Friday, April 19, 2019

It's Not Over

"We see his smile of love even when others see nothing but the black hand of Death smiting our best beloved.” -Charles Spurgeon

It must have felt like the very end for Christ's followers as they saw His badly beaten and bloodied body on the cross.  After all, they had just watched the man that they knew as the Son of God and Messiah be mocked, spat on, and tortured by the Roman Officers.  Any hopes for a Savior seemed to be over.  I can only imagine Christ looking down on His creation that had persecuted Him, with love, as He said, “It is finished.”  Little did everyone know that what He really meant was that it was not over and only just the beginning.

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8, NIV).

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Power in His Name

"How sweet the name of Jesus sounds, in a believer's ear!  It soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds, and drives away his fear." -John Newton

Did you know that there’s power in the Name of Jesus?  Scripture says that there is healing in His name (Malachi 4:2), that demons tremble at the sound of His name (James 2:19), and that we can ask for anything in His name and he will do it (John 14:14).   We can pray in the Name of Jesus and the chains of sorrow, sin, and addiction can be instantly broken.  May we change the way we pray, trusting that there’s power in His Name and He is truly our Savior and Deliverer.

Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son (John 14:13, ESV).

Friday, April 12, 2019

A Friend in Jesus

"There is nothing in this world that can compare with the Christian fellowship; nothing that can satisfy but Christ." -John D. Rockefeller

There is not a friend in the world like Jesus. He can be your Counselor, your Comforter, and the source of your courage.  In an instant, Jesus can change your set of circumstances to give you a new hope where there was only hopelessness.  There’s an old hymn that says, "What a friend we have in Jesus... O what peace we often forfeit... O what needless pain we bear... All because we do not carry... Everything to God in prayer!"  Just like a good friend that we call in our time of distress, we can call upon our Friend Jesus in our time of need. 

Then I called on the name of the LORD: "O LORD, I pray, deliver my soul!" (Psalm 116:4, ESV).