Many people miss a blessing because they focus on the messenger and not on the message. God can use anyone or anything to deliver His word to you, but if you have a pre-conceived idea about a person, you just may be forfeiting God’s best for you. Jesus experienced this problem. The Bible tells us that He could not do miracles in his hometown of Nazareth because of unbelief. The people knew his family and watched him grow up and in their eyes Jesus was just the carpenter’s son. They didn’t realize that the Son of God was right there in their midst and missed out on the blessings that they could have had, if they had not become too familiar with Jesus.
Put your faith in the message and not the messenger. Your spiritual growth will continue and become enriched as you commune with your heavenly Father, when you read His Word, and listen to the messages you hear that line up with Scripture. Keep your spiritual eyes and ears open and always be willing to recognize the truth no matter what form you find it in.
Most of us are either going through a tough situation or just came out of one, so we can relate to the stories in the Bible that talk about people going through painful situations, and just when they think it can’t get any worse, it does. Jairus had a daughter who was at the point of death. He had heard about the miracles that Jesus was doing and the pain of losing his daughter was greater than his pride. You see, he was a high level political leader whose peers were seeking way to destroy the Son of God. After telling Jesus of his problem, news comes to him that Jesus was no longer needed because his daughter had died. Jesus tells Jairus not to fear but only believe. This was a life changing moment for Jairus. He could either believe in his circumstances or he could choose to believe in Jesus. He chose Jesus, and as a result, his daughter received her healing.
Believers have to make a choice when they are faced with difficult circumstances. We are to walk by faith and not by sight. God wants us to focus on the fact that all things are possible for those who believe. It doesn’t matter how bad your situation looks right now; it may even get worse before it gets better, but the power of Almighty God is not lessen by the degree of difficulty of a problem. God can do everything! The responsibility of the Christian is to only believe. The Word of God tells us not to be anxious about anything but to pray about everything. God will not get involved if you do not involve Him. Depend on the strength of God and you will be victorious over the trials and temptations you will face in your life. Do not fear – only believe!
Every one makes many choices each day. We are choosing to either do the right thing or do whatever will satisfy a selfish desire. Most of us try to do the right thing because it is our desire to please God in everything that we do. But if you look at the world around us, the right thing is not always being done. Satan’s main goal is to steal, kill and destroy those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and he has many schemes in his arsonal to work with. Pornography, adultery, murder, lust, lying, pride and prejudice are just a few schemes used to destroy a human soul.
Wickedness is prevelant in our society today, but the Word and the will of God will never change. The Bible tells us that the wages of sin is death but the Bible also says that Jesus came to give us life and life more abundantly. If you know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you have the power within you to not yield to the fiery darts of Satan. You have the power within you to put Satan under your feet and live victoriously. The choice is up to you.
Choose life today. Be wise to what Satan is doing. Ask God to come and live inside of your heart today. God loves you just the way you are. Don’t go another day without receiving the gift that Jesus is offering. Jesus paid the price for you to have peace on this earth and eternal life. Seek him and you will find him when you seek him with all of your heart.
As I reflect on Good Friday and Easter Sunday, I realize that the cross is where justice met mercy, and now every believer in Jesus Christ has been given a second chance. By choosing to do the will of his Father, Jesus paid in full the sin debt that no man could have ever paid. Without laying down his life, we would have no hope – no hope for spending eternity with our heavenly Father. When Jesus declared ‘it is finished’ he not only accomplished everything that God required by the shedding of his blood, but he also made it possible for us to live with peace and possess the power and authority to overcome our sinful nature and not live in bondage to the enemy of our soul – Satan.
No one should live without knowing Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. No one should face death not being certain that they will spend eternity with Almighty God. If you are a believer, embrace your salvation. If you are not a believer, seek the truth. The Bible tells us that if we seek Jesus with all of our heart, we will find him. God loves each of you so much that He gave his only begotten Son to become a ransom for all. Jesus is a precious gift. Draw close to him today and as you continue to walk with the Lord, your entire life will change and you will find your purpose in life.
Have you ever wondered why the crowd that shouted ‘Hosanna” as the Lord rode on the donkey into the city of Jerusalem one day would cry out ‘crucify him’ within a few days? They expected Jesus to deliver them from the oppression of the Roman government. They expected Jesus to set up a new government whereby they would be free. They expected that Jesus would solve all of their problems and they would have everything that they wanted. As we know, this did not happen. Jesus did not meet the expectations of the people. Jesus was not the man they thought he was so they became angry at him and turned against him. Jesus was bringing the kingdom of God to earth. Jesus was concerned about the oppression they were under as a result of their sins. Jesus came to make a way for people to have eternal life, a life beyond this natural realm.
People today are still looking for a hero. They need a hero to make them feel good. Their hero allows them to escape reality and show them how good life could be. Unfortunately, their hero will only day prove that they are just another person who has imperfections just like they do. Many people still do not believe that Jesus came to give his life so that we might live. God so loved the world that He gave us a most precious gift – His only begotten Son.
If you are looking for a hero today, look at Jesus. Jesus will never fail you. He will prove to you that He is the way, the truth and the life and no man can come to the Father except through Him. (John 14:6)