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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.
And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said unto his disciples, “Ye know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.” – Matthew 26:1-2 KJV
Unlike us, Jesus could predict the future. He knew exactly what would happen at the cross. Did He experience fear? He accepted the anointing of oil on His feat, because He knew it represented preparation for His burial. Did Jesus fear death the way we do? Did He experience sorrow when one of His own close friends and disciples betrayed Him? How humbling it must have been to realize that He could not trust all twelve of His disciples fully after all the time He had spent with them.
Every breath we take is a blessing. Every moment that we spend with our loved ones is to be cherished. Jesus knew that the quality time that He spent with others was worth it. What an incredible sacrifice He made for us! His righteousness is difficult to fathom, and we are saved because of it. Amen.
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that He lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, He made known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ. – Ephesians 1:7-10 NIV
Communication that Christ blesses brings unity. Where relationships were broken for reasons beyond our control because of the actions of others, the love of Christ brings us together.
Jesus forgives our sins. Through His stripes we are healed.
He wants to lavish grace on us, but we have to choose to receive it. Instead of listening to the grumbling thoughts that the devil puts in our heads, we can remember the Lord’s wisdom, understanding, and will.
Jesus fulfilled the purpose that God meant for Him to accomplish on Earth. We can pray daily to the Lord so that we may also fulfill the purpose He intends for us as well. A life of purpose brings happiness. Amen.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
The Lord’s plans for us are always better than we can imagine. He wants us to live in a wonderful home. He blesses our families and relationships. He gives us peace when we need it the most.
He gives us hope of salvation and eternal life.
When we consider how well God’s plans for us come to fruition, we can be joyful and grateful. He is a much better planner than we are!
He can heal the brokenhearted and mend damaged relationships. He knows what words to put into our months to bless our communications. He has the ultimate recipe for happiness. 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, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled that does not fade away, reserved in Heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. – 1 Peter 1:3-5 NKJV
Each one of us is a trust fund baby: we are heirs to an eternal inheritance through Jesus Christ. We are rich beyond measure!
Regardless of the trials we face in life, our Lord shows us mercy when we come to Him in prayer and trust Him.
It is our hope that we will see our loved ones who have passed away, not just in our dreams, but in Heaven on that glorious day. Salvation through faith is powerful. Amen.
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me, though he may die, he shall live. – John 11:25 NKJV
Jesus makes it possible for all of us who believe in Him to live after death.
Because of Jesus and the resurrection, life is not “nasty, brutish, and short” the way that philosopher, Hobbes said. Instead, Jesus has given us a second life.
Through one man, Adam, most everyone will suffer what it is like to die. Yet through one man’s sacrifice, Jesus, we are saved. Salvation is nothing less than a miracle.
Human beings, despite scientific advancements, will never be capable of generating everlasting life.
Science fiction paints a world where we have a future in which we figure out how to live forever, but the answer is simple. Jesus accomplished salvation for us. Amen.
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.
“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.