God's Words of Comfort

 

Aren’t You Tired of…?


    ●    the way your life is going?
    ●    your never-ending, overwhelming problems - you just can't see a way out?
    ●    living a miserable, defeated lifestyle, just getting by?
    ●    being a slave to your addictions that keep you from reaching your full potential?
    ●    not having enough money? 
    ●    being afraid of the future, and dying, where you might spend eternity?

 

 

Join the Crowd

 

      Well, join the crowd. We've all been there at one time or another. But there's hope, there's Good News! All that misery and defeat can come to an end just as soon as you ask Jesus to come into your heart, to live within you and guide you—Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you—James 4:8 (WEB). It's called salvation. Jesus is the answer, He's the only solution you need. Jesus helps you get your life in order and gives you a personal relationship with God. He helps you live a fuller, healthier, more prosperous and meaningful lifestyle—I have come that they may have Life, and may have it in abundance—John 10:10 (WNT). The Living Bible states in Jeremiah 29:11—"For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." Not only that, but He forgives ALL your sins, He wipes your slate clean! Doesn't that sound like the answer to all your problems?

 

God's Amazing Plan

 

     God has an exciting, wonderful plan for each of our lives—His will for us—and He will show you the way if only you will let Him"I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you shall go. I will counsel you with My eye on you"—Psalms 32:8 (HNV). He wants all of us to be a part of His family and to reign with Him forever. He loves us so much He doesn't want any of us to perish for eternity—His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into His own family by bringing us to Himself through Jesus Christ. And this gave Him great pleasure—Ephesians 1:5 (NLT). We were not meant to live miserable, defeated, impoverished, negative lives, but to live life to the fullest, to live it abundantly, and not just now, here on earth, but eternally.

 

So, What's the Problem?

 

      Well, what's the problem then? If God has such a wonderful plan for each of us, why aren't people living the abundant life now with the assurance of an eternal life? God created us in His image, with the ability and need to know and fellowship with Him. He didn't make us all the same, in that we would automatically love and obey Him like robots. Instead, God gave us free will, in that we can make our own choices in whatever we do. And this is where we get ourselves into trouble—The Lord looks down from Heaven on the human race to see if there is one who is wise, one who seeks God—Psalms 14:2 (HCSB). And—Some people think they are doing right, but in the end it leads to death—Proverbs 14:12 (NCV™). When we willfully go our own way we are disobeying God which, according to the Bible, is "sin." We are free to make these choices everyday, and when we don't follow God's perfect way for our lives, we become separated from God through this sin.

 

Separated by Sin

 

     This sin results in our experiencing problems, frustrations, voids, an overall un-fulfillment or emptiness in our lives. We so often try filling those voids with material possessions like bigger houses and more and/or fancier cars, pursuing money and success, relationships with the "right" friends, resorting to drugs, over-eating, sexual immorality, pornography, even religion, but in the end it doesn't satisfy us. Saint Augustine, a bishop who lived in North Africa (present-day Algeria) in the fourth and fifth centuries, called this emptiness "that God-shaped vacuum." We cannot experience God's wonderful love and plan for our us because our sinful lives have separated ourselves from HimYour sins have come between you and your God, and by your evil doings His face has been veiled from you, so that He will give you no answer—Isaiah 59:2 (BBE). We can only eliminate this emptiness we feel in our lives through a vibrant, personal relationship with God.

 

Good Works Alone Aren't Enough

 

     You can live the nicest, kindest, sincerest, holiest life with the highest moral standards that you can and it still won't be enough to get you into Heaven. When you stand before the Lord on that Final Day, and He asks you why He should let you into Heaven, what will you say? That you were a nice person, you attended church and read your Bible regularly, were baptized, helped and gave money to the poor and homeless, that you were better than those guys over there, etc. These are all well and good, and definitely a benefit to society and mankind, but it still won't be enough—God saved you by His special favor when you believed. And you can't take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it—Ephesians 2:8-9 (NLT). The Bible says that we are all sinners—For all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God—Romans 3:23 (WEB). And since no one is without sin, you'd better have a Savior to get you into Heaven.

