Have you done your math homework? Well, let’s start by looking back over this journey called life and seeing all the blessings, breakthroughs, advancements and developments God has already done.
Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the earth” (Gen 1:26).
Then we are fearfully and wonderfully made; that God’s works are wonderful and we may know the things of God full well (Psalm 139:14). For the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands (1 Sam. 17:47).
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But, when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it (1 Cor. 10:13).
No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment God shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me,” Says the Lord (Is. 54:17).
Are you still doing your math homework? The Bible is so full of God’s promises that it is not really possible to count, but God has promised to supply every need in accordance to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Also God has promised that His grace is sufficient for us. (II Cor. 12:9).
In fact, He has made provision for our salvation by His grace through faith. Read Ephesians 2:8. It is through an obedient faith that we have access into the grace of God.
Another of God’s promises we should hold fast to is that all things work together for good to those who love and serve Him faithfully (Rom. 8:28).
It may be difficult for us to see and understand how this is accomplished at times. Problems are a part of life’s journey and it would be unwise to think you will never have to deal with anything along this path.
That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for God makes the sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends the rain on the just and on the unjust. Stay prepared by remembering that Christ suffered in life.
Jesus said you cannot be my disciple if you do not carry his cross and follow me (Luke 14:27). Are you ready to give an answer?
Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin. As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God (1 Pet. 4:1-2).
Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, to bring you to God. No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Rom. 8:37-38). Are you convinced that God’s got you?
Time is almost up and it’s getting late in the evening. So, let’s finish up this math homework. Are you still thinking that God doesn’t love you? Well, take a look again at (St. John 3:16, Rom. 5:8, Eph. 2:4-5). What about your faith? Hopefully, it has grown to a place of knowing God’s got you.
Anthony A. Armstrong is senior pastor at Unity Christian Fellowship Church at Pine Bluff.
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