Saturday

(Jesus speaking) “I speak to you eternal truth: Soon the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who listen will arise with life!

For the Father has given the Son the power to impart life, even as the Father imparts life.

The Father has transferred to the Son the authority to judge, because he is the Son of Man.” (John 5:25)

I believe with all my heart that Jesus has taken all my sins (of omission and commission) with Him to the cross and that Judgement has been replaced by Grace and Mercy. But what about the following Scripture?

… Cheerfully pleasing God is the main thing, and that’s what we aim to do, regardless of our conditions. Sooner or later we’ll all have to face God, regardless of our conditions. We will appear before Christ and take what’s coming to us as a result of our actions, either good or bad. (2 Cor 5:9).

So it’s not just about receiving Jesus and His salvation (and then living like we want to). It’s about following the leading of His Holy Spirit ‘in us,’ and ‘being’ Christlike – Giving, caring, blessing, loving… ❤️

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Friday

Jesus summoned the crowd, along with his disciples, and had them gather around. And he said to them: “If you truly want to follow me, you should at once completely disown your own life. And you must be willing to share my cross and experience it as your own, as you continually surrender to my ways. For if you let your life go for my sake and for the sake of the gospel, you will continually experience true life. But if you choose to keep your life for yourself, you will forfeit what you try to keep. For what use is it to gain all the wealth and power of this world, with everything it could offer you, at the cost of your own life? And what could be more valuable to you than your own soul? So among the unfaithful and sinful people living today, if you are ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of you when he makes his appearance with his holy messengers in the glorious splendor of his Father!” (Mark 8:34)

❤️

Thursday

(Jesus speaking) “The person who loves his life and pampers himself will miss true life! But the one who detaches his life from this world and abandons himself to me, will find true life and enjoy it forever!

If you want to be my disciple, follow me and you will go where I am going. And if you truly follow me as my disciple, the Father will shower his favour upon your life.” (John 12:25)

How to find true life – and GOD’s favour. ❤️

Wednesday

I remind you, dear children: your sins have been permanently removed because of the power of his name.

I remind you, fathers and mothers: you have a relationship with the One who has existed from the beginning.

And I remind you, young people: you have defeated the Evil One.

I write these things to you, dear children, because you truly have a relationship with the Father.

I write these things, fathers and mothers, because you have had a true relationship with him who is from the beginning.

And I write these things, young people, because you are strong, the Word of God is treasured in your hearts, and you have defeated the Evil One. (1 John 2:12)

I was directed to this Scripture this morning, as our Heavenly Papà needs you to remember … ❤️

Tuesday

And I continually long to know the wonders of Jesus more fully and to experience the overflowing power of his resurrection working in me. I will be one with him in his sufferings and I will be one with him in his death. (Phil 3:10)

My wife was recounting some of the problems she was facing at work this morning over breakfast, and I must admit the temptation to dismiss the issues she was going through with my own was extremely high. Only when her passions rose and I sensed her need did I re-focus, begin to connect and offer any support.

Isn’t this what the above Scripture means?

Lord, I need to focus more on you and your concerns. I know that I don’t have any real power to help people and that the only way to truly offer anyone any Heavenly assistance is to embrace the overflowing power of your resurrection working in me. I need to let go of my own concerns and trust you to fix them so that I can be (and remain), one with you in the sufferings you have for your children – my brothers and sisters. And Lord, I really do need to die to the things this world constantly tempts me with. Amen. ❤️

Monday

(GOD speaking) “This is the kind of fast day I’m after: to break the chains of injustice, get rid of exploitation in the workplace, free the oppressed, cancel debts.

What I’m interested in seeing you do is: sharing your food with the hungry, inviting the homeless poor into your homes, putting clothes on the shivering ill-clad, being available to your own families.

Do this and the lights will turn on, and your lives will turn around at once. Your righteousness will pave your way. The GOD of glory will secure your passage.

Then when you pray, GOD will answer. You’ll call out for help and I’ll say, ‘Here I am.’

“If you get rid of unfair practices, quit blaming victims, quit gossiping about other people’s sins, If you are generous with the hungry and start giving yourselves to the down-and-out, Your lives will begin to glow in the darkness, your shadowed lives will be bathed in sunlight.

I will always show you where to go. I’ll give you a full life in the emptiest of places— firm muscles, strong bones. You’ll be like a well-watered garden, a gurgling spring that never runs dry. You’ll use the old rubble of past lives to build anew, rebuild the foundations from out of your past. You’ll be known as those who can fix anything, restore old ruins, rebuild and renovate, make the community livable again. (Isa 58:6)

A promise of a FULL LIFE – even in the emptiest of places! ❤️

Sunday

By entering through faith into what God has always wanted to do for us—set us right with him, make us fit for him—we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus. And that’s not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise.

There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit! (Rom 5:1)

And THIS is the Life He died to give us. ❤️