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God is with you. Knowing that, who is against you? Can death harm you now? Can disease rob your life? Can your purpose be taken or your value be diminished? No. Though hell itself may set itself against you, no one can defeat you. You are protected. God is with you.
God has enlisted us in his navy and placed us on his ship. The boat has one purpose–to carry us safely to the other shore. This is no cruise ship; it’s a battleship. We aren’t called to a life of leisure; we are called to a life of service. Each of us has a different task. Some, concerned with those who are drowning, are snatching people from the water. Others are occupied with the enemy, so they man the cannons of prayer and worship. Still others devote themselves to the crew, feeding and training the crew members.
Where the grace of God is missed, bitterness is born. But where the grace of God is embraced, forgiveness flourishes.
Today, far too many people are waiting for a voice from heaven or looking to the sky for some cloud-formed message or listening late at night for the whisper of God. God doesn’t usually speak to us in those ways. He talks to us His Word. His message to us today is this: “Read My Word. It’s all there.”
People tend to be down on what they aren’t up on. Informed members are effective members, whereas uninformed members, regardless of talent, can’t do much.
You are saved, not because of what you do, but because of what Christ did. And you are special, not because of what you do, but because of who you are. And you are his.
We as followers of Christ need to cultivate skills for handling the Word of God responsibly and accurately. The Bible is not a code book reserved for the most advanced scholars. It doesn’t contain secret messages hidden on the page. God’s Word was written for ordinary people-like you and me-to help us understand He will and walk in his ways.