Where To Find hope When Your Problems Are About to Conquer You

Sometimes we feel like we are in a losing battle where our problems are going to beat us

"No in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us." Romans 8:38.

The Biblical passage before this verse lists many types of adversities, trials afflictions, and tests.

We are conquerors over...
     * Sin,
     * The devil,
     * The world,
     * Test
     * Afflictions
     * Persecutions
     * Trials.

We not only overcome our trials but we overcome them abundantly to the point that we are made better off for having been in the trial. The lessons we learn and the character we develop far exceed the price paid by going through the tests. We are able to rejoice in trials and afflictions in ways that the world can only guess at.  Our test actually deepens our faith and joy.

Being more than conquerors is more than not being overcome by our afflictions but understanding that those afflictions actually cause us to know our Lord better. We are drawn closer to him and are made more like him.

Because we are conquerors we can face trials and afflictions with joy and courage.

It is not by a program, education, church, or determination that we are able to overcome. It is through him who loved us, by the Blood of the Lamb. Victory is through Jesus whose death already won the victory. He is the victory, because he has overcome, he has defeated sin, death, the world, and Satan- that victory is one of the things we share in Jesus' death and resurrection.

The trials we face are nothing compared to the victory he won in his death and resurrection.

If we can trust him to deliver us from sin and it's judgment it should be a small thing to trust him to give us victory over our trials.

We come to him by faith for salvation for through him we are saved and in the same way we come to him by faith for victory.

If he loved us enough to die to redeem us he surely loves us enough to give us victory over the afflictions of our daily lives.

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How Can I Find Boldness To Share My Faith? 2 Timothy 1:8

Some people suffer from shyness or struggle with fears when it comes to sharing their faith. How do we overcome this?

"So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God." 2 Timothy 1:8

In the first century the cross was a shameful thing and if you knew someone who was crucified it would be a scandal and you would keep it secret; to not be ashamed went against the cultural standards of the times.

This has the strength of a command. It is a clear statement that we are not to be ashamed. If we are ashamed we need to confess and repent.

To testify is to tell what you know. It does not require an advanced college degree to tell about your experience,

We are invited to share in his suffering. It is an honor to suffer with the Lord. The Apostles rejoiced that they were counted worthy to suffer in his name, Acts 5:41.

Power is set in contrast to shame, in this case it is the opposite of shame. The Gospel is the power of God to change lives and save man. This power is far greater than any shame we could experience. The Gospel has power and that should be sufficient to overcome fear.

Instead of being ashamed of the Gospel Paul invites us to become partners with Christ in affliction.

The greater act of power was salvation, it is the harder task; the lesser is to empower us to testify-to empower us would be easy after making salvation.

Accept the power, claim it, and act on the power of the gospel.

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Where Can I Look For Blessing In My Life? Psalm 87:7

We feel dried and empty. We wonder, "Where is the good and where can we find blessing?"

"As they make music they will sing, 'All my fountains are in you.'" Psalm 87:7.

This verse concludes a Bible passage that celebrates a people's identity with their place of worship and faith.

All excludes nothing; it is not most or some but every single one.  All gives an idea of abundance- not just some or a few but a limitless all.

Blessings are in storage waiting to be given to each of us.

The Bible used various metaphors such as the fountains and rivers, these refer to sources of life and blessing.

In all literature a fountain illustrates a source or a place of origin.

This fountain picture makes us think of a spring in the desert where desirable, delicious, refreshing water is overflowing out toward us. This source cannot be contained or limited naturally.

This is an absolute statement, and a point of reference. If you said, X marks the spot, the X would be Him.
     * He holds our blessings,
     * He is a source of blessing,
     * He is administering our blessings.
     * He is able to give limitless blessings.

Only God can be the source and giver of such blessings. He is rich in blessing and can never be used up.

Our sin may block blessing from filling our lives. God has already given the greatest blessing when he sent his son to die to pay for our sin and give us eternal life. If he has already given the biggest and best the other blessings we need are small by comparison and he is clearly willing to give them too.

God offers to be the fountain of blessing in your life, Jesus put it one way when he said, "I have come that they may have life and have it abundantly." John 10:10. And he invites us to him when he said. "Come unto me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28

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When Should a Humble Person Talk About Themselves? Psalm 107:2

People of faith value the virtue of humility and don't feel it right to talk about their experiences, but is that what the Bible teaches?

"Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story- those he redeemed from the hand of the foe." Psalm 107:2

To redeem something is to buy it back. It means to pay the price to get something or someone released. When you come to God you are redeemed from the demands of judgment against your sins.

These redeemed are already redeemed; they are not hoping for salvation someday but have already received salvation.

We are not able to be our own redeemer from sin and its judgment since even our most righteous deeds are contaminated and are not good enough to pay for sin, but God is righteous and is able to make redemption a reality to any who receive it. Since he has become our redeemer he claims ownership of the redeemed, he says we are his and the foe has no claim on us.

The testimony of those who have been freed from sin is powerful to change the world. People need what the redeemed have. People need healing, restoration, salvation, forgiveness and love. When we tell our story we are the light they need.

The telling of the story of God's deliverance is an act of worship since it acknowledges who he is and what he has done. It is also an act of gratitude and should be proclaimed with thankfulness.

The context of the verse talks about historical events and cultural experiences of ancient times but it applies perfectly to our lives today. We have a foe in sin. Sin has put us in bondage and corrupted our world. Sin brings us into judgment since it must be punished, but Our Lord has paid the bondage price in his own blood by his death and has taken our punishment. He has freed us and calls us his own.

The redeemed of the Lord have a wonderful message of light and hope we should encourage each other to tell it to this dark and needy world.

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Does The Bible Say We Must Choose God? Joshua 24:15

Does God want us to drift through life and somehow float up to him at the end of it all, or is there a point where we have to make a choice?

"...Then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household we will serve the LORD." Joshua 24:15.

Even though the people had conquered the Promised Land and were enjoying the blessing of the Lord Joshua challenges them that they must choose.

God gives a choice; he does not force himself on us. That would not be a loving act on His part. If we are to love God we love him best if we chose to- not if we are forced to.

Choice is an act of personal will. Another cannot choose for you, it must be your own. You cannot say I serve the Lord because I was born to this family, or it the culture I live in. You must choose for yourself.

We live one day at a time, one hour, at a time, and one moment at a time. We do not know what the next day or moment may bring. The Bible never says choose God someday, or you can wait. Scripture is full of, "Call on the Lord while he may be found,"* and, "Today is the day of salvation."** Don't say I will choose to serve God  later when you have time.

We are created to serve God. We suspect it subconsciously and spend our lives looking for meaning or purpose, we are searching for Him but don't realize it. When we choose The Lord we find what we were designed for.

The gods that their ancestors served and the gods of the Amorite people were inferior to the Lord. Many times the Lord proved himself better, stronger, superior, more loving, and more powerful than the gods of the pagans, whom He defeated many times. Why choose them?

Regardless of what other people think Joshua chooses The Lord, and if no one else comes along he will still choose the Lord regardless.

Choose to serve the Lord this day.

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* Isaiah 55:6  ** 2 Corinthians 6:2

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What is The Best Advice Ever? Proverbs 4:23

What is the one bit of advice that Solomon the wisest man wrote in his book of proverbs that is a must? If you only learn just one what one should it be?

"Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it." Proverbs 4:23.

This is to give it the first importance, the highest priority, and make it the number one thing in the agenda book. This is a call to be diligent, and not sloppy.

There are many things that we need to attend to (and legitimate too) but the most crucial one is this.

The palace guard stays on watch every hour of every day, they may change personnel but there is always someone on duty. A good guard stays alert, is ever ready, watches for danger, and keeps his equipment in order with his weapon ready.

In the Bible the heart is the seat of affections, emotions, reasoning, and thinking. From this we have our moral center. This makes it too valuable to neglect.

The heart needs to be watched since it is prone to wander and deceive.

Our conduct comes from our heart; all the issues of life and every choice or decision you make will be guided by it.

Something that is flowing can't be changed or stopped. This word is used in a present tense that suggests the flowing is always going to flow.

     * Keep yourself free of vanity
     * Keep your doctrine free from error.
     * Turn from your sins,
     * Be faithful in prayer,
     * Meditate on God's Word.
     * Seek companionship of good people who love God.
     * Keep your affections on God and His work.

If your heart is right with God you life will be right, if your fill your heart with garbage your life will be trashy.

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