Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3). Money can’t buy it. Man’s righteousness can’t earn it. Social prestige can’t help you acquire it. Morality can’t purchase it. It is, as Isaiah said, “without money and without price. . He holds in His omnipotent hand the priceless, precious, eternal gift of salvation, and He bids you to take it without money and without price. The best things in life are free, are they not? The air we breathe is not sold by the cubic foot. The water which flows crystal clear from the mountain stream is free for the taking. Love is free, faith is free, hope is free.
Do you need to give or recommit your life to Christ? Do it today.
‘Those who look to Him are radiant with joy; their faces shall never be ashamed.’
There is something different about people who are trusting the Lord. As we trust in Him, something about the way we look changes. There is peace and joy instead of despair and hopelessness. That’s because we don’t look at our circumstances, but look to Him in every situation.
PRAYER: Lord, I lift up my eyes, above the troubles that are around me, and I look to You. You are my hope, You are my salvation and You are the One Who comes and lifts up my head. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
God promised the prophet Zechariah that in the last days, He would be a protective wall of fire around His people. ( Zechariah 2:5). Likewise, Isaiah testifies: “There shall be a tabernacle for shade in the daytime from the heat, for a place of refuge, and for a shelter from storm and rain” (Isaiah 4:6). These promises are meant to comfort us before a great storm comes in the final days. Indeed, Jesus says this coming storm will be so frightful that people’s hearts will fail them as they see it developing (see Luke 21:26).Now, if Jesus says this storm is going to be ferocious, we can be sure it will be, but How do we remain calm in troubling times? I saw the Lord always before my face, for He is at my right hand, that I may not be shaken” ( Acts 2:25).And the only way to do that is to spend time in the father’s presence, beholding His face. We have to be on our knees.
‘For You are my help; I will sing for joy in the shadow of Your wings.’The Lord is your Helper and your Guide.You have reason to rejoice and be glad, because He is with you. The Lord has helped you thus far, so be confident about the future. In a world that is full of uncertainty, rest securely and joyfully under the shelter of the Most High. He is able to carry you through.
PRAYER: Lord, truly You are my help. I still believe and trust in Your plans and I place my heart in Your hands. You are all I need, and all of my trust is in You, my Faithful Friend. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Relationships are the bedrock of life. In a very real sense, everything rises and falls on relationship. When I was young, my family was not rich. We did not get expensive gifts for birthdays or Christmas. But we had a lot of family time, family outings and so on. My mother gave us healthy food and made sure our stomachs were full. I secretly wished I was rich like some of my cousins, who had better things than we did. But at the time, I did not understand relationships were all that mattered. Nowadays, parents want to spend more time by themselves, either on their phones or at work. They compensate by giving expensive gifts to their children. We must never allow things to take the place of relationships. Be in good relationship with people God has blessed us with, our families, our parents, our colleagues and those around us and ultimately life is about relationship with God and being reconciled to Him through His Son Jesus. Romans 12:18, "If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.“
Since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. This High Priest understands our weaknesses, for He faced all of the same testings we do, yet He did not sin. Let us come boldly to the throne of grace, to receive mercy, and find grace to help us in time of need. HEBREWS 4:14-16 The God of the universe invites us to His presence. We are called into fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ! That means we can share everything with Him. 1 CORINTHIANS 1:9 says, God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.God cares about you and nothing that concerns you is unimportant to Him. He wants you to come to Him trusting that He will hear you and answer you and help you in time of need. Take advantage of this tremendous opportunity and talk to Him always.
David said, “In the day when I cried out, You answered me, and made me bold with strength in my soul” (Psalm 138:3). He was saying, “I’ve proven you, God! In all my trials, I turned to no one else. I sought only You and You heard me, answered me, and gave me strength for the battle I was facing.” “The Lord … hears the prayer of the righteous” (Proverbs 15:29).These are but a few of the promises given as evidence of God’s care and how He listens to our cry. Our lives would be so much richer and more effective in every way if we would put Jesus at the very top of our list, if we spent more time in prayer.
“Those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing” (Psalm 34:10). I encourage you to go to your secret place of prayer regularly and seek Him with all your heart.
John 3:1-8 “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. — John 3:4 Nicodemus, a Pharisee who has carefully studied the law of God for many years, visits Jesus one night. Jesus soon points out that no one can have life in the kingdom of God without a new birth. Nicodemus is perplexed—and to this he responds, “How can someone be born when they are old?”But that’s impossible, isn’t it? Not for the Son of God! His words are instructive: “born again” here literally means “born from above.” The Spirit of God eventually gave Nicodemus faith in Christ and he became a follower of Jesus. How can someone be born again? By the Spirit of God.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, I thank you for inviting me to follow You. Thank You for enabling me to have a new birth through Your Spirit! Amen.
By Nancy Coleman
We asked Stephen Sondheim’s admirers, some of them also his collaborators, to reflect on the songs that have stayed in their hearts.
Published: March 12, 2020 at 04:00AM
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The words we speak reflect what is in our hearts. “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34). Hence fill your heart with the word of God. Secondly, we are to tame our tongue. (James 3:8).Jesus said,”But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned” (Matthew 12:35-37)The secret to victory over anything in your life is closeness to Jesus — intimacy with Him! Drawing near to His presence will reveal what is in your heart. If you gossip or allow unkind things come out of your mouth, go to the Lord and ask him to help you. And ask the Holy Spirit to convict you each time you start to say something careless or unkind.