Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Change Agent: Why I'm Optimistic - Pt 1

My optimism is not built on feelings. Nor is it grounded in what I see. I’m optimistic based on what God says. And because of all He has done and is continuing to do in my life daily.

Let me brag on God just a little bit here and share with you five reasons from Psalm 103 why I'm optimistic.  Now, did you catch that Psalm 103 referance?  That's important.  I want to underscore the fact that all five of these reasons come from this one chapter of God’s Word.  Truth be told, in just a casual read of Psalm 103 I found twenty reasons to be optimistic, but I narrowed the list down to just five for this blog series.  The point is if just one chapter of God’s Word is this loaded with reasons for optimism, can you imagine how many we could find in the other one-thousand-one-hunder-eighty-eight?

REASON ONE: I’m optimistic because God forgives all my sin. 

“…forget not all his benefits—3 who forgives all your sins… he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:2-3, 10-12). 

What an amazing thing it is to wake up every morning knowing that I am loved and forgiven by God. The One who spoke the universe into existence and will someday return as the Sovereign King to judge the living and the dead, has adopted me into his family!

“Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12). 

“Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father” (Gal. 4:6). 

He’s my daddy! He cares for me (1 Pt. 5:7) and has promised to work in every circumstance of my life for good (Rom. 8:28)! He has lavished his grace on me (Eph. 1:7-8) and because of Jesus, I never have to fear being condemned by Him (Rom. 8:1).  I can pretty confidently say that as long as I live in this flesh bound body, I will never live a perfect day, but in Christ I am perfectly loved and perfectly forgiven! Because I know that, I am optimistic!

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