Glory Seed Devotionals, 2015: Year of Promise
We are people of the Resurrection…
Jesus spoke few words from the cross among them were 3 words that summed up the work he came to do, “It is finished.” Paul writing to the church in Corinth and to all who have a relationship with Jesus powerfully and plainly wrote what Jesus meant.
“I am writing to God’s church in Corinth, to you who have been called by God to be His own holy people. He made you holy by means of Christ Jesus, just as He did for all people everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours. May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace… God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made Him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; He made us pure and holy, and He freed us from sin.” (1 Corinthians 1:2-3, 30 NLT)
“Christ made us right with God; He made us pure and holy, and He freed us from sin.” I don’t think there’s anyone among us who can really comprehend what that really means. There are times in my own life when I think about what Jesus did and all that he went through for me and I pray, “Really Jesus, you did that for me?” And his answer is always, “YES!”
I am not sure how extensively you participate in Lent (which begins today). Lent for me (and I’m no expert) is a spiritual journey of reflection and anticipation. It is a time for me to reflect on how Jesus has taken up residence in my heart and is making me fit for God’s Kingdom. It is a time for me to anticipate watching (in my imagination) the angels roll the stone away and meeting Jesus as he steps out of the tomb.
I’ve read where the 40 days of Lent commemorate the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness and the Israelites 40 year trek in their wilderness. My wilderness experience (making room in my heart for Jesus) lasted a little over 20 years even though I’d been raised in a Christian home. But I’m convinced that every true Christian spends wilderness time. I love the way the Psalmist describes OUR wilderness experience.
“Some wandered in the wilderness, lost and homeless. Hungry and thirsty, they nearly died. “Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble, and he rescued them from their distress. He led them straight to safety, to a city where they could live. Let them praise the Lord for his great love and for the wonderful things he has done for them. For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.” (Psalm 107:4–9, NLT)
Anticipate! Experience! Believe! Be transformed!
Grace and PEACE, Amen!
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