Then Came The Morning!

Luke 24 1 12

Luke 24:1-12 NLT But very early on Sunday morning the women came to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. They found that the stone covering the entrance had been rolled aside. So they went in, but they couldn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus. They were puzzled, trying to think what could have happened to it. Suddenly, two men appeared to them, clothes in dazzling robes. The women were terrified and bowed low before them. Then the men asked, “Why are you looking in a tomb for someone who is alive? He isn’t here! He has risen from the dead! Don’t you remember what he told you back in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men and be crucified, and that he would rise again the third day?” Then they remembered that he had said this. So they rushed back to tell his eleven disciples—and everyone else—what had happened. The women who went to the tomb were Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and several others. They told the apostles what had happened, but the story sounded like nonsense, so they didn’t believe it. However, Peter ran to the tomb to look. Stooping, he peered in and saw the empty linen wrappings; then he went home again, wondering what had happened.

Jesus had been crucified, buried in a borrowed tomb and the women came to anoint his body with spices to preserve it for it’s final resting place. What did they expect to find when they went to that tomb early that Sunday morning? It certainly wasn’t two heavenly angelic beings; it wasn’t an empty tomb! They had expected to find the body of Jesus in that tomb, cold and lifeless with no sign of hope. But instead the question that faced them early that morning was this: “Why are you looking in a tomb for someone who is alive?” The New King James Version says this: “Why do you seek the living among the dead?”

This morning that is the question that I want to present to you: “Why do you seek the living among the dead?” What is it in your life that needs resurrecting? Don’t camp out at an empty tomb waiting for life that is to be lived elsewhere. Jesus told Martha when Lazarus died that her brother would rise again in the resurrection. He said to her in John 11:25:

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. “And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

Christianity is the only religion that is infused with life! It is because Jesus lives that we can give our hearts to Him and experience His life within us. We serve a risen Savior! He is not dead! He is alive!

The hopes of those who had watched Jesus being crucified were dashed that day when they saw Him die on that old rugged cross! But then came the morning! Their darkness was turned into day when Jesus arose from that tomb early that Sunday morning! Life always seems the darkest just before the dawn. When our hopes have been dashed and we feel that all hope is gone we can turn to the One who gives new life. No other religion offers life after death! Every other religion worships a dead god, but our God is alive! He lives within us! He moves through us! He gives us His very own presence to breath new life into situations within our lives that need resurrecting.

The women that went to that tomb that morning were reminded that Jesus had told them of this happening so they would be prepared for the day of His crucifixion. He told them He would rise again, but they were so overcome with grief that they had forgotten His words of encouragement. How many times have you been discouraged so badly that you have lost sight of the Savior and His words of encouragement that were meant to offer you hope for a new tomorrow? When the ladies told the disciples of what they had seen and heard the disciples said their words seemed to them like idle tales, and they did not believe them. (Luke 24:11) Something is wrong when we believe the circumstances in our lives over the words of the Savior. He is the One who overcame death, hell and the grave and rose to new life! Does their seem to be something wrong with this picture? Day after day I see people who are resigned to life the way that it is and have given up hope in a better tomorrow. And yet, Jesus, our Savior and Lord was raised to new life that we might live; that we might experience the abundant life that He came to give us!

John 10:10 “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

The thief came to steal Jesus’ life that day. The devil thought he had won and had killed the King of Glory, but he was wrong! Then came the morning! When life seems to have be snuffed out, don’t look for new life in the place of the dead, turn to Jesus, the Life-Giver! He is the Resurrection and the Life! He offers abundance of life!

Abundantly – Greek word perissos – means superabundance, excessive, overflowing, surplus over and above, more than enough, profuse, extraordinary, above the ordinary, more than sufficient.

The life that Jesus offers His believers is an excessive, overflowing, more than sufficient life; a life filled with superabundance! He offers more than enough to meet your needs! His life is above the ordinary filled with surplus; profusely abundant!

 

He is alive!

Then came the morning!! You may be as the disciples were on that Sunday morning when they heard the news and said, “And their words seemed to them like idle tales, and they did not believe them.” You see, you can’t receive Jesus through an intellectual assent. You can’t understand Him with your mind; you must receive Him with your heart, by faith. Faith believes before it sees in the natural. The things of the Spirit must be received by faith. It’s impossible for a person to step inside another person to live within them and yet that’s what happens when a person receives Jesus into their heart to be their own personal Lord and Savior. He comes in by faith in the person of His Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Christ and is the one who steps inside your heart when you receive Jesus as Savior and Lord. It’s not a mental knowing that you have when you become born again; it is a spiritual encounter with the Living God; Spirit to spirit; His Spirit within yours. Can these other gods that people seek do that for them? Can they step into your spirit and live within you to offer you new life? No, the only one who can save you is Jesus! He is the One true God who is not dead, but alive within His believers. He is the One who walks and talks with His believers. Those other gods are dead gods, but Jesus is alive! He has risen!

