“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him” (1 John 5:14, 15, NKJV).
“It’s impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him” (Hebrews 11:6, MSG).
“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage” (Galatians 5:1).
True freedom and independence comes from relying on Jesus and what He did for us on the cross. Because of Him, we are free from the sin that once imprisoned us, and we can overcome the world.
“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” (John 11:25, 26).
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen” (Matthew 28:19, 20).
“And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest” (Exodus 33:14).
In this Scripture, God promised Moses He would always go with him for protection and guidance in the wilderness, and we have the same promise today. Wherever we go in life and whatever situations we find ourselves in, God will never abandon us. We can call on Him for strength, and He will give us rest when we get weary.
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).
“So be done with every trace of wickedness (depravity, malignity) and all deceit and insincerity (pretense, hypocrisy) and grudges (envy, jealousy) and slander and evil speaking of every kind” (1 Peter 2:1, AMP).
As Christians, we are to let God transform us from the inside out, cleaning out all the spiritual filth and gunk the world has instilled in us and letting the Holy Spirit fill us with His love. As our minds and hearts transform over time, others will eventually notice an outward change in our personality.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
God is a giver, and out of love for us He gave us the greatest gift of all, His only Son. We can’t outgive God, but we can follow His example when it comes to giving generously. Like Jesus, we’re made in His image, and we are called to serve others, even if it means going out of our comfort zone.
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men” (Philippians 2:5-7).