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“Grace isn’t a little prayer you say before a meal, it’s a way of life.”
Each time you smile,
you’ll find that it’s true,
will smile back at you.
And nothing on earth can make
life more worthwhile
Than the sunshine and warmth
of a beautiful smile.
Helen Steiner Rice
It’s easy to grow downhearted
when nothing goes your way.
It’s easy to be discouraged when
you have a troublesome day.
But trouble is only a challenge
to spur you on to achieve
The best that God has to offer
if you have the faith to believe.
Let us give ourselves away,
Not just today but everyday,
a kind and thoughtful deed
Or a hand outstretched
in a time of need
Is the rarest of gifts, for it is a part
Not of the purse but a loving heart;
And he who gives of himself
True joy of heart and peace of mind.
I had walked life’s way with an easy tread,
Had followed where comfort and pleasures led.
Until one day in a quiet place
I met the Master face to face.
With station and rank and wealth my goal,
Much thought for my body but none for my soul,
I had entered to win in life’s mad race,
When I met the Master face to face.
I met Him, and knew Him and blushed to see
That His eyes full of sorrow were fixed on me;
And I faltered and fell at His feet that day,
While my castles melted and vanished away.
Melted and vanished and in their place
Naught else did I see but the Master’s face.
And I cried aloud, “Oh, make me meet
To follow the steps of Thy wounded feet.”
My thought is now for the souls of men,
I have lost my life to find it again,
E’er since one day in a quiet place
I met the Master face to face.
“Again Isaiah says, ‘THERE SHALL COME FROM THE ROOT OF JESSE, AND HE WHO ARISES TO RULE OVER THE GENTILES, IN HIM SHALL THE GENTILES HOPE.'” Romans 15:12 (NASB)
How do we find genuine hope? We find it through Jesus Christ.
Jesus’ teachings give hope. Look at His many practical teachings that are recorded in the New Testament. From the Sermon on the Mount to His words at His ascension, Jesus gave His hearers hope for this life and the life to come.
Jesus’ example gives hope. Look at how He approached life with a spiritual optimism. He could endure suffering and ridicule. He faced death, aware of His Father’s purpose for Him (John 10:17-18), and committed His spirit to the Father’s care (Luke 23:46).
Jesus’ sacrifice gives hope. By solving our sin problem, Jesus removed the biggest negative influence in our lives. The old gospel song reminds us, “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.” Those who have never committed themselves to the Christ of the cross could retitle that song, “My hope is built on nothing.”
Jesus’ resurrection gives hope. What is the most fearsome thing we can imagine? It is death. From our perspective it seems so final. But Jesus shows us that even death can be defeated.
Jesus’ promise gives hope. Think about the promise that He will prepare a place for us and return to take us home (John 14:2-3). It is a great comfort to know that Jesus is taking our eternal destiny personally. He is handling all the arrangements, and He will be in charge of our homecoming.
Sometimes in life ,
Dark clouds hide the light .
Cloud bottoms are black,
While their tops are snow white .
The light is still up there ,
Not at all as it seems .
The mere presence of clouds
Have divereted light’s beams.
The view that we have ,
As seen with our eyes ,
Is not the true picture
Of earth or of skies .
Remember His presence ,
His power , His will .
The winds will obey,
When He tells them ” be still “
Are you saved/born-again? To be saved is to be redeemed. In the previous blog post “Redemption in Jesus Christ”, I explained what redemption means – to be set free from the consequences of sin. The Greek word to save “sozo” is translated to mean – to bring into safety, to cure, ensure salvation, to get well, to be preserved, to restore, to be delivered… it is much deeper than just the surface word to save. What does this mean? Before you are saved you’re life is filled with afflictions from adversaries. The sin nature (the origin of sin) revives in the inside of you. Spiritually you are dead.
How does one become saved then? On hearing the gospel people get convicted by the Holy Spirit (person on God) of the wrong t hat they have done (John 16:7-8) which leads them into confession. This is a personal decision one…
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