May all the blessings of Easter week be yours! Prayer requests?
During lunch at a recent Christian Writers Conference we sat at round tables of eight, introduced ourselves and described our latest projects. After chicken and green beans were served one of my new acquaintances politely asked for salt. We searched, spotted a shaker across the table, and passed it around to her. After a few moments she chuckled and we joined in. A salt shaker had stood behind her water-glass the entire time.
How like us to search for God ‘out there.’ When in need we often ask friends and family, surf the Internet, read self-help books, or watch what others do, when all the while we fail to recognize God is already with us. We may profess a risen Savior, but sometimes our actions shout “self sufficiency, sheer will, personal strength!” It seems we cast a fleeting glance at God and largely forget the effects of Easter, Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection. As you begin this Holiest of weeks consider these questions.
Do I forget His presence?
“… I am with you always, even to the end of the age,” Matthew 28:20b.
“I (Jesus) will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper (the Holy Spirit), that He may be with you forever;” John 14:16
Do I forget His power?
“I (God) have made the earth, the men and the beasts which are on the face of the earth by My great power…” Jeremiah 27:5a.
“He (God) demonstrated this power in the Messiah by raising Him from the dead and seating Him at His right hand in the heavens,” Ephesians 1:20.
“Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.” Revelation 4:11.
Do I forget His perfect love?
“By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him,” 1 John 4:9.
“See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God…” 1 John 3:1a.
“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38, 39.
Do I forget His profound sacrifice?
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us,” Romans 5:8.
“… and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood,” Revelation 1:5.
Will I allow Easter’s effects to saturate me daily?
Every day can be the triumphal entry of Jesus into your heart, mind, soul and strength when you allow God to season your life with His.
Remembering and Professing Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection, PJ
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