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June 22, 2018
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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Forgiven Sins Sink to the Bottom of the Ocean

Forgiven sins sink to the bottom of the oceanDo you have guilt over something you’ve done in the past? Even after you’ve repented and been forgiven? I’m delivering good news to you. Once God has forgiven you, he chooses not to remember your sins anymore. How do I know? The Bible tells us God will trample our sins under his foot. So all our forgiven sins sink to the bottom of the ocean. Once they’re forgiven, they’re gone down under. 

He shall again have compassion on us;
He will subdue and tread underfoot our wickedness [destroying sin’s power].
Yes, You will cast all our sins
Into the depths of the sea.
(Micah 7:19, AMP,*)

Forgiven Sins Sink to the Bottom of the Ocean

Once your sins have sunk to the bottom of the ocean, they’re really gone. Because the ocean is really, really deep. Really deep. Yet some people tend to go fishing there. They keep going over and over their trespasses, hoping they would have acted differently. Hence they keep on feeling bad about their past because they keep on fishing their old sins to the surface again and again. But that’s not the way of grace. Forgiven sins sink to the bottom of the ocean and they stay there.

Grace granted is meant to be applied. And that means we do not fish our old sins into the surface. We let them go in Jesus’ name and we gratefully receive as much grace as we need to do it. God intends his children to live in light and love, not in guilt or shame. Grace makes this happen, we just need to receive it and own it.

No fishing allowed

Freedom of Christ is freedom from guilt and shame. Once we’ve repented, we’re cleansed with the blood of Christ. So let it go, my friend. Whatever it is, let it go. Christ has already carried your sins and shame and guilt to the cross so you don’t have to live your life in any kind of darkness. Rise up, my friend. Forgiven means forgiven. Truly. So let your forgiven sins sink to the bottom of the ocean. And, remember, no fishing allowed. Go and celebrate instead! Christ is risen! You’re forgiven! Hallelujah!

 

Gracious God,
Thank you for forgiving our sins
and choosing to forget them.
Help us to do the same.
Enable us to receive as much grace as needed to do so.
Help us to let go of our guilt and not go fishing our old sins.
Thank you for preparing the way for us to live in light and grace.
In Jesus’ precious name,
Amen

Q4U: What does help you to live in the freedom of Christ and not mull over your past mistakes?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you embrace all that God has for you and let your forgiven sink to the bottom of the ocean and stay there!

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June 19, 2018
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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Jesus Does Not Need a Makeover

Jesus does not need a makeover flowingfaith.comSo many people try to make Jesus something more -or less- he is. But, my dear friends, Jesus does not need a makeover. No matter how much we think it’d great if he were a bit less rough around the edges. But Jesus does not have to look cool or hip. He is perfect just as he is. Jesus does not need a makeover whatsoever, believe me, or we’d be creating an idol and that’s the last thing we’d want, right?

Why then do we insist on making Jesus more marketable or culturally relevant? Like his message would not be perfect just as it is: salvation for sinners by grace through faith in him. Or like his message would not be valid today? Because it is. Very much so. There hasn’t been a time in history when people have needed Jesus more than we do now.

And having been made perfect [uniquely equipped and prepared as Savior and retaining His integrity amid opposition], He became the source of eternal salvation [an eternal inheritance] to all those who obey Him. (Hebrews 5:9, AMP)

Jesus does not need a makeover

So what to do with Jesus? He turned tables and went against the grain. Jesus was wild at heart and not everybody liked him. He was crucified for it. And he is supposed to be our King, our savior, and our Lord? Yes. We are to embrace Jesus as he is and get to know him as he is. Hence we are not to even try to make him more likable or tame. Because Jesus is perfect just as he is. Hence it’s not Jesus that needs a makeover. Our hearts do. Come, Lord Jesus.

