Oh How I Need Jesus

As a new day ramps up, I hope that you know in Jesus we find rest for our souls. In the hustle and bustle of every day life, we can slowly become weary and overwhelmed but here in the presence of Jesus we will find true rest and peace for our souls. Here in Christ we find a peace that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7).
 
Often pride can keep us from coming to Jesus. “I don’t need a crutch”. “God helps those who help themselves”. “God can’t love me, I’ve just done too much”. The lies we tell ourselves vary but when we refuse to acknowledge our desperate need for Jesus we will never experience the life God created us to know. Today, come with every anxiety and cast it at Jesus feet (1 Peter 5:7) and before the throne of God you will find mercy and grace to help in your time of need (Hebrews 4:16).
 
My prayer for you and I today is that we would realize just how desperately we need Jesus. I also pray that we would remember God loves us with a love that surpasses understanding. Through our faith in Jesus we are promised that nothing and no one can ever separate us from God’s love (Romans 8:38-39). Today let us find great joy in the grace and mercy of our good God.

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

https://philippians.bible/philippians-3-3

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.