The “Rest” of Jesus

The “Rest” of Jesus
In John 17:19 Jesus is praying to The Father. “And I give myself ENTIRELY to you so they also might be ENTIRELY yours.” This was the work of The Savior. “And Jesus said to him, The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests; but The Son of Man has no where to lay His head.” Matt. 8:20. Jesus had no rest in this world. He sacrificed ENTIRELY so that we could be entirely His. He lived entirely for us. Until one day rest came. “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, He said ‘It is Finished’; and HE BOWED HIS HEAD, then He gave up the spirit.” John 19:30. He rested when His work was done. He loves us more than we will ever understand. Have a great day. I’m praying for you

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‘Tis a Charming Sound

‘Tis a Charming Sound

For the law made nothing perfect; on the other hand, there is the bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God.
Hebrews 7:19

To understand the link between Law and Grace, remember that God is pure, perfect, holy, and righteous. We are not; but without a measuring stick we can’t see how truly sinful we are. When God gave the Ten Commandments (which is the Law in its essence), He revealed His character in a way that allows us to measure ourselves by His holiness. Standing on tiptoe and trying to be as tall as the Law can never save us. The Law simply shows our deficiency.

It also reveals our need for Grace. When Christ came, He perfectly fulfilled the Law; and when He died on the cross, He took our failures upon Himself and transferred His righteousness to our account.

There was nothing wrong with the Law; it simply defined sin. But it also prepared us for a better hope — the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ through whom we draw near to God. The Law was conditional, but Christ’s redemption is unmerited, unconditional, final, and worthy of praise forever. -David Jeremiah

Grace first inscribed my name in God’s eternal book; ‘Twas grace that gave me to the Lamb, who all my sorrows took.
Philip Doddridge, in the hymn “Grace, ‘Tis a Charming Sound”

Free at last

Finally Free!

For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
Matthew 26:28

In 2007, James Tillman was released from prison after serving 16.5 years of a 45-year sentence for a rape he did not commit. Also in 2007, Lynn DeJac was released from prison after serving 13 years on a murder conviction — a murder she did not commit. In 2010, Greg Taylor was released from prison after serving 17 years for a murder he did not commit. As of June 2012, 292 wrongfully-convicted people had been freed from prison through DNA testing, 17 of whom had received death sentences.

Imagine what it must feel like to walk out of prison a free person — no more burden of guilt or shame of (accused) wrongdoing. The Christian doesn’t have to imagine it. We know the reality in an even deeper way: We did, in fact, commit the sins of which we stand accused by God’s law. And yet we have been set free from the burden of guilt and shame of (actual) wrongdoing. Through the shed blood of Christ, God promises to remember our sins no more. Our challenge is to remember that God has forgotten!

If you are a child of God, thank Him today that you have been set free — forevermore! Then walk in the newness of life Christ’s blood has bought. -David Jeremiah

Free at last, free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Rain

Each droplet of water on the leaf reflects light, holding a picture of the world. Get close enough and it reflects you. Larry. Pope.

THE RISK OF FAITH

The RISK of FAITH!
“A woman who had suffered a condition of hemorrhaging for 12 years-a long succession of physicians had treated her, and treated her badly, taking all her money and leaving her worse off than before-had heard about Jesus. She slipped in from behind and touched His robe. She thought ‘If I can put my finger on His robe, I can get well’… Jesus said to her, Daughter, you took a RISK OF FAITH and now you’re healed and whole. ” Mark 5:21-34(MSG). Faith is risky. But the object of our faith is Faithful and True. Jesus loves for us to risk faith. Faith in the Savior will never fail! “God is kind, but he is not soft. In kindness He takes us firmly by the hand and leads us into a radical life!” Romans 2:4(MSG) “God keeps His word even when the whole world is lying through their teeth.” Romans 3:5(MSG). RISK FAITH ! I’m praying for you.

How do you see your world?

Perfect Point of View

The LORD looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men….He fashions their hearts individually; He considers all their works.
Psalm 33:13, 15

Recommended Reading
Acts 17:22-31
A man in a plane flying above a town has a better perspective on the town than a man walking on the street. If you had to choose one of them to guide you, who would you choose?

We are like the man on the street, only seeing and understanding our immediate surroundings. God, like the man in the plane, sees more. He knows each detail of our lives. As the Creator of all, He understands each intricate person and piece of the world.

He has determined our times and dwelling places. Unlike an author or painter who steps back from their created work once it is finished, God desires a daily relationship with us. We have a choice. We can rely on our own instincts and wisdom or we can rely on God for direction. When we rely on our own point of view, we are certain to take wrong turns. When we rely on God, our footsteps are sure. Who will you trust today? David Jeremiah

It is a glorious thing to know that your Father God makes no mistakes in directing or permitting that which crosses the path of your life. It is the glory of God to conceal a matter. It is our glory to trust Him, no matter what.
Joni Eareckson Tada

Unchangeable

Immutable!

…the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
James 1:17

Recommended Reading
Psalm 46
If you’re worried about anything at all today, let me introduce you to the subject of the immutability of God. What do we mean when we say something is “immutable”? It means it’s not capable of mutating. In other words, it is not possible for it to change. If something is immutable, it is unchanging and unchangeable. What could that be? Nothing that is part of this world. Everything in the universe is subject to change. Certainly you and I are changing. Our children are changing. Our society is changing. And even the most durable elements of our natural world and in our universe are changing.

But Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever; the Alpha and Omega. The Lord says, “I am who I am” (Exodus 3:19). Malachi 3:6 says, “I am the LORD, I do not change.” In Christ we have a rock of stability. We have a Friend whose word will never go out of style. We have a Savior who is as dependable now as He was two thousand years ago.

In times of instability, focus on God’s immutability.

Thou changest not, Thy compassions they fail not; as Thou hast been, Thou forever will be.
Thomas O. Chisholm