Jesus our Way-maker

Path
Leviticus 17:11
For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement.

In order for God to forgive sin, He required a life of an animal to be lost in substitution for the person asking forgiveness. This allowed the repentant person to be in unity and harmony with God.

In the new covenant, God didn’t change His mind. In Hebrews 9:22 it says, “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.”

Instead of an animal sacrifice, God provided us a once-for-all sacrifice for everyone truly sorry for their sin. When we admit our sin and ask for His forgiveness, God grants that reconciliation between us and Him by the blood that Jesus shed willingly on the cross for us.

It’s called in Bible talk, “atonement.” That word means “to cover, purge, make reconciliation.” That’s what Jesus did. He made a way for us to be right with God again.

Lord Jesus, thank You for Your willingness
to make a way for us to no longer be at odds
with our loving Father God.
May we never forget all You did for us,
our risen Lord.

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The Savior

The Savior
Acts 4:12
“And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved.”

Today, many people run to this philosophy and sit under that guru in search of the truth. They follow a teacher only to find out the teacher twisted the truth for his own gain.

There is only one who holds true salvation. It is Jesus Christ. God gave Him the name that rescues us, saves us, and heals us. Only He lived a sinless life, obeyed the Father even unto suffering, death, and rose again. Only He ascended into heaven. Only He will come back the same way He left (Acts 1:9-11). Only He has an eternal kingdom prepared for those who yield their life and living to Him.

Do you know Him? If not, ask Him into your heart and life. He is waiting for your invitation.

Lord Jesus, I invite You into every area of my life and living.
Forgive my sin, make me a new creature in You.
Please fill me with Your Holy Spirit
that we might build a relationship together
now and forevermore. Amen.

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Smooth Words

warriors
Daniel 11:32
And by smooth words he will turn to godlessness those who act wickedly toward the covenant, but the people who know their God will display strength and take action.

“Smooth words” here means, “flattery, smoothness, fine promises.” This portion of Daniel has not come to pass yet. This is a description of the Anti-Christ. This person will pollute those who act wickedly (in civil, ethical, or religious relations). These people will be corrupt, godless and defiled in their covenants between God and man.

The other people spoken of in this scripture are kindred who know God by experience. They have Godly knowledge and are wise. They are instructed by the Lord and declare His name.

They will prevail; they will be strong and courageous, resolute and secure. They will be bold, and support the truth. Above all they will withstand the wiles of the enemy by their relationship with God.

When this time comes we must be ready. We must have God’s word hidden in our hearts. Our ears must be practiced at hearing God’s whispers and acting in obedience in order to stand firm.

Lord Jesus, cause us to be ready
for the evil days ahead.
Sharpen our ears to hear,
our hearts to obey,
and our hands to act
in accordance with Your will.

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Forgiveness

Forgiveness
Mark 11:25
And whenever you stand praying, forgive in you have anything against anyone; so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your transgressions.

This scripture is not a nice suggestion. It’s a command. A biding principle.

The next scripture after this one tells you why. It reads, “But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your transgressions (Mark 11:26).

So we have a choice. Forgive others and receive God’s forgiveness or hold on to the wrongs done to us and cut ourselves off from God’s forgiveness. Pretty straightforward.

People often think they have to feel forgiveness before they make the choice to forgive. In truth it’s exactly the opposite. Forgiveness is a decision. The feelings follow.

Lord Jesus, please bring to mind
any and all people I need to forgive.
I choose to loose them from my judgment
that You may forgive me.

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Jesus’ Authority

Police stop

Luke 10:19
Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall injure you.

When Jesus sent out seventy disciples, they returned rejoicing that even the demons were subject to them (Luke 10:17).

Before Jesus left earth, He gave the same charge to all believers (Mark 16:17-18) when He said, “And these signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it shall not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

The authority He speaks of here is like the authority of a policeman directing traffic. He puts up his hand and cars stop. Not because he has the power within himself to stop cars, but because he has the authority given to him to stop traffic because of his official office.

Jesus gave us His authority to act in His stead. To do the things He did while on earth. Believers are His designated officials. We must be about His business.

Lord Jesus, instill in us Your holy boldness
to step out in faith as we exercise Your authority
at Your direction, to see Your will done
in the here and now before our very eyes.

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In God’s Family

In God's Family
John 6:37
All that the Father gives Me shall come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out.

Once we come to Jesus, He will never banish us from God’s family. He will never deprive us of His power and influence in the world. We are His forever and ever.

The enemy might try to tell us differently, but we must remember this. Jesus know him will. He called him a liar and the father of lies (John 8:44).

Jesus is the true truth. His word in our heads always lines up and agrees with what the Bible says. May we weigh each word we hear and square it with God’s word. If it doesn’t match up, we need to disregard it.
Know this. If we have come to Jesus with a sincere heart, He will never let us go.

I praise You Jesus, that You grip
is stronger than any other.
That once I belong to You
nothing will snatch me out of Your hand.
Thank You for Your truth
that can never be diluted or made void.

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Day of Accounting

day of accountingI Corinthians 4:20
For the kingdom of God does not consist in words, but in power.

In this scripture, Paul writes to those in Corinth who are arrogant. He tells them he will come soon for a visit if the Lord wills. He’s going to look at their fruit to see if they are spouting empty words or if their ministry is accompanied with signs following.

Those signs could be anything from people being healed of various diseases, delivered from demons, or having their life turned around by the power of the gospel. In a later book Paul refers to people like this as “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away” (II Timothy 3:15).

We need to behave with an eye on this passage. Are we bringing people to Christ? Are we operating in the power of the Holy Spirit to minister to their needs? Do we see fruit from our labor or do we simply spout an empty doctrine devoid of the Holy Spirit’s power?

These are important questions to ask ourselves because one day we will stand before our Lord and give an account for the days He gave us.

Lord Jesus, please fill my days with Your presence
so that I may see as You see,
hear with Your ears,
and operate in the power of Your Holy Spirit.

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