How wonderful God is to have given us hope through the resurrection. How joyful a truth we have in accepting Jesus as our savior; no greater love had God than for Him to have given His Son as a sacrifice so that we may live.
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-19)
Rejoice always knowing God will one day vindicate us by raising us from the dead. No longer will death have dominion over our souls; we will live forever. His purpose is true, His plan is sure and His justice is swift. There will be no more tears, and we will one day praise Him forever in His presence.
Rejoice always, giving our Lord the praise He so truly deserves. He made all things, blessed us with his presence and gave us His life so that we might draw breath. His light will never go out and His anointing over us, which He has foreknown since the beginning, will be sure, true and just.
Rejoice always with hands raised, for God is performing a marvelous work. He is making a new creation in us. Through His Spirit, our heart of stone has become a heart of flesh, and His joy lives in us always. Great is our God, for there are no other gods before Him.
When God sacrificed His only Son as payment for all our sins, He was showing just how great His love for us truly is. For as in Adam all are dead, we are now alive through Jesus Christ our Lord.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
Unless it is a sin against the Holy Spirit, no sin is too great for God to forgive. For God is faithful in His promises, generous in His love, unwavering in His forgiveness, and kind to all. He provides us peace when everything seems to collapse around us, hope when there is no hope, grace when we need it most and joy when sorrow grips our heart.
In the same way, we ought to forgive others as God has forgiven us. Our lives depend on God’s mercy, so should we be merciful to others as a way to show them who God is and how His nature lives in us through Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Of ourselves, we are as specks in the sand. Had God not called us to Himself, we would be nothing. Our repentance through His Son reconciled us to our Father. He has forgiven us and forever we will be part of His eternal family, whose members of His household no one can remove.
When Job questioned God about his suffering, stating how calamity is for the unrighteous, he was really saying that he was righteous and did not deserve what God had allowed upon his life. God had a plan, though. He was there with Job through the trials he endured. For through those trials God was showing his glory.
Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell me, if you have understanding.
Who determined its measurements—surely you know!
Or who stretched the line upon it?
On what were its bases sunk,
or who laid its cornerstone,
when the morning stars sang together
and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
There are moments in our lives when we believe God may have abandoned us. They are only moments; for in everything we suffer, God is showing His glory. Our true test as Christians is our faith we have in the Almighty. Will we abandon God if we did not receive the answer we wanted? The answer is God would never abandon us.
Through His Son, Jesus, we have salvation. God had allowed Jesus to suffer the cross as a way for us to understand God’s awesome grace. For through the cross, we also have hope of the resurrection. We will one day live again, and the devil cannot take that hope away from us.
Look to God for salvation and He will give it. Our sufferings are only for a moment, and then God will glorify us just as He did Jesus. For God is almighty in all things.
Jesus came to save us from our sins. Had Adam not sinned, we would not have need for reconciliation with God. His Son, though, is our salvation, for through Him our sins are no more. God forgave us and we have hope for the coming days.
“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)
God sees our suffering, He knows what our trials are, and He gives us strength when we feel defeated, power when emptied from our wounds and joy when sadness prevails. He pours more of His spirit into us so that His eternal joy lives in us. We are invincible with God living in us.
No greater hope do we have than that of knowing God sacrificed His Son as payment for our sins. And if God would do that for us, what lies beyond the grave when He raises us to glory and honor, surpassing even the angels? Indeed, He has blessed us now with utter joy!
Our hope is in the resurrection, from a decaying body to an everlasting one, from a life with an end to living into eternity, and from sadness to utter happiness, brimful and running over. Our hope is in God.
Find gladness in God, for in Him is life. He separates the day from the night and there is no sorrow in His presence. His goodness is plentiful for the day and His love for us will never empty.
For you will not abandon my soul to Hades,
or let your Holy One see corruption.
You have made known to me the paths of life;
you will make me full of gladness with your presence.
We are but a vapor, but in God, there is meaning to all we do. By the salvation we have in Him through Jesus, His son, our sins are no more. His grace is sufficient to quell our anxious heart. All joy belongs to our Father who is in heaven, and He freely gives it to us.
Look to God for gladness of heart, for He will not hold back His spirit from our bones. He will pour His love into us, so long as we ask with a penitent heart. We will inherit all joy when our deepest longing is to please Him, creator of all things, author and finisher of our faith.
Whatever ails us, let us fear not, for the Lord will prevail. His justice is righteous. Our patience is as a fine fruit He chose for us from the Tree of Life. Our happiness is in our Savior, for He is good, pure and just.
Always seek gladness in God.
Look to God for help. Call to Him, for He is good, righteous and just. He will not allow us to fall. He will lift us from our trials, comfort us with His Word, and deliver us from all adversities. His way leads to life, and He will always keep us safe in the midst of turmoil.
“Thus says the Lord who made the earth, the Lord who formed it to establish it—the Lord is his name: Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” (Jeremiah 33:2-3)
Our salvation rests in the Lord. His mercies shall never fail. His kindness toward us is unchanging and everlasting from age to age. He will not forsake us during our tribulation, for no one can separate us from the love of the Lord.
From the beginning, the Lord God of all things foreknew us, instructed, trained and gave us life in Him through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Before His throne, on the golden altar, our prayers burn as incense. Every word we pray is a pleasing aroma to Him.
No one can remove us from the presence of God. He will rescue us from all evil. His hand is against all those who would cause us to stumble. His vengeance is good, righteous and just.
Call to God for help.
God gave up His son Jesus so that we might live. His sacrifice opened salvation to all those who call on His name. How merciful He truly is to want to give so much in order to save us from the penalty of sin, which is death. God verily, verily is gracious in all His ways.
The Lord is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
He will not always chide,
nor will he keep his anger forever.
God loves us no matter what we have done. There is no sin He could not forgive. He eagerly waits for us to come before him, drop to our knees and confess our wrongdoings. His pardon is from everlasting to everlasting. He remembers not the evil we have committed against Him.
For as often as we come before the Lord and turn away from our transgressions, He will absolve us. Moreover doing so, we become righteous, not because of anything we do, but because God is willing to extend his mercy so that His righteousness makes us perfect.
Oh, how wonderful God is to have given us his grace in such a way that we are no longer dead to sin, but alive with His spirit dwelling in us. All glory belongs to Him, who reigns supreme above all things and blesses us with life.
Truly, the Lord is Gracious.