The waves we wrestle against are there to draw us closer to God. Its through trials that the Lord establishes His work. And, its through hardships that our soul, which is our mind and emotions, will begin to follow the lead of the Holy Spirit. And, with Jesus as our Anchor, we have undeniable truth on our side.
Life is inconvenient. Whether were too late, or too early for something, were always looking for a way out, or when its more convenient. Well even wait to make a decision for Christ, by not responding when we had the chance. But, today is the day for salvation, and later may be too late.
Theres always the temptation to compromise. Sometimes pressure gets the better of us. But, like Paul, were to confront people with the truth, in love, and in self-control. Paul knew that his testimony would stir up trouble, but it didnt sway him from keeping to his word.
When we take mans easy way out, we have nothing tangible to live for. And, when we are confronted with the truth, we want to run away and hide. Freedom of religion gives us the false sense of security that many paths lead to God, and we want to choose the easiest way. But, the truth is that there is only one way, and that is through Gods Son Jesus Christ.
Pauls confession was that outside of Christ we are dead in our sins. But, in Christ, we have the assurance that there is life after death. Paul plead guilty for reminding the Jewish leaders of their own doctrine, that there will be a resurrection. But, only those who believe in Jesus will have eternal life in heaven with Him.
When others come against us, we have a tendency to either believe the lies, and allow ourselves to be judged, or we become angry and retaliate. Our hearts then condemn us. But, God is greater than our hearts, and He wants us to bless our accusers, and let the Lord be our defense.
Like Paul, our situation may look like its coming apart at the seams, and a feeling of desperation sets in. But, God has led us to this point in time for a purpose that we may not yet understand. And, He hasnt left us to go it alone, but is with us all along the way.
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