ARE YOU SURE LIFE WILL BE WONDERFUL WITH JESUS?
At From His Heart, we believe this: “No matter how badly you may have messed up in life, God still loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life.” Churches, however, are filled with people in the pews who think they have messed up too much for God to love them or forgive them. They have not had what they would consider a wonderful life. People who have never approached God through Christ are clueless as to what a wonderful life loving Jesus would be like ... or if it is even possible.
People will often ask how one can know that God would provide a wonderful life for believers when there is so much suffering in the world. It's a “wonderful” question with a glorious and hope-filled answer. Even in the midst of circumstances that may be confusing or hard to bear, we still can have inner peace and joy when we know Christ. Jesus said, "I have told you that so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete" (John 15:11).
How is it possible to have a wonderful (read "joy-filled") life? Well, when we know Christ, we know God is ultimately in control, and He can be trusted to see us through even life's darkest days. it's possible also because we know God is still at work, and He will never abandon us. We also know that when we come to Christ, God comes to live within us by His Spirit. The Bible says, "The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace" (Galatians 5:22).
For the Christian, the Bible is the Word of God and God cannot tell a lie. He always delivers on His promises. The Bible is also full of passages (promises) telling those of us who follow Christ that it is worth following Him in this life and in the life to come.
Here are just a few passages that assure us of this "wonderful life" we can have. We trust they will encourage you if you're life is filled with struggle and you are questioning God's plan for your life. Do you want to have a wonderful life? Believe these....
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Finally, Brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy - meditate on these things.
For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
The Lord will give grace and glory;
No good thing will He withhold
From those who walk uprightly.
And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Remember, the Christian life is never promised to be warm, fuzzy, and problem-free. But the fruit of the Spirit and the fellowship of the Savior make life "wonderful," no matter the trial.
The Lord doesn't invite us to follow Him and receive a life of misery, depression, joylessness, and inner unrest. On the contrary, He says, "Come to Me all who are weary and heavy-laden and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). It is indeed wonderful to follow Jesus.
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