Friday, October 31, 2014

Oh Death Where is Your Sting?

Oh Death Where is Your Sting?

"Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?" (1 Corinthians 15:55)

On this day it is particularly imperative to remember that death and destruction have been definitively defeated. Christ's crimson blood has won the ultimate victory. We are no longer held hostage by the threat of sin and its punishing penalty of separation and agonising eternal pain. We have overcome sin and death because He has paid the price and defeated the cross and the grave.

Our futures are secured by salvation. The gruelling grip of death has permanently lost its strength, because the earth-shaking might of God has loosed the chains of our shameful sin from the atoning sacrifice of Christ once and for all - that means for us all as well. The Lord's wondrous work on our behalf has forever freed us, and it's through the power of His blood that was shed.

"I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death. O Death, I will be your plagues! O Grave, I will be your destruction!" (Hosea 13:14)

Θάνατος. This is the Greek word for death. It can also mean the eternal, horrendous separation from God the Father. This ghastly disgrace is the shame which results from our sinful nature, and this is precisely the pain that Jesus endured for our redemption.

"But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone." (Hebrews 2:9)

The word death here is also θάνατος (thanatos). So as you can see, Jesus suffered the most unthinkably harrowing hurts for us. He bore the bruises. He endured death. He pressed on so that we may live abundant eternal lives in fellowship with Him, for He loves us so dearly. And His love has proven faithful time and again.

Today instead of celebrating death, let's chose to celebrate the gift of pure life in freedom. He is the God of grace, love, and life, so we ought to radiate life too! May the Lord bless you all abundantly with joy and hope unending.

-The Introverted Evangelist

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Heart in Good Hands

Heart in Good Hands:

It's not up to my hands to control, but my heart to surrender. In the midst of this storm, take me to the Rock that is higher than I.

"Cast your burden on the Lord, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved." (Psalms 55:22)

"The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace." (Exodus 14:14)

Let His pure love be the rope that keeps pulling us in closer and closer. Though we fall, He shall always uphold us. Though we stray, He calls us Home.

"But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”
And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”" (Matthew 14:27, 31)
God allows us to feel hurt. He allows the hurting to pull us closer to His heart, His heart beating - beating for our brokenness. He longs to burn away the burdens which break us down and crush our joy, freeing us to know Him more, to know His gracious heart ever so deeply, and to be sure of His merciful goodness.

"He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds." (Psalms 147:3)

"And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”" (Revelation 21:4-5)

So do not fear my friends, for we are worth much more to Him than we can imagine. He is holding us in His tender lovingkindness. He is making all things new. Sorrows will be turned to rejoicing, pain shall resurrect in peace, and hurting to hope. He is coming. He will never leave us. He is for us. He is good, oh so wondrously good.

May we never forget: underneath all this majesty and glory there lies a heart that burns for our deliverance and safe keeping. He pursues us personally and passionately. He is our Lord, yes, but He is also our Lover. Have no fear. The Almighty God of miraculous marvels is here. He is right by our side.

-The Introverted Evangelist

Photograph Taken By: My Friend Kerrie

Monday, October 27, 2014

Unimaginably Immense Love

Unimaginably Immense Love:

"that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God." (Ephesians 3:17-19)

We were born hungry. Hungry, empty, seeking, and searching tirelessly. Restless souls we entered this world, and restlessly we may choose to exit. That is, if we so choose to neglect the burning passion of the One true pursuing Lover. The One that chose thorns for our freedom. Ridicule for our redemption. Hatred for holiness. The Sacrifice that provided sanctification. There is nourishment for the starved souls. There is peace for the oppressed.

"The human heart by nature seeks after God. There is a spiritual vacuum in every man until it is filled by Christ." -Richard Wurmbrand

"And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst." (John 6:35)

The Well never runs dry. The love of Christ never stops rushing over us. In times of desperation? Let it flow over you. Let the realness of His peace-giving love comfort you.

The love of Christ is unimaginably immense. This love has plundered the deepest depths to bring us Home and pay our debts.

This is true and imperishable Love. Love that gave it all to win our redemption, our freedom, and ultimately our hearts.

"But I will see Your face in righteousness; when I awake, I will be satisfied with Your presence." (Psalms 17:15)

Even the most voraciously hungering hearts cannot go unsatisfied by the Bread of Life. He feeds the famished souls, and He nourishes the neglected. No one goes unloved. No need goes unnoticed. Every heart is cherished. Every soul He desires will find salvation. In Jesus, oh only in Jesus, His love never ends. His love has no boundaries. It's available for you today. Embrace the overflowing grace of His wondrous love. Let Him cover you this day, and let Him fill up your empty places. He is good; He is our God. He is marvellously merciful. Trust. Trust in His good heart, for He will care for yours that has broken.

-The Introverted Evangelist