“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body.” ..2 Corinthians 4:7-11
Jesus suffered and died on the cross for us. The old self is gone, it was crucified with Jesus. We are made new. We are changed, the old is dead. Our new self is God’s Holy Spirit left behind, we willingly to take up our cross, follow Jesus, and accept Him as our Lord and Savior. Dying to yourself, if you’re willful like me, is no easy task. However, with Christ all thing are possible. He is the treasure inside, the one who doles out strength when needed.
It was faith in Jesus that caused every miracle in the New Testament. Faith was the starting point. Faith was the foundation the miracles were built on – Jesus is the Rock. “Faith is the foundation of Christian character and the security of the soul.”E.M.Bounds. Our prayers need to be based on faith in Jesus and in the present, since that’s all we have. Tomorrow belongs to God. So leave tomorrow, with it’s cares, it’s needs, it’s troubles, in God’s hands. Cherish today!
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story– those he redeemed from the hand of the foe, those he gathered from the lands, east and west, from north and south.” … Psalm 107:1-3
Mark, my husband is back from the Emmaus walk and I can see a change in him. The change is all for the good. This is a thank you to all the folks who made this possible. Our church family, thank you. Our neighbors, thank you. Peggy, Bobbie, Annette, Vera-Elaine, Jerry, Billy, Bob, Turk, all my BSF sisters in Christ, thank you for the prayers. I think the voices of the men who attended Emmaus will be stronger, sweeter and more devout — thank you God!
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. .. 2 Corinthians 4:6
We don’t have to leave where we are to find God’s light. It’s in the hearts of those who love Jesus.
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1
I pray that God fills me with His Loving Grace and gentle words flow from my mouth. Amen
God encourages us to pray.
You may ask how?
The answer is simply by granting our prayer requests.
He loves to hear from us.
Think, what or who should I pray for today?
During tough times God carries us through. We can’t get over troubles on our own volition. Trials are placed in our paths, like brick walls, to teach us to lean on the Lord. For encouragement the Bible is the best book. When Isaac was about to be offered up as a sacrifice, his last minute reprieve was from God. Imagine the relief Abraham felt too. I bet there wasn’t a tougher time in his life. It was a trial and an immense test of faith. He is now called the Father of Faith. I’m wondering what test I’ll find and will the trial come with a new name too?