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It seems that for most of us, this year has been a year of ongoing crisis.  Understandably so since we have moved from one figurative fire alarm to another at break-neck speed. The thing about a crisis, whether real or imagined, is that it has a way of seizing the heart and mind of a person… even to the point of robbing them the ability to perceive other things in life.

A crisis, no matter how legitimate or merely fancied it may be, can rob a person of the ability to address other matters, issues, and concerns in life and often paralyzes that person when things ignored for the sake of a crisis become themselves crises.   “I’ll get to it later,” we say to ourselves as we continue to focus all our attention and energy on that one thing we can’t stop thinking about while, in the background of our lives, problems begin to smolder until they themselves burst into flames.

Of course, a true crisis must be addressed.  If your head is on fire, you definitely have a crisis and need to put the fire out.  Social evils must similarly be addressed and answered with prayerful discernment.  Things that are breaking our society, communities, homes, families, and hearts should and must be engaged and dealt with.

But we mustn’t lose sight of those other important things that aren’t necessarily screaming at us to pay attention to them.  We must learn the art of managing well our time, but that won’t happen unless we learn to manage well our hearts and minds.  What occupies my heart as being a priority automatically has dominance in directing my schedule and willingness to abort my plans when interrupted by things happening around me.

As a result of this, we often fail to address the urgent – even critical – need we have for addressing our spiritual reality.  The Bible is clear on this point, without Jesus, we are doomed to perish in our sin.

“He said to them, ‘You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.  I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am He you will die in your sins.’  So they said to Him, ‘Who are You?’  Jesus said to them, ‘Just what I have been telling you from the beginning.  I have much to say about you and much to judge, but He Who sent Me is true, and I declare to the world what I have heard from Him” (John 8:23-26 ESV).

Christians are representatives of Jesus Christ on earth.  We do well when we respond well to crises that others are experiencing for in doing so, we help people to understand the transitory nature of this life:  we will all die some day and the most important use of this life is preparation for what comes after:  God’s judgment.

The Bible in 2 Corinthians 5:20 refers to us as “ambassadors for Christ, God making His appeal through us”.  We are men and women who are sent by God into the craziness of the world to call people to repent and to turn to God.  The message we are sent with is not merely one of sympathy, demonstrating the compassion of God for the pain we feel or the fear we experience, but one of urgency, appealing to others to be reconciled to God through Jesus Christ.

Make no mistake, the word “appeal” used here in the Bible, is referring to a passionate and almost desperate call for people to turn away from sin and to turn to God.  Time is precious and we must not lose sight in the face of all the crises thrown our way, that what is still most important, what is still most urgent, what is still most critical is our ultimate destiny.

There is hope in spite of all the despair that people are feeling today.  But that hope is not for this life only.  And it is not found in any person, movement, or cause on this earth.  It is found only in Jesus Christ.  Let us pause in the irksome and worrisome pace we’ve been caught up in and consider whether or not we are taking care of the most important thing.

“Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of Him.  By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey His commandments.  For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.  For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.  Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God” (1 John 5:1-5 ESV).

Copyright © Thom Mollohan

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In the midst of great divides, the treasure of sharing a special connection with others is increasingly precious. It cannot be overstated that much of the suffering people face today is in the feeling of being cut off from others. In many ways, we were already sliding down that slope. In pre-pandemic months and years, isolation fostered by mere illusions of connection offered us by technology were already gripping with an icy hold the hearts of people, freezing their sense of hope and true connection with others.

How is this possible when the means to connect with others has only become increasingly easy? Because with that ease has come the ease of pretending to be something one is not. What we see in our shallow connections with others over social media and video technology are carefully packaged presentations of people who put on display either a semblance of perfection to show how “together” one is or the outlandish deviations people can concoct as they attempt to draw attention to themselves and feel special and unique.

What we are not getting are authentic connections. We are not getting real love and acceptance, but likes and shares that grant us illusions of love and uniqueness. How very lonely then for us since just as surely we only share our pretend selves with others, others only share pretend selves with us. There is no true “knowing” of another in this way.

