Alive

They said his body was missing, and they had seen angels who told them Jesus is alive!

~ Luke 24:23 [NLT]

Jesus is alive! We no longer have to live in fear of death because God came down and proved that death was not the end of the story for our lives. God’s power goes beyond the grave and offers us an eternal hope. Are you living like He is alive? Like His power is real? Pray and ask Jesus to breath resurrection life into your heart and the hearts of those who don’t know him yet around you.

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Heaven the Consummation of Joy

Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.

~ Matt 25:21

Soldier of Christ, well done!
Praise be thy new employ;
And while eternal ages run,
Rest in thy Saviour’s joy.

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Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: for mine eyes have seen thy salvation.

~ Luke 2:29-30

When we have number’d all our years,
And stand, at length, on Jordan’s brink;
Though the flesh fail with mortal fears,
Oh! let not then the spirit sink:
But strong in faith, and hope, and love,
Plunge through the stream to rise above.

The Encourager

Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion.

~ Isaiah 40:30 [NLT]

It’s time to empathize. Do you have a friend whose hope is disappearing? Subtle signs may include a change in their appetite, social activity or just subdued behavior. Remember when your hopes and dreams came crumbling down? Think about how you felt and what has helped you. God has placed you perfectly in your friend’s life to be the encourager.

Afternoon Prayer

FOLLOWING GODLY PEOPLE
1 Corinthians 11:1

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

I pray that you will follow the example of godly people around you, even as they follow Christ. May you imitate their faith in the Lord, while you watch them closely. I pray that as you do this, others may see you grow from glory to glory. May God give you the grace to listen and learn from these people, so that you will bear much fruit. I pray that you will learn to be a good disciple.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

The Rock

Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock.

~ Matthew 7:24 [NLT]

The words of Jesus are the rock on which we are to build our lives. His teachings, promises, and instructions are the foundation of our faith. Study the words of the Gospels and let Jesus’ words be the wisdom that you follow after.

Days of Heaven Upon Earth

Now mine eye seeth Thee

~ Job 42:5

We must recognize the true character of our self–life and its real virulence and vileness. We must consent to its destruction, and we must take it ourselves, as Abraham did Isaac, and lay it at the feet of God in willing sacrifice.

This is a hard work for the natural heart, but the moment the will is yielded and the choice is made, that death is past, the agony is over, and we are astonished to find that the death is accomplished.

Usually the crisis of life in such cases hangs upon a single point. God does not need to strike us in a hundred places to inflict a death wound. There is one point that touches the heart, and that is the point God usually strikes, the dearest thing in our life, the decisive thing in our plans, the citadel of the will, the center of the heart, and when we yield there, there is little left to yield anywhere else, and when we refuse to yield at this point, a spirit of evasion and compromise enters into all the rest of our life. Lord, we take Thee to enable us to will Thy will to be done in all things in our life without and within.

Jesus is With Us in Our Troubles

Read: Daniel 3:28

The book of Daniel records how King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon made a towering golden statue and commanded all in his kingdom to bow down before it and worship it. Three young men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, whom the king had appointed to oversee the province of Babylon, refused to do so. Humiliated by their defiance, the king was livid. He gave them one more chance to bow down and worship his golden statue or be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace.

Without flinching, they said, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. But even if he doesn’t…we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up” (Dan. 3:16–18, NLT). The king commanded that the furnace be heated seven times hotter than usual, and ordered some of his strongest soldiers to bind them and throw them into the furnace. The furnace was so hot that the flames killed the soldiers as they threw the three men into the roaring flames, securely bound.

Suddenly, the king jumped up in amazement and exclaimed to his officials, “Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?” They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.” “Look!” he answered, “I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God” (Dan. 3:24–25). Nebuchadnezzar called out, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, servants of the Most High God, come out! Come here!” The three men stepped out of the fire and all the officials and advisers crowded around them and “saw that the fire had not touched them. Not a hair on their heads was singed, and their clothing was not scorched” (Dan. 3:26–27, NLT). In fact, the flames only served to loose them from their bonds.

Amazed at how their God had protected them, Nebuchadnezzar began praising God himself. The king then issued a decree stating that if any person spoke a word against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, they would be cut in pieces and their houses would be turned into ash heaps “because there is no other God who can deliver like this” (Dan. 3:29). Then, the king promoted the three men to even higher positions in the province of Babylon.

Beloved, this is your God.

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Divine Acceptance a Source of Joy

Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy work.

~ Eccl 9:7

Whilst I see thy love to me,
Every object teems with joy;
Here, oh may I walk with thee,
Then into thy presence die!

Let me but thyself possess,
Total sum, of happiness;
Real bliss I then shall prove ~
Heaven below, and heaven above.