My niece just put on Facebook that she was cooking dinner when she felt a gush of cold air coming from the living room. The front door was standing open and her special needs child was outside by the car ready to go for a ride. This was the first time this had ever happen. My niece was terrified, and when she saw her child she was so thankful and praised God for keeping her safe.
When we are completely in tune with God, we know when he is speaking to us. God can send a message, through a gush of cold air, to get our attention. Then we can respond immediately, the way Crystal did. God sends us messages, don’t ignore them. It may be a life or death situation.
I have been asked several times in my life, ”what am I most thankful for?” It was a hard question to answer. It seemed I was grateful for everything. Then I thought, about a man that I didn’t know, but he knew me. This man loved me more than I could imagine. Before I was even born, he knew I would have a sinful nature. It broke the man’s heart, knowing I would not have a way to be saved unless he died for me. Yes, he died for me so I could live and be free from sin. I love this man. Jesus is his name, he paid my debt for my sins past, present, and future. That is what I am most thankful for.
At the age of 33, Jesus was sentenced to death. At the time of The Crucifixion, it was the “worst” death. Only the worst criminals were sentenced to be crucified. However, it was even more terrible for Jesus, unlike other criminals sentenced to death by crucifixion, Jesus would be nailed on the Cross by his hands and feet. Each nail: Was 6 to 8 inches long. The nails were hammered into his wrist, Not on his palms as is commonly depicted. There is a tendon in the wrist that extends to the shoulder. Roman guards knew that, when the nails were being inserted into the wrist, the tendon would tear and break, forcing Jesus to use his ribs for support, so he could breathe. His two feet, they were inserted together, that’s how he was forced to lean on the only nail that tied his feet to the cross. Jesus could not support himself with his legs because of the pain. So he was forced to alternate arching his back. He wore out his legs just to continue breathing. Imagine the struggle, the pain, the suffering, the courage that endured it. Jesus endured that reality for more than 3 hours. Yes, more than 3 hours! Can you imagine this kind of Suffering? A few minutes before he died, Jesus stopped bleeding, water just flowed from his wounds. From common images we see wounds on his hands and feet and even the spear wound at his side … But we find out that his wounds were actually made all over his body by a mallet driving large nails through the wrist, the feet overlapping and an even large nail hammered through the arches, then a Roman guard piercing his side with a spear. But before the nails and the spear, Jesus was whipped and because the lashes were so severe they tore flesh off his body. The crown of thorns embedded deep into his scalp. Most men would not have survived this torture. He had no more blood to bleed, only the water gushed out of their wounds. All this not to mention the humiliation he suffered after carrying the cross for almost 2 km, while the crowd spat in his face and threw stones at him. Jesus had to endure this experience, to open the Gates of heaven, so that you can have access to God. So that your sins may be “washed” and carried away. All of them, without exception! Jesus Christ died for you, me, and everyone in the world.
“But before people can ask the Lord for help, they must believe in him; and before they can believe in him, they must hear about him; and for them to hear about the Lord, someone must tell them; and before someone can go and tell them, that person must be sent. It is written, “How beautiful is the person who comes to bring good news.”
We have all been called to share the Good news about Christ with others. Your faith in God will increase and so will the person that you shared Christ with. Faith is like a muscle that needs to be exercised the more we study the word of God the stronger our faith becomes. Start today!!
Our families cat is so cute and very predictable. When we pull up the driveway and get out she greets us on her back legs with her eyes closed. We reach down and scratch behind her ears and she walks with us to the front door. When we feed her we will scoop her food with a measuring cup and she dives her face into the cup to get the first bite, then you can put the rest in the bowl. Sometimes we can become creatures of habit having the same routine every single morning or throughout our day. When we walk with God however, He will sometimes have us step out of our comfort zone and do things we wouldn’t normally do. Take heart. God will never give us more than we can handle. He is with us in whatever He’s having us do.
Walking out of the store, our eyes meet, it’s freezing outside but only sandals on her feet. Her hair is unkept and spotted with dirt, it’s been a week or so since she had washed that tee shirt. Holes in her jeans and smelling like smoke, people starring and judging thinking,” Oh, what a joke.” When the Holy Spirit is with you all that you see, is a woman who is hurting and needs a reprieve. Taking the stress off her back by praying with her, the Holy Spirit inside us starts to stir. All of the sudden she feels the love, of the Alpha thee Omega, our great God up above! Her Spirit has been lifted and feels a newness of self, placing her guilt and shame high upon a shelf. The look on her face when she’s told that Jesus died for her sin, she looks up in the sky ready for her new life to begin! Like 4:16 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.