We Can Trust God with What We Cannot Undo (TMF:830)

Peace to Live By: We Can Trust God with What We Cannot Undo (TMF:830) - Daniel Litton
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       We can trust God with what we cannot understand, with what we cannot undo in life. We can trust in the fact that God is working behind the scenes, indeed working all things together for good for those who love Him, who have been called according to his purpose (see Romans 8:28, ESV). Nonetheless, it can be, and certainly at time is, hard to trust God with certain life situations. It is hard to bridle our minds, to keep them in subjection to his perfect plan and will—to trust him with all the details, and to even trust him with our own failings. We like to reason things out in our lives, to come up with and have all the answers to our problems. But we should know better. We have to come to learn that we usually don’t have all the answers. Remember, being negative, or regretful, or wishing things had turned out another way isn’t going to do us any good.

Things Don't Always Go the Way We Want Them To (TMF:829)

Peace to Live By: Things Don't Always Go the Way We Want Them To (TMF:829) - Daniel Litton
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       Things don’t always work out the way we want them to. That’s just the way life is, the way it works. I’m not saying this to bring despair to people’s minds, but just reminding you of this cold, stark reality. We live in a world that has been tainted and affected by sin—by incorrect things that people do in their lives, which are against God’s ways. And this brings about disorder and chaos at times. It’s our fault, as humans, really. It’s not God’s fault that bad things happen. We were the ones, and are the ones, who have rebelled against him. And we have no power of our own making to put things right. We have no ability or answer to solve our problem. We don’t have to let this realization of sin, though, or of the bad things that happen in our world, to keep us down in life. We can still live victoriously. Christ has indeed made this possible for us.

There Can Only be Better Days on the Horizon (TMF:828)

Peace to Live By: There Can Only be Better Days on the Horizon (TMF:828) - Daniel Litton
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       It is true that when the worst has happened in life, there is only one place the future can go. There can only be better days on the horizon. That’s the hope everyone should have after feeling hopeless about a life situation, a disappointment or tragedy. Indeed, tragedies and disheartening things are going to take place in life—in everyone’s life—and there’s no way to avoid them. No one is exempt. However, there is one thing that we have control over, one area where we get to make the choice, and where we can make the choice. We don’t have to let the bad things that happen in our lives keep us down, or allow us to become depressed and despondent. We can choose to think positively about our lives, and move forward with a hopeful and optimistic attitude. The Apostle Paul called God the “God of hope” in Romans 15:13 (ESV). Understanding God as the God of hope indeed gives us great hope in our circumstances.

Introduction to When All Our Hopes Seem Lost (TMF:827)

Peace to Live By: Introduction to When All Our Hopes Seem Lost (TMF:827) - Daniel Litton
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       Many of us have had dreams and visions—things we hoped to do and to accomplish—great things, which in a moments time were shattered. Everything that was built up, and all that was thought-out, was torn down in a brief moment’s time. Hope seemed to evaporate and be gone. And after the hope is gone, there seems to be an empty and unsettling feeling that sets inside. Many ask questions to themselves—if only I had done this or that; if only this choice had been made instead of that choice. And the questioning continues on-and-on. But, we all have to realize at some point, to some degree, that the time to move on has come. There was the disbelief, then the shock, then the mourning, but now has come the time for new beginnings. Remember what Solomon said in Ecclesiastes, “I know that it will be well with those who fear God, because they fear before him” (8:12, ESV).

Anyone Can Have a Payment for Their Sin (TMF:826)

Peace to Live By: Anyone Can Have a Payment for Their Sin (TMF:826) - Daniel Litton
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        Jesus died and rose again to life so that anyone who accepts his death on the cross for them can have a payment, free of charge, from God for their sin. Anyone who is willing to acknowledge they haven’t lived up to God’s standard, and wants to change, can accept this free gift from God and be counted in. When we give our lives to Jesus, we don’t lose. We win. If you would like to believe in Jesus today then please follow my lead in this prayer: God, today I realize that I am separated from you. But I don’t want to be any longer. I do acknowledge that I’ve done many things wrong in my life, and I have tried to live life my own way. Today, though, I want to turn from doing life my way and accept your free gift of real life. I do believe that Jesus came to the earth and died on the cross from my sins. I believe he rose from the dead and is now is with you, God, in Heaven. Please change me God, and make me to have real life and a fulfilling life. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

You Don't Have to be Good Enough to Know Jesus (TMF:825)

