I link to verses, authors, and artists, where possible, to cite sources. These are truths to go back to, truths that I need to hear on most days. Each idea is a blog post on its own but I purposely kept it short and to the point. Together they form a foundation to build upon, a credo. This is a follow-up post to one I wrote a few years ago as a summary of hope for the future (which you can find here).
Begin here. Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
Romans 8:1 says there’s now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus. Believe it. 1 John 1:9, if we confess our sins God is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight. Take His promises to the bank. Proverbs 3:5-6.
Take the first step. Starting now: an end to cynicism.¹ Hope in Him because light is the radical thing in a dark world. He who can do immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine because He is good. He is not too good to be true.
The Gospel is this: Go quickly and often to the cross. Humble yourselves, casting your cares on Him because He cares for you.
One step of obedience, however hard, reaps untold blessing. Find a careful and wise friend to lean on. Intentionally surround yourself with community.
Eucharisteo precedes the miracle. Give thanks. Never doubt in the darkness what God has told you in the light. Fight the lies.
Don’t give up. It’s not over until He says it’s over.
Don’t compare your journey with someone else’s. Praise God when you see Him in others.
Can man be good without God? No.
Can man be happy without God? No.
Don’t work hard at the wrong things and not hard enough at the right things.² Take rapid and sure steps toward what is right. God gives rest to those He loves.
Pain gets passed around and around until it gets nailed to the cross. And from the cross comes love.³
¹Original URL (no longer found): http://www.aholyexperience.com/2012/10/starting-now-the-end-to-the-cynicism/
²From James MacDonald’s sermon, Multiply it Faithfully, Part 2
³Original URL (no longer found): http://annvoskamp.com/2013/04/when-life-burns-what-we-could-do-for-each-other/