“It is no longer I who live, but Christ (the Messiah) lives in me”. (Galatians 2:20).
When we give our lives to christ, we’re no longer living for ourselves. Though the journey may be rough, we can rest knowing that God is changing us one day at a time.
-I [we] die daily. (1 Corinthians 15:31)
Have you ever had someone call for an SOS while you were in the midst of your own struggles? -Sarah Jakes Roberts
As I listened to Sarah Jakes Roberts speak on the topic of Good Friday, this question stood out. It had me thinking and asking myself the question “Have you ever had someone call for an SOS while you were in the midst of your own struggles”?
Having to help someone while you’re in need of help yourself isn’t something that’s easy for us to do. Its not that we can’t do it but rather that it’s hard to forget about our struggles and focus on someone else’s. While Jesus was on the cross, a thief turned to him and asked Jesus to remember him. The beauty in all this is that Jesus forgot about his own situation to listen to one man’s request. Sarah pointed out that in our lives we will make many mistakes but rather than asking God to save us from our problems, we should ask him to remember us. Remember us through all our struggles and remember us in his kingdom. We may not always get it right in this life but instead of asking God to save us from it all, simply ask him to remember us.
If you haven’t done so already, I encourage you as I was encouraged, to ask God to remember us in his kingdom.
we all influence someone, so let us influence others to never give up. -Sarah Jakes Roberts
Deuteronomy 30: 11-20
In this passage God explains to us the choice of life and death. He says that “the commandments that I command you today is not too hard”.(11). This verse alone made me think deeply about choosing life over death.
When I first gave my life to Christ a few years ago, I continued choosing death over life. Often times, I heard the word but turned away from it. As I got older and matured God began his work in my life. I found myself suddenly choosing Life by hearing the word and more importantly doing as God commanded. In Verse 16 Gods tells us that “by loving the Lord thy God, by walking in his ways, and keeping his commandments and his statutes and his rules, the Lord will bless you in the land that you are entering to take possession of it”. The beauty in this verse is that God outlines the results of choosing Life over Death. He tells us that by loving him and walking according to his commands he will bless us in eternality.
Choosing life means to completely surrender our all to Christ and accepting his truths. Trusting that God is moving mountains in our lives and that he’s guiding us on a path of righteousness. God knows that the battle is not easy but he will guide us through the journey. When we choose life we are demonstrating to God that we love and want to obey his commands. Then, and only then can we dwell in the land in which “the Lord swore to our fathers, to Abraham, to Issac and to Jacob, to give them”.(20).
–“But the word is near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it”. -vs.14
Loneliness can make us feel unseen by others and maybe even by God. But we must remind ourselves that even though we may feel forgotten by our creater God, we are not. God not only made us in His image but he also values each of us individually and sent His Son to save us. Even in our darkest hours, we can rest in the knowledge we are never alone, for our loving God is with us. – Our daily Bread Devotion (March 16, 2016)
“Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation. (5) When his breath departs, he returns to the earth; on that very day his plans perish”.
Psalm 146 begins by saying “Praise the Lord”. Praise him for everything he has done and everything he is doing. However, I especially love verses three and four because they also tell us an important message.
As children of God, we are reminded not to put our trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation. When God refers to princes, not only is he referring to those that are unrighteous but also things in our lives that weight us down, our burdens. It is very easy to become overwhelmed and discouraged by a negative situation. But, as we see in verses three and four God instructs us to not put all of our energy into things that keep us down and bring no salvation. For when they die, they return to the earth in which they came from.
I encourage, you to look at your current situations and ask God to remove all that is consuming you. Psalm 146: 10 says “The Lord will reign forever, your God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise The Lord!”. God is able to lift us up, so trust that he can deliver us out of any situation.
-Praise the Lord!
Exodus 18: 18
“You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone”.
In Exodus 18 Jethro spoke to Moses and gave him some useful advice. God saw that Moses was over working himself, so he used his father-in-law to advice him on what he needed to do. He told Moses “You will wear [yourself] out. The works is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone”. Moses listened to Jethro’s advice and did all that he was told.
Likewise, we as children of God need to listen to Jethro’s advice and work on our own self-care. Many times we become overwhelmed by the day-to-day activities occurring in our lives that we’re unable care for others as God instructs. The scripture reminds us that “[We] cannot handle it alone”. Sometimes, we need to step away and rest to renew our body and spirit. Only then will we be more effective in relationships and able to care for others.
-Jesus slipped away to rest and pray, follow his example by taking time to refresh your body and spirit
“For the grace of God hath appeared to them, bringing salvation to all men, (12) instructing us, to the intent that, denying ungodliness and wordly lusts, we should live soberly and rightously and godly in this present world”.
When I first gave my life to Christ, I thought everything would change overnight. As time progressed, old ways found a way of presenting themselves. Often times, I thought of ways to change my attitude and prevent a repeat of behaving ungodly. I did everything but one important step. I failed to trust that God would change the things that were causing me to live an unrightous life.
We can rest knowing that the grace of Christ not only saved us but will also change us. Sure, I still have moments where I find myself trying to change my own actions. But, it’s times like that I hold this scripture close to my heart.
Many of you may find yoyrselves trying to change on your own. I encourage you to take great joy in knowing that you don’t have to do it alone. Let God do the changing.
–seek God’s help for change