Your faith in Christ is a treasure beyond price! Your faith makes you fully alive as Jesus was, makes life worth living and provides an anchor for your soul. In the place where you live and work, commit to hold firmly to your faith with courage and boldness. May your confession of faith in Christ as Lord, be accompanied by obedience and generosity. Rejoice with thanksgiving for the indescribable gift of surpassing grace that God has blessed you with. Fix your eyes and thoughts on Jesus who won the victory over sin and through whom your redemption has been permanently accomplished. Enjoy the intimate relationship you have with God because of what Jesus has done.
When you fact temptation today, Jesus offers you the strength you need to resist. Jesus has been in the thick of life, he has seen it all and experienced it all – sickness, physical weakness, moral weakness, hatred, murder, greed, dishonesty, lust and every other sin in the book. Jesus understands the temptations which lead to doubt, despair, disobedience, lack of self-love and selfish preoccupation. Jesus has endured more temptation then you or I ever faced. Jesus kept on hanging in there resisting temptation until he defeated the tempter while we often give into temptation long before it is over.
Jesus isn’t standing aloof like a spectator watching you being tempted. Jesus isn’t exasperated over your sinfulness. Jesus didn’t come to condemn you but to save you. Jesus is constantly, gently inviting you to remain with him in the most holy place, at God’s throne of grace. At God’s throne of grace you will find a sanctuary even when it seems like you can’t find a safe place on earth. There you will always find the one who longs to help you gain the stability you need to stand firm and resist temptation. God, who is sitting on the throne of grace has authority, capability and resources beyond this world. In humble worship, with earnest prayers, at God’s throne of grace, confidently state your needs with honesty and childlike faith. At God’s throne of grace there is no need to be afraid … there you will hear the words “I do not condemn you – go and sin no more”.
At this moment, in faith continue to believe that:
- You are God’s beloved child!
- God is your refuge and strength – an ever present help in trouble!
- God’s power is made perfect in weakness!
- God’s grace is sufficient for you!