God Still Delivers

Sin Recovery is submitting our wills and lives wholeheartedly to God.

Message Magazine’s Online Devotional for Wednesday, July 17, 2019

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Today’s Scripture Focus: Psalm 61

I can attest to the fact that God’s ears are attentive to the prayers of those who love Him. He is ready, willing and available to answer us when we call. The problem is that too many of us neglect to call Him. Too many of us put God last on our call list.

Let me tell you a story.

A Different King of Healing

This past Saturday I was in a meeting with various church leaders. After several minutes, there was a knock at the door. It was one of our elders. In my faith tradition, an elder is a servant leader who supports the pastor in facilitating relationships and spiritual growth among the membership. This particular elder said two people down in the sanctuary appeared to need emergency medical attention. Once we got to them it was evident that they were oppressed and possessed by demonic spirits as seen in Mark 5.

A Psalm 61 Anointing

Immediately, a group of us armored up, prayed, and confessed our sins to God. We did this so that no sin within us could stop the Holy Spirit from delivering these two people. We needed to intervene on their behalf under the power of the Holy Spirit and the authority of Jesus Christ. And so, we asked God to forgive us of the sins inside of us. To make an incredibly long story short, these two people were in fact under the direct oppression of evil angels. I will not share all that happened that night, but as we prayed, read Scripture, and sang hymns we chose to read Psalm 61 over them while anointing them with oil.

I asked God to hear my cry. My heart was overwhelmed as I called on His name for assistance. I asked Him to be jealous over His honor and to get glory in the situation by breaking the yoke and setting these captives free. Praying fervently, I asked the Lord to forgive them of whatever they had done. I pleaded with the Lord to loose them from whatever foothold they created within their lives. In the spirit of verse seven, I asked God to protect and reign over them. And I had full faith and assurance that God wanted to and would deliver these two souls.

Deliverance is Sweet

I am delighted to report to you that God came through! I watched Him deliver those two souls with my own eyes. He manifested His love for them by using us to pray over them. What a beautiful thing to see God free people from the Devil’s binding grip; from his efforts to force them to do his evil bidding.

What is crucial about this story is that the key to their deliverance is the divine authority of Jesus Christ. These two people are able to experience spiritual freedom today because of the sacrifice and resurrection of our Lord and Savior. We were simply servant leaders fully submitted to Him, ready and willing to step on that battlefield and be used to deliver His children.

But guess what else I asked God to do? In the spirit of verse eight, I asked Him to teach these folks to praise Him for His goodness to them, and for them to dedicate their lives in service to Him. Whenever God is so gracious to descend in the Spirit and free us in such a way, we must be certain to thank and praise Him!

Victory Comes Through Submission

We may not be spiritually oppressed to the extent that these two people were. But many of us find ourselves addicted to all sorts of sins. For some of us, pornography is our demon; lying is our demon; pride is our demon; gossip is our demon; violence is our demon; drugs and alcohol are our demons. There are so many sins and vices that oppress us on a day to day basis. And what this experience has taught me is that victory comes through submission. If I want to partner with God to participate in the freedom of another my life must be wholly submitted to Him. And if I find myself in need of victory and salvation then I simply need to surrender and confess to God my desire to be wholly submitted to Him.

Victory is is truly ours! Like the song says I want you to know that you can say with confidence “Satan, get thee behind! Victory today is mine!” I want you to ask God to teach you whole life submission, and encourage you to make this verse your life’s motto:

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

Philippians 4:8-9

If God could deliver those dear children from the chains of Satan’s angels, then what in your life is too difficult for Him? Absolutely nothing.




Purified in the Fire

Sin Recovery is admitting that we are powerless against sin and thus we cannot manage our lives without God’s miraculous intervention.

