Thursday, April 17, 2014

He Is Not Here

A big Thank You to our good friend BB who sent this to us via email.
 
 
He is not here; He has risen, as He said [He would do].  Come, see the place where He lay. -Matthew 28:6
 
Jesus was crucified, but He is not on the cross any longer.  He is seated in heavenly places with His Father and He's also lifted us out of the ordinary, out of negative thinking, guilt and shame.  He took our sin to the cross to defeat it.  It has no power over us--and now we can live in the joy of His resurrection.  Because Jesus lives, we can overcome every challenge that the world presents to us.  We can live on the resurrection side of the cross.
Adapted from
Joyce Meyer's devotional Love Out Loud
 
Because He Lives
 
God sent His Son...they called Him Jesus...He came to love, and heal, and forgive... He lived and died to buy my pardon...An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives.
 
Because He lives...I can face tomorrow...Because He lives all fear is gone...Because I know...He holds the future...and life is worth the living just because He lives!
 Gloria Gaither
William J. Gaither
 
May God continually surround you with His choice blessings today and everyday.
 
Mary
 

Monday, March 31, 2014

The One and Only

Why did Christ spend time and energy performing miracles of healing on such temporal bodies?  Probably for three primary reasons.
 
1.  Because He could.
 
2.  Because He is compassionate.
 
3.  Because the miracles helped authenticate the messenger.
 
 Preaching the good news of the kingdom of God was Christ's absolute priority.


 
 
One of the biggest temptations even mature believers face is being sidetracked by the urgent.  Many situations need our attention.  They tempt us to let them steal our focus.  Christ may have faced the same temptation when people came to Him and tried to "keep him from leaving them."

Now when it was day, He departed and went into a deserted place.  And the crowd sought Him and came to Him, and tried to keep Him from leaving them.
Luke 4:42

The people's attempts to hold onto Christ may not have been limited to just the vocal and emotional.  They may have hung onto Him physically too.  How His heart must have broken for them.  Yet He knew the best thing He could do for them was to stay true to His mission.

He had a job to do.

He ignored neither the urgent need not the ultimate goal ~ but He never allowed the former to hinder the latter.

Todays Inspiration:
Jesus, 90 Days With The One and Only
Beth Moore

Are we guilty of letting life hinder our ultimate goal?  I know I am.  I love this scripture, a constant reminder of what we should be doing at all times!

I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:14

Amen!

 
 Until Next Time
Let's be pressing forward!

Mary