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“In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” But you would not, and you said,”No, for we will flee on horses” — Therefore you shall flee! And “We will ride on swift horses” — Therefore those who pursue you shall be swift! – Isaiah 30:15-16 NKJV
It must have pained our Heavenly Father when His children rebelled against Him. Instead of accepting His grace and mercy, as well as the consequences of their rebellion, they chose to run from their problems.
The Lord is a God of justice, and He did not let the children of Israel get off scot free without teaching them what they had done wrong, but He also showed them mercy and forgiveness, and even salvation. They may not have deserved forgiveness, but God makes sure that love wins over all else. Amen.
Then, the same day at evening being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When He said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. – John 20:19-20 NKJV
The disciples must have felt scared when they thought that Jesus was dead, and He appeared to them, risen. Immediately He told them to be at peace.
Jesus brings us peace no matter how unsettled we may feel.
He even showed them His hands and side. Even though the disciples knew Jesus well and knew His voice, He still showed them evidence that He was alive again.
What a miracle it is for us to interact with Jesus! He shows us what we need to see to believe. Amen.
May the love of Jesus be with you this Valentine’s Day!
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. – 2 Corinthians 4:7 NIV
God molds us like clay. We are slowly becoming more like Him as we learn to rely on Him and surrender to the treasure of salvation. He doesn’t ask us to take on more than we can bear.
God’s power surpasses any force that we can imagine. His love for us is immeasurable.
When we try to rely on our own power, we often fall. The Lord can pick us up. We can trust that He will always be there to protect us and our loved ones.
As time passes, things and people change. Change is good. When we allow our minds to be transformed by the Lord, we develop a new perspective. Amen.
And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages He might show the incomparable riches of His grace, expressed in His kindness to us in Christ Jesus. – Ephesians 2:6-7 NIV
God raised us, as a father does, from childhood till now, with Jesus by our side. Jesus is always looking out for us, making sure that we don’t get into too much trouble. Growing up and changing can be scary, but Jesus never changes.
No matter what age we are or the changing times that we live in, one thing is constant: God’s love for us. His grace, kindness, and mercy shine through any challenges that we may be going through. He is the light in our lives. By His grace, we can overcome anything. Amen.
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say this–those He redeemed from the hand of the foe, those He gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south. – Psalm 107:1-2 NIV
We can be thankful that the Lord redeemed us. His love never ends. He saved us from every possible danger, from every single direction imaginable.
The Lord saves us from distress. He hears us. He cares about us.
He knows our path, the right path for us. When we are uncertain, He is certain. When we are afraid, He is courageous. He strengthens us. When we are weak, we can appreciate the strength He gives us even more. His love endures forever. Amen.
Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always. – Psalm 105:4 NIV
Especially when our strength fails us, we can look to the Lord and find encouragement.
I sometimes wonder what I did to bring upon myself “Long COVID” fatigue and brain fog, which I still suffer from, almost five months after the original date that I tested positive for COVID-19 on September 1, 2020. Was God testing me?
The one thing I know from having spent far too many days bedridden is that suffering can be humbling.
When we are down, we appreciate even more the good days that God gives us. He teaches us lessons and patience through our periods of illness. He reminds us that we should not take anything for granted. Every moment we have is a gift from God. Amen.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled Himself through Christ and gave us a ministry of reconciliation. That God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation. – 2 Corinthians:17-19 NIV
When I was little, whenever I got into an argument, afterwards I would say, “Can we start over?”
The new year is an opportunity to start over, to discard any old stories that don’t serve us.
We can reconcile ourselves with other people. We don’t need to keep a record of their wrongs. Because Christ forgave us, so, too, must we forgive. We seek to become more like Him.
We don’t need to carry emotional baggage into the new year. Christ shouldered every burden for us. We need to let go.
It isn’t easy to let go, but when we do, we will feel more free. We can feel relieved because we trusted in the Lord. Amen.
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. – Psalm 46:1
The Lord knows our struggles, and He is here to help.
We sometimes forget that we don’t have to solve every problem on our own. Our Lord can take command. Did we forget to ask for His help? Did we stop and say a prayer? He is ever-present, waiting to answer our call.
He aligns us with mentors to help us through our problems. He cares about us and loves us. Amen.
If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God and God in him. – 1 John 4:15-16
Jesus is the embodiment of love.
Sometimes we get so caught up in being right that we forget to love. God asks us not to judge. We can confidently leave judgment in His capable hands. We do not need to know or understand everything because He knows everything for us. He reveals to us what we need to know, and we can rest easily because everything is in good hands when Jesus is in control.
Jesus teaches us how to love and how to serve one another. He is the best teacher we could have. Amen.
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