Last night, I did not get good sleep – neither did I, 1 year ago…. Jessica was born 1 year ago – last evening. She is such a blessing in our lives. But having a 1 year old at 44 is not so easy. She is so busy – evens runs circles around her 8 brothers and sister. BUT she is truly a blessing from God – she brings so much joy to our lives – all of the time!!!
So how can I be thankful even in the midst of being so tired this morning???
32 But recall the former days in which, after you were illuminated, you endured a great struggle with sufferings: 33
partly while you were made a spectacle both by reproaches and
tribulations, and partly while you became companions of those who were
so treated; 34 for you had compassion on me[h]
in my chains, and joyfully accepted the plundering of your goods,
knowing that you have a better and an enduring possession for
yourselves in heaven.[i]35 Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. 36 For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:
37 “ For yet a little while,
And He[j] who is coming will come and will not tarry.
38 Now the[k]just shall live by faith;
But if anyone draws back,
My soul has no pleasure in him.”[l]
What is my confidence??? – it is the confidence of what God has done for me before. It is seeing HIM bring me through easy and hard times. It is knowing what HE has DONE for those in before me – in the Bible. When we see God’s awesome power in our lives – what HE has done – how can we but have CONFIDENCE??? “I CAN do ALL things through Christ who gives me STRENGTH!” We can have all confidence in HIM!!!
What is our purpose? We are to praise and worship God. We are to tell the “Good News” of God sending HIS one and only Son to die for our sins. Jesus rose again and is alive for ever-more. He paid the penalty for our sins – the perfect sacrifice – he took our place. We can now be brought back to God – to have perfect fellowship with HIM – only because Jesus!!!
I pray that you can have the confidence to share the good news!!!