“Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” (John 1:12)
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8,9)
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.” John 1:10
“I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the ground, by my great power and by my outstretched arm, and have given it unto whom it seemed meet unto me.” — Jeremiah 27:5 KJV
The Gospel message is getting a little lost these days with all the attention being paid to the pandemic, and a lot of people have lost track of the fact that it is all about Jesus.
“When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.” (Colossians 3:4)
Ask random people what Jesus means to them, and you are likely to wait a long time until you hear anything about Jesus or the cross. Our message, from beginning to end, is Jesus. Who He was, who He is, what He said, what He did, and what He is going to do.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
We need to have a Jesus movement right now in the middle of the pandemic. Everything needs to focus on Jesus. We have an ideological society that has rejected religion and the institutional church. Right now, the church is online in their homes, live on Facebook, YouTube, and Vimeo. Everyone needs a savior, and Jesus needs to be the central figure in all of this.
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
Our message is all about a person, and our mission is to share that person with the world. God made us belong to Him; we wandered away; Jesus is the way back.
Our society right now needs this personal message. That is non-threatening. That is all about a meaningful relationship with God that comes to someone by way of a meaningful relationship with them. There is not a lot of baggage here. There is not a better time in our lifetime than right now to share this message.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)
Our primary concern should be to introduce ourselves to people and in doing so, to introduce them to Jesus, because, as far as we are concerned, that is who it is all about. The best part is you do not have to leave your house to do it.
“And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15)
Jesus came to save us, unite us, and teach us to love one another. It is that simple. You can think of two-three people right now who need the Good News of the Gospel. It is as easy as inviting them to receive this daily devotion.
Who will you share Jesus with today?
It is easy to lose faith and to live in fear of the headlines and people’s predictions. Doctors and other healing professionals are quick to inform us about the impact of what is happening around us.
Living in a constant state of anxiety often leads to an unlimited number of both physical and emotional challenges. Our bodies keep a tab of our feelings (anxiety, sleep disturbance, depression, aches, pains, and loss of focus). Even in shaky, unsettling times, we can have firm confidence in God, because we are people of the Word who know that the world belongs to God.
“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” (3 John 1:2)
God wants us to live in health and prosper. God knows exactly where the virus is and where it is going next. Since God always does what is wise and good, we need to trust God when it concerns this disease.
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27)
God’s rule and authority extend over every microbe and virus. When our lives are filled with challenges, we need to know that someone has our back, and we have a safe place to turn to when we do not feel safe. We need a place where we will be protected, think out loud, and vent our innermost thoughts and feelings. That is in our prayer time with God.
“You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (Psalm 16:11)
God’s peace comes not from worldly circumstances, but through our relationship with God. We can have an abundant life regardless of what is happening all around us. How is an abundant life possible in the middle of a pandemic?
“You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.” (Isaiah 26:3)
Real, ultimate healing comes in our relationship with God as He helps us face the truth of any situation. Once we face the truth with God’s strength, we can make the difficult decisions and boldly set boundaries. That includes honestly assessing our physical well being and taking action.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” (James 1:5)
Never lose sight of the fact that God is with us and gives us opportunities to change, grow, and heal.
Will you pray and take God’s strength today for your health and finances?