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I was listening to the radio station KLOVE today as I was driving and heard a Christian singer talk about a time in his life when he was de...

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Easter!

He is risen!  The best words this world has ever heard.  Just by those words, alone, we are guaranteed hope, saving grace and everlasting eternity with the Lord in heaven.  The culture back then didn't know what hit them--not fully comprehend that the greatest day was among them--aside from Christ's birth.  But immediately we are given the gift of hope.  I absolutely love the scripture that is on the home page of this web site.  Jeremiah 29:11 from the Old Testament promises us, "For I know the plans I have for you, " declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future."

Take this day to acknowledge and celebrate Christ's resurrection.  His death brought us life.  Life to live abundantly.  He doesn't want us to live milk-toast lives.  God has opened so many doors in our lives we probably don't all remember them.  Start writing those down in the back of your Bible or a journal so you can refer back to them in those low moments in your life.  Feeling like you're not hearing from God too much these days?  It is just a 'feeling'.  Feelings can get us into trouble.  We don't live our faith by feelings or we would not stick with it and our emotions would be up and down like a roller coaster.  God never moves from us.  More than likely we move away from Him and don't realize it.

If you are going through a rough time and you feel you have not felt God's presence in some time and feel as though you can't hear his voice or vice versa.  You're not alone.  Everyone goes through this.  Maybe you feel so stampeded from life--like if it's not one thing; it's another.  I have been there and witnessed loved ones go through the same thing.  It's hard to watch.  But then realize, once again, that God is God and He's going to have to be the One to reveal Himself to your loved one.  You've reached a place where you know you can't be the one for whatever reason.  That's the time when you look to God and just pray.  Rely on your faith and your trusting of God when you're loved one can't.  Step in the gap for them.  Let them see you holding on when the storms of life come along, pushing you hither and tho so much you feel you will be pushed over, but you keep holding on to that cross.  It may be seeing you holding on that gives others hope they need to push through, persevere, stay in the race, look to the prize, receive the crown once in heaven.

Yes, we can bring hope to a dying world because for those of us who accept Jesus as our Savior comes the Holy Spirit to live within us.  Christ followers need one another to handle life's struggles together; not apart.  That's why fellowship in church is so important.  For many reasons, but we need each other.  I need you; you need her; she needs him, etc.  Reach out to be vulnerable enough to let people see your walls come down.  By not 'being real' with people you can lose the opportunity to speak into their lives, and they yours by your own experiences and their experiences.  The more you are vulnerable; the more they are vulnerable.  Then the walls come down, then you learn the struggle, you learn the fears, you learn how to pray for them, you learn how to building an accountable relationship and down the road--a deeper relationship you both can enjoy.  WE NEED EACH OTHER.  Every person who enters through those church doors carry a burden of something.  Help them, be bold enough to step in and help them carry it too.