Soon and very soon sin, guilt, and death will be gone forever!! Still not shouting and rejoicing? Lemme say it again; sin, guilt, and death will be gone forever! Paul gave the church at Corinth plenty to shout about! In 1 Corinthians 15:57 he said from the MSG paraphrased, “But let me tell you something wonderful, a mystery I’ll probably never fully understand. We’re not all going to die— but we are all going to be changed. You hear a blast to end all blasts from a trumpet, and in the time that you look up and blink your eyes—it’s over. On signal from that trumpet from heaven, the dead will be up and out of their graves, beyond the reach of death, never to die again. At the same moment and in the same way, we’ll all be changed. In the resurrection scheme of things, this has to happen: everything perishable taken off the shelves and replaced by the imperishable, this mortal replaced by the immortal. Then the saying will come true: Death swallowed by triumphant Life! Who got the last word, oh, Death? Oh, Death, who’s afraid of you now? It was sin that made death so frightening and law-code guilt that gave sin its leverage, its destructive power. But now in a single victorious stroke of Life, all three—sin, guilt, death—are gone, the gift of our Master, Jesus Christ. Thank God!” No more sin, worry, anxiety, guilt, discouragement, depression, heartache, sickness, disease, disappointment, and death. Destination Eternity with the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit, and all of our loved ones who passed before us; here we come!!
God ain’t not joke! He flips the script on just about anything man thinks he/she has figured out! Who knew that a handicap would be one of our greatest attributes? The Message Bible paraphrased Paul’s thorn dilemma perfectly in 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 and it reads, “Because of the extravagance of those revelations, and so I wouldn’t get a big head, I was given the gift of a handicap to keep me in constant touch with my limitations. Satan’s angel did his best to get me down; what he in fact did was push me to my knees. No danger then of walking around high and mighty! At first I didn’t think of it as a gift, and begged God to remove it. Three times I did that, and then he told me, ‘My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness.’ Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become.” Welp….that’s a wrap for me! God takes my handicaps (weaknesses) and covert them into my strengths…..GLORY TO GOD and AMEN!!
Father God of compassion and provisions, Your love for humanity was revealed in Jesus, whose earthly life began in the poverty of a stable and ended in the pain and isolation of the cross. We pray before you for those who are homeless and cold especially in the bitter winter weather. Father, how thankful we are that we have place that is called home. We truly pray and lift up all those suffering and sleeping on the streets, especially Father for children, who are so weak and vulnerable. Father God, make a way for them and draw them near, comfort them in spirit and bless those who work to provide them with shelter, food, friendship, and fellowship. Lord Jesus, your word declares that what we do unto the least of them; we have done it unto you! Through the power of the Holy Spirit O’God, we declare and trust by faith that you will provide!! In the righteous and forever perfect name of Jesus Christ, AMEN and AMEN!!
(Please say a pray for those who are homeless and are seeking shelter in this season!)
Don’t allow FEAR to consume you today! Fear IS nothing more than FALSE emotions appearing real! In other words, it’s a mirage to reality! 2 Timothy 1:7 reminds us that, “God did not give us a spirit that makes us afraid. He gave us a spirit of power and love and self-control!” Like Joshua we are all commanded by God to be strong, courageous, and not to be afraid or discouraged because the LORD our God is with us wherever we go (Joshua 1:9). So where does all this strength derive? Well, David said in Psalm 27:2, “The LORD is the strength of my [our] life..” Look at it this way; fear is born of Satan and faith is born of God. The only antidote for fear is faith and having been justified through Christ we know the just shall live by faith (Hab 2:4, Romans 1:17, Gal 3:11, Heb 10:38)!!
Some of the best days of your life haven’t happen yet! So continue to press forward and keep your head up because if your head is down than you will most likely miss seeing the blessings that God placed in your path! Trust and believe your best is yet to come!
Choose love today and don’t allow small stuff to pull you down nor get the best of you! Ducks can’t soar like eagle nor can eagles swim like ducks. However, they were design to thrive in their own environment. Similarly, we too were designed to thrive in the environment of love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Gal 5:22-23). It so easy to hate but it takes strength, discipline, and perseverance to love the unlovable in others. However, when you sit back and think about it doesn’t God love the unlovable in you?? Love your neighbor as yourself is what we have commissioned to do (Mark 12:31). Everyone is created in God’s image. So if we are worthy of love, so is everyone else because of who made them. Because of sin, we’re all really unlovable. But Christ changed the rules by offering love, grace and forgiveness (Romans 5:8). If God can love us, surely we can love those around us.
A.S.A. Jones said in an article entitled, ‘The Testimony of a Former Atheist’, “My atheistic philosophy had allowed me to lose my compassion for others. I no longer had the ability to love anyone, not even myself. I had become apathetic to life itself. For years, I had been dead, but because I continued to walk and talk, I didn’t know it. But now, I was born again and the spirit that was in me, which had allowed me to understand spiritual things, connected with the glorious and perfect higher consciousness of Jesus Christ.” True reconciliation is when our desire to make things right with God is greater than ourselves. Proverbs 28:23 says, “People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.” Being right with God is a matter of our response to what God has done on our behalf. Jesus was the sacrifice who removed our sins, transgressions, and our iniquities (John 1:29), and He offers you and I the promise: “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Acts 2:21). In other words, to all those who are willing to put down pride, hate, ideologies, arrogance, independence, worldly experiences, politics, fear, ego, scientific theories, biological theories, philosophical theories, and intellectual theories. Psalm 34:18 says, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted [sinner] and saves those who are crushed [humble] in spirit.” If you want to get right with God, here is a sample prayer. Remember, saying this prayer or any other prayer will not save you. It is only trusting in Christ that can save you from sin. This prayer is a simply way to express to God your faith in Him and thank Him for providing for your salvation:
Father God, I know that I have sinned against You and am deserving of punishment. But Jesus Christ took the punishment that I deserve so that through faith in Him I could be forgiven. I place my trust in You for salvation. Thank You for Your wonderful grace and forgiveness – the gift of eternal life! In Jesus’ name, amen and amen!