&6

As you face your Goliath, give Jesus your burdens and your fears, concerns, issues, illnesses… Trust in Him and He can and will give you peace beyond understanding and confidence, courage and strength to face your Goliath, with stones and sling in hand… For the battle is the Lord’s.”

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“But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in You.” Psalm 39:7

Recently I experienced a medical condition that has a high mortality rate. As I lay in the hospital hooked up to more wires than the local power grid, I contemplated my mortality.

Most people think of hope like that, as in, “I hope something will happen.” But that’s not what the Bible means by hope. The biblical definition is “confident expectation.” Hope is a firm assurance regarding things that are unclear and unknown.

Without hope, life loses its meaning. The righteous who trust in God will be helped, and they won’t be confused, put to shame, or disappointed. They have a confidence in God’s protection and help and are free from fear and anxiety.

Though I hoped I would recover, as I have a lot of living yet to do, my ultimate hope is in my eternal salvation. Even faced with my current situation, I knew with that expectant hope, that all would be well. Regardless of when and how I came out of the hospital, someday — maybe even soon — I would see the face of Jesus.

As the great songwriter Edward Mote wrote decades ago:

My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus Christ, my righteousness; I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

Lord, my hope is built on You and nothing less. My hope springs eternal for that day when I see Your face. Amen.

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Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the Lord our God.” Psalm 20:7

As we usher in another year, I recall a question a reporter asked Benjamin Franklin as he emerged from the Continental Convention that was forming the structure of America’s government. “What kind of government have you given us’” asked the reporter. Franklin’s response was “a republic if you can keep it.”

That statement was made more than two hundred years ago and history shows that the cycle of national dominance usually expires in about that period of time. Where are we in the cycle of nations?

The historical cycle seems to be: From bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to apathy; from apathy to dependency; and from dependency back to bondage once more.

At the stage between apathy and dependency, men always turn in fear to economic and political panaceas. New conditions, it is claimed, require new remedies. Under such circumstances, the competent citizen is certainly not a fool if he insists upon using the compass of history when forced to sail uncharted seas.

As we usher in 2021 we are in worldwide economic chaos, pandemic, fighting wars we cannot win against enemies we cannot identify. In our country, more people are getting from rather than contributing to the revenue stream that powers democracy. The world is encased in a turmoil never before known in history.

Where can we place our trust and faith in the New Year? Certainly not in men nor in nations, as both will disappoint us. Certainly not in the economy, as it is in shambles as the corporate, national and personal debt is one we can never hope to repay. Certainly not in military might, as we are vulnerable to a defense that could lead to world annihilation.

In this coming year, the only safe place to put our trust is in God.

“Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him” (Psalm 2:12). “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!” (Psalm 34:8).

The New Year is always full of resolutions. Let this one be yours from (Psalms 18:2)

The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold

Put your trust in God!

For where your treasure is, there you’ll find your heart. Put your trust in him! He won’t let you down. God is our hope, so put your life in his hands. May this be our resolution for the New Year.

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“Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labor of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.”  Habakkuk 3:17-18

Joy is not dependent on your circumstances.

Some of the world’s most miserable people are those whose circumstances seem the most enviable. Many reach the top of the ladder of success only to find emptiness awaiting them.

Whether in a palace or a prison, true joy is a by-product of living a life in the constant presence of Jesus. We should not judge a day as one of difficulty because it contains difficulties.

We should focus on the Master and many of the problems that clamor for our attention will resolve themselves. Problem solving should be secondary to the goal of living close to Jesus. That way, we can find true Joy even amidst the most difficult of days.

Don’t confuse joy with happiness.

There is a difference. A dictionary definition of happiness is “a state of well-being, a pleasurable or satisfying experience.” The definition of the word “rejoice,” from which our word “joy” comes, is “to feel great delight, to welcome or to be glad.”

Depending on the translation, the Bible uses the words “happy” and “happiness” about 30 times, while “joy” and “rejoice” appear over 300 times.

James 1:2 says, “Consider it all joy, my brothers, when you encounter various trials.” How could we ever consider going through difficulties and trials a reason to feel joy?

