Daily Journal: Where does our Hope come from?

The Life of a 21st Century Prophet

How can we have hope in things we can’t see or haven’t experienced yet?

There are many people who are afraid of death and what happens after this life, but because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, those of us who follow Him don’t have to be afraid.

Through Jesus, God sends a definitive message that He is bigger than death. He also gave us his words – so that we could be encouraged and encourage others with these simple truths. Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again!

His word proves it …

For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 4:14‭-‬17 KJV

Remember … this is the Gospel, the gospel of truth .

I pray that we meet in heaven.

Shared from: Stranger Things devotional.


Daily Journal: Are You Somebody’s Thorn?

The Life of a 21st Century Prophet

It is sobering to realize that you may be a thorn in the flesh to someone else.

Has it dawned on you that you are another person’s problem because of your particular personality?

The problem is, of course, yours, but you unfortunately make it somebody else’s as well. It may be the person who has to live with you, work with you, or deal with you from time to time. You force that person to have to walk on eggshells around you. He or she loses sleep because of you.

How does that make you feel?

Well, it sobers me to my fingertips, knowing that I may very well be another person’s thorn in the flesh.

Perhaps you are aware of your problem, but you say, “I can’t help it. This is who I am.” You have prayed about it often.

But have you really tried to get help?

You are never too old to learn as long as you want your problems solved.

So when you don’t have a balanced personality, you have difficulty in getting along with people. You keep sticking your foot in your mouth. You keep rubbing people the wrong way.

Only Jesus had the perfect personality. He also has the perfect combination of self-confidence and care for others. That is the ideal person: having the balance of self-confidence, concern, and care for others.

If your personality is your thorn in the flesh, then you should admit it. Be thankful if you can see that you have a problem.

A personality problem is not necessarily sin. It is because you are a sinner that you have it, yes, for nobody is perfect. And yet there is a point at which a personality problem becomes sin: when you excuse it and justify it.

If you say, “Well, that’s just me,” that’s when it becomes sin. It is sinful when you excuse yourself and do nothing about it.

Excerpted from The Thorn in the Flesh (Charisma House, 2004).