Saturday, April 16, 2022

April 16, 2022

It was a quiet day after all the activity surrounding Jesus’s crucifixion. His body lay in the tomb. He was alone, except for the guards posted outside. They were there to keep the disciples from carrying off his body, but I bet they thought they could stop Jesus from exiting when he came back to life, as he said. They had seen the miracles he had performed, but they dismissed the truth. The enemy uses weak humans to do his bidding, and they fall in line with his plan. He still whispers into the ears of the unsuspecting, making them doubt the story of Jesus, and yet they call us gullible. We’ll see in due time. Until then, I will keep believing in my Savior. My sins were many, and he cleaned up every one of them, and his purity envelopes me and covers those sins. Rest assured, my fellow Christians, we will dwell in the house of the Lord forever, and Jesus is our guarantee.

Pilate said to them, “You have a guard of soldiers. Go, make it as secure as you can.” So they went and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone and setting a guard. Matthew 27:65-66

Friday, April 15, 2022

April 15, 2022

I'm offended by the term "Good Friday." It goes against my heart, and I feel repulsed by it. Whoever came up with the label couldn't have loved Jesus. I mourn on this day and find no glory in it. I'm disturbed that Jesus had to endure our filth. However, I am grateful to him for what he did, but my heart breaks every time I read the account of his suffering. Nothing can compare to the love he showed us by giving his life for the redemption of our sin. Today, I mourn in remembrance of my Savior but come Sunday, I will rejoice because he overcame the darkness of death to give us hope for an eternity spent with him. 

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13

Thursday, April 14, 2022

April 14, 2022

If a friend has ever betrayed you, then you may understand how painful it is. Richard and I had this happen to us during the time when his dad passed away. We considered this couple our friends, but obviously, they didn’t feel the same way. We were grieving the loss of a parent, but we were also grieving the loss of a friendship. We were not on the same page spiritually or politically, but we overlooked that out of love; and who knows, maybe someday they would have come to know Jesus because of that love. It’s still harrowing for us. If we are still feeling that pain months later, imagine how Jesus felt knowing Judas was going to betray him unto death. We have to be thankful they didn’t turn us over to be killed, even though it feels like a part of us died inside. When we accept Jesus as our savior and continue to sin, aren’t we betraying him? We’ve thrown his sacrifice out the window like it never happened. Imagine his pain and how it cuts clear to his heart.

Today, as we celebrate Passover, remember Jesus’s heartbreak, and do your best to avoid betraying him with your sin.

For the Son of Man goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom he is betrayed!” Luke 22:22

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

April 13, 2022

As we continue to honor Jesus this week for what he did for us on the cross, we must remember we still live in the territory of Satan. He is the same being that lied to the officials about what Jesus was going to do, causing them to go after him. The governments of the world haven’t changed. As more information comes to light concerning what they are doing at the guidance of Satan, we must persevere in the fight. Continue to reach out to God in prayer; he is the only one who can save us from all the madness. The author of confusion is roaming around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Who’s it going to be today? What lie are they pushing to try and control the masses? Are we going back to the Covid narrative because it worked before? Or do they have something else up their sleeve? I’m so over this! It’s time for the followers of Christ to start listening to him, tune into the Holy Spirit, and follow his direction for your life. No one is looking out for you but Jesus. The truth is coming into the light. Will you believe it, or will you continue to believe the cycle of lies? It’s up to you to discern the truth. Pray for the Holy Spirit to help you; your life may depend on it.

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

April 12, 2022

Holy Week is a time to reflect on how amazing Jesus is and how grateful we are for him delivering us from our sins. As a person who loves to garden, I see a lot of parallels between gardening and what he did for us. For example, the weeds and vines tend to take over if they are allowed to grow unkempt like sin and can strangle the plant you want to grow. However, when the gardener, Jesus, keeps the weeds under control, the plantings, me and you, become strong and flourish. With a bit of fertilizer, prayer, and a healthy amount of water, the Bible, we can live for eternity, create beautiful blooms and produce food for the lost. Keep tending your garden, my friends; this is a sinful world, and it needs Jesus.

I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5

Monday, April 11, 2022

April 11, 2022

During the week leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus, he took action that is important for us to remember. After he was presented as King in the procession into Jerusalem on what we call Palm Sunday, he spent the night in Bethany. The next day, on the road back to Jerusalem, he came across a fig tree that didn’t have fruit, and he cursed it. I would not want to be cursed like that fig tree for not bearing fruit! It wasn’t the season for the fig tree, which makes me think that we had better bear fruit in every season! 

In the morning, as he was returning to the city, he became hungry. And seeing a fig tree by the wayside, he went to it and found nothing on it but only leaves. And he said to it, “May no fruit ever come from you again!” And the fig tree withered at once. Matthew 21:18-19

After that, he headed to the temple to teach, and once again, they were selling their products, and he ran them out! We are the temple and the house of prayer! Bear fruit and keep it clean! We need to get this right; Jesus is free to everyone, and we shouldn’t make him a business for profit, and we should be skeptical of anyone who does.

And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold, saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a den of robbers.” Luke 19:45-45

Sunday, April 10, 2022

April 10, 2022

Today is the perfect day to cover Haggai; it's Palm Sunday! Haggai was instructed by God to encourage the people to rebuild the temple. They were only concerned about their own well-being and the construction of their homes. I know from experience that God gives us tasks to concrete our understanding of what is important to him. It's not about the building, never has been; it's about building our relationship with him and doing what is right in his eyes. He wants the same for us as he did in that day, and he promised a shaking.

For thus says the LORD of hosts: Yet once more, in a little while, I will shake the heavens and the earth and the sea and the dry land. And I will shake all nations, so that the treasures of all nations shall come in, and I will fill this house with glory, says the LORD of hosts. Haggai 2:6-7

He plans to empty the coffers of the evil empires, "the nations," and pour all the money into his church. It's the same today as it was then. It is essential that we are prepared but increasing our righteousness, draw closer to God, turn our backs on our sin, and worship him like never before. So today, we celebrate as we usher in Jesus and honor him by recognizing that he is our foundation. Upon him, we will build our temple.