Psalm 27:1 (AMP)
The Lord is my light and my salvation—Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the refuge and fortress of my life—Whom shall I dread?
2 Peter 3:9-10 (NRSV)
The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance.
10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and everything that is done on it will be disclosed.
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. When you walk through fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you.”
ISAIAH 43:2 (AMP)
For I consider [from the standpoint of faith] that the sufferings of the present life are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is about to be revealed to us and in us!
ROMANS 8:18 (AMP)
Today I was talking to a sister believer in Christ and during the latter part of our conversation (our time of praise and thanksgiving) it occurred to me that what we desire most or what we are most passionate about will take effort (work). Some kind of effort to have it and maintain it whether that is a relationship, work project, ministry, etc. Not just our individual effort but more so it is coming into the understanding and receiving that the Lord has already done the work necessary for us to overcome and achieve what and where God has positioned us to be.
Through JESUS we can overcome whatever has set us back in the past.
Our past does not define us but JESUS does.
Praise the Lord and Amen,
Barbara J Couch, MDiv.