God forgives our past, knows our present and future, and has so gloriously provided everything we’ll ever need to be successful and victorious. What’s not to like!
However, we’ve really short changed God’s goodness in that we live our lives, for the most part, trying to survive on our own, getting through this life as unscathed as we can. That’s not how God intended for us to live. He has good plans for us:
Jeremiah 29:11 (KJV) 11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
We are sons and daughters –bought with the precious blood of His dear Son—our Lord Jesus! We are children of the Most High God, the Creator of Heaven and earth. We are His representatives on this earth—ambassadors sent to show forth God’s goodness, which leads people to repentance.
Romans 2:4b (KJV) 4 … not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
If the only thing people ever see are defeated, beaten down saints, why would they want what we have? They already have that. We need to start walking in what we say we believe. We need to actually live what we profess. We need to have corresponding actions to the faith that we profess. Then the world will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living, manifested right before their eyes, and it will draw them to seek our mighty God and become true follows of Jesus Christ–victorious in every area of life.
James 2:20 (KJV) 20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
James 2:17 (AMP) 17 So also faith, if it does not have works (deeds and actions of obedience to back it up), by itself is destitute of power (inoperative, dead).