How precious then is what the child of God has in Christ and shares with other Christians as we let down our masks of whatever we think we must pretend to be. When we courageously admit how weary, broken and hurt we are and, yes, even our guilt as fallen individuals, we experience a moment of truth in which we can confess that while we are each sinners, we share a common forgiveness in Jesus Christ which binds us eternally with one another. “For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another” (Romans 12:4-5 ESV).

Not only that, but we share so much in Him that any “joining together” we experience in the world outside of this special bond pales in comparison. “There is one body and one Spirit – just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call – one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, Who is over all and through all and in all” (Ephesians 4:4-6 ESV).

Perhaps this is why the Scripture in Philippians 1:7 resonates with us as the writer speaks of how he feels about other Believes, no matter the miles that separate them. “It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace”.

When mostly what we hear about is that which would divide us, I hold to my heart that there is something infinitely wonderful at work, binding my life to my brothers and sisters in Christ: the grace of God in Jesus. The world and its troubles may try to drown out that beautiful truth with the noise of hate, fear, and despair, but as I turn again and again to the Bible, the Word of God, I see that I share with each Child of God something greater than all the temporary treasures and pleasures of the world.

Will I always agree with everything another Christian says or does? No. Will other Christians always “feel” close to me and I to them? Again, no. But these things cannot alter the truth of the special bond that I share with others who have received God’s great gift of forgiveness and eternal life through Christ. This truth is a special truth that Christians must especially hold dear and demonstrate for the world around us now. As people feel increasingly “cut off”, the authentic connection that only Jesus can bring to His people is a life-saving promise those around us need to see, hear, and experience. So let us cherish it, commit to experience it more and more, and let us share it. The time to do so is now.

Copyright © Thom Mollohan

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If I had to pinpoint any one thing that concerns me the most among those who profess to be Christian, it would be their disconnect with the Word of God.  One could say that the root cause of this is the general illiteracy we have of what the Bible actually says, but if we trace it further, it would be the lack of interest we have in what the Bible says.  We care not, therefore we read not.  We read not, therefore we know not.  And if we know not, we do not.  We can’t do what we don’t know we are to do or how to do it.

Perhaps the reason we do not care for it the way we should is rooted in that we turn away from what we do not want to hear, failing to realize that in turning way from it, we break the connection of what actually gives us life and hope.

As an example of this, people who work with those who struggle with addiction find that the truth that they share with those who are struggling is often rejected.  What they say may be very true, but because the truth is painful, the hearer dismisses it and strives to find others who will say what they want to hear, only to be further entangled in the coils of an addictive lifestyle.

Spiritual truths are like that.  They can pierce our illusions and self-serving notions with painful accuracy, but like a scalpel performing a life-saving surgery, they cut away the destructive lies we believe in order to set us free to live fully as God intends.

It is insane to believe something simply because we like the sound of it or because it is repeatedly shouted at us (literally sometimes as well as through social media outlets).  But lies become no truer because lots of people believe them.

It is essential that we turn from the subjective pronouncements hurtling upon us each day and turn to a truth so objective that it had to be handed down to us by a merciful and holy God!  The Bible is a bottomless wellspring of truth because it is not a book of rules and regulations so much as it is a love letter from a righteous God in heaven commending to us His heart, His purposes, and His ways.

If you want to find your bearing in this tempest of hate mongering and fear surrounding us today and if you want to find peace in your life as you come to grips with what God actually says about who you are and what your life is really all about, you must come to His Word, the Bible.  You must open your heart and ask His help in prayer to have your heart opened even as you open the Bible’s pages.  You must read, hear, and trust His Words.  You must consider them, let them become a part of you, and you must obey them.  You obey them because the One Who speaks them, speaks them in holiness.  The Bible’s words are right and pure.  They are the lifeline that God sends you to know His gift of salvation, forgiveness, hope, and victory.

