I write this, dear children, to guide you out of sin. But if anyone does sin, we have a Priest-Friend in the presence of the Father: Jesus Christ, righteous Jesus. When he served as a sacrifice for our sins, he solved the sin problem for good—not only ours, but the whole world’s. – 1 John 2:1The Message
Our roof has a leak which can be really maddening whenever it rains. My husband and friend have tried to fix it a couple of times, but it still finds a way to drip. So we will have to pay the big price for replacing the roof on that side of the house. That will take care of the ongoing problem.
The sin in our life is also continual as we try to fix wrong choices made. The patch jobs we apply just don’t work to fix the problem. It still is leaking from us. It took a big price to fix the sin problem in our lives. Jesus was the only way it could be done. The cost of his suffering and death brought a return of redemption that is priceless.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for paying the price for my sin. It’s a price I can never repay, so I will give of myself to you and carry the cross in this life with you. Amen
Faith Tip: God has set you free from your imprisonment … walk in freedom today and share the hope you have with others.
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” – Isaiah 6:8
When it comes to being asked to go on a road trip, to a concert or restaurant that is to my liking, I am the first to say, “I’ll go.” When the topic of discussion is dentist visits, heavy manual labor, or talking to strangers, there is a definite pause in my response. Obviously, I put myself first when considering my actions.
The Lord calls us to many different places and scenarios. Some are good and pleasing to us and some will take great effort on our part, or quite frankly, scare us. As long as we are sitting on the boat of “what does this mean for me,” we will not be walking on water with Jesus. We must refocus our mind and soul to God and our response to his call will be quick and confident.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for helping me grow in responding to your call. I trust you and know you have a bigger purpose than I could imagine. Amen
Faith Tip: Is the Lord knocking on the door of your heart to do something, but you haven’t answered yet? Sit at Jesus’ feet for awhile and focus only on him.
Then God gave Christ the highest place
and honored his name above all others.
So at the name of Jesus everyone will bow down,
those in heaven, on earth, and under the earth.
And to the glory of God the Father
everyone will openly agree, “Jesus Christ is Lord!” – Philippians 2:9-11 CEV
Agreements come in different shapes and sizes. Today I have already agreed to meet people at certain times and places. I agreed with my husband this morning regarding a financial decision. This has been so far an agreeable day.
Watching the news, I can see that there are many who are not in agreement with circumstances. There is major disunity in some situations that are heartbreaking. Fighting, bitterness, anger and more are the result of not being in agreement.
There will be a day when everyone will be in agreement of who Jesus is. In comparing today the different beliefs about Jesus, it’s hard to imagine what it will be like when all people will declare that Jesus Christ is Lord. For some, it will be too late, but they will know without doubt who Jesus is. That makes the sharing of the message very important.
Prayer: You are Lord. I have no doubt about the day when all will bow and declare your holy name. I pray for opportunities today to share that good news. Amen
Faith Tip: Agreement brings reconciliation. Be a part of the solution today.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33
This morning the news played clips from events in 2011, and unfortunately, most were frightening and horrific. It’s hard to imagine all of these things happening in one year’s time. There were losses, swindles, earthquakes, tsunamis, war, bombs, murders, and more. What hope does this world have in face of all the darkness?
Jesus is our hope, light and salvation. He knew things would appear dark and told us so. Of all the things that have happened and will still occur, Jesus has victory over them all. We need to remember to takes our eyes off from focusing on what we can see around us and stare into the heart of Jesus. That is where we will find peace that passes understanding.
Prayer: Thank you, Jesus, for being the prince of peace no matter what happens in the world. I pray that I can cling to you when troubles surround me. Amen
Faith Tip: As you think about the last year, celebrate and mourn the events in your life. Then look ahead to a new year of possibilities with Jesus as your guide.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. – 1 Peter 1:3-5
Thinking back on Christmases I have experienced in the past and all the wonderful gifts I have been given, most of those gifts I no longer have because of time that has passed and how the item has faded, broken, or perished some other way. The gifts were great when I received them, but they aren’t made for forever.
Jesus is forever. The gift we receive in Jesus will never fade, break or perish. It is always like brand new. With Jesus, you are encouraged to regift his grace and mercy for it will never go stale.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the wonderful gift of Jesus. I pray that I can share my gift with others and share the inheritance and the hope. Amen
Faith Tip: Share the gift of Jesus today with those you meet today.
I ask—ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for his followers, oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him—endless energy, boundless strength! – Ephesians 1:17-19 The Message
In interviewing a client yesterday, it was such a joy to listen and watch them express the work God has done in them. They feel so confident that they are going in the right direction of God’s calling even though they don’t know exactly how it will all turn out. To know the challenges they have experienced over the last couple of years and to see them now smiling, laughing and just feeling positive about their future is such a blessing. They are trusting God with their all.
God has a perfect plan for all of us. Some of that plan will be played out today. As we come closer to God seeking him, he is faithful in revealing our next step in the plan. As we obediently follow him, we will experience his lavish work in our lives and know it is from him. This will give us more reason to praise and worship him and the endless energy to do it.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I praise you for the wonderful works you do in my life and the lives around me. Thank you for your Holy Spirit that enables me to see with open eyes your work more clearly and give you the praise you so deserve. Amen
Faith Tip: Seek God today in prayer and in his Word. There’s a message for you today. Pray for enlightenment and be ready to receive.
Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” – Matthew 16:13-15
In my journey with Christ, I continually learn more about who I am, which is important as I serve him. More important is who I say Jesus is. I have learned through challenges in life that those are the times when questions arise for me and I learn who Jesus is and what does that mean for my life.
Struggles bring us to the end of ourselves. When we stopping looking at how we are going to fix a situation and look for direction from God, we will become empowered and provided for. It may not be done in the way we expect or desire, but it will be done. Through difficult experiences, we learn who Jesus is in a new and deeper way that we will carry the rest of our lives into eternity.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for loving me enough to allow tough situations in my life so that you can show me who you are in wonderful ways. I pray that I draw closer to you through these journeys and not turn away because of pain. Amen
Faith Tip: As life get harder, get closer to Jesus through prayer and reading his word. God desires your presence. Put into words who Jesus is to you.