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Romans 2:7

He will give eternal life to those who keep on doing good, seeking after the glory and honor and immortality that God offers.

I have two young children, and as a parent I carry a huge responsibility and burden for raising them in this day and age.

It seems like anything that is moral is being torn apart and reduced to ashes by people who want to live their own life, their own way. People are fuelled by hate and anger. Sin is running rampant.

I am so thankful though for the hope of eternity. I absolutely cannot imagine living life thinking that this is all there is. Our world may be crumbling around us, but we have a future with our Mighty King!

Imagine a place with no sorrow? No sin, no disaster, no sickness. We have never known perfection, so it’s difficult for us to try and imagine what heaven will be like, but all I can see is beauty.

Have hope today! There is so much more to life than this!

Jesus, I am so thankful that we have a future beyond this earth. Help me to prepare for that day when you sound the trumpet and we go to be with you.

If this world could buy peace, it would become one of the most popular commodities. However, peace cannot be purchased, so there is a surge of fabricated peace that assures the anxious heart to take rest through self-medicating, busyness, or prosperity. This counterfeit peace reveals its fallacies after a few uses, but unaware of another remedy, people enter into a vicious cycle of trying to escape the cares of this world.

Jesus gives us hope, even through our trials. He declares,

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. John 16:33

We can have peace today because Jesus has overcome the world. Peace doesn’t come from perfect circumstances, a robust savings account, or straight A’s on your report card. Perfect peace is supernatural and flows from the throne room of God. When your life is being shaken, when your faith is tested, when you are grieving, there is hope. There is perfect peace that can pass your comprehension (Phil. 4:7) and every fear and stress has to submit to the authority of God. Today, we can have peace because Jesus has overcome the world, He is a Resurrected Savior.

Prayer: Jesus, I’m so thankful You have overcome the world. Today, I pray that You would help me be an overcomer over the many things that cause anxiety in my life. I worship You today and I’m so thankful for Your peace. 

 

 

And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation. Hebrews 5:9

Because Jesus was perfect and without sin, I oftentimes forget that He did not live a perfect life.

There was nothing perfect about His low income home, the betrayal of His family, the unfaithfulness of His friends, being sentenced to a disgraceful execution, and enduring excruciating pain as He was whipped and then nailed to a cross. His life was far from perfect.

Jesus, a perfect God, lived an imperfect life.

Thinking about Jesus’ victories, friendships, heartache, pain, and joy, along with all kinds of other emotions, I realize He, in so many ways, was like us.

I go through life thinking I’m not good enough because of all my mistakes, disappointments, faults, and my upbringing. I look at my life and all of the imperfections of it and feel that I’m not good enough to be loved by a holy and perfect God, when all along He has suffered, He has been wounded, and He was tempted. Jesus felt joy one moment and the very next moment He felt sorrow. The people Jesus was loyal to betrayed Him. Jesus died for the soldiers who whipped Him, the soldiers who spit in His face, and the soldiers who nailed Him to a cross. Jesus knows what it feels like to be wounded.

For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Hebrews 4:15.

Is your road lonely? Jesus has walked that road.
Are you hurting? Jesus has felt your pain.
Have you sinned? Jesus took your place and died for your sins.
Are you uncertain about your future? Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.

We may not be perfect today, but we can be perfected by a holy, blameless God.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for leaving your heavenly throne for me. Thank you for being a God who is touched by the feeling of my infirmity and thank you for walking the lonely road to Calvary to give me hope of eternal life. I pray that you will perfect me by creating in me a pure heart.