A few words from Jesus to you.


“You are down a little this morning. I don’t like it when you are unhappy, you don’t have to be, let me remind you of a few things.

I love you and have since before the world was. I know you, your best and your worst, and I still love you intensely. You have never disappointed me because I have never been surprised by those times when you have done stupid things, destructive things, unloving things, even things that make me look bad. My love for you never wavers, it is always sure, steadfast, and certain. You can count on my love.

You are weak but I am strong and if you will, you can live today and every day in my strength. Remember, I created you and the world you live in and I still am in complete control. I know, from your vantage point it seems things are spinning out of control sometimes but never doubt me on this, I’ve got it covered. Just trust me.

I have all authority in heaven and on earth and I have overcome the world and all of its evil, even Satan is defeated, and I did it for you. I came to earth and lived a perfect life, and died as one who had broken every law, and I did it for you to give my Father glory. My Father has credited my perfect life to your account and all of your sins and short comings to my account. When I died, I died for you, in your place, so your sins are paid in full! Don’t fret, you are safe. You need not fear anything, even when its time for your physical body to die you will only enter into my life more fully.

There will never be one moment of any day when I am not with you and in you. I will never allow any circumstance that I don’t approve and I always and forever have your best interests in mind. It is not for you to understand, it is for you to rest in the knowledge that I am always for you. Take me at my word, I have overcome the world…for you.

It is my intention to provide for you everything you need to the tiniest detail. But I do want you to ask me for what you need and even for what you want. Understand that what you want is not always best for you so I’ll say no sometimes and other times I’ll be silent, but I’ll always do what is best for you and what gives glory to my Father.

You are safe. Your life is untouchable in my Father’s mighty hand. Your future is secure, your hope will soon be reality. You have the supernatural capacity to love like I love and to forgive like I forgive. So today, take a deep breath, drink deeply from the wells of joy my love and presence provide, and go love someone today. Remember as you go, you represent me so don’t depend on yourself, just completely depend on me, I’ve got everything covered.

Now, let’s have a great day together.”

Jesus

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Will I lose my life?


Upon hearing that the American evangelist D.L. Moody had been invited to preach in a city wide campaign a prominent London minister remarked to another minister, “Why Moody, what is so special about him? He doesn’t have a monopoly on God!”. The wise friend replied, “You are correct, Mr. Moody does not have a monopoly on God. The reason he has been invited is that God has a monopoly on him”.

Wow! What a powerful statement. And, by all accounts, God did have a monopoly on Dwight L. Moody. He and hundreds of common men have been mightily used by God. I can think of a dozen men who preached the gospel to tens of thousands with great effectiveness, many of whom had little or no formal training. The Apostle Peter comes to mind.

This story begs a question. Does God have a monopoly on me? Does he have a monopoly on you? The man God uses is not the one with the greatest education, armed with a degree from the best seminary, but the one who has kept nothing of himself away from God’s control.

Our aim is to be more dedicated to Christ. The problem is what we dedicate is “self” and the abilities we possess. What Christ wants is surrender.  He doesn’t need our ability, our energy, or even our strengths. When we give up God shows up! Only what is done for His glory in His power really matters.

“And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it”. (Matthew 10:38-40)

These words of Jesus find me, and I fear many of us, off target. It goes against all I am to come to Christ with nothing to offer and allow Him to use me as He will. Will I lose my life? Will you?

Royce