What if you woke up tomorrow to find that your biggest struggles were gone? The addictions, the bad habits, the shameful vices, all gone. You would be relieved, overjoyed. That’s what God desires for us when He calls us to a lifestyle of holiness. The key to a life of holiness is recognizing that we cannot make ourselves holy through our own effort. Instead, Jesus has made us holy through His death. Therefore, we don’t have to become holy, we are holy.
The issue of suffering raises all kinds of questions for Christians. But Peter tells us that there is a redemptive purpose for our suffering. Our trials reveal us and they refine us to be the people God has called us to be.
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Every Christian faces the temptation to live for this life only, but Peter calls us exiles and foreigners in this world. When we remember heaven is our ultimate destination, it changes our priorities and perspectives on this life.
Surrendering your life to God can sound like a scary idea, as it requires us to face our fears about God and relinquish our own agendas. But the surrendered life leads to genuine joy and fruitfulness in your relationship with God.
There is a lot of skepticism about the resurrection of Jesus. But without it, Christianity would not exist. Thankfully, believing in the resurrection is not just a blind leap of faith, there are rational reasons to believe that it actually happened. The question is if, it happened, what does that mean for you?