I challenge you today to turn from the dead gods that you have been seeking to the One true God. Won’t you receive Jesus into your heart today? Won’t you invite Him into your life to give you the abundance that He died that you might receive? It’s very simple. If you’ve never asked Him to come and live within you today can be your day of salvation. Just pray this prayer and mean it sincerely within your heart:

Father, I come before you acknowledging that I am a sinner, both by birth and by choice. I have sinned and sought to live my life my own way. I realize that I cannot save myself; neither can the other gods that I may have been seeking. I understand now that Jesus is the only way to the Father; that He is the only Savior that can give me new life. I ask You to forgive me of my sin and that You would save me. I thank You, Lord Jesus, for dying for me. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that He died to give me new life. Today I ask You, Lord Jesus, to come into my heart to live within me and to save me. Thank You, Lord, for being my Savior and Lord. I promise to live my life for you from this moment on. I will follow You and allow You to lead me by Your Spirit who lives within me. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

 

 

Called And Chosen

Matthew 22 14

Matthew 22:14 AMP For many are called (invited and summoned), but few are chosen.

Jesus spoke of the kingdom of Heaven as being like a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. He sent servants around to invite those whom He wanted in attendance. The scripture records in Matthew 22: 5: But they were not concerned and paid no attention [they ignored and made light of the summons, treating it with contempt] and they went away—one to his farm, another to his business. The didn’t have time to give to the king; some even killed the messengers that brought the invitation.

How apropos this is to the day and time that we live in. Jesus died for all and all are invited to come into the kingdom of God, but few are chosen because not all will receive His invitation. Many do not have time for King Jesus so they treat His invitation with contempt and at times even kill the messengers that bring the good news of salvation to the lost!

This is the day that we celebrate the crucifixion of Jesus, the day that is known as Good Friday, signifying the blessing of Jesus’ death because if we didn’t have the day He was crucified we would not have Resurrection Sunday, the day He was raised from the dead after paying the penalty for our sin. If Jesus hadn’t died we would be doomed to an eternity apart from Him, spent in hell, and unfortunately, those who have been called but not chosen have that as their eternal destination. But that can be changed! As long as there is breath and life here on this earth there is an opportunity to choose to receive God’s invitation to His wedding feast!

John 1:11-13 NKJV He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, not of the will of man, but of God.

You have been called to come in to the kingdom of God, but have you been chosen through receiving His invitation? Are you among the few that have made Jesus Savior and Lord of their lives?

1 John 5:12 NKJV He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.

The wedding feast of the Lamb awaits those who have been invited and have received His invitation to come in to the kingdom of God. There is a seat with your name on it. Will you come in? Will you be among the chosen?

Father, I thank You for giving Jesus to die for my sins. I am thankful that my place at the wedding feast of the Lamb is secure and that I have my eternal destiny set in You, in Christ Jesus, for I have received Him as my own personal Savior and Lord. I pray for those this morning who will be left out because they have not taken the time to respond to Your calling to come into the kingdom of God. I pray that today may be their day of salvation; that today they will hear Your voice and respond by asking Jesus into their hearts as their own personal Savior and Lord. I pray that You will continue to woo them by Your Spirit; drawing them to You. Father, I pray that the blinders will fall off of their minds so that they will be able to see the light of the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ and will be able to be saved from the destruction that awaits those who do not choose Him. Father, I know that You are not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance and the saving knowledge of Jesus. May each one that is called respond to Your calling today. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

 

Contentment!

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Philippians 4:11-13 AMP Not that I am implying that I was in any personal want, for I have learned how to be content (satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or disquieted) in whatever state I am. I know how to be abased and live humbly in straitened circumstances, and I know also how to enjoy plenty and live in abundance. I have learned in any and all circumstances the secret of facing every situation, whether well-fed or going hungry, having a sufficiency and enough to spare or going without and being in want. I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].

