Thankful for a nice weather weekend! It was good to see people and families outside enjoying a pleasant Spring day this Sunday. After a wonderful Spirit-filled on-line Church service at 10am, we decided to visit our 2nd Granddaughter Willow – outside, about 10 feet away. That was hard, but of course necessary. We still made eye contact and enjoyed “socializing” with her and Mom and Dad from a distance!
Later in the day, I decided to take a jog since it was so nice out. Things I experienced while out for a run: a nice sunset; the fresh aroma of early Spring flowers; sporadic pockets of gnats (gotta work on running with my mouth closed more! #protein); people out walking and talking; overall, just taking in and enjoying the beauty of a new season.
Yes, the other “season” we’re in will pass. But take time to see the current beauty even in the midst of it all. A new season is coming. But bloom where you are planted today. And be thankful for God’s grace and beauty that He provides in the midst of the trial.
To put it simply, Jesus came to fix that which was broken. The bible says that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Sin represents brokenness. Separation. Separation from God. Jesus is the bridge that takes away our sin and brings us back to God. Like a bridge, Jesus laid down His life for us so that we could come back to God sinless and clean, as if we never ever sinned. How awesome is that?!! It always feels good to be clean, doesn’t it?! Only Jesus can make us clean and take away our sins. He is the only one that can do this. And He does just that!
So be thankful and give Him praise if you’ve been washed clean by the blood of the lamb … “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”
Matthew 28:18-20 ‘Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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.”’ https://my.bible.com/bible/111/MAT.28.18-20
“And surely I am with you always …”. What a great reminder for us today! God is always there. He is never ‘not with us’. As a believer, Jesus Christ lives inside each one of us (John 14:20, 15:4-5).
Matthew 8:23-26 offers us another great reminder that God is always with us even in the midst of a storm: ‘Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.’ https://my.bible.com/bible/111/MAT.8.23-26
The storm was raging … the waves were crashing. But Jesus was right there. Sleeping. On the boat – in the middle of a storm! There is so much here to take away and apply in our own personal lives. First of all, Jesus is right there with us in the middle of our storm. Truth. Fact. Scripture-proven. Second, He was sleeping! Not shaken or startled at all by what was going on around Him. Why? How? Well, yes, He is God and created the very winds and waves that were raging. And so He has all authority over those same winds and waves. But here’s the key: He was at rest with His Father who is always with Him … they are One. And in John, Jesus declares in a prayer that we can be one with Jesus and God the Father. A perfect union to let the world know how much God loves each one of us (John 17:21-23).
So be encouraged today, and every day, that God is always with us through His Son Jesus Christ, who made the ultimate sacrifice to bring us all together, as one!
PSALM 108: 3-5 ‘I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples. For great is your love, higher than the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens, and let your glory be over all the earth.’ Psalm 108:3-5 https://my.bible.com/bible/111/PSA.108.3-5
God is so good! He is faithful in all He does! The key to having faith over fear is found in Christ alone and in God’s Word, the Bible. John chapter 1 tells us more about this ‘Word’. 1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning.” The Word of God has always been since God created it. The Word is personal: it is always with God and in fact ‘is God’! He was with God from the very beginning. He = Jesus. So, the bible declares that the Word of God is in fact Jesus Christ Himself. So in order to be filled with faith, we need to to be filled with God’s Word and allow Jesus Christ to dwell within us.
As Christians, Jesus Christ lives within us. He is mighty to save and empowers us by His Holy Spirit to have victory in every area of our lives. And He gives us peace by giving us Himself (Ephesians 2:14). Without Christ in our lives, we do not have this power or victory or peace. But every one of us needs it. If you would like to invite Jesus into your heart, you can do that today. This is called Salvation (Acts 16:31). Each one of us needs to be saved from our sins (Romans 3:23). Only the Lord Jesus Christ can do this for you. No one else. You can be saved by asking Him to come into your heart to be your Lord and Savior. Repent and ask Him to forgive you of all of your sins. He will come into your heart and wash you clean from all of your past and give you a new beginning in Christ. Thank Him for saving you!
This new beginning brings freedom. You are a new creation! (2 Corinthians 5:17). The bible tells us that you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free (John 8:32). And if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed! (John 8:36). Immerse yourself in God’s Word. This is where your freedom and victory will come from. Again, you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free. And give Him praise! The bible says. ‘Let them praise the name of the Lord, for his name alone is exalted…’ (Psalm 148:13). And ‘Let everything that has breath praise the Lord’! (Psalm 150:6).