Message Magazine’s Online Devotional for Friday, July 5, 2019

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Today’s Scripture Focus: Job 6:2-13

When trials come after you’ve committed to doing whatever God says, how do you cope? See, it’s one thing to experience the consequences of our sins (like going to prison for carjacking someone), but it’s another thing altogether when we have trials for reasons that have nothing to do with our mistakes. It is a bitter pill to swallow when we are afflicted after choosing to live for God.

Job did just that. He was a truehearted follower of God. In fact, the book named after him begins with the writer declaring Job “blameless and upright…one who feared God and shunned evil” (Job 1:1 NKJV). That is an amazing testimony when God is the one vouching for you. Yet, as we see Job’s story unfold, he proceeds to lose everything that matters to him. He loses his children, property, wealth, and his health. This causes him to also lose a level of peacefulness because he can’t figure out why his life has taken such a sudden downturn. He even begins to wonder if he has any unconfessed sins that he needs to repent of. Day after day Job experienced the worst trials any of us could ever imagine. And the Bible says in spite of all of this he held on to his faith wishing only for death.

Depression is Common with Discipleship

Have you ever been so low that you wanted to die? Did becoming a believer bring more trials than you bargained for? Can you feel Job’s lament? “Is my strength the strength of stones? Or is my flesh of brass? Is not my help in me? And is wisdom driven quite from me?” (Job 6:12-13 NKJV).

Well I have good news, and I have great news. The good news is that trials don’t last forever. The great news is that trials don’t last forever! We will, and must, encounter our fiercest troubles the closer we get to God. Yet, in our helplessness, He promises to send divine aid. The Spirit comes near at just the right times to tell us how much God loves us. He encourages us to stay faithful even when we feel like giving up. And the Bible promises us that He will refresh our mindset. So even when we’re tempted to return to our old way of life we will resist.

The Refiner’s Fire

Today’s emphasis is not so much about the times we’ve done wrong and made a mess of our lives. It’s about realizing that even when we do what God says we are powerless against the sin that lurks around us. Distress comes because sin exists. Trials come because sin exists. Depression, pain, privation, loss, we are susceptible to all kinds of suffering in this world because sin exists. We don’t get a free pass to luxurious spiritual living when we choose to follow God by faith. However, we do receive the blessing of heavenly help through all of life’s difficulties. Indeed, we are powerless against sin in this world. But our God will continue to intervene in our lives as long as we put Him first.

Job learned some valuable lessons in the midst of his storm. Although God already considered him righteous, Job said, “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear: But now my eyes see You” (Job 42:5 NKJV). Job’s experience with God was enriched after going through trials. His faith was strengthened and his faith purified because of suffering. It’s a hard message. But are you ready and willing to be purified through trials? Don’t answer now. Just fall on your knees and ask the Lord to make you battle ready. Ask Him to harden you against sin so that no matter what life throws your way, you will keep trusting in God.

If you get tired of your job, keep trusting in God. If your spouse leaves you for no fault of your own, keep trusting in God. If, God forbid, your child suddenly falls deathly ill, keep trusting in God. If you are tempted to go back to your old ways, just keep trusting in God. And as you do so, you will come through any trial like pure gold.




Fear Not! We Can’t Be Silenced!

This is the Faith I live by: God’s message can never be silenced

Message Magazine’s Online Devotional for Wednesday, June 19, 2019

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“And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”

Matthew 10:28

Reprisals. Retribution. Revenge. Censorship. Fear-mongering. Alarm. Those who hate love, whether they are individuals or institutions, use all sorts of tactics to manipulate people. They use these tactics in an attempt to silence or cause people to alter their message. However, if your message is worthy, nothing will silence it. Is your message worthy?

Misinterpreting the Message

Jesus’ disciples had a small problem. They were aligned with someone many people loved, but who some people hated. Jesus came here on a miraculous mission of mercy. He came at a time when the Roman government was in power, and the people of God were on a very short leash. Unfortunately, the people of God lost sight of their mission. Instead of forwarding the message God had given them through Jesus the Messiah, they worked against Him. Because Jesus’ identity, message, and mission did not coincide with their understanding of God’s plan for salvation, the religious leaders became rabble rousers. They became enemies of the One person who came to deliver them from the yoke of Roman rule forever.

