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Jesus is our Firm Foundation – Matthew 7:24-27

Jesus is our Firm Foundation - Matthew 7:24-27

My family lives in an old farmhouse. We love it’s character and charm. But as much as we love our house, the truth is older homes need more care and maintenance.

Recently we decided it was time to replace the window in our laundry room. We had overlooked it for a long time while we focused on other projects around the house. But that window suddenly became a priority when I began to smell a musty odor while doing the laundry.

It seemed like a pretty straight forward repair. Just take the old window out and put the new one in. We thought it would take a day or a weekend at most. But when we got the darn thing out we realized that our little project had suddenly become a major renovation. We had put off the repair for far too long and the damage was extensive. The entire exterior wall would need to come down so it could be reframed and rebuilt. It was a huge undertaking!

Once the wall was finally down, we could see exactly where the problem had started. The foundation of the wall, the 2×4 footer board, was completely rotted and had been reduced to sawdust. I could see straight through the board on either side! It was a pitiful sight and really it’s a wonder that that the wall didn’t fall down all by itself.

I felt like I was on one of those house flipping shows where nothing goes right. It was a hopeless feeling standing there staring at a huge gaping opening into our house. And to be perfectly honest the idea of sleeping in a house with one wall missing was a little bit scary. But until the foundation of the wall was rebuilt we couldn’t close up the rest of the wall and feel safe in our own home.

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We had neglected our laundry room wall to the point that it was built on sand.  And as I stood there contemplating the deteriorated wall and the huge gaping hole that had become our house, I was reminded of these words of Jesus.

Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.

But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.

                                                            Matthew 7:24-27 NKJV

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Just like our laundry room wall, sometimes our lives need to be rebuilt too. It’s easy to become distracted by everything we have to do. And it’s easy to veer off the path God has for us. We keep going and going until one day we realize we’ve neglected our relationship with Jesus and somehow we’ve built our spiritual house on sand. We didn’t mean for it to happen, it just did.

But if you find that you have built your house on sinking sand, don’t be discouraged. We’ve all been there. And we’ve all had to rebuild our house from time to time, (myself included).

So how can we rebuild our home on the rock instead of sand? Jesus said that those who hear His words and do them will be like the wise man that built his house on the rock. That means if we put our faith in Jesus, pray, read the Bible and then actually follow through and do what He says, we will be founded on the rock.

It sounds simple and really it is, but I know that hopeless feeling of being in a place you never intended to be and thinking that there is no way out. I have been in the sinking sand of life, in a house of my own making. But I want to encourage you…Don’t be afraid to turn around and go back to the basics.

Jesus is our firm foundation! He is our rock! When we build our foundation on the truth of Jesus and who He is, then we are on unshakable ground. When the storms of life rage all around us we will not fall down. He will keep us from sinking. Because there is no storm too great and no circumstance too big for Jesus to overcome.

I read a bit of wisdom recently that I would like to share with you. It has so much simple truth within it, it took me by surprise.

Don’t be in crisis, be in Christ!

Wow! That really blew me away! It seems that we all live in a state of crisis. But we don’t have to. When the storms of life threaten to knock us down, we can put a stop to the crisis by building our house on the rock right now. We don’t even have to wait for the mortgage to go through, our house has already been bought and paid for by the blood of Christ.  We can simply be in Him!

With that I will leave you with one last thought…

From the end of the earth I will cry to You,
When my heart is overwhelmed;
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

                                                Psalm 61:2

If your heart is overwhelmed, cry out to God and allow yourself to be lead to the Rock. No matter what you are going through right now, Jesus will be your firm foundation and your unshakable ground. May God bless you as you stand on the rock that is higher!

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Summer is Near… – Matthew 24:32

Summer Is Near, parable of the fig tree, Matthew 24:32

In this Matthew 24:32 devotional, we will read the parable of the fig tree and learn the meaning of the phrase summer is near.

I fully intended to write a lighthearted Bible study this week about the carefree days of summer. All of the fun activities we look forward to all winter long while we’re stuck inside, swimming, hiking, boating, grilling. But Jesus just wouldn’t let me do it. The longer I tried to write that post, the more He pulled at my heart.

When I started this blog a few years ago, I worried that I wouldn’t know what to say or that my words wouldn’t be good enough. I compared my writing to all of those other blogs out there whose writers have beautiful, flowery words that I don’t have. I spent a lot of time praying about how I should approach writing this blog and God’s answer was very clear to me. He said, “You don’t need flowery words, you need honesty.”

His words set me free and I began writing with newfound confidence. I will always write the truth about God’s word even when honesty is hard. His truth isn’t carefree, it’s straightforward and in your face. We all have times when we don’t want to hear the truth because it holds a mirror up to us that isn’t always pretty. But the truth is what we need to hear and it is what God has asked me to write. So with that, in mind, I yield to His plan for this devotional.

The Parable of the Fig Tree

People often ask, ”Why did Jesus teach in parables”? And the answer is simply this, we can all relate to these parables. After two thousand years, the meaning is still the same. No matter where we come from or what stage in life we are in, the story is something we can all understand.

Jesus Christ is coming back! And the Parable of the Fig Tree is a call to all Christians to be ready when He does. Just like we would prepare ourselves for a summer vacation by booking a flight and packing our bags, there are things we can do to prepare for the second coming of Jesus.

#1 Recognize the Signs.

Now learn the parable of the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors! Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.
                                                              

                                                                  Matthew 24:32-34 

When we see the leaves budding on the trees and the flowers blooming, we know that summer is just around the corner. If we are familiar with Scripture and know what to look for, we will recognize the signs that Jesus is just around the corner too. We should be immersing ourselves in God’s word every day. And when we do that, the signs that the coming of Jesus is near should be as plain to us as the coming of summer.

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#2 Watch.

Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.
                                                               

                                                                Matthew 24:42-43 NKJV

We should always have an eager expectation that Jesus could come back at any moment. And that expectation should be reflected in our lives. If we knew that someone was getting ready to break into our house and take everything we have worked so hard for, we wouldn’t just go to bed and pretend that the thief wasn’t coming. We would be sitting up all night waiting, ready to catch him in the act. This is the kind of eager expectation we should feel for the second coming of Jesus. We should be sitting up waiting for Him to come through the door like a thief in the night. It’s easy to become complacent and forget that He is coming soon. We get caught up in other things that seem so important at the time. But we can take this time to refocus and start watching for Him to come back because it could happen at any moment. While we’re watching and waiting for Jesus, we should be telling other people about Him, so that they could be saved too.

#3 Be Ready.

Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
                                                              

                                                                 Matthew 24:44  

We don’t know when Jesus is coming back. It could be today, or it could be years from now. It doesn’t matter when it happens, just that we are ready for Him when He comes. What will He see when He gets here? Will He be pleased by how we are living our lives? Are there things that we need to change to make our lives acceptable to Him? These are the questions that I am asking myself today.

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This blog post is about my heart and mind as much as it’s about yours. Today God hit me with a hard truth. Am I ready to see Jesus coming? What do I need to change in my life? I know that I need to be better prepared… to understand the Bible fully, to be ready to answer any question about my faith, and to be watchful of His return. I pray that you will take the time to become prepared for Jesus to come back and that God will bless you greatly for it. Be well friends, and God bless you!

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A Risen Savior – Mark 16:6

A Risen Savior Mark 16:6

In this A Risen Savior Mark 16:6 devotional, we’ll learn the most exciting and important statement in human history. Jesus died on a cross and for three days all hope seemed lost. But then He was resurrected! He’s alive and well. And because He lives, now we have the hope of a new life in Him.

 

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The gospel of Mark recounts the women who went to the tomb to take care of the body of Jesus. On the way there, they talked about which one of them would roll the heavy stone away from the tomb’s opening. Something most women might worry about.

But when they arrived, they didn’t need to worry anymore. They were greeted by an angel who said to them…

Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him.                                     

                                          Mark 16:6 NKJV

 

What is the meaning of Mark 16:6?

What an exciting statement!

Jesus conquered death and has risen from the grave!

On Friday, things looked bleak. The Messiah, the Chosen One, suffered great pain and humiliation on the cross.

But on Sunday morning, His suffering turned to victory when He rose again. A miraculous act of God for our benefit.

