Bible Studies for Life Lesson for March 6- Faith Under Fire
February 21 2011 by Joel Stephens, pastor, Westfield Baptist Church

Focal Passage: 1 Peter 1:1-12

The story is told of a man in failing health that had been to the doctor, taken all the blood tests, and received the ominous callback for a consultation with the doctor. Most in the family had suspicions. And sure enough, when the doctor came in the exam room, he looked at the aging patient and said, “I hate to be the one to break the news to you, but it’s cancer. With treatments, you may have six months.”

Nobody was really surprised, but all the family was stunned. Questions swirled in every mind. How bad will it be? How much time do we actually have? Can this really be happening? Shock, fear, and deep concern registered on every face except one.

After several minutes of awkward silence, the brave patriarch looked up from the examination table and started singing: “Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.”

A deep, rich baritone voice carried the tune alone at first. “Because He lives, all fear is gone.”

Then the rest of the family joined in one by one. “Because I know He holds the future. And life is worth the living just because He lives.” All their fear died because of their belief that Jesus lives.

What a perspective! What a testimony! What a glorious God we serve!

Have you paid attention to the truth in the words of that hymn lately? No matter what we face today, tomorrow, or forever; we can face it because Jesus lives.

We need not have any fear about what may come our way: disease, poverty, war, persecution, joblessness, family trouble, or whatever. Our life can be filled with a deep abiding joy that none of our circumstances can eclipse if our perspective is on Jesus. After all, if He’s conquered death on our behalf, can’t He handle anything else that might come along?

“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing will have the power to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8:38-39, HCSB). Our hope lives because Jesus lives!

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