As I grow in my walk with the Lord, I learn to thank Him for things that I used to complain about, also for things I used to fear from. He is the Creator and Savior; therefore, He knows everything and everyone. Surely His wisdom greatly exceeds my understanding, and His love would overcome my fears.
The Christian love is shaped by the biblical principle of sacrifice. God the Father showed us His love in the incarnational and sacrificial work of His Son (Jn 3:16). Moreover, love is given to Christians by the dwelling of His Spirit in them when they believed (Rom 5:5). Therefore, true Christian love is not about satisfying the self, nor it is like the hypocritical political correctness of the world. In short, biblical Christians should not conform to the world’s perception of love, because they disagree with the world on the meaning, source, and end of love.
Because of resurrection, when all our tears are over, we will, incredibly, look back at them and laugh, not in derision but in joy. We do a little of that even now, you know. After a great worry is lifted, a great problem solved, a great sickness healed, a great pain relieved, it all looks very different as past, to the eyes of retrospection, than it looked as future, as prospect, or as present, as experience. Remember St. Teresa’s bold saying that from heaven the most miserable earthly life will look like one bad night in an inconvenient hotel!
Victory is not mainly determined by your preparation for it, nor by your strength to accomplish it, but it is mainly determined by the One who can lead you to the rock of your salvation.
This is the mighty God who is stronger than both: you, and your enemies. If He is with you, then yours is the victory; He is your one and true victory in this life.
One day God used an old man named Moses to deliver His dear Israel out of Egypt, many centuries later: in another day He used a young lady named Esther to save His scattered people: the Jews – in all the Persian provinces, from slaughter by the hands of their enemies. Today, if you are a Christian, God may be preparing you for a mission, a task to save souls from new Egypts, and modern Satanic slaughtering plots.
One true common fact regarding this is that it has never been an easy mission nor ever will be; it always involve hardships, responsibilities, even to a degree of risking and sacrificing your own life for the sake of this divine rescue mission, it seems hard nevertheless it is a plausible implementation of Jesus’ own words: ” Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it” (Mat.10: 39). It was never easy for Esther to go to the king, and risk her own life in the hope of saving her people, but she believed it was God’s own rescue mission, and that she was divinely assigned for this moment.
Let us then follow Esther’s example, and walk in the light of our master’s words quoted in the previous paragraph by realizing that a Christian life is not about us in the first place, it is rather a life graciously given to us on purpose, it is Christ’s life in us (Gal.2: 20), thus it is a life of sacrifice, sacrifice for others; for saving souls, for aiding the needy, a life which is not selfish or self centered, but rather a life for the glory of God.
Let us then willingly lose our lives for His sake to find them in His glory.
A covenant is not mere agreement , it is a relation based on terms, promises, and obligations involving the two or more parties of the covenant.
Your relation with God in Jesus is a covenant relation ; the New Covenant (Matthew 26: 28) , it is the covenant of grace, love, and peace between you and God, sanctified by the sacrifice of God’s lamb: Jesus who is God-man.
God takes His covenant with you seriously, so should you.
God’s covenant with you is more important than any other covenant in your life, in fact it is a sort of scale-like thing which measures the degree of His importance in your life (Neh. 9, 10, Luke 14: 26).
Despite the fact that the covenant with God is ultimately good and gracious, one way or another, sooner or later, it will cause you unrest, it might even hurt you, or cause you troubles. This is true as long as you live in a fallen and sinful world with no covenant to keep, and within the confines of the flesh which opposes the Spirit of God in you.
God will always keep his promises, and His covenant will not fail , even if you break it, you can always repent and come back to Him, fortunately it doesn’t depend on you and your own faithfulness, but on His perfect faithfulness.
by: Hany N. Sadik