Without the resurrection, all hope of heaven would be lost. But because of Jesus’ resurrection, we have a living hope for a future life after death with Him.

We Serve a Risen Savior

All over the world, Christians are preparing to celebrate Easter. On that morning, we’ll get dressed up in our Sunday best, go to church, sing hymns to worship Jesus, and listen to the pastor deliver the gospel message.

Why?

Because this is our holiday! It’s a time to reflect on the fact that Christ has saved us from our sin by His resurrection. And a time to get pumped up about the salvation we have in Jesus!

No other religion worships a risen Savior as we do.

Other world religions worship little “g” gods who are long dead. But we worship a great big God who has the power to raise the dead to life again just as He did two thousand years ago!

Jesus Christ is alive and well! And His resurrection is proof that God is in control no matter how bleak things might look.

Our Heavenly Father has the power to turn the darkest day in history into the brightest future we could ever imagine.

And if He could do it then, He can still do it now in our lives.

So, let’s celebrate the bright future that awaits us, all because we serve a Risen Savior!

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Jesus Our Risen Savior

The apostle Paul wrote about our hope in Jesus our Risen Savior. And the futile nature of hope without the resurrection.

Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty.

                                          1 Corinthians 15:12-14

The resurrection is the central component of our Christian faith. It is essential to our belief in Jesus. Without it our faith would be as empty as the empty tomb found that day.

But our faith is not empty. It is as alive and well as Christ Jesus Himself. And it is based on these facts…

#1 Jesus lived a sinless life so that He could pay the price for our sin.

 

For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

                                           2 Corinthians 5:21

Jesus lived the perfect, sinless life we never could. He didn’t do anything wrong. Yet, He faced the cross, the punishment reserved for only the worst criminals under Roman rule.

He did it so we could be righteous or justified in the eyes of God. And He did it because of His great love for us.

#2 Jesus died on the cross in our place.

 

Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree.)

                                              Galatians 3:13

 

When we think of Jesus we usually turn to the New Testament. But the Old Testament law of Moses is referenced in this scripture.

Even though thousands of years had passed since the law was written, the people of Jesus’ day were familiar with it and probably fearful of facing punishment if they were to break it. They might even have perceived it as a curse.

But by explaining to the people that Jesus became the curse and redeemed them, Paul comforted and encouraged the faithful.

What does this mean to us in the modern age? This verse is as true today as it was then. And we can be comforted by the knowledge that Jesus became the curse for us too.

 

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#3 Jesus rose from the grave on the third day.

 

He is not here; but has risen! Remember how He spoke to you, when He was still in Galilee, saying, The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.

                                               Luke 24:6-7

The gospels each tell the story of Jesus. However, they do it in a different way.

This scripture echoes our original verse from Mark 16:6. Here the women are reminded of Jesus’ own words.

Before His death, He told the disciples He would be turned over to the Roman guards to be crucified and rise again on the third day.

It’s an inspirational message of hope for us today straight from the mouth of our Savior.

#4 Jesus’s resurrection was witnessed by over five hundred people.

 

He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. Then last of all He was seen by me, as one born out of due time.

                                              1 Corinthians 15:5-8

 

When the Apostle Paul wrote this scripture about the resurrection of Jesus, the truthfulness of it was without question. It could be verified by over five hundred eyewitnesses. This made the resurrected Christ a fact, not a theory.

Even now, for those of us who doubt the validity of the resurrection, we can hold fast to the truth of who Jesus is, a Risen Savior, because so many people saw Him after He was raised again.

 

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#5 Jesus spent forty days on earth before His ascension to heaven.

 

to whom He also presented Himself alive after his suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.

                                                Acts1:3

 

We believe Jesus lived a perfect life, died on a cross for our sins, rose again, and is seated at the right hand of God interceding for us now.

These facts, or infallible proofs as Luke called them, are not happenstance. They are what our belief in Jesus is built upon.

God planned the death and resurrection of Christ very carefully. And Jesus spent forty days on earth before ascending to heaven. Because of these infallible proofs, we can have complete confidence in our faith and salvation no matter what the world throws at us.

What was Jesus doing during those forty days?

He was doing more of what the Father sent Him to do.

His mission to die for the sins of the world was accomplished. And spreading the good news of salvation was the next mission.

So, Jesus spent time teaching the disciples how to create more disciples.

In Matthew 28, Jesus gave them and us the Great Commission. Let’s read it together…

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age

                                             Matthew 28:19-20 NIV

 

Because of Jesus’s death, we have forgiveness of sin. And because of His resurrection, we have eternal life in Him.

It is not a myth or a story we tell to entertain. It is a fact. And one that we are called to spread to everyone who needs Jesus in their lives.

So, this Easter, let’s celebrate the fact that Jesus lives and share His saving grace with everyone around us.

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My prayer for you this Easter is simple. That you will know Jesus died to set you free from sin. That He cares about you and whatever hardship you’re facing today. And that you will know Him as your Savior.

Many Blessings to you on this glorious holiday!

Praise the Lord, we serve a Risen Savior!

Happy Easter!

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Why is Jesus the Good Shepherd? – John 10:11

Why is Jesus the Good Shepherd? John 10:11

In this John 10:11 devotional, we’ll learn the meaning of this popular Bible verse and why Jesus is called the Good Shepherd. Plus, how this scripture plays a big part in our modern lives as Christians.

 

Why did Jesus say He is the Good Shepherd?

Recently, I was asked the question, “Why is Jesus the Good Shepherd?”

Truthfully, I never gave it much thought. I simply accepted what I was taught as a child in Sunday School.

But it’s an intriguing and important question.

So, I did a little research into the book of John 10.

Today I’d like to explore the different aspects of what Jesus was talking about when He called Himself the Good Shepherd.

We’ll break it down into bite-sized chunks. In the end, we’ll fully understand the meaning behind this scripture.

Jesus is the True Shepherd

In John’s gospel, we find the story of the Good Shepherd. It’s one of the parables of Jesus from the New Testament.

In this parable, we learn that Jesus is the Shepherd of the people of God. And we as the body of Christ Jesus are His sheep.

This story begins where John 9 leaves off. Funny how that works, right?

So, let’s recap what was happening.

After Jesus had traveled to Jerusalem for the Feast of Tabernacles, He was speaking with the Jewish leaders about faith. And He explained to them that He is the Son of Man.

This term, the Son of Man, comes from the prophet Ezekiel’s revelation of the promised Messiah. In the Old Testament God gave him a vision of the Son of Man and what His coming would mean.

These men were what we would call in today’s world Biblical scholars. And they understood that Jesus was referring to this prophecy.

Jesus’ claim that He is the Son of God did not impress the Pharisees. In fact, it enraged them.

But Jesus had an answer for them…

“Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber.

                                          John 10:1 NIV

 

By saying they were thieves and robbers, Jesus’ words called out these religious leaders for the way they illegitimately gained power by manipulating the system.

Instead of relying on Almighty God and His power, they used scripture to extort their influence over the people of Jesus’ day.

 

Don’t be fooled by False Shepherds

 

Jesus continued His teaching with this Bible verse…

But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.

                                         John 10:2-3 NKJV

In sharp contrast to the ill-gotten gains of the Pharisees, the True Shepherd comes through the front door and is immediately recognized by His sheep. He has a personal relationship with His sheep and knows them by name.

By calling us sheep Jesus isn’t saying God’s people are wild animals wandering the hillside, or livestock with a tag stuck to our ear.

We are treasured and unique children of God. And we enjoy an intimate relationship with Him.

But there are bad shepherds out here who will try to lead us astray. They will tell us what we want to hear instead of the truth of scripture.

It’s our job to know what the Bible says and to recognize false teachers when we see them.

In this next verse, Jesus shows us how to do it.  

 

And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.

                                         John 10:4 NKJV

 

The meaning of the Greek word for the phrase “brings out” is to cast out or to excommunicate. It’s a direct response to the Pharisees casting out a blind man in John 9:34-35.

Essentially, Jesus is calling these men false prophets or false shepherds. The people of the early church did not know the Pharisees’ voice because these men didn’t know God’s voice.

So, how could they possibly follow God’s word and lead the sheep?

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Jesus the Good Shepherd

Have you ever wondered, what does the Good Shepherd do for His sheep?

