Its Time to Be Set Free

No matter where this life takes me, regardless of the twists and turns, in spite of the dumb, selfish, sinful choices I’ve made: Jesus has never left me. God’s mercies are new every day (Lamentations 3:23) and it is by His great mercy and grace I’ve not been destroyed.

 

Although I have no way of knowing what you’re facing today, God does. Maybe it’s sickness, disease, poor health, or some physical limitation. Maybe you’re facing addiction that has enslaved you and is trying to destroy you. Maybe you are lost serving a god who can’t save you and whose powerless to change you… all that can change today.

 

Jesus is calling: “come” (Matthew 11:28). Only He can give you rest.

The Lord’s Loving Patience

Peter tells us that God is not slow in keeping His promises but is incredibly patient (2 Peter 3:9) and His patience has a purpose: salvation. In the middle of a broken world when darkness seems so abundant it can be easy to become jaded or think God has forgotten us. Each day that passes countless lives are changed by the power of the Good News and all across the globe Jesus is saving lives like only He can.

 

Don’t give up. Keep running this race! Don’t faint and keep walking with the Lord each day in every moment. At the end of time all our greatest pain and suffering will be distant memories as the God of heaven wipes away every tear from our eyes (Revelation 21:4). Today let the light of Jesus shine brightly in our lives as we take the Gospel into a dark world knowing that Jesus alone can save, redeem and transform the most broken lives.

 

My prayer for you and I today is that the Lord would refresh us. May the God of heaven comfort us, strengthen us and refresh the certainty of the hope we have in His unfailing faithfulness.

God is Our Refuge and Strength

In the midst of deep pain and suffering, God is near (Psalm 34:18). It is here in His presence, in the shadow of His wings, that I find my hope and strength (Psalm 57:1). When I am facing heartbreak or suffering I can find rest in the presence of Jesus (Matthew 11:28).

 

I wish I could tell you I’ve always been faithful in the midst of deep suffering and trails. I wish I could say I’ve never denied my Lord in the deepest despair and pain. I wish I could say that when God has appeared silent and detached that I remained steadfast and faithful. The truth is… even when I have been unfaithful, Jesus has remained faithful. If you are suffering today, come to Jesus for rest (Matthew 11:28). Here in the presence of God you will find mercy and grace to help in your most desperate time of need (Hebrews 4:16).

 

My prayer for you and I today is that we would find hope in the unchanging nature of Jesus Christ (Hebrews 13:8). Although life and circumstances change, Jesus never will. Although those we love my fail us or forsake us, Jesus never will. Even when the pain and the hurt just don’t make sense, trust in the faithful, unfailing love of the God who gave everything so you could be forgiven and free.