Our lives may not be ‘perfect’ and we may not possess ‘all’ that we want but one thing is certain; God has promised to supply all our needs according to the glorious riches in Christ Jesus (Phil 4:19). We are heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ. Therefore, we share in Jesus’ suffering in order to share in His glory (Romans 8:17). Galatians 6:9 reminds us not to grow weary in doing the ‘right’ thing because at the ‘right’ time we will reap a harvest of blessings. It is the power of the Holy Spirit that propels us to praise God past our pain, heartache, fears, and disappointments! The prodigal son may have squandered his inheritance but we too often, squander our faith during life’s uncomfortable uncertainties and unexpected difficulties. However, if all you have is a mustard seed of faith—that’s all you need! So I encourage you to continue sowing because you will always reap what you sow, more than you sow, and later than you sow. Praise God because our latter will be greater for our good and God’s glory!!! Amen and amen!!
Who doesn’t love a great comeback story? Well, Tiger Woods lost his wife. He lost his reputation. Then he lost his game. It seemed like something was missing. The cool invincibility under pressure disappeared.
He was no longer winning major tournaments. Then he lost his health, going through multiple back surgeries. Few — and I mean very few — thought he would ever win a major tournament again but the Lord penned something different.
God’s upper story always manifests greatness and that’s why Easter is infinitely the greatest comeback story ever.
Jesus Christ came back from the dead when majority of the world back then doubted His return!
This Sunday, we will celebrate the fact that we have a risen Savior.
The resurrection of Jesus is not a fairy tale. It was not a vision or a myth. He didn’t just “rise in the hearts” of his followers. No, Jesus really rose from the dead, literally and physically! And, it doesn’t stop there—not only is He risen, He is also coming back!!
Therefore, if you don’t know much about Jesus Christ, start out by attending an Easter service this Sunday morning.
I’d like to personally invite and challenge you to go to any church that preaches the truth of God’s word. I promise you one thing, if you open your heart and give God an opportunity, your life will be forever changed!
Father God, sometimes life can become unbearable to the point where it’s hard for us to keep up more less keep going. But, just when our flesh desires to throw in the towel, the Holy Spirit reminds us that greater is He who is in us! Father God, thank you for equipping us with perseverance, grit, and resilience because without these qualities working in and through us we would most likely yield to the calling of our flesh. Thank you for telling Joshua to be strong and of good courage! Thank you for telling the paralytic in Matthew 9:2 to be of good cheer and that his sins were forgiving. Thank You for telling Paul in Acts 23:11 to be of good cheer as well, even though his enemies were plotting to kill him. We are thanking you because if you did for them, we believe by faith those same words are applicable to us as well! You are truly an awesome God and we thank you for never giving up on us even when we desire to give up on ourselves. We love you Lord God and we bless your name! In Jesus’ life preserving name we pray, amen and amen!
The Pharisees were brilliant theologians. However, they failed to see God because of their own self-righteousness. Jesus condemned their self- righteous hypocrisy because it blinded them from seeing their need for repentance and a Savior (Matthew 23:25-28). They were too busy focused on the outward man and thus when the Son of Man stepped out of eternity and into carnality they failed to recognized who He was! There are plethora of people today who are blinded by this same self-righteous spirit. They look the part outwardly and they even possess a wealth of knowledge but the ‘Knowledge’ they refuse to acknowledge is the key to true and eternal wisdom. Jesus knew that the Pharisees weren’t righteous, but their pretense of righteousness kept them from accepting the only remedy for their condition — repentance and faith in Him. In reality, we are all sinners (Romans 3:23), both inwardly and outwardly. Although we may not be notorious “public sinners,” we all share a fallen nature and are often controlled by the “flesh” — the “sin principle” — within us (Romans 8). Jesus’ stern warnings to the hypocritical Pharisees make it clear that sin we ignore and deny is no less serious in its effects than the sin of the public sinner. In I Samuel 16:7 we are reminded that, “The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
There’s always a common thread of truth in every disagreement. In lieu of focusing merely on your truth try to see the truth in the other person’s disposition. In doing so, you will increase the chances of landing on mutual understanding. In Luke 11:17, Mark 3:25, and Matthew 12:25 we learn that a house divided can’t stand. Now then, in each of these passages Jesus was responding to the Pharisees’ accusations that Jesus was using Satan’s power to cast out demons. However, this truth is eternally universal. Rhetorically speaking; who is the creator of division? If you look hard enough you can see the slithering path of the devil’s hand in just about every argument. God is the Father/Author of unity and as such, He commands unity among believers because, once conflict enters the midst of any assembly or entity, productivity and usefulness inevitably grind to a halt and the whole organization is weakened and becomes vulnerable to attack. In contrast, Jesus Christ is building His church (Matthew 16:18). His “house” will stand; “His kingdom will not be destroyed, / His dominion will never end” (Daniel 6:26).
Have you every felt like giving up or throwing in the towel? I can transparently say, I have!! Paul encouraged us in Galatians 6:9, “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” I believe that David encouraged Paul when he penned Psalm 126:5, “Those who sow in tears will reap in Joy!” As a Christian, you are designed to sow the seed of the Word of God by sowing good deeds! You are called to plant the seeds that produces the fruit of the Spirit–love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. The panting reality is when we live for the will of God, your harvest will always bring joy after the pain, struggle, and difficultly. In addition, the reality is our tears are indeed real but our God stores every drop (Psalm 56:8). Of course, at times our tears make us want to quit life. But we got to keep on moving; there is a field to be sown (dishes to be washed, cars to be fixed, life to be live, or ___________FIB). Although our tears may wet our faces, we all have work that must get done! No matter our load, we must never forget that our Father never ends on a negative and when we begin to grasp the depth of this truth, we will live in the same confidence just as David lived!