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Love one another as Jesus has loved us.

Despite technology and modern conveniences, many are drowning in a sea of busyness. Gasping for air. Routine becomes a life preserver they hold onto for dear life.

Many cannot imagine a life without structure— routine. Believing this is the foundation upon which order and success is built. They proudly wear the title…

Type A Personality. 

Anal. 

Control Freak. 

Unfortunately, these character traits produce unrealistic expectations of others and you. Overtime increasing isolation and unhappiness. 

Thankfully, change is possible when you allow Papa to be the author of life. Trusting Him teaches you to live in the present, not the past or future. Interruptions are not perceived as negative but divine opportunities to be led by the Holy Spirit.  

The result?

Stress and judgmental conclusions no longer haunt your life.

Life is a continuum of opportunities, not disappointments. 

Repentance replaces self-justification.

Busyness no longer is you middle name.

Awake each morning knowing your life is in Papa’s loving hands. Trusting Him to create a great and lasting work— a life well lived. 

Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.

In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him,

and He will make your paths straight and smooth. Removing obstacles that block your way.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Amplified Bible

Were you surprised when you became a follower of Christ, and there were times of…

Suffering?

Pain?

Uncertainty?

Hopelessness?

Do not be misled! Until you reach the other side of eternity. The woes of life will knock on the front door of your heart. Threatening to destroy your faith in Christ.

Why does Papa allow you to experience adversity, defeating disappointment, even betrayal?  

So you develop indestructible faith.

Faith crucifies the flesh— its passions and appetites and desires. Producing in you the desires and actions that please Papa. 

Faith demolishes all the barriers between Papa and you. 

Faith infuses you with hope. Hope not birthed from an illusion, a hallucination or impossibility but from truth. 

Faith supplies all you will need to live a victorious, blessed life.

Never abandon your relationship with Papa. Even when outward circumstances suggest He is absent, unfaithful or uncaring. Continue to obey His precepts and depend upon His goodness and faithfulness.

Never forget!

By raising Jesus from death He has given us new life, and a hope that lives on. God has something stored up for you in heaven. Where it will never decay or be ruined or disappear.

You have faith in God whose power will protect you until the last day. Then He will save you just as He has always planned to do.

On that day you will be glad. Even if you have to go through many hard trials for a while, your faith will be like gold that has been tested in a fire. And these trials will prove that your faith is worth much more than gold that can be destroyed. They will show that you will be given praise and honor and glory when Jesus Christ returns.

You have never seen Jesus, and you don’t see Him now. But still you love Him and have faith in Him. No words can tell how glad and happy you are to be saved. That’s why you have faith. 

1 Peter 1:3-9 

Contemporary English Version

The cornerstone of Christianity is Christ’s resurrection. It is proof of Jesus’s deity, undeniable confirmation of Papa’s great love for His children.

Papa so loved us that He chose to pay the ransom. Ensuring the release of His children from satan’s dominion and authority!

But this ransom is conditional. It is dependent upon His children exercising their free will.

Papa’s children have a choice. 

Repent. 

Change your old way of thinking. 

Turn from your sinful ways. 

Accept and follow Jesus as the Messiah. 

Be baptized each of you in the name of Jesus Christ because of the forgiveness of your sins.  Acts 2:38

There are no contingency plans. No venues for redress. Christ alone has the authority to forgive sins. Releasing you from the sentence of death— eternal separation from God.

Jesus alone has conquered death.

Jesus alone can boldly declare. 

”I am the First and the Last— absolute Deity— the Son of God and the Ever-Living One. Living in and beyond all time and space. 

I died. But see, I am alive forevermore. I have the keys of absolute control and victory over death and of Hades— the realm of the dead.”  Revelation 1:17-18

God is not the God of the dead but of the living. Matthew 22:32 

Who is the living?

Disciples of Christ who refuse to… 

Give others their best and Papa the leftovers.

Honor or cajole others at the expense of negating Papa’s Truth.

Ignore sin so others will not feel embarrassed or ashamed.

Do not be frightened!

You too can live honorably and valiantly. 

The same spirit who lived in Jesus lives in you. 

Now get out there and kick the devil’s butt!

I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in Me. Even if he dies, will live. Everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. 

John 11:25-26 

Holcomb Christian Standard Bible

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