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John 3:16

John 3:16 NKJV — “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

I was a little girl when I memorized this verse.

I had already accepted Jesus as my Savior and was excited to learn about Him.

I remember wanting to have something to quote to others.

I went to public school and found this verse my favorite answer to the question, “Why should I believe in God?”.

But it wasn’t until I was an adult, that I realized these words, so beautifully and succinctly capturing the truth of salvation, were spoken by Jesus.

How precious it is to me today to think Jesus Himself gave me these words to share about Him!

The only thing I would change about all of this is: adding John 3:17.

Together they really give a clearer picture of what Jesus wants us to know.

John 3:16-17NKJV — “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”

What life-changing truth!

What a clear picture of God’s love!

How blessed we are to have these words spoken by the Savior of the world.

If you have yet to memorize these words, I’d encourage you to do so, for the truth of eternity here is too good to simply read, it’s worth making it a memory.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for Your Word. Your truth astounds me and the preciousness of Your sacrifice has only grown in my heart over the years. You have brought me through so much and I praise Your holy name for it all. Great is Your faithfulness and greatly are You to be praised. Please continue to breath life into my heart and mind through Your scripture and Your Holy Spirit that my life might reflect You more and more each day. Thank You for Your love and salvation. I love You, Jesus. Amen.

Only God

23 Now when He came into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people confronted Him as He was teaching, and said, “By what authority are You doing these things? And who gave You this authority?” Matthew 21:23 NKJV

These questions seem ridiculous.

No person can heal, only God can.

No person can tell the storm to be quiet and it obey, only God can.

No person can change the molecular composition of water and turn it into that of wine, only God can.

No one can raise the dead, only God can.

And yet, these teachers of the scriptures, these men who had devoted their lives to studying God’s Word missed this obvious truth.

God was literally standing before them and they couldn’t see Him.

Because their pride got in the way and their fear led them astray.

John 11:47-48NKJV — Then the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered a council and said, “What shall we do? For this Man works many signs. If we let Him alone like this, everyone will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and nation.”

These men were trying to hold on to what they had and they were certain they were doing “what is best”.

John 11:49-50NKJV — And one of them, Caiaphas, being high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all, nor do you consider that it is expedient for us that one man should die for the people, and not that the whole nation should perish.”

John 11:53 NKJV — Then, from that day on, they plotted to put Him to death.

In their arrogance and hardness of heart, they plot to kill the very One they were meant to know the best.

Those who feel confident in their knowledge of God are in great danger to missing Him completely.

Like these men, pride and fear can quickly lead to disaster.

It is only in humility that we can recognize how incredible God is and see His work in our own lives as well as the lives of others.

So many circumstances can trip us up and blind us to the truth.

Like these Pharisees, we must study God’s Word, but unlike these men, we must diligent in humility, active in surrender, and forgiving, willing to let go of wrong.

Because Jesus made it clear, following Him doesn’t always feel good, nor is it an easy path.

Matthew 10:34-39 NKJV — “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’ He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.
And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.”

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for all Your incredible works. Please help us to be humble and to recognize Your truth and Your ways. Lord, no matter how much we learn about You, please keep us from falling into this trap of the Pharisees. Please help us to be quick to forgive and abundant in mercy. Lord, help us to pattern ourselves after You. Lord, please help us to remember to pray for those who spitefully use us and to love those who hate us, to be willing to sacrifice everything as You did. Lord, thank You for Your faithfulness, mercy, grace, and love. Amen.

Unity

Mark 3:25 KJV — And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.

Jesus was talking to those accusing Him of driving out demons by the power of Satan.

Of course, their accusation doesn’t make sense, but in Jesus’s words to them we gain an incredible truth.

No house divided against itself can stand.

For those of us who are called by the name of the Lord it’s a vital truth.

We can not join together a devotion to sin and be a follower of Christ.

It doesn’t work.

We can not choose to serve both the Lord Jesus and our sinful nature.

There is no room for two masters in anyone’s heart.

You can only serve one.

Matt. 6:24, Luke 16:13

Instead we must die to ourselves, our sinful nature, and choose to follow Christ daily.

Galatians 2:20 NKJV — “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

Thus, our lives must be built on God’s Word and our hearts fully devoted to Him alone.

Luke 6:47-48 NKJV — “Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock.”

And this is only the beginning of how this truth can be applied each day.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for Your incredible faithfulness and love. Lord, thank You for teaching me how to look at life from Your perspective. Please continue to hone my heart, that I might see things clearly and walk in Your ways. Lord Jesus, please continue to teach me from Your Word. Please help me to live every day unto You. I love You, Jesus. Thank You for first loving me. Amen.