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.  And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him” (Colossians 3:16-17 ESV).

Copyright © Thom Mollohan

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In a world full of people who have not cultivated the discipline of listening to others before judging them, Christians have the unique opportunity to model the guiding principles within Christian faith that we call grace and compassion. In a time when it seems that we are increasingly likely to hear of violent reactions of a person or group of people toward another because of the perception that the other is evil or inferior in some way, God’s children have a special calling to do more than just react.

Human wisdom and conventional, worldly logic tell us that it is time to fight, to take, to oppose and to exact revenge. Fear, hate, and violence are heaped upon fear, hate, and violence. Yet God interrupts us today with a different outlook and a different path.

Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles” (Matthew 5:38-41 ESV).

This is addressing our tendency to react. This is not addressing the call to bring what is wrong in our society into alignment with God’s Kingdom. We MUST oppose racism. We MUST oppose the wrongful oppression of others. We MUST oppose the taking of the lives of innocents.

But, as God’s people, we also must NOT allow the evil of others to be the agents of our thinking, saying, and doing of evil things. The Lord Jesus was addressing the evil in us as we take into our own hands the parceling out of judgment on others who have in our minds offended us. And He reminds us that He does not treat us that way. Instead, He patiently works to bridge the divide that exists between us and Him because of our sin and graciously bring us out of sin’s bondage into a genuine relationship with Himself even though we do not deserve it.

One test for whether or not our reaction to the harm that others have caused us is in whether or not that reaction is ultimately redemptive. Will my response help us to overcome what divides us or will it only drive us farther apart? To those who are tempted to say, “We must get others back for what they have done,” they clearly do not understand – or trust – that God is on His throne and will ultimately call every single deed, every thought and every word, into account. How very sobering because every one of us ultimately must stand before Him (see 1 Peter 4:5).

But what grace and mercy He has shown us in that while we all fall short, we may experience His forgiveness and, as we do so, we may extend that same mercy and forgiveness to others. This is what God’s grace does as it grabs hold of us and sets us free. As Christians today, the platform has been given to us to now show what real grace and real love look like. After all, we have the best picture of all in the sacrifice that Jesus did on the cross when He gave His life for sinners like you and me.

Copyright © Thom Mollohan

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One of the most amazing aspects of what it means to become a Child of God through faith in Jesus Christ is the fact that we are not merely changed, but that we are “born again” (John 3:3). This is to say that what change has happened in us spiritually is so radical and revolutionary to what we are that we cease to be what we once were and are now, in our essence, a completely new thing.

In 2 Corinthians 5:17 and 18, we are taught by God that “If anyone is in Christ, he or she is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God Who Christ reconciled us to Himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.”

The application of this today is two-fold. First, we must understand that what we once were, we no longer are. No longer are we just breakers of God’s Law, we are forgiven. No longer are we merely sinners, but are regarded by God as saints. No longer are we spiritually dead, unresponsive to the grace and majesty of God, but we have been brought to life. No longer are we enemies to Jesus, but are now counted as His brethren. There has been an inward change in us, that I must point out must be accepted by faith as having taken place (since our emotions don’t always keep up with what God has revealed to us through His Word).

Secondly, because we have been so radically changed, we look at others differently. We now, by God’s truth working its effect in our hearts’ attitudes and agendas, see others as God sees them (or at least we desire to and commit ourselves to His opening our minds to them).

“From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard Him thus no longer” (2 Corinthians 5:16 ESV).

We see other people as the bearer of God’s image. We look at them and realize, no matter how different they may seem to us on the outside, no matter what their past has been, mistakes they have made, or perhaps how they have harmed us, they have the potential, as God ordains it, to be as radically transformed as we are if we truly have been saved by Christ.

In others words, we stop looking at others through the human lenses of our limited perspectives, and look at others through the lens of God’s truth and love which does not change or serve our selfish agendas.

