Archive for February, 2008

You are Part of the Solution

Friday, February 15th, 2008

"To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified." Isaiah 61:3 King James Version

I had a pastor who has said many times in his sermons "If you come to me and complain about something, you need to be part of the solution." The same is true when we are encouraging or counseling people. We should not tell them to do something unless we first set the example for them.

When God gave me the ministry of writing devotions three years ago, I used to get very discouraged when I would receive emails from people who criticized me. I shared this with someone and the person replied, "When you get discouraged, start praising Jesus." That is a true statement. However, this person did not praise Jesus in the email to me.

We complain about people having to sleep on the streets, but how many of us open our homes to these precious people? Yes, today we have to be very careful who we let in our homes because of all the violence that is going on. However, we can pray for these people to find shelter that is warm and for them to find people who not only care about them, but also care for them. Are we praying for them?

If you are having conflict and arguments constantly in your home, are you a part of the problem or are you being a part of the solution? One of the best ways for us to stop an argument is for us to keep our mouths shut when we desperately want to hurt the person who is hurting us.

It is impossible for us to be quiet without the help of Jesus. Being human, our first reaction is to strike back with heated words. That only adds fuel to the fire that has already been ignited. If we will be quiet, the argument will cease due to not having any more fuel. Again, we can’t do this in our own strength. It takes the power of Jesus working in our hearts to help us not to say something hateful in return.

When things upset you and you complain about them, are you being a part of the solution? When your spouse says something hurtful to you, do you say something in return that you know will hurt your spouse? We must become a part of the solution rather than just complaining and adding fuel to a fire that is already raging out of control.

Let’s start being part of the solution instead of complaining about something. Most important of all, we need to start praying instead of complaining. When it comes right down to it, Jesus is the only one who can change a person’s heart. Allow Jesus to make you part of the solution.

Copyright 2008 by Joanne Lowe, all rights reserved.

The True Gift of Love

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

For God so loved…that He gave… (John 3:16).

February 14 has come to be known as "a day for lovers," and rightfully so. More than any other day of the year, we send cards, flowers, candy, and other expressions of affection to the ones we claim to love. Somehow we recognize that loving involves giving.

And no one does that better than the One who loved us so much that He gave us everything—not just a symbol or a reminder of His love, but EVERYTHING: His best, His all, His only Son. But though love begins with giving, it isn’t complete without receiving.

I spent the first twenty-six years of my life believing God existed, that Jesus was His Son, that He was born to a Jewish virgin named Mary, that He died on a cruel cross for "the sins of the world," and that He rose again. Was that enough to complete the cycle of the gift of love and assure my entrance into heaven when I died? No. Absolutely not! Had I died during that first twenty-six years of my life, I have not one doubt that I would be in hell today. For believing the truth about God’s love isn’t the same as receiving it.

I wasn’t raised in a Christian family, though I imagine if anyone had asked about our religious beliefs, we would have said we were Christians. After all, we were born in America; my parents had been baptized as infants (my father as a Lutheran, my mother as a Catholic). I too had been baptized—in the Lutheran church as a baby, and in the Catholic Church when I was sixteen and made the conscious decision to become a practicing Catholic. But none of that assured my entrance into heaven, for the gift of God’s love to me still lay unwrapped, waiting….

It wasn’t until July 5, 1974, as I was kneeling in prayer beside the bed, finally broken over the sin and selfishness of my life, that God showed me something quite amazing: a picture of "love in action." In my mind I "saw" myself standing in a crowd, somewhere on a dusty road. Some of the people around me were weeping, some jeering, some screaming in anger…or anguish. But they were all looking in the same direction—down the road—at something, or Someone, approaching.

I too looked, and what I saw took my breath away. It was Jesus, bruised and bloody, bent and beaten, carrying His cross and stumbling toward me. The closer He got, the more I cried, as I saw the sweat and tears and blood dripping down His face.

And then He drew up even with me and stopped. He raised His head and looked past everyone else in the crowd, straight at me. In His eyes I saw love—unimaginable, unconditional, unending love—and then He spoke five words that changed my life forever: "I did it for you."

For me! He hadn’t died simply for "the sins of the world," as I’d always believed, but for me—for my sins! He had been beaten and bloodied, had carried the cross and walked the Via Dolorosa, had hung between earth and sky—for me! Oh, the life-changing love that was given and received as Jesus spoke those five words: "I did it for you."

"For God so loved…that He gave…" God’s gift of love is so great that it forgives and transforms all who receive it. It gives assurance of entrance into heaven and a forever existence in the very presence of the One who loved and gave. And it is offered freely and fully…for you and for me.