Well, there are several qualities of Jesus as a Good Shepherd.

So, let’s look at each one and discover the different ways Jesus cares for His sheep.

 

Jesus is the door of the sheep

 

Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 

                                           John 10:7 NKJV

I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. 

                                            John 10:9 NKJV

In ancient times, the shepherd kept the sheep safe at night by laying down to sleep in front of the door of the sheep’s pen. He did this to keep the sheep safely inside of the pen and to keep predators out.

Spiritually speaking, Jesus is the door we must enter through if we want to see God the Father.

Jesus said in John 14:6 “No one comes to the Father except through Me.”  When we accept Jesus as our Savior, the door is opened to the Father.

Then Jesus becomes not only “the Good Shepherd” but our shepherd. He keeps us safely in the fold and protects us from the predators of a Christian life.

 

Jesus is the leader

…and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them: and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.

                                              John 10:3-4

A shepherd doesn’t follow behind his sheep, he leads them. The shepherd would go out in the front of the fold and the sheep would follow behind their shepherd.

Jesus leads the way for us. His life is the example for us to follow. Everything He did and everything He said was to teach us how to live. Our path is to follow the example set by our leader, Jesus.

 

Jesus is the One We Know

Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers. 

                                            John 10:5

I am the good shepherd, and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. 

                                            John 10:14

Because sheep are timid and scared animals. They will run and hide from someone they don’t know.

Sheep listen for their shepherd’s voice. When he calls to them, they easily recognize his voice and respond. They know exactly who is talking to them and it is a comfort to their fearful nature.

But just because they’re timid creatures, doesn’t mean they’re not smart enough to tell the difference between a stranger’s voice and the voice of their shepherd.

They can, and they won’t listen to a stranger’s voice, even if he calls them the same manner their shepherd does.

In the same way, we can recognize the voice of our shepherd too.

Because we have accepted Jesus as our Savior, and because we have a personal relationship with Him, we can easily recognize His voice when He calls to us.

There are many competing voices out there in the world. And they all want our attention.

But just like the sheep, we shouldn’t listen to or follow anyone other than our shepherd, Jesus.

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Jesus Protects the Sheep

 

The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.

                                        John 10:12-13 NIV

A shepherd takes care of the sheep and protects them no matter what the cost to him.

If just one sheep goes missing, he will go out to find that missing sheep.

And the shepherd will put his own life at risk to bring it back into the fold.

But a hired hand doesn’t have the same love for the sheep. He’s paid to take care of them. But when push comes to shove, he will leave them to face the wolves all alone and save himself.

Jesus put His life on the line and died to save us. When the wolves came around in the form of the Roman guards, He didn’t run and hide. He faced the cross head-on. And He did it because He loves us.

Jesus is the Savior of the Sheep

 

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

                                        John 10:10 ESV

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.                                       

                                      John 10:11 NIV

Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have the power to lay it down, and I have the power take it again. 

                                         John 10:17-18

The words of Jesus in the gospel of John couldn’t be clearer.

Jesus came to lay down His life for us, His sheep. He willingly gave up His life as a sacrifice for us. Then He took it back up again three days later. Because He has the power to do so!

How fortunate we are to have a Savior and Shepherd who died for us! And who gives us not only abundant life here on earth, but eternal life in heaven through faith in Him!

How is Jesus a Good Shepherd in your life?

Have you ever thought, why do we need a Good Shepherd, to begin with?

Sheep are prone to wander. For no reason at all, they’ll leave the safety of their little flock and go their own way.

Before long, they’re so lost they can’t find their way back to the fold.

So, the shepherd leaves the flock behind and goes out in search of his lost lamb. Its safety is his utmost concern.

And as God’s sheep, we’re no different.

Sometimes we go astray, get lost, or need a rescue mission to pull us back from the brink of disaster.

Our safety is God’s priority. So, He gave us a Good Shepherd who will head out in search of His lost sheep every time we need Him to. That’s how much God cares for us.

 

Parable of the Lost Sheep

 

In Matthew 18, Jesus tells another story. This one is the parable of the lost sheep. It’s about the shepherd who leaves his ninety-nine sheep to find the one that went astray.

 

What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.

                                      Matthew 18:12-14 ESV

 

This story is a great example of God’s love. It’s the reason Jesus was sent to earth to die in our place. And it’s the reason we have a Good Shepherd.

No matter what happens to us in this life, He will leave the ninety-nine to come find us, and bring us back to a place of safety within the fold.

And He’ll continue to do it every time we wander off. Even if it’s a daily habit.

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Psalm 23

Long before Jesus came to earth, there was another shepherd who wrote what is probably the most comforting Bible verse. It’s for those times when we feel like lost sheep searching for someone to save us.

King David is an earthly ancestor of Jesus. And it isn’t a coincidence that he started out life as a lowly shepherd on a hill.

As a young shepherd, David put in the hard work of caring for his flock through thick and thin. He understood what each little lamb needed to thrive and the effort it took to keep them safe.

I’m sure when he wrote these words, he was thinking of his experiences as the shepherd of his sheep.

But Psalm 23 is a direct reflection of the effort our Good Shepherd puts into each lamb in His flock. And how our Lord Jesus Christ cares for us in both the good and bad times.

Let’s read this familiar scripture together and feel the comfort of our Shepherd in each verse.

 

The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.

 

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

 

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Forever.

                                       Psalm 23:1-6 NKJV

Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve read this scripture so many times that now I just gloss over it.

But God wants us to find great comfort in the words His servant David and the beautiful shepherd imagery he provides so well within it.

So, let’s break down Psalm 23 the same way we did with John 10 and find out what God has to say to us.

The Lord is My Shepherd

The comforting visuals that spring to mind as I read this verse begin with the statement, the Lord is my Shepherd.

This idea of the Lord being a shepherd is something David could relate to. The way he cared for his sheep is the same way he saw God caring for him in his time of need.

And it’s what God is ready and willing to do for us too.

He makes me lie down in green pastures

The open country isn’t a safe place for sheep to lie down. They would be vulnerable to attack from predators. But green pastures and rolling hills offer sheep a place of security where they can rest.

For us, the green pastures represent a place of rest from life’s worries. Because sometimes life takes a toll on us, and we just need a rest stop along the way.

 

He leads me beside the still waters He restores my soul

A raging river is no place for timid sheep. They would be scared of the fierce tide. And bending down to drink from the rivers crashing waves would be impossible.

But still waters are the perfect thirst quencher for the sheep.

And for us too. They are a place of refreshment and restoration. Another place where we can rest from the troubles of life and allow God to restore our souls.

 

For His name’s sake

God’s name and His very nature are present in the way He cares for His flock.

Everything that He does flows from the goodness of who He is. And we should praise His Holy name because of it.

 

The valley of the shadow of death

How many times have you heard this verse read at funerals? Presumably because it mentions death.

But the valley of the shadow of death doesn’t have to mean physical death. It can.

And in David’s case, it did.

He was on the run and hiding for his life, while the king was seeking to kill him.

But the valley of the shadow of death can be anything in your life that is so overwhelming you can’t handle it without God.

It’s the thing that weighs you down and keeps you from experiencing all God has in store for you.

Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me

In ancient times, shepherds used their rods to gently lead the sheep along a path. And the crook of their staff was used to pull a lamb from imminent danger.

Now in contemporary times, the shepherd’s rod and staff are a symbol of the care and protection we receive from our Shepherd.

He gently leads us along life’s path and pulls us back on course when we veer too far off.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies

If we follow Jesus, the world will hate us and they will become our enemies. But that’s okay.

Because in the presence of our enemies, God lavishes us with His love and grace.

The table He has set for us is better than anything we could ever imagine! It is overflowing with God’s love and provision.

 

Jesus is still the Shepherd of His people today

The parable of Jesus in John 10 is as true today as it ever has been. Jesus promises us He will be our Good Shepherd through all of life’s ups and downs.

He is our door and gateway to the Father. He is our leader and example. He is the voice that we know. He is our Savior. And above all else, He is our loving Shepherd today and always.

Do you have a story to tell about how Jesus has been the Good Shepherd in your life? I’d love to know how He is shepherding you, so please leave a comment below.

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Jesus Name Above All Names – Philippians 2:7-9

Jesus Name Above All Names Philippians 2:7-9

but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name.

