Daily Devotional – 4/14/17 “Because Jesus lives! “


God sent His son, they called Him, Jesus;
He came to love, heal and forgive;
He lived and died to buy my pardon,
An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives!


Because He lives, I can face tomorrow,
Because He lives, all fear is gone,
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living,
Just because He lives!


And then one day, I’ll cross the river,
I’ll fight life’s final war with pain;
And then, as death gives way to victory,
I’ll see the lights of glory and I’ll know He lives!

Anybody else got this testimony on this Good Friday? Anybody else yet thankful knowing that because Jesus lives, we get chance after chance? Anybody else, excited to celebrate the rising of a Savior who died to pardon our sins? Knowing that because He lives, we can face a tomorrow we haven’t even seen. Knowing that because Jesus lives, we can mess up and still be forgiven. Knowing that because Jesus lives, we can too. I don’t know who you are but Jesus got up so you could stop allowing fear of the unknown to keep you in a grave of groaning or tarrying in a tomb of transgressions. The seal has been cut, the rock has been rolled away and your freedom is waiting. Wake up! Come out! Get up! Because He lives, you live. Don’t take another moment for granted.

Because Jesus lives!

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Daily Devotional – 4/3/15 “What are you willing to sacrifice?”

It’s Good Friday and I know I should tell you about all the hell Jesus endured on this day as He sacrificed Himself for us but don’t you know the story already? Don’t you normally hear about the death, burial and resurrection on Sunday as Pastor closes out his message? Don’t you know the story? Don’t you know the sacrifice? Don’t you know? Didn’t you learn about it in vacation bible school? Didn’t grandma tell you? Haven’t you read it for yourself a few times? Didn’t you watch the movie? Yet, you still don’t get it? Or maybe, you get it but you’ve yet to take it serious. I mean, how’s the view from where you are? How is your life going? Is “your year” taking shape yet? Has your vision started to pan out? Well, what have you sacrificed? Yea, what have you sacrificed to God? Abraham was willing to sacrifice the only son He and Sarah had. Job offered up everything he had, everything but his faith. What have you sacrificed? You complain about tithing when God says I only want ten cents (10) and you keep ninety (90). You complain about timing when God says, come when you are ready and I’ll wait for you. You complain about the man or woman God has sent to Pastor the church yet you won’t even open a bible on your own to know if what they are teaching is even true and you surely won’t stop to pray for them. So again I ask what are you sacrificing? What are you willing to give God as your service for Psalm 50:14 says, “Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God, and keep the vows you made to the Most High.”

You want God to lay your destiny out before you yet you won’t dare do anything to show Him you want it. You want God to show you your purpose and then you run from it. You ask God to increase your finances but then complain when they call you in on your off day. You ask God to send you a husband but then complain when the guy from the garage that fixes your car keeps asking you out (all because he doesn’t fit your standards). You ask God to open up a door for you but you can’t see it because you’re still looking out the back window at what you lost – baby, it’s gone. You ask God to deliver you from your addiction but you’re still hanging with the addicted. What are you sacrificing? See, I’ve learned that you have to sacrifice some stuff and some people to get to where God needs you to be. Oh, but don’t worry; God replaces EVERYTHING you lose in the process of your move! Call it mover’s insurance. But you’ve got to be willing to sacrifice those things and those people. Are you willing? What are you willing to sacrifice to the Lord? “And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice–the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. – Romans 12:1”