James 1:3-4 gives us a clue when it says, “Knowing that the testing of our faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” The deep, abiding joy comes as we persevere through trials, with God’s help, and our faith matures and is strengthened. Happiness tends to be fleeting and depends upon temporal factors like circumstances or other people.

Joy, on the other hand, is true contentment that comes from internal factors like our faith in the Lord. True joy is everlasting and not dependent upon circumstances.

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“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” Colossians 4:2

Writing from a prison cell to the Colossian church, Paul focuses not on his own plight but on theirs. He wants the best for them and gives them scripturally based advice.

Paul focuses on three words that should sum up the Christian’s everyday life. They are “pray, watch and thankful.”

Writing to the Thessalonian church, he tells them to “pray without ceasing.” Prayer was a continual part of Paul’s everyday life, no matter what situation he was in. Our own devotion to prayer should be no less. Paul’s guidel|ine, repeated in more than one of his letters was to worry about nothing and pray about everything.

God is concerned with our prayer life and our interaction with the world. Heaven’s gate is not to be stormed by one weapon but by many. Pray, pray, pray……

Paul is also practical and knows the evil one is roving the world waiting to devour. Hence, while we pray, we should be on watch against the danger of worldliness that lurks around every corner of our life journey.

I remember walking around the ramparts of the watchtower of a medieval European city where those on guard were always on the lookout for a sneaking enemy. We should do no less and should always be on watch for the enemy.

Lastly, Paul tells us to be thankful…… thankful in all things.

That’s not always easy as we traverse the difficulties of everyday life. We live in a world of stress, strain and uncertainty, but no matter how difficult the path of life becomes, we can pray about everything, worry about nothing and be thankful in every situation.

That was Paul’s formula for life and it should be ours too.

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He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Mark 16:15

What do you picture when someone speaks of missions? I bet it’s probably a vision of being someplace far away. Recently, while waiting for an appointment, I suddenly became aware of the international, multi-cultured mix of people around me. They looked different than me and spoke a variety of languages. Suddenly, it occurred to me that I was in the middle of a mission field.

What is important about the mission field is not where it is located or how far we go to get there. The crucial thing is what we do when we get there.

For the Christian, reaching out in mission to share the gospel to an unsaved world is not optional; it is mandatory. When we take on Christ’s DNA, it comes with a call to mission.

Any effective sharing of the gospel must always begin with a God-given burden. We must first care. Jesus cared, but do we? Do we truly want to reach out to perishing people?

These people may be around the world or they may be around the corner. Either way, we are called to go. We are called to care. We are called to share and minister with love and the message of the gospel. Think about the mission field Jesus is calling you to? Who can you impact, perhaps even on the street where you live?

Father, when I accepted Christ as my Savior, You set me apart to go and to share. Open my eyes that I might see the mission field before me and then give me the conviction and the courage to go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Amen.

Start each day this week by praying for one person you know who doesn’t yet follow Jesus.

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“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. “ 1 Peter 5:6-7

Perhaps you remember the poster boy of Mad Magazine, Alfred E. Neuman, always with the tag line of: “What, me worry?” God didn’t create us to worry. It is an acquired worldly skill. He says to trust Him and refuse to worry.

We all have those days when we feel wobbly as we look at perceived difficult times looming ahead, measuring them against our own strength. Usually they are not that day’s tasks, but are somewhere in the future. Some that may never happen at all. God wants us to leave them in the future and focus on the present. He promises us to empower us to handle each task as it comes along. Worry drains us of our ability to focus on God.

Have you ever stopped to think that humans are the only creatures capable of anticipating future events? That can be a blessing when used right, but also a curse when it causes us to have excessive worry about the future.

Peace does not come with excessive planning and attempting to control what happens in the future. We lose God’s peace when our minds spin with multiple plans. Just when we think we have prepared for all possibilities, something unexpected pops up and throws life into confusion.

God did not design us to figure out the future. It is beyond our capability. He crafted our mind for continual communication with and trust in Him. He says to bring Him all our needs, hopes and fears and commit everything to His care.

In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” Proverbs 16:9.

Commit your way to the Lord and trust in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.”
Psalm 37:5.

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:33-34

Give it a try. Turn from the path of planning to the peace and He will give you a peace which passes all human understanding.