While Jesus never intended to subvert Caesar’s government, He fully intended to break the status quo. Christ had every intention of being the fulfillment of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream where God replaces all human rule with His kingdom of glory.

More Enemies Than Friends

In other words, the Roman government and the Jewish leaders and teachers were enemies to the disciples. Rome was hostile and paranoid because God’s message was so powerful and persuasive. But they did not understand that Christ’s message included instruction to do all you can to cause your civil society to prosper for the good of all. Then you had the Jewish leaders and teachers. Really, they were pseudo-religious. I call them pseudo-religious because Scripture tells us that there is a religion that is good for all of us. One that does not malign, disenfranchise, forget, or disrespect the needy. God says that is a true and undefiled religion that makes a difference in this world, but never becomes tainted by it (James 1:27). Both of these enemies would become unlikely cohorts against Christ and His followers. But the second was more insidious. They used the discrimination and marginalization to destroy God’s people and His message.

The Message is Greater Than Your Fears

If you are a voice for the message God has given His people be encouraged! You have no need to fear those who seek your demise. Some of them will be like the second enemy believing they are doing God’s will by oppressing you. But when God positions you in the spotlight and the cameras are rolling open your mouth and speak! Reporters will report. Social media content creators will quote. The world is watching. Speak the truth. Speak it to power. Stand up. Do not be afraid of their faces. Stand up! Speak the words that our Heavenly Father has put in your mouth for such a time as this.

Humanity is flawed. It uses all sorts of tactics to quiet godly voices. But if we maintain our composure and allow God to speak through us; if we hold fast until our work is done, then His message surely will always come through.

By God’s grace, this is the faith I live by. Let this be the same for you, in Jesus’ name.

 




Too Many Of Us Are Talking Pots

This is the Faith I Live By: trust requires surrender

Message Magazine’s Online Devotional for Monday, June 17, 2019

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“For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it is good or evil.”

Ecclesiastes 12:14

Have you ever attempted to give God instructions? Maybe you’ve tried to inform Him of something as though He doesn’t see and know all things? It may seem far fetched when put into those terms, but the fact is anytime we move contrary to the will of God we are showing Him that we think we know best. In effect, we are saying that we realize that He has a view of how things should go, but our way is better. Can you imagine a clay pot chiding the pottery making for making it a certain way? Well that’s what we do to God.

Trust Requires Surrender

The pinnacle of honor and respect for God is to recognize His infinite knowledge, wisdom, and understanding. It is to yield our perspectives, and to accept His perfect plans even when they seem undesirable at the moment.

He knows our secret thoughts, motives, and intentions. His plans take all of these and more into consideration. This is because His will comprehensive. Therefore, we must surrender all of our plans, outcomes, trials, and triumphs to God. Only He can weigh and assess their true impact on our lives. And once He determines we handle something we need to accept His instructions as sovereign and for our best interest.

The One who judges all is singularly qualified to guide us on to the path of righteousness. It is He who rewards us if we remain on this path by His grace.

The truth is, God is trustworthy. He stands ready, willing, and available to make us holy, and then reward us for being so. Judgment belongs to God. Therefore, let us put our trust in Him!

By God’s grace, this is the faith I live by. Let this be the same for you, in Jesus’ name.




The Affections Test

This is the Faith I live by: My affections affect my attitude

Message Magazine’s Online Devotional for Thursday, June 13, 2019

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“Set your affection on things above, not on things on the Earth.”

Colossians 3:2

Affection is a strong word! What has your affection? Cars, people, wealth, or gossip? Maybe peace, love, and God have your affection? Perhaps you have an affection for a combination of all these things. But the fact of the matter is, God says that whatever has captivated your affection must be from the world above.

