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The Lowly Shall Ascend

When difficulties arise in our lives, we may think that we know what would be best for our lives as we pray for God to take the trial away. But this is an arrogant way to respond to our sovereign God. We ought not involve ourselves in matters too difficult for us, but instead we should quiet our souls to hope in the Lord forever. When we are burdened with stress, trials, or temptations that are too hard for us to bear, we must humbly endure as we trust God; rather than demand that God take our trouble away. May our hearts submit in hope that God does what is best. Read More

God's Amazing Grace

The longer we’ve been following Jesus and the more we grow spiritually, the easier it is for us to forget that we are still sinners and that we need God’s grace. Paul had to remind the Ephesian believers of who they were before their salvation and of how God’s grace had worked in their lives. We need frequent reminders of God’s grace in our lives, or we might grow arrogant thinking that we have arrived spiritually and forgetting that we need God’s grace. May reminders of God’s grace keep us humble before Him and motivate greater appreciation of God’s work in our lives. Read More

The Path to Purity

Many followers of Jesus Christ grow weary in the life of faith. We know what kind of holiness God demands of us, yet we fail, sometimes over and over and over again. In this we might be tempted to get discouraged and in extreme cases to give up. But to respond in this way is to miss something important about the life of faith—that it is long. We want quick fixes to our problems—for that lust to go away, for our marriage to be happier, for our children to behave, and for our pride to vanish. But in our pursuit of holiness and purity, we must recognize that few fixes are quick fixes. Overcoming lusts, achieving a happy marriage, seeing obedient children, and humbling ourselves all take time. So we must use caution in growing impatient with ourselves and with others. God is at work, and He is using His Word to accomplish that work. Trust Him! That is what the life of faith is all about anyway. Read More