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Faith & Life: Has Christ Made All the Difference in Your Life?


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Has Christ Made All the Difference in Your Life?

He’s Made All the Difference in Mine!

by J.M. Troppello


My sister called me today to share some things that God had done—unexpected blessings. I was so happy to hear that because I’d been praying for her and her family.


God is so good! He is always faithful.


“You took me by the hand when I thought I could not stand. Christ, you made the difference in me.” – Patrick Love


I’ve felt that way before – like I couldn’t stand any longer, like I didn’t know how I would make it through. That’s such a beautiful word picture from Patrick Love. Close your eyes for a moment. Picture Jesus reaching down to help you stand up.


It’s all Christ who’s made the difference in my life!


That quote from Patrick Love reminded me of the well-known Footprints in the Sand poem by Margaret Fishback Powers, written in 1964.


Footprints in the Sand


One night I had a dream…

I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord, and Across the sky flashed scenes from my life. For each scene I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand; One belonged to me, and the other to the Lord. When the last scene of my life flashed before us, I looked back at the footprints in the sand. I noticed that many times along the path of my life, There was only one set of footprints.

I also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in my life This really bothered me, and I questioned the Lord about it. “Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you, You would walk with me all the way; But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, There is only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why in times when I needed you the most, you should leave me.

The Lord replied, “My precious, precious child. I love you, and I would never, never leave you during your times of trial and suffering. When you saw only one set of footprints, It was then that I carried you.


As a Christian, you can rest in the assurance that God is with you. You don’t have to fear. This is a great passage from Hebrews 13:1-6 to read if you need some encouragement today. This passage is titled, Concluding Moral Directions in my Bible. Paul begins by telling the believers to let brotherly love continue. He talks about angels, marriage, and letting your conduct be without covetousness.


Let brotherly love continue. 2 Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels. 3 Remember the prisoners as if chained with them—those who are mistreated—since you yourselves are in the body also.

4 Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.

5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” 6 So we may boldly say:

“The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”

(Hebrews 13:5, NKJV)


You can read in Deut. 31:6 that the Lord your God goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you. In John 10:22-30, Jesus was in Jerusalem during winter and walked in the Temple in Solomon’s Porch. The Jews who were there said to Him, “If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.”


Jesus responded that he had told them, and they did not believe.


22 Now it was the Feast of Dedication in Jerusalem, and it was winter. 23 And Jesus walked in the temple, in Solomon’s porch. 24 Then the Jews surrounded Him and said to Him, “How long do You keep us in [a]doubt? If You are the Christ, tell us plainly.”

25 Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in My Father’s name, they bear witness of Me. 26 But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep, [b]as I said to you. 27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. 28 And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. 30 I and My Father are one.” (John 10:22-30, NKJV)


My favorite part of this passage of Scripture is where Jesus says that neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. That’s beautiful. It gives me such comfort.


Has Christ made all the difference in your life?



Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.

 

About the Author


JM Troppello in Mustard Seed Sentinel

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.


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