The Affections Test

In our theme passage, the phrase “set your affection on” literally means to “continually think of or continually give keen attention to.” Check this scenario. What if you continually think of or continually give keen attention to your beautiful home in a gated community? Let’s say you need renovations done that cost more than $50,000. You come into some cash and find a highly recommended contractor that you share your dreams for your home with. After paying the contractor to begin, you find his work to be poor. As you walk in you see that your beautiful home retreat is now flooded, the additions are falling apart around you, and to make matters worse the contractor has no intention of making things right. Now what?

This is a true story. Fortunately, while he is extremely disappointed, his “affection” is not for his home. He is able to calmly, and yet courageously stick up for himself without becoming emotionally overwhelmed about the matter. He has a miraculous grasp of the God who sees all and who has his best interests at heart. His respectful reaction to this shows that his faith is strong. He continues to exhibit a godly demeanor, and remains hopeful that God will settle the matter in his favor.

Seek First…

Many times, our affairs to no not go as smoothly as we hope. But scripture promises us that if we seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness, then He will add peace, power, victory, and eternal life to our spiritual investment accounts. When our affections are set on things above, we can rest assured that these temporary and light afflictions will pass away. We can trust in this because our God who gives love, joy, and peace will soon return to give us our reward. And when He comes He will give us new bodies, and we will live in a new heaven and a new Earth. It’s when we think of or continually give keen attention to these things that are hearts are purified and our minds are renewed.

By God’s grace, this is the faith I live by. Let this be the same for you, in Jesus’ name.




God Wants Me to Make an Impact

This is the Faith I Live by: In Christ I can make an impact

Message Magazine’s Online Devotional for Wednesday, June 12, 2019

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Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going.”

Ecclesiastes 9:10 NKJV

Death is not morbid. The Bible teaches us that we are here today, and sometimes gone today because tomorrow is not promised. Instead, I believe death can bring hope. Given the right perspective, we can see death as showing us that we have a certain amount of time to make a lasting impact on the world around us. We can make an impact on our families, through our faith, or even civically within our communities. There are a number of spaces that we can influence. No matter where we are, we can always make an impact.

What Will Your Legacy Be?

The question is: in the limited time we have, what kind of changes will you leave behind? What will your legacy be? When you die will people remember you for your love? Will they remember you for your undying dedication to the causes of the maligned? Maybe people will remember you for your zeal for the kingdom? Or will people remember you for your selfishness? Maybe they’ll remember you for your foolish arrogance? And what if they remember you for your disregard for the common good?

In our theme passage, the wiseman gives us a royal charge to live like our Redeemer, Jesus Christ. When He encountered people He completely altered their current situation. For example, when Jesus met blind people He gave them new vision. Many times while traveling and preaching He encountered hungry people and always fed them both physically and spiritually. Or how about when He encountered proud people and humbly gave them a glimpse to His sovereignty as the mighty King of the universe. Or even when He encountered injustice and rebuked the oppressors with a whip He hand made. Jesus made an indelible impact on everything and everyone He touched. And He only had thirty-three years on this Earth. But the three and a half years of His ministry changed the world forever.

It’s not about how much time you have, it’s about what you do with the time you’re given.

Make Every Moment Count

It’s important as we think about our everyday decisions to determine that we will do our best to make each moment God gives us count for something. And when we gather together all the fragments of lasting, positive impact, they will comprise a respectable legacy that can be passed on for generations to come. This life is but a fleeting moment, but our impact must continue long after we are gone.

By God’s grace, this is the faith I live by, let this be the same for you, in Jesus’ name.




Where My Strength Lies

This is the Faith I live by: Faith is my strength

Message Magazine’s Online Devotional for Thursday, June 6, 2019

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Theme Text

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks. By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith. By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.”