                                                                   Philippians 2:7-9 NKJV

 

As I sat in church, I felt like I was just going through the motions. I’d had a lot on my mind lately and it was hard to focus on the reason I was in church, to begin with. Then, God spoke to my heart and gently reminded me why I was there.

Jesus. He is the reason. He is the One who gave His life for me. And He deserves my awe!

There is no one else like Jesus. He alone is the Son of God, the Savior of the world, and the Name Above All Names. He is the only One worthy of His title. The Father has exalted Him above all else, and I must do the same!

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Sometimes it’s easy to forget and get caught up in the mundane things in life and lose focus. So, today I ask myself, has Jesus become commonplace in my life? Am I giving credit where credit is due? Do I live my life in a way that brings glory to Him? Am I in awe of the One who died to save me?

Jesus understood what He was facing when He came to earth. He knew He would be separated from the Father as He never had been before. And He realized that a brutal death reserved only for the worst of criminals awaited Him.

It’s true, Jesus could have saved Himself from such a painful death. If He had simply said, I’m not the Son of God, I’m just the son of a carpenter they would have let Him go. Likewise, He was capable of calling upon all of the angels in heaven to come down and defend Him. With their power and might the earth would have easily been destroyed.

But Jesus didn’t do either of those things. Instead, He did as the Father asked, left behind the glory of heaven, humbled Himself, and became a servant. He did it for you and for me, so we could live with Him forever. Because of His great love for us, He gave Himself! And for that sacrifice, God has exalted Him and given Him the name which is above all names. He alone is worthy of our praise!

Today, my prayer is that you will know the love of Jesus. May His peace and glory fill your heart and mind as you focus completely on Him.

Have you accepted Jesus as your Savior? If not, I ask you to please read the Accepting Jesus page. Many of the answers to your questions can be found there.

Together let’s celebrate Jesus, Name Above All Names!

Please leave a comment below and share the great things Jesus has done in your life.

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Rebecca L Jones

11/22/2017 10:17:40 am

Such truth in your post, cares of the world, lust for other things, how easily it sneaks in on us. I love the artwork. Happy Thanksgiving.

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11/22/2017 11:12:02 am

Thanks so much! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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Living Water – John 4:10

Living Water John 4:10 What is living water? And what is the main point of John 4:10? Find out three tips to quench spiritual thirst.

What is living water? And what is the main point of John 4:10?

Let’s start with water itself.

Water is essential for our physical well-being. Without this critical element, life couldn’t exist.

And there’s no better example of this than the summer heat.

This summer seems to have flown by fast. But soaring temperatures are still in the forecast, at least for a little while longer. So, as the mercury continues to rise, we naturally look for ways to keep the heat at bay.

We all know the drill…stay inside with the AC on whenever possible, wear sunscreen when we go outside, and most importantly drink plenty of water.

If we don’t, we just might find ourselves lacking the proper hydration and in need of some serious relief.

When the sun beats down, we long for this cool relief water provides. A long dip in cool streams of blue water, or a sip of refreshing ice-cold water. They remind us to replenish our bodies with this life-giving liquid.

But as the end of summer approaches, our thoughts turn to the obligations the coming fall season will bring. Our lives are about to heat up in a different way with a new school year, work, family and friends, church activities and so much more. Honestly, it’s a lot to handle. With each new thing we add to our list, we pour a little more water out of our figurative cup.

Before we know it, we’re caught in the day-to-day grind and feeling spiritually thirsty with a cup that has run completely dry. We become depleted and crave spiritual refreshment. Or as the psalmist so beautifully wrote in these Bible verses about spiritual thirst…

 

My soul longs for You like a thirsty land.  Psalm 143:6

and

 

As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.  Psalm 42:1

These two scriptures speak so eloquently to the craving of a thirsty soul, searching for what will restore and renew.

So, the question becomes… Where do you find Living Water?

The good news is, we don’t have to look far to find living water in our lives every day. Here are three tips to quench spiritual thirst when life gets too hot.

 

#1 Jesus is the Living Water so let’s go directly to the Source.

 

“If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” 

“Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again;  but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”

                                                          John 4:10; 13-14

Close to where I live, there’s a quaint little town called Eureka Springs. It’s a beautiful place located in the majestic Ozark Mountains. It began as a place of refuge for the sick. People in Victorian times believed the many natural springs in the area had healing properties and would go directly to the water source to be healed. Today, the springs are still flowing, they’re a force of nature that can’t be stopped. And people still flock to the town to bathe in their natural waters.

This is how I see Jesus, He is the source of living water in our lives. He has the power to heal whatever ails us. And He is like one of these natural springs. An unending flow of living water springing up, and a force of nature that can’t be stopped.

The deep spiritual thirst inside of us can only be quenched by knowing Him. So, He offers us the gift of living water which is eternal life. And it’s not just a little drip every now and then. Through Jesus we have an unlimited amount of living water springing up directly from the source, flowing through us, and ready to give a drink to the thirsty parts of our soul whenever we need it.

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#2 Draw from the wells of salvation.

Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.

                                                            Isaiah 12:3

 

Digging a well is no small feat. You’ve got to get in there and dig down, deeper and deeper until you find the water shelf where the fresh water lies. But once you hit pay dirt, the well is there for you to draw from every day without fail.

When our lives become like a barren wasteland, we thirst for the joy of our salvation. And sometimes we have to dig down deep to find it.

But the wells of salvation have already been dug for us, all we have to do is draw the water from them. There, deep in the wells of salvation, we’ll find joy and relief from the arid landscape of our lives. So, draw from the wells and refresh your thirsty soul today.

#3 Drink from the Rivers of Living Water.

“If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”

                                                          John 7:37-38

As we already talked about, our physical bodies need drinking water every day to survive. Without it we become thirsty and parched. Then, we get cranky and cotton-mouthed. If enough passes by without this crucial element, eventually, we’ll die. That kind of thirst is a terrible thing. And in the middle of a crisis like that, nothing could possibly taste better than a tall, ice-cold glass of water.

As much as our bodies need water to survive, our spiritual selves need living water every day to flourish too. Without this critical element, we’ll wither away.

But we don’t have to thirst spiritually because our belief in the Son of the living God creates rivers of living water that flow out of our hearts.

Faith is the key to keeping our cups full. In the midst of our thirst, Jesus calls out to us, “come to Me and drink.” There is no need to thirst or want. He is there ready to pour living water into our empty cup and fill it full to the brim, renewing our spirits and refreshing our minds.

Is the summer heat making you thirsty, tired or even a little burned out? Are you wondering, where do you find Living Water to quench your thirsty soul?

Jesus said… I am the Living Water. So, go to the Source, draw from the wells, and find streams of living water flowing freely from your heart!

I truly hope and pray you will be blessed by the truth of who He is and by these scriptures as you drink the Living Water of Jesus today!

Have a happy and safe rest of the summer!

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The Blood of Jesus -Luke 22:20

The Blood of Jesus Luke 22:20

Nothing But the Blood of Jesus

I grew up singing the song Nothing but the Blood of Jesus in church most Sundays. And I bet you did too. The lyrics of this song have a significant meaning to all Christians. It speaks to the power of the blood of Jesus. However, it’s not something I gave a lot of thought to until it was brought to my attention.

Recently, I was asked, “Why do you sing songs about the blood of Jesus in church? Isn’t it a little bit macabre to sing about blood?”

I admit, these questions jolted me out of my “Christian bubble”. It seems so normal to me to sing about the blood of Jesus. But it’s something we should think about and discuss in detail.

So, today I’d like to take you through some of the blood of Jesus scriptures that shed meaning on the significance of the blood of Christ.

 

What does Luke 22:20 mean?

 

This cup is a new covenant in My blood, which was shed for you.

                                                   Luke 22:20 NKJV

A few times each year we participate in the Lord’s Supper. Or if you’re Catholic you probably do it more often and call it Communion. Either way, it is the remembrance of the body and blood of Jesus.

In this Bible verse from Luke 22, Jesus commanded us to remember His sacrifice and the blood He shed for us on the cross through the Lord’s supper.

Because it’s by His blood sacrifice that we are redeemed and have victory over death.

But why do we need a blood sacrifice, to begin with?

