"When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior…" - Isaiah 43:2-3 NIV
Thoughts for Today
Our inner peace and joy should not depend on the circumstances of our life. Instead, they should be based on what God has done for us … our relationship with him … his never-changing love for us … his all-encompassing grace … our sins replaced by the righteousness of Christ … our hope of eternity with him. No matter what challenges we face or tragedy we suffer, these things never change.
God promises to be with us in every circumstance. He promises that we will not be destroyed by the trials and circumstances of life. He is our Protector, our Deliverer, our loving Father.
Consider this …
Are you experiencing a difficult time in your life right now? God did not promise us a problem-free life here on earth, but he did promise to be with us. To keep us. To comfort us and help us.
When we are suffering, it is so easy to slip into despair … fear … and turmoil. Instead, focus on Jesus and you will not be overwhelmed. You can do all things through Christ. (Philippians 4:13) You truly can experience peace amidst the storm.
Father, thank you that no matter what problems I experience or circumstances I find myself in, you are with me. And you will not let the circumstances destroy me. Even during the storms of my life, help me to focus on you and to always experience your peace. In Jesus' name …
These thoughts were drawn from …Completely Free! A Group Study of Romans 1-8 by Dan Strickland. Everyone struggles from time-to-time, but we can have confidence that in Christ we are completely free from sin's slavery, from condemnation, and from fear of failure. This group study of Romans 1-8 and 12 helps Christians break out of the dull routine of a stagnant spiritual life. Applying the truths found in Romans can transform any believer into a person eager to follow God's will. This study can also serve as a powerful evangelistic tool by explaining the message of salvation as presented in Romans. Suggested uses include home Bible studies, cell groups, Sunday school classes, support groups and personal enrichment.
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