Live For Christ

Either way, Christ’s love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life. He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.
~ 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 [NLT] 

Consider your behavior.  What controls you?  Are you compelled by anxiety, addiction, anger, or self-reliance? When we become followers of Jesus it is God’s love that should be the guiding force in our lives.  Allow him to take control over the areas of your life you find you are struggling.

Daily Comfort

“Now the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest. Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water’s edge, the water from upstream stopped flowing. So the people crossed over.”
~ Josh 3:15-16

God does not open paths for us in advance of our coming. He does not promise to help before help is needed. He does not remove obstacles out of our way before we reach them. Yet when we are on the edge of our need God’s hand is stretched out to help us.

Many people forget this, and are forever worrying about difficulties which they foresee in the future. They expect that God is going to make the way plain and open before them, miles and miles ahead; whereas he has promised to do it only step by step as they move on.

There is a Scripture promise which reads: “When you go through deep waters and great trouble I will be with you.” You must get into the deep waters before you can claim this promise. Many people dread death, and lament that they have not “dying grace.” Of course they will not have dying grace when they are in good health, in the midst of life’s duties, with death far in advance. Why should they have it then? Grace for duty is what they need then living grace; then dying grace when they come to die. When their feet are dipped in the brim of Jordan, the torrent will sink away!

Daily Treasure

Watchfulness

Blessed are those servants, whom the Lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.

~Luke 12:37

Arm me with jealous care,  
As in thy sight to live:  
And oh, thy servant, Lord, prepare,  
A strict account to give.  
  
Help me to watch and pray,  
And on thyself rely;  
Assured if I my trust betray,  
I shall for ever die.

Be Content

Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. ~ Philippians 4:11 [NLT]

Could you learn to be content without a new car, iPhone, or house?  If we let them, our desires begin to control us with a never ending thirst that can’t be quenched.  It is a daily struggle to consistently trust that God will provide for our needs as He has promised.  We can learn to be content when we rely on God’s promises daily.  When you find yourself wanting something today, try practicing contentment with what you have.

Evening Prayer

SERVE GOD, NOT MONEY 
Luke 16:13; 1 Timothy 6:10

In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You

I pray that you will love God and know that He is your provider. May you not love money nor be eager for it, for this may cause you to wander from your faith. I pray that you will guard your heart from the love of money for this is idolatry and will take the place of God. May you remember that no one can serve both God and money, for loving money is the root of all kinds of evil. I pray that you will allow Him to take His rightful place in your heart, as your only Master.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Live Loved

Whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.
~ JOHN 11:26

God’s Loving Welcome

I love to hear my wife say “whoever.” Sometimes I detect my favorite fragrance wafting from the kitchen: strawberry cake. I follow the smell like a bird dog follows a trail until I’m standing over the just-baked, just-iced pan of pure pleasure. Yet I’ve learned to still my fork until Denalyn gives clearance.

“Who is it for?” I ask.

She might break my heart. “It’s for a birthday party, Max. Don’t touch it!”

Or she might throw open the door of delight. “Whoever.” And since I qualify as a “whoever,” I say “yes.”

Whoever. The pronoun is wonderfully indefinite. After all, who isn’t a whoever?

The word sledgehammers racial fences and dynamites social classes. It bypasses gender borders and surpasses ancient traditions. Whoever makes it clear: God exports his grace worldwide. For those who attempt to restrict it, Jesus has a word: Whoever.

Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven” 
~ Matthew 10:32 [NIV]

“Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it” ~ Matthew 10:39 [NIV]

“Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother” 
~ Mark 3:35 [NIV]

“Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned” 
~ Mark 16:16 [NIV]

We lose much in life—sobriety, solvency, and sanity. We lose jobs and chances, and we lose at love. We lose youth and its vigor, idealism and its dreams. We lose much, but we never lose our place on God’s “whoever” list.

Whoever—God’s wonderful word of welcome.

~ 3:16: THE NUMBERS OF HOPE 

Heavenly Father, your welcoming love is so refreshing. When there are so many qualifications and restrictions to love here on earth, your love for anyone and everyone is touches our hearts. We praise you for loving us enough to send your Son to die for us. May we take advantage of every opportunity to tell others about your welcoming love, especially those who feel left on the fringes of life, amen.

“Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven.” 
~ MATTHEW 10:32 [NIV]  

“Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” 
~ MATTHEW 10:39 [NIV]

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Eternal Perspectives

When Christ’s followers rise, they shall leave the old Adam behind them. Blessed day! One of the happiest aspects of Heaven will be freedom from the tendency to sin, a total death to that old nature which has been our plague and woe.

~ Charles Spurgeon, [“The First Resurrection,” Sermon 391]