He’s God and He’s Good

We read the story of Jesus calming the storm. The winds are howling, the waves are crashing and the disciples are panicking. Why were they so concerned?

As far back as I can remember, I have been terrified of dogs. Big dogs, little dogs, hot dogs. I have frozen in fear at the sight of a canine and the phobia still seems to be going strong after all of these years. But, here’s the thing. If I pass someone walking their dog on a leash, I don’t freak out and act a fool. I trust that the owner of the animal is in control of it. Now, if I encounter a dog and there is no owner in sight, it’s every woman for herself.

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These men found themselves in the middle of an out of control sea and simply didn’t realize that Jesus had the storm on a leash.

All throughout Scripture, Satan tries to make people doubt two things about Jesus. First, he wants people to doubts Jesus’ Godness.

If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread. Matthew 4:3

If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down. Matthew 4:6

If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself. Luke 23:37

If.

If.

If.

The problem is that, once someone has a face to face encounter with Christ, there is no doubting His Godness.

“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.” Mark 8:29

 

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This doesn’t deter Satan. He just moves to the next trick in his bag. If the enemy can’t make you doubt His Godness, he’ll attempt to make you doubt His goodness.

Teacher! Don’t you care that we’re going to die? Mark 4:38

Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Luke 10:40

Don’t you care, Lord?

When the job doesn’t work out, the baby doesn’t come, the prodigal doesn’t return, our health fails, Prince Charming doesn’t arrive, someone betrays us, we’ve been rejected. Underneath it all is one vital question: Don’t you care, Lord?

Satan wants you to wonder if Jesus is good.

Spoiler alert: He is good.

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

The Lord is good to all. Psalm 145:9

Maybe you’re grieving a loss. Perhaps, you’re making your way through the valley of the shadow. Possibly, you’re coming to terms with the fact the God’s plan doesn’t look quite like your plan did.

Here is what we need to cling to in any and every situation.

We have a Saviour who is God and who is good. That’s a combination worthy of our worship and our faith.

You are loved.

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She Reads Truth Bible (and Giveaway)

Several weeks ago, I received a beautiful She Reads Truth Bible to review. I had been considering purchasing one for some time but, in all honesty, am a hard sell on new translations.

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I have used it for my morning devotions and have really enjoyed the CSB translation. I normally use ESV but found that I loved the new insight this translation gave to certain verses.

The added artistic pages really add to the beauty of this Bible. I often found myself meditating on these pages.

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I love the margins which leave plenty of room for notetaking. Although, I feel the pages are a tad thinner than other Bibles and have not felt brave enough to highlight or write in it just yet.

All in all, I am thoroughly enjoying the She Reads Truth Bible and would recommend it to others for their personal use.

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I was given this Bible to review for B&H Publishing by FrontGate Media. While I was given the Bible for free all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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If you would like a copy of your own, here is your chance to win one of seven copies being given away!

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You are loved!

 

God is for you.

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Do you feel lost?

Oppressed?

Afraid?

Sad?

Attacked?

Betrayed?

Ignored?

Rejected?

Overlooked?

Neglected?

Weary?

Drained?

Dried up?

Forgotten?

Not enough?

All of these things, my friend, are lies from the enemy. Satan’s native tongue is deception (John 8:44.) Any thoughts, feelings or self-talk that conjure up in you anything that is contrary to the fruit of the Spirit, is not from God.

Love.

Joy.

Peace.

Patience.

Kindness.

Goodness.

Faithfulness.

Self-control.

These are the things that God promises to those who believe. God is for you and these are the things He provides.

You are loved. ❤

 

From Grave to Grace

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I’ve always loved the story of Lazarus. I mean, who doesn’t love a good man-raised-from-the-dead tale?

I wonder how Lazarus felt about it?

We’re usually okay with folks hearing our success stories.  But how do we feel about the people who witness the whole fall from grace?

We are happy to emerge from the wreckage to the cheers from the crowds. But how do we feel around the ones who watched us crash and burn?

We are often embarrassed about our stories. We feel awkward or ashamed around the ones who were there when our children went astray, our marriages fell apart, our personal sins found us out, our car was repossessed, that unexpected pregnancy became known, or we caved to that addiction once again.

Do you know who continued to bear witness to what Jesus had done in Lazarus’ life? It was the ones who had been there when Jesus called him from grave to grace. It was the ones who saw him step into daylight with the stench of death still lingering.

We want the pomp of the resurrection but not the pain of the death, but it’s a package deal. It’s painful; there’s no way around it. Just remember, it’s pain with a purpose. We have to let some things in our lives die so that God can do a work in us.

Don’t be afraid to endure death in order to experience resurrection. God has a plan for you, my friend. It’s good because He is good and it ends in freedom.

You are loved. ❤

On a Mission

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Jesus sent the disciples on a mission and His instructions were very clear.

Heal the sick.

Raise the dead.

Cleanse lepers.

Cast out demons.

Yet, just a short time after departing on their journey, they encounter a man with a sick son. And the result is puzzling.

I begged your disciples to cast out the spirit but they could not. Luke 9:40

I brought him to your disciples but they could not heal him. Matthew 17:16

Even the disciples are confused. “Why couldn’t we do it?” they asked Jesus. The answer was just as simple as the mission.

Because of their little faith.

A lack of faith will prevent us from fulfilling our God-given missions. Our ministries will be unfruitful. Our witnesses will be ineffective. Our spirits will be unsatisfied.

What is God calling you to do?

You are loved. ❤