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April 10, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Do You See What is about to be Fulfilled? 3


Do You See What is about to be Fulfilled?

 

Luke 18:31

And taking the twelve, he said to them, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished.”

 

Thought for Today

From the very beginning God has been telling us about His plan to redeem mankind. Shortly after our rebellion in Genesis 3 He told us that He would send a Campion. In Genesis 22 God commands Abraham to sacrifice his son, Isaac, and through that encounter shows us that the sacrifice would take place on Mount Moriah, where Jerusalem would one day be built. He also tells us that His plan is to sacrifice His Son so that ours would never have to fear death. In Exodus 12 God demonstrates that through the sacrifice of a perfect Lamb the angel of death will pass over God’s people. In Leviticus 16 He tells us that His perfect Lamb will be the scape goat who takes away the sins of the people. Through the prophet Isaiah we discover exactly what it will look like when His Son goes silently like a lamb to the slaughter and how by oppression and judgment He will be taken away from us. All of these promises, and many more, were spoken in the Old Testament to tell us what must be fulfilled. Jesus now tells His disciples that these are the things that are going to take place at long last. In the week to come not a single one will be omitted. Jesus’ sacrifice will take place exactly as God said it must for our sakes. Glory be to Jesus!

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, it is incredible to know that you knew exactly what was ahead and You chose to go for my sake anyway. Give me fresh eyes to see Your holy Passion. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

I prefer death in Christ Jesus to power over the farthest limits of the earth. He who died in place of us is the one object of my quest. He who rose for our sakes is my one desire. — Ignatius of Antioch

 

Quote of the Day

The most effective way to do it, is to do it. — Amelia Earhart

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April 9, 2019, 7:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Do You See What is about to be Fulfilled? 2


Jesus Our Champion

 

Genesis 3:15
I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and her offspring;
he shall bruise your head,
and you shall bruise his heel.

 

Thought for Today

God’s response to Adam and Eve’s sin continually surprises me. Having just been betrayed by the people He loves, God promises to personally tackle the problem on their behalf. He could have simply cursed us, or wiped us out and started over. Instead, He pledges to send a Champion through the woman’s offspring who will crush the serpent and set everything right. This promise was fulfilled at the cross of Jesus. This is the way God loves us still. In the face of our struggle with sin each day God turns to His Champion, Jesus Christ, to see that it is set right. As you begin your Lenten journey, fix your eyes on your Champion. See how He lives and loves, because He is doing it for you.

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You for promising to send a Champion to fight for me when You saw my rebellious heart. Help me to learn from Him each day. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

The reality of loving God is loving him like he's a Superhero who actually saved you from stuff rather than a Santa Claus who merely gave you some stuff. ― Criss Jami

 

Quote of the Day

Who you are tomorrow begins with what you do today. ― Tim Fargo

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April 8, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Do You See What is about to be Fulfilled? 1


Do You See What is about to be Fulfilled?

 

Luke 18:28-31

And Peter said, “See, we have left our homes and followed you.” And he said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who will not receive many times more in this time, and in the age to come eternal life.”

 

And taking the twelve, he said to them, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished.

 

Thought for Today

On Friday I ended by encouraging you to rejoice in Jesus’ words about the great reward that is ours. However, Jesus doesn’t want us to be confused about the reason for the blessings we receive when we sacrifice to follow Him. We, like His first disciples, too easily to fall into the trap of thinking God owes us for our sacrifices. The greater the sacrifice the more He owes us. We are competitive people and would quickly turn it into a measuring stick by which we determine who is the greatest, defined as most sacrificial. In verses 30-31 Jesus reminds us that our reward is not a result of our sacrifice but His. He is going to Jerusalem to suffer and die for us. His sacrifice will put ours to shame. The blessings of God flow from His cross to our undeserving lives. Our sacrifices are simply evidence that we have genuine faith in Jesus. What we are willing to give up in order to follow Him shows the depth of our love. Our love is a mark of our faith. Our faith receives the gifts of grace and favor won by Jesus at His cross. Which leads us gloriously back to the need to worship and praise Him for all the good things in this life and for the life to come.

 

Prayer

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for Your sacrifice for me, though I don’t deserve it I am eternally grateful for it. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Jesus made the final sacrifice for all, and we need not make it again. — Stanley Hauerwas

 

Quote of the Day

Find a purpose to serve, not a lifestyle to live. ― Criss Jami



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04-08-2019 at 8:49 AM
Erica Ciro
Dear Heavenly Father, Help us to desire You more than the things You can give us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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