Paul says that being content in every situation is in being satisfied to the point where we are not disturbed or disquieted in the state in which we find ourselves. Life has its ups and downs. There are good times and there are bad and either condition has its challenges. But true contentment is not allowing what is going on around me to disturb me, or knock the peace of God out of my heart. Peace is so important in being able to live successfully in this life and it comes through depending on Jesus. His strength gives us peace in the midst of the difficult days. Paul says that His sufficiency is not in himself but it is through the empowerment that Jesus supplies in him. He uses the word “infuses” in giving us the analogy of what it means to be strengthened with Christ’s sufficiency to meet the condition of our lives.

When I think of infusing something with something else I often think of a piece of meat being injected with a flavoring or seasoning. The meat has one flavor in it original condition but when it is injected or infused with the seasoning it changes the flavor of the meat. A roast is, in its original flavor, bland and not very appealing to the taste buds, but when you infuse it with a certain seasoning that flavor radiates throughout the whole piece of meat and gives it the flavor of the seasoning. When I think of how Jesus infuses us with His strength I often get a picture in my mind of Him standing over me with a funnel and pouring His strength into that funnel which goes into me, filling me with His empowerment to meet whatever challenge I have facing me. It is only through His strength, His sufficiency, that I am able to overcome whatever I am facing.

When I am infused with Christ’s sufficiency my life takes on His flavor. Suddenly things look differently and my perspective about my condition changes. His sufficiency enables me to make choices and decisions based on His perspective about my situation instead of the unstable condition that would normally influence my actions. Life becomes more balanced and stable because the circumstances surrounding my life are no longer disturbing and disquieting to me. I then reach the state of contentment!

Confession for today based on God’s word: I will rely on the strength that Jesus infuses within me to overcome the challenges of my day. I am filled to overflowing with His sufficiency that gives me the victory!

Prayer for today: Father, I thank You for the strength that You have for me that helps me to put my life in proper perspective. I ask You to fill me with Your sufficiency, Lord Jesus, to meet the challenges that I face today. I thank You for delivering me through Your strength and for filling my heart with contentment as I face whatever lies ahead of me today. May I continually focus on You and what You are doing within me to give me the victory! In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Flesh Verses Spirit

Flesh verses Spirit

Galatians 5:16, 17 AMP But I say, walk and live [habitually] in the [Holy] Spirit [responsive to and controlled and guided by the Spirit]; then you will certainly not gratify the cravings and desires of the flesh (of human nature without God). For the desires of the flesh are opposed to the [Holy] Spirit, and the [desires of the] Spirit are opposed to the flesh (godless human nature); for these are antagonistic to each other [continually withstanding and in conflict with each other], so that you are not free but are prevented from doing what you desire to do.

I’m sure you have heard the old Cherokee legend that speaks of the fight that goes on within each of us between a good wolf and a bad one. It goes like this: An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

Well, God’s word describes this as a fight between the flesh and the Spirit. And the one who wins is the one that we yield ourselves to. The Holy Spirit comes to live within a person when they invite Jesus into their hearts to be their own personal Lord and Savior. The Holy Spirit brings His fruit with Him when He comes to live in our hearts. But we cultivate the development of that fruit within our lives when we yield to the control of the Holy Spirit. When we live responsive to, controlled by and guided by the Holy Spirit the old human nature that desires it’s own way is rooted out and the new nature of God’s Spirit is cultivated and developed within us. We begin to see life differently and live in God’s love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. The desire to please ourselves falls to the back and the desire to live according to God’s ways begins to take the forefront.

I like the way the Amplified Bible describes how this fruit is cultivated and developed. It says it this way:

Galatians 5:22, 23 But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness, Gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law [that can bring a charge].

Verse 22 says that the fruit of the Spirit is accomplished through the work of the Holy Spirit within us. We simply allow Him to work and choose to follow Him as He leads, guides and controls us. The control part is allowing Him to mold us into the person that He wants us to be. It is letting go of the reins of our lives and giving them to the Holy Spirit. This isn’t always an easy task because the Word says that the flesh and the Spirit are in opposition to each other. They are even antagonistic, continually withstanding and in conflict with each other. But verse 24 tells us the way to allow the Holy Spirit to have control over the flesh.

Galatians 5:24 AMP And those who belong to Christ Jesus (the Messiah) have crucified the flesh (the godless human nature) with its passions and appetites and desires.

We are the ones who choose to either allow our flesh to rule or the Holy Spirit to control us. It is done as we make the choice, when presented with the decision to live by the flesh or by the Spirit, to say “no” to what our flesh desires and “yes” to what the Spirit wants to do in us and through us. That’s our part in working with God to change us, to develop and conform us into the image of His Son. That’s the goal of the Holy Spirit’s work within us, in developing the character and nature of Jesus Christ in His body, His church, each one of us as individual members.

