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Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”

Earlier in the Book of Hebrews, the author quotes Psalm 102 when he writes, “But You remain the same, and Your years will never end.”  There in Psalm 102 it goes on to say that everything as we know it will eventually wear out like clothing, be discarded and perish…except the Lord, for He will continue unchanged to all eternity.  I don’t know about you, but the last few months have seemed like a roller-coaster ride of ups and downs, so the quiet comfort and security of placing my trust in a everlasting Savior quiets my soul and gives me peace and hope.

Titus 3:8 ” I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.”

In this letter to Titus, Paul is encouraging him to exhort the early Church in Crete to, “do what is good.”   Now earlier in this Chapter Paul plainly lays out what this means for Titus…submit to authority, be obedient, peaceable, considerate, and humble.  So how does this apply to us today?  When we put our faith in Jesus Christ we become His hands and feet to not only proclaim the Good News of the Gospel to the world, but to represent Him to others.  And in doing so emulating His character and attributes.  So hopefully when people look at us-they see Jesus.

Romans 5:6-8 ” You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

You may not know Him…but He still knows you.  In fact, He’s known every intimate detail about you before you were even born.  You may not believe in Him…but He’s been faithfully sharing the beauty of the world He created with you every day.  You may think you don’t need the “spiritual crutch” of religion, and that you can make it on your own…but the harsh reality is, you can’t…for no one can.  That’s because we’re all sinners living in a very wicked and broken world…none of us with the ability to save ourselves.  You may have never thought about Him…but He cares about you so much that He sent His Son, Jesus, to die in your place on that Cross.

I Corinthians 14:33 ” For God is not a God of disorder but of peace.”

So, I’ll ask you this question today…When was the last time you were calm and totally at peace, without a care in the world?  For the vast majority of us, it’s been quite a while.  This Corona virus has managed to disrupt our routines, throw our home life into confusion, and leave us feeling like we have no control.  That’s because when disorder with all its turmoil and instability takes up residency either within us or our home…all peace fades away.   But there is a answer for this and His Name is Jesus…for the Gospel of Jesus Christ is called the Gospel of Peace.  Now it doesn’t mean you will never have to experience disorder in your life, but it does mean that by having a relationship with Jesus you can be set free from the distress brought about by it.

I Samuel 12:24 ” But be sure to fear the Lord and serve Him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things He has done for you.”

The Corona virus has us all weary with battle fatigue and frightened at this invisible enemy that has invaded our land.  So today I would encourage you to take a step back, turn off the continuous loop of news shows, and as this verse exhorts, “consider what great things He has done for you.”  Reflect on God’s mercy and providence if all your family and friends are healthy and safe.  Contemplate His goodness if you have plenty of food in the house and are not in need.  Meditate on His hand of protection that is keeping the vast majority of people safe in our Nation.  Finally, ponder all the simple things God has done for you personally this week  just to say, “I’m with you and I love you.”

II Chronicles 20:15 ” This is what the Lord says to you: Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.”

I don’t know about you, but I need to be reminded of this daily!  It’s brought even clearer to me in I Samuel 17:47, when it says, “It is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s.”  But how many times have I marched out into battle with a toothpick thinking I was somehow “helping God”?  I’ve found one of the greatest Psalms during these times of fear and despair is Psalm 91…it’s a wonderful antidote against that overwhelming feeling of dread, and can help me then refocus my mind where I can – Face Fear with Faith in my heavenly Father.

Colossians 2:6-7 ” So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”

Our journey with the Lord is not a one and done event.  Ours is not to be a stagnant life once we say “Yes!” to Jesus Christ.  No, our Christian walk is suppose to be a always advancing, ever increasing effort to become more Christ-like.  This progressive sanctification is simply growing in the knowledge of God, (Ephesians 3:17) and applying the truths of the Gospel into our everyday life.  And as we continue to live in Him, He is faithful to continue to fill us…for our walk with God will never be fully realized until that day we walk through those Heavenly gates.

Revelation 5: 1-3 ” Then I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, ‘Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?’ But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it.”

The angel was asking, who is worthy?  Who is deserving enough, with the power and capability to loosen the seals of the scroll?  And it says… there was no one.  Certainly it couldn’t be sinful man, for like Isaiah when he saw the Lord, we’d all have to exclaim, “Woe to me! I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips.”  But there is One that is worthy of opening the scroll. Only one that lived a perfect and sinless life here on earth.  His name is Jesus Christ, the Worthy One.

Hebrews 12:7 ” Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? “

Maybe you were the child that all your parents had to do was look at you sternly and you stopped misbehaving.  Or maybe it took much more effort from your parents before it finally sunk in that what you were doing was wrong.  Parents correct their children out of the love they have for them, not because they want to be mean, but because they want only the best for them.  Our Heavenly Father does the same for us.  Deuteronomy 8:5 says, “Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the Lord your God disciplines you.”  When we can view difficulties in our life as loving correction from God rather than just punishment…our entire spiritual perspective and faith will be impacted and increased.

Galatians 3:22 ” But the Scripture declares that the whole world is a prisoner of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.”

We are all sinners.  We are all caught up like fish in the net called evil.  There is not one among us that is righteous…for we are all bound over to disobedience.  But we have a Savior…His name is Jesus, who came to save us from our sinful life and give us hope.  For when we put our trust in Jesus and the Good News of the Gospel…that promise spoken about in this Scripture is made alive in us…the wonderful promise of eternal life in heaven through His Son, Jesus.