19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:19 NIV)
This life can leave us feeling empty. However, once we understand the love of God we begin to understand how we can feel the fullness of Him with us.
Life’s little ups and downs seem to level out and while we all experience them, having allowed him to fill that emptyness within makes them easier.
With all that we have on our plates, doesn’t it make more sense to allow God to level things out just a bit?!
13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13 NIV)
Life can be difficult. We feel tired and overwrought, burdened with the weight of the world. But this is not the life we are called to. To live with overflowing hope and power through the Spirit, this is where God wants us.
The world may try to crush us with overwhelming burden, but the Spirit’s overflowing hope can overcome the world. We can trust God to grant us the power for each day. But much like the mana He provided, it may be for but a day, maybe even just for the moment.
But with this power comes joy and peace.
7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. (1 Peter 1:7 NIV)
Any process of being refined means that the material must go through a process. This refining process may be very difficult, much like metals that must go through fire to become refined and precious.
Our lives, in the Spirit, can be much the same. Often are much the same. We are being continually refined in the fires of life. God may allow trial and tribulation so that we may become what He wishes us to be.
12 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! (1 Corinthians 10:12 NIV)
Some times our ability to just stand against the world can be tested. Every form of temptation and vice is thrown at us. At these points we can be easily lead astray.
Scripture gives us instruction on how to stand so that we do not fall. To think that this is easy for any of us in this fallen world would be a great travisty.
However, God will provide the strength for us to stand so that we do not fall.
14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. (James 1:14 NIV)
There is much in this world to tempt and entice us. So many things to draw our attention away from God and keep our mind trapped, focused anywhere but up.
We may say, “this is just the way I am”, but God had a different plan. For us not just be the way we are but to be the way He made us to be. To take the narrow path, the road less taken.
Thus, we must turn aside from temptation and keep our eyes upon God, from who all good things flow.
33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NIV)
Too often we see the word Overcome and immediately go to the negative connotation about being overcome.
However, God has a different view of the word. Christ overcame the world when he died and was resurrected.
Thus, we can take heart that if he has overcome the world, he can overcome our small problems and issues.
5 In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”[a] (1 Peter 5:5 NIV)
A confident but humble approach to life produces a person who knows how to get things done without walking upon others. These are the people others want to follow or emulate. These are the people who put significance over success in life. They are also the ones who others typically see as wildly successful.
Being proud of our accomplishments is not necessarily a bad thing. However there is a fine line between being proud and pride.