If you’ve never received that gift of love—if the greatest gift ever given still lies, waiting and unopened, with your name on it—don’t let another day go by without receiving the true gift of love, a gift that will last long after the chocolates are eaten and the flowers wilted. It is a forever gift, and in it you will discover the greatest love—the only love—we can ever know or experience.

Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored seventeen books. Her newest book “Beyond Me. Living a You-first Life in a Me-first World” (New Hope Publishers, July 2008) The author can be reached at: http://www.kathimacias.com

Our Lifeline of Hope and Safety

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

"Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word. Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe: and I will have respect unto thy statutes continually." Psalm 119:114, 117 King James Version

In a world that is filled with turmoil, pornography, hatred, violence, murders, drug abuse, child abuse and parent abuse, we have a lifeline of hope and safety and His name is Jesus. This world can not give us comfort and relief from our heartaches and sorrows. It makes a lot of false promises by telling us that if we drink alcohol and take drugs, we won’t feel anything and our pain will go away.

I have heard and read several testimonies from people who used to drink all the time and they all said that the alcohol was only a temporary relief from their pain and sorrow because in the morning after the effects of the alcohol wore off, their heartaches and sorrows were still there. It is the same thing with drugs. People use drugs trying to escape from the stress of their situations, heartaches and pain. Yet, after the high wears off, they are in worse shape than before they took the drugs.

We only have one relief from our heartaches and sorrows, our precious Savior who gives us a lasting peace. If we will trust Jesus and give Him our hearts and our lives, He will put His arms of compassion and unconditional love around us. We can trust Him to take our heartaches, sorrows and pain away because He said that He would and He does not lie. What He says, He will do. If He tells us something, we don’t have to wonder if He will do it.

He is the only one who can see into the depths of our hearts and see the things that we keep hidden from our loved ones. Yes, Jesus is our lifeline of hope in the midst of the dark valleys that we sometimes find ourselves in. We need to reach out and take hold of the lifeline of hope that He offers us. We need to hold as tightly as we can to our lifeline of hope and trust Him to keep us from falling.

Not only is Jesus our lifeline of hope; He is also our lifeline of safety. He protects us from satan, from the evils of this world and He also protects us from ourselves. Many times we make decisions to do things that are not good for us, or are not in His perfect will for our lives and He says "Don’t do that."

The greatest thing that our precious Saviour has done for us is to save us from going to hell. He suffered, bled and died on a cross of horror and unbearable pain for us so that we may have His cleansing and atoning blood applied to our hearts for the forgiveness of our sins.

If you have asked Jesus to forgive you for your sins and come into your heart to be your personal Saviour, He has forgiven you and you are His for all eternity. If you have not asked Him to forgive you and come into your heart to be your personal Saviour, you are lost in your sins and you will spend all eternity in hell with satan.

The decision to ask Jesus to forgive you and come into your heart to be your Saviour is the most important decision that you will ever make. It is more important than choosing the person you are going to date or marry. It is more important than deciding where you are going to work or any other decision that you might make. The decision to ask Jesus into your heart is a decision between life and death and only you can make it.

Your loved ones want to make the decision for you but they can’t do it. You must have a personal relationship with Jesus to go to Heaven. Will you say yes to Jesus today and spend all eternity with Him in Heaven? Again, if you don’t choose Jesus, you will spend all eternity in hell with satan. Who do you choose, Jesus or satan?

Copyright 2008 by Joanne Lowe, all rights reserved.

More Than Just Words

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

"Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad." Proverbs 12:25 King James Version

It is so important for us to be encouragers to one another. All of us have days when it seems like everything that can go wrong, goes wrong. We get discouraged and sometimes wonder if it is worth serving Jesus when we receive so much criticism. I think that Jesus also felt the same way at times when He was here on earth. If ever someone was criticized, it is our precious Saviour. Yet, He never stopped serving His Father. He kept going out of love for His Father and His love for us.

I think that we sometimes forget that when Jesus was here on earth, He too was criticized, accused, judged, ridiculed and doubted. He was human and He endured loneliness just as we do. He knows how it feels to have everyone who claims to be your friends turn away just when you need friends the most. Yes, our dear precious and loving Saviour understands the heartaches, the burdens, the trials and the crises that we experience, because He experienced them first.

Years ago, I went to a program every day that was designed for people who are depressed. I don’t remember any of the words that the director said to me during the years that I attended that program, but I do remember what she did. She would come up to me and put her arm around my shoulder for a few seconds and for that short time, I felt protected.

She did something else that made a big impression on me. There was a rug at the door and it always needed straightening. She would straighten that rug almost every day. When I saw her bend down and fix that rug, I thought she really does care about us. She cares about us so much that she wants to be sure that we don’t trip on the rug. I wanted to straighten the rug myself; however I was unable to do anything due to the devastating crippling depression I was in at that time. I couldn’t even make my bed at that time. For several years, I was unable to make my bed. I would pick up the sheets to straighten them and couldn’t do anything else. I would stand there holding the sheets and cry because I couldn’t make my bed.

Just as that director didn’t just say that she cared but proved that she cared by her actions, so our precious Saviour also proved that He loves us when He hung on that cruel cross of torture and anguish for you and for me. Jesus had been telling every one that He met how much He loved them, but He didn’t just say it in words, He said it by His actions.

Again, it is very important that we are encouragers to each other by the kind and loving words we say to each other. However, we need to encourage each other with our actions also, not just by our words. We can tell people that we care about them and that we love them, but if we never do anything to prove that we love them, they are not going to believe us.

Also, we must do kind and loving things for each other all the time, not just once or twice. Isn’t that what Jesus does for us? Every day, He does something kind for us because every day He protects us from danger and harm. Oh, that you and I would follow the example of our blessed Saviour, and not just say words of encouragement, but do things to prove how much we love one another! Are you just saying that you care and love people, or are you proving that you care and love people by your actions?

Copyright 2008 by Joanne Lowe, all rights reserved.

What About Our Children?

Monday, February 11th, 2008

"Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes. And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up." Deuteronomy 11:18-19 King James Version

I read an article in the newspaper yesterday regarding the protection of trees. It said that some people are concerned that we are not doing enough to protect the trees. How sad, dear people, that we spend so much time and invest so much money in protecting trees, yet we do nothing about protecting our children. If we were to invest as much money and spend as much time in protecting our children emotionally, spiritually and physically as we do for the preservation of trees, our homes would be filled with love instead of homes where children are being abused.

Jesus has given parents a commandment to teach their children about Him. We, as parents, fail so often in this area. Rather than teaching our children about Jesus and His unconditional love for them, we are teaching them about the things of satan. My Mother told me many times when I was a child "Don’t do as I do, do as I say." That is not what Jesus teaches us to do. We are to set the example for our children. Our children should hear us praising Jesus and see us reading our Bibles and praying. Instead of teaching our children to follow Jesus, we are teaching them to follow the ways of satan.

There are very few things on television that adults should watch so when we allow our children to watch movies and shows that have violence, sex, cursing, hatred, drugs, alcohol and all other things that hurt Jesus, we are teaching our children about satan instead of teaching them about Jesus and His unconditional love for them. I have heard people say, "These things happen in the real world so why shouldn’t I let my children watch those movies and shows on television?"

One day, all of us who are parents will stand before a Holy God and give an account of the way we raised our children. Think how you would feel if He would look at you with sadness in His eyes and ask you why you didn’t teach your children about Jesus. I believe that a lot of parents are going to have to hang their heads in shame.

What about our children? What are we doing to protect our children from seeing all these negative things that give them wrong values? Again, how sad it is that we invest our time and money in material things that we don’t need instead of investing our money and our time in our children. We must spend time with our children even if it means that we have to shut off the television. Are you teaching your children to serve Jesus or are you teaching them to serve satan?

Copyright 2008 by Joanne Lowe, all rights reserved.

There is a Mouse Trap in the House!

Saturday, February 9th, 2008

A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package. ‘What food might this contain?’ the mouse wondered. He was devastated to discover it was a mouse trap.

Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning: ‘There is a mouse trap in the house! There is a mouse trap in the house!’

The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, ‘Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you,but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it.’

The mouse turned to the pig and told him, ‘There is mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!’ The pig sympathized, but said, I am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do but pray. Be assured you’re in my prayers’

The mouse turned to the cow and said, ‘There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!’The cow said, ‘Wow Mr. Mouse I’m so sorry for you, but it’s no skin off my nose. ‘So the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer’s mousetrap alone.

That very night a sound was heard throughout the house-like she sound of a mousetrap catching its prey. The farmer’s wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did not see it was a venomous snake whose tail the trap had caught.

The snake bit the farmer’s wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital and she returned home with a fever.

Everyone knows you treat a fever with a fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup’s main ingredient. But the wife’s sickness continued, so friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock. To feed them, he butchered the pig. The farmer’s wife didn’t get well and finally died.

So many people came for her funeral, the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough for all of them. The mouse looked upon it all from his crack in the wall with great sadness.

And so, the next time you hear someone is facing a problem and think it doesn’t concern you, remember — When one of us is threatened, we are all at risk. We are all involved in this journey called life. We must keep an eye out for one another and make extra effort to encourage one another.

EACH OF US IS A VITAL THREAD IN ANOTHER PERSON’S TAPESTRY; OUR LIVES ARE WOVEN TOGETHER FOR A REASON.

