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Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. – 2 Thessalonians 5:23 NKJV
We don’t save ourselves. Jesus saved us, and that allows every part of our being–our spirit, soul, and body, to have eternal life. When Jesus comes again, we will have a chance to start over, and get it right.
New beginnings can sometimes be daunting. Will starting over in a new place be natural for us? Will we remember what happened before?
God reveals things to us just at the right time. He never gives us more than we can handle, so He gives us time to process the changes ahead. He is always with us, guiding us through the unfamiliar territory. “What a friend we have in Jesus!” Amen.
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
Jesus doesn’t ask us to sit at home and do nothing. He wants us to go and spread the good news to the nations about salvation, in whatever way we can.
Baptism is a commitment to our Eternal Father, to abide by His commandments and to trust that when the Holy Spirit speaks to us–in that still, quiet voice–we must listen.
His words are powerful. We never know how we can make a difference in the lives of other people.
Jesus being in us means that we are changing for the better. Jesus is the promise of a happy ending. Amen.
Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. – John 14:1 NIV
We can trust in Jesus. He is preparing a place for us in Heaven. The things of Earth can be troubling. There is sickness and death. We don’t always feel safe leaving our houses during the pandemic.
The Lord knows what we are going through, and He will give us strength to overcome our challenges. He can keep us safe.
When the world seems cold and dark, He is with us. He comforts and protects us. When we devote our lives to Him, our thoughts change. He can transform our thoughts.
When things seem hard, we can whisper a prayer, and Jesus will help us. Our Lord makes no mistakes. His will for us is perfect. We can trust that He will lead us to the way everlasting. Amen.
My heart says of you, “Seek His face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek. – Psalm 27:8 NIV
When we seek Jesus, the things of Earth will grow strangely dim.
What a glorious day it will be when we finally see the radiant face of Jesus!
Instead of a sad end to one way of life, seeing His face at the Second Coming will be a joyful occasion with someone we love and have waited for.
I don’t know when that day will come, and the Bible says that nobody knows the day nor the hour of Jesus’s Second Coming, but by having a daily relationship with our Savior, we don’t have to fear that day. It will be a good day.
Seeking His face on an ordinary day is like a meditative practice. Many things can distract us, but we can gently turn our attention back to Him. We can never go wrong when we turn our eyes upon Jesus. Amen.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. – Romans 15:13 NIV
Even though we might have fear that our dear, elderly friends who have COVID-19 might die, we can rest in the assurance that we can trust in the Lord.
Jesus conquered death. It no longer has its sting. He has saved all who believe in Him. We have hope that we will not perish, but will have eternal life.
We can feel joy in the midst of sorrow. We can have peace in the midst of change and uncertainty. We can have hope and trust because He strengthens us and guides us through the Holy Spirit.
We are secure in His love. Amen.
Therefore as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humidity, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another. If anyone has anything against another, even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. – Colossians 3:12-13
I have a hard time forgiving people who deliberately overstep my boundaries. It makes me furious.
Boundaries protect our finite energy. Sometimes we trade temporary discomfort in order to protect our energy. We only have 24 hours in a day.
We only have so many breaths that God has given us, and when those breaths run out, we die.
As a COVID-19 Long Hauler, I had shortness of breath. It reminded me that my breath is a gift from God. I can’t take it for granted, because it won’t always be there. Some day I will die, but “we have this hope that burns within our hearts; hope in the coming of the Lord” (as the hymn goes). Some day we will meet our Savior in the clouds. It will be a glorious day, and the things of Earth will pass away.
This life is only a fraction of the existence that we can spend with God. He asks us to turn our eyes upon Jesus. It is a challenge sometimes when the things of this world distract us, but when we notice that distraction, we can gently but firmly refocus our attention on God. He knows the big picture. He doesn’t want us to be stressed. He wants us to feel joy, eternal. Amen.