As part of my recent study leave, I prayerfully considered what areas of focus I might emphasize for myself and our staff in 2018 as we pursue our mission of “being and making authentic followers of Jesus Christ.” Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing a blog of each of these themes.

A new believer recently shared her decision to follow Christ. As she described how there had been a tremendous change in her life, she observed that it had not been easy.

Living the Christian life is not easy. The devil does all he can to tempt us. No one is exempt! Ultimately we must trust God. Faith is essential! “Without faith, it is impossible to please God” (Hebrews 11:6) “The righteous shall live by faith” (Romans 1:17), but are we living each day in conscious dependence on God?

We serve a truly amazing God. He created the world by His spoken word—that’s power! Do you realize that there is nothing too hard for God? There is no problem that you have, no challenge you will face, that God cannot easily resolve. So why don’t we rely on Him?

Difficulties are going to arise. Unexpected situations are going to come up. The answer is not to be blown away, to drop out, or to be bitter. Realize there is nothing that the Lord can’t handle. This year, trust Him for the impossible and let Him show you the incredible things He can accomplish in your life and in the lives of those around you.

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