Many believe we can alter our life situations through the power of positive thinking or speaking. While words are very powerful, they are not as powerful as God’s creative word. Moreover, our words are corrupt and in need of healing. The gospel offers us hope that our words can become vehicles for reconciliation rather than destruction. We must see the truth and the love of God’s Word become flesh for us.
The prevailing religious belief in our society is that there is a good God who lives in a good place reserved for good people. But how good is good enough? Contrary to culture's moralistic view of God, Scripture repeatedly points to man's depravity. We have to get the Gospel back--we are born condemned and in desperate need of a Savior.
Our highly spiritual culture tends to understand God and religion as “therapeutic." We want God/religion to helps us feel good. On the contrary, the gospel presents us with a suffering Savior who calls us to also take up our crosses and follow him. In this, we can be confident that God is at work through your pain and suffering to conform you into the image of Jesus.
To thy own self be true… It seems right, it feels right and it sounds right. It is not right. Instead, be the man or the woman, the young man or young woman God created you to be. I know what that person is like. He or she is like Jesus. Rather than trying to earn our identity and be accepted by the world around us, we should receive the identity that has been given to us in and through the gospel: we are called sons and daughters of God.