Mark 16:18 tells us that we are protected by God.
Philippians 1:21 says that "to live is Christ," and that God is greater than death.
Matthew 14:22-23 encourages us to "Be courageous and brave" and to not live in fear.
There have been many times these past few months, when I have been VERY afraid. Afraid for our Country and for our children, that evil and wickedness may overcome and change or even destroy our Nation, and that we, as Christians, will face pending persecution.
In my fear, I have had to intentionally remind myself whose I am, as I cry out to God to be present and to calm me in these stormy, uncertain times and seasons.
I believe, without a doubt, that Jesus is with us always - "watching us with great interest and concern."- Greg Laurie
We are not alone - He cares and is interceding on our behalf.
I know and have experienced the truth that Jesus is God, came to us in the flesh - fully human, and he not only understands us, but he meets us in our humankind with love, grace and mercy.
Matthew 14:30 tells us that we should not be afraid when looking at a storm, which also reminds me to keep my eyes, my focus, my heart turned toward Jesus. It's Jesus that gets me through anything and everything - and He has never failed or forsaken me - NEVER! When I have stayed close to Him, when I have trusted Him, He has been fully present to me without fail.
Jesus tells me to keep my eyes on Him and remember that He promises us that He will be with us always - "unto the end of the age" (and until the end of our life here on Earth).
As always, and especially in the storms of my life, I ask myself these two questions, perhaps you may ask them, too . . ."Is Jesus living in my life? Is He living inside me?"
For me, the answers are always the same "YES and YES!"
Jesus is HERE ALWAYS! "Be of good cheer - the Lord is near!"
I hope you are experiencing the presence of Jesus in this storm that we are facing and living in each and everyday during these hard times. I hope you are also realizing and reveling in the reality that God loves you, has redeemed you through Jesus at the Cross and that we have nothing to fear, but rather have an eternal hope of His presence in our lives and life everlasting starting now!
With Faith, Hope and Love in Christ,
Angie "a mom like you"