Hebrews 11:1-10

Life is Laborious

I must admit. This life is no cakewalk. There are so many obstacles that litter our paths everyday. We encounter unreasonable people, difficult assignments at work, bill collectors, flat tires, road rage, and so much more. We have internal struggles with low self-esteem, overwhelming guilt, feelings of anxiety or depression, sometimes we feel unappreciated by loved ones, and sometimes it’s just hard to get through the day. And to top it all off, we have to deal with our sin problems. Some of us are addicted to food. Others of us are addicted to questionable entertainment. Some of us have questionable relationships. And others of us have pride and other dysfunctions to process. Honestly, if left to our own devices our lives would be a mess.

Are God’s Expectations Unrealistic?

It doesn’t help that God has lofty expectations of us. He said that we should be holy because He is holy. Then He added that we should have the mind of Christ. Not to leave out the part about not esteeming others higher than ourselves. Oh yeah! And don’t forget, never lean on your own understanding, and make sure to seek Him first and everything you need will be added to your life.

How? How in the world can we have such odds stacked against us. From the moment we begin developing in our mother’s womb God has these desires for us. How in the world can we ever measure up?
Faith. The answer is faith. I admit this may sound like a cliche answer. It may even seem like it’s missing something. But it’s the truth. If the Bible says that it is impossible to please God without faith, it stands to reason that with faith, we can overcome all of our human inadequacies and ultimately please our heavenly father.

Faith Makes Up For Our Inadequacies

But what is faith? The Bible defines faith in our theme text cited above. I’d like to rephrase it in this way: Faith is the conduit through which God’s power to live according to His will comes into our lives. Remember I introduced us to this concept yesterday. Whatever is impossible in our own strength, God makes possible through faith. When our faith lays hold of God’s power we can overcome every evil tendency, doubt, weakness, and poor thinking pattern.

So my encouragement to you today is this: ask God to increase your faith. Ask Him to reward your tiny, mustard seed faith with His limitless power from Heaven. Take some time this morning to ask God to originate, nurture, and blossom the kind of faith that pleases Him. The kind of faith that can remove any mountain that stands between you and God’s ideal for your life.
By God’s grace, this is the faith I live by. Let this be the same for you, in Jesus’ name.



Get Plugged In!

This is the Faith I live by: Faith is the cord that connects me to God

Message Magazine’s Online Devotional for

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

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“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Hebrews 11:1

Substance. Hope. Evidence. Faith. Get plugged in!

Hall of Faith

Faith is one of those principles that even if you don’t understand every nuance, you use what you do know to understand it. For instance, we know that Jesus is the author and Finisher of our faith. We know that Abraham had faith that YHWH would bring Isaac back to life even though there was no record of resurrections before that time. In Exodus, we learn that Moses had faith the children of Israel would traverse the Red Sea and not drown with Pharaoh’s army. In the New Testament we see that Peter had faith to walk on water with Jesus; albeit for a short time. And we know Jesus had faith that His Father’s will was supreme as He faced the dismal separation of His crucifixion. What is the common denominator in all these examples?

How Does Faith Work?

Well let me see if I can give an example of how faith works. Imagine a power cord. Is there any power in the cord? Well, that depends on when you ask the question. Disconnected from an electrical source the cord has no power. Even when one end of the cord is attached to your iPhone or refrigerator, neither of these appliances will work if they are not plugged into the wall where they can connect to electricity. It is only when the cord is connected to an electrical source that it has any power.

Faith is similar. Faith is the cord that connects us to our Father. We can’t activate our purpose, obedience, or righteousness when we are disconnected from God. Truthfully, we can’t even serve others unless we are empowered by the Holy Spirit. Which means that faith plays a role in our Christian walk that should never be underestimated. Faith is such an important factor in our daily Christian walk because living out what we believe is inhibited and incomplete whenever we are disconnected from God. Godly faith is the conduit through which all heavenly power and blessings move from God’s storehouse into our lives. By faith, we move from dormant potential to empowered vessels for His glory.