In a time of great division and misunderstanding, we need the unity that only Jesus’ love and transformation can bring. And for it to enter our little corner of the world, we must be willing to let that love and truth grab hold of us and flow through us into our actions, words, and attitudes. To do anything else is to fall short in being transformed inside and out. And without individual people being transformed, our homes, community, and world cannot be transformed. So let the love of Jesus do its work today in making you new.

Copyright © Thom Mollohan

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Once more has a senseless loss crashed down upon us the torrential reality of fear, mistrust, and disharmony in our country. The words, “I can’t breathe”, have become a catchphrase to symbolically express the weight of oppression and its relentless effect of suffocating a people, men and women who are created in the image of God and, through Christ, are my brothers and sisters.

The tragedy of George Floyd’s death, the affliction of hatred, and the anguish of racism have yet again moved the people of our nation to rallying points that can either help us move forward to paths of healing and hope, or can be the building blocks of relational catastrophe. Inasmuch as this allows people’s minds and hearts to change toward one another in that people are regarded as equals no matter their skin color or ethnicity, then maybe Mr. Floyd’s death will not be in vain, although his family and friends will not easily be comforted.

I fear that what healing has occurred in the past is in danger, but it is imperative that vestiges of inhumanity toward one another be unveiled and dealt with. Justice is essential here. And God is a god of justice Who does not close His eyes to sin and evil in our society or in our hearts.

I pray for healing – not Band-Aids. I hope for reconciliation – not platitudes. I look to my brothers and sisters in Christ in love and hold my arms out to them with my mind drawn to the Bible’s explanation of the nature of the oneship I share with them in Jesus that is founded on something holy and perfect: “For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body… all were made to drink one Spirit…. If one member suffers, all suffer together” (1 Corinthians 12:13a, 13c, 26 ESV).

It is not evil to stand for justice. Quite the opposite actually. It is not wrong to cry out for correction of what is wrong. It is essential that we do so. But let us be careful to not catch the viral infection of hate. Social distancing in this regard is perhaps more important than with Covid-19. And if we find that we have caught the bug of hate, bitterness, or fear, let us seek the healing that only God’s Spirit can bring and allow Him to cleanse our hearts and souls with the waters of His Word.

The Bible moves from the remarks referenced above regarding our unity as the body of Christ (in 1 Corinthians chapter 12) to the “still more excellent way” of love in chapter 13. Here is the healing we need even as we stand for justice.

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends…. So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8a, 13 ESV).

As a Christian, it is not an option to love others… even those “different” from me. It is who I am. If you are a Christian, then it is not an option for you either. It is the outflow of the presence of the Savior you say you follow. So tend well your heart, your attitude, your words and deeds. Let them flow from a heart filled with the love of God.

Copyright © Thom Mollohan

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A Choice to Make

You and I are continually confronted with choices. Granted, a lot of our choices are in the general area of small decisions such as do I go with the blue shirt today and khakis or maybe the cream shirt and black? Or do I want hamburger or chicken for supper? Or what show do I feel like watching tonight? The vast majority of decisions we make are ones we are not even aware that we’re making. These range from the tone we subconsciously use in speaking to our children, spouse, or coworker in any given conversation to choosing to scroll just a few more seconds on Facebook before we get back to work.

Most decisions are not “big” decisions in that any one of them make or break us or drastically alter our future (although some can and do such as choosing to run a stop sign or drinking before we drive). Most decisions have cumulative effects and direct our lives in general trends: there is a big difference between out-of-character acting irritably towards someone when we are tired versus habitually criticizing or berating another; a relationship marked by ongoing negativity is bound to be riddled with all sorts of relational problems and negative long term effects.

There are some decisions, however, that are enormous ones and our futures are determined by them. Marriage, for one thing, is a big deal. A lesser one, but still important, is what college or trade school we attend. But one decision in particular is crucial and must not be treated as anything less.

