The complexity and noise of the current situation in our world can lead us to grow weary and tiresome in our faith. As believers, it is important to remember that God is still working in us and He is our strength.
The fact is, the strength we have is not our own but comes from Christ. (Jeremiah 9:23-24) Regardless of how strong we think we are, the flesh is weak and without Him, we can easily fall into sin. (Mark 14:38) God equips us to stand strong in every situation we may be facing, or struggle that we cannot handle alone. He is our strength.
Our strength is found in Christ- by having a deep, heartfelt relationship with Him. Outside of Him, there is no other source that provides strength to overcome sin, trials and temptations in this world.
‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.’ Philippians 4:13
As believers, we are called to shine and reflect Jesus in the way we make decisions and live our lives. This means that we are meant to stand out in faith, share the gospel and shine for Christ. God wants us to step out of our comfort zone.
The problem with sitting cosily in our comfort zone is that even though we desire to carry out what God has called us to do, as soon as we hear that it comes at a cost, we move further and further back into what we feel ‘safe’ in. As a result, we distance ourselves from God’s call and plan for our lives.
A good example of a prominent figure in the Bible who stepped out of his comfort zone is Moses. Initially, Moses was filled with doubt and fear about His calling, and even asked God if He could send someone else who could step up to the challenge. By stepping out of his comfort zone and walking in faith, Moses became a salient leader who led the Israelites into the Promised Land and out of captivity. He also informed Pharaoh of the Ten Plagues of God’s judgement upon Egypt and went up Mount Sinai to collect the Ten Commandments.
As followers of Christ, we should create ways to step out of our comfort zone and reach out to those who needs words of encouragement or a helping hand in getting to know Christ and how they can form a relationship with Him.
‘You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.’ Matthew 5:14
In these challenging times, there can be a tendency to feel as if we are alone, and God is not walking with us through our trials. We can start to feel empty and anxious, and think that God does not love or care for us anymore.
However, God continually pours out His love for His children and promises to always remain with us. We are not left on our own to tackle the problems and troubles that life throws at us, because Jesus has gifted us with the Holy Spirit to guide us through life.
‘If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever- The Spirit of Truth.’ John 14:15
Without a doubt, Jesus has experienced and been through every temptation we may face. Whatever sin we may be struggling with- lust, pride, anger, etc, He understands our individual battle and will never leave us on our own. He is walking with us in our trials, just like a Heavenly Father would.
Regardless of how we may feel or what we are going through, He promises to be with us and walk by our side through every step of our situation. By trusting and placing our faith in Him, He guides in a way which brings us peace, joy and true fulfilment. This means we can be who God created us to be, as well as feel free to be ourselves.
‘It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; He will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.’ Deuteronomy 31:8
Feeling thankful to see another Sunday morning and give God the praise for another week which has passed, I came to realise how each day is a gift and blessing handed to us by God.
It is easy for us to complain and worry about what we do not have and as a result, we can feel as if we are lacking or unfulfilled in life. In the midst of the current situation, we can easily forget how blessed we are and that each day is a gift from God.
Each day demonstrates God’s grace in our lives. The sun that shines upon us, the flowers that bloom and the fact we have breath in our lungs, paints a picture of God’s favour in our world today.
With the dawn of each day comes a new compassion made freshly available to us. From His infinite store, God pours out His love which continually rests upon us each day.
The true meaning of life lies within the restoration of our relationship with God. Just like the intricate beauty of nature, God has blessed us with His divine love which should lead us to turn to Him in appreciation and make us fully satisfied in Him.
‘His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.’ Lamentations 3:23
God’s love for us is at the heart of the gospel. Our love for God will show a love for people. By having a heartfelt desire to build and encourage others, we can reflect Jesus at work in our lives by putting others before our wants and needs.
‘Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others before yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others.’ Philippians 2:3
When we misinterpret the true meaning of love, we can find it extremely difficult to love others. Love is often thought to be a mere emotional response which is based on feelings. However, feelings can change, and we serve a Heavenly Father who never changes and always remains the same. (Hebrews 13:8)
‘Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.’ Ephesians 5:1
We should take note of how God does not command us to feel love towards others, but make this an important part of how we live our lives. During these challenging and difficult times, it is important that we remember how much God loves us and we are led by His love.
As believers, one of the well-known promises of the Christian faith is that God provides.
We know it, and sing the old church hymns with choruses reminding us of this key promise. During the difficult times and periods when we feel contented and all is well, God will provide.
However, it can be easy to get caught in the noise of the current world dilemma of corona virus, and take the impetuous action to lose sight of God’s promises. From feelings of fear, distress and pessimistic thoughts, our mind can become clouded to think that God’s promises are false, and He does not provide due to how we are feeling.
The fact of the matter is, feelings are fleeting and God’s Word still stands. God will always provide for His children because He loves us dearly, and wants us to come to know of His love. When we look at God’s Word, He reminds us that He will always provide.
‘And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus’ Philippians 4:19
Welcome to The Word Is Out Blog! Hi there! I’m Christine Emelone, an author who has a passion for writing Christian books about faith and trusting in Jesus.
I’ve really struggled with sin and living by faith in the past. The thought of submitting to Jesus and handing my fears over to Him seemed odd to me. I thought, ‘My life is a mess. God wants to have a relationship with me, like seriously?’ But now, in seeing His goodness in showing me how I can overcome my sin, I’m so glad I did. God knows we aren’t perfect, and He still loves us unconditionally.
Without a doubt, the world is swiftly changing, and we can feel like God is distant and not working in the places we know and love around us. This can leave us filled with doubt, fear and worries. When we feel pessimistic and down, it can be difficult to share our faith and encourage one another with God’s Word. But the question is:
How will you respond to the situation in our world?
This blog is to share our faith as Christians and remind ourselves of God’s Word. In the coming weeks, I’ll be covering topics twice a week, such as God’s promises and our identity in Christ. In these difficult times, we should encourage each other as believers in the faith, and share our thoughts about living for Christ.
I love how writing gives me the chance to praise and glorify God for His grace and kindness, and I hope to achieve this in this blog. It would be great for us to share ideas and stay connected so that we don’t miss out on posts from The Word is Out!