The world makes all kinds of promises about love, acceptance, and self-worth, but they never last. Only Jesus can fill our empty souls for eternity.
From John 4:13-14: “Jesus said to her, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.'”
When Jesus asks His followers to be like salt, He is reminding us that we are valuable and necessary in bringing out the best–in one another as well as the world–through ordinary acts of service, mercy, love, and humility.
From Mark 9:49-50: “For everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”
Through our trials, God works powerfully within us to do more than we can perceive or imagine.
From Ephesians 3:20-21: “Now to Him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
It doesn’t matter how talented or successful we are by earthly standards, because God’s goal for us is obedience, faithfulness, and Christlike character.
From 1 Corinthians 4:5: “Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive commendation from God.”
The key to courageously facing the future is confidence in the Lord. He’s your shelter, strength, and help in trouble.
From Psalm 46:1-3: “God is our refuge and strength,a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam,though the mountains tremble with its tumult.”
Knowing that God is ever-present motivates us to think, speak, and behave in ways that glorify Him.
From U: “Where can I go from your spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there;if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there. If I take the wings of the morningand settle at the farthest limits of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me,and your right hand shall hold me fast.”
Whenever you’re not sure how God thinks about sin or deals with it, go to His Word. He will guide you into truth.
From Titus 3:3-5: “For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, despicable, hating one another. But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but according to His mercy, through the water of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.”