Life can be difficult as we
struggle at times, make the wrong decisions, or when life just doesn’t turn out
to be like we thought it would be. We sometimes forget about the ultimate
reward God has for us.
As we go through life and get
closer to the final destination day by day, there is always a brighter future
to look forward to. Such was the case with the penitent criminal written about
in the post Eternal
Life in Paradisewho wasbeing crucified
with Jesus on the cross. He knew that he was being punished justly but sought
everlasting deliverance. He asks Jesus to remember him and was rewarded with
eternal paradise (v 43).
Today’s video is about this
final destination that brings joy and hope for those who can say, “It is well
with my soul”: Finally Home - MercyMe.
Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has
stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God promised to those
who love him. – James 1:12
In the post Total Attention on the Mission, written about was that Pilate and
Herod did not find a reason to crucify Jesus. Pilate did what was politically
correct in his day and time. In order to keep his job as a politician, he took
the easy way out by doing what the people wanted.
In present times, we face the
same situations. The world wants to convince us that God is not who He says He
is but as we go through each day; taking walks and feeling the fresh breeze
hitting our face and hearing the sounds of night that sooths our soul, we know
the world is telling a lie and the ONE who created the breeze and unique music
of the night is telling us the truth.
As we go through life, things
can get messy but God is there to help us pick up the messes. The Redeemer
makes everything new and provides for our final victory. This day with God,
celebrate with this inspiring video: The
Redeemer – Sanctus Real.
I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With Him at my right hand, I will
not be shaken. - Psalm 16:8
Written about in the post The Trial of Jesus, we get a lesson in
leadership. Jesus demonstrates leadership with poise, courage, and strength. On
the other hand, Pilot and Herod demonstrated poor leadership skills. They
couldn’t make a decision because they lacked the courage to stand up and do
what was right.
With God, we can be assured of a
promising future and this gives us confidence to face our challenges with
confidence. We know that He is faithful. He is like a mountain; standing rock
solid over time and protecting us in our time of need. We can take courage, for
God is there for us. Today’s inspirational video highlights these thoughts: Whom Shall I Fear – Chris Tomlin.
The Lord is my light and my salvation - whom shall I fear? The Lord is
the stronghold of my life - of whom shall I be afraid? – Psalm 27:1
In the post More Precious Than Anything Life Has To Offer,
written about was how Jesus handled the situation of being arrested and going
through the trials before being crucified. Peter caved during the hostilities
and sometimes in life, we may not handle the challenges we face like we should.
One thing we can be sure of is that Christ is reliable and He has promised that
if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins.
We live in a world of shifting
sand but with Christ, we have a firm foundation. This day, there is freedom
with Christ. A freedom that helps us live, give, and love. A freedom that will
speak and teach; laying out a solid path that we can follow and show others how
to follow. The inspirational video for to today is Solid As The Rock by Avalon. Enjoy!
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our
sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we
make Him out to be a liar and His word is not in us. - 1 John 1:9
Written about in the post “Overcoming the Pressures of Life” was how
Jesus went through the pressures of life on earth by praying and submitted to
the purpose for which God had sent Him which was to die for our sins. In the
Garden of Gethsemane, sweat was falling from Him like drops of blood to the
ground. We may not face this type of pressure but we face stuff in life that
can get to us. Maybe it’s trying to meet impossible deadlines at work, maybe
it’s a health issue, or a relationship that’s not working out.
What can we do to deal with
these challenges we face? Some ideas might include keeping positive, praying,
planning out each step, and taking action with faith that God will provide the
resources needed to get through anything. Another idea might be to set out each
day to memorize scripture and try to internalize them so they can be used in
time of need. With the Word of God internalized, we have more poise in stressful
situations like talking in front of an audience or taking an exam or going
through a medical procedure.
Each day has its challenges and that’s
why we want to seek God first thing to help us take on these challenge the best
we can. Today’s video is about this stuff of life: how God can use these
moments to help us appreciate that maybe our stuff is not as bad as we think
and we can step ahead with faith: This is the Stuff – Francesca Battistelli.
That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weakness, in insults, in
hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am
strong. - 2 Corinthians 12:10
Some things in life are hard to
figure out. In the post Servant Leader, I
wrote that Jesus teaches about the servant type of leadership during His last
meal with the disciples. Faith is a great quality when leading others as a
parent, teacher, boss, or any other leader.
Through reading the Bible, experiences of life, and sharing with others,
our faith grows stronger. It is a valued possession that allows us to accomplish
much more in life.
Our faith comes from high places
where God is and connects to us. The invisible qualities of faith can’t be
overtaken; even at death, these qualities are valued possessions so go, taste
and see the goodness of God.
Remember that the life we are
living on earth is just the beginning and it passes in a blink of an eye. Watch
this video and be inspired by the story made to music of a daughter who loses
her Dad. It emphasizes the fact that death is just the beginning and we will
see our lost loved ones in due time: Glorious
Unfolding – Steven Curtis Chapman.
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live
your lives in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in faith as you were
taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. - Colossians 2:6-7
Times are not always easy and
that’s when prayer is useful to find out how to step ahead. As written about in
the post The Vision of the Mission, Christ
death on the cross has become the sacrifice to take the place of the sacrifice
written about in Exodus 12 when the Lord passes over each house that had
sacrificed a lamb.
Christ’s physical body is no
longer on earth but His Spirit counsels at all times to help us. This video is
about this blessing we have in the Holy Spirit:
Blessings – Laura Story.
But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away.
Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you: but if I go away, I will
send Him to you. - John 16:7
Like the post, “Be on Guard and Focus on Christ” highlights,
it is important to pay attention to the lessons of nature and what is going on
around us. But most of all, we should store the Word in our heart because it is
more precious than gold. The Word never passes away like things on earth. Let
us not get trapped in the negatives of this world but guard our hearts with the
I remember one time seeing a
rainbow as I drove to work. It was an amazing rainbow and seeing this put my
attention on how amazing God is. If we focus on Him throughout our day, we are
able to make it through anything. Do this each day and at the end of the
rainbow of life, there is a pot of gold. Those who give up what’s in the world
and follow Christ receive eternal riches in the kingdom of God.
Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge Him. As
surely as the sun rises, He will appear; He will come to us like the winter
rains, like the spring rains that water the earth. - Hosea 6:3
Explained in the post “The Hope that Christ Gives”, there will be
difficult times but we should never get down. Remember that the resistance only
makes us stronger. There is resistance when we exercise to build up our
muscles. There is resistance of the wind that helps an airplane to be lifted
high in the sky and travel to faraway places. What we go through in life, only
makes us stronger on the other side.
God will provide the resources
needed to get through anything. Use His Word to help in difficult times.
Examine your hopes and dreams and let God take them to a level that you never
dreamed of. This day with God will be amazing because His light will illuminate
even greater in dark times. Take inspiration from this video: Hope in Front of Me – Danny Gokey.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so
that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope! - Romans 15:13