 

Gracious God,
Forgive us for even thinking Jesus would need a makeover.
Lord, our hearts need makeovers.
Help us not to follow our minds or the world but Jesus.
Because only he has the words of eternal life.
Help us to get to know Jesus so intimately
that we would fall in love with all of him.
In Jesus’ precious name,
Amen

Q4U: What do you think? Does Jesus need a makeover or not?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you embrace Jesus for all he is!

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June 15, 2018
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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When in Need of Restoration

flowingfaith.comAre you counting down days to your summer vacation? Are you tired, empty or worn out? You are not alone. It happens. But don’t be discouraged or dismayed. Help is very near. And that help is powerful yet gentle. It’s creative and redemptive. Because of Jesus, this restoration is possible.

The biggest restoration happens when we come to Jesus for the first time. This is complete renewal, not just a quick-fix to conceal some faults. Jesus cleanses us from inside out. But our need for grace and restoration does not stop there. We need Jesus and empowering grace every day of our lives.

As an adult, we might not want to admit our dependence on grace. But nonetheless, every Christian is totally dependent on grace. The faster we learn this, the faster we get to live it out. And that makes all the difference. Then we don’t try to push harder and harder to perform and fake perfection. We learn to truly live in grace, peace, and joy.

How does restoration happen?

What does it take to revive us? We need the Holy Spirit to fill our empty hearts. This might seem like ya-da-ya-da or empty promises to you. But it does work. God is real and his Spirit moves amongst us. The presence of the Holy Spirit is not reserved just for some selected few but for every single follower of Christ. Alone we are empty but when we ask the Holy Spirit fill us, miracles happen. Restoration happen.

Whether it is the first time or the 10 000th time that we come to Jesus, it makes him happy. This is exactly why Jesus came to the world. If we keep away because of our pride or other prejudices, it grieves him. When we come to him, he is pleased and we are blessed indeed.

What does it have to do with me?

What does this have to do with your exhaustion? Everything. The answer to exhaustion and weariness is Jesus. There’s no program or course or anything to do, we are just to come to Jesus. Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28, NIV)Jesus can lift our exhaustion away. He will bring us to the green pastures. I don’t know why I am still surprised when this happens. Maybe it just is so amazing to experience the healing touch of Jesus.

 

Gracious God,
We come to you bone-weary, we’ve done it again:
tried to do and be everything on our own.
Redeem us, restore us, renew us.
Pour out grace upon grace, Lord.
Let us feel your healing presence.
Bless us according to your plan for us.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Are you in need of restoration? Have you experienced the healing touch of Jesus?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you (re)turn to Jesus for restoration!

*[As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses toBiblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.].

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June 12, 2018
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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The Foot of the Cross, The Best Place in the World

The foot of the cross, the best place in the worldDo you have a favorite place? A sweet spot where you’re the happiest? A reading chair or maybe the beach nearby? Or maybe your favorite place is your summer cottage or a rose garden? No matter how sweet and wonderful your favorite spot is, it doesn’t compare to the best place in the world: the foot of the cross. Because it has healing powers. It gives life upon life for anyone who wants to receive them in Jesus’ name.

The Best place in the world

There is no other place in the world where we are always received with wide open arms, no matter what we’ve done and where we’ve been. That’s why we can boldly come to the foot of the cross as we are and, by grace, be changed from inside out. Nothing but the blood of Christ can wash our sins and make us whole. But it does it thoroughly. That’s why we need the cross, that’s why we need Jesus. And that’s why the foot of the cross is the best place in the world.

He personally carried our sins in His body on the cross [willingly offering Himself on it, as on an altar of sacrifice], so that we might die to sin [becoming immune from the penalty and power of sin] and live for righteousness; for by His wounds you [who believe] have been healed. (1 Peter 2:24, AMP)

The foot of the cross

To stand at the feet of the cross is to stand in the front of a glorious exhibition of God’s love. And that love is meant for us. At the foot of the cross, we can find all we have ever been looking for. When we surrender to Jesus and ask him to forgive our sins, we receive grace upon grace. We are healed, we are restored, we are uplifted. All and all we are cherished.

