Isn’t it nice to know that while life seems “out of it”, we are still found “in Christ” ?!
I have friends who have gone through storm after storm…and are still “standing on water” in faith in Christ!
I have friends who have had every vehicle give them trouble, different health issues, and family struggles. And they still smile at the future, knowing it’s in His hands!
I have friends who have had miscarriages and waited years to carry and have a baby to hold and love and nurture…and they cry and scream and vent to God all their emotions…they hold nothing back…including their continued trust in His ways and timing.
I have Aunt and Uncle who were dismissed from a ministry and have prayed and waited for 6+ months now to find something else. They have health issues, money issues, and quite frankly, now, some trust issues. But deep down, they know Who holds them and their future.
I have weeks when I pray and wait and try to understand Him…and I fail to see, to hear, or to “get it”! But, “I know Whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I’ve committed unto Him against that day!” I know my days are numbered and that I have many plans, but He directs my steps. I know His Ways are higher…and deeper…and farther! I know He has plans for me, a future and a hope…for my good! I know He cares! I know He loves! I know He promises…and is faithful! I know He forgives. I know He teaches and corrects and extends grace upon grace! I know that He is God and I am not…and I know there is fulness in submitting to that Truth! I know that if He withholds or says ‘no’ it’s not to keep something from me as much as it is to give something greater to me! He gave His Son for me, will He not also do… I know He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, beyond all that I ask or imagine! Creation tells of His glory…I am part of that creation…I will tell!
No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
1 Corinthians 15:19
And if our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world.
2 Corinthians 1:20
For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory.
(above taken from the NLT; below taken from the NIV…link to biblegateway.com)
In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,
neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
1 Corinthians 1:2
To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be his holy people, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ—their Lord and ours:
1 Corinthians 1:4
I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus.
1 Corinthians 1:30
It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.
1 Corinthians 15:22
For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.
2 Corinthians 1:21
Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,
And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,
in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
2 Timothy 3:12
In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,
We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end.
1 Peter 5:10
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
May your life continue to show the world how to live “in Christ”! May mine…