Image by Mars Chen via Flickr Live in Assurance.We can live in assurance and calm. Despite troubles around us, if we love and trust God, he will be with us. We have nothing to fear if we put our trust in our Guardian.
We have the assurance that in the storms of life today. Jesus Himself will be standing just outside the door waiting to be invited in. He is waiting to share a meal with us, waiting to share our sorrows, to renew our courage, to come in and talk intimately.
We are not alone. We never shall be. He has to be there; all we need do is open the door to Him. What is your need today? Do you need comfort in your personal trials? Christ is waiting. Do you need forgiveness for your sins? He is knocking. Do you need to make a new commitment to serve God with your life? Whatever your spiritual need, right now Christ is knocking at the door of your heart. He is Lord of the universe, and He wants to be Lord of your life as well.
(From Storm Warning by Billy Graham)
What will you depend on today for your needs? Although you may be tempted to trust earthly means more than God, have more confidence in God than anything else.
Where do you need help right now? Joy? Victory? Success? What promise do you hold on to?
It grows, and may even be started within a given community of believers. This knowledge and community must always come second to the rejection or acceptance of God’s guidance and written word, as the controlling influence in our lives. This guidance comes from Old Testament, God’s word – made flesh in Jesus Christ, and then of that Word by the Apostles and the Church as long as it does not conflict with Christ’s word or God’s in the Old Testament.
We must have obedience – obedience to the Commandments and to the New Law of the Gospel. In order to obey we need to acknowledge that we must turn over control of our lives to his control, and admit that we cannot and should not control our lives. Let the fear of God do its work in you to keep you from sin. In your gratitude for God’s love, don’t ignore his justice.
(Psalm 36:1-4)”Sin speaks to the wicked man deep in his heart; he rejects God and does not have reverence for him. Because he thinks so highly of himself he thinks that God will not discover his sin and condemn it. His speech is wicked and full of lies; he no longer does what is wise and good. He makes evil plans as he lies in bed; nothing he does is good, and he never rejects anything evil.”