Significance of Blood Sacrifice in the Old Testament

To understand the importance of the blood of Jesus, we need to look at the Old Testament covenant when people lived under the Law of Moses.

For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.

                                                    Leviticus 17: 11 NKJV

 

God has given blood a significant role to play in our lives. It has the power to atone for our sin.

And before Jesus came to earth, people were required to sacrifice animals for this atonement.

But this redemption was only temporary, and another sacrifice was required to stay within the grace of God.

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Importance of the Blood of Jesus

What does the blood of Jesus do for us? Why do we talk about it so much, even celebrate it? And why is His blood so important?

Because Blood = Life!

If there is no blood, then there is no life.

Just as it is true that without blood in our bodies we will die physically, the same is true, that without a blood sacrifice we will die spiritually.

But there is life in the blood of Jesus.

That’s why God sent Jesus to be our sacrifice. He died once and saved us from our sin permanently.

Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood, He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.

                                                  Hebrews 9:12 NKJV

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Saved by the Blood of Jesus

When Jesus died on the cross a new covenant between God and His people was formed. We no longer live under Old Testament law, and we no longer need to sacrifice animals for our sins.

Under the blood of Jesus and this new covenant, our salvation comes directly from the blood sacrifice of Jesus. And one drop of His blood has the power to save us eternally!

 For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.                                              

                                                Hebrews 10:14 NIV

 

Because Jesus is perfect, His sacrifice is also perfect. It doesn’t need to be repeated over and over again.

It is His selfless sacrifice on the cross that washes away our sin and gives us eternal life with Him.

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The Precious Blood of Jesus

 

For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.

                                                  1 Peter 1:18-19 NIV

We were bought for a price. Not an earthy cost of silver or gold.

But with the precious blood of Jesus.

He is the Lamb who was slain for us. His precious blood flowing over us cleanses us of all unrighteousness and redeems us of all sin and shame.

Because of His sacrifice, we can call ourselves children of God!

The Blood that Jesus Shed for Me

The blood that Jesus shed is the only way to salvation. And all you need to do to share in this redemption is…

First, believe Jesus is the Son of God.

Second, know He died for your sins.

And lastly, accept Him as your Savior.

He has already done the rest!

Here’s how the Bible Verse from 1 John explains it…

But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

                                                   1 John 1:7-9 NKJV

If you are not a believer in Jesus, my prayer is for you to understand the sacrifice He made for your sins on the cross and see His great love for you today.

If want to know what the blood of Jesus can do in your life, or you have questions about what it means to accept Jesus as your Savior… please read “Accepting Jesus”.

You’ll find a list of scriptures that will answer your questions in this short devotional. I also encourage you to talk to a minister at a church in your area. I know they’ll be happy to explain anything I may have left out.

If you are saved, then I rejoice with you that you are redeemed. And your sins are forgiven and washed away by the blood of Jesus!

I pray you’ll be encouraged and uplifted today by this reminder of what the blood of Christ has done for you!

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Inspiring Bible Verses about God’s Hands

Inspiring Bible Verses about God's Hands

There are so many Bible verses about God’s hands! Each one reminds me that God is present in our lives, even when we can’t feel His loving touch. That truth has inspired me to create Master’s Hand Collection, a series of Christian Art that uses sign language to depict God’s hand guiding us through life.

As you might already suspect, I spend a great deal of time thinking about hands. How to pose, photograph, and place them in my artwork. Hands are a constant in my life.

But it’s more than just hands, they are God’s hands that fill my mind.

Every scripture I read about God’s hands inspires me to create and to be creative. Each one encourages me to delve deeper and deeper still into my relationship with the One True God.

As I look back over my life I can see God’s hands guiding me to this moment in time, a time such as this. Knowing without a doubt that His hand is present in my life humbles me, brings me to my knees in grateful praise and makes me want to share His loving touch with everyone else.

So, today I would like to share with you some of the many inspiring Bible verses about God’s hands that have helped me along life’s path and have inspired me in my artwork. I pray that these scriptures will inspire and encourage your heart the same way that they have mine.

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We are in God’s hands Bible Verse

See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands;

                             Isaiah 49:16

God’s helping hands

 

Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

                          Isaiah 41:10

 

Then the LORD stretched out His hand and touched my mouth, and the LORD said to me, “Behold, I have put My words in your mouth.

                        Jeremiah 1:9

 

Your right hand, O Lord, has become glorious in power;
Your right hand, O Lord, has dashed the enemy in pieces.

                        Exodus 15:6

Jesus at the right hand of God

 

I have set the Lord always before me;
Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.

Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices;
My flesh also will rest in hope.
For You will not leave my soul in Sheol,
Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.
You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

                           Psalm 16:8-11

 

Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.

                         Romans 8:34

looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

                      Hebrews 12:2

 

who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,  having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.

                      Hebrews 1:3-4

Hands of God in the Psalms

 

My soul clings to You;
Your right hand upholds me.

                           Psalm 63:8

 

You have also given me the shield of Your salvation;
Your right hand has held me up,
Your gentleness has made me great.

                           Psalm 18:35

 

For You, Lord, have made me glad through Your work;
I will triumph in the works of Your hands.

                        Psalm 92:4

                        

O sing to the LORD a new song, For He has done wonderful things, His right hand and His holy arm have gained the victory for Him.

                       Psalm 98:1                  

You have also given me the shield of Your salvation, And Your right hand upholds me; And Your gentleness makes me great.

                      Psalm 18:35

 

With whom My hand will be established; My arm also will strengthen him.

                      Psalm 89:21

 

Even there Your hand will lead me, And Your right hand will lay hold of me.

                       Psalm 139:10

 

I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Your doings; I muse on the work of Your hands.

                         Psalm 143:5

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I pray you’ll see God reaching out His hand to you in these Inspiring Bible Verses about God’s Hands. That they spoke to your heart and reminded you of a time when His hands were “visible” in your life. And be inspired to seek a closer and more meaningful relationship with Him.

Whatever you’re facing today, I truly hope you’ll be able to say… Lord it’s in Your hands.

May God’s loving touch be on you today and always!

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Peace of Christ – Colossians 3:15

Peace of Christ Colossians 3:15

What does the Bible say about the peace of Christ?

The peace of Christ is more than a concept we learn about in church. It’s something we can feel deep in our hearts every day. In this devotional, we’ll read the scripture from Colossians 3:15 and discover how to let the peace of Christ rule in your heart today.

Finding Peace in Chaos

The alarm goes off and immediately I’m struck with a feeling of dread. There’s so much to get done today and not enough time to do it all. Stress takes over and fills my heart with worry.

We’re all running the race against the clock. With all of the responsibilities we have, there never seems to be enough hours in the day.

Work, school, and church obligations. Finding time to spend with family and friends. The emergency that pops up in the middle of an already busy day. Plus, a million other little things. They all add up and take a piece of our peace away from us.

Somehow, we manage to get most of it done. Maybe not everything, but the most important priorities get checked off the to-do list. The rest will be waiting for us tomorrow when we do it all over again.

Does this sound like your life? Are you at the end of your rope? Are you wondering how you’re going to make it through yet another crazy, busy day?

There’s a better way.

Instead of a stressful day filled with chaos, we can have a peaceful day filled with the peace of Christ.

There is Peace in Christ

When it’s crunch time, peace may be the last thing on our minds. But at the end of the day, peace is what we want to find.

So, how can we find peace? The answer is found in the message of this popular Bible Verse…

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.

                                         Colossians 3:15 NIV

I’ve read this verse a thousand times over the years. And you would think the meaning would be simple to spot.

I guess I focused solely on the word, peace instead of where to find it. And I should have been looking at the One who gives us peace in the first place. Because there is peace in Christ and in a loving relationship with Him.

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What rules your heart?

When I read Colossians 3:15 this time around, God whispered something that hit me like a ton of bricks. “What rules your heart?”

Unfortunately, for me, the answer always seems to be stress and worry. I guess I’m a bit of a worrywart.

But the truth is, worry gets us nowhere fast. It makes me feel like a hamster on a wheel with no way off. And the worst part is, all the stress and worry rob us of the lasting peace of Christ.

But instead of making us feel worse than we already do, God wants to show us how to let go of the worry and experience the peace of Christ in ways we never have before.

Do Not Worry Bible Verse

Let’s look at the comforting words of Jesus in Luke 12.