Matthew Henry urges us “Come and see the victories of the cross. Christ’s wounds are thy healings, His agonies thy repose, His conflicts thy conquests, His groans thy songs, His pains thine ease, His shame thy glory, His death thy life, His sufferings thy salvation.”

We need the cross daily

The foot of the cross is indeed an amazing place. Sure, the cross does atone our sins but even that’s not all. We need the cross daily because that’s where we meet Jesus and get to know his heart. That’s where we come weak and leave strengthened, we come burdened and leave in peace. And that’s where we can taste the sweetness of heaven already here on earth. Priceless. Special. Praise-worthy.

So whenever you are in need, run to the cross, run to Jesus. At the foot of the cross, you find refuge, shelter, safety, power, strength, hope, peace, love, grace, joy. Anything really that makes your life better or more complete. So don’t hesitate, come to the foot of the cross. Taste the goodness of God. Drink from the well of heaven. Eat the life-giving bread. Daily.

 

Dear Jesus,
Thank you for atoning our sins at the cross.
Be praised forever and ever!
Thank you for still meeting our needs at the foot of the cross.
Be praised forever and ever!
Thank you for loving us, guiding us, helping us.
Be praised forever and ever!
Show us your heart, draw us to you.
Be praised forever and ever!
In your precious name,
Amen

Q4U: What’s the best place in the world for you? Do you regularly go to the foot of the cross? Why is it a special place for you?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you daily meet Jesus at the foot of the cross – the best place in the world!

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June 8, 2018
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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Fly to God in Prayer

Fly to God in PrayerWhat do you do when you encounter any kind of problem, frustration or hindrance? Your response speaks volumes about your coping skills. Because, as we all know, full of aforementioned happenings. Life is tough and requires problem-solving skills and fast attitude adjustments if we want to live well. So. What do you do when something unexpected and perhaps unwanted happens? Do you swear, yell or punch someone? Or do you fly to God in prayer?

God, come close. Come quickly!
    Open your ears—it’s my voice you’re hearing!
Treat my prayer as sweet incense rising;
    my raised hands are my evening prayers.
(Psalm 141:1-2, MSG)

Fly to God in prayer

Do fly to God in prayer because prayer is pretty much the best way to cope with anything. When we welcome God into our life as it is, we can relax and rest as we take refuge in God. Prayer is an awesome way to rise above our circumstances and while we do it we get another perspective on things. We realize we are not alone even in this mess we are in. God is in control and he has a solution that we don’t know about. Hence we can trust our prayers do make a difference and the solution is on the way.

The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with. (James 5:16, MSG)

Never underestimate the power of prayer

It’s always more than you can imagine. So don’t live without it. Don’t use prayer as your last resource but as your first response to anything and everything. Then your life will change for better. You get an attitude of thanksgiving and trust and that will change your whole way of life.

Be persistent and devoted to prayer, being alert and focused in your prayer life with an attitude of thanksgiving. (Col. 4:2, AMP)

Whenever you don’t know what to do, fly to God in prayer. If you’re stuck, pray to God. When you’re feeling down, don’t hesitate, fly to God in prayer. If you’ve lost something, pray, God hears you. Prayer is always the answer because it lifts you up into the arms of God. It blesses you in ways than you will never know. Pray your way through troubled waters. Fly to God in prayer daily.

 

Gracious God,
Thanks for giving us the gift of prayer.
Help us to remember it,
make it our first response to anything and everything.
We want to abide in you,
have a continual conversation with you.
Show us how wonderful prayer life can really be.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Is prayer your last resource or your first response to life? Do you fly to God in prayer? How does it make you feel?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you fly to God in prayer daily!

*[As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses toBiblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.].

