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Encouraging Light in a Saddened World

1 Peter 1:25 “But the word of the Lord will live forever.”

With all the problems the world is facing, it can be unsettling to the mind. Not being able to predict what will happen can keep our anxiety on high alert. No one likes the unknown yet these past couple of years have become more and more unpredictable. Not only that but the evil that fills the hearts of men is becoming more predominant. Darkness is filling the world and it’s getting harder to find hope. Yet Jesus came with a promise, “I am the Light of the World and have come to bring light to the darkness.” One thing we can be sure of and have hope in is found in Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Which means, no matter how dark this world becomes, how the devil seems to gain more and more control over man, Jesus still has given us hope that can and will carry us through 2022 and beyond because Jesus never changes.

Here are just a few gems we can find when we open scripture for the answers. No matter what anyone is facing, the Bible is here for us all to receive, learn, and grow.

1. The Bible still has all the answers- Jeremiah 33:3

-Are you afraid- Isaiah 41:3; are you anxious- Philippians 4:6-7; are you lonely- Psalm 73:23-26; Are you sick or broken hearted- Psalm 147:3; are you seeking- Proverbs 8:17; are you happy- Psalm 37:4.

2. Prayer is still the most powerful thing on earth- 1 John 5:14

-Great things happen when we pray. God still has His hands over this world and trusting Him with our prayers, He will be here to help us through. Ellen G. White wrote “Satan cannot overcome one who prays. The enemy cannot overcome one in Christ, who walks prayerfully before the Lord. Christ imposes Himself as a shelter, a retreat from the assaults of the wicked one. The promise is given, ‘When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against them.’” Believe in the power of prayer, pray and watch God act.

3. The Holy Spirit will still move- John 14:26

-A wonderful promise given by Jesus to all who have Christ in their lives is that even though we can't walk with Jesus like back when He was on earth, He sent us the Holy Spirit to live in our hearts and lead us in ways God wants us to. He even helps us speak to God when we feel tongue tied or at a loss for words.

4. God will still honor and praise His people- Psalm 22:3

-As much as Jesus wants us in His life, He longs to live in our hearts too. The Bible tells us that heaven and angels rejoice over everyone who finds and chooses Jesus. Jesus even brags about us to God when we acknowledge Him in our lives. And we are so honored that He has included us in His inheritance of heaven.

5. There will still be God-anointed preaching- Jeremiah 3:15

-Church is the wonderful place to hear God speaking to us. He anointed people like pastors to share the good news. Someone people can trust and go to when they need help and direction. How many times have you heard a sermon and knew it was what you needed at that moment or how it fit into what you've been going through that week? Those are God inspired moments.

6. There will still be singing and praises to God- Psalm 13:6

-I love music and singing. It lifts the soul, brightens the spirit and some Christian songs, can draw us closer to God and bring a smile to our face. When we praise God, our hearts will seem lighter from the burdens of the world because we will see how God is taking care of us.

7. God will still pour out blessings upon His people- James 1:17

-We know we won't always see sunshine and rainbows and our home will not always be a bed of roses. We will feel the thorns at times and thunderstorms will come our way but the blessings God pours over us and our families will outnumber the rough patches. Every day we wake up is a blessing. It's sometimes the small daily things the Lord will bless us with. We just need to remember in this world of sin to have an attitude of gratitude and we’ll see all God does for us.

8. There will still be room at the cross- Luke 19:10

-Jesus came with one purpose in His heart. To seek and save all of us from a world of sin and darkness. His death was for all sinners and no matter how many have found hope in the cross and have turned their life to Christ, there is and always will be room enough for the entire world. Jesus came so not one soul will be lost. We only have to make the choice to leave the world behind and follow Him.

9. Jesus will still love you- John 15:9

-No matter how bad your child is or the wrongs they do, will you ever stop loving them? Even the parents who do wrong to their child or choose to walk away still have an amount of love for them. It's in our DNA, God created us to love. Well, to Jesus we are His family and that love for us runs deep in His DNA too, after all, His Father is love. No matter how far we fall, how much we rebel, how far this world spirals into darkness, Jesus will always love us. He will never give up and He has promised one day He will return to end this suffering and take us to heaven. There is hope in this world growing dimmer.

10. Jesus will still save the lost when they come to Him- Romans 6:23, 1 Peter 2:24,

Acts 16:31

-It's simple, Jesus came to seek and save the lost world by bringing the light of God into the darkness. All Jesus asks is that you come to Him. His arms are wide open ready to receive every one of us no matter our past or present. Come to Him, accept His love and follow Him. All the glitter of the world will not compare to the treasures we have when Jesus is in our lives. Don't let satan and his enticing temptations pull you away from your true inheritance as a child in God's Kingdom, heir to the throne. This world is only temporary, God's Kingdom eternal. Until the final day of judgment when Jesus comes again, He will still seek and save and all we have to do is accept His gift of salvation and come to Him.

In a world of chaos, hate, violence, selfishness, and more isn't it great to know who is in control- Job 12:10. Isn't it wonderful to know that Jesus loves us so much that He bore our punishment of sin on the cross and engraved our names in the palm of His hand. We are part of His family and no matter what we face, the uncertainty of this world, the fear of the future, we can be assured God's got this and God’s got us!

Have you found some extra time to study with me through 1 Corinthians? Are you being blessed, discovering new ideas in God's Word? Today we will continue our study with 1 Corinthians 12:1-11. I encourage you to find time with Jesus and allow Him to speak to you and show you what He has planned for you and your walk with Him. He is knocking and you just have to open the door and invite Him in, He will lead from there.

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