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Eternal Life with Christ

 

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Revelation 1:18- “I am He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.”

 

Because Jesus took the cumulative sin of all mankind on himself at the crucifixion, he was completely cut off and separated from God the Father. He was punished in hell for the past, present, and future sins of every man.

In order to be restored back into fellowship with His Father, he had to be “reborn.” Revelation 1:5 says Jesus was the “first begotten from the dead.” And, He is now seated at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.

When Jesus ascended, all believers were also brought to eternal life with Christ. That is why we are able to say, “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.”  Galatians 2:20.

All mankind was identified with Him in death, but only those who believe are identified with Him in His resurrection.

 

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Twenty Seconds Well Spent

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Psalm 55:17- “Evening and morning and at noon will I pray to the Lord, and cry aloud and he will hear my voice”

 

I am learning a lot as I spend an increased amount of “alone time” here at home.

The first thing I learned is that I’m not alone. I feel a deep and abiding joy as the Holy Spirit ministers to me.

The biggest thing I am learning is the importance of prayer in the life of believers. He is teaching me not just how to pray, but actually to pray more often and in every circumstance—for family, friends, and the people of the world.

Here’s an idea I’d like to pass along: as you spend your twenty seconds of hand washing time over the course of the day, send up a prayer and praise to the Heavenly Throne each and every time.

That’s it.

Nothing earth-shaking.

Or is it?

I can tell you, it’s rocking my world!

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Shine!

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Matthew 5: 14-16. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

 

God is light.

In HIM there is no darkness at all.

When we become a child of God, we bear witness to that light. We also become heirs to that light through Jesus Christ.

At this difficult time for all of us on this planet, it’s more important than ever to let our light shine before men.

That can mean serving in our communities, praying for people in all countries and giving our time and resources.

There are millions of people that need our prayers, our words of encouragement.

Because of technology, we are able to stay in our homes and still connect with others around the world.

Being proactive may bring a harvest of souls to Christ as we have never known before.

May our prayers be many and our lights shine brightly!

 

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Praise–Not Panic

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Psalm 28:7- The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.”

 

In these uncertain times, it’s easy to lose our tempers…become depressed…cast blame.

Satan wants nothing more that to use current world circumstances to drive a wedge between us and our Heavenly Father’s love.

Even though our circumstances have changed in the past few weeks, God has not.

He is our shield of protection against the enemy.

He remains strong when we feel weak.

He is able—and will—bring good out of our present world situation.

Let’s choose trust rather than turmoil.

Let’s choose praise instead of panic.

When we choose to praise God in the midst of life’s storms, we can find joy in spite of our circumstances. 

The apostle Paul told us that in good times, and bad, he learned to be content. 

His story encourages us to praise God for His goodness, grace, and love, even when what we are experiencing at the time may not be pleasant.

May our hearts leap with joy–today and always– as we praise our amazing God.

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RELAX. HE’S GOT THIS.

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Proverbs 3:5,6- “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

 

Are you worried? Frustrated? Agitated?

You know our Heavenly Father will take care of you.

But, do you find it hard to trust?

Here’s an idea I heard a few days ago on my local Christian radio station. It is so simple and practical that it bears repeating.’’

Here is what a caller suggested doing:

At the top of a paper, write this heading: Things I Am Fearful of and/or Worried About.

Now, list them out. As many as you can think of…

When your list is complete, go back to the top of the page and erase the heading.

Replace it with these words: Things I Can Trust God With.

Then thank God for being in control of each and every situation. 

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Is Anger a Sin?

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                                       Ephesians 4:26a– “In your anger do not sin.

 

Mark pulled into the driveway after a long day’s work. The sun was already setting. So much for hitting a few golf balls before dinner. 

His boss had asked him to stop by his desk on his way out. Their discussion hadn’t been a pleasant one and it had lasted over an hour.

Now, with no way to release his frustration, he’d arrive home to face his wife’s need to vent after taking care of their nine-month old twins all day. He knew she wanted some adult conversation, but her complaints always sparked his anger. Didn’t she realize he wanted nothing more than a little peace and quiet, himself?

Yesterday, he’d blown up at her meaningless chatter. He regretted yelling… pushing her… storming out.

