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What This Means for Your Future

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16
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Christ died for us.

Christ died for us because we are in desperate need of a savior.

Because we cannot save ourselves.

We cannot save ourselves from the ravaging curse that is sin.

Sin brings death and enslavement and has us constantly looking in the mirror, seeing our wretchedness, asking ourselves, “Why did I do that?”

But Christ has come for freedom, to set us free from the yoke of sin’s slavery so that we may have life and have it abundantly (Galatians 5).

Jesus died for us.

what does this all mean?

Christ makes us new and gives us the Holy Spirit as our helper so we can rest in who we are in Christ. Jesus says, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). We can experience new life—here, now, and forever.

Yes, sin is at work in the world. It has wrecked humankind and it has also wrecked the world around us. Paul says in his letter to the Romans that “creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from the bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now” (Romans 8:19–22).

But the Spirit is also at work in the world. A day is coming where sin will be no more. Where all the old will pass away and everything will be made new. Where those who were made new in Christ will reign with the Lord and bask in the glory of his presence and enjoy the perfection of a divine eternity. That day is coming. And God wants to extend the invitation to us to join him for that day. By his grace, God has made salvation available to all humankind. And with open arms he’s asking us to receive it.

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We are in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. I was really scared, at first. Then a few days ago, the Lord spoke to my heart:

"You begged me to slow it all down. You begged me to give you some simplicity. Don’t overlook the rescue boats I am sending you, because you’re waiting for something that looks different."

I have come to relish this time. Sitting quietly with the Lord. Truly hearing Him speak through the day. Understanding the depth of my own inadequacy and sin. What I can do, is stop. I can truly learn to live surrendered…in every moment. In every situation. I can learn to give it to the One who can actually do something with it all. Who already knows what is going to happen. Who can truly protect that which I love. I can surrender.

2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your[a] life, appears, then you also will appear w

Being with God in prayer and in his word and all that he has promised to me if I obey and trust him in all things and thank him in all things. Holding on to the hand of Jesus and knowing he will never let go of me.

Being a pastor’s wife working outside the home, some days my daily to-do list is long. Satan tries to bring me down. I’ve found a good Christian radio station that plays just the right song at the right time to help me focus. I’ve had many sleepless nights recently and the song "Lay your burdens down, at the feet of Jesus, you can lay your burdens down." has been running through my mind. When I woke up this morning, the song started again. When leaving for work today, as I start my car, the song was on the radio. I think God is trying to tell me something!!! To find my rest in Him and spend time in His word to stay focused.

I will remember that the things I go through here are temporary, and the reward for my faith and service are in heaven. I will be purposeful about finding joy in the situation. I will watch for how God reveals himself in the things around me to remind me he is always present.

2 Corinthians 4:17
2 Corinthians 5:8

Amen, my sister, amen! Finding joy in the situation…oh how that speaks to me! I too, will watch how God reveals himself to me in everything and everyone! He is always with us!

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