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He Died

Isaiah 53 The Message (MSG)

53 Who believes what we’ve heard and seen?
    Who would have thought God’s saving power would look like this?

(I would encourage you to read all of Isaiah 53)

 

 

 

 

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Ever notice how things with God can sometimes be backwards?  He gave death to bring life.  He sent His only Son Jesus to die so that we may live.  There are times when I just don’t understand the whole deal, yet I am ever grateful for this opportunity of life.  I am thankful for the life I have been given so that in turn I can give life to the death in other’s lives.  From the moment I knew that I was to be a writer for Jesus, my one desire is to mend the hearts of the broken.  As I myself have healed from many hurts and wounds I want others to be made whole in His presence.  His grace is what pulled me out and it is by that same grace I write.

 

We were given life so that we can bring the revelation of life to others.  Today my husband and I visited a regular customer of mine who had recently been hospitalized.  Her and her husband have been in my drive thru every morning for the past two years and I felt compelled to visit her.  I brought her both copies of my books and we sat and chatted for awhile.  Then we prayed over her.  She was ever so touched by the mere fact that we stopped to see her.  This is the impact God wants us to make on the world.  I can’t tell you what compelled me to visit this person I knew nothing about, yet I know it brought some life to her day.

 

It’s always the little things that matter the most when it comes to showing love to someone.  Take for instance when my hubby picks one single flower and places it in my hair it is much more special than a dozen roses.  When someone just simply smiles randomly as you pass by it is way more appealing than just rushing right on by.  When someone stops to pick up something you dropped when they could have just walked away means more than them just ignoring it.  Do see what I am trying to say?  It is the little things which matter the most and those are the things I like to partake in.

 

So where am I going with this when Jesus dying on a cross was such a huge act of love?  Because with one death, the world gained life and for those who choose Life in Christ, they will see so much more come to pass in their lives than the ones who deny His very existence.  In death we find life.  In darkness we have found Light.  When we find death in our situations we get the option of shinning the Light of Jesus on it and moving forward.  We have the opportunity then to speak life into other’s darkness.  This is who I was designed to be through my writing.  I am able to shine a light where maybe only darkness brooded.   

 

Can you be a Light to those around you?  What can you do to share Life?  Are you willing to allow Jesus to enter into your very own darkness?  Are you ready to let Him shine through you so that others can see just how much life they can have?  Everyday I strive to shine, some days it is not easy, yet it is by His grace I am able.  With His grace I can smile.  With His grace I can stop and help someone.  With His grace I can be a Light in such a darkened world.  If what I write changes one mindset today, God will have used me.  The key to all of it is…are you willing to be used?  Are you willing to let God bring life to your death?  Are you willing to be changed so God can use you to change others?  It’s tough at first I know but what joy comes when you see someone surface from darkness.  Are you somebody’s only Light to Life?

 

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comPASSION

1 John 3:17

If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person?
018compassionSo Jesus saved us.  We are covered by His grace from the moment we accepted Him as our savior.  Most of us can remember the feeling we had the moment we entered into salvation.  The joy which bubbled up.  The happiness that flooded our hearts.  We were ready to tackle the world for Jesus.  Suddenly we wanted the whole world to know about what Jesus did for us on that cross.  What happened to our compassion for some of us?  How did we lose that moment we had when we were saved?  When was the last time we even mentioned Jesus to anyone?
I am just as guilty as the next person.  There have been times when I should have shared Jesus with a complete stranger and I chose not to.  How many times have I been too busy to share Jesus?  Too many times to count I would say over the last 37 years since I have been saved.  I keep getting this reoccurring theme in my head:  love one another and spread the Gospel.  Love one another.  It is the last commandment Jesus gave His people.  Love one another.  How do we do this?  Where do we find the compassion to take the time to not walk away when we know someone is hurting?
Spread the Gospel.  Many times I have said, why should I share it with this person?  They are just going to push me away and not listen. What if they don’t even care?  Well, the truth of the matter is if people reject what you are sharing about the gospel then they are not rejecting you, they are in reality rejecting Jesus.  If this happens then move on to the next person.  If we don’t start sharing the gospel, how many will perish in hell?

If Jesus had enough compassion to die for us then we should have enough passion to share the story so others may feel the joy and happiness we once felt.  We need to begin to search our hearts and relocate the passion we once had burning for others to be saved.  I know I get shy sometimes and I hold back but every time I hold back what good is it doing?  We need to come to the realization that yes we have families and jobs because we are a part of this world, however once we are in Christ our responsibilities increase concerning the Kingdom.
I pray right now that all of us receive a dose of passion to increase our compassion. There are so many hurting lost people out there that need to hear some Good News.  We need to be so tired of seeing pain and agony that our hearts swell up with this overwhelming desire to share Jesus with everyone we meet.  We need to stop passing up opportunities and trust God to have already opened the door before we pass that person on the street.  Close your eyes after you read this and remember the moment you chose to let Jesus into your heart……don’t you want to open that door for someone else?