Mark’s Christian counselor said it was acceptable to have angry feelings. However, his behavior—his reaction—was what was sinful. He’d shared the verse from Ephesians.

Mark bowed his head before entering the house. Lord, I need your help to keep from overreacting. I don’t want to hurt my wife. Please calm me. Keep me from sinful behavior when our conversations get emotional. Help me show her love and grace.

 

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Design and Purpose

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Esther 4:14- “Perhaps this is the moment for which you have been created.”

 

When Bobby jumped into Atlantic Ocean’s choppy water to save the life of a stranger, no one was surprised.

His friends reported that he was “just that kind of guy.” 

He never hesitated to help others in need, give to a worthy cause, encourage those who were facing difficult life circumstances.

He shied away from attention, content to do humanitarian acts without accolades or fanfare.

At his funeral (age 32), the pastor quoted the verse from Esther. He reminded those at the service that God has a calling on each and every one of our lives—a design and purpose for everything we are.

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Is Your Heart Troubled?

 

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                                          John 14:1a- “Let not your hearts be troubled…”

 

One of the talk shows I watch regularly ends with this encouragement from the scriptures: “Let not your hearts be troubled.” 

The need for solace and peace is abundantly clear as each day’s news is presented and analyzed.

Couple that with our own personal problems and no wonder more people suffer from anxiety.

A mound of bills to pay, family relationships falling apart, health issues.

So how do we find true peace in these uncertain times?

First, rely on the Holy Spirit to bring us peace…the deep peace within that knows God is in control; not the peace that we feel we can create ourselves because that peace doesn’t last.

Second, rely on the encouragement of the scriptures and other believers. Renew our thoughts and minds, speaking the words aloud in moments of apprehension.

Thirdly, pray right away when the need arises. And keep praying throughout the day. Pour out your fears to Jesus. Lay your burdens at his feet. And, once you feel your anxieties lift, resist the desire to take them back up again and worry about them. 

Claim victory over them in the name of Jesus Christ.

 

 

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Too Wonderful for Words

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Psalm 145:5– “They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty— and I will meditate on your wonderful works.”

 

One of my favorite songs, growing up, was from an old movie I saw on a Saturday afternoon as I babysat for the neighbors.

Once I got the kiddos down for their naps, I turned on the television. I’ve long since forgotten who sang the song, but this young teenage girl swooned at the words, “You’re just too wonderful. Too wonderful for words.”

These words apply to human (and perhaps idealistic) love, but let’s see how they apply to our Lord and Savior.

Besides today’s verse in Psalms, other verses use synonyms for wonderful: marvelous, glorious, awesome—to describe Him:

Job 37:5– “God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding.”

Psalm 111:3– “Glorious and majestic are his deeds, and his righteousness endures forever.”

Psalm 47:2– “For the Lord Most High is awesome, the great King over all the earth.”

The Bible tells us that God is our “first love” worthy of our love and praise. So, as you worship Him today, let’s tell Him that He is marvelous, glorious, awesome, and “too wonderful for words.”

 

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Hiding God’s Word in Our Hearts

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Psalm 119:11- Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

 

The Bible says scripture is more desirable than gold and sweeter than honey. Each page is filled with eternal truth and wisdom. So what is the value of memorizing God’s Word?

1- The deeper we know God, the deeper we know his will for us.

2-The Word has power! If you are fighting against a specific sin, hiding God’s Word in your heart will help you overcome temptation.

3-Keeping Scripture at the forefront of our minds helps us receive spiritual transformation from Almighty God.

4-Having God’s Word fresh in our minds, will help us avoid temptation.

5-The Word will bring us hope and greater communion with God.

6-Scriptures help us understand the heart and desires of God.

7- When we memorize Scripture, we can readily share the salvation message with unbelievers and help them understand their sin and need for a Savior.

8-The Bible is a book of tremendous wisdom that can have an impact on every area of our lives. By memorizing Scripture we are able to have wisdom with us at all times.

9-When we have verses committed to memory, we can more easily encourage other believers in the truth.

Let’s challenge ourselves to memorize just one verse each week. Start with short verses that “speak” to us, and gradually work our way up to more challenging ones. God will honor our commitment by blessing us with a closer walk with him.

 

 

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