February 10, 2013
As I almost close this “Year of Encouragement”, I realize that I have been the one that has been encouraged….and that is because when you have to focus on encouraging someone else….you consistently have to come up with encouragement.
I have found…that can only come from the Bible. Period. You can listen to all of the self help people on TV, and anybody else that wants to give you things to smile about…but unless it is focused squarely on God and His plan for your life then it will fall short. Because there is only one thing that matters….Jesus.
The whole “What’s Your Dash” website started with me focusing on two questions:
1. What happens when you die?
2. Knowing the answer to question number one, how do you live your life?
BUT…you can narrow it down even further…
WHERE DO YOU STAND ON JESUS CHRIST?
Who is Jesus? He came to the earth for the following reason…
Luke 4:18-19 – “THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME, BECAUSE HE ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR. HE HAS SENT ME TO PROCLAIM RELEASE TO THE CAPTIVES, AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND, TO SET FREE THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED, 19TO PROCLAIM THE FAVORABLE YEAR OF THE LORD.”
In my paraphrase Jesus basically said, “I am God”…” I am the fulfillment of this prophecy”….”I am the one that you are waiting for.” “I am the One who will free you all from your captivity of sin.”
Wow…so when you get down to brass tacks…He either is….or isn’t who He said He is.
So be encouraged….He IS who He says He is…He DID what He said He was going to do…and He WILL return to do what He said He will do. And if you believe it, and have trusted in Jesus…it will be a WONDERFUL day!!
Grace and Peace, Dan