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Psalm 43:5 - Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.
Psalm 115:1 says, "Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!" When a person truly experiences the salvation of God, they can only respond this way - "Not to us! For the glory of God!"
As humans, we know virtually nothing about perfection because our lives are saturated with the imperfect. But by God's grace, He's given us His perfect Law to do what nothing else is capable of doing - reviving our souls.
Faith is complete surrender to your belief in the promises of God.
Priesthood may not be the first thing that comes to mind when listing pillars of our faith, but it is foundational. Key to our relationship with God is the truth that we have complete and total access to Him through Jesus.
1 John 4 says love is from God. In fact, God is love. But we must also see that in John 13 we are given a new commandment: to love others just as we have been loved by God.
Mercy is truly an expression of God's love. It is the compassionate disposition of God that even when we linger in our sin, he acts on our behalf. It is the ever-present characteristic of God that won't allow his patience for his children to run out. And fortunately it is not just an emotion, but results in merciful action.
Scripture commands us to walk in joy. Philippians 4:4 says, "Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice." We must know that joy dwells where God dwells, so a life lived in God’s presence will produce exuberant worship.
In the Old Testament the word for peace is Shalom - it means 'completeness.' If you have Shalom, you are complete. God created you and I to live in harmony with one another and with him.