I am currently watching Matthew with Bruce Marchiano portraying Jesus in the video series. Here’s a link to an article describing his journey as God prepared him for that role. Has God ever asked you to do something so outrageous as this? To PORTRAY JESUS to the world? In a much different day-to-day way, isn’t that exactly WHAT is God asking YOU and ME to do?
Easter is often called Resurrection Day. We are reminded that the Lord has done what needed to be done, bridging the gap that Adam and Eve left behind. There are no works you can do to bridge that gap yourself. He lived. He died. He arose from the dead, leaving an empty tomb. And He is coming again for His own. O what a glorious day that will be! Have YOU responded to His call to be His child, so you will be able to hear when He asks you to do something outrageous?
There is ONLY ONE WAY to the Savior
What if you are NOT His own? There is only ONE WAY to Heaven. ONE WAY to salvation. JESUS is that ONE WAY. He offers you salvation through believing and receiving that He is the One way for you to be His Child.
- Receive the GIFT offered
- Receive the GIFT of salvation
- Receive the GIFT of eternal life
ACCEPT that the price has already been paid
- ACCEPT that you cannot earn it
- TRUST that it is finished
- BELIEVE that nothing more is required
How did we get in this mess?
It is because Adam and Eve did not trust God but believed satan instead. Adam and Eve messed up the Paradise God had created for them. That is why Jesus BECAME the sacrificial Lamb to make atonement for the sin nature which resides in all of us. God says in Romans that ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. You fall short. I fall short. Adam and Eve fell short. Only One person did NOT fall short…JESUS!
Jesus already did it all
His ultimate sacrifice on the Cross made a way where there was no other way.
The work is done.
PLEASE believe and receive the GIFT of eternal life that is offered to you. Don’t delay. This is serious! Especially in these perilous times during the Corona Virus Worldwide Epidemic, you never know what a day can bring. And to you who already have surrendered your life to Him, live each day as if it were your last. As if you will be seeing Him face-to-face TODAY. Because that could happen.
Don’t waste your sorrows. What would your life be like if you thought of any suffering you or your loved ones are experiencing, as the privilege of participating in Christ’s suffering. They are lessons to guide you to a deeper walk with Him. A closer relationship. Live each day with an active expectation of the second coming. Glory!
“Lord, we grieve over the suffering of our brothers and sisters…and we pray for continued steadfastness in the faith.”
March 2020 Encounter With God Devotional
- Embrace the GIFT
- Rest in Him
- Walk out of the penalty of the shadow of death into His glorious light
- After you CHOOSE to become His fully devoted follower, then LIVE like you believe you have been saved, and are saved for eternity
- Each day, let your heart’s attitude be one of gratitude to the Lord for ALL His benefits
And now we wait.
With all the hysteria today about the Virus that has descended upon the world, we wait in hope for the Lord’s return.
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Our world is in a mess
And yet, I am encouraged. Odd? Let’s look at what is going on. Everywhere we look, things are changing. Like the picture here, even church parking lots are empty. Life is confusing and a bit difficult to navigate. All things are different than they were even just a couple months ago. We pray. We order supplies. We try to encourage those around us. We have to find new ways to do everything that needs doing. And all while practicing “Social Distancing”.
It can be easy to get distracted
“Faith feels. But feelings can never produce faith…Faith knows God truly but not fully.” (Anchor Devotional March 2020). We cannot know what God knows in the way that God knows it. We do what we can do and we leave to God what only God can do. We put our faith in what Jesus has already done; and we put our HOPE in Him.
The feet of faith is HOPE
Yes. When we feel fearful, we remember we put our faith in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and ONLY in Jesus Christ. In times like these, when it is a bit scary, we remember. It’s a journey. One step at a time. HOPE is what makes us long for His return. It is like watching out a window for a loved one to return. We wait.
What an amazing time to be alive
It is all so hard, and yet, when we look below the surface, Philippians reminds us that God truly is working all things for good… but, we are also reminded that that working for good is conditional. That promise is for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. This is a great time to re-evaluate our relationship with God.
We are coming up on the Palm Sunday/Easter weeks in the United States. Such a special season for the Followers of the Way.
The issue of faith is not so much whether we believe in God, but whether we believe the God we believe in.
– R. C. Sproul
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What do we do while we wait?
O that Christians would learn to live with one eye on Christ crucified and the other on His coming Glory. –Richard Baxter
The Easter season. Passover. Remember I said in the first sentence that I am encouraged? Here’s how and why: As followers of Christ, we are victors; and part of being a victor is making well-thought out choices. So…
As we sit in our homes and model the faith for our children and try not to worry during this “Pandemic”, we can make some important and lasting choices…
Let’s get practical. Here’s some things I’ve been doing & you can too:
- Anoint the doorposts with olive oil (Praying for the protection of our homes by the Blood of Jesus Christ. Remembering Passover.)
- Memorize Psalm 100 (Such a joyous psalm.) And speaking it out loud often.
- Create acronyms of Names/Attributes of God ( A – Z) You can even make a game of it. Or a poster. Together.
- I made posters for each room of my apartment. I wrote: S M I L E and a big happy face under the word (I was forgetting to smile).
- Tired of singing the 20 second happy birthday song, I learned an alternative from mcleanbible.org . (To be sure I washed my hands long enough to get rid of the germs. AND to keep my focus on God.) I put it on an index card that I placed where I wash my hands.
Here’s what it says:
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(Jesus said) “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
Go, therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
teaching them to observe all that I commanded you, and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
– Matthew 28:18b-20 (NAS)
I’m praying for you as I am typing this.
Keep looking UP, brave warrior. The Lord is on your side!
Let me know how you are doing. I really want to know.
Awaiting His shout,
Christian Life Coach
Leading from Your Strengths Mentor