In the book of Matthew, the Bible records for us an encounter that the Lord Jesus has with a man whose soul is hungry. The man has lots of material possessions, seems to be a moral and upstanding citizen, and appears to be quite successful. Yet he knows in his heart the futility of such things. So he goes to Jesus.

He asks Jesus what he still needs (see verse 20). Jesus, knowing that the man has placed his hope in finding peace and purpose in his worldly possessions and position, counsels the man to let go of those things and to follow Him.

The Bible tells us that “when the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions” (Matthew 19:22 ESV).

Perhaps the man went away, thought about what Jesus said, and came back eventually, choosing to trust Jesus as Savior and Lord. Perhaps. The Bible doesn’t tell us. It simply records for us that in that moment, he chose something over Jesus. It is very possible that the man did not come back to Jesus. He may well have been involved in a chariot hit-and-run later that same day and did not have another opportunity to come back to the Lord. Or maybe he lived a long life, but his heart became increasingly hard and bitter as he continued along the path his decision determined for him. We don’t know.

But what we do know is that the same decision that confronted this man is a decision that we all must make. And just as he may not have had subsequent opportunities to repent and turn in faith to Jesus Christ, we should not assume that we can put Jesus off. A moment in which we make the decision to not trust Him as Lord and Savior may be the last chance we had to do so.

So if your heart is hungry and you are stirred up to seek out Jesus, know that His grace has brought you to this moment so that you can yourself receive His gift of peace, love and joy. Be careful to not turn away, taking for granted the opportunity you were given by His grace, but wholeheartedly embrace His love and forgiveness and power to give your life purpose and peace. Some choices are more important than others; but no choice is more important than this, to receive Jesus as Savior and Lord.

Copyright © Thom Mollohan

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Words matter.  What you say matters.  Not only that.  How you say what you say matters.  To further complicate things, when you say what you say matters.  Oh, I am not advocating for a script per se in how we speak to one another.  But it is clear that Christians could do a whole lot better in the speaking department.  And, to be clear, this applies to things we post on social media as well.

Maybe we don’t see the two as the same thing.  Perhaps we feel that posting things in the Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter multi-verse is different from saying something to someone’s face.  We feel insulated by our screens and lose a sense of responsibility for what we’re posting due to the lack of contact and the sense immediate accountability that it gives us relationally.  We lose sight of the fact that people to whom we “speak” and people about whom we “speak” (post on social media) are real-life people on whom the image of God has been stamped.

We’re discourteous, rude, short-tempered, accusatory, and so on.  We gossip and distort the things others have said or done.  We’re out-and-out accusing, implying and inferring things so that others pick up the torch of our suggestive comments and are caught up in the verbal lynching of others.

As God’s children, we can do better.  In fact, we must do better.  We, of all people, should be leading the way with a holy conduct that truly portrays the God of grace and mercy Whose Son died for us. LightInDarkness

“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.  And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by Whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.  Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.  Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you” (Ephesians 4:29- 32 ESV).

The times are tense.  They are difficult.  People are anxious and fearful.  Don’t give in to the temptation to react with the caustic tools of the world, but to respond with the comforting presence of our Creator.  Maybe the reason we struggle with this is that we’re not personally experiencing that comforting presence.

If that is the case, then let us turn our eyes once again to our God.  Let us once again be washed in the cleansing flow of His holy Word.  Let us again find our anchor in His promises of provision, protection, and presence.  The world needs the light of Jesus.  So let His light shine… through you… and let it shine now.

Copyright © Thom Mollohan

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In all the whirlwind of change taking place today, and the “out-of-control” feelings that it is creating for us collectively, it is very important that we remember who is at the helm of the ship. There is a lot of talk about our crisis being artificially orchestrated and certain persons being intentional about having created the crisis with which we are now faced. Whether or not this is true is beyond me and beyond most of us – especially given the huge torrents of divisive accusations, reports and opinions unleashed upon us.

