jesus saves

If you were blessed enough to open your eyes this morning; there’s still more to see, there’s more to do, more to show, more to live. God has you in His hand, let Him show you the beauty of being alive.

Looking back I realize that Jesus didn’t just save me once all those years ago on the cross. No, He is still saving me, even now.

He saved me when I was struggling with addiction, drowning in sin and shame.
He saved me when I absolutely hated myself and wanted nothing more than to give up and be done with this life.
He saved me when I thought I was too far gone, too wretched to be saved.
He saved me when my heart and soul were as black as the night and cold to Him.
He saved me when I thought He had forsaken me.
He’s saved me, I’m sure, more than I even realize.

Don’t you see? Jesus is Savior, and Jesus is good. He’s the only way to the Father. He’s the only One truly capable of saving us-not our efforts, not our achievements, nor any cheap, temporary thrill this world offers can save us. Only Jesus.

And don’t you know, He’s so, so faithful? He will never leave you nor forsake you. He will never fail you. Even if you’re just that one, little, wandering sheep, He’ll seek you out, because you’re that precious to Him. You may think yourself too sinful, too dirty, too wretched, too far gone, too worthless; too this, too that.

But don’t you realize? He came into this world to save the sinner, the weak, the dirty, the wretched, the lost. He came to save you. Yes, you.

So, won’t you come to Him? Can you hear Him calling?

Come to Me, and be made new.

We should worship God when we’re feeling good and when we’re down in the dumps!
The words “contrite” and “lowly” are translated from Hebrew words that mean, “crushed, bruised, broken, or depressed.”

When I am feeling really down, I like to go to a quiet place and worship God as my Hiding Place and Lifter of My Head.

True worship comes from a sincere, humble heart and a broken, yielded spirit. A heart that walks in the truth, obeying God’s laws out of love for Him. A heart that has come to the realization, that apart from God there is no hope. He deserves our all – all our heart’s affection, mind’s capacity, multi-faceted emotions, and physical strength!

Romans 12:1-2 NIV84 states, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-this is your spiritual act of worship.”

Read 1 Chronicles 29 and look at how worship is a whole-life expression.
In what ways do you respond to God in worship? Meditate on this question. Consider writing down your thoughts.

Isaiah 57: 13 -15
Psalm 51: 15-17
1 Samuel 16: 6-7

Do not be ashamed of your past. You have a story to tell, and a God-ordained obligation to tell it. Your testimony is your proof that God is in the matter of rescuing lives, at all times.

Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.” - John 20:29

Are you willing to believe in Jesus, even though you cannot see Him?

When you choose to believe, it will be reflected in every area of your life. You will begin to grow in your faith. You will be able to look back over the past few years of your life and see the spiritual growth.

This happens because when you accept Jesus as your Savior, the Holy Spirit dwells in you. The Holy Spirit is God’s Spirit, and exists as your guide in grace, truth, and all of the fruits of the Spirit in every moment of your life. From the moments you’re having a joy-filled day to the moments you’re in distress, and every moment in between, what you choose to believe changes your life from the inside out.

Today is the day to live out what you believe. If you believe God is a provider, let it affect everything from your attitude about today to the way you think about the future. If you believe that the light of Jesus has made an Eternal difference in your life, then don’t spend your days wallowing in darkness. If you believe that the Holy Spirit dwells in you, worship in spirit and truth, and don’t let your worries get the best of you.

Jesus is calling. He is calling you to believe. He is calling you believe that He is capable of great and immeasurable things that exceed even your wildest dreams. You may have thought you were onto something, but now that you know Him, He wants to show you something more. You might not be able to understand all of it right now, but by faith, you can choose to stand on His Truth, believing that He loves you and has so much more in store for you.

Written by @morganhnichols for #TheDevoCo