Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Matthew 8:16-17 WEB
16 When evening came, they brought to him many possessed with demons.
He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick;
17 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through Isaiah the prophet,
saying: ďHe took our infirmities, and bore our diseases.Ē
Promise #128: My Son took upon Himself all your sicknesses and diseases.
Jesus took upon Himself every sickness and every disease that mankind has ever experienced so that we could be healed. I cannot imagine the unfathomable price that Jesus paid for today's promise to become a reality for us in our generation.
In the Garden of Gethsemane as Jesus was sweating great drops of blood, He cried out to His Abba (Father) for the strength to drink from the cup that would pave the way to our redemption. It was at this crucial time in history that Jesus took upon Himself ALL our sin and exchanged ALL our brokeness for ALL of His life. I believe that only the Holy Spirit can bring revelation to us so that we can grasp in part the incredible sacrifice that Jesus paid so that we could become heirs of His glorious inheritance.
May God give all of us the grace today to comprehend the fact that Jesus took upon Himself all of our sickness so that we could be healed. May faith rise in our hearts today so that each one of us could appropriate the finished work of the cross in every area of our body and our soul that still needs to be healed. Thank you Jesus for saying 'yes' to your Father and drinking the terrible cup of the brokeness of humanity so that we might be made whole...spirit, soul & body. Hallelujah, what a Savior!
Bless someone this day!
Monday, May 06, 2013
Numbers 6:25 WEB
Yahweh make his face to shine on you,
and be gracious to you.
Promise #126: My face will shine upon you all the days of your life.
We live in an area in Canada where it is very cloudy in the winter months. Sometimes we can go weeks without ever seeing the sun. When the sun does eventually come out, the feeling of exhilaration is almost indescribable. The gloomy feeling of gray skies day after day can really take its toll on a person's emotional wellbeing.
Today's promise is taken from the priestly blessing in Numbers 6 that the Lord told Moses to pray over Israel on a daily basis. In this blessing from the Lord, Moses tells the people that the face of the Lord will shine upon them all the days of their life. Can you imagine living every day of your life being aware of the brightness and warmth of our God and Father's countenance?
Even though clouds do come our way, we can rise above the clouds (just like we can in an airplane) and still see His face shining on us. My prayer today is that each and every one of us would feel the warmth of His love and the brightness of His face shining upon us. We are not called to walk this life alone. Our Father is watching over us every step of the way.
Sunday, May 05, 2013
Luke 12:32 WEB
Donít be afraid, little flock,
for it is your Fatherís good pleasure to give you the Kingdom.
Promise #125: I am delighted to give you My kingdom.
Jesus makes this promise to His disciples just after He tells them not to take any thought for their life, because they have a heavenly Father that has promised to provide for them. In this intimate conversation with His friends, Jesus encourages them to 'seek first His Father's kingdom' and all of their practical needs will be met as well.
Then Jesus wraps up His conversation by declaring today's Scripture verse... "Fear not, little flock, for it is your Fatherís good pleasure to give you the kingdom. (ESV) Isn't it wonderful that we don't have to be worried? Isn't it reassuring to know that we don't have to live in fear because God is absolutely delighted to give us His kingdom?
As Jesus says in today's text, we are His little flock. Little lambs can't protect themselves, they can't provide for themselves, they can't manage the cares of daily life. All they can do is live a life close to their shepherd. It is so comforting to know that Jesus is our Great Shepherd and we have no need under His watchful eye.
May each one of us be encouraged today and hear the voice of Jesus speaking deep in our hearts the words that He spoke to His disciples... "Fear not, little flock, for it is your Fatherís good pleasure to give you the kingdom. (ESV)
Have a blessed Sunday!
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