|Posted by Lorraine Serra on March 16, 2015 at 10:10 AM|
Last time I started to rant a bit. I think you might have
sensed my frustration. I become frustrated with the world,
with myself, and with people in my life from time to time.
We all want more of the good things of God, don't we?
Things like peace, harmony, health, fulfillment in our
work, and in our relationships. We want an end to conflicts.
We want an end to terrorism, racism, poverty, evil of every kind.
We want more love in the world.
So, what we really want is more of Jesus!
But, the world around us laughs and tries to choke
the Spirit right out of us.
That is, unless we get unshakeably solid in our
belief. That kind of immovable, unalterable faith
comes by experiencing God.
You know, I can read about Paris, but there is
nothing like being there!
I can know about sky diving, but there is
nothing like actually making the jump!
Likewise, there is no permanent transformation
in life apart from knowing Jesus, God the Son.
By spending time with Him through reading the Bible,
and talking with Him and listening to Him, we can experience
all those things we really desire. All our efforts fall short,
get sidelined, or simply fail without supernatural help!
This is why obedience in following Him is required: in order
to reap the many benefits He has promised!
A promise of presence:
Jesus replied, "Anyone who loves me will obey
my teaching. My Father will love them, and we
will come to them and make our home with them."
A promise of a help:
"For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."
A promise of support:
"I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength." Phil 4:13
A promise of good outcomes:
"For we know that all things work together for the good of
those who love Him, who are called according to His purposes".
Discovering the highest and the best is
achieved by hanging out with the highest
and the best....Jesus Christ Himself!!
It was HE HIMSELF who took upon His body
the scourges, the nails, the cross, the humiliation,
the punishment that we deserve.
It was HE HIMSELF who bought our freedom from
sin with His own blood, and secured our forgiveness,
our healing, our abundant life eternally.
Who are we hanging out with? Who are
we listening to and learning from?
“These people honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me.” Jesus said
in Matthew 15:8, quoting from Isaiah.
Oh, may we never be so insincere!
I pray we all hang out with Jesus every moment!
As we do, we will become more and more aware of
His beauty, His care, His direction, His love,
all of which will transform that stoney heart
into one which lives and breathes for Him!
That's when we begin to discover the highest and the best!
He lives. He is present. He makes all things new. He is
hope, He is supply. And He is always the Savior, reaching
out to help us again and again.
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
Though we may fail, we are never abandoned or punished.
We are “in Christ”. Covered and embraced by His redeeming sacrifice.
But, let's not take it for granted. Bow, bend, humble yourself. No one
has ever given so much of Himself to us as Jesus Christ. He is
worthy of our obedience and faithfulness. Can we give
Him anything less?
He has provided a plan with plenty of instruction. If we keep
coming up short, then perhaps we might want to try His ways.
We just might discover the highest and the best!
O Lord, I am a helpless sinner, but for Your amazing grace and
mercy! Thank you, thank you, thank you, Jesus, for drawing
near to me. I draw nearer to you, each day, seeking to know You
as deeply as I can, and to fulfill the purpose You have for me.
I know that You are coming soon! My pilgrimage
upon this earth is temporary. Help me to live in anticipation of
all the glorious things you have prepared for those who love You! Amen!
"No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined
what God has prepared for those who love him." 1 Corinthians 2:9
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