Saturday, April 8, 2023

April 8, 2023

Last night, we passed by a fatality on our way home after having dinner with some friends. We don't know what happened, but we could see a body lying on the road. They may have been crossing the street or possibly gotten thrown from a vehicle; it was dark, so your guess is as good as mine. Others were standing alongside the road; I don't know if they knew the person, but I began praying for them and the victim's family. One moment this person was alive and walking across the street, and seconds later, they were dead. That's how quickly it can happen. Did they know Jesus? There was no way for me to know, but I felt sad. Maybe God would have given me a sense of peace if Jesus had welcomed them into his arms.

We don't know when we will take our last breath, but it is comforting to know that when our flesh dies and we have accepted Jesus as our Savior, our spirit will live on in his presence. How sure are you that you will live on in Heaven when your body dies? If you're not sure, don't wait for another second! Trust him today. We are celebrating his resurrection tomorrow, and if you believe that he is alive and that his death on the cross was to save you from your sins, tell him that right now. You don't need a fancy prayer; tell him; he hears your every thought. Accept him now; tomorrow may be too late. 

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. John 3:16-18

Friday, April 7, 2023

April 7, 2023

One of the most precious days we hold in the highest regard is the day our sin was covered by Jesus’s death on the cross. Though it seems wrong to celebrate his death or to call it good, we know the rest of the story; it’s Friday, but Sunday is coming. Though the days seem long and quiet between his death and resurrection, the magnitude of what happened during that time has given us new life and freedom never before experienced by those who love the Almighty Creator. Every wrong you’ve done or experienced is now hidden and covered in the puddle of blood that drained from the body of Jesus, spilling onto the ground under his feet while he hung on the cross. As if that wasn’t enough, Jesus delivered all our sins to Hell and no longer remembers it, and death was overcome! Would a stranger do that for you? Absolutely not! Though many still don’t know Jesus, they are not strangers to him; He has known them since before creation. Take a moment today, rejoice, and be thankful for all Jesus has done. We are indeed a blessed people.

Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy. John 16:20

Thursday, April 6, 2023

April 6, 2023

The other night, we had some storm clouds brewing, but lately, they pass on by without leaving a drop. Rather than expect that they would pass, I gathered the towels hanging outside, believing the rain would fall and soak them. By the time I got back inside the house, the rain had begun to fall. I could have continued to believe that the clouds would pass and God’s blessing would miss us again; however, I put action to my hope, and my prayer materialized. I’ve prayed for rain; we needed it desperately. We can’t just think or say we believe; we must act upon it. How can you say you love the Lord without showing it? Faith without works is dead. You don’t have to work to be saved, but once saved, the Holy Spirit prods you and makes you want to work towards good. 

Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test! 2 Corinthians 13:5

Wednesday, April 5, 2023

April 5, 2023

Those who have been called to Christ may have to put up with a certain amount of discomfort or burden. Our calling prohibits us from becoming conceded or overly wrapped up in our own well-being. To keep us in check and remember who’s boss, we may have to live with a type of infirmity as Paul did so that he would rely entirely on God. Nevertheless, we should continue to pray for our healing as Paul did. He got an answer, but it probably wasn’t what he had hoped for.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

The way I look at it, I would probably be dead if I were pain-free. We have everything to boast about because we are children of the Most-High God, and our inheritance is immense, and with any inheritance, there comes a certain amount of burden. We often forget what’s waiting for us and continue to live for the world. Reevaluate the way you handle daily issues and allow the power of Christ to rest upon you, but most of all, remember that his grace is sufficient. 

Tuesday, April 4, 2023

April 4, 2023

We put up with a lot of garbage coming out of the secular world, and yet many look at the church with condemnation. Here we were, thinking America's country music was part of the conservative voice, only to find out that they, too, have been infiltrated by woke society. I knew it, but I was hoping there was still some good coming from that genre. They are the same as the rest of the entertainment industry; a product of evil. Don't be fooled by their use of God's name; their god differs from ours. Some may believe in the one true God, but when they use his name and plan to get drunk at a party afterward, you can bet they don't know my God! And I don't know many who know and love Jesus that will wear clothing that barely covers their private parts. I'm not going to lie and say that I hate it because I'm an artsy person who loves extraordinary and lavish costumes with glitzy shimmer, but enough is enough! We all need to wake up to the truth. It's time for us to stop putting up with such foolishness and turn away from worldly folly. Pray for God to help you stay on the path of righteousness and discern what is right in his eyes. 

For you gladly bear with fools, being wise yourselves! For you bear it if someone makes slaves of you, or devours you, or takes advantage of you, or puts on airs, or strikes you in the face. 2 Corinthians 11:19-20

Monday, April 3, 2023

April 3, 2023

There is a struggle in life, and we sometimes forget to thank God for it. Would you be where you are today if it weren't for those struggles? We all undergo periods of testing and refining; there is nothing new about that, but thanking God for them might seem odd, except that he's the one who allows it but also gets us through it. Each step we take in the refining process burns off the impurities and creates in us a clean heart that shines like gold and puts the spotlight on Jesus, which is our purpose, to show everyone how good he is and create righteous jealousy in others who are looking for more than this earthly life has to offer. So if you are struggling today and can't see a reason, seek God, submit to his will, and he will get you through it. No one loves us as he does, so go to him and ask him for help; he's waiting to hear from you today. 

In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:6-7

Sunday, April 2, 2023

April 2, 2023

Yesterday morning, a raccoon walked right by my door, only a few feet away from me. It was daylight, and he was hungry and looking for trash. Thankfully the dogs didn’t see him, or they would have awakened my husband with their barking. I’m sure he came in so close because if I don’t have time to take the trash to the road, I will sometimes leave it right outside my door. Though he startled me, he only did what a wild animal naturally does. 

That raccoon was like thoughts we get when we don’t control our minds. The enemy comes close because we’ve had similar trashy ideas, and he thinks he can conquer us by captivating our attention. When that raccoon went by, I was reading and meditating on God’s word, and immediately, my thoughts were distracted by the raunchy trash picker. My dogs would have gone berserk if I had reacted rather than calmly let it go without incident. The enemy will try to control you through your mind by putting things in front of you to cause your mind to wander into his territory. When you get wild, fleeting thoughts, don’t react; hold them captive and repent if necessary.

We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete. 2 Corinthians 10:5-6