Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Truly God Devotional 12

Truly God Devotional 12

I love sitting in my yard. I love decorating it in the spring and summer. I have outdoor cats and they sit with me outside nearly every day. Each one has a unique personality and they add a lot of joy to my life. Still, nothing adds the joy that my relationship with Christ does. No matter what is going on in my life I rely on Him completely.

The cookie ministry has really been taking off and being a workaholic well, let's just say that I am up to the task. The Reachers Sunday School class is made up of the hardest working women I know. Our class includes a missionary to Africa, a Gideon, a registered nurse, a pastry chef, and me...a church librarian/workaholic! We really want to live out our faith by reaching others for Christ.

This is the last devotional in this Truly God series. It's not over because I wanted it to end. It's over because someone needed the book I was using more than I did. So, God ended this devotional on the number 12. I don't have to tell you that there's some serious 12 stuff going on in the Bible. Anyway, I thought I'd end by listing the titles or descriptions that Jesus told us about who He was and is. I'll end with another little story about a dream that I had concerning cookies and Jesus if you can imagine that!

Here's the list: Jesus is: Spirit Renewer, Gift Giver, Deity, Ascender, Water Giver, Messiah, Anointed One, Son of Man, Gift of God, Life Giver, Healer, Judge, One with the Father, Bread of Life, Securer, Protector, Holder, Raiser-Upper, Last Days Champion, Deliverer, Sacrificial Lamb, All Powerful, Light, Rock, Leader, God Glorified, Missionary Messiah, Good Shepherd, Rescuer, Blood Payment, Universal Authority and Savior.

Here's the dream: I'm sitting in a very homey kitchen and someone is at the oven with an apron on. The oven is open and cookies are going in or coming out. I'm not sure which. The person turns around to me and it is Jesus. He is baking me cookies! He smiles really big and says, "You think you make good cookies just wait until you taste mine."

Has Jesus ever came to you in a dream? I'm thinking probably so. If you don't mind commenting I'd love to hear your story. They say that many people have had a vision of Jesus or a dream of Him. I like that! Thank you Jesus for being my savior, my friend, my cookie baker! Woot! Gonna start a new devotional next week. Not sure what yet, but I know the Lord will send someone to tell me what it should be or He will tell me Himself. Love to all!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Truly God Devotional 11

The Jews are so underappreciated! It's important to remember that if it weren't for the Jews we wouldn't have our Christian faith. All of the disciples were Jews. Jesus was a Jew! Muhammad tried to get the Jews to abandon the Torah and they refused. Many of them were killed by Muhammad for their faith. Most of the disciples died for their faith. God chose the Jews as a people in order to bring Christ into the world and save humanity...His most wonderful creation. Jesus was payment for the price of our sins. God's covenant with Abraham still exists today. How we treat Israel is how we are treating God. That's just how important they are to Him.

John 10:17-18

"The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life--only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father. "

People like to say that the Jews were responsible for the death of Jesus. Sure, they were highly involved as were the Romans, but Jesus makes it quite clear here that no one took His life but that He laid down His life of His own accord. Blame has no place in this event. The same circumstances would have happened no matter who was involved because God had ordained it. The plan from the beginning was for Christ to sacrifice Himself for mankind as payment for sin and then rise from the dead and return to Heaven. Jesus claims His authority and fulfillment of His Father's command. He is the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy. He is by choice the sacrificial lamb. The blood payment for sin. The creator and authority of the universe. Our Savior Jesus Christ! Praise God for His sacrifice.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Truly God Devotional 10

Truly God Devotional 10

Our neighbor has a beautiful pasture and they used to have lots of sheep in it. One day I was coming home and I noticed one of the sheep with his leg stuck in a tree branch. At least I thought it was stuck. The sheep kept picking its leg up out of the branch and then putting it right back in. I had to laugh when I thought about the fact that Jesus called us His sheep. Sheep are gentle animals, but unfortunately they are not too bright. We need Jesus just like sheep need a shepherd.

John 10:14,15

"I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me-just as the Father knows me and I know the Father-and I lay down my life for the sheep."

I think this is such a wonderful description of our relationship to Jesus. Let's think about what a shepherd does for his sheep. He protects his sheep and is willing to give his life up if necessary. He offers his sheep rest from wolves and other predators. He leads them to places where they can be fed and watered well. He rescues them from thorny bushes where they get hurt and tangled. He knows where each sheep is at any given time. He knows what makes each of his sheep unique and special. His goal is to give them a life of abundance and what he gets in return is their love and trust.

Jesus is the greatest shepherd who has ever lived. He is the good shepherd!!