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 in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Rejoice in the Lord always knowing He 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 in the Lord always, giving Him 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 in the Lord always with hands raised, for He 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.
Rejoice in the Lord always.
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.
“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.”
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. Therefore, forgive, as the Lord has forgiven us.
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.
“Have you entered into the springs of the sea,
or walked in the recesses of the deep?
Have the gates of death been revealed to you,
or have you seen the gates of deep darkness?
Have you comprehended the expanse of the earth?
Declare, if you know all this.”
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. Bless the Lord, for all things are for His glory.
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. He will make us full of gladness.
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.
“But I call to God, and the LORD will save me.”
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. The Lord will save us.
A day will come when God will judge all the earth and give life to those who believed Christ Jesus is Lord. For some of us, He has already done so. He will cleanse our iniquities and remember sin no more; for He is God and His plan will not fail.
“I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”
Take comfort in God, for He is good. Repent and bear your sorrows to the One who created the heavens and the earth. Give heed to the Lord. He will give us life everlasting. He will not fail us. His patience is long and wide as the sea is from shore to shore.
All joy belongs to God, therefore come to Him those who are sad of heart. He waits on those who love Him. His joy will pour into them, and He will comfort the brokenhearted. No manner of sin is too great for the Lord, for His forgiveness lasts forever.
Love the Lord your God. Bless His holy name. Give all to Him who gives life. Doubt not His power or His Love. He will save those who believe. He will comfort those who love. His mercies are eternal. God will forgive our iniquity.
Not many promises to the elect are as direct, as resilient, and as foremost, as that written in the book of Romans. Few promises stand out as being the one promise for which every Christian ought to aim: eternal life is God’s gift to those who believe Jesus is His son.
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Our lives are in preparation for a time far greater than the mortal life we are living today. Eternal life promises a life with God the Father and Jesus sitting at His right hand, glorified with them and judging the world.
The destiny we look to is beyond anything we can imagine this life can provide. The ultimate joy we will experience once we die will not compare with the lifetime of pain we may have had to endure by claiming Christ as our savior.
Yet God’s grace over our lives is worth more than mountains filled with gold and chests brimful and running over with jewels. Nothing comes close to what we will have after this life, for the gift of God is eternal life.