In Luke, Jesus lays out a series of warnings about the end times. What things will look like, how people will act, signs that will occur, and how the world will perceive Him. These warnings and prophecies were given not to scare us, but to prepare us for what is to come. When we become familiar with these signs, we can overcome the fear associated with them and move forward in joy of what they signify!
What do you do when you’ve made a mistake? When you’ve stumbled, sinned, tripped up, or gotten off track, do you instinctively try to hide it from the Lord? Many of us do this, but it is not the correct response! We should run to God with our sins and ask Him for repentance, through His repentance, our relationship can be righted, and we can find joy in the Lord and our relationship with Him!
Do you know the power of God’s Word? What about its limiting factors in transforming our life? Despite its power to change and transform, the Bible still has a limiting factor: our hearts. If our hearts aren’t open to what is within God’s Word, it will not take root and produce fruit. For the Word of God to have full effect in our life, we must open our hearts to what it is saying and strive to live accordingly!
Where does true joy come from? How can you always find joy even in the difficult and adverse situations that life may bring? The answer is simply believing in the promises that God has made to us—when we alter our perspective, we can find joy in even the darkest of times. Strive to find joy in God’s promises and keep your focus on Him amidst life’s storms!
We have to work to maintain a healthy perspective. The trials you’re going through now—the difficulties, the hardships, the pain—are all temporary. Keep your eyes on the distance—on God’s plans for you and the end of the storm. You know with God on your side, you have more than enough to make it—don’t give up!
Are you living according to the purpose that God has for your life? Life is filled with ups and downs, doors closing, and new opportunities opening. If we’re only doing what we think is best, we’ll quickly get off the track that God has planned out for us. We must all strive to recognize God’s plan for us is better than anything we could ever come up with and live it out to the best of our ability!
We are called to put God first in every aspect of our life. When problems arise or when uncertainty is high, it should not change what should be our biggest priority in life—our relationship with God. When we’re truly putting God first in our lives, our problems will come second, and He will deliver us from whatever we may be experiencing—but we must stay close to Him and follow His guidance!
When the inevitable storms of life hit you, do you remain peaceful? Do you have enough faith in God and His plans for you to remain peaceful in even the circumstances that have the most uncertainty and difficulty? The peace we have in God shouldn’t be susceptible to the storms of life—we must strive to keep our peace! Strive to have faith in God’s plan for you and utilize peace as a tool to ward off the attacks of our enemy!
When you face the inevitable adversity in your life, how do you handle it? We often think we know what is best for us. Oftentimes, we pray to God to help us get out of the situation, and we think, once we are out, we will have true peace and worship Him. This shouldn’t be our mindset. We should pray to Him for peace amidst our storm, and never cease to worship Him—we can have peace in the midst of our worst circumstances when we lean on Jesus!
We will all face situations and circumstances in our life that make us angry, it is inevitable. How we respond to this anger however is our responsibility. If we ignore it and let it fester, it will surely take root in our hearts and manifest through our words and actions. We must be intentional to deal with the seeds of anger when they are planted—take the necessary steps to forgive, heal, and move on without the burden of anger!
We live in the world, but Christ tells us we shouldn’t be of the world. When we come to know God’s love, it should make us act different—we should stand out from the rest of the corrupted world. How does one accomplish this? By being a display of the grace and love that God has shown to us! We need to pursue peace with others and be a testament to Christ’s awesome love!