Work in progress

Romans 8:29 AMP For those whom He foreknew [of whom He was aware and loved beforehand], He also destined from the beginning [foreordaining them] to be molded into the image of His Son [and share inwardly His likeness], that He might become the firstborn among many brethren.

He is changing us to look like Jesus! That means that the work that the Holy Spirit is doing within me is developing the character and nature of God’s Son within me. It is scraping away the old selfish nature that desires to please me and developing His new nature that looks and acts like Jesus. Sometimes things in my life need to be cut back and pruned to produce a more luscious looking fruit. That, at times, hurts, and I don’t always like not getting to be in control of my life. I sometimes rebel and over-ride His gentle promptings to do it His way. That’s my choice. But when I choose to walk in my own ways I am cultivating a selfish, self-centered mindset and attitude that is totally in opposition to the Holy Spirit’s desire to change me into the image of Jesus. I am feeding the wrong wolf!

The good thing about this is that the Holy Spirit doesn’t give up on me. He continues to deal with me and to work within me to develop the character and nature of Jesus Christ. I can be assured that He will not leave me to my own devices, but He will continue to prompt me and draw me into a closer walk with Him so my desires to live according to His ways, instead of my own, change. I have this promise in His continuing His work within me until it is completed.

Philippians 1:6 AMP And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you.

God doesn’t give up on me and let me go back to living my life by my godless human nature. He continues to work in my life to bring me to that place where I look and act like Jesus. He is working every day and will continue until Jesus returns again or until the work is completed and perfected within me. I thank God that He doesn’t give up on me when I fall down, but He simply picks me up, brushes me off and starts over again, changing me, molding me and making me into what He desires for me to look like.

When I think about His working within me I am reminded of the old song by Evie Sands that says:

He’s still working on me
To make me what I need to be
It took him just a week to make the moon and stars
The sun and the earth and Jupiter and Mars
How loving and patient He must be
‘Cause He’s still workin’ on me

There really ought to be a sign upon my heart
Don’t judge him yet, there’s an unfinished part
But I’ll be better just according to His plan
Fashioned by the Master’s loving hands

He’s still working on me
To make me what I need to be
It took him just a week to make the moon and stars
The sun and the earth and Jupiter and Mars
How loving and patient He must be
‘Cause He’s still workin’ on me

In the mirror of His word
Reflections that I see
Makes me wonder why He never gave up on me
But He loves me as I am and helps me when I pray
Remember He’s the potter; I’m the clay

He’s still working on me
To make me what I need to be
It took him just a week to make the moon and stars
The sun and the earth and Jupiter and Mars
How loving and patient He must be
‘Cause He’s still workin’ on me

Don't judge me by my past

Father, I thank You for the work of the Holy Spirit in my life. I thank You for never giving up on me but continuing to work in my life to mold me and make me into the person that You want me to be. Thank You for prompting me by Your Spirit to make right choices, to live in right relationship with You and with those around me. I pray that You will help me to yield to Your Spirit within me as I walk through my day today. Make me sensitive to Your voice and cause me to be responsive in a positive manner when You prompt me to make changes in my thoughts, words, and actions. Help me to give You with control of my life and not continue to choose selfishly for myself. Thank You, Father, for hearing my prayer as I offer it up in the name of Jesus! Amen.

 

My Hiding Place

Daniel 2 20 22

Daniel 2:20-22 AMP Daniel answered, Blessed be the name of God forever and ever! For wisdom and might are His! He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and sets up kings. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding! He reveals the deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with Him!

I’m so thankful that God is the One who is in charge of my life; my times are in His hands! He knows what is best for me for wisdom is His and nothing is mightier than Him. He changes the seasons, not only in the natural, but in the spiritual as well. When it is time for me to move into another season in my life He has already gone before me into it and prepared my way before me. God is in charge of kings and kingdoms and nothing is outside of His control. He shares the deep and secret things with those who know Him; those who spend time with Him and desire to walk closely in His presence.

Psalm 25:14 AMP The secret [of the sweet, satisfying companionship] of the Lord have they who fear (revere and worship) Him, and He will show them His covenant and reveal to them its [deep, inner] meaning.

As a child I was afraid of the dark. I still don’t like to take the dog outside after dark. But when I do I know that God knows what is in the darkness and He is aware that it makes me nervous to go out where I can’t see what lies ahead of me. That pertains to the future as well, as it is hidden from my sight, but not from His. Light dwells with Him; there is nothing hidden from His sight and when I walk with Him I walk in the Light!