 

A Savior for Everyone

 

     And don't think that Jesus is a Savior just for "good" people. We ALL need Him. God saw that no one on earth could overcome their sinful natures, or bridge that separation between God and mankind by their own efforts, no matter how good people may appear to be. People aren't able to save themselves, so He sent His Son to do that for us, as our Mediator—For there is one God, and there is One who brings God and human beings together, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself to redeem the whole human race—1 Timothy 2:5-6 (GNT).  By dying on the cross, Jesus took all of our sins, past, present and future, and gave us holiness and right-standing with God, enabling us to have a personal relationship with God—While we were God's enemies, He made friends with us through the death of His Son. Surely, now that we are His friends, He will save us through His Son's life—Romans 5:10 (NCV™).

 

Broken and Contrite Hearts

 

     God is available to you anytime, anywhere, He never stops reaching out to you. He can be found when you've reached a pinnacle in your life, but more importantly He can be found when you've hit rock bottom, He'll be there waiting for you. God especially welcomes those with broken and contrite hearts—The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise—Psalms 51:17 (KJV)—where He can begin remolding and reshaping willing followers into the person that God originally intended that person to be. But you must have faith when you place yourself in God's hands, and allow Him to lead youWithout faith no one can please God. Anyone who comes to God must believe that He is real and that He rewards those who truly want to find Him—Hebrews 11:6 (NCV™).  

 

The Way, the Truth, and the Life

 

      God has bridged this gap between Himself and us through His Son, Jesus Christ, who died on a cross taking our place—Jesus said, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father, except through Me"—John 14:6 (WNT).  So if we want to live this wonderful life that God has planned for us, we need to be born again, which simply means to accept Jesus into our lives as our Lord and Savior—Jesus is the only One who can save people. His name is the only power in the world that has been given to save people. We must be saved through Him—Acts 4:12 (NCV™). Here, again, is another instance of life's choices. It is up to each person to accept God's free gift of a personal, saving relationship with Him. If we choose not to, then it's up to each one of us to try to get through life and that "other eternity" on our own, without the benefit of a Savior.

 

A New Creation

 

     When you accept Jesus into your heart, He makes sweeping changes inside you—Whoever is a believer in Christ is a new creation. The old way of living has disappeared. A new way of living has come into existence—2 Corinthians 5:17 (GOD’S WORD®). Once you've accepted Jesus, God then accepts you into Heaven, into His family, simply because of your personal faith and trust in Jesus Christ—If you confess with your lips Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved—Romans 10:9 (NRSV). And—As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name—John 1:12 (NKJV).

 

His Yoke is Easy


     Turn your life over to Jesus and let Him control every aspect of your life, no matter what problems you are facing, no matter what you've done in your life—"Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light"—Matthew 11:28-30 (NKJV). As you learn to rely more and more on Him, you will see the best solutions and answers to even your biggest challenges and situations.

 

God Can Make a Change in Your Life

 

     And God is a god of change—And He changeth the times and the seasons—Daniel 2:21 (KJV). No matter what you happen to be going through right now, God can change it. If He wants to change your situation, if He wants to part the Red Sea, He can—And when Moses' hand was stretched out over the sea, the Lord with a strong east wind made the sea go back all night, and the waters were parted in two and the sea became dry land—Exodus 14:21 (BBE). If He wants to raise His friend Lazarus from the dead, He can—When Jesus had said this, He cried with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!" The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, "Unbind him, and let him go"—John 11:43-44 (NRSV). If He wants to get water from a rock, He can—The Lord answered Moses, "Go on ahead of the people and take some of the elders of Israel with you. Take the rod you struck the Nile with in your hand and go. I am going to stand there in front of you on the rock at Horeb; when you hit the rock, water will come out of it and the people will drink." Moses did this in the sight of the elders of Israel—Exodus 7:5-6 (HCSB). This season, this time that you're going through, God is able to change it. There is no situation or problem that God cannot change for you. Listen to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of your faith, He's going to change it and you're going to see the glory of God. Whatever the devil meant for bad, He's going to change it to good—Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths—Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV).

 

Accepting Jesus and the Prayer of Salvation

 

     How do you accept Jesus as Lord and Savior? Simply by humbling yourself and sincerely receiving or asking Him to come into your heart to take control over your life—Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear My voice and open the door, I will come in and eat with you, and you will eat with Me—Revelation 3:20 (NCV™). Ask Jesus to forgive your sins and turn your life in a new direction, the direction that He wants you to follow. You cannot go back to your old, sinful way of life. Once Jesus gets hold of you and you begin to see how much better your life is going, you won't want to live that old sinful lifestyle anymore.
 
