Have you ever had confidence in someone to later find out that you could not depend on that person after all? No doubt, most of us have experienced that disappointment before. Then it is time to put your confidence in God. For sure, I know from my own experiences that I will never have to worry about that with God. You see, my confidence in God is solid. Because the Lord Jesus Christ is the only one who honors His word.
“14 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.”
Moreover, He has made it very clear that He will always be there.
In the past couple of years since the COVID-19 pandemic, people are dealing with the effects of great loss. Not only the loss of a loved one but some even lost their financial security. In fact, most of us around the world are working to ‘rise from the ashes,’ so to speak.
But that my friends, has been much easier for some than others. That is to say, for the others, it has been extremely difficult. Because depression and hopelessness have taken over their lives. Oh, but there is peace and hope that is readily available for all who will receive it. Hence, this podcast episode — THE PROMISE: Christ Makes All Things New.
Roman 5:8-11 Amplified Bible Classic Edition says:
“But God shows and clearly proves His [own] love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for us.
Therefore, since we are now justified (acquitted, made righteous, and brought into right relationship with God) by Christ’s blood, how much more [certain is it that] we shall be saved by Him from the indignation and wrath of God.
For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, it is much more [certain], now that we are reconciled, that we shall be saved (daily delivered from sin’s dominion) through His [resurrection] life.
Not only so, but we also rejoice and exultingly glory in God [in His love and perfection] through our Lord Jesus Christ, through Whom we have now received and enjoy [our] reconciliation.”
Grace for the thorn — what does that even mean? Well, let’s first look at one of six definitions for the word ‘thorn’ on Dictionary.com. For this purpose, the following best explains the context of the word ‘thorn’ in this episode. Thus, a thorn is something that wounds, annoys, or causes discomfort.
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
The Person and Work of CHRIST — well that has been the topic of many debates. Such as, who He is and His purpose for coming into the world. First, let’s look at an example from the Holy Bible of who people said Jesus was when He was here in His physical body.
“13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.”
As we can see, people had different answers. And the same is true even today.
So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.
Grace, grace, grace — when you hear that word, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Well, the grace I am speaking of is the grace of God. But, why is His ‘grace’ of the utmost importance? Better yet, why should it matter to me? That my friend is an excellent question. Hence, this podcast episode, titled This is GRACE.
So, before we go any further, take a moment to look back over your life. Mainly, think about the mistakes you made, whether intentional or unintentional. No doubt, some mistakes were small, whereas others were doozies. But God had grace for it all. Moreover, His grace is available even now.
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”