Obtaining Serenity

Thank you, Lord, for a brand-new day;
I am ready and resolved, come what may.

Demons and distractions, You have promised to slay;
Lord as You command it, I will obey.

As I stand steady, staring into the fray;
Your love and compassion will show me the way.

Your purity and kindness, I would gladly portray;
So I rush to Your word, without further delay.

Into Your hands, my life I lay;
And into Your presence, I desire to stay.

Your love is forever, without decay;
Of Your peace and patience, I inquire to pray.

Guide me thus, out of the gray;
For You are the potter, and I am the clay.

Do You Believe?

“As Jesus went on, two blind men followed Him, crying loudly, ‘Have mercy on us, Son of David!’ Jesus said to them, ‘Do you believe that I am able to do this?” (Matt. 9:27-28)

Regarding requests made in prayer, the most important question the Lord will ever ask you is:

“Do you believe I can do this?”

This requires careful consideration and honest reflection.

Christians today believe that Jesus is the Son of God – or at least they are pretty sure He is.

But what about certainty? Isn’t that important?

James addresses this issue head on…

“The doubter, being double-minded and unstable in every way, must not expect to receive anything from the Lord.” (James 1:8)

Even a smidgen of doubt regarding the authority, divinity, and power of the Lord is too much.

“Without faith it is impossible to please God.” (Heb. 11:6)

Those who stand fast through the trials and tribulations of a life of faith will be warmly welcomed into the Halls of Heaven…

“Well done, my good and faithful servant, great will your reward be in heaven.” (Matt. 25:21)

But…

It is natural for some people to attempt to compartmentalize their faith – to put God in a neat little box, take Him out when He’s needed, and put Him away when He isn’t.

But Jesus is clear…

It’s all or nothing. If He’s not the Lord of all, He isn’t the Lord at all.

Then there are those who believe 100% and commit totally to the Lord, but experience a lackluster prayer life and come to think of God as distant, or “too busy” for them.

This causes many believers to stumble, but you must persevere.

Jesus said, “If you believe, you can ask for anything.” (Mk. 11:24)

Do not doubt!

Do not lose faith!

Be prepared when He asks, “Do you believe I can do this?”

Yes. Yes, I do.

Without a doubt.

Amen!