During this Holy Week, let’s reflect on Jesus, how He was crucified on the cross for our sins and made us clean. Isaiah 1:18 says "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow. Through His blood we are cleansed and made whole. And that is the gift of salvation for all mankind.
John 3: 16
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). We need Jesus for our salvation. We cannot be saved by good works. We are born-again when we give our lives to Jesus and be baptized with His Holy Spirit. We do good works because He lives in us.
If you have not said yes to Jesus yet, open your heart and receive Him, and receive this gift of salvation that is free for all. Now is the time, cease the moment. Jesus is the only answer. He is the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through Him (John 14:6).
Receive Him and be saved, draw close to Him and receive fresh anointment on your life.
Whether you know it or not, you are chosen by God to fulfill His calling upon your life.
“Who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
In the book of Esther, we see how God has chosen Esther to save her people. She obeyed every step of His plan, even though she didn’t know if she could make a difference. She fasted and prayed, and sought God’s voice in her life.
Discipline your life and listen to God’s still voice and follow His plan for you. He has uniquely gifted us to do something for His kingdom. God has given us talents, and when we use them for His glory and multiply the talents, He will say well done and bless us with more (Matthew 25: 21, 29).
You are uniquely created and whatever talent He has given you, He can use it for His glory.
Whether we see it or not, the Lord is always guiding our path. It’s our choice to listen and obey, and follow His path. In the past, He has faithfully led us through the difficult times and in future He will continually guide us and provide for us.
Isaiah 58:11 says,
The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.
Water is essential for living. Sometimes our lives lack water specially in tropical sun scorched times. We cannot make water for ourselves. Only God can provide us mound springs in a desert. He not only provides but also strengthens our body.
When we have the hand of God on our lives, we are like watered garden that has continual flow of water no matter what the season might be. Since we are in Christ, we are like spring whose waters never fail. The Lord is our unfailing spring forever. Amen!
As humans, we are all broken and need healing at some point of our lives. Lots of times, we try to fix it ourselves by figuring it out in our own mind. But the thought process will keep going and there is no resolution. Instead of getting resolved, it agitates us and creates anxiety and misery.
As believers of Christ we need to first consult our heavenly physician for our brokenness instead of seeking human wisdom and our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5). Trust God and seek Him earnestly and He will heal you. His word declares in Psalm 30:2 O LORD my God, I cried to You for help, and You healed me.
Jesus healed every disease and sickness among the people (Matt 4:23). He also healed them spiritually and emotionally by forgiving their sins (Luke 5:20). He will heal you.
The name, Jehovah-Rapha means ‘I am the Lord that heals you’ (Exodus 15:26). Our Lord will heal you emotionally, physically and spiritually. Seek Him for your healing and be filled with His peace.
What is our main purpose as a believer of Christ?
It is to preach the gospel and impact lives for Christ.
And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.
We can effectively preach the gospel of Christ right where we are, by living our lives that reflects Christ (Romans 12:2). Start investing into people around you and tell them about Christ or share a bible and get them connected to good bible believing bible studies.
And by investing into missions, allowing missionaries to do the same. Instead of buying an expensive cup of coffee, give it to missions that will have a greater impact for Christ. Jesus paid the price for our salvation (Romans 5:8). We can sacrifice few things in our lives and invest into His kingdom. Because this is the great commission for every Christian.
Spend time with Him in prayer and meditation and ask God to show you how you can be used in this great purpose. While we serve the Lord in humbleness, He will give us spiritual growth and maturity and help us to be content and, bless us supernaturally in all things (Romans 8:32).
God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.
When we worship our Lord in Spirit and truth, we need to do it with all our heart, soul and mind (Matt 22:37). Worshiping Him is not just praising Him on a Sunday morning but it needs to come deep down from our spirit (John 4:23). We need to have that inner desire to please Him and live for Him (Phil 1:21), being grateful and by glorifying Him (Psalm 86:12). Our lives need to reflect that we are His worshipers.
We worship Him not because He is blessing us but because He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is the name above all names. Exalt His holy name, because of who He is (Phil 2:9-11).
While you worship Him, forget everything that is around you and meditate on Him and seek His presence. We focus on Him alone and He becomes our center of attention because He is our only God (Exodus 20:3). Nothing will satisfy us more than worshiping Him radically.
When we worship Him radically, our life starts to reflect Him. We are not confused or insecure. Our life is content and complete in Him. For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things. (Psalm 107:9). Our desire is more heavenly focused than earthly. We hunger and thirst for His word and we long to listen to Him and obey. And He answers us through our worship to Him. So, let us all worship Him in the Spirit and truth.
The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.
We have an awesome God. He loves you and me unconditionally. His love is pure and truthful. He is longing to spend time with you. He is chasing after you to have relationship with you. He is ever present in our midst and He wants to save us. He wants to help us in our need.
When you submit to Jesus and allow Him to take over your life, He can do wonders and take away your anxiety and frustrations. The problems don’t seem to go away when you are living in this world. But with Jesus on our side we can overcome them. Leave your anxiety at the feet of Jesus and He will calm you and give you peace that surpasses all understanding (Phil 4:7).
When you go to Him and give your time, He rejoices with gladness and He quiets you by His love. He will rejoice over you with singing. Because He is our Father and we are His children. We belong to Him and, He cherishes and treasures us. There is no one like Him. Amen!
Life is full of ups and downs. Some days are busy and some days are quiet. Some days are rough and some days are smooth. When everything is going good, it’s easy to stay the course and focus on Jesus. When discouragements and disappointments come that’s when we try our minds to reason and try to resolve issues instead of looking up to Him.
When you feel, weak and beaten down, seek the Lord and ask Him to help you stay in His path. Pray earnestly and seek Him by saying, Psalm 17: 5 - Uphold my steps in Your paths, that my footsteps may not slip.
Take comfort in His word for it is true and powerful, which helps you to stay the course. He guards the paths of justice, and preserves the way of His saints (Proverbs 2:8).
Spending time with the Lord gives us the strength to stay the course. And relying, trusting and following His word guides us to live our life in His ways, for Psalm 37:23 says the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way.
Every day, spend time in His word and His presence and stay the course for the day of His coming is near.
When you don’t know what, the future holds, lean on God and have unrelenting faith in Him because He is the author and finisher of our lives and He knows our future.
2 Corinthians 5:7
For we walk by faith, not by sight.
What is faith? Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). We may not see what God’s plans are, but by putting our faith in Him we have the assurance of hope that He will take care of us.
Do not be disheartened by the circumstances or situations but believe in Him. When people thought that the synagogue leader’s daughter was dead. Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe” (Mark 5:36). When we believe in Him, miracles do happen. Jesus can turn things around quickly even after failure. Faith is just not believing but trusting Him with everything.
Some of us may doubt like how Thomas doubted and said “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe” (John 20:25). It’s easy to believe what we have seen. That’s when our faith comes into action. As believers, we need to walk by faith and not by sight.
When we don’t know what to do and where to go, seek His will.
Seek His will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
Sometimes we don’t have a clear vision of our path, the next steps to take. In those times, look up and seek God and His will. Luke 11:2 says And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. So, pray that His will be done in your life.
As believers, it is important for us to rely on God and His plans for us. His plans for us is to give us hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). Submit to Him and ask God to clear the fog and show you the clear path. God is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us (Ephesians 3: 20).
Accept whatever His will is, since we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28). We have the assurance in Him that He has the best plans for us and our future is bright when we are in His perfect will. Amen!