‘May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him.’ Romans 15:13 NIV
First, how is your relationship with God right now? Do you doubt His promises, His call on your life, your ability to hear from Him, His pleasure in you, or whether you can do enough to keep Him happy?
If so, this Scripture is custom-designed for you: ‘May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him.’ Notice, when you stop trusting God and start trusting in your own efforts, you lose your joy and peace. Have you lost yours today? If you want them back, you must get out of doubt and back into faith!
Second, how is your relationship with yourself right now? For a lot of us, the strongest relationship we have with ourselves is one of doubt. We doubt our ability, our appearance, our decisions, the words that come out of our mouths, whether we heard God or not. When we’re not pleased with ourselves, it’s hard to believe God—or anyone else for that matter—could be pleased with us.
God’s grace is there—always there—to cover us. God’s delight in us doesn’t depend on us but on Jesus. It’s through Jesus, and Jesus alone, that we’re made righteous and acceptable to God. When you’ve been bound up in legalistic religion and having to do the right thing, not for the joy of pleasing God but out of fear He’ll be displeased, this is freeing news!
Paul writes, ‘Stand fast then, and do not be hampered and held ensnared and submit again to a yoke of slavery [which you have once put off].’ (Galatians 5:1 AMPC) So stop doubting that God loves you and is pleased with you!
SoulFood: Isa 4–7, Matt 10:1–10, Ps 100, Pro 3:7–8
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