A scary moment

We had a moment a few nights back.

It was dark and we’d been in bed for a while.

A firetruck pulled up in front of the neighbor’s house.

Our neighbor is a military wife with three little ones, whose husband is away serving our country.

They’ve not been here long, so I’ve not felt like we’ve been able to build a solid relationship yet.

None of this mattered when we saw the truck.

We went over to see if we could help.

It was the carbon monoxide alarm and understandably the children were cold and frightened.

As the fireman questioned my neighbor, she held her youngest and tried to calmly answer everything.

I stood near the car with the two other children.

I’d grabbed some blankets and so had another neighbor, to keep them warm.

The oldest girl was crying.

“This is so scary! I don’t like it! I don’t want any more scary stuff like this!”

For a moment I was unsure about how to comfort her.

For a child who knows me, I’d just hug them, but she didn’t know me that well.

She continued.

“I don’t know what to do! I don’t want anything else scary to happen!”

Then the Lord reminded me to speak truth.

I got closer, so she could hear me over the fire truck and said, “We don’t need to worry, because Jesus has you in His hands.”

Her sister caught my words first, and her little face broke into a smile.

She nodded.

I spoke again and gently patted the oldest on her hand.

“Jesus has you in His hands and we can trust Him. He has kept you safe tonight, and we can trust Him.”

She calmed down and when her mother returned, she was no longer crying.

I was so honored to be used by the Lord to bless our neighbors.

Especially, the children as they are very precious indeed.

Mark 10:14-16 NKJV — But when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased and said to them, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” And He took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for keeping our neighbors safe. Thank You for the firemen who came to make sure our neighbors were protected. Lord, thank You for comforting them. Thank You that You are our refuge and strength. Lord, thank You for all the ways You bless us. May we find comfort in Your truth and security in Your salvation. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

Planting faith

We finished setting seeds yesterday morning.

I took this picture because I don’t want to forget what it looks like.

I’ve found in the past that I often grow impatient with the growth of the garden and it’s wise to take pictures of each stage.

It helps me see where we’ve been and be thankful for where we are.

These sorts of “reminders” are useful in growing faith as well.

No, it’s not a photo moment, but there’s many ways to remember where God has taken us and to be thankful for where we are.

In scripture we see God instructing Joshua to build a monument.

Joshua 4:3 NKJV — “and command them, saying, ‘Take for yourselves twelve stones from here, out of the midst of the Jordan, from the place where the priests’ feet stood firm. You shall carry them over with you and leave them in the lodging place where you lodge tonight.’ ”

Joshua 4:5 NKJV — and Joshua said to them: “Cross over before the ark of the LORD your God into the midst of the Jordan, and each one of you take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the children of Israel,

Joshua 4:7 NKJV — “Then you shall answer them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when it crossed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. And these stones shall be for a memorial to the children of Israel forever.”

The monument was to leave a legacy, a physical reminder of God’s faithfulness.

Because we need reminders.

Without them we grow careless and forget God.

When all that generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation arose after them who did not know the Lord nor the work which He had done for Israel.
Judges 2:10 NKJV

Thus, God instructed the children of Israel:

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
Deuteronomy 6:5‭-‬9 NKJV

Let us love the Lord with our whole heart, soul, and strength.

Let us find ways to teach them to our children, to decorate our home, to wear them as a continual reminder.

For God is faithful, just, loving, patient, kind, good, true, and in Him is life eternal.

Plant seeds of faith today, so our future generations can grow up in the knowledge and goodness of God.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You that You command us to pass on the truths of scripture, because it sets us free from sin and death. It’s a gift too valuable to be forgotten. Lord, please help us to be creative and purposeful in planting seeds of faith. Lord Jesus, shine Your truth into our hearts and minds that we might weed out anything which would seek to choke our faith. Lord, teach us how to be diligent in following You and steadfast in Your Word. Lord, please keep us from evil, help us to walk straight, not turning to the right or the left. Thank You for Your love. Thank You for salvation. May our lives be fruitful for Your kingdom. Amen.

Mercy

Matthew 5:7 NKJV — Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.

Mercy is often misunderstood or misused.

When someone is truly seeking mercy from God, they are repentant, humble, and well aware of their transgressions.

Proverbs 28:13 NKJV — He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.

Psalm 25:7 NKJV — Do not remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions; According to Your mercy remember me, For Your goodness’ sake, O LORD.

Truly seeking God’s mercy equals an acceptance of one’s status of commiting acts which bring penalty.

