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Living Free - August 26, 2016

  • 2016 Aug 26
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Only One Answer

Today's Scripture

"Jesus told him, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.'" (John 14:6 NLT)

Thoughts for Today

Do you ever struggle with God's boundaries for your life? We all do. The apostle Paul even struggled. Here is what he said . . .

The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up. I truly delight in God’s commands, but it’s pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge. I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn’t that the real question? (Romans 7:21-24 MSG)

Ever felt that way? Paul found the answer—the only answer. And you can too.

The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different. With the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah, that fateful dilemma is resolved. (Romans 7:25-8:1 MSG)

Consider this …

Jesus is the only answer.

He is our refuge.

But you are a tower of refuge to the poor, O Lord, a tower of refuge to the needy in distress. You are a refuge from the storm and a shelter from the heat. (Isaiah 25:4 NLT)

He is our strength.

For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13)

He is our peace in every circumstance.

I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NLT)

He is our comfort and hope.

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal comfort and a wonderful hope, comfort you and strengthen you in every good thing you do and say. (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17)

He is our Savior.

God our Savior . . . wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity-the man Christ Jesus. He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. (1 Timothy 2:3-6 NLT)

Prayer

Father, I thank you that all things are possible through Jesus. Thank you that he sets all things right in this life of contradictions. Help me to walk in faith, trusting you in every circumstance. In Jesus' name . . .

These thoughts were drawn from …

Free to Grow: Overcoming Setbacks and Disappointments by Jimmy Ray Lee, D.Min. The purpose of this group study is to help people overcome disappointments and setbacks that have arrested or are presently hindering their emotional and spiritual development. The group study will help participants understand how to be set free so that they can grow and become all that God has designed them to be. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.  

 

 

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