It’s not hard to see how believing any of these thoughts can create Suffering.
how could it not?
Generally, until we start to see our way into spiritual freedom, this is what happens over and over again:
1.A painful event occurs and we react. We get pulled into listening to an old thought pattern.
2.We BELIEVE what our thoughts are telling us about ourselves, others and the world.
3.We create an identity around these beliefs. We believe this package of beliefs IS who we are.
4.We get through the uncomfortable situation as best we can, usually by:
•distracting or “meditating ” – anything to move our attention away from the discomfort
•trying to strategize our way out of the suffering
•pushing against the other people involved
•trying to “spiritualize” the problem away by meditating or applying spiritual principles
(Yes, even this can be a way to avoid what we are actually feeling!)
Then eventually the stream of life continues to flow along and outer circumstances change in some way. We forget about the upset as best we can and hope it won’t come up again
I want you to have this assurance today . . .
You are BLESSED and HIGHLY FAVORED.
It doesn’t matter what the situation looks like, what the haters might say, or how high your obstacles . . .
You are entering into a season of God’s goodness, provision, and blessing.
It’s not because of anything great that you have or haven’t done—it’s simply because you are walking in the favor of God.
His face is turned to you . . . His hand is open to you today.
I’m reminded of what the angel Gabriel spoke to Mary in Luke 1*28. He said:
Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is
with thee: blessed art thou among women.
What a beautiful affirmation: You are favored! The Lord is with you! You are truly blessed!
If you are encouraged by those words the angel spoke to Mary, you will love this: As a New Covenant believer, that same promise is true of you!.
Because of the sanctifying work of Christ Jesus . . .
You too are highly favored!
The Lord is always with you!
You are forever blessed!
Brethren Therefore let it be known to you, that through Him forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you” (ref,Acts 13*38).
” In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace (ref,Ephesians 1*7).
The forgiveness of sins is not man’s work, but God’s. In Acts 5*31, Peter announced that God not only granted forgiveness of sins, but also repentance. Men are to repent, but it is God who brings men to repentance. Salvation is the work of God and not of men. Forgiveness of sins is entirely God’s work, and all we must do to receive it is to believe in Jesus Christ, to trust in His sacrificial death, burial, and resurrection. Forgiveness of sins is impossible for men to accomplish, but God has accomplished the impossible through His Son, Jesus Christ. In order to receive this forgiveness, we need to confess our sins, to acknowledge our rebellion against God and the fact that we are deserving of His eternal wrath.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (ref,1 John 1*9).
We receive the forgiveness of our sins by faith , by believing in the work of Christ on the cross of Calvary as the full and final payment for our sins . We are to confess our sins and to repent of them ). We then simply ask God to forgive us (ref,Psalm 79*9), know that He is a forgiving God, who is ready to forgive (ref,Psalm 86*5).
brethren Through years of Bible study, I’ve discovered keys to unlocking a “blessed and highly favored” life.
The first key is crucial when you’re to live in God’s favor and blessing: You have to believe the promise to be true, even before you see it come to pass.
Will you believe your problems, or will you believe God’s promise? As you make that choice, keep in mind .
> Mary didn’t feel favored when her life was turned upside down . but she was!
> Paul didn’t see he was blessed when he was being persecuted . . . but he was!
> David didn’t feel destined when his father overlooked him . . . but he was!
> You are blessed and highly favored
(regardless of your circumstance)
because God has declared it to be true!
Remember, God has something amazing destined for your life. You’re not going to be overcome by your obstacle, and you aren’t going to be tripped up by your trial.
Because you are blessed and highly favored, the best is yet to come!
To be saved, men must acknowledge their sin, the righteousness of Jesus Christ, and the sentence of death which awaits them see John 16*8-12. They must trust in Jesus Christ as God’s provision for sinners. He, the sinless Son of God, died in the sinner’s place, bearing the penalty for our sins. His righteousness is available to all who believe in Him for salvation (ref,John 1*12; 3*16, 36; Romans 3*21-26; 10*9-11).
But Satan has blinded the hearts and minds of unbelievers so they cannot see the glory of God in Christ through the gospel (ref,2 Corinthians 4*4). only the Spirit of God can open the eyes of the blind to see the light of the glorious gospel and come to faith (see Luke 4*18-19; John 6*65; 8*43-47; Acts 26*18; 2 Corinthians 4*6; Ephesians 1*18).
In the days of the Great Tribulation, men will experience the wrath of God and be given another opportunity to give glory to God and avoid judgment, but they will refuse (ref,Revelation 14*6-7; 16*9). All men will ultimately acknowledge Jesus is Lord, to the glory of God (ref,Philippians 2*11), but not as adoring believers. In the end, they will spend eternity separated from the glory of God
ty We must conclude then that love is a choice—God’s choice. God chose to love us above others, not because of anything which we have done, or will do, but simply as a choice of His sovereign grace:
But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For they are not all Israel who are descended from Israel; neither are they all children because they are Abraham’s descendants, but: “through Isaac your descendants will be named.” That is, it is not the children of the flesh who are children of God, but the children of the promise are regarded as descendants. For this is a word of promise: “At this time I will come, and Sarah shall have a son.” And not only this, but there was Rebekah also, when she had conceived twins by one man, our father Isaac; for though the twins were not yet born, and had not done anything good or bad, in order that God’s purpose according to His choice might stand, not because of works, but because of Him who calls, it was said to her, “The older will serve the younger.” Just as it is written, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.” What shall we say then? There is no injustice with God, is there? May it never be! For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy (ref,Romans 9*6-16).
There is nothing whatever in the objects of His love to call it forth; nothing in man could attract or prompt it. Love among men is awakened by something in the beloved, but the love of God is free, spontaneous, unevoked, uncaused. God loves men because He has chosen to love them. ‘He hath loved us, He hath loved us.