And which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life’s span? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you? You men of little faith!

                                                  Luke 12:25-28

When Jesus spoke these words, He knew that we would worry. And He knew we needed to be reminded of God’s love and peace.

So, why do we worry and stress when God promises to take care of us?

I don’t know! It just happens sometimes.

We conveniently forget all of the times God has taken care of us in the past and choose to toil and spin instead of having faith in God and His love for us.

This is the moment when we need to take a step back and realize that we don’t need to worry. We can trust God. Because if He cares about the grass and the flowers, then surely, He’s going to get us through today.

Maybe for you it’s not worry but something else that is keeping you from having the peace of Christ.

It could be family drama, work problems, troubled relationships, fear of failure, a longing for something different in life, or so many other things.

Whatever it is, Jesus wants you to have the peace that only He can offer.

So, take a step back, put your trust in Him, and see Him reaching out to you offering peace.

Read More: Victory in Jesus 1 Corinthians 15:57

Jesus is our Peace

So, how can we find peace?

If you’re a Christian, then you already have peace in the person of Jesus Christ. Because Jesus Himself is peace! And He gives us His peace!

The Amplified Bible describes this kind of peace as “an inner calm”.

Isn’t that what we all want? To have an inner calm when life hits us hard? And to feel peace in the midst of chaos?

This peace is a spiritual peace that comes from the confidence of knowing Jesus. And it’s with us no matter what our outward circumstances are.

Emotional peace is more elusive. It’s that feeling we’re looking for when the chaos of life takes over and leaves us overwhelmed.

But we can find it by doing two, simple things.

Read More: 4 Easy Steps to Peace of Mind Isaiah 26:3

How can I experience the peace of Jesus?

 

Pray

 This scripture from Philippians 4 gives us the first step to experiencing the peace of God.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your request be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

                                               Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV

God is very clear… if you’re anxious and worried, take those fears to Him in prayer and He will give you peace that surpasses all understanding. And God’s peace will help you focus on Jesus and His eternal truth.

 

Read the Bible

 

The second step to experiencing the peace of Christ is found in Psalm 119.

 

Your word I have hidden in my heart.

                                             Psalm 119:11 NKJV

In this great Psalm, we are instructed to hide God’s word in our hearts. The fastest way to know God and experience the peace of Christ is through reading His Word and storing it in our hearts.

Earlier, I told you God asked me what ruled my heart. And my answer should have been God’s truth.

That’s why God asks us to store His Word in our hearts. It’s for those times when life is just too hard and we don’t know what to do.

Jesus promised us in John 14:26 that the Holy Spirit will bring to remembrance His Word and instructions in those moments. This is our gift of peace from the Savior.

So, start reading the Bible keep it hidden in your heart today.

Go Back to the Basics

Finding the peace of Christ in our daily lives sounds so easy. But when we’re in the thick of it, it’s so hard.

Yes, these two pathways to experiencing the peace of Christ, prayer and reading the Bible, are simple. But there’s nothing wrong with hitting the reset button and going back to the basics when you need to.

And you can never go wrong when you practice these two elements of the faith. They are the foundation for a reason.

Let Christ Rule in Your Heart

It is easy to get caught up in everything we need to do and forget to make time to spend with Jesus. But if we want to experience the peace of Christ, we need to choose to make Jesus the focus of our life and walk with Him every day.

When we do, the peace we are looking for will come.

I truly hope this short devotion on the Peace of Christ has helped you see the way out of worry and chaos and into the peace God has in store for you.

And my prayer for you today is that you will let Christ rule in your heart!

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Victory In Jesus – 1 Corinthians 15:57

Victory In Jesus 1 Corinthains 15:57

Do you ever think… How can I have victory in Jesus?

It’s that one simple word, victory, that makes all the difference when you’re facing an uphill battle.

What do you think of when you hear the word, Victory?

Maybe you think of gladiators entering the arena with one goal in mind… total victory. They fight hard, overcome obstacles, and if they are victorious, win their freedom.

Or maybe you think of a Civil War soldier marching through a field, his rifle raised as he faces a brutal battle. His future is uncertain, and he doesn’t know if he’ll ever see home again, but he’s fighting for the glory of the cause he believes in.

In our lives, it’s in the name of Jesus we have victory over the battle in front of us each day.

This victory in Jesus scripture from 1 Corinthians 15:57 paints the picture of a battle already fought and won…

 

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

                                                 1 Corinthians 15:57 NKJV

 

Jesus our Victory

Just like a Roman gladiator or a Civil war soldier, Jesus had an uphill battle to climb. Except in His case, the fate of the world was on His shoulders.

I can only imagine how Jesus must have felt as the Romans led Him up to Golgotha. He was facing the pain and agony of the cross, but He was also promised victory over death.

He had prayed for this cup to be taken from Him, but He chose to die a sinner’s death in our place anyway.

On the cross, death and sin were conquered. And just as God the Father had promised, when Jesus rose again, He had the victory! And through His resurrection, we can have victory too!

Read: Jesus is Our Firm Foundation Matthew 7:24-27

 

Claiming Victory in Jesus

Jesus doesn’t keep His victory all for Himself. He gives it to those of us who believe in Him.

As Christians, we are active participants in the victory of Jesus! All we have to do is claim that victory as our own.

I’m sure you’re familiar with the great hymn Victory in Jesus. The lyrics say…

 

O victory in Jesus,
My Savior, forever.
He sought me and bought me
With His redeeming blood

But Victory in Jesus is more than a song we sing in church. It’s a way of life for every Christian. We have been bought with and redeemed by the blood of Jesus.

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So, let’s look at some more Bible verses about victory in Jesus and see how to claim His victory for yourself each day.

Have Faith and you’ll be victorious in Christ

And this is the victory that has overcome the world- our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

                                                                      1 John 5:4-5

 

To be victorious in Jesus, we must accept Him as our Savior. When we do, we no longer live our life for or take comfort in the things of this world. If we believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that He died for our sins, then our faith in Him has already given us the victory we are looking for.

If you have not put your faith in Jesus, now is the time. Do it right now and claim the victory in Jesus name for yourself!

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If you are already saved, then be encouraged, you have victory over death and sin through your faith in Jesus.

Believe that God is on your side and you’ll have victory

for the Lord your God is He who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.

                                               Deuteronomy 20:4

In this life we will always have hardships. If you are not currently in a crisis, then you soon will be. It may be financial, emotional, physical, or spiritual, but you can bet your bottom dollar you will wake up tomorrow facing some kind of conflict.

But no matter what this world throws at you, God will be there with you, fighting the battle for you. He is on your side, and He will see you through it.

He has already won the battle and given the victory to you!

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Prepare for Victory and you’ll win the battle

The horse is prepared for the day of battle,

But the victory belongs to the Lord.

                                             Proverbs 21:31

A soldier gets ready for the battle. He puts on his armor, readies his weapon, and prepares his horse to ride out onto the field.

Just like the soldier, we should also prepare ourselves for the battle ahead. Although, our weapons are a little different, they are just as effective in waging war. Praying, reading the Word, and seeking God’s will, these are the weapons we use as Christians in our spiritual battle.

But no matter how many preparations we make or how confidant we are in our abilities, we must always remember that true victory belongs to Jesus. And we can only achieve victory by placing our trust in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

A victorious Christian life is not a perfect life. We make mistakes, and we have pain and hurt sometimes. But we keep moving ahead, fighting the good fight. Because we know that we have already won the battle. And we have victory in Jesus!

No matter what battle you’re facing…Keep fighting. Don’t give up. You are victorious!

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Your Labor is Not in Vain – 1 Corinthians 15:58

Your Labor is Not in Vain 1 Corinthians 15:58

What does the Bible say about laboring in vain?

Does it seem like no matter how hard you work nothing ever changes? Are you worn out from the demands of daily life?

Believe me, I feel your pain. We’ve all been there and sometimes we just need a little inspiration to get through it.

No matter how weary or exhausted you feel right now, God doesn’t want you to remain there. He wants you to be energized and ready to take on the world. So, He gave us some much-needed inspiration for a time such as this. Here’s His promise for a worn-out, down-right tired heart.

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
                                                                                                                                         1 Corinthians 15:58 NKJV

What does your labor is not in vain mean?

