According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 12.8 million people are unemployed in the United States today. This sad reality testifies that we are not alone in our financial struggles. Countless people are struggling with losing their homes, car repossession, and having to sell their possessions just to pay the bills. Chances are, the repercussions of the economy’s financial crisis have manifested in your own life in one way or another. You may be wondering how to find peace in the midst of crippling financial predicaments. In the Old Testament book of Haggai, we see a situation eerily familiar to what is transpiring in our country today. So check out what these verses reveals about where God’s people should place their trust:
Wouldn’t our Christian existence be wonderful without fear? Some even wonder why a God that loves us so much would even allow it to infiltrate our minds. God does not cause fear, but nevertheless, we are living in a fallen world, so fear exists and can work itself into our lives. However, we can resist the vise grip of fear by fixing our minds on the Lord. God has made it clear that He didn’t give us the spirit of fear, as illustrated in 2 Timothy 1:7: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (NKJV).
So where does fear come from then?
Valentine’s Day was first instituted in 496 AD by Pope Gelasius I in commemoration of the Christian martyr of Saint Valentine. February 14th has since morphed into a celebration of love and romance, characterized by the exchange of roses, heart-shaped boxes of chocolate, and ostentatiously oversized stuffed bears. While this holiday is often spent indulging in excessive sweets or proffering Disney princess and Transformers themed valentines to friends, let us not neglect Scripture’s description of true love. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 reminds us of the enduring, God-honoring ways we can show love to one another. Here are fourteen valentines that don’t come in a Hallmark card, flower bouquet, or jewelry box: