I Need Jesus

In Paul’s incredible statement in 1 Timothy 1:15 the man who says that if anyone could have confidence in the flesh it was him (Philippians 3:4-6), reminds us that he is the chief of sinners. Notice his word was “am” not was. This word is not past tense as in “I was” but present tense as if to say: no matter how far I’ve come, in light of God’s holy perfection I still desperately need the grace of Christ.

 

When we attempt to minimize the cross or our own sinfulness, we are attempting to minimize our need for Jesus. Tonight no matter how holy and sanctified you are, be careful where (or whom) you are placing your trust in.

 

For it is we who are the circumcision, we who serve God by his Spirit, who boast in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh—
Philippians 3:3 NIV

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Through the Darkest Valley

Spiritually speaking valleys can be times of darkness, struggle, trial, uncertainty, and pain. Interestingly, it is here in the midst of valleys where I feel the presence of God the strongest. It is here deep in the midst of turmoil that I see God is growing me, patiently and tenderly. It has been said: without the test their is no testimony.
 
If we never met resistance, our faith would remain shallow and superficial. It is when we meet moments of great crisis where what we really believe becomes clear. The same God who is with me on the mountain top experiences is the same God who is close to me in the valleys of trial. If you are walking in a valley today, remember: this too shall pass. Jesus promised to never leave you or forsake you and in Him nothing can separate us from the love of God (Romans 8:38-39).
 
My prayer is that you and I would stop focusing so much on the “why” we are in the valley and instead seek God’s guidance on what He wants us to learn in those moments. It is here we learn to trust Him. Before He can call us into deeper waters, we must learn to trust Him here.

The King of Glory

The beauty of creation in all it’s majesty, complexity, and diversity testifies to the glory of God. (Romans 1:20) I am in awe at the colors, the sights, the smells, the sounds, and how God has uniquely created me to experience all of this. If earth is this incredible and beautiful, I can’t imagine what beauty awaits in eternity. Spoiler alert, neither can you. (1 Corinthians 2:9)

 

For just a moment stop and think: regardless of what twists and turns we experience in this life, a day is coming free from death, pain and suffering. All the former things will pass away. Jesus Himself will wipe every tear from our eyes. Everything will be made new… (Revelation 21:4-5)

 

For every follower of Jesus, this is an incredible promise to look forward to. But while we eagerly wait for the completion of God’s work in humanity, let’s never take a day for granted. Take the gift of this new day to love deeply, forgive quickly, and spend each moment loving Jesus and loving others.