Sunday, April 16, 2017

He Is Risen

The gift of a lifetime
Undeserved grace
A debt I could never repay
The Savior of my faith

He is risen
From the grave
The tomb is empty
He has overcome

And just like the heart
He renewed in me
New life has come
All old has been swept away

He is risen
My Savior, my King
The tomb is empty
He has overcome

Love and mercy
Fill the kingdom
Heaven rejoices
For the King’s majesty is abundant

He is risen
Jesus Christ, Son of God
The tomb is empty
He has overcome


"He is not here: for HE IS RISEN, AS HE SAID. Come, see the place where the Lord lay."
-Matthew 28:6

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Pray For Someone


If there’s anyone you’ve been thinking of all day… If you’re focused on a certain someone that you can’t seem to forget.

If you want to reach out and touch a hand that you’re too far away to hold…

Pray.

Pray for someone.

Pray.

Prayer changes things even when that someone you’re praying for has no idea you’re even thinking about them.


“For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and His ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.”
- 1 Peter 3:12

Because you have been made righteous through faith in Jesus Christ (Romans 3:22), God will hear your prayers and requests.

Never accept that someone is too far gone to receive grace.

There is always hope.

All it takes is one word lifted up to heaven for the sake of someone who needs it.

That someone on your mind could be one powerful prayer away from a breakthrough.

So pray. 


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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Waiting


Patience is an interesting concept.

Most people would probably maintain that they’re pretty patient until being patient gets too hard.

It’s easy to get excited about your goals, dreams and aspirations. But it can be incredibly difficult to keep that enthusiastic outlook once you realize that it’s going to take longer than you thought it would to reach your destination.

The struggle can be so real and so grueling. Especially when you know how life changing an event could be if it would just occur.

But athletes don’t become physically fit overnight. It takes hard work, training and determination to build your body so that it can work at its best ability.

The work can get difficult and, at times, even overwhelming.

But once that goal is reached, all the work that led up to it starts to make more sense.

There’s a sense of gratefulness that comes to us when we discover that all the hardship, waiting and contending served a greater purpose in our life.


“But as it is written, eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.” 
- 1 Corinthians 2:9 (KJV)

God has many wonderful things prepared for those that love Him.

Many of these prepared things require that we, ourselves, be prepared before we can receive them.

If we don’t allow God to prepare us then we may not know how to handle our blessings when they finally come.

All the hard work we encounter in life isn’t meant to deter us from our destiny. It’s meant to push us forward and encourage us to work toward the height of our God given potential.

The waiting can be riddled with frustration, pain, impatience, tears and hopelessness.

But if we keep our eyes fixed on God, the waiting can transform us, make us spiritually and mentally stronger, empower us and enhance our faith in God’s ability to fulfill all of His promises to us.

Sometimes we give up too close to the time of our redemption.

If we can just hold on a little while longer, we’ll successfully reach our destination.

And little by little as we enjoy the rewards of our promise, we’ll understand just why things happened the way they did.

We’ll be grateful for the struggles and even the waiting.

Because without the waiting, we wouldn’t be so aware of how satisfying it feels to have a promise fulfilled.


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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Forgiven


I fail God daily.

Though I desire to please Him in every aspect of my life, I am still a fallible human being.

I often find myself going over my mistakes in my head. I sit and agonize over how imperfect I am.

I easily forget that it is not my job to be perfect.

It is my job to stay focused on the cross. It is my job to accept God’s perfect and pleasing will in my life.

It’s my job to love and be loved. It’s my job to drown myself in the magnificence of God’s Holy Word.

It’s my job to sing God’s praises morning, noon and night. It’s my job to spread the Gospel. It’s my job to spread the love of Jesus.

It has never been my job to be perfect. God knew when He formed me into existence just how imperfect I would be.

And yet He still loved me. He still sent His Son to die on the cross for my sins.

So that I would have the ability to be perfect – and yet – forgiven. 


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