Here’s Hope!

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8_28Here’s Hope: Jesus Christ is risen from the dead. When life happens, never forget the truth: that God causes all things to work together for good to those of us who love God and have been called by Him according to His purpose. He has conquered death, and He lives forevermore. There is no pain in a believer’s life that He cannot transform into a blessing, there is no fear that cannot be used by God to make us fearless, and there is no foe that we cannot learn to forgive. My hope is in Jesus Christ; it is because He lives that I now live. It is because of His grace that I have new life and strength in my soul. He alone possess the power to work all things together for good in the life of those who follow Him, and by His grace, I am going to love this God and trust Him. I am not perfect, but I serve a perfect God. God bless.

Mary Met Jesus. Have You?

Mary Met jesus. Have you?

Mary Magdalene met Jesus Christ somewhere in Galilee, Israel.

She was possessed with seven demons! SEVEN, evil demons…

Demons are not nice. They are evil, shrewd, deceptive, wicked, and vile. Everything that God’s Holiness declares will bring destruction into the lives of human beings, demons want humans to do.

In the Bible, these dark spirits possess people and cause them to torture themselves. The demonic of Gadara – “Legion” – did not wear clothes, he cut himself with stones, he lived in tombs, he went sleepless, he never took care of himself, and no man could help him. He was miserably tormented and hopeless!

Another unfortunate soul threw himself in the fire to be burned alive and into the water to drown because of the demons who were afflicting him! Demons want humans to die, to be tortured, and to live miserable, irredeemable lives. These crafty, soldiers of Satan are out to kill, steal, destroy and to keep their slaves away from Jesus. No power of man can resist them. No human soul can overpower them – the seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish high priest, found this out the hard way – Acts 19.

Mary’s life was dark – filled with habitual and sinful darkness. She was in bondage to the power of Satan – held captive by him to do his will; demons controlled her thoughts, her speech, and her behavior. She did unspeakable things. She suffered. Ill treated and abandoned, all hope for her was lost.

However, not one of these vile, spiritual betrayers had the power to keep her from meeting Jesus of Nazareth nor could they stop her from experiencing His life transforming power and love!

Paul declared about our wonderful, loving God: “Who has delivered us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of His dear Son…” Colossians 1:13.

Jesus came to “seek and to save that which was lost” – Luke 19:10. Mary Magdalene was the lost of the lost, but God’s grace is invincible and boundless: “…where sin abounded grace did much more abound” – Romans 5:20.

Demons are no challenge for Jesus Christ; He casts out demons right and left with just one of His mighty words:

When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick – Matthew 8:16

When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!” – Mark 9:25

“Then He healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and He did not allow the demons to speak, because they knew Him” – Mark 1:34

“And He was preaching in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and casting out demons” – Mark 1:39

Mary was loved, comforted, and freed by Christ. She met Jesus, and He loved her unconditionally because He is full of grace and truth.

He freed her. He saved her. She served and followed Him.

She was the first to His tomb, she was the first to see Him resurrected, and she was the first to declare His resurrection to His scared disciples!

Mary the demonic became Mary the saint!

Mary, the lost girl, was found.

Unbelieving Mary, became a godly woman of faith.

The Gospel of the grace of God is the power of God unto salvation: Jesus Christ (God in the flesh) died on the cross for our sins, He was physically buried in the garden tomb, He rose again from the dead on the Feast of Firstfruits three days after His death, and He was seen by over five-hundred eyewitnesses!

God’s love for Mary was boundless; the sheer joy of setting her free enthralled our Master!

I pray that we never forget that there is no one who cannot be changed and continually changed by the love and grace of Jesus Christ.

Mary met Jesus.

Have you?

 

 

That Person…

That Person…

That person who drives you nuts is God’s gift to you – your homework if you will.

By God’s grace, love this person in spite of his or her flaws, inconsistencies, failures, and rebellion.

It is not giving in; it is giving out – from a heart filled with pain by that person’s foolishness but healed, strengthened, and refreshed through the power of the Holy Spirit. First, we forgive as our gracious Lord has forgiven us. Second, we show mercy by being kind as our God has been towards us. Third, we show love by serving this person the way our Lord has served us.

There is no faith in Christ that is not rewarded, dear saint.

There is no giving of self, or death to self, that the Lord Jesus does not replace with Himself.

The Lord Jesus empowers those who, solely because of faith in Him, will serve Him in weakness only to find themselves strengthened by His presence in the exact moment they began to serve Him by faith.

“Through love, serve one another” – Paul the apostle, Galatians 5:13.

I pray that person in your life will be used by the Lord Jesus to make you more and more like Him who is our Lord – “I am crucified with Christ nevertheless I live. Yet, not I, but Christ lives in me. And, the life that I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me” – Paul the apostle, Galatians 2:20.

God bless you, dear friend.