Tuesday, April 28, 2009

true believers

God's mercies are new every morning. In this life it is true, we're beset by troubles on every side until the day we die. Though some have the disposition to not only see the cup half full, rather than half empty, but they see good on every side until the day they die, as well. Not that they deny the troubles. But they keep their cup full, in the Lord.

We need new eyes to see and new ears to hear and new hearts to understand. Too often worldly perspectives creep in and take over. And you'd never guess that the person talking is a child of God, or a follower of Jesus, and not of this world, but of the kingdom of God in Jesus. I speak from being there myself at times.

Being content and rejoicing in the Lord, finding our joy in him, and giving thanks to him for his goodness and good gifts to us- this is what needs to more and more characterize us. Do we really believe God's word? Or do we just barely do so, with doubts and struggles? Hopefully I'm growing more and more in my trust in God and in his word.

Let us live as God's children in this world. Of another kingdom. Not bogged down by the troubles on every side. That others might see, and believe along with us.

What might you like to add here?


peggy said...

Great blog, just found it. Thanks Ted. I agree that we should be upbeat, encouraging, and uplifting of our brothers and sisters. That way unbelievers will say there is something different about that one. She is too cheerful and peaceful when everyone else is going crazy. What's her secret, and then they are drawn. Peg

Lanny said...


Anonymous said...

Love to you and deb!

i think that struggle is always here as a force between the power of God and evil. i think the Love of God through Jesus is the gift of God Himself, and it is what keeps us from falling.

Anonymous said...

Ted -- I also find this question at work in my: do I REALLY believe God? Sometimes it's just that simple. Sure changes the look of my problems if I can quickly answer yes. Thanks for these good words.

Ted M. Gossard said...

Wondering if you're the Peggy who blogs sometimes at "Jesus Creed." I've been impressed with your comments and with your blog, as well; I believe I left a comment or two there in the past.

Yes. Very true. They really do need to see a difference in our lives, which means there needs to be a difference there.

Ted M. Gossard said...

Thanks Lanny, for stopping by. Looks like you folks are busy!

Ted M. Gossard said...

Yes, I agree. Not to fall into some sort of dualism, but indeed there is evil at work in the world. Good that a good and all powerful God works even in that, for good for us who love him.

Ted M. Gossard said...

Good to hear from you over here! Yes, indeed. We ever need to be in the word and seeking to see it worked out into our lives, growing in our faith.

Good way of putting it. Sometimes faith does seem like a leap in the dark; after all, we do walk by faith, not by sight.

Every Square Inch said...

Ted - little for me to add other than to agree wholeheartedly

Ted M. Gossard said...

Thanks again, ESI.