What are you hoping for? Does your life have purpose that brings you great satisfaction and fills you with joy? Is there something you live for that makes you want to get out of bed? Are you looking forward to an eternal life in heaven with God, where you can live forever without any more grief, pain or suffering? If not, then what is your reason for living? Without hope for a magnificent eternal life after your physical body dies, you won’t fully enjoy living here and now.
If you struggling to make it just one more day here is a formula for lasting peace of mind and true contentment in your life: 1. LIVE FOR SOMETHING BEYOND YOURSELF. 2. HOPE FOR SOMETHING BEYOND THIS LIFE.
Contentment is not found on the path of self-centeredness;this is a one way street leading to frustration, resentment, bitterness and anger. Living solely to please oneself is an exhausting and superficial existence. Our time would be better spent in discovering what really matters for the long haul, and start focusing on doing that instead.
If we really want a better life, then our number one priority is to build and develop genuine faith in who God is, and in what He has done for us. Belief in a loving, faithful and forgiving God is the only way we can get through this life without losing hope. And a secure connection with Him is the only way to keep our spirits from withering away. Without this vital spiritual relationship we will go through our lives lost and confused; trying to make things happen by our own limited power, and trying to make sense of things by our own limited understanding. Faith in the truth of scripture is what keeps us on track and away from danger. Unwavering belief that the bible was written by God through divine inspiration, and written for our benefit, grounds us firmly to the sole authority of what is true, right and good.
It’s vital to know that our faith is founded rightly, because whatever is deposited into our heart as truth becomes our base operating system. But knowing ourselves is one of the hardest tasks we will ever undertake because…”The human mind is more deceitful than anything else. It is incurably bad. Who can understand it.” (Jeremiah 17:9). How can we be certain that we aren’t deceiving ourselves? By taking an honest look at our attitudes when we’ve been under pressure; taking an honest look at the decisions we’ve made, and where those choices have taken us; then making sure that our behavior lines up with God’s Word. If we are living in quiet desperation, barely managing to keep a grip on our emotions and tormented by our thoughts; then we have been trusting in something other than God.
A believer’s life should reflect trust in God. Are our actions motivated by faith or fear? Both are the belief that something that hasn’t happened is going to happen. Fear is the expectation of something bad happening. Faith is the expectation of something good. Fear and faith can’t exist in the same place at the same time. One cancels out the other, and one or the other is going to exist as the plumb line of a person’s life. Fear produces a desperate survivalist mentality which keeps us from having the abundant life Jesus made possible. (John 10:9-10)
At the cross Jesus proclaimed… “It is finished”. The Greek word for “it is finished” is tetelestai, which means “paid in full.” Adam’s disobedience was an offense against God that carried a penalty we couldn’t pay. Sin separated us from a holy God, cutting us off from our source of spiritual life, and gave Satan authority and power over us. Jesus was declaring victory over Satan, sin, and death. He gave up His physical life so that we could have eternal life; we can be born-again because of His sacrifice.
‘It is finished’ means that there is nothing more we can do to be forgiven of our sins. Nothing more we can do to be assured a place in heaven. His death did away with having to obey every letter of the law. He freed us from the bondage of sin and the power of the devil. He freed us from a life of shame, guilt and condemnation over our past mistakes because His death bought us God’s forgiveness and wiped the slate clean. He freed us living in anxiety or fear because our belief in who He is and what He did re-established our relationship with God; putting us under His authority and protection again.
Christ said that He came to make us whole. Wholeness of body, mind and spirit is ours. It is possible to be completely free from whatever has enslaved us; however, we must believe this to be so and take right action on our belief. How? By making God’s will our first priority. This begins with accepting Jesus as the anchor of our souls, and making Him the cornerstone of our faith. He is the key that opens the door to our freedom.
Through Him we will be motivated by love as God directed; trusting that there is a good purpose for our existence; and hoping for something far more wonderful waiting for us when our lives here end.