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June 5, 2018
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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Grow Strong in Faith

grow strong in faithSometimes we think we should have strong faith right away. And that belief might cause some to shy away from faith altogether because they think they’re not cut out for faith. But faith is a gift from God, to begin with. And very few of us start out strong in faith. We slowly grow strong in faith. It’s a process empowered by the Holy Spirit and not about our own merits. Faith is based on grace from start to finish.

So here’s grace to you: you and your faith are just fine. Yet God is calling you to grow strong in faith. That’s what our heavenly father wants for his children: to mature in their faith. And this happens when we stick to Jesus and keep on believing, then the Holy Spirit strengthens our faith.  Even if it does not look like there’s any progress happening, there’s a lot going on behind the scenes and within you.

Abraham experienced this himself. He had received great promises from God [You will be the father of many nations (Gen. 17:4, NIV)] and it sure looked like nothing was happening. In some ways, it looked like the very opposite as Abraham and Sarah were aging childless. But during this very long waiting time, Abraham grew strong in faith.

But he did not doubt or waver in unbelief concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and empowered by faith, giving glory to God. (Romans 4:20)

Grow strong in faith

So it’s true. Spiritual growth is a process for all of us. How can I grow strong in faith, you ask. How can you become a powerful child of God like Abraham? Let’s see. It is all God’s work in you but, yes, there are things that you can do in order to facilitate the process. Obviously, spiritual growth doesn’t happen if you keep away from Jesus. We need to abide in Jesus, linger in his presence. That’s when the Holy Spirit works within us. Practicing spiritual disciplines also enhances our spiritual growth for the same reason. The more we spend time with Jesus, the more we grow in faith.

We also grow strong if faith when we put our faith into practice. Each morning you can decide whether you want to live believingly or doubtingly. If we choose doubt and misery all day long, our life sure becomes miserable. But if we choose faith we soon find out it really works and makes our lives blessed even in hard places.

When we learn that by looking at Jesus for help we can be encouraged, we start doing it. We ask God to fill us with his blessings. Because of Jesus, we can choose life over death, faith over doubt, light over darkness. When we choose Jesus, we choose all the good things he is: light, life, hope, peace, wisdom, love, energy, joy… We grow strong in faith when we learn to turn to Jesus for help. When we experience first hand how God transforms us by grace.

So the secret of spiritual growth is simple: Stick to Jesus and live your faith out. Keep your spiritual eyes and ears open for God’s counsel and act upon it. All have been prepared. It is finished. Now it’s time to believe it and choose to be a child of faith every day, all day long.

 

Gracious God,
We believe, help our unbelief.
Fill our hearts and spirits with your empowering grace.
We say yes to you and all you have for us.
Release light, life, love into us.
Enable us to grow strong in faith,
make us all you created us to be.
Bless us to be blessings to those around us.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Do you want to grow strong in faith? What are your best spiritual growth tips?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you grow strong in faith!

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June 1, 2018
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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Meeting God in His Word

Meeting God in His WordWhat is your favorite Bible translation and why? A couple of days ago I finished reading the Finnish translation and now I try to decide which translation I will do next. Any recommendations? I need to make a quick decision because I want to return to regular Bible reading as soon as possible. Because it anchors me in Jesus. It blesses me more than I know. So, let me know which Bible version you recommend. I can’t wait to return back to Genesis. It’s time again for meeting God in his Word.

Blessed [fortunate, prosperous, and favored by God] is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked [following their advice and example],
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit [down to rest] in the seat of scoffers (ridiculers).
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And on His law [His precepts and teachings] he [habitually] meditates day and night.
And he will be like a tree firmly planted [and fed] by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season;
Its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers [and comes to maturity].
(Psalm 1:1-3, AMP,*)

Meeting God in His Word

Reading the Bible is one of the essential things for me as a Christian. Because the Bible is not just a collection of ancient texts but a meeting place with God. When I prayerfully read the Bible, the Holy Spirit speaks to my heart. God reads me as I read his Word and I read God’s heart as I read his Word. It’s beautiful really. Try it. Or return back to it. You don’t have to read chapters after chapters every day. Start small and go from there. Soon you will be hooked.

