Fabulous Friday: God is Bigger than Any Problem

JesusHandsOutstretchedA good reminder as we head into the weekend:

John 1:3

Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.

I remember just before my returning back to my first love – Jesus. I honestly for years thought how can God possibly understand what I am going through or possibly solve my many problems. In truth, we don’t deliberately limit God’s power and who He is but instead we allow our circumstances, problems and whatever storm we find our lives in to overwhelm us so much; it clouds our judgement of who God really is.

I want to encourage us all to daily feed our souls, mind and heart with God’s word and never letting it depart from our mouths no matter what life throws at us. And always remember God created and made everything from nothing and through Him all things were made. Because we are created beings, we have no basis for pride and we exist only because God. Whatever special gifts you and I may have is only because God gave it to us out of His own will not because of who we are or what we have done.

When I look at myself now, I know I am only who I am, something special, unique and valuable because of God. And I also know apart from Him, I am nothing!

Do you feel your life is too complex for God to understand? Remember, He created you and the entire universe and nothing is too difficult for Him.

Power verses:
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”–Matthew 19:26




Easter Sunday: He is Risen!

RisenJesusFrom the Word Among Us:

He saw and believed. (John 20:8)

Alleluia! Christ is risen! Father, we exult in your glory! We rejoice, turning our thoughts to the One who lives, who is seated at your right hand above every power and authority and dominion.

He’s alive! Mary’s thoughts spun at the empty tomb: Jesus is missing! What happened? Who took his body? But we fix our eyes on the living Christ. Our thoughts don’t have to spin fruitlessly, hopelessly grasping at “reasonable” explanations. Because Jesus lives, we have hope. We are a new creation. We can look at life through new eyes, think with life-giving thoughts, and speak words of wisdom and understanding. Because he lives, we have peace. The unknown doesn’t have to shake us. God is for us, and nothing can separate us from his love.

He’s alive! Peter’s thoughts, perhaps, churned in regret: “I failed him. I said I would die for him, but I ran away. Now he’s gone.” But there is now no condemnation. Jesus has reconciled us to himself. We are seated with him at God’s right hand. Because he is alive, we are free from the law of sin and death. We are forgiven. Period. Jesus’ blood has cleansed us, and because he lives eternally, this cleansing is powerful. Though our lives are hidden in Christ now, one day we will appear with him in glory.

He’s alive! John saw the same empty tomb—and believed. He might not have understood fully, but still he believed. He recalled Jesus’ promises, and seeing the evidence of the empty tomb, he trusted them more than his own thoughts.

He’s alive! What about you? Jesus’ promise of life that never ends, a life full of grace and glory, freedom and endless joy. Though for a time (like Lent) we endure want and difficulties, we still fix our eyes on what is above, knowing what the empty tomb really points to. Christ is risen, and in him we now share in the promise of eternal life!

“Jesus, you’re alive! In you I live and move and have my being! Alleluia!”

Acts 10:34, 37-43; Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23; Colossians 3:1-4

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Have a Blessed Easter!