Friend, I know God's love may feel hidden during times of hardship. I too struggle to see God's hand in my life when my eyes are blurred by my tears. Yet, when I surrender myself to the hard and hold onto Jesus, God comes to find me in the middle of the battle to make himself known in more deep and meaningful ways.
When we are at our lowest, Satan will try and twist the truth about God’s love for us and who we are in Him. Therefore, when we are in the midst of trials we must hold onto to what we know to be true.
One way to do this is by preaching the gospel to ourselves, remembering who we used to be and what God has done to set us free. Here are 7 Gospel Truths to help us remember God’s great love for us!
1. We are all hopeless sinners who fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23)." None of us are righteous, not even one (Romans 3:10-11). And apart from Christ, the righteous attempts we make are like filthy rags in the presence of a Holy God (Isaiah 64:6). Sadly, "the wages of sin is death,” but we rejoice that “ the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23)."
2. In the greatest act of love, Jesus willingly laid down His life for you and me so we will not perish but have eternal life (John 15:13; John 3:16). "He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities (Isaiah 53:5)." He died the death we deserved because He loves us.
3. Jesus said, "unless you repent, you will all likewise perish (Luke 13:3). Therefore, to be saved, we must turn away from sin and turn to Jesus, confessing with our mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in our heart that God raised him from the dead (Romans 10:9).
4. We are saved by God’s grace by placing our faith in the work of Christ, not the works of our own hands (Ephesians 2:8-9). Christ’s perfect righteousness becomes our own and our sin is removed as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12). There is no more condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1).
5. We are now sons and daughters of the God Most High (2 Corinthians 6:18) and have been given the Holy Spirit as a deposit for our eternal inheritance “that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you (2 Corinthians 1:22; 1 Peter 1:4).” Oh the riches of His marvelous grace bestowed upon underserving sinners like you and me!
6. Although we experience many troubles here on Earth, they do not have the final say. "For this light and momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal (2 Corinthians 4:17-18).
7. We have hope in our trials because, "after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you (1 Peter 5:10).” Christ has overcome the troubles of this world (John 16:33)! And one day He will return to restore all things to Himself and we will experience eternal life with no more death, sorrow, crying or pain (Revelation 21:4).
I leave you with a song to help you place your troubles in the hands of the one who saved you!
Let me know in the comments how the gospel has changed your life!
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