[We are] always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.
2 Corinthians 4:10–11
Jesus Christ is alive! He intercedes for us, He comes before the throne of heaven as our mediator, and He also lives through us. We are ambassadors of heaven, living examples of Jesus. We partake in Jesus’ death every day with how live for Him.
Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
Faith is the pillar of Christianity, it is required to follow Jesus whole heartedly. It’s about moving full speed through life allowing God to steer and apply pressure to the accelerator. There are many times where we will want to go faster or take the next exit, but trusting Jesus to make those decisions will always assure the best outcome. Dare to take your hands off the wheel!
You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth,
And called from its farthest regions,
And said to you,
‘You are My servant,
I have chosen you and have not cast you away:
Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
God makes himself known to every person who walks on this earth. Through his creation, through his people, he tugs on the hearts of all his children. For those that accept his invitation, God promises his guidance, strength, and salvation. In every situation, reach out to him for help and good council. He will straighten your crooked roads and bring low the hills and valleys.
My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.
The Christian walk comes with many obstacles. The bible says, “The path is narrow.” It’s easy to wander off of the path if you’re not constantly watering your faith with prayer, daily reading of God’s word, and communicating with other believers. We’re all at risk. So it’s of great honor to God when we can help a fellow believer come back to the fold, approaching them in love and not judgment.
And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.
Having a close relationship with Christ is the only way to make sure your garden (heart) is constantly watered and fruitful. He will keep you strong when you feel weak, he will give you peace in the midst of trials. If you’re feeling scorched and weak, examine your relationship to Jesus, reach out to the One who will give your relief.
But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
Waiting is not a human trait most of us embrace (myself included). With most things within reach instantaneously from our smart phones and computers, we are used to getting things done “now”. There are some things though, that God has us utilize his strength in the form of patience and perseverance. When we learn to fully trust God, when we “really” hand things off to him, we will see our faith grow and our Christian maturity multiply. God’s timing is not always easy to wait on, but he is always on time.
Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!
One key to changing yourself comes when you can first admit you have something that needs to be changed. Those that come to Christ recognize that fulfillment will never come from this world. Living a “good” life is not possible without the help of our Father in heaven. Once you’ve taken the life-saving step of accepting Christ into your life your heart will begin to transform, your life will change in conjunction.