The more I have read the Bible, the more awe of it I am. God’s salvation plan is so amazing and you can see it from the beginning. How beautifully it is woven into the tapestry of grace. I’ve read the Bible many times, yet there still are many mysteries. Thankfully I don’t have to know everything in order to enjoy God through it. Meeting God in his Word is what makes the Bible special. And it’s what makes every single thing in life special by giving us meaning and hope everlasting.

Gracious God,
You are so good to us.
Thank you for loving us so
and giving us your Word.
Draw us deeper into you.
Show each of us how special
meeting you in your Word really is.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: What is your favorite Bible translation and why? Why do you read the Bible? 

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you start/return meeting God in his Word!

*[As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses toBiblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.].

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May 29, 2018
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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God, Do It Again

God, do it again!Do you ever wonder whether God can still do mighty things? And if he can, could he do them in your life? We do need reminders of God’s power and goodwill towards us. Otherwise, we have a hard time believing in God and his grace. The Bible is full of these reminders and that’s why we need to keep on devouring it. But in the end, faith is a mystery, we can’t explain everything. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be faith. As Martin Luther has said, “Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times.” We just need to trust and live out what we believe. But the question stays: If God really is all-powerful and capable of mighty things, could he do them in our life? So our prayer is: Please, God, do it again!

It seemed like a dream, too good to be true,
    when God returned Zion’s exiles.
We laughed, we sang,
    we couldn’t believe our good fortune.
We were the talk of the nations—
    God was wonderful to them!”
God was wonderful to us;
    we are one happy people.

And now, God, do it again
    bring rains to our drought-stricken lives
So those who planted their crops in despair
    will shout hurrahs at the harvest,
So those who went off with heavy hearts
    will come home laughing, with armloads of blessing.
(Psalm 126, MSG, emphasis added)

Please, God, Do It Again

This is our prayer, isn’t it? ‘Please, God, do it again. What you did for the Israelites, please, do it again for us! We need you, Lord. We need you so bad. The world is going crazy, we need you. My life is a mess, do your mighty thing. A cousin of mine is applying for a job, please, do it again. Lord, we need you. Do your miracles in our lives, Lord. Please, God, do it again.’

What do we do after this kind of prayer? Do we go back worrying or do we truly trust God to work in our lives? Do we stake our lives on God or on ourselves? This is what we need to choose every morning. What is it going to be? Do I live with God or without him? Because if we choose God, then we need to trust him and really let God do it again.

Thank you, God, for doing it again

And, my friend, he will. So each and every day look for what God has prepared for you. Those things are not necessarily the things you would want but they are things you need. Keep praying, keep praising, keep thanking him for mighty things he is doing in your life. Because he is. Even if you do not see the results yet but he is at work in you, for you, through you.

You can trust our heavenly Father. He wants nothing but the best for you. And he is not a stranger to your struggles and disappointments. He does not leave you when things are not going well or you’re choosing the wrong thing. There’s always more grace for you. And, yes, God will do it again and again. Because he loves you so very much.

 

Gracious God,
Show us, again and again, your love and mercy.
Pour out grace upon grace.
Please, God, do it again,
do your mighty things in our lives.
We need you, Lord.
Let us feel your presence and
move mightily in our lives.
Give us armloads of blessings.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Are you in need of God in your life? Good for you! He is ready to bless you, just ask!

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you embrace God’s grace and trust God with your life! You will never be short-changed.

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May 25, 2018
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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Take a Pause – Regularly

Take a pause - regularlyRunning around and always doing something is not our purpose in life. Our purpose comes from communing with our Maker. And that is not possible if we constantly are stressed out about things and press on fitting more stuff in our already busy lives. We do need to take a pause and do it regularly.

