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October 2022

Powerful Impact

Your faith in Jesus as your Savior has a powerful impact on your life. You live in the confidence of knowing that your sins are forgiven and that you will live in heaven. You live with the certainty that God is working for good in all that happens in your life.

Your faith in Jesus also changes how you live. You are no longer a slave to sin or your selfish impulses. God called you to “live a holy life” when he brought you to faith in Jesus. God has opened your eyes to the joy of serving others. The love of Jesus lives in your and motivates you to actively look for ways to do good.

There are all sorts of ways we can do good. The circumstances of your life may be different from what others are facing, but God has given you opportunities to “live a holy life” by serving the people around you. Keep your eyes open to the work God has called you to do. Seize those moments with the joy of knowing that you are serving God when you serve others!

1 Thessalonians 4:7 (NIV) "For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life."

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Our Status as God's People is What Gives Life Value

It is easy to be “overawed” by what some people have accomplished and acquired in life. We see the rich and famous and are tempted to envy what they have, thinking our life would be better if we too had those things.

In the verses below, the Psalmist reminds us just how worthless the things of this world are. Wealth, power, or fame cannot save a person. Only through faith in Jesus Christ are we made into God’s children. Our status as God’s people is what gives life value and purpose.

All around you is the temptation to be “overawed” by what the people of this world have. Instead, look to the promises of God and see just how much you have! Look to Jesus and see God’s love for you that will never end. And with your eyes focused on Jesus, live your life in the quiet peace of knowing that you are blessed in ways beyond understanding.

Psalm 49:15–20 (NIV) "But God will redeem my life from the grave; he will surely take me to himself. Do not be overawed when a man grows rich, when the splendor of his house increases; for he will take nothing with him when he dies, his splendor will not descend with him. Though while he lived he counted himself blessed—and men praise you when you prosper—he will join the generation of his fathers, who will never see the light of life. A man who has riches without understanding is like the beasts that perish."

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A New Perspective

Faith in Jesus Christ gives the believer a new perspective on life. In the verses of Psalm 105 below, the Psalmist saw reasons to give thanks and to rejoice. Was that because the believer does not have troubles? Of course not!

The Psalmist saw the glory of God’s holy name in God’s grace to his people. He saw a God who loved and saved his people! God has not left you to face the world and all its troubles alone. God has saved you. He has brought you into his family and into the eternal joys of knowing his love. Because of Jesus, nothing can separate you from God!

Look at the world through the eyes of faith and you will see reasons to rejoice. You will see that you have strength – strength that comes from the Lord himself. Focus on God and let that set your perspective on life.

Psalm 105:1–4 (NIV) "Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice. Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always."

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Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. ~ LUKE 12:32