Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Nothing Else Matters!

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My friends, even though we have a lot of trouble and suffering, your faith makes us feel better about you. Your strong faith in the Lord is like a breath of new life. How can we possibly thank God enough for all the happiness you have brought us?  Day and night we sincerely pray that we will see you again and help you to have an even stronger faith.

I Thessalonians 3:7-10

What do you want most for those you love? If you have children, do you want them to have a prosperous life with many material blessings and few troubles? Do you want them to be happy and have joy and peace? Or is there something more important that you desire for your loved ones?

Many years ago I came to the conclusion that if my children had faith in Jesus and were walking with Him, I could not be happier. Everything else in this life is truly of no significance at all when it is compared to knowing Jesus! If you know Jesus and trust in Him then you have reason to be totally at peace and filled with joy. If you have all the things the world can offer, but don't know Jesus what does it matter anyway.

Even as I am discouraged when I hear of a man or woman whose faith is not strong, I am greatly encouraged when the stories come of those who stand firm in their faith. When you trust God in difficult times, you are speaking loudly about the Power and Glory of God to all who are watching. When you don't trust God in hard things, the message is also very clear.

When it comes time for someone to stand up and speak about your life to those who have come to pay their "last respects," if they say "he trusted God and lived by faith in Him," then your life was a total success. If that cannot be said, it is sad to know the things you missed.

Determine from this day until the day you leave this world to trust God and live by faith in Him. Let that be your highest goal, and receive the joy that only comes from complete submission to the Savior.

"Lord Jesus, there is only one thing that matters in this life and that one thing is You! May I cling to You today like never before as we all wait for Your return. And Jesus, do come soon! To You be the glory forever. Amen."

(Originally published on August 9, 2013)

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