Christmas Reminders

Last week, I mentioned the prophecy about Jesus Christ in Isaiah – He is Immanuel – God with us.  I think we get stuck on warm fuzzy thinking of God being with us.  The reason Jesus came was to save people from sins.  There is nothing warm and fuzzy about sin.  I think we struggle admitting the ugliness of sin in our lives.  Maybe that is why we have so much grumpiness during this Christmas season.

I wonder if the remedy for negativity is admitting our sin and asking Jesus to forgive us.  We might have more joy to share with others. I think it is worth a try. 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that Jesus came to save us from our sins.  Please help us to admit our sin and ask forgiveness.  Thank You for the joy of being forgiven.

I pray this in Jesus’ name.

God is so good.

Uncomplicated

I have talked the last couple weeks about trusting in Jesus Christ to save us from our sins.  Some think that to have a relationship with God, there is a difficult formula to manage.  No, it is very simple.  Romans 10:9-10 tell us that it is as simple as confession (saying, “I’m sorry”) and belief that God has done what He says.  Jesus did the hard work when He died on the cross.  He took the penalty on Himself. 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for providing such a simple way to have a relationship with You.  You are worthy of all worship, but You made a way for us to come to You.  I praise Your name.

I pray this in Jesus’ name.

God is so good.

The Opposite of Sin

Last week I talked about the fact that we are sinners.  If that was the end of the story, life would be endlessly depressing.  Thankfully God has the opposite of sin – righteousness.  It is simple – faith in Jesus Christ.  Then we can have the righteousness of God. 

I fear that our society doesn’t understand the beauty of righteousness in God.  Maybe Christians don’t understand that enough.  What is the remedy?  As Christians we need to band together to live the righteousness of God to show others how wonderful God’s righteousness is.

Dear Heavenly Father, please help us to live Your righteousness.  Thank you that it is available to all who place their faith in Jesus Christ.  Please forgive our sins and help us to live the righteousness that You have given.

I pray this in Jesus’ name.

God is so good.

Tough Days

This week has been hard on my dad’s side of the family.  Yesterday morning, God chose to take one of my uncles home to glory.  This uncle had many health issues so while the family is grieving, we are thankful that he is no longer suffering.

The Bible tells us we will have difficulties in this life.  Each of us will suffer in different ways.  While I still struggle with the suffering piece of life, I can take comfort in the fact that Jesus has overcome the world.  When Jesus came to earth, His whole purpose was to die on a cross for us.  He came to pay the penalty for our sins.  Jesus overcame death and dying.  Those of us who place our trust in Jesus have hope for an eternal future.  I know that my uncle is rejoicing and whole. 

As you face the tough days in your life, know that you can have hope if you place your trust in Jesus.  He has overcome the world.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that Jesus’ overcame the world.  Please help me to share the hope that only comes from a relationship with Jesus Christ.

I pray this in Jesus’ name.

God is so good.

Running to God in Faith

I grieve that so many in the world do not know about God or have a twisted view of who He really is.  Having the opportunity to please God through drawing near Him in faith is a great reward.  I have battled a difficult year.  Surgery in April and a year of supply chain issues {big effect on my job) is not something I would choose.  However, God has a plan for my life that includes drawing me closer to Him.  I can fight His plan or run to Him.  I can assure you, running to God is so much better than fighting against His way.

Dear Heavenly Father, when life is tough my first response is to run away.  I struggle when things are hard, but I know Your grace is strong enough to bring me through tough times.  Thank You for providing a way for me to draw near to You.  Thank You that You want me to draw close to You.  I am in awe of Your love.

I pray this in Jesus’ name.

God is so good.