Be patient. God is using today’s difficulties to strengthen you for tomorrow. He is equipping you. The God who makes things grow will help you bear fruit.
From Ephesians 1:11-12: “In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of Him who accomplishes all things according to His counsel and will, so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of His glory.”
Bitterness is the trap that snares the hunter.
From Ephesians 4:31-32: “Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice, and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.”
When I am criticized, injured, or afraid, there is a Father who is ready to comfort me.”
From 1 Chronicles 12:18: Then the spirit came upon Amasai, chief of the Thirty, and he said, ‘We are yours, O David; and with you, O son of Jesse! Peace, peace to you, and peace to the one who helps you! For your God is the one who helps you.'”
The Bible is the treasure map that leads us to God’s highest treasure: eternal life.
From Matthew 4:4: “But He [Jesus] answered, ‘It is written, One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”
In our faith we follow in someone’s steps. In our faith we have footprints to guide others. It’s the principle of discipleship.
From 1 Timothy 4:12: “Be an example to the believers in Word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.”
Earthly fears are no fears at all. Answer the big question of eternity, and the little questions of life fall into perspective.
From 1 Corinthians 4:6: “I have applied all this to Apollos and myself for your benefit, brothers and sisters, so that you may learn through us the meaning of the saying, ‘Nothing beyond what is written,’ so that none of you will be puffed up in favor of one against another.”
When I am criticized, injured, or afraid, there is a Father who is ready to comfort me.
From Psalm 86:17: “Show me a sign of your favor, so that those who hate me may see it and be put to shame, because you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.”
God’s help is always available, but it is only given to those who seek it.
From Matthew 7:7: “Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.”
There are times when to speak is to violate the moment–when silence represents the highest respect. The word for such times is reverence.
From Psalm 46:10: “Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted in the earth.”
What makes a Christian a Christian is not perfection but forgiveness.
From Matthew 18:21-22: “Then Peter came and said to Him, ‘Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?’ Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but I tell you, seventy times seven.'”