It’s not a place where the proud go, because pride throws out any acceptance of wrong doing.

Numbers 14:18 NKJV — ‘The LORD is longsuffering and abundant in mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression; but He by no means clears the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation.’

Thus, the prideful can not receive mercy, for they refuse it.

Nehemiah 1:5 NKJV — And I said: “I pray, LORD God of heaven, O great and awesome God, You who keep Your covenant and mercy with those who love You and observe Your commandments,

Those who admit the truth of their sins are able to find incredible, long lasting mercy.

Daniel 9:9 NKJV — “To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, though we have rebelled against Him.

Acknowledging God’s truth, walking in understanding of our just deserves, and then being freed by the gift of God brings one to praise.

1 Chronicles 16:34 NKJV — Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.

Psalm 13:5 NKJV — But I have trusted in Your mercy; My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.

Psalm 23:6 NKJV — Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever.

Once the heart and mind have grasped the gift; the debt is paid, mercy has come, we are expected to be people of mercy.

Hosea 6:6 NKJV — For I desire mercy and not sacrifice, And the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

The Lord wants our hearts, not just our actions.

He wants us to know Him so we’ll that we live daily as He would.

Giving mercy.

Forgiving others.

Loving with understanding, not blind to the sin, but not hardened towards the sinner.

Jonah 2:8 NKJV — “Those who regard worthless idols Forsake their own Mercy.

Love tells the truth.

Micah 6:8 NKJV — He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?

Zechariah 7:9 NKJV — “Thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘Execute true justice, Show mercy and compassion Everyone to his brother.'”

When we walk in obedience and humility, not taking God’s mercy for granted, life is good.

Micah 7:18 NKJV — Who is a God like You, Pardoning iniquity And passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He does not retain His anger forever, Because He delights in mercy.

Praise the Lord!

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your mercy. It’s such an incredible gift and blessing. Lord, please help me never to refuse to show mercy as You have shown me so much! Lord, please continue to open my heart and mind to Your Word, that I might better understand You and what it means to walk with You daily. Lord, please soften anything in my heart where I am refusing the truth or being blind to my own sin. Please help me to repent quickly. Lord, I do not want to sin against You or others. Thank You for helping me. I love You, Jesus. Amen

Week before Easter

Matthew 26:1-2 NKJV — Now it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, that He said to His disciples, “You know that after two days is the Passover, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.”

There’s nothing which can really prepare someone for the death of a loved one.

But this is an even deeper shock.

The disciples had great expectations for Jesus and crucifixion wasn’t one of them.

Not to mention, that Jesus had done nothing wrong.

What would they accuse Him of?

How could an innocent man be allowed to pay the ultimate punishment?

Their minds couldn’t grapple the full truth of what was occurring.

Jesus understood.

The Gospels were written for those who came after.

So we might learn the truth as well as those who walked with Jesus.

Luke 24:15-17 NKJV — So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him. And He said to them, “What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?”

Jesus, Himself, explained all that had happened to His disciples, that they might share the truth.

It was why He came.

Luke 24:25-27NKJV — Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! “Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?” And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.

As difficult as it is to realize that Jesus was born to die on a cross, all of scripture points to Him as the Redeemer.

It is truly wonderful that Jesus knew exactly what He was walking to and when He rose, He had made the way to salvation.

As we walk forward in this week before Easter, let us spend time meditating upon Jesus.

What He did.

Who He is.

And why He did it.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your sacrifice. Nothing I can do or experience will ever compare to Your wonderful gift of salvation. How great a blessing! What a wonderful, beautiful, priceless gift! Lord, I want to honor You and Your sacrifice. I want my life to reflect Your love and truth. Please help me to live daily, carrying my cross with joy. Thank You for Your promises. Thank You for Your love. I love You. Amen.

Faithful

Deuteronomy 7:9 NKJV — “Therefore know that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments;

None is faithful like the LORD.

His Word is truth and speaks clearly.

Psalm 119:138 NKJV — Your testimonies, which You have commanded, Are righteous and very faithful.

For God’s ways are pure and His faithfulness is amazing.

1 Corinthians 1:9 NKJV — God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

What a gift to be granted salvation through Christ Jesus!

1 John 1:9 NKJV — If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

How wonderful to know that the Lord is faithful to do all He has promised.

Hebrews 10:23 NKJV — Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

With this same knowledge of God’s faithfulness, we are called to be faithful to Him and to follow His Word.

Luke 16:10 NKJV — “He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.”

For those who remain steadfast in following the Lord, great is the reward.

