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Psalm 112:7-8 ” He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. His heart is secure, he will have no fear; in the end he will look in triumph on his foe.”

You will not be able to go through this world without receiving bad news…for loved ones die, accidents happen, and cancer rears its ugly head.  So it’s not if bad news will happen, but rather when it will hit us without warning.  It’s at that moment we have to make a conscious decision…who and what will I trust in.  Will I take this news that’s causing me pain and unhappiness and allow it to control every part of me…or will I stand firm in the confidence of knowing God is in complete control of the situation?  Leaning on the Lord is not a sign of weakness…relying on Him for strength and peace is not copping out from reality.  Bad news will affect us all…but if our trust is in the Lord, we have the certainty of His firm foundation of love and hope under-girding our shaking bodies.

Isaiah 28:16 ” So this is what the Sovereign Lord says: ‘See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will never be dismayed.’ “

This Messianic prophecy of Isaiah’s pointed to the coming of Jesus Christ.  It correlates with the verse in Psalm 118:22 which  says, “The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone.”  Jesus is the only firm foundation on which anyone can build their life.  He is the chief cornerstone of our faith and trust…for only through  Him do we have the forgiveness of sins and hope of eternal life.

In Christ Jesus…You are a citizen of Heaven.

In this upwardly mobile society, we move about a lot.  Sometimes out of necessity, sometimes for pleasure…and there’s times we find ourselves in places that are different, strange, and unlike what we’re accustomed to…and we feel uncomfortable…longing for our home.  As Believers, we’re foreigners  here on Earth…for our citizenship is in Heaven. (Phil. 3:20)  It’s no wonder then that we feel conflicted, uneasy and awkward…we’re just visitors here!

In Christ Jesus…You are complete in Jesus Christ.

Many of us walk around with gaping holes in our heart…holes caused from personal loss, trauma, or at the hands of someone else.  We frantically  search for things to fill these holes, but find nothing that lasts or gives us peace of mind.  Jesus Christ is the only person or thing that can make your heart whole again. For in Him,  you are made perfectly complete…lacking nothing… able to fully realize who you are in Christ.

Colossians 2:12 ” …having been buried with Him in baptism and raised with Him through your faith in the power of God, Who raised Him from the dead.”

The act of water baptism is  full of symbolism and meaning.  For those watching, it’s a public declaration of the person’s inner  decision.  For the person being baptized, it’s a time of newness of soul and spirit.  In Romans 6:4 it says, ” We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”  Therefore, within the action of water baptism, our old self dies, and our new self  emerges out of the water.

I Corinthians 15: 21-22 ” For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.”

The first Adam sinned, and by his actions all humanity was sentenced to death and eternal separation from God.  The second Adam came to earth to make atonement for that sin.  Jesus Christ was born…walked this earth as any other man…was crucified…died and was buried…but rose three days later…taking the sins of the world upon himself.  The resurrection of Jesus – the second Adam – made a way for all mankind to again have intimate fellowship with their Heavenly Father.

Philippians 3:12 ” Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.”

You are still running your race.  You are still fighting the good fight of faith.  So forget about the mistakes you made yesterday and instead reach for the goal before you…and you will find it.