“The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground. Then the men asked “Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive?”
I was reading through this portion of scripture a few years ago and had a light-bulb moment. How many times have I searched for life, and healing and forgiveness in all the wrong places?
I would bring all my problems to my friends in hopes that they could give me the miracle I needed or even some encouragement to help me get through my current situation. I would spend my money on frivolous items hoping that the thrill of buying something new would satisfy my need for more. I would try and control the way my life was going only to fail miserably and struggle with having no direction.
We have all done this before, searching for an immediate fix instead of surrendering it all to the ultimate problem solver.
John 14:6 tells us that Jesus is the way, and the truth and the life. Everything I will ever have need of can be found in Him. I will never go without as long as I have a relationship with God. We as Apostolic women need to stop looking for what is living among the dead.
This world has nothing to truly offer us. His mercies are new every morning and what He has for our lives goes beyond what we could ever dream of. Stop looking for a quick fix, and find new life in Jesus today, He makes all things new!
God, I thank You today for Your perfect plan for my life. You will always lead me on the right path. Guide my steps today and help me to see Your hand at work.
“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21
Over the past few days we have looked at different characters involved in what today we call “The Christmas Story”. We have seen how different people reacted to His coming. What does it mean to us?
Quietly and with little fanfare, Jesus was born in the stable in Bethlehem. Angels announced it to the shepherds on the hillside, and they were the first to spread the news to others. There were no TV cameras, or media reporters descending on the little village to cover this momentous development to the world. No viral videos on Facebook, no Twitter messages told the world what was happening.
Yet, that was a night when the history of the world was changed. Nothing would ever be the same. The Lord Himself had taken on human flesh, became what man was, so man could become like Him. He, who was Holy and sinless came to provide a way for our sins to be forgiven. The story did not end at Bethlehem, for later came the Cross, and His resurrection from the grave to bring us life.
The world may try to take Christ out of Christmas, but we, who know Jesus as our Saviour and Lord, will always celebrate it as His birthday.
Prayer: Jesus, we are so thankful that you came to earth, and that you took our place on Calvary so that we might have our sins forgiven and have a hope of eternal life.
Devotion by Anne Johnston
“And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and every thing shall live whither the river cometh.” Ezekiel 47:9
What a beautiful picture Ezekiel paints in this this chapter, of the river which originated in the temple and flowed out, blessing all the land around it. It was a river filled with all kinds of fish and on its banks the trees flourished. It started out small, but gradually grew in width and depth until it became water to swim in, and wherever it came it brought life.
What a picture of the Gospel message, and of how it had a small beginning with the twelve disciples of Jesus preaching of His death and resurrection, but gradually spread throughout the known world at that time. Today it has spread all over the world, and as people hear and believe they receive life. Wherever this message is preached, lives are changed and people are healed spiritually and physically.
Perhaps when Jesus told His disciples to cast out their nets, even though they had fished all night and caught nothing, He was showing them a similar picture. They caught so many fish that their boats could not contain them. What a picture of what is happening in our world today, as the Gospel is preached and men and women from every nation are finding salvation.
Truly we serve a Wonderful Lord, and it is a privilege to have the Holy Spirit flowing through our lives, blessing us with salvation and healing.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for your Holy Spirit that lives in us, help us to let your Spirit flow out from us to bless others.
Devotion by Anne Johnston