Let This Truly Be Resurrection Day

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The world tells us to achieve, to make something of ourselves, and to contribute to society in a positive way.  Some follow the path of education because they feel that this will lead to a job which represents stability and that it will elevate them to a certain level in society’s eyes. Some spread the gospel and become Pastors, youth leaders or evangelists because this is their calling. The Lord has spoken to their hearts and handpicked them to share His message of salvation and redemption. Others do what they can to get by using their God-given talents or find random means of making ends meet.

Many go about their day to day lives believing that they have to make those decisions on their own, when in fact the Lord already has a plan for each and every one of us. This is why we are not hampered by society’s standards. God will make us into the person that He wants us to be.  He can make someone without a higher education successful. Did you know that nine of the men who held the position of President of the United States did not go to or finish college?  He made Joseph, who was Jacob’s son survive the jealously of his brothers who sold him into slavery go from being a slave to becoming  the second most important person in Egypt after the Pharoah. You see, the Lord is not limited by the world. He is God alone, and just like He had a plan for Joseph’s life He has a very specific plan for your life.

 Easter is not about chocolate bunnies, dyeing hard boiled eggs and Honeybaked Hams.  It is about love. Jesus loves us so much that He died a horrific death on the cross so that our sins could be forgiven and so that we could have everlasting life with God in heaven. As He hung on the cross He said “Not My Will, But Yours Be Done.” Mark 14:36   If we could strive for that level of obedience and faith we would know that the Lord has a plan for each and every one of our lives. His plan may not be what you think that you want, but His plan for your life will be perfect. This Easter say “Not my will, but yours be done.” Let this truly be Resurrection Day”.

 

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God Knows Your Every Step, Misstep and Victory

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-Have you ever had a time when your life seemed to be at a stand still? You were forced to be still due to a health issue, the lost of a job, a personal tragedy or because your life just seemed out of sorts and you didn’t know where to turn? Have you wondered how to handle it and used your best efforts to rectify the situation?

Have you sent out countless resumes, called all of your friends and asked them to keep an eye out for a position that fits your qualifications, and gone on interview after interview only to not receive an offer?

Have you struggled to figure out where you fit in or why you were put on this earth?  Let depression keep you down after receiving a life changing diagnosis? Or had your world turned upside down by the realization that you’ve lost someone, and that you will not see, talk to, or touch them again in this life?

These and other situations are things that most of us have to go through. There is a reason for life’s challenges and tragedies. We may not know the reason initially, but if we take the time to look back on that situation, and allow ourselves to put God in it we will see that the Lord allowed those things to happen for a very specific reason.

Every time that you feel like your life is off course, that your plans have been derailed or that your life is a mess consider this alternative. Perhaps the Lord is working behind the scene to keep you safe, to protect you, to lead you toward immeasurable joy, to give you the desires of your heart, to teach you a life lesson, or to increase your faith which He knows that you will need as you go through this journey that we call life.

Sometimes we just need to be still, have faith, and let the Lord move.  He already knows every step that we will take, every misstep that we will make, and every victory that we will attain. So be still and remind yourself that He is God alone.