Psalm 139:7-12 AMP Where could I go from Your Spirit? Or where could I flee from Your presence? If I ascend up into heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in Sheol (the place of the dead), behold You are there. If I take the wings of the morning or dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, Even there shall Your hand lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me. If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me and the night shall be [the only] light about me, Even the darkness hides nothing from you, but the night shines as the day; the darkness and the light are both alike to You.

There is no place that I can go that God hasn’t already gone before me or where I will be away from Him. He is my constant companion because I have made Him my dwelling place. There is no place where His hand shall not lead me or hold tightly to me. And there is nothing that is hidden from His sight that I might encounter that would throw Him off and cause me to fall.

I have this assurance from God’s Word that He will always be there to help me, to deliver me and to care for me.

Psalm 91:14-16 AMP Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness—trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never]. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him My salvation.

God says that because I love Him I have the assurance that He will take care of me. I belong to Him; He is my God; I know Him and trust Him to never leave me nor forsake me. I pray and call on Him when I am in trouble and He hears and answers my cries for help. He promises to satisfy me with long life and show me His salvation.

What a glorious God I serve! He is mighty in power, might and deed! He is awesome to know and wonderful to experience. He is my God and I am His child, the sheep of His pasture. I will dwell with Him and He with me all the days of my life!

Child of God, He knows exactly where you are right now.  He knows the struggles that you are facing.  He is aware of your need for Him and He wants to walk with you through all the days of your life.  God is with you; He will not allow you to fall and fail.  He will hold you and protect you through the storms of life if you will place your trust in Him and allow Him to lead you by the hand.

Father, I thank You for Your hand of protection over me. I thank You that You have already gone before me into my future and disarmed the things that would cause me to fear. Father, You are my God; there is none above You nor beside You. How awesome You are to be my Father, my protector, and My God. Thank You for making me Your own through the blood of Your Son. Thank you for giving Jesus to die for me that I might live with You. Thank You for going before me into every situation that I might encounter and for preparing my way to be successful and prosperous in it. I ask You, this morning, to comfort and strengthen my brothers and sisters in Christ who may be walking through difficult days.  I pray that You will assure them that You are there with them and that nothing will harm them when they place their trust in You.  I pray that the enemy who is coming against them will be stopped, in Jesus’ name, and that the darkness will be made light around them so evil cannot overtake them.  I ask You to deliver them and set them on high and show them Your great salvation.  In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Our Light-Being

Hebrews 1 3

Hebrews 1:3 AMP He is the sole expression of the glory of God [the Light-being, the out-raying or radiance of the divine], and He is the perfect imprint and very image of [God’s] nature, upholding and maintaining and guiding and propelling the universe by His mighty word of power. When He had by offering Himself accomplished our cleansing of sins and riddance of guilt, He sat down at the right hand of the divine Majesty on high.

Jesus is the expression of God’s glory; He is the Light-being, the perfect imprint and very image of God and He upholds this world, all that is in it by the word of His power.

This scripture tells us that it is by the the word of Jesus that our universe is held together. Everything that is in our world would suddenly fly apart if He stopped speaking into it! He rules with the word of His power. Jesus, the name above all names, the only name by which man can be saved, is the One who holds my life together. If He suddenly withdrew His hand from my life my world would fly apart. If He quit breathing into me the breath of life would leave me. He is the reason that I live and am able to walk about and do the things that I do. It is through His power within me through His very own Spirit that I am able to do the things that I do. I was created for His glory and honor!

Colossians 1:14-18 NKJV In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on the earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.

Jesus is the One through whom all things that are in heaven and that are on earth were created. There is so much going on in our world today that brings anxieties and fears upon those who walk upon this earth. And yet if we are born again believers in Christ Jesus we know and understand that God, through His Son, Jesus Christ, created all things for His glory. He spoke this world into existence and He holds it together by the mighty word of His power. When He speaks nations respond, kings are like water in His hand and can be turned at the very word that He gives them. We know that He is the One who controls all things, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. Nothing that touches us is outside of His control. And everything was created through Him and for Him.

What a beautiful Savior who lived and died that we might have life. He is the firstborn of all those who were dead in sin, who have been delivered from the power of darkness and conveyed into the kingdom of God’s Son. He is the Light and Life of all creation. Jesus, Jesus, Jesus! What a wonderful Savior is He!

