To many, living the Christian life is a never ending struggle against faulty thoughts, poor choices, and bad habits. All this, in an attempt to be "good enough" to be a good witness to others, and to qualify for a place in the Eternal Kingdom awaiting the redeemed from earth. But all such faulty thinking is in vain. For, as our Lord Himself said it: "Without Me you can do nothing." (John 15:5). And we can be certain, that to Jesus, "nothing" meant exactly the same as it means to us. So what is the solution? Again the Master speaks, "Abide in Me, and I in you." (vse. 4). In this way, we become reflectors of the Divine Glory.
Immediately a soul consents to this submission to the Divine control, then it is that God works within "both to will and to do for His good pleasure." (Philippians 2:13). Alleluiah! "Free indeed!"
The world is in a state of agitation, with strife between nations, betwee different ethnic groups, and between differing religious persuasions, in the very air we breathe. Add to this state of affairs, the political and economic uncerainty of the times, and we find so many of eath's population living in fear of the future - and even of the present. So, is there no hope of peace anywhere for anyone? There most certainly is; our Lord says it is so! Hear Him...
"Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." (John 14:27). The lesson to be learned is: We cannot find this peace within ourselves, or generate it of ourselves. It is His peace, and He bestows it upon His people as a gift. It is ours to be received through faith -Faith is the Key!
Alaskan Sunsets are some of the most beautiful in the world. There are other places that boast more bright, and perhaps in some ways, more spectacular sunsets, but the mountains and seascapes in this vast land to the north, make for the most serene and picturesque of all.
Now, as beautiful as a sunset may be, to one who will take the time to admire the handiwork of the Master Artist, each day's end reminds us, that the sordid history of this sin polluted planet, with all of the woe that its inhabitants have had to endure, is coming to an end. Our Lord said: "I will come again." (John 14:3).
"Even so, come, Lord Jesus!" (Revelation 22:20).