Many years ago when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare and serious disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-year old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness.
Be still and know that I am God. - Psalm 46:10 Sometimes when we encounter the things we most fear (rejection, failure, sickness...), we panic and thrash about and scream. But God calls us to have a little faith. If we will be still, we might just discover that our greatest fears are only waist deep, and that God has become a foundation we can stand upon.
The Lord says: My thoughts and my ways are not like yours. Just as the heavens are higher than the earth, my thoughts and my ways are higher than yours. - Isaiah 55:8-9 Scripture says that we need to remember that God is the source of all wisdom, guidance, and strength. God's ways and thoughts are higher than any other on earth. God wants us to turn and receive divine guidance and support in our time of need.
They all met together continually for prayer, along with Mary the mother of Jesus, several other women, and the brothers of Jesus. - Acts 1:14 Do you know someone who is not a believer? A hard-core skeptic? The kind of person that scoffs at your faith? Someone your heart aches for? Someone you've prayed would come to a saving faith in Jesus, but are beginning to doubt will ever believe? Maybe it's a child. Perhaps a spouse, or a close friend. Don't give up hope! If Jesus' resurrection power could change his brothers' hearts, it can change anyone's heart!
Imagine you and the Lord Jesus are walking down the road together. For much of the way, the Lord's footprints go along steadily,consistently, rarely varying the pace. But your footprints are a disorganized stream of zigzags, starts, stops, turnarounds, circles, departures and returns.
I am sure that nothing can separate us from God's love - not life or death, not angels or spirits, not the present or the future, and not powers above or powers below. Nothing in all creation can separate us from God's love for us in Christ Jesus our Lord! - Romans 8:38-39 Life cannot separate us from God's love. Nothing in living your life can separate you. No part of your sinful human living will cause God to withdraw the love of Jesus from you.
I look up to the mountains - does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord, who made the heavens and the earth! - Psalm 121:1-2 When you've got a problem, which do you do - stare at your problem or look up to God for help? For effective Christian living you need to stop focusing on the problem, and start focusing on the power of God in your life. Things won't look the same!