Monday, March 23, 2015

Pastor's Ponderings, March 23, 2015

Everything We Need Is In Christ

On the third and fourth Saturday of the month, our church has been given the privilege of ministering to the elderly members of a local nursing home.  Yesterday I shared a word that greatly impacted me while I was speaking.  I got the revelation that we do not have to go outside of Jesus Christ to get anything that we need.  We haven’t got to make back room deals with the evil one, his followers, our friends, neighbors, relatives, or even our employers.  Everything that we need is in Him and we shouldn’t worry because God made the entire universe (Hebrews 11:3).

God continually supplies all of our needs. We may sometimes feel that we are lacking, but He has already given those who love Him everything that we will ever need to live a life for Him (2 Peter 1:3). He even chose us to be just like Him when He adopted us to be His offspring through Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:3-5).

In spite of our challenges, issues, sins, omissions, commissions, thoughtlessness, carelessness, insensitivity and challenges, He made us acceptable to Him (Ephesians 1:6).  Today, when things are not working out as planned, when people are working against us, and when the whole world seems to be in a conspiracy to take our happiness and joy, let us remember that everything that we need is already in Him and we have the privilege of calling Him to help us to get whatever we need (Romans 8:15).  Let us continually rejoice about that!

Hebrews 11:3
New International Version (NIV)
By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

2 Peter 1:3
New International Version (NIV)
His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.

Ephesians 1:3-5
New International Version (NIV)
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love
5 he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—

Ephesians 1:6
King James Version (KJV)
To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

Romans 8:15
Good News Translation (GNT)
15 For the Spirit that God has given you does not make you slaves and cause you to be afraid; instead, the Spirit makes you God's children, and by the Spirit's power we cry out to God, “Father! my Father!”

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