     This is done through a simple prayer, known as the Prayer of Salvation; sincerely pray the following:
 
"Dear God,
I am a sinner and I need You in my life. I confess my sins to You and put my faith and trust in Your Son Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I thank You for Your forgiveness of my sins, and with Your help, I will turn away from those sins and go in a new direction with my life, to make me the kind of person You want me to be. From this moment on I belong to You, and I am now born again. Amen."

 
     Now if you said that prayer sincerely, then God assures us that—For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved—Romans 10:13 (KJV). Accidents and other unforeseen circumstances occur all the time, and our eternal destiny is determined while we are here on earth. If you are a believer when you die your spirit, then, will go to be with the Lord—So we are always confident, even though we know that as long as we live in these bodies we are not at home with the Lord. That is why we live by believing and not by seeing. Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord—2 Corinthians 5:6-8 (NLT). Conversely, when unbelievers die, they go to the Abode of the Dead, called Sheol in the Hebrew language. Sheol was a place of torment, and a good description of it can be found in Luke 16:19-31, where Jesus spoke of Lazarus and the Rich Man. Why not receive Jesus into your life right now, while there's still time? Tomorrow may be too late.

 

A New Life in Christ

 

     Wonderful, congratulations! You just made the most important, and best, decision of your life! Now that you've accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, God now accepts you because of your belief in His Son. It’s simply a gift to be received—For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord—Romans 6:23 (NRSV).
 
     Now this is just the beginning of a new and wonderful life in Christ. Accepting Jesus just gets you into the door of His family, His household. So many people just stop there and they don't dig deeper into the benefits of having a deep, personal relationship with God. The changes that take place within you when you accept Christ are first manifest in your spirit, and then in your physical body. For us to enter God's Kingdom, we must have a spiritual re-birth, or be born again, which occurs when you accepted Jesus through the Prayer of Salvation—Jesus answered, "I am telling you the truth: no one can see the Kingdom of God without being born again"—John 3:3 (GNT).

 

Discover God's Plan for You


     To get to know what God wants for you, you need to turn to the Word of God, and realize that this is the window into the spirit realm where God is, and you read what God says, and you believe it and you trust it—God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth—John 4:24 (KJV). Read your Bible on a regular basis to get to know what God's plan for you is. Where do you begin reading the Bible? Answers differ, but probably a good place to begin is the New Testament, the book of Matthew and the first of the four Gospels, which chronicles Jesus' life on earth. Another good place to begin is the Book of James, in the New Testament, which is another book which teaches us how to live our lives. Talk to God each day through prayer. A helpful way to pray is simply to praise and thank God for His many blessings, for answering your prayers, and especially for what Jesus did for you on the cross; ask Him to forgive your sins; and then make your requests to God for what you need, and believe that you will receive them—When you ask for something, don't have any doubts. A person who has doubts is like a wave that is blown by the wind and tossed by the sea. A person who has doubts shouldn't expect to receive anything from the Lord—James 1:6-7 (GOD’S WORD®).
 
      Begin attending a Christ-centered church in your area where you can join and grow and fellowship with others. This fellowship is important because it helps you to grow your faith and serve others, helping to bear their burdens, and by so doing, you learn more about yourself and what God's plan for you is. God intends for us, as Christians, to have several purposes for our lives. First of all, we should be living righteous and holy lives in order to bring glory to God—In the same way your light must shine before people, so that they will see the good things you do and praise your Father in Heaven—Matthew 5:16 (GNT).Additionally, we are commanded to the work of evangelism, to spread the Word of GodAnd He said unto them, "Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature"—Mark 16:15 (KJV). If God has done such a wonderful thing in your life, don't you think others would like to know about it as well? Furthermore, God wants us to grow spirituallyBe always growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be all glory, both now and to the day of Eternity—2 Peter 3:18 (WNT). We should also become teachers and guardians of the truth—He is the Rock, His work is perfect; For all His ways are justice, A God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He—Deuteronomy 32:4 (NKJV). Lastly, God wants us to care for those who are in needThen the King will say to those at His right hand, "Come, you that are blessed by My Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave Me food, I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed Me, I was naked and you gave Me clothing, I was sick and you took care of Me, I was in prison and you visited Me… For truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of My family, you did it to Me"—Matthew 25:34-36, 40 (NRSV). Now maybe you can't do ALL of these… but find one or two that you are good at, or at least willing to do, and come serve the Lord with your gifts and talents.