Peace to Live By: You Don't Have to be Good Enough to Know Jesus (TMF:825) - Daniel Litton
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       It’s never too late for anyone to come to know Jesus, no matter where you are in your life. Anyone can come to know him, from anyplace and at any time. You don’t have to be good to come into relationship with him. Many people believe you have to be good enough but that’s not true. As a matter of fact, Jesus understands today that you have failings, that you haven’t lived up to his standard. That’s why he came into the world to begin with—so that he could die on the cross and provide people with a way out from the wrongs they’ve done. God doesn’t want to have to judge anyone for offenses they’ve done in their lives. He doesn’t want to have to send anyone to Hell. Jesus died and rose again to life so that anyone who accepts his death on the cross for them can have a payment, free of charge, from God for their sin. Anyone who is willing to acknowledge they haven’t lived up to God’s standard, and wants to change, can accept this free gift from God and be counted in. When we give our lives to Jesus, we don’t lose. We win.

Jesus was Not Legalistic, and is Not Legalistic (TMF:824)

Peace to Live By: Jesus was Not Legalistic, and is Not Legalistic (TMF:824) - Daniel Litton
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       There are many people out there who were brought up in a church, but as they got older, they decided not to follow Jesus. If you’re one of those people today, maybe you saw those around you not practicing what they said they believed, and this put a bad taste in your mouth in regard to Christianity. Maybe you knew people who were severely legalistic and strict in the way they conducted their lives, and this turned you off from the faith. Well, I want to tell you today that Jesus was not legalistic, and is not legalistic. And there are a lot of Christians who are not legalistic. Even if you were brought up in a negative and unfair way, I want to tell you today that you can still believe in Jesus. You don’t have to believe or do things the way your mother or father did, but you can follow Jesus the way he says to follow him. Indeed, it’s never too late for anyone to come to know Jesus, no matter where you are in your life. Anyone can come to know him, from anyplace and at any time. You don’t have to be good to come into relationship with him.

People Believe Because They Were Taught To? Part 5 (TMF:823)

Peace to Live By: People Believe Because They Were Taught To? Part 5 (TMF:823) - Daniel Litton
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       It certainly is true that some folks just identify with their sect of Christianity because that’s what they were brought up in. They stick with whats comfortable and familiar. They may believe and practice the Bible or they may not. And many people have believed in Jesus in the church they were brought up in. But just as there are many who stay with their upbringing, there are many who don’t (myself included). Many have visited new churches and have believed at those churches, and as a result, they stay in those churches. So, many don’t just believe because they were brought up in this or that church, or because many others in society do. They believe because their lives were changed, and they have a new life in Christ. And they want to stay at the church where this life-transformation took place. We all know many people who don’t believe or practice Christianity even though they were brought up in a church and live here in America. They obviously didn’t stick with their upbringing and follow the majority in society. Perhaps your one of those people today.

People Believe Because They Were Taught To? Part 4 (TMF:822)

Peace to Live By: People Believe Because They Were Taught To? Part 4 (TMF:822) - Daniel Litton
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       Now, some people think that because American society is mostly Christian, that that is why a lot of people believe in Christianity. They think that, say, if perhaps another religion was dominant here in America, that people would just believe in that religion instead. In other words, they say we are just offspring of our circumstances and backgrounds. And, this argument, in a way, is partly true. It certainly is true that some folks just identify with their sect of Christianity because that’s what they were brought up in. They stick with whats comfortable and familiar. They may believe and practice the Bible or they may not. And many people have believed in Jesus in the church they were brought up in. But just as there are many who stay with their upbringing, there are many who don’t (myself included). Many have visited new churches and have believed at those churches, and as a result, they stay in those churches.

People Believe Because They Were Taught To? Part 3 (TMF:821)

Peace to Live By: People Believe Because They Were Taught To? Part 3 (TMF:821) - Daniel Litton
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       God opens people’s eyes to see the truth behind what he is telling them. Now, some people see the truth, but then they quickly forget it or chose not to believe it because they are afraid that following Jesus will affect their life experience. They are afraid they will somehow lose out on something, or multiple things, by accepting Jesus. This is the lie that Satan tells some people. And it’s sad because, personally, I have no regret to choosing to follow Jesus some 15 years ago. Christ has given me true life, a way to live that is full of peace, comfort, and security in this life. I mean these are essentials in life that people want and desire, right? I believe that apart from Christ, it is truly impossible to have these things to their fullest extent. Without Christ, there is no ‘real’ life, no ‘real’ living. Christ gives people the meaning of life.