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.
God is with us today and he will be with us tomorrow.
He knows our pain and struggles and the things we keep hidden.
God loves us. He protects us. He is always with us.
Are there times when it is hard to see that? Yes. But that doesn't make it any less true.
So hold on during your struggles. Hold on and seek him. He will never let you down. He will never let you go.
Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.
Last week was Valentine's day, but that shouldn't be the only time we are thinking about love. There is one example of true love that we should be thinking about all of the time, and it came from Jesus when he took our sins and died on the cross for us.
Jesus went through pain and suffering for us.
He was nailed to the cross for crimes he didn't commit because he loved us that much.
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends.
And, he was so powerful, so strong, that he rose again. And he promises us eternal life if we believe in him.
Jesus's love is amazing. And it is an example that we should look to always, all year long.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
1 Corinthians 13:4
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
God is with us always, and we never have to worry or be afraid because of that. He will help us through everything that we face.
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
It's not always easy to keep our eyes on the goal, to focus on what is eternal, but the Bible tells us to do that. And, Heaven will be greater than anything we could ever imagine. It is worth it to store up our treasures for a place like that.
He must become greater; I must become less."
There is no one I would rather be like than Jesus. There is no better example to follow than him. He must become greater; I must become less.
Each of us is given different a different gift and talent and each of us can serve God in a unique way because of it.
It is a special thing to find out what our talents and gifts are and to use them to serve God. It is a good thing to do everything for Him. To live our lives in a way that pleases him.
Some people are made to be teachers and pastors, while others feel more comfortable being in the background and can do good service in that way. God made everyone unique because there are so many jobs to get done.
Some people are good with words, while others are good at working with their hands. Some people will reach those who are close to them while others will travel far and wide to spread God's love.
Some people will do grand and noticeable service, while others will never be recognized for the way that they have served God.
All that matters is that each one of us is serving God. All that matters is that we are using our gifts in the best way that we can. All that matters is that we are seeking him and trying to live a life that is good and right. All that matters is that we use our own gifts and talents.
We don't have to follow anyone else's path. Only Jesus can show us the way. He is the way and the truth and the life. We should follow him.
We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.