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Sovereign Lord, you have begun to show to your servant your greatness and your strong hand. For what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do the deeds and mighty works you do”   Deuteronomy 3:24

Moses and his people had quite a walk through the desert. They endured much hardship, but it was all in God’s plan. Moses had a lot of spiritual encounters and great things of God. He saw God’s face. He saw the burning bush. He saw water gush from a rock. He received God’s law. He saw the parting of the sea.

These were all a preamble of greater things yet to come. God let Moses peer into and see the Holy Land, but denied Him the opportunity to set foot on it. Moses view of the land across the Jordan was a sign of greater things yet to come.

Regardless of how difficult the times, those who have been born again by the grace of God, redeemed and forgiven by the blood of Christ, adopted into God’s heavenly family, indwelt by and sealed with the Holy Spirit, given an eternal home in Heaven and empowered by God for significant service have no right to be anything but optimistic.

Here’s the point. When things looked hopeless for Israel, God was about to do something amazing.

When it looked like Israel was finished, their best days were still ahead. Greater things were yet to come and greater things were still to be done in Israel.

When your eyes are on the problems and you can only see the victory of wickedness in this world, lift up your eyes. Jesus is alive and greater things are yet to come and greater things are still to be done.

Moses saw and experienced many great things, but the real power of God was following Moses death. Moses planted the seeds for the Promised Land, but he never saw the greatest of miracles when God sent His son to die for the remission of sins and then reappear to assure His followers and then ascend into the heaves to sit at the right hand of God.

Remember that God is still at work in this world and for those of us who are saved by His grace, greater things are yet to come.

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“Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

What do you seek most in life? Often it is possessions….. things ….. that cause us distraction and become our mission. Our possessions require maintenance and steal our time and energy. When we own more than we need, we begin wasting our finite resources maintaining our stuff.

We clean, categorize, organize, rearrange them, lose, spend hours trying to find them, move them in and out of storage and work extra hours to make the payments on them. Physical possessions can take a toll on our lives before we even own them! We obsess over buying them, we spend hours researching and comparison shopping, and we go out of our way to find the best deal on them.

On the other end of the consumerism cycle, we spend time trying to sell our unneeded possessions, posting them on Facebook Marketplace, or driving them to local donation centers. Again, the more we own, the more of our lives we waste maintaining our stuff and diverting our attention from more important things.

These items take energy from us and our greater pursuits. Consumerism causes burdens in many areas of our lives: financial, relational, spiritual, and can also impact our health because of undue pressure.

But there is a better way to live. An intentional, minimalist approach to life provides the mind with the ability to focus more on the spiritual as our mission in life. It paves the way to less stress, more time, more focus, and more fulfillment and happiness.

Jesus told His disciples to seek first the Kingdom of God in contrast to those who are filled with anxiety over provisions for daily life, and therefore, focused on material, temporal things to the neglect of spiritual, eternal things.

What does it mean to seek first the Kingdom of God? It means putting Christ and the things of the Spirit first in our lives. Every day, we are faced with choices and opportunities to put our time and energy into temporal things that have no lasting spiritual value or to invest in things that are related to the kingdom of Christ.

There are only so many hours in a day. How many of those hours do we spend focusing on spiritual activities like meditating on God’s Word, prayer, worship, etc.? And how much energy do we expend in some way or another advancing the cause of Christ in the lives of others and in the world? Let’s be honest, too many Christians are putting way too much of their time and energy toward the things that, in the end, won’t matter in the least. Don’t let that be you.

Twenty centuries ago Jesus of Nazareth challenged His disciples not to worry about tomorrow, worldly possessions and provisions, or to seek the things that pagans seek. Rather to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).

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So the sisters sent word to Jesus,Lord, the one you love is sick.” When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.”
John 11:3-4

When Mary and Martha sent word to Jesus that their brother and Jesus’ friend was gravely ill and requested that He come, Jesus delayed going. The family went through the entire funeral process and by the time Jesus got there Lazarus had been dead four days.

Mary, knowing the healing power of the Master said, “Lord if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” That would be correct. If He had come and healed Lazarus, they would have learned nothing new about Jesus, but by waiting four days, it allowed Him to show even more power. His delay and silence was not rejection. Rather it was an opportunity to know more of himself than they had ever known.

When Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, already wrapped in grave clothing, it was quite a spectacular event, far greater than healing a live person.

Have you ever been frustrated when you didn’t hear from God? Perhaps it is because He wants to teach you a new revelation about himself. Whenever silence comes, continue doing the last thing God told you while you watch and wait for a fresh encounter with Him.

When you don’t hear from God, you can respond in one or two ways. You can become discouraged or you can patiently wait while God gives you a deeper knowledge of himself. The response you choose will determine your relationship with God.

Some responses are good enough to wait for. Never consider the silence of God to be the rejection by God. He knows the perfect timing for the maximum effect.

Perhaps you are not ready for His next step. Maybe He is waiting for you to elevate your prayer level or to deepen your knowledge of scripture. But when you are ready, He can use you in a mighty way.

Jesus was four days late to the grave of His friend Lazarus, but He was right on time.

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“Thus God used to speak to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his friend.”  Exodus 33:11

The Bible is filled with role models, but I can’t think of a better mortal one than Moses. He was a leader, but also a listener. More importantly, he listened to God.

Here is the lesson we learn from Moses that we should apply each and every day: Prayer is a dialogue, not a monologue. God’s voice is the most essential part. Listening to God’s voice is the secret of assurance that he will listen to mine.

I once heard someone say that if we have only ten minutes to pray, we should spend the first half listening and the second half petitioning. Yet most of us rush into pray at a hundred miles an hour with gusts to one hundred fifty and rattle off out a list of I wants, but God wants us to listen to His wants as well.

Moses had a special relationship with God because he spent time alone with Him. With all he had to do in running the nation of Israel, he always took time to be alone with God.

We are the ones who don’t know how to listen or do not have the time to hear what He would say to us. We need to develop a habit of spending time with God that is undisturbed, focuses and determined.

In her book Listening to God, Joyce Huggett spells out nine steps to develop this spiritual discipline, especially in times of turmoil.

1. Physical relaxation and silence
2. Becoming aware of God’s presence
3. Surrendering to Him in obedience
4. Acceptance of ourselves as He sees us
5. Repentance and receiving forgiveness
6. Spending time in contemplation
7. Receiving grace and expressing gratitude
8. Listening to specific instructions
9. Moving to action

Can you find more space in your day to meet with God? We all prefer talking to listening and need His grace to talk less and listen more.

Have you approached listening to God today?

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Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” – Matthew 14: 31-33

It has been said that if you don’t know where you are going, you will always get there. Various forms of navigation have been used for years. Perhaps the most notable Biblical example is the star over Bethlehem.

I remember when I was going through flight training, my instructor said that no matter what my instincts tell me, always trust the instrument guidance system. After time had passed I remember when I was in very deep and thick clouds that I couldn’t see the wing tips. I wasn’t sure of up from down or left from right. My instincts told me to do one thing, but my instruments told me another. I followed the instruments precisely and was able to fly through the storm safely.

Life is like that. The world is full of advice on the direction of our lives, but often the Bible tells us something else. The Bible is the real guidance system of life. Yet the tug and pull of life is so strong which can so easily draw us off course.

Have you ever wavered in your belief that God would bring you through? Why? When you were seriously short of money… When the diagnosis shook your being… When people and relationships failed you… When the promise of your career tanked… Why did you doubt?

Crossing a stormy Sea of Galilee late at night, the disciples are afraid. Jesus comes to them, walking on the water. They think they are seeing a ghost, but then they realize it’s Jesus! Peter asks to walk out to Jesus. As he begins to step out of the boat and walk on water, he begins to sink from fear of the wind and waves. “Lord, save me!” and Jesus pulls Peter out of the water. Then Jesus asked, “Why did you doubt?”

Before they call, I will answer; while they are yet speaking, I will hear.” (Isaiah 65:24)

You who are redeemed for heaven, God knows your circumstances. He knows when you think you’re going down, whatever the cause may be. He is already working on your deliverance and already knows the day of your eternal deliverance. Like Peter, the disciples come sooner or later to see the hints that God was indeed reaching down to save you. It’s then, when we start to get it, that He invites the introspective look back, “Why did you doubt?” We see God from behind. The more we look back at the times He’s delivered us, the more we’ll trust that He will save us in the present, even if we don’t yet see it happening.