John 1:3, 4 NKJV All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.

John 1:10-13 NKJV He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

Jesus came into this world which He created to show His creation, mankind, the love, mercy, grace and forgiveness of God, but His own did not receive Him. Instead they crucified Him, the King of glory, mocking Him and spitting on Him. The very One who loved them so much that He gave His life for them, rejected Him, turned Him away, and hung Him on a cruel cross between two common criminals. And yet He still loves us. He still longs to receive us into His family. Sometimes we forget that it is through Him, by Him and for Him that we were created. We were created to have a living and vital relationship with God, through Jesus Christ and in fellowship with His Spirit.

As many as received Him, He gave the right to become children of God. Have you received Jesus into your heart to be your own personal Lord and Savior? We were created to live in relationship with Him. He longs to have a personal fellowship with us where He can lead us and guide us through the life that we live here on earth and then continue on with us throughout eternity. But those who reject him will live forever eternally separated from the One who loves them and created them for Himself.

Romans 5:8, 9 NKJV But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.

It doesn’t matter what you have done, Jesus died to save you from your sin. It doesn’t matter how guilty you are or what punishment you think you deserve for what you have done, through His blood you have been justified, meaning that when you receive Him into your heart you become just as if you had never sinned. Your sin is completely wiped away, removed as far as the east is from the west, never to be held against you.

God’s great gift of salvation is only offered through the gift of Jesus Christ. As you receive Him into your heart you become “born again”, not of flesh and blood but of the spirit.

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

1 John 5:11-13 NKJV And this is the testimony that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.

Romans 10:13 NKJV For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”

If you died today do you know without a shadow of a doubt that you would be ushered into heaven to live eternally with Jesus? If not, won’t you call on the name of Jesus today and be saved from your sin? Won’t you invite Him into your life to save you and give you eternal life, an eternity spent in His presence, with God the Father in the family of God? It is by Him and through Him that all things exist and are held together. He loves you with an everlasting love and wants you to experience the abundant life that He died to give you.

Jesus, the Son of God, the Light-being, the exact representation of the Father waits for the ones that He died for to receive Him into their lives. He waits…..but how long do we have before the Father says to Jesus, “it’s time to go and gather my children together”? How long do we have before it’s time to be ushered into eternity? Won’t you receive Him before it is too late?

Father, I pray this morning that those who do not know Jesus will accept Him into their hearts today before it is too late. Father, I pray that You will call them to Yourself as they read of His great love for them and how He gave His very own life that they might live. Draw them by Your Spirit into relationship with You, Father. Impress upon their hearts that they need Jesus in their lives. I pray that today will be their day of salvation. Father, I ask You to not allow any of them to enter into eternity apart from You. Lord Jesus, save, heal, deliver and set people free from the bondage of sin. Deliver them from the evil one, Lord, and bring them into salvation. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

The Sacrificed Life

Sacrificial Lamb

Romans 12:1 AMP I APPEAL to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship.

Did you realize that a sacrifice dies so that someone else can live? That’s what Jesus did for us; He died that we might live. He gave His life so we could experience abundant life. He died for me that I might live for Him. For us to be a living sacrifice means that everything that we are and have is laid on the altar of service and worship for our God; every moment of every day, whatever we desire is crucified that God may live through us.

1 Corinthians 6:19, 20 AMP Do you not know that your body is the temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit Who lives within you, Whom you have received [as a Gift] from God? You are not your own. You were bought with a price [purchased with a preciousness and paid for, made His own]. So then, honor God and bring glory to Him in your body.

Wow, my body as that of a born again believer in Christ Jesus, now is the very sanctuary of the Holy Spirit Who lives within me. He is a Gift from God to me that seals me as a child of His. So, since Jesus paid for my salvation with His own blood I now have the responsibility to live each day sacrificing my will for His, my desires for His, my thoughts for His, my emotions for His….my everything for His. I am to be a “living sacrifice” for Jesus!

Question to ponder: Am I giving my all to Him today that He might live through me?

Confession for today based on God’s word: I make a decisive dedication of my body, mind, will, emotions, and spirit to God as a living sacrifice, devoted and set apart for His use and to be well pleasing in His sight today which is my reasonable service to Him and worship of Him.

Prayer for today: Father, I thank You for giving Jesus to die for me that I might experience abundant life. I choose today to give You all that I am, that I have and that I ever hope to be. I pray that my life will be a reflection of the life that You gave for me. May I glorify You in my spirit, soul and body today. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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