Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Never Left Alone

A flight attendant noticed an elderly lady having a difficult time buckling her seat belt. Recognizing her anxiety and obvious fear, the flight attendant went to the captain and explained what she had seen. Graciously, he accompanied the attendant to the lady, and he asked, “May I help you, Ma’am?” 

“Oh, yes,” she replied. “This is my first flight. I must admit that I am rather frightened. Tell me, Sir, will you bring me back down safely?” 

As he fastened her seat belt, he smiled politely and said, “Yes, Ma’am. I’ve flown hundreds of thousands of miles and never left anyone up there.” 

In the closing verse of Matthew, Jesus made one final, eternal promise to His disciples: “And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Have no doubt about Me! 

What a precious and powerful promise: “I am with you always.” But what does it mean? Would his memories be with us? Would his teachings be with us? Would His imprint on history be with us? Of course. But that is only the beginning. 

“I am with you” leaves no doubt that after Jesus ascended into heaven, He would be with us through the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. The Holy Spirit, available and active in our lives, is Jesus’ presence within us and working through us. Jesus was with His disciples then, and today the Holy Spirit is with us now, always will be, and will never leave us. Ever. 

Jesus said, “I am going away, but I will come back to you again!” And He did – through the Holy Spirit. And because of God’s power through Christ, He continues to be with us today. 

Prayer:  Thank You, Father, for the assurance of Your presence in our lives. We are comforted to know that whatever comes into our life, You are there to protect us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

Scripture For Today: Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Matthew 28:20

Monday, August 10, 2020

What We Have In Christ

Looking at a gallon of water in a plastic container hardly suggests that it has any power. If, however, the water seeps into the crack of a rock or space in a cement road and turns into ice, the rock and the road will split into pieces. If, on the other hand, the water is turned into steam, it can drive the pistons of a large engine and turn into a massive amount of power. Water has the potential to do many great things. 

So do we. 

When we become Christians, God empowers us to change our lives into something wholly different and unique. Paul, in our Scripture for today, teaches us that there are four things that Christ can do for us: 

1.  He gives us wisdom. By walking with Him and listening to Him, we can hear and learn the truth because He is the expert in living. 

2.  He is righteousness. Righteousness in Paul’s writings always means a right relationship with God. We can never achieve a right relationship with God through ourselves or what we try to do. We can only accomplish this “right” relationship with God through Christ. 

3.  He is holy. It is only through the presence of Christ in our lives that we can be or become all that God intends or expects us to be or become. 

4.  He is deliverance. Only Christ can forgive us and free us from our past sins, and Only He can deliver us from being enslaved to sin and then set us free from self-destruction.  

Prayer:  Lord, help us to understand the goodness of Your grace and the power of Your presence in our lives. With You, all things are possible - most importantly salvation. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

Scripture For Today: God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin. 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 

Sunday, August 9, 2020

One Answer

It was the first day in her new position as the secretary to the president. As she was presented with her first task, she wanted to appear confident and competent. 

Speaking very carefully, he said to her, “These accounts that I am giving you are critical. They are the foundation of our income. I want you to go over each of them at least three times to make sure that all of the numbers in each are correct before you return them to me. Your results must be right!”  

Working anxiously for quite some time, she finally completed her task. Returning the work assigned her by the president, she proudly gave him the results of her efforts. As he took the papers from her hands, she said with confidence, “Sir, I want you to know that I exceeded your expectations. I went over each page ten times, and discovered that there are ten different answers to each column.” 

When asked the Way to heaven and eternal life, Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one can come to the Father except through Me.” 

This statement in John’s Gospel is one of the most basic and important passages in all of Scripture. If anyone anywhere wants to know the Way to God and eternal life, this is the one and only answer. Jesus, with no hesitation, declared once and for all that He is the Way. Some may argue that this declaration and proclamation is much too narrow. But, in all reality, it is wide enough for anyone, anywhere to enter into at any time.  

Prayer:  Thank You, Heavenly Father, for sending Your One and only Son into the world to become, if we choose, Our Savior. “He” is the Way to eternal life with You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

Scripture For Today: Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. John 14:6