You can expect God’s blessings
People get down when they feel that all their efforts are wasted and pointless. They get cynical and say things like, “Virtue is its own punishment” and “No good deed ever goes unpunished.” Earth seems like a desert drear pretty much all the time. We think we know too many stories about how cheaters prosper and the violent always win.
That’s just bitter talk. Blind too. The Bible says that the Lord “blesses the home of the righteous. . . . You will go on your way in safety. . . . When you lie down, your sleep will be sweet” (Proverbs 3:33,23,24). Those who believe in Jesus as their Savior exchange their sinful rags for righteous robes. Through faith, all of Jesus’ holiness is transferred to your account. The Lord pays attention. He remembers. And then he acts.
The word bless means that God intervenes in our lives to make them better. He accepted the obligation of fatherhood when we were washed with water and the Word. Since he loves you even more than you love your children, he derives great pleasure from making you happy, seeing you grow, and helping you to live a successful life.
When you claim Christ’s righteousness as yours, your sleep is sweet indeed
Scripture is clear that the Holy Spirit is coequal with God the Father and God the Son. But all too often, Christians fail to give him an equal place in their lives.
We want to help you make the Holy Spirit a daily part of your life—so you can experience more of his awesome, life-giving power—by sending you Pastor Mike Novotny’s book, The Neglected Spirit: Understanding and Adoring the Holy Spirit.
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