Let’s break down 1 Corinthians 15:58 into bite-sized pieces and find out exactly what Paul meant when he wrote this Bible verse that says your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

My beloved brethren…

Like many of the promises within the Bible, this one is meant for us, the body of Christ, and not the whole world. God has so much that He wants to give us, but we must be a believer first in order to be partakers of His promises.

as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
                                                                                    2 Peter 1:3-4

Steadfast…

We are to be focused on Jesus and to continue focusing on Him even when life throws us a curveball. At times, it can seem to be a hard task, but if we remain steadfast we will see a real change happening. Instead of the daily chaos of life, that steadfast attitude will turn into a peace that stays with us.

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
                                                                                  Philippians 4:7

Read: Victory in Jesus 1 Corinthians 15:57

Immovable…

Many people have called me stubborn over the years and I’m sure they didn’t mean it as a compliment. 😉 While being stubborn about silly things that don’t matter is not the right way to be, stubbornness in Godly things is always good. The Apostle Paul is calling on us to not be wishy-washy, but instead to stand firm and keep the faith when it really does matter. We know that God does not change, His ways are always the same. Likewise, we are to be, stubborn, single-minded, and unmovable in the ways of Christ.

God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved.
                                                              Psalm 46:5

Read: Will You Stand Firn in the Faith? 1 Corinthians 16:13

Always abounding…

As I read this verse, the catchphrase, “under promise and over deliver comes to mind”. It’s about an abundance of love for our fellow man that flows out of us and covers them with the love of Christ. And it’s about going that extra mile even when we’re tired and exhausted because we want them to understand exactly who Jesus is and what He means in their life.

But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
                                                                                   Hebrews 13:16

Work of the Lord…

The work of the Lord is wide and varied. It can mean different things to each one of us. So the question becomes, what has God asked of you specifically? At home? At work? At church? And in any other area of your life? If you are unsure of God’s plan for you, simply ask Him. He will tell you. Then when you have the answer, you can put it into practice in a way that is pleasing to Him.

equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever, Amen.
                                                                                   Hebrews 13:21

Not in vain…

Did you know God will reward you for your good works? Whatever we do for the kingdom of God, our labor is not in vain. God has promised to reward us for our efforts. That reward may come in this life, and wouldn’t that be great? But if not in this life, our reward will definitely be waiting for us in the next.

And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.
                                                                                  Revelation 22:12

When we labor for the Lord we lose nothing and gain everything. He has promised to equip us with what we need for the work He has given us. And He has promised to repay us a hundredfold for our sacrifice.

So, my dear friend and fellow laborer, my prayer for you today is that you will not lose heart when fatigue sets in and that God will energize you for the work ahead. May God bless you and give you rest! And may you see your efforts are not in vain in the Lord!

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How the Trinity Helps Us – Romans 8:26-27

How the Trinity Helps Us Romans 8:26-27

Life is going great, until it isn’t anymore. An unforeseen catastrophe hits you out of the blue and leaves you feeling blindsided. You don’t know what to do or where to turn.

But there is help on the horizon if we know where to look. As Christians, the help we are looking for comes from the Trinity. God knew that we would face hard times and He has not left us alone to face the crisis by ourselves. When we understand how each part of the Trinity helps us in our trouble, we can overcome any curve ball life throws at us.

Holy Spirit

Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weakness. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Holy Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is because he makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
                                                                                   Romans 8:26-27

We know we should pray. But there are times when the hurt is too deep and the crisis so overwhelming, that words just don’t come. We’ve all been there and that feeling of helplessness can leave us paralyzed. But this is when the Holy Spirit takes over and prays for us. On our behalf, the Holy Spirit approaches, God the Father, and seeks His will for our lives. This is the gift that Jesus gave to us, the Holy Spirit, as our Helper and Counselor. When we no longer have the strength to pray and the words don’t come, the Spirit does it for us.

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Jesus, the Son

It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.
                                                                                   Romans 8:34

When Jesus died on the cross, our forgiveness of sin was secured. But now, as our risen Savior, He is seated at the right hand of the Father interceding on our behalf. Every day it seems that there is a new crisis in my life to conquer. And sometimes it leaves me feeling just plain worn out! So, when hard times hit and I feel weak, there is nothing more encouraging than to know that my Savior is interceding for me right now!

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God the Father

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
                                                                                  2 Corinthians 1:3-4

God the Father is the source of our comfort. He is not blind to our plight. He knows our hearts and He sees our pain. God wants to comfort us and show us His mercy when we are hurt or troubled by the circumstances of life. When we go through hardship we learn a lot about God’s compassion for us. Then, when we see other people who are facing similar circumstances, we are able to comfort them.

When we are hurt, weak, or feel like we can’t go on anymore, the Trinity is there to comfort us, intercede on our behalf, and pray for us when we are not able to. They are the place for us to turn to for strength when our strength is not enough. The love that the Trinity has for us is undeniable! No matter what you are facing today, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are on your side. They will help you.

This is my prayer for you today…

The amazing grace of the Master, Jesus Christ, the extravagant love of God, the intimate friendship of the Holy Spirit, be with all of you.

2 Corinthians 13:14 (MSG)

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Jesus No Other Name – Acts 4:12

Jesus No Other Name Acts 4:12

What’s the one thing you can’t live without? This question was asked of me not long ago. I know I’m supposed to say a toothbrush or something like that, but I gave it a lot of thought, and the answer became very clear to me, salvation.

Because without salvation there would be no hope, and without hope, there would be no future of an afterlife in heaven.

How can we receive salvation and the hope for a future that comes with it? Acts 4:12 makes it very clear that salvation comes from no other name than Jesus.

Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.
                                                                                       Acts 4:12

Jesus is the door that we must enter through if we want to receive the free gift of God’s grace and it is only through the blood of Jesus that we are saved. Jesus, Himself, said “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” John 14:6.

If we want to get to heaven, faith in Jesus is the one and only way to get there. But salvation is so much deeper than just getting to heaven. It is the beginning of an ongoing and lasting relationship with the one true Savior of the world, Jesus.

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Because of this relationship, we can turn to Jesus in any circumstance. When life gets difficult, He is our refuge against the storm, protecting us from the wind and rain. When life is going well, He is our champion, cheering us on toward the goal He has set for us.

Jesus is always there. He is always faithful. Even when we are not.

I’m not perfect. I make mistakes and I don’t always do everything right. That’s why I need a Savior. Even though I don’t deserve it, God sent His Son to save me. Because of my faith in His Son, God has given me His grace and forgiveness of sins. He has made a way for me to spend eternity with Him. He did it because of His great love for me.

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I’m so grateful for all that God has done. And I’m so thankful for a loving Savior who wants to have a real and meaningful relationship with me. Salvation comes from no other name than Jesus. And it is definitely the one thing I can’t live without.

For those of you who are already saved, today I pray that you will be encouraged and comforted by the name of Jesus!

For those of you who don’t know Jesus as your Savior, I pray that you will see the love that Jesus has for you. And I pray that you will find the hope in Him that is waiting for you.

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12/6/2017 12:07:18 pm

Connie, your art work intrigues me. Are you a deaf interpreter?

I came up with another answer to your question. But by the end you had me convinced that Salvation is was better than my answer.

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12/6/2017 01:55:07 pm

Hi!
Thank you for your encouraging words. I’m not a deaf interpreter but I grew up in a church that had a deaf ministry and my childhood best friend had parents who were deaf. Sign Language has always fascinated me. My goal in creating this artwork is to share with other Christians how important it is to share the gospel with the deaf community. They are a very overlooked group of people and they need Jesus too. Thanks again and God bless!
P.S. What was your answer? What is it that you can’t live without?

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Why did Jesus Die on the Cross? – Hebrews 12:2

Do you wonder… Why did Jesus die on the cross?

The simple answer is, He died for you! You are the reason Jesus endured the agony of the cross. He died because He loves you and He wants to spend eternity with you. And through His death and resurrection, Jesus has set you free from sin!

Here’s what Hebrews 12:2 says about the reason Jesus died on the cross for our sins …

looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Hebrews 12:2

So, focus your eyes on Jesus and trust in Him. He has already done the hard part. All we have to do is believe.

