I sit in amazement at the things that people feel free to say on social media that creates the vat of hurt that is melting America. We preach love, yet we show not.
What God has led me to do in the trial some times in my life is to step back. Whoever is saying whatever or doing whatever is not going to be changed by me and my simple beliefs. He leads me inward to the dwelling place. The place of love, joy, and peace of the Holy Spirit. I'm directed there to remain in prayer. I'm not hiding; I'm not being manipulated. I'm in deep water. Water that allows me to see things that other eyes can't see. It is beautiful to take others to the Lord in prayer. It is love like no other love.
A sweet friend gave us these bulbs for the Holy Season. They are so simple, one bulb, one stem, a top of floral fragrant. So intricate by God's design.
And, Jesus came. Yes, Lizzy painted her vision of Jesus for me.
Seeing this creative work of Jesus, made me ask, Why did you come?
...to save sinners.
1 Timothy 1:15, "This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief."
...to call sinners to repentance.
Mark 2:17, "When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."
...to seek and save the lost.
Luke 19:10, "For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost."
...to demonstrate the true purpose of life.
Matthew 20:28, "Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many."
...to be a King and bear witness to the truth.
John 18:37, "Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice."
...to do the Will of His Father.
John 6:38, "For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me."
...to be a Light in the world.
John 12:46, "I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness."
...that men might have the Abundant Life.
John 10:10, "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."
...to Judge the world.
John 9:39, "And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind."
...to Proclaim or preach the Good News about the Kingdom of God.
Mark 1:38, "And he said unto them, Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also: for therefore came I forth."
...to die on the cross.
John 12:27, "Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour."
...to fulfil the law.
Matthew 5:17, "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil."
...to be a Divider of men.
Matthew 10:34, 35, "Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law."
...as a demonstration of God's Love.
1 John 4:10, "Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins."
...because the Father sent Him.
John 20:21, "Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you."
John 3:16-18, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God."
God does not need me to fight his battles. He needs me to follow him. I have a voice.
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