I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. And the life that I now live in my body, I live by faith, indeed, by the faithfulness of God’s Son, who loved me and gave himself for me.
The words repeat themselves in my head, “the life that I now live”. It’s only by God’s grace and mercy I have “the life that I now live”. It was not so long ago I lived a different life, a life focused on myself, a life without purpose or peace. In order to get to where I am today I had to leave that life in the past. I had to surrender my life to God and focus on the future He has planned for me. Now, because of God’s love, I live not on my own power or strength but through faith in Jesus Christ who loves me so much He died on the cross for me. I had to stop living in the past and start living by faith. Because He died for me, I now live my life for Him.
Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
There is a two-step process to receive this promise. The Lord will take care of all your needs but you need to trust in Him and do good. Notice it says “and” do good, not “or” do good. While you are waiting and trusting on God to fulfill his promise, do good.
1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register. 4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. 8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” 15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” 16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. 21 On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.
For the Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost.
God loved us so much he made a way for us to be saved. Jesus came to this world to seek and save the lost, to offer us salvation. He came to rescue us from a life of sin. As Christians, we need to share this good news with the world while there is still time.
God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.
There are so many people that need help right now and will continue to need our help in the future. If you are blessed to be in a position to help those in need I’m sure they would be grateful for whatever you can do. The Lord sees all that you do and never forgets the work you do or the love you show him by helping his people. You will be rewarded in heaven and for all eternity.
Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
Worrying doesn’t change a thing and it sure doesn’t add any benefit to your life. Instead of worrying start serving. Spend time helping those in need and you’ll have less time to spend worrying. Focus on helping others and God will make sure you are taken of.
When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.”
Jesus already knows your condition and he is calling you because he has compassion for you. If you need healing come to Jesus, he can heal your mind, body, and soul. He can set you free from whatever chains are holding you down.