To Be and Not to Be

Jesus knew that those who believed in Him and obeyed His word would face difficulties.
In the book of John, Jesus said,
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace.
In the world ye shall have tribulation:
but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
John 16:33 [KJV].

Followers of Jesus Christ have always faced trials, testing, hardships, and persecutions.
When Jesus spoke about the times in which we are living
He had these things to say about how our hearts should be:

*Be standing firm
*Be watchful
*Be peaceful
*Be prayerful
*Be sober
*Be ready

He also told us how not to be:

*Do not be fearful
*Do not be troubled
*Do not let your heart be weighed down with cares
*Do not be spiritually asleep

God wants us to live as people of faith.
We are to be people who live amidst fear, yet have peace;
who live amidst sorrow, yet have joy;
who live amidst trouble, yet have comfort;
who live amidst uncertainty, yet have hope.

People of faith are not people who have found a way to avoid uncertainties or escape trouble.
They are people who have learned to live in this world, but not be of it;
they are people who have learned to face difficulties and overcome them;
they are people who have learned to face hardships and walk through them.

People of faith are not people who have put their faith in their faith,
but people who have put their faith in the faithfulness of God.
God is their shield, their refuge, their high tower, and their defender.
Their trust is in God’s character, their confidence is in God’s ways,
and their hope is in God’s promises.

Roy Lessin

May You Find Him to Be

May you find Him to be—

the peace for every struggle,
the supply for every need,
the solution for every problem,
the escape for every temptation,
the release for every burden,
the balm for every pain,
the comfort for every sorrow,
the victory for every battle,
the wisdom for every decision,
the strength for every endeavor,
the hope for every tomorrow,
the song for every day.

Roy Lessin

Assurance in Jesus

May Jesus assure you that as you follow Him
you will never meet a fear He cannot conquer,
you will never face an enemy He cannot defeat,
you will never enter a battle He cannot win,
you will never have a need He cannot meet,
you will never face a temptation He cannot overcome,
you will never have a burden He cannot lift,
you will never face a problem He cannot solve,
you will never have a bondage He cannot break,
you will never have a moment when He does not care,
you will never have a time when He is not there.

Roy Lessin

I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me
[I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him
Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ's sufficiency].
Philippians 4:13 AMP

How Does God Love You?

Child of God, how does He love you?
Let me count some of the ways:

He loves you—
With an everlasting love;
With a perfect love;
With a pure love;
With a sacrificial love;
With an unfailing love;
With a steadfast love;
With a patient love;
With a kind love;
With a forgiving love;
With an accepting love;
With an all-embracing love;
With an enduring love;
With a truthful love;
With a holy love;
With a gracious love;
With a love that reaches to the heights;
With a love that goes to the depths;
With a love that calls you, woos you,
draws you, keeps you, and
holds you close to His heart.

Roy Lessin

I pray that Christ may make His home in your hearts through your faith;
so that having your roots deep and your foundations strong, in love,
you may become mighty to grasp the idea, as it is grasped by all God's people,
of the breadth and length, the height and depth— yes, to attain to a knowledge
of the knowledge-surpassing love of Christ,
so that you may be made complete
in accordance with God's own standard of completeness. 
Ephesians 3:17-19 WEY