So, it’s time we get plugged in.

By God’s grace, this is the faith I live by. Let this be the same for you, in Jesus’ name.




How You’re Kind of Like Mangos

This is the faith I live by: What I sow I will reap

Message Magazine’s Online Devotional for Wednesday, May 29, 2019

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Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”

Galatians 6:7

I love it when God uses nature to get His point across. We may not understand complex, supernatural matters, but we can study and learn from many of the mysteries in nature. Sowing and reaping, while it is incredibly complex in its details, the basic outcomes are simple. You can’t separate the crop from the seed. A Mango’s natural materials will never, under any circumstance, produce a callaloo plant. And a callaloo’s natural materials will never, under any circumstance, produce a fig tree. To do so is against nature. It is against the Creator’s design. Sowing and reaping teaches us that outcomes are predictable.

Check the Fruit

Our spiritual lives are just like mangos. While many believe they can sow wickedness and somehow escape the naturally encoded outcome, the truth of the matter is they can’t. We cannot mistreat the disenfranchised and continue to prosper. If we disregard the laws of health we cannot remain in good health. When we disregard the principles of God’s word we cannot reap the rich rewards of the faithful. This principle teaches us that we cannot break the law of God and still have eternal life. It’s not a matter of punitive action as much as it is the spiritual law of cause and effect at work in God’s holy order. Whatever anyone sows, as a lifestyle, that person will reap.

The following verses in a modern translation make both sides of the matter abundantly clear:

“Do not be deceived. God will not be made a fool. For a person will reap what he sows, because the person who sows to his own flesh will reap corruption from the flesh, but on who sows to the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit. So we must not grow weary in doing good, for in due time we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who belong to the family of faith.”

Galatians 6:7-10 (NET)

We can sow for a blessed outcome, or we can sow for a detrimental outcome. But the choice is ours to make because we’re kinda like mangos. Whatever seeds we plant we can predict what kind of fruit will grow. So if you’re wondering about what you’ve sowed into yourself, just check your fruit. A mango seed will always produce a mango tree.




The Quest for True Power

This is the Faith I Live By: The Power of Jesus Christ is available to me through His Spirit.

Message Magazine’s Online Devotional for Monday, May 27, 2019

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“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”

Romans 1:16

The pursuit of power is one of the most intoxicating driving forces in our world today. Many pursue power by creating popular music. Others pursue power by perfecting their athletic abilities. Still others pursue power by studying psychology in order to master the mind. But where can we find real power? Is it in books or on television? Can we gain real power by exercising until our muscles are perfectly sculpted? All of these things have an element of power inherent to them. Yet, they cannot change our lives from an eternal perspective.

Biblical Power

The apostle Paul had a true concept of power. He said that the gospel of Christ is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes. Truthfully, the gospel of Jesus Christ has been changing lives for thousands of years. This gospel is God’s demonstration of His love toward a lost world. When He created us, His intention was that we live with Him eternally. However, since the inception of sin that plan seemed impossible to achieve. Since God knows everything, His plans include all eventualities into the equation. Meaning, sin was no surprise to God. Before the world was, God had a plan.

Power in Jesus Christ

Jesus covenanted with the Father that if humanity should sin He would would become our substitute. God’s love did not allow Him to simply watch from the sidelines as sin destroyed the lives of the ones He loved. Just at the right time, Jesus became a man, lived a perfect life, died as a perfect substitute, and rose from the dead to eternal perfection pardoning our sins forever. Now, Jesus is in the Heavenly Sanctuary interceding on our behalf. Because of His power we have access to the power of God. Because of Christ’s sacrifice we have true power. The power of Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit. And one day, we will be restored to what God intended for us from the beginning.

Let the reality of God’s love and all that He sacrificed in order to save us permeate your thoughts today. Be encouraged. Believe the gospel. For in it we gain true power.