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As we come into another Easter-Resurrection season, let us remember what it is all about.
It’s about Jesus:
It’s about the Jesus we need, not the Jesus we want. It’s about the Savior of the world — the only One Who can save us from the penalty of sin, that which separates from God, Himself. Jesus came and died and was raised again so that we may have eternal life. Too many make Easter about family and eggs, instead of a time of reflection and remembrance of an incredible moment for all humanity. No other man has affected human life, human history, more than Jesus has.
Let us remember and be thankful for what He has done. Let us reflect and serve Him — His way, not our way. Let us remember His sacrifice by purposing to serve Him the way His word teaches us to serve Him. Let us show the world that we are so grateful for what He did for us that we would worship in His house not just this Sunday, but every Sunday. Let us learn His ways so we can serve Him properly. Let us repent for our sins in honor of His sacrifice, and purpose to live out His will, not our will. It’s about His desires, not ours. Let’s truly honor Him as we remember and are thankful for all He has done for us.
May God be glorified in our lives.
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Published on Monday, April 15, 2019 @ 7:09 AM CDT
Not My Will, But Thine
When someone surrenders to someone or something, it means they have ceased resisting an enemy or opponent, and have submitted to their authority. That is what God requires of us.
When we truly surrender to God, we are surrendering our instinctual interests, which can be selfish and destructive by nature. Surrendering ourselves to God is to pursue truth and righteousness above all else. This means to pursue His word (the Bible), and put it first in our lives. It means to put the word of God into practice in our lives — purposing to do what it teaches above all else — putting His thoughts, His ways of thinking and doing things above all else.
In order to surrender our lives to God, we must quit resisting Him, and submit every aspect of our lives to Him. Once we surrender our lives to Him, that’s when we will begin to experience His help and His blessings in our lives. So, I encourage you to surrender every area of your life to Him. Once we surrender our lives to Him, that’s when we will begin to experience His help and His blessings in our lives. So, I encourage you to surrender every area of your life to Him.
Examine your life today, and if there is an area you have not surrendered to Him, do it today. Don’t wait another moment. It’s not surrender unless you have unconditionally surrendered everything to His will. Stop resisting God and His word in your life.
Taste and see that the Lord is good!
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Published on Monday, April 8, 2019 @ 8:59 AM CDT
The Bible teaches us to trust in the Lord with all of our hearts, and lean not on our own understanding.
So, what does it mean to trust God, to trust someone else? Trust is the highest relationship with others. It means to have confidence in, to be secure, to feel safe. It means you believe what they tell you.
In our society, it is hard to fully trust anyone or anything. Marketers are trying to get us to trust in their products. Politicians are trying to get us to trust them enough to vote for them. Spouses want to be trusted.
The Bible teaches us not to trust in man. Why? People will disappoint you; they will let you down. But God will never disappoint or let you down. Jeremiah 17:5 — This is what the Lord says: “Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength and turn their hearts away from the Lord.” So, we are not to put our trust in people, but in God. Now we do trust people. We have to at times. Trust people will keep their word, do what they say. But we shouldn’t put our trust in them to the point we lose our faith and our trust in God. That’s what happens to so many. Someone will let them down, and then they get mad at God. That’s what the Bible is teaching. Yes, if people have proven themselves trustworthy, great. But eventually people will let you down, even when they don’t mean to.
God is trustworthy. Let’s begin to believe everything He says, and learn to trust Him totally.
Just a thought,
Published on Monday, March 25, 2019 @ 7:48 AM CDT
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