Seeing Jesus: The Light of the World in His Miracles

Seeing Jesus: The Light of the World in His Miracles

Matthew 12:22Then they brought him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute, and Jesus healed him, so that he could both talk and see.

Have you ever stopped to think about miracles? Those amazing events in the Bible that defy explanation?

They’re more than just cool stories. Miracles are signs from God, glimpses of something beyond our world, revealing His power, wisdom, love, and glory.

Miracles aren’t limited to the Bible. They’re not reserved for the privileged or super faithful. They can happen to anyone, anywhere, in the ordinary, everyday moments of life. They’re not about showing off, but about bringing glory to God and helping His people.

Jesus: The Ultimate Miracle

The Bible tells the story of Jesus, the ultimate miracle worker. He healed the sick, raised the dead, calmed storms, and even fed thousands with just a few loaves and fishes! (Matthew 12:22, Mark 6:45-52)

He did what no one else could, demonstrating God’s power and love for humanity.

But Jesus is more than just a miracle worker. He is the miracle himself. The fulfillment of God’s promises, the embodiment of God’s love, and the expression of God’s power. Jesus, the Son of God, lived a sinless life, died on the cross for our sins, and rose from the dead – the ultimate act of love and power. (John 1:5)

Seeing Jesus Everywhere

We see Jesus reflected in His miracles, of course, but also in His words, actions, and character. His compassion, mercy, grace, and truth shine through.

He is humble, obedient, faithful, and holy. Love, joy, peace, and hope radiate from Him.

The Scriptures, the gospel, the church, and even the world around us – they all point to Jesus.

Creation, history, prophecy, and fulfillment – they all whisper His story. From the Law and the Prophets to the Psalms and the Epistles, His presence is woven throughout.

Following the Light

So how do we experience this Jesus more fully?

By faith, by the Holy Spirit, by the Word of God, and by God’s grace. We follow Him by believing in Him, trusting Him, depending on Him, and obeying Him.

Our love, worship, service, and desire to glorify Him are expressions of following Him.

Following Jesus means imitating Him, learning from Him, listening to Him, and living by His example. It means repenting of our sins, receiving His forgiveness, living in the freedom He offers, and becoming His disciple.

It’s about joining His family, participating in His mission, and belonging to His kingdom.

As we follow Jesus, we bear fruit that reflects His character, share the gifts He’s given us, use our talents for His purposes, and fulfill His will. We become reflections of His light, walking in it, shining it brightly, and sharing it with the world; and YES, YOU WILL SEE MIRACLES TOO!

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Cutting it Off: Dealing with Sin in Your Life

Cutting it Off: Dealing with Sin in Your Life

Sin. It’s a word that gets tossed around quite a bit, but what does it really mean? We all mess up sometimes, but sin is more than just making a mistake.

Sin is rebellion against God, a rejection of His love, and a departure from His plan for us. It’s like a virus that infects our thoughts, words, actions, and relationships.

It weighs us down, separates us from God, and leads to pain and suffering.

The good news? Sin doesn’t have to be the end of the story. There’s a solution, and it’s found not in ourselves, but in God. His love, mercy, grace, and the sacrifice of Jesus Christ offer forgiveness, cleansing, healing, and transformation.

Jesus: The Answer to Sin

The Bible tells us in Matthew 5:29 that Jesus said, “If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.”

Now, He wasn’t literally telling us to mutilate ourselves! He was using a powerful metaphor to emphasize the seriousness of sin and the importance of dealing with it decisively.

Jesus is the one who came to save you from sin. He took your place, paid the price for your wrongdoings, and conquered death through His resurrection. He lives within you through the Holy Spirit, giving you the strength to overcome sin and follow Him.

What does it mean to “cut it off” as Jesus instructs?

We do make mistakes and sin; when that happens we MUST take action:

  • Repentance: Turning away from sin and turning back to God.
  • Confession: Admitting our sin to God and asking for forgiveness.
  • Renunciation: Rejecting sin and its power over us.
  • Removal: Avoiding situations or habits that lead us to temptation.
  • Replacement: Filling our lives with God’s truth, love, and righteousness.

We Can’t Do It Alone

Overcoming sin is a process, and you can’t do it on your own. You need God’s help through His grace, power, and presence.

