Thursday, March 1, 2018

Do You Know That You Are Loved?

     Do you know that you are loved?  If you have a relationship with Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you are loved more than you can imagine.  That being said, to know how much you are loved you need to be "rooted and established" in that love.  That doesn't happen by accident.  To obtain this knowledge of being loved you must spend time with the One who loves you so.

     Thankfully, God doesn't leave us alone to grasp this knowledge.  He  has given us His word, access to Himself through prayer in the Name of His Son, Jesus Christ, and fellowship with other believers to help us grow in this knowledge.  It is in spending time reading His word, speaking and LISTENING to Him through prayer, and gathering together with "all the saints" that we come to know the "fullness of God".

     I spent over 30 years in a marriage where I was not loved.  As I look back over that time I am amazed to see how God's love for me shines through especially in the darkest moments.  It is wonderful at this stage in my life to know how much I have been, am, and will be loved by my heavenly Father.  Nothing can change that.  No one can change that.  I am loved!  So are you!

     Please, if you don't know this amazing One who loves you so seek Him out. He has promised us that:

If you do know Him, continue to seek Him.  I can assure you from my own life experience that He will reveal more and more of Himself to you.  You will "be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God".

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Peace Not of this World!

    With these words Jesus reminds me that I will not have peace in this world.  We pray for peace which is good but as long as Satan has his way there will not be lasting peace in the world. 

     True peace in my life can only come through a relationship with Jesus Christ thanks to His death and resurrection.  When I in faith accepted His gift of salvation He sent the Holy Spirit to dwell within me and to produce fruit in my life.

     As I spend time with God in prayer and scripture this fruit grows and permeates every aspect of my life.  It is only through His presence that my life can reflect love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control.  

     When Jesus returned to His Father He left His followers the gift of peace.  Therefore nothing that happens in this world should trouble or alarm me.  Move me to share Jesus with the world?  Definitely!  Wring my hands and live in fear?  Absolutely not!

     Do you have this peace that is beyond all understanding?  If not, I pray you will seek Jesus out.  He has promised that when you seek you will find.  Seek Him today.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Peter's Example

     In Matthew 16:15-16 Peter had the correct answer. He confessed his belief in who Jesus is. What a marvelous testimony from this man who gave up all to follow Jesus.
     However, just a few short verses (21-23) later Peter is rebuked by the same One he had just confessed to be the Son of God:
     From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.” But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”
     I don't know about you but this gives me hope for myself. One moment my faith is strong as can be and the next I'm wondering if God hears me. We know the rest of the story. Peter becomes the leader of Christ's church, a missionary spreading the gospel of Christ, and suffers death because of his great faith.
     I believe Peter's example is given in scripture to encourage and teach me that if God can and will do this for Peter He can do what He wants with me. I just have to be willing to serve Him. He takes care of the rest.
     He can and will do the same for you.