 

A Better Life for You

 

      With Christ firmly centered in your life, you will be doing the will of God, and you will find Him in everything you do. If you observe carefully, you will see the right solutions becoming apparent to your problems, you will be making better choices, you will have less stress, and a more energetic and healthful lifestyle—Have you not known? have you not heard? The everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, doesn't faint, neither is weary; there is no searching of His understanding. He gives power to the faint; and to him who has no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: but those who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk, and not faint—Isaiah 40:28-31 (HNV).

 

Prosperity is More Than Just Money

 

     You can enjoy more prosperity as you allow God to make you all He wants you to be. No, I'm not saying He's going to dump a ton of money into your lap, but you will enjoy more favor and promotion at your job/vocation/career, because God will have you doing what He wants you to do and you will excel at it, and He will help you reach your full potential, no matter what economic climate you're inI know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of contentment in every situation, whether it be a full stomach or hunger, plenty or want; for I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ who gives me the strength and power—Philippians 4:12-13 (TLB). God has limitless power, strength and supernatural resources and when we depend on Him, following His will for us, then everything He wants us to do will be possible through HimThat is what the Scriptures mean when they say, "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him"—1 Corinthians 2:9 (NLT). As you live and grow in Christ, you may begin to realize that you don't need so many of the world's luxuries and toys, "keeping up with the Joneses'" won't be as important as it once perhaps was, so you will spend less money on the materialistic and more unnecessary things of the world, leading to a simpler lifestyleWe know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose—Romans 8:28 (NKJV). And more importantly, you will have the satisfaction of knowing where you will be spending eternitySurely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever—Psalms 23:6 (KJV).

 

Giving Back to God

 

       Finally, I want to mention the importance of tithing, because it's important to God. To tithe means to give ten percent of what you earn, or have been given as a monetary gift, and we do it in gratitude to Him for all that He's done for us, not only for the material blessings we enjoy, but most important of all, the gift of eternal salvation. Why tithe? The enduring principle behind it is this—It is possible to give freely and become more wealthy, but those who are stingy will lose everything—Proverbs 11:24 (NLT). This is the one time when God specifically wants you to test Him on thisBring the full 10 percent into the storehouse so that there may be food in My house. Test Me in this way," says the Lord of Hosts. "See if I will not open the floodgates of Heaven and pour out a blessing for you without measure"Malachi 3:10 (HCSB). What a deal! Everyone is so concerned about money and how to get more of it, here's an ironclad promise from the One who never runs out of money! And don't wait by saying, 'I'll begin tithing when I get a better job,' or 'When I start making $1000 per week, then I'll tithe.' No, begin wherever you are now, don't miss out on any more of God's blessings. Test Him on this—For if you give, you will get! Your gift will return to you in full and overflowing measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use to give—large or small—will be used to measure what is given back to you—Luke 6:38 (TLB). When you tithe, you can give to that Christ-centered church you've just joined, or you could donate to the charity of your choice, such as a local health clinic or food bank for the poor, a group that feeds/shelters the homeless, a Bible outreach ministry, or divide your tithe amongst them, whatever you feel God is leading you to do. Remember that you can never out-give God.

 

      God provides us with the ability to get, or earnIf you start thinking to yourselves, "I did all this. And all by myself. I'm rich. It's all mine." -  well, think again. Remember that God, your God, gave you the strength to produce all this wealth so as to confirm the covenant that He promised to your ancestors - as it is today—Deuteronomy 8:17-18 (The Message). God provides us with the ability to 'have life and have it abundantly' because He subsequently wants us to help others who have a genuine need, to be generous on every occasion—Yes, God will give you much so that you can give away much, and when we take your gifts to those who need them they will break out into thanksgiving and praise to God for your help—2 Corinthians 9:11 (TLB). When you give, you'll find that God will give you more in return, creating a cycle of your sowing to help others and God continually restoring your supply. Not only will you feel good when you give, knowing that you're helping others, but you'll be storing up treasure in Heaven—Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth nor rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also—Matthew 6:19-21 (ESV). In today's teetering-on-the-brink economic situation, you can be assured that nothing will touch your treasure in Heaven, and neither can it be devalued. 

  

 


 
     To God be all the glory, both now and forever more.