The Holy Spirit convicts you of sin, guides you, and empowers you to make right choices. The Bible teaches about God and equips you to fight temptation.

The Christian community offers support, encouragement, and prayer.

Most importantly, you have the example of Jesus. He cut it off for us by His perfect obedience and sacrifice. He showed you how to overcome sin through love, faith, humility, and perseverance.

He offers you His grace, mercy, forgiveness, and a new life free from sin’s bondage.

So, when you feel stuck in sin, remember: there is hope! God offers forgiveness and the power to overcome. Turn to Him today, ask for His help, and experience the joy of freedom from sin.

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When Facing the Impossible, Trust God

When Facing the Impossible, Trust God

Mark 10:27Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”

Let’s face it, life can get really tough. 

We all encounter challenges, problems, and difficulties that leave us feeling hopeless or helpless. 

Maybe it’s a health issue, financial strain, a rocky relationship, or something else entirely.  In those moments, it’s easy to wonder how we’ll ever overcome what feels like the impossible.

But here’s the good news: you’re not alone.  The Bible is filled with stories of people who faced seemingly insurmountable situations.  They battled giants, endured storms, and grappled with doubt and fear.  Yet, through it all, they discovered something powerful:  with God, nothing is impossible.

We Can’t Trust in Ourselves

Many of us instinctively turn to ourselves when facing major difficulties. 

We tend to rely on our own strength, wisdom, or abilities.  Maybe we place our hope in money, possessions, or the support of loved ones. 

While there’s nothing wrong with these things, they can’t be our ultimate source of trust. 

They’re ultimately unreliable, and they can fail us.

True Trust Lies With God

There is Someone, however, who will never fail you: God

  • He created you, knows you intimately, and has a plan for your life. 
  • He offers forgiveness, healing, and transformation. 
  • He guides, protects, provides, and empowers you. 
  • He is all-powerful, all-knowing, and ever-present. 
  • He is holy, loving, and faithful. 
  • He is the one who makes all things possible.

Trusting God Isn’t Always Easy

Trusting God completely takes surrender, obedience, and humility. 

It means letting go of control, your agendas, and your expectations.  It means following His will and relying on His promises.  It requires admitting your weaknesses and dependence on Him.

Yet, trusting God brings incredible rewards.  It brings peace, joy, and hope.  It brings freedom, security, and purpose.  It fosters growth, maturity, and a life that bears fruit.

Strengthen Your Trust in God

Trusting God isn’t something we do on our own.  Here are some ways to cultivate a deeper trust:

  • The Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit lives within you, enabling you to trust God and obey His voice.
  • The Word of God: The Bible teaches you about God’s character and His faithfulness.
  • The People of God: The Christian community can encourage and support you in our faith journey.
  • God’s Grace: God’s grace covers you and sustains you through trials and temptations.
  • The Example of Jesus: Jesus perfectly trusted God, even to the point of death on a cross. He showed you how to trust God in all circumstances.

Trusting God Brings Hope

No matter what you’re facing today, remember that God is capable of anything.  He can do more than you can imagine, and He can work in His way and timing to bring about His glory and purpose.

Trust that God knows what’s best for you, and that His love for you is everlasting. 

Trust that He is working in and through you, and that He will never abandon you.  Trust in His faithfulness and His promises.  Trust Him, and expect great things from Him.

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The Joy of Your Name: Discovering Your Identity in Christ

The Joy of Your Name: Discovering Your Identity in Christ

Let’s talk about joy. What makes you happy?

Is it that new gadget you just bought, or maybe that upcoming vacation you’ve been dreaming about? There’s nothing wrong with enjoying these things, but what if I told you there’s a source of joy that goes way deeper?

The Bible tells us in Luke 10:20 that our true joy comes from knowing our names are written in heaven.

 However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

That’s pretty powerful, right?

Your Name Matters to God

Your name isn’t just a random label. It’s a reflection of who you are to God. He chose you before you were even born to be His beloved son or daughter. (Ephesians 1:4).

Think about that for a second. You are chosen, loved, and accepted by God Himself, not because of anything you’ve done, but because of His amazing grace. That’s something to celebrate!

