Meg writes about everyday life within the love of Christ as a freelance writer, blogger at Sunny&80, and author of “Friends with Everyone, Friendship within the Love of Christ,” “Surface, Unlocking the Gift of Sensitivity,” and “Glory Up, The Everyday Pursuit of Praise,” and “Home, Finding Our Identity in Christ.” She earned a Marketing/PR degree from Ashland University but stepped out of the business world to stay at home and raise her two daughters …which led her to pursue her passion to write. A member of Faith Church in Sandusky, OH, she serves as Communications Director and leads Bible studies for women and teen girls. Meg is a Cleveland native and lifelong Browns fan, living by the shore of Lake Erie in Northern Ohio with her husband, two daughters, and golden doodle.
The Prince of Peace Isaiah wrote of is Christ Jesus. He did come. And the government does rest on His shoulders. Though the world is full of turmoil, we can rest in peace through Christ Jesus. The battle has already been won, now we work while we wait for Him return again.
Life on earth is a war between focus on the Holy Spirit’s leading in our lives and the enemy’s attempt to distract us. As we battle to focus, obey, and follow the Lord’s lead on our lives, let’s focus in on some advice from Paul, and words recorded from Jesus Himself by His earthly best friend, the apostle John.
“God is love.” (1 John 4:16) Through Christ, we have access to His wisdom through the living Word of Scripture, providing us wisdom to practically live out a life of love, over fear. Love is always bigger.
Praying for each other, together, is powerful. Putting on the armor of God daily, both individually and as a community, is powerful. The Bible is not only for individual instruction, for we were meant to live in community with each other.
Choosing to see the good in all of us isn’t easy – it’s not even really a choice – it’s a decision to be obedient to God’s will in our lives and for the world, and allowing the miraculous power of the Holy Spirit to change us from the inside out.
The way we fight our fears in our everyday lives is by running to the Father through Christ Jesus. When we give our lives to Him, He begins to shift our hearts and our perspective. We are able to see the world through His eyes, not the corrupt mirage of the thief.
Many thoughts enter our minds each day. We have the power to listen to the Truth and filter out the rest. Paul is reminding the recipients of the letter – as the Lord reminds us now – how important it is to choose to listen to the Truth of God.
“I’m proud of you.” It’s a notion we dish out and long to hear daily. But when is it sin? The Bible is clear that it’s ok to encourage and admonish each other and to take pride in the good works of God and His creation. We can be proud to be children of God. But we cross into sin when it revolves around ourselves.
“Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault. All glory to him who alone is God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord. All glory, majesty, power, and authority are his before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time! Amen” (Jude 24-25).
Daily life ebbs and flows to ever-changing adaptations. The definition of change is to make something or someone different, or replace something with something else. Though we tend to be resistant to change, it’s inevitable. But it isn’t just the circumstances of society which require us to change. Scripture promises we are changing daily in our pursuit of Christ, becoming more like Him every step of the way.
Knowing who God is helps us embrace change. He is the same now as He was from the beginning and will be for all time. Faith in our unchanging God allows us to submit our agendas to His will for our lives. His plans for us are purposeful, and good. Though we are promised hard seasons and suffering on this earth, our trust as believers in Christ Jesus lies in the hands of our unchanging God.
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He created us specifically to make an impact in the world we live in at this particular time we are living in it. So purposeful and compassionate is He, not only to design us with such specificity, but to faithfully wait for us to turn to Him by our own will. Worthy, indeed, is the Lord God!