The Trees Are Bearing Fruit Again Fear not, Earth! Be glad and celebrate! God has done great things. Fear not, wild animals! The fields and meadows are greening up. The trees are bearing fruit again: a bumper crop of fig trees and vines! Children of Zion, celebrate! Be glad in your God. He’s giving you a teacher to train you how to live right— Teaching, like rain out of heaven, showers of words to refresh and nourish your soul, just as he used to do. And plenty of food for your body—silos full of grain, casks of wine and barrels of olive oil.
How do I know I am a Christian?
Youth for Christ
Consider God's promise that He would never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). He doesn't say, "If you feel like I'm close, I won't forsake you." No, He states a fact. You were born into God's family. That's a fact, and it's not based on feelings any more than the law of gravity is. It's based on God's promise to you.
Most people go through a "down time" after accepting God's promise through Jesus. But if you genuinely received then this promise is true. Birth is forever. The relationship doesn't change— your Father (God) is still your Father, and He always will be.
That doesn't mean, of course, that communication can't break down. You can be on the "wrong side" of your earthly father, for instance, because you wreck his car. But he's still your dad. You just have to repair the broken communication—and perhaps, the car!
We must get three things in the right order: facts, faith, and feeling. Facts must be first. They're most important. They are based on God and his Word, the Bible. Then comes faith - our belief in those facts. Our feelings of joy and assurance come last.
These feelings are a great fringe benefit to the Christian life, but they are third in line. If we get the order mixed up, we will stumble. Good feelings are nice to have, but you don't stop being a Christian just because you feel "down".
We all feel rotten at one time or another. But to feel rotten and to act rotten are two different problems. Don't make them the same thing. There are some good examples in Hebrews 11 of biblical characters who operated on faith rather than feelings.
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New You- Harold L. Myra