Living Up to Your Name

Having your name written in heaven comes with a responsibility – to live a life that honors God. It’s about loving Him with everything you’ve got and loving others the way He loves you.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”

Mark 12:30-31

It’s not always easy, but the good news is you don’t have to do it alone. The Holy Spirit is there to empower you to resist temptation, overcome challenges, and live a life that reflects God’s character.

Finding Joy in Your Name

So, how do you experience this joy that comes from knowing your name is written in heaven? Here are a couple of things to keep in mind:

  • Your Identity is Secure: Your standing with God isn’t based on your feelings or circumstances. It’s based on His love and faithfulness.

 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:38-39
  • Your Purpose is Clear: God has a plan for your life, and He wants to use you to share His love with the world.

 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Ephesians 2:10
  • Your Relationship Matters: Knowing God and experiencing His love is the greatest joy there is.

 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.

John 15:11

Living the Joyful Life

As you grow in your relationship with God, you’ll discover a joy that goes beyond anything this world can offer. It’s a joy that comes from knowing you are loved, forgiven, and secure in God’s hands.

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All In: Following Jesus Wholeheartedly

All In: Following Jesus Wholeheartedly

Have you ever felt a nudge towards following Jesus more diligently? Maybe a sermon resonated with you, a friend invited you to church, or a scripture passage spoke volumes.

Perhaps you felt God’s presence in prayer, a crisis, or a joyful moment. Whatever the case, you sensed a pull to follow Jesus and become His disciple.

But what exactly does that mean? Is it just a prayer, church attendance, or good deeds? Is it a one-time decision or a lifelong commitment? Easy or hard, or maybe both?

The Cost of Discipleship

For answers, let’s look at Jesus calling His first disciples (Luke 9). Traveling and preaching the Kingdom message, He encountered people interested in following Him.

However, Jesus didn’t sugarcoat the cost. He challenged them to consider the commitment and make a radical choice.

One person said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family” (Luke 9:61). Seems reasonable, right? Family is important.

But Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62)

Was Jesus being harsh? Unrealistic? Not at all. He used a farming analogy to illustrate a spiritual principle. Plowing required focus. Looking back disrupted concentration, creating crooked furrows, wasted effort, and a poor harvest.

Similarly, following Jesus requires focus. A disciple glancing back at their old life loses focus, leading to poor decisions and wasted effort.

Jesus wasn’t saying to abandon family, neglect responsibilities, or ignore relationships. He emphasized not letting anything distract from our primary allegiance to Him and His Kingdom. He wanted our wholehearted following.

Challenges and Rewards

Following Jesus isn’t a walk in the park. It involves sacrifice, surrender, and service. Leaving behind old ways, habits, attachments, and ambitions. Taking up our cross, denying ourselves, and following Him.

Facing opposition, persecution, and hardship. It’s about faithfulness, obedience, loyalty, humility, teachability, and willingness.

But it’s also incredibly rewarding. There’s grace, forgiveness, and love. A new life, identity, purpose, and hope. Experiencing God’s presence, power, peace, and joy.

Joining His mission, community, family, and Kingdom. Growing in faith, character, wisdom, and fruitfulness. Sharing in His glory, honor, inheritance, and victory.

Following Jesus is the best decision we can ever make. It’s the most meaningful, fulfilling, and satisfying life. It’s the only path to true happiness, freedom, and life.

Following with All Your Heart

So, how do we follow Jesus wholeheartedly?

How do we avoid looking back or holding back?

How can we be fit for service in God’s Kingdom?

The answer is simple yet challenging. We need to love Jesus more than anything else – family, friends, possessions, comfort, reputation, dreams, plans, even our own preferences.

We need to love Him with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. He’s our Lord, Savior, Master, Friend, Treasure, Delight, our Everything.

This isn’t achievable alone.

  • We need the Holy Spirit, who empowers us to love God and obey.
  • We need the Word of God, guiding us.
  • We need the support and encouragement of the Christian community.
  • We need God’s grace, which covers and sustains us in weakness.

Most importantly, we need the example of Jesus, who loved us enough to give Himself for us.

He followed the Father’s will wholeheartedly, even to death on a cross. He rose from the dead, ascended to Heaven, and intercedes for us. He will return and welcome us into His eternal Kingdom. He deserves our wholehearted devotion, unwavering attention, and unreserved commitment.

He is the one who says to us, “Follow me.” Are you ready to follow Him with all your heart?

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