Matthew 25:23 NKJV — “His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’”

Truly, nothing on earth compares to the reward of hearing the Master say, “Well done, good and faithful servant”.

Thus, we need to remember the faithfulness of God and choose to be faithful as well.

No, it will not always be easy, but God’s promises cover that as well.

2 Thessalonians 3:2-3 NKJV And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men; for not all have faith. But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one.

No matter the circumstances, His Word is true.

One can live according to His Word and find peace in knowing God is faithful.

1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 NKJV — Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for Your faithfulness! What an incredible gift You give in salvation, in Your truth, and in Your love. Lord Jesus, You have done so much and are still working, thank You! Please continue to help me to follow You in all things. Lord, please help me to be faithful in little so I will be faithful in much. Lord, help me to be humble and to quickly confess sin and wrong doing that I might not walk in those things. Lord, please purify my heart, that I might live wholeheartedly unto You. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

Righteousness

He who follows righteousness and mercy finds life, righteousness, and honor. Proverbs 21:21 NKJV

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
Matthew 6:33 NKJV

As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one;”
Romans 3:10 NKJV

For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.
Romans 10:3‭-‬4 NKJV

For He made Him who knew no sin to  be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
II Corinthians 5:21 NKJV

If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.
I John 2:29 NKJV

Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, And put your trust in the Lord .
Psalms 4:5 NKJV

Sow for yourselves righteousness; Reap in mercy; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the Lord, Till He comes and rains righteousness on you.
Hosea 10:12 NKJV

The work of righteousness will be peace, And the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.
Isaiah 32:17 NKJV

Thus says the Lord : “Keep justice, and do righteousness, For My salvation is about to come, And My righteousness to be revealed.”
Isaiah 56:1 NKJV

Clearly, God’s Word speaks volumes and we can see our hearts truly need Jesus Christ.

It is the treasure of truth to submit unto God and to unlock the innermost parts of ourselves to Jesus, to find the greatest treasure of life eternal in His sacrifice as well as the gifts of walking in righteousness for His namesake.

What earthly treasure compares?

What achievement can rival thus?

Where would the flavor and joy of life be if not in the promise of heaven hereafter?

How great and blessed we are to be called by the name of Christ Jesus and to be able to surrender ourselves before Him daily.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for Your Word. How incredible it is! I love truth is so clear and yet so profound. Lord, You amaze me in so many ways and Your wisdom is such a treasure. Thank You for giving me Your Word. Thank You for salvation. Lord Jesus, thank You for continuing to show me daily how to walk in Your paths. Lord, I want to follow You with every part of me. I want my whole life to bring glory to Your name. For there is no one who deserves glory, honor, and praise like You. Thank You Jesus! Amen.

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Walking in righteousness

He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.
Proverbs 21:21 KJV

For those who have accepted the blood of Christ Jesus as a cleansing from sin, we have the incredible gift of right standing before God through no merit of our own, it’s a gift.

And when we realize the costly grace bestowed upon us we look back at our sinful nature with horror of continually finding it ensnaring us into the old ways, old habits of ourselves before Christ.

To look upon Him whom we have pierced with our sin is to recognize the truth of never wanting to choose that again.

Our hearts long to walk in righteousness before God.

Thus we were given another incredible gift, the Holy Spirit.

“Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:”
John 16:7‭-‬8 NKJV
https://bible.com/bible/114/jhn.16.7-8.NKJV

Romans 14:17 NKJV — for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:13 NKJV — Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Walking in righteousness is being led by the Spirit and choosing to follow God’s Word.

For He gave us so much to guide us, especially about being righteous.

Proverbs 13:5 NKJV — A righteous man hates lying, But a wicked man is loathsome and comes to shame.

Proverbs 20:7 NKJV — The righteous man walks in his integrity; His children are blessed after him.

Psalm 37:16 NKJV — A little that a righteous man has Is better than the riches of many wicked.

These are only a small taste of the wealth of guidance God’s Word supplies.

It’s a beautiful pairing of God’s Word and God’s Spirit.

The Holy Spirit teaches our hearts and guides our steps, while we immerse ourselves in the Bible.

Psalm 1:6 NKJV — For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word, the Bible. Thank You for the Holy Spirit, our Helper. Lord Jesus, thank You for Your sacrifice that cleanses our souls. Please help us to shine evil and do good, to walk in the way of righteousness. Lord, please continue to purify our way before You, cleansing us of false ideas, freeing us from lies, exposing the trucks of the enemy. Lord, please help us to honor You with our attitudes, our actions, and our words. Lord, please shine through us to those who have yet to know You. May the whole Earth be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord. Amen.