Otherwise, we will burn out. Not only physically and mentally but also spiritually. And that’s the opposite of God’s will for our lives. Yet, sadly, many of us believe in our hearts that we need to prove our worthiness by working much and being able to show some results. Just as we can’t save ourselves we can’t make ourselves otherwise good or acceptable either. Only grace will do. Hence it’s time to take a pause, don’t you think?

So then God’s choice is not dependent on human will, nor on human effort [the totality of human striving], but on God who shows mercy [to whomever He chooses—it is His sovereign gift]. (Rom. 9:16, AMP;*)

Take a pause – regularly

If we are not called to work our heads and tails off and our effort will not get us even any extra points, we are free to live our lives creatively with God. Even Jesus rested, took time to be alone with his Father. Jesus was human, the Bible tells Jesus not only wept but he also slept. He took care of himself. Not only spiritually but also physically and mentally. We need to do the same.

How do we start? We start taking a pause – regularly. Different kinds of pauses. How about naps? Time to smell the roses? Enough sleep? Meditation walks? Prayer retreats? There are many ways to take a pause and you need to find your ways to do it. But a habit of taking a pause will bless you. Because life – or salvation – is not about achieving and performing. It is about relying on God and enjoying him. So let’s take a pause – regularly.

 

Gracious God,
Thanks for inviting us to rest in you.
Enable us to embrace grace as our way of life.
Help us to remember to take a pause – regularly-
and learn to truly enjoy you.
Bless our time for rest and restoration.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Do you pause regularly? How does this habit bless you? Have a blessed weekend!

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you *[As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses toBiblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.].

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May 22, 2018
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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Do not Let the World Fool You

Do not let the world fool youI think I’ve been living in denial. You know, thinking the western world would not be so immoral or post-Christian. But a few things have forced me to open my eyes and the view is daunting. Lord, have mercy on us. I can see why people start questioning the Bible and their beliefs when everyone around them is living like Jesus never existed. But they are mistaken. Please, do not let the world fool you.

Do not let the world fool you

Denial is not good. Neither is embracing the world as it is. We are to be aware of the moral stage of the world but we are not to get paralyzed or hopeless because there is no reason for that. Because we have a very powerful God of Hope and the Holy Spirit testifies in our spirit that all that Bible tells us is true no matter what the world says or does. Hence do not let the world fool you. Christ is the Lord.

Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in [union with] Him [reflecting His character in the things you do and say—living lives that lead others away from sin], having been deeply rooted [in Him] and now being continually built up in Him and [becoming increasingly more] established in your faith, just as you were taught, and overflowing in it with gratitude. (Col.2:6-7, AMP)

What to do then?

Stick close to Jesus. Be built up in Him. Read the Living Word, otherwise, you will forget the truth. Pray like never before. Increase your petitions for your community, country, the whole wide world. Focus on good things happening. And there are plenty of them.

God is working and he is inviting us to join his forces. We can’t afford to just mind our own business because we are called to spread God’s love and his amazing grace that can change any life for better. The world needs Jesus more than ever before. And you and I, we are it. We are this generations’ missionaries right where we are. Do not let the world fool you.

Be filled with grace and then go out and love graciously all you meet. It’s that simple as that. But do we choose to live according to our own whims or do we get our act together and do what God is calling us to do? It is a battle. But Jesus has already won it on the cross. Let’s let him empower us for victorious living.

 

Gracious God,
We come to you with heavy hearts,
the world seems to become darker by the minute.
Help us not to lose hope but cling to you, God of Hope.
Pour out hope upon hope, light upon light, grace upon grace.
Fill us with your Holy Spirit and ignite that holy spark in us
so we could be your hands and feet in this world.
Empower us for your glory.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Does the post-Christian culture depress you? How do you handle it?

Do not let the world fool you, my fellow pilgrim! Instead, be blessed as you stick to Jesus for hope and mercy! Ask and you will receive!

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