Do I believe that there is a conspiracy afoot? Of course, I do. Even if there are world leaders who plan to exploit us (or not), I know that Satan has conspired against us from humanity’s first days in the garden. He conspires even now to distract, disorient, delude, and divide the people of God. Mostly, he conspires to destroy our knowledge of God: a knowledge that is an intimate and personal experience of God’s glory, grace, love and power. That knowledge is so precious to God that He fine tunes the details of events, activities, trends, governments to accomplish His perfect plan of grace of which you and I are the recipients.

So as I see all the events happening in the world today and hear (or read) the various things being said, I recall what God told an arrogant world leader named Sennacherib in Isaiah 37:26, “Have you not heard that I determined it long ago? I planned from days of old what now I bring to pass”.

As I read this (especially in its context), I realize that no event taking place today has caught God off guard. He is in charge and, because He is a God of great power and love, is working all things still today in accordance with His plan of redemption and restoration with people like you and me – sinners forgiven because of the blood of Jesus Christ.

That means that world events over which I have no power, as well as personal situations that have unexpectedly come into my life, were “planned from days of old and are now being brought to pass.” That helps me because I know that the God of love has method to the madness I think I’m facing. It helps me because I know that there is a destination – a good place – to which God is bringing me and this is the path by which I will arrive – by which all His people will arrive as they trust Him as Savior and Lord.

God is working! And God is loving! He is working in your life! He is loving you even now and invites you to trust Him!

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time He may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:6-7 ESV).

Copyright © Thom Mollohan

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These are definitely times in which faith – true faith – is tested.  On the one hand, it seems troubling to us as we find ourselves being forced to leave behind those things that have been for so long comfortable to us.  If we are honest, we will have to confess much of what we’ve been forced to do without has been a bit of a trap for us in the past as we have been preoccupied by our comforts and trust in ourselves.  Such traps are ruts that our daily routines maintained for us as we have pursued our agendas (or those supplied us by the world around us) and only turned to God when some sort of personal calamity strikes.

As it is, we cannot with human wisdom make sense of what is happening around us and to us.  We feel as though we are out of control and struggle with the temptation to panic.  But the Bible, God’s Word, would have us to remember that any sense of control we ever had has only really been an illusion anyway.  Now we are set free to actually turn from our own human perspectives and agendas and turn to God in faith and obedience.

In the past, we have spent much of our time living our busy lives as we saw fit, ruefully promising God that we’ll get to His agenda some day, yet never quite breaking free from the demands of our routines.  Truly stepping out in faith and following God was always theoretical to us, yet seemingly impossible because it would mean we would have to break free from our schedules, plans, and priorities in order to get on His page.

We might be tempted to be in panic mode right now, feeling anything but peaceful.  However, the Bible tells us, “Now may the God of peace Who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to Whom be glory forever and ever.  Amen” (Hebrews 13:20-21 ESV).

What this means is that we are 1) called to do His will, 2) enabled to do what is pleasing to His sight, and 3) given peace in spite of the chaos around us because of the perfect and eternal blood of Jesus, the Shepherd of those who place their faith in Him.  This is huge!

We are caught up by something bigger and greater than ourselves and are given the responsibility to live the life that His blood purchased for us!  That life is a life of calmness, purpose, and high destiny that the problems and trials around us can only help us to realize!

Do you doubt it?  Think of this then!  “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him Who called us to His own glory and excellence, by which He has granted to us His precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire” (2 Peter 1:3-4 ESV).

This means that the interruptions that God has allowed to happen in your life are actually opportunities to step out of the patterns of godlessness surrounding us in the world and to step into the life and love and power of the promises of God!  And in those promises are true freedom and victory!

So whether or not we experience problems and even suffering as unexpected detours to greater joy and peace has everything to do with whether we believe God is faithful to the promises He has made to us.  If you trust Him, you will experience His love and power working in your life and orienting you to the eternal home that He has prepared for you.  Let Him take the reins of your life today and begin to steer you into a new journey of discovering how great His love is for you.

Copyright © Thom Mollohan

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