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Enduring God's Tests

When we face various trials and tests in our lives, we may be tempted to think that God has abandoned us. Because things aren't going according to our expectations, we assume that God’s plan for our lives must have failed or perhaps that He has forgotten about us. But as long as God continues to preserve our lives, we can rest assured that He is accomplishing His plan through us. Far from abandoning us or His plan, the trials and tests God allows are for the purpose of accomplishing His plan. While we struggle to see His plan in the midst of difficulties, His Word assures us that His plan cannot be thwarted. Scriptures like Romans 8 and 2 Corinthians 4 offer us this assurance. And so we endure, trusting God to continue preserving our lives as long as He needs to fulfill His plan. May God grant us the grace to hear His Word when all we can see is trials. Read More

God's Glorification of Himself

Our understanding of God’s purpose in creating and sustaining the world has a huge impact on how we interpret His Word and see His work. It is vital that we understand God’s goal to glorify Himself in various ways so that we don’t get tripped up by narrowing His purpose to only one way. Throughout God’s Word we can see these varied ways of God’s self-glorification, and when we do, we will be renewed in our commitment to handle God’s Word effectively and with integrity. May God strengthen us in our understanding of and use of His Word. Read More

Accepting God's Grace

We all sin; some of our sins are big, some are small, and some are habitual, but we all sin. Then what? After we sin we might be tempted to give up on ourselves and expect God to give up on us, but that isn’t how God works. From the time sin entered our world in the fall, God has been using people who are flawed by sin to accomplish His will. He used Adam, Noah, Abraham, David, and the list goes on. But He doesn't stop there. He also redeems those same sinners if they’ll accept by faith the grace and mercy offered in the cross of Jesus Christ. What is really important about all of this is that our sinfulness never takes God by surprise; our mistakes don’t leave Him scrambling. He knows our weakness (Heb 4:14-16), and He uses us anyway. May we be ever aware of the abundant grace and mercy that are ours in Christ, and may we accept that grace by faith instead of trying to manufacture worth by our good deeds. Wonderful grace of Jesus! Read More