Remember when apostle Paul said farewell to the elders from Ephesus, “ “Then they all wept freely, and fell on Paul’s neck and kissed him, sorrowing most of all for the words which he spoke, that they would see his face no more. And they accompanied him to the ship.”
I could understand that our deepest sorrow, however comes when we are parted by death and say goodbye for the last time in this life, that separation seems unthinkable! We mourned and we weeped too! All because facing the heartbreak of never again embracing the ones we have loved so much?
Let’s hear from Paul’s insights, what did he knew? “ “But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.” (I Thessalonians 4:13-18)
What a reunion! And best of all- we will be forever with Lord Jesus. That’s an eternal hope.
Thank You, Lord, for the assurance that this world is not all we have, but that a blessed eternity awaits all who trust I HIM! Amen.
Jesus said,” “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)
We may not always have highly visible roles, yet we know that God is pleased when we obediently play our essential part in His plan . That’s When we give ourselves fully to the work of our Lord. “ “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” (I Corinthians 15:58)
Praise the Lord, by so we will find value and meaning in our services as it brings glory to God and will draws others to Him too!
How often we accept labels and tend to allow them to define who we are, and also how easily we tend to assign them to others too. But God’s grace defies labels because it is rooted in His Love, not in our self-perception. That means whether we see ourselves as wonderful or terrible, capable or helpless, we still receive eternal life as a gift from Him. Paul reminded the followers of Jesus in Rome that “ “For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.” (Romans 5:6)
Our Lord does not require us to change by our own power, instead He invites us to come as we are to find hope, healing, and freedom in Him. Praise God, as Paul said, “ “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
Lord Jesus Christ is always ready and willing to receive us just as we are!
I heard that TIANMEN MOUNTAIN in Zhangjiajie, China, considered. One of the most beautiful mountains in the world.To view it’s towering cliffs to see their glorious splendor, you must take the TIANMEN ShAN Cablecar. The car has no motor itself, yet it moves safely up these spectacular heights by a strong grip on the cable that is moved by a powerful motor.
In our journey of faith, how can we finish the earthly race well done? Apostle Paul said, ” “I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:14) We must stand firmly just like the cable car, keeping a strong grip on Christ, also learn to depend fully on Christ to keep us moving forward. He then will take us through all the challenges and lead us safely home! Amen?
Do you know that Jesus is the ” MASTER OF REMINDER “? As a result, we are so blessed, all because we are so doubtful and forgetful at times. In reality, no matter how often Jesus met the very needs of those came to Him, yet after witnessing miracles, His first disciples still failed to understand the great meaning the Lord wanted them to remember.
On a journey across the Sea of Galillee, the disciples realized they had forgotten to bring bread and were talking about it. ““Jesus, being aware of it, said to them, “Why do you reason because you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive nor understand? Is your heart still hardened? Having eyes, do you not see? And having ears, do you not hear? And do you not remember?”
(Mark 8:17-18 )
Then He reminded them that He fed five thousand people with just five loaves, and the disciples had collected twelve more basketful of leftover pieces, and another instant when He fed four thousand with seven loaves, they filled another seven baskets with leftovers. Then He said to them, “How is it you do not understand?” (Mark 8:21)
Our Lord’s miraculous provision for our physical needs always pointed to a greater truth – Let’s be reminded that our Lord’s great love and provision not only for our physical needs but more for our spiritual needs, which we must never take for granted! God bless
“But will God indeed dwell with men on the earth? Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain You. How much less this temple which I have built!” (II Chronicles 6:18)
This is King Solomon’s temple dedication prayer shows this balance. He began by highlighting God’s holiness and faithfulness. Then he gave full credit to God for thr success of the project and emphasized God’s greatness,by declaring:” Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain You. How much less this temple which I have built!” (II Chronicles 6:18)
After exalting God, Solomonasked God to show mercy to the Israelites and to provide for them when they knew to confessed their sin! Immediately after Solomon’s prayer, ” “fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the LORD filled the temple.”
(II Chronicles 7:1)
This incredible response reminds us as well, that our mighty One we praise and speak to when we pray, actually is the same One who listens to and cares about our requests too! Thank You, Lord Jesus!
” After these things He went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, “Follow Me.” So he left all, rose up, and followed Him. Then Levi gave Him a great feast in his own house. And there were a great number of tax collectors and others who sat down with them. And their scribes and the Pharisees complained against His disciples, saying, “Why do You eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” Jesus answered and said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”
Have you been in a situation where you just long to share the good news about Jesus, but you have a mental list of the “right” people who would be acceptable, right? Jesus was often criticized by the religious authorities for the company He kept! But He welcomed those everyone else avoided, because He knew they needed Him most! Lord, please help me see people through Your eyes of love and to welcome all those You bring into my life.
Apostle Paul said: ” “Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God. ” (1 Thessalonians 4:1)
In our society, awards and certificates can be of encouragement to motivates a person to keep up certain good works! But when Paul wrote to the Thessalonians he motivated them not with an award but with words of encouragement. In simple words Paul said, ” Brothers and sisters, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus 「 to do this more and more」.
These Christians were already pleasing God through their lives, and Paul encouraged them to continue to live more and more for Him! Let’s take Paul’s words as an incentive to continue on in our faith. But can we let ourselves go one step further for Christ sake? Who might we encourage today with Paul’s words? You can then write a note or make a phone call urging someone that come to your mind to keep on in their faithwalk with Him! What you say may be just what they need to continue following and serving Jesus. May this encouragement, someone today will keep living for God!
” And when He (Jesus)had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there.” (Matthew 14:23)
During a concert, the singer responded to a question from the Audience about how he composes songs. He said there are three aspects to consider: a quiet room, an empty page, and a question, ” Is there something I should know?”
This is really a astonishing approach for us as followers of Jesus to seek His will in our lives each day. Throughout Jesus’s public ministry, He took time to be alone in prayer. Right after feeding 5,000+ people with five loaves of bread and two fish, He sent His disciples to cross the Sea of Galilee by boat, while He dismissed the crowd (Matt.14:22). That’s the time He went up on a mountainside by himself to pray! Later that night, He was there alone (v.23).
If our Lord Jesus saw the need to be alone with His Father,how much more do we need a daily time of solitude to pour out our hearts to God, ponder more on His Word, and prepare ourselves to follow His directions. Therefore, a quiet room- anywhere we can focus on our Lord without distractions. An empty page- a receptive mind willingness to listen. Then ask the Lord: ” Is there something I should know? Lord, speak to me by Your Spirit,Your written Word,and the needed assurance of Your direction.” Praise God, from that quiet hillside, Jesus descended into a violent storm,knowing exactly what His Father wanted Him to do. (v.24-27) That’s why, taking time to be with God is the best place to find strength! Hallelujah Praise be to Our Lord.
Do you realize the fact that sometimes saying the unexpected has the most effect. Let’s try to think in regard to a statement by Jesus:” “He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.”
(Matthew 10:39) This is really a startling message to a world just only focusing on self-promotion and self-protection, right?
In practical terms, how can we “lose our life?” The answer is summed up in the word [sacrifice]. When we sacrifice, we put ourselves into Jesus’s way of living, instead of grasping for our own wants and needs. By this understanding, we can now esteem the needs and well-being of others too! All because Jesus not only taught about sacrifice but He also lived it by giving Himself to us. Here is Jesus heartfelt expression as He lived up His own words: ” Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” (John 15:13)
Remember that nothing is really lost by a life of sacrifice for God’s sake!