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So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. – John 8:36 NIV
Jesus gives us freedom. Sometimes when we think of freedom, we assume that we can do whatever we want. When we love our Savior, our thoughts are transformed, and our actions coincidence with that transformation.
Change is an ongoing process. As we meditate on His Word, we can persistently bring our thoughts back to our center: our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.
So Israel will live in safety; Jacob will dwell secure in a land of grain and new wine, where the heavens drop dew. – Deuteronomy 33:28 NIV
The Lord gives us a safe hiding place. We can take refuge in His everlasting arms.
At times we may wonder if our financial future is secure, but the best insurance comes from the Lord. Imagine purchasing eternal life insurance! Jesus gave the chance for eternal life to us freely. Amen.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. – 1 Peter 1:3 NKJV
In this life we will have trouble, but the Lord asks us not to be afraid. He has overcome the world, and gives us salvation through Jesus Christ. If we think our problems are too big, we can remind ourselves that God is more powerful than anything causing our problems.
He can give us strength to endure any hardship, be it illness, job changes, or a move. The Lord gives us the Holy Spirit to be our Counselor and Helper. He will never leave us nor forsake us, no matter what we may be going through. Amen.
Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. – Psalms 63:3 NIV
Jesus loved us more than life itself. We are wired for self preservation, so a love that deep is unusual.
Do we love Jesus more than life itself? Life is full of illness and trials, but also triumphs. We can be willing to give our lives over to Jesus, who sacrificed everything to save us.
I sometimes wonder if we will remember all of the hardships we suffered during this lifetime after we get to heaven. There will be no tears, illness, or even physicians in heaven. It is hard to imagine a life without hardships, but for God, nothing is impossible. Amen.
But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. – 1 John 1:7 NKJV
Jesus lights up our lives. When we fellowship with other believers of Jesus, we can learn and encourage each other.
We don’t have to have an exact duplicate of another person’s faith to fellowship.
Everyone’s relationship with Jesus is different, but one thing is the same: Jesus loves and saves all of us who believe in Him.
Sometimes we get caught up in doctrine and rules and forget that it is by grace we have been saved. We do good works because we love God and want to please Him, not because we are afraid. The Lord cleanses us, but He does not take away our choices. Amen.
Also He said to them, “In whatever place you enter a house, stay there till you depart from that place. And whoever will not receive you nor hear you, when you depart from there, shake off the dust under your feet as a testimony against them. – Mark 6:10-11 NKJV
Some of my friends haven’t accepted Jesus into their lives yet. I can still share with them my struggles. I can show compassion when they share their losses with me. We are all children of God.
Although I can’t convince everyone, I can share the good news about salvation through Jesus Christ in a subtle and respectful way. Jesus can close the sale with them if it is their choice to accept Him.
If they don’t ever tell us that they have decided to become a Christian, it is not a failure. God wants everyone to be saved, and we can’t read people’s thoughts, so we can’t make assumptions about their relationship with Him. He can work on their hearts. Amen.
He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. – Revelation 21:7 KJV
The sad thing about inheritance is that it is only possible after someone dies. The Lord, Jesus Christ, made a tremendous sacrifice for us so that we would be saved. He really loves us.
The Lord will make all things new: our minds, our bodies, and our spirits. He will renew us and restore us beyond our imagining. What a glorious day that will be! We have a kind and loving Heavenly Father who loves us more than life itself. Amen.
Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. – Jude 1:24-25 KJV
Sometimes we fall, but Jesus lifts us up and can keep us from falling again. He always has our back, and we can rely on Him. If we have a bad day, He makes the next day better.
He doesn’t focus on our faults; He wipes them clean.
He saves us from ourselves and our frustrations.
He is more than worthy of power, majesty, and praise. We can take joy that He is always at our side. Amen.
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. – Philippians 2:9-11 KJV
Jesus needed no earthly credentials to be exalted. He made Himself of no reputation while many others spent a lifetime building up their resumes. Jesus didn’t need an MD to be a healer. He didn’t need a PhD to become a teacher. Our Lord did not need to attend seminary to become a preacher. His name itself is holy.
At the crucifixion, Jesus offered up everything He possibly could…His own life, so that we could live. No greater sacrifice exists. We can be thankful for His life and purpose. We can trust in Him.
As I drive the final stretch of my move to Idaho today, I reflect on the day that Jesus rested in the grave on the Sabbath. He endured so much for us and I am thankful. Amen.
For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him – 2 Corinthians 5:21 KJV
How incredibly lucky we are to have a Savior in Jesus! To have lived a life without sin, Jesus accomplished an amazing feat. But to lay down His life for our sake, there was no one more giving that Jesus to have lived on this Earth.
We can sing songs of praise and thank God for the doors He has opened for us. Because He lives, we can have eternal life.
The Lord gives us more than we ask or think. We don’t have to feel like we lack anything, because He is an amazing provider! He gives us a place to live, a loving family, and neighbors who help us. He blesses us each and every day with a new beginning.
As I drive today to Idaho, I thank God that this moving day falls on Good Friday. God is good! Amen.