Category: Insights From Bill Bright
God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7, NLT) Some Christians are so afraid of failure that they become reserved, overly cautions, and uninvolved in life. They follow a policy of guarded living, holding back time, talents, and treasure from God's service. Their motto is: To keep from failing -- don't try! We must not be this way.
If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins (Matthew 6:14-15, NLT) Joseph was truly a great and godly man, who suffered tremendously, was misunderstood, but was faithful to God. The late Dr. J. Vernon McGee counted numerous ways in which the details of Joseph's life were a foreshadow and a symbol of the life of Christ.
Our earthly bodies, which die and decay, will be different when they are resurrected, for they will never die. Our bodies now disappoint us, but when they are raised, they will be full of glory (1 Corinthians 15:42, NLT) Because Jesus Christ conquered death and rose from the grave, He will someday bring back to life all those who have put their faith in Him, giving them perfect bodies, just like His own resurrected, glorified body.
There is someone to plead for you before the Father. He is Jesus Christ.... (1 John 2:1, NLT) Christians need not falsely proclaim their innocence, but be honest with God and receive His wonderful forgiveness and cleansing according to 1 John 1:9-10: "If we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong. If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts" (NLT).