The servant grew up before God—a scrawny seedling, a scrubby plant in a parched field. There was nothing attractive about him, nothing to cause us to take a second look. He was looked down on and passed over, a man who suffered, who knew pain firsthand. One look at him and people turned away. We looked down on him, thought he was scum. But the fact is, it was our pains he carried— our disfigurements, all the things wrong with us. We thought he brought it on himself, that God was punishing him for his own failures. But it was our sins that did that to him, that ripped and tore and crushed him—our sins! He took the punishment, and that made us whole. Through his bruises we get healed. We’re all like sheep who’ve wandered off and gotten lost. We’ve all done our own thing, gone our own way. And God has piled all our sins, everything we’ve done wrong, on him, on him.

Isaiah 53:3-4


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Youth for Christ

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