In our last three columns, we have discussed in detail God’s great love for us, the truth of His character and how much He desires to help us, and how we believers connect to Him with our faith.
Let’s take this a step further by connecting these three points, and examining the biblical description of a daily walk in right relationship with Father God. A day in the life of the believer who understands these truths can and should be filled with joy, peace, contentment, encouragement, and a confident expectation in the goodness of God to manifest in their daily life.
As believers who know God’s character, we should be standing on the clear promises of Scripture, looking for blessings, and also being able to deal with whatever life or the enemy may put in our path.
Jesus said in John 15:11 that His words, his promises, are given to us in order for His joy to be continually in us so that our joy can be full. He did not say a little bit of joy mixed with fear or bitterness or negative outlook on life, no, we have the option through Him to be full of joy.
Are we choosing that option? I know, bad things happen, but God is not the author of our sorrow. Bad things happen because the enemy is hard at work, we live in a fallen world, and our flesh is sinful. God is not participating in these crazy bad things we see happening in our world. He does not endorse murder, rape, destruction, child abuse, etc. Remember Jesus said that the thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy, but He came to give life more abundantly (John 10:10).
The book of James (1:16-17) tells us to understand clearly that every good and perfect gift comes from our Father, and He does not change. Scripture will dispel erroneous teaching, thank You Lord. Are we choosing today to keep our focus on the Lord and His promises to help us, or are we choosing to follow the leading of the enemy into discouragement by not believing God?
Jesus said that He also gives us His peace, which will prevent our hearts (feelings and emotions) from being troubled or fearful (John 14:26). Once again, this benefit is available to us as believers, but we have to choose to take His peace and let that be our overriding mood and attitude. It is a choice (Deuteronomy 30:19). Philippians 4:6-8 gives a clear instruction for the believer to access and abide in this peace that Jesus died for us to have. Are you receiving it today, or are you being distracted away from it?
We can also have a confident expectation of God’s help in our lives according to the truth of Scripture. The first Psalm (v.1-3) promises us if we will avoid wrong, learn about God and enjoy our relationship with Him, then “whatsoever we do will prosper.” That means things will go well for us when we follow that instruction. 3 John v.2 tells us that we are to prosper and be in good health, and that our soul (mind, will, and emotions) should also prosper (be healthy). Think about that, healthy thinking, healthy desires, and emotion regulation. That is the definition of good mental health.
As believers, Father God wants us to be healthy, happy, and whole. Bad things are going to happen, but He will see us past them and through them. Romans chapter eight says that we are more than conquerors, and nothing should separate us from God’s love. Are we walking in that truth today? Praise the Lord!
John Pulliam is director of Choose Life Counseling Services.