If you still have questions about what it means to accept Jesus as your Savior, read Accepting Jesus and learn how He will change your life forever. Blessings to you!

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Monday Motivation – 2 Corinthians 5:21

Looking for some Monday Motivation to start out the week? Here’s an uplifting Bible verse about righteousness that is sure to inspire! Jesus lived a life free of sin so that He could become the sacrifice we needed. Because of His selfless sacrifice, we are forgiven and declared righteous in the eyes of God. Praise Jesus! 🙂

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2 Life-Changing Lessons from the Paralytic Man and His Friends

In Matthew Jesus heals the paralytic man. Here are 2 life-changing lessons from this often overlooked Bible story.

In Matthew Jesus heals the paralytic man. At first glance, this man’s story seems like a sad one. And he doesn’t seem like someone we would want to be like. After all, he must have known a thing or two about facing difficult times. And who wants a life like that?

We love to compare ourselves to the people from the Bible. But it’s usually the strong, noble ones we turn to for inspiration. Like Esther and her unwavering faith in the face of adversity. Or Paul’s resolute attitude about his imprisonment. They did amazing things for the kingdom of God!

And sometimes we are like them, empowered and ready to fight the good fight.

But other times, we. are. weak. And that’s okay.

There are so many Bible characters who went through hard times. People like the paralyzed man healed by Jesus and his friends. And we’re meant to learn from their experiences too.

I know, it would be so easy to skip over this part of the Bible and read something else. But God’s Word is clear… this man and his 4 friends knew something so important we can’t afford to miss it!

So, let’s read their story and learn 2 life-changing lessons from this often-overlooked Bible verse…

Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer, your sins are forgiven you.”

And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, “This Man blasphemes!”

But Jesus, knowing what was in their thoughts, said, “Why do think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say ‘Arise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”- then He said to the paralytic, “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” And he arose and departed to his house.

Now when the multitudes saw it, they marveled and glorified God, who had given such power to men.

                                                                   Matthew 9:2-8

 

This one passage of scripture has the power to change your life!

In it, we find the simple truth that solves every problem we face. Faith in Jesus!

What was the paralyzed man and his friend’s secret?

They had faith that Jesus would heal him, if only they could find a way to get him in front of the Savior.

Because of what happened when Jesus healed the paralyzed man, we see that when we’re weak, having faith in our Savior is what we need most.

And in times of crisis getting an audience with Him is our first priority.

So, how do we do that?

When we take a closer look, the paralyzed man and his friends show us there are two ways to seek Jesus when you need help.

#1 We are like the paralyzed man carried to Jesus

The paralytic man knew he couldn’t get to Jesus on his own. The crowd was too big, and his legs were too weak. A lesser man would have admitted defeat and moved on. But not this man, he had faith that Jesus could and would heal him if only he could find a way to break through the crowd and get in front of Him. He must have been desperate to be healed after a life of pain. So, in his weakness, the paralyzed man’s friends carried him to Jesus.

Just like this man, we all have times of weakness and desperation. It may be physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual pain. Whatever the cause, we need a friend (or four) to carry us to the Savior. Because sometimes, we’re simply not strong enough to get to Jesus on our own. In our pain, they are the light that leads us to Jesus, the only One who can truly heal us of our hurt.

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#2 We are like the paralyzed man’s 4 friends carrying him to Jesus

I’m sure you’ve heard many quotes for hard times. One of my favorites is an oldie but goodie… When the going gets tough the tough get going.

These men of faith believed Jesus could heal their friend as much as the paralytic man did. So, when getting close to Jesus was tough, they didn’t stand by and wait for the crowd to die down, or for Jesus to come to them. Instead, they devised a brilliant plan to get their friend in front of the One who could heal him no matter what! (Luke 5:18-26) They put their friend on a bed, carried him through a massive hoard of onlookers, cut a hole in the roof of the building where Jesus was teaching, and lowered him down right in front of everyone!

Wow, those are some great friends! They didn’t give up when their friend needed them. And neither should we.

Sometimes our loved ones are weak, and it’s our turn to carry them to Jesus. As much as we want to fix whatever is hurting them, the best thing we can do is point them to Jesus so He can heal their pain.

Are you experiencing hard times? And wondering how can I get Jesus to help me?

The truth is… We’re not always strong, sometimes we’re weak. But that’s okay. Because Jesus said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

If we are willing to accept that God can use us even in our weakness, then a whole new world of opportunity opens up to serve in God’s kingdom. We can display the same kind of faith the paralytic man and his 4 friends showed by taking our hurts to Jesus and allowing Him to heal Us. Then, we’ll see… His grace is sufficient!

Still wondering… How do I find Jesus again?

It’s simple! The next time you’re feeling weak, or you find out that a friend is in need, remember Jesus is the only One who can truly heal you. Take your hurt to Him and be healed by His grace and power! With faith in Jesus getting through hard times isn’t so hard after all!

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May God bless you greatly!

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Monday Motivation – John 15:13

Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for us when He lived out these words, no greater love, and willingly faced the cross. He finished the work, secured our freedom, and our debt paid. Greater love has never been shown than that of our Savior giving Himself for us!

Today, we honor the men and women of our brave armed forces. Their sacrifice gives us a different kind of freedom, one that means a free society to live and flourish in. Thank you for your willingness to give to our great country. You are not forgotten! And Thank you, Lord Jesus, for the spiritual freedom we only find in you!

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Greater Is He -1 John 4:4

Greater Is He 1 John 4:4

Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.
                           1  John 4:4

This past Spring I went for a walk in the park with a friend. She wanted to get out into the sunshine and I wanted to take pictures of the tulips that were in full bloom. We had a lovely time together, chatting about silly TV shows and snapping pictures. Later that night, the pain started. It was radiating from my low back down my leg. Every time I moved it felt like electricity shooting down to my foot. Now, I’ve injured my back a couple of times before so I knew the drill, rest, ice, heat, stretching and strengthening. I did it all and slowly the pain subsided. Just a few days ago I was amazed to discover that I could walk and sit without pain and the strengthening exercises were getting much easier.

Then I woke up with my allergies going haywire. I should have gone to the doctor right then, but I didn’t. I thought I was tough and I could get through it on my own. Oh, how wrong I was! I had a terrible sneezing fit and I felt my back go out immediately. I knew I was in big trouble when I couldn’t get out of bed the next morning and I was dragging my foot as I walked again.

I don’t write this so you’ll feel sorry for me. By the grace of God, I’m going to be okay. I write this with the hope that you will be encouraged. We all have setbacks in life. They usually come at the must inconvenient times. But it’s just a setback, not a permanent destination. No matter what obstacle we face God is greater than it. For me the obstacle is an old back injury rearing its ugly head. For you, maybe it’s different, a divorce or bad breakup, the loss of a loved one, problems at work or a feeling of despair that you can’t put into words. Whatever you’re facing I want you to know that God has you covered! He loves you, He will see you through it and He is definitely greater than any setback we face!

Isaiah 43:2 says:
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they will not overtake you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched,
Nor will the flame burn you.

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I love this verse and I come back to it often. The meaning is simple but the words are so powerful. We are going to have trials in our lives. But God doesn’t take us into a trial just to drop us off and leave us there. He promises that He will be right there with us. He knows that we will emerge from the flames stronger and better equipped for whatever the next obstacle may be.

Are you facing a setback right now? If so, then I pray that you will be encouraged by knowing that God is with you. He will use this time in your life to lift you up and show you His love and compassion. You may not be able to see it now, but you will emerge on the other side of this trial stronger and with more resolve to live for Him.
Setbacks will always come and go, but our loving Father will be with us through it all because He is greater! Until next time, God bless!

P.S. A little update on my back injury just in case you were wondering…
It’s been almost a year since I reinjured my back and I’m finally feeling better. God has used this time to teach me a few lessons, patience which is an ongoing journey for me and also humility. (Oh, humility! I’ll write a post about that one soon.) As I reread this post I was struck by one thing. “But it’s just a setback, not a permanent destination.” When I wrote these words it was hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel and it felt like my setback would be permanent. It’s been a long, painful road both physically and spiritually. But God has shown me just how great He is! He didn’t take me into the trial and drop me off, He stayed there in the fire with me the whole way. And I’m exceedingly grateful for His presence in my life! He got me through this trial, now on to the next one! 😉

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