Trust in God alone and you will never get off course.

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“For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.”  Matthew 25.19

Recently I met an Olympic medalist. He was excited and motivated about the Olympic competition. I was surprised to learn that combining the summer and winter Olympics that there are more than 400 Olympic events each requiring a different set of skills. His comment was there is something for everyone.

The heights of Olympic athletes ranges from 4 feet to 7 feet, each size adaptable to their respective sport. The man I met received a bronze medal in the ice-skating competition. He was thrilled even be on the Olympic team, much less to be a medalist.

He grew up with a background most unlikely to ever be Olympics skater. But he had a dream and his message was simply that everyone should live their dreams and use their God-given gifts to the fullest extent possible.

God has given each of us a multitude of gifts with a simple message of use them or lose them. God has given each of us all the gifts we need to carry out the mission that he uniquely created us to do here on earth.

A large part of our life is discovering the gifts that God has given us, and then using them to the utmost of our ability. If our eyes and our minds are not open discovering those gifts, which sometimes are right under our nose, we will pass them by and never be able to live our dreams and the dreams God has created us to enjoy and experience as we life.

Take time today to seek God’s presence and asked him what gifts he has given you and how He wants you to use them for his glory. Live life to the fullest. Use your gifts. Get ready for God to give you more than you could ever imagine. Live your dreams and get ready for new and more joyful ride through the journey of life.

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“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord.”
Ephesians 5:8-10

She was one of the great leaders of the 21st century, playing a vital role in the end of the Cold War in Europe. She was a strong woman in a man’s world. The movie entitled Iron Lady was recently released depicting the story of her courageous life.

I thoroughly enjoyed viewing this film captivating the life and career of Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minister of England. But, it was one particular quote of hers that resonated with me. In her declining years she looks back and says: “It used to be what we could do. Now it is all about what we can become or who we can be.

What are you living for? What is your ultimate goal? Who are you trying to please? The old catechism answer says that our chief aim is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. So what does that mean? Simply, it means our goal is to please God.

Who’s in control of your life? Who’s pulling your strings? For the majority of us, it’s other people – society, colleagues, friends, family or our religious community. We learned this way of operating when we were very young, of course. We were brainwashed. We discovered that feeling important and feeling accepted was a nice experience and so we learned to do everything we could to make other people like us and to be a big dog in the kennel of life.

In Ephesians 5 we are told that our goal is to “Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord.” If we try to live by the opinions of others, we will build our life on sinking sand. The person who tries to please everyone will only end up getting exhausted and probably pleasing no one in the process.

To be successful in God’s eyes is to do God’s will for our lives. After all, he created us with a purpose and for a reason. If we are driven by these values and not by the changing opinions and value systems of others in this secular world, we will live a more authentic, effective, purposeful and happy life. We will be actualized and successful.

Life is not about who makes history and headlines or who acquires the most power and possessions. Life is about pleasing the Creator of all of us.

Only one question remains – do you really want to be free?

By John Grant
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“Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord.”  2 Corinthians 5:8 (NLV)

We live in a world where some people find hope, but few things are certain. People change. Circumstances change. There is always the question of what lies ahead tomorrow and thereafter. This uncertainty often causes us angst. There are so few things we can rely on confidently.

But one thing we can count on as Christians is eternity with Jesus. Yes, we can be “fully confident,” as Paul says, that when we are absent from our earthly bodies we will be at home with the Lord forever.

The saved can count on this with absolute certainty. But being saved is more than belonging to a church or having head knowledge about the Bible and the Christian faith. It comes from a personal relationship with Jesus.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

Salvation comes when we confess our sins and invite Jesus to be our Lord and Savior and live within us through the work of the Holy Spirit.

Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.” (John 5:24)

Today, as someone who is saved, you can have full confidence that what awaits you in heaven is far better than anything this earth has to offer.

Lord, thank You for the invitation to live with You forever. I confess my sins and surrender my heart and life to You again. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and impart to me assurance of salvation. Amen.

By John Grant
John Grant is a former Florida State Senator and is a practicing attorney
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