Good News!

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Have you, or someone you know, ever wondered if God really cared about you?  Have you ever faced something so bad or difficult that you found it hard to believe that God was paying attention to you?  Have you ever considered giving up on God because it seemed that He had given up on you?  Well, if you’ve ever been there, don’t give up on God, because He has a message for you:  the Message of Easter!

The Message of Easter is Good News!  At its core, the meaning of Easter is that God has not given up on you or forgotten you.  In fact, His Son, Jesus Christ, willingly sacrificed His life to save yours!  God went to EXTRAORDINARY lengths to make sure that the problems you are facing are not the last word!  Jesus planted the seed that will grow into ultimate victory for you and me!  His death and resurrection have set in motion a redemptive process that will, one day, transform the whole world!

The only thing that is unclear is whether or not we will share in this transformation.  The reason it is unclear is that the choice is left up to us.  Will we admit that we need to be rescued from the devastation of our sinful world and from the results of our own sinful choices?  Will we accept Jesus’ free gift of forgiveness for our sins?  Will we choose to follow Him?  I have.  Will you?

The message of Easter is Good News!  The God of the universe has not abandoned us in a broken world.  Instead, He is dying to save us from it, and then He overcame death so that we could too!  Help us share the story this Easter!  It’s Good News!

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The Quest – Day 10

This is the devotional for Thursday, October 5, 2006 which is the 10th day of The Quest, our 40 Days of Discovery. Our devotional today offers a summary of the material in Chapter 10 of Frank Moore’s great book, The Power To Be Free.

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Day 10 – A Guide for Jesus

The Spirit actively participated in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me.” (Luke 4:18 NIV)

Author Frank Moore says that he is a household handyman who loves a new challenge. His son Brent worked at his side most of the 13 years they spent working on their “fixer-upper.” The projects gave them good times together and some great memories.

Brent is now married and owns his own home. His father & mother are quite impressed by the home improvements that he and his wife Nikki have made. Now if only his father could get his borrowed tools back!

This reminds us that the Spirit did not work in and with Christ for Christ’s ministry alone. He demonstrated through Christ what He wants to accomplish in your life as a follower of Christ. It might be that just as Brent picked up handyman skills from watching his father Frank work, you can pick up spiritual insights into the way the Spirit works by watching how He worked with Jesus. Let these examples illustrate:

  1. The Spirit placed the fetus of Jesus in Mary’s body (Luke 1:35).
  2. The Spirit spoke through John the Baptist in preparing the way for Jesus.
  3. The Spirit blessed Jesus through Simeon and Anna (Luke 2:25-40)
  4. The Spirit descended as a dove upon Jesus at His baptism (Luke 3:21-22)
  5. The Spirit prepared Jesus for His temptation ordeal (Luke 4:1)
  6. The Spirit empowered Jesus for His daily ministry (Luke 4:14)
  7. The Spirit instructed Jesus in His teaching ministry (Luke 4:18-21)
  8. The Spirit performed miracles with Jesus (Matthew 12:28 )
  9. The Spirit raised Jesus from the dead (Romans 1:3-4)
  10. The Spirit validated Jesus’ life and ministry by filling believers to continue His work on earth.

How many of these examples prompt your thinking about ways the Spirit wants to work in your life as well? While some of the above examples may not be repeated in your life, the Spirit stands ready:

  • to help you in time of temptation
  • to empower you for your daily ministry
  • to instruct you as you teach others about Christ
  • to work in your life in unexplainable ways

In the end the Spirit will raise you from the dead, as He did Jesus, and you will live with Him in heaven forever!

The memory verse for this week is John 14:18, “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.”

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Build your faith today by asking the Spirit to work in you as freely as He did in Jesus!