Galatians 6:2
Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

It Has to Stop

Friday, February 8th, 2008

"Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not." Matthew 2:16-18 King James Version

I read in the newspaper yesterday about a mother who put her seven year old son in an oven and burned him. The abuse of our children has got to stop and it has to stop now! I am so nauseous that I can barely write this devotion. To think that a mother would put her own son in an oven and burn him to punish him just makes me sick. Yet, at the same time, I have to ask myself why did she do it? It is my personal opinion and belief that when someone is cruel to someone else, that person does not feel loved.

It is so easy for us to get angry at someone who is abusive to their children, but what do we do about it? A dear pastor friend of mine has said many times in his sermons "If you present a problem to be solved, then you need to be part of the solution." What are we doing to prevent this abuse of children?

The most important thing I believe that we should do is to pray for their protection. I also believe that we need to understand why these parents get angry and abuse their children. I have heard it said many times "Hurting people hurt people."

My Dad was not very loving toward me. I never remember him hugging me. He might have hugged me when I was a baby, but I sure don’t remember it. I was told by one of my relatives that his dad, my grandfather, tried to throw Dad out of a second story window when he was young.

It’s no wonder my Dad never hugged me or told me that he loved me; he didn’t know how to show love because his dad didn’t show him love. It’s unrealistic of us to expect parents to show love to their children if they weren’t shown love when they were little.

Thank God that we have parents who love their children and are very kind to them. One of my closest and dearest friends who I have known for almost twenty eight years went into shock and was completely devastated several years ago when she received a telephone call concerning her son. The person who called my friend said "I don’t know how to tell you this and it is breaking my heart to have to tell you but we found your son lying on the ground outside at his job and he is dead. He was struck by lightning and was not found until this morning."

That happened almost fifteen years ago and my friend is just now beginning to accept that he really is dead. While my friend hurts terribly and her heart aches because her son is dead, our dear Heavenly Father hurt a lot more when His Son was killed. If ever you doubt that God loves you, just remember that He gave His only Beloved Son to die for you. There is no greater love than the unconditional love of our Heavenly Father and our precious Saviour. No one else would have sent his son to die in your place.

Instead of judging and pointing the finger at parents who hurt their children, let’s pray for them and be kind to them. Yes, that is what the Bible teaches us to do. We are to be kind and loving to them. I personally believe that the only way that parents are going to stop hurting their children is for them to first feel that someone loves them.

Father, we ask that You would please protect these little children who You love so much. Help us to be part of the solution in showing love and understanding to these parents remembering all the time that except for Your grace and mercy, we also might be cruel to our children. Father, please let these parents know that You do love them and that You love them unconditionally and that You will forgive them if they will humble themselves and ask for forgiveness and admit that they need help.

I have to be honest with You, dear Father. I am so angry at this mother who did this to her son and at the man who threw his four children off of the bridge that I am having a hard time loving them. Yet, that is exactly what You did for us. You not only continued to love us unconditionally when Jesus was crucified; You forgave us for killing Your only Son. Thank You so much for making such a loving sacrifice for us when You sent Your only Son to die for us. May we be the children that You desire us to be. Amen.

Copyright 2008 by Joanne Lowe, all rights reserved.

We Made It Through Another Day

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

"O sing unto the Lord a new song; for he hath done marvelous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory. The Lord hath made known his salvation: his righteousness hath he openly shewed in the sight of the heathen. He hath remembered his mercy and his truth toward the house of Israel: all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God." Psalm 98:1-3 King James Version

Have you ever had a day when it seemed like everything came against you, that everything that could go wrong, did go wrong? I have received several emails in the last six months from people who have told me that it seemed like satan was attacking them daily through their jobs, through their health, through their finances, and even through their friends and families.

I have had one of those days. In fact, I have had several of those days and you probably have had one of those days also. The good news is that no matter how many obstacles and hurdles that satan places in front of us and no matter how many poisonous arrows of criticism and sarcasm satan hurls at us, Jesus will always bring us through every trial and every obstacle victoriously.

It is always safe to trust in Jesus. He is faithful to keep His promises. What He says, He will do. He is more than able to bring our wandering children back to Him and to us. He can take a cold heart that is filled with hatred and violence and melt it and then fill the heart with unconditional love and compassion for people. There is nothing too hard for Jesus! He not only is the Saviour of the world; He also saves and delivers us from people who come against us with criticism and sarcasm.

Yes, because of the mercy and compassion of Jesus we made it through another day victoriously. Whatever is going on in your life today, whether you have financial problems, children who have gone astray, marital problems, poor health or anything else negative, Jesus is more than enough for you. He will take your hand and lead you through the darkness of despair and through the valley of hopelessness and once again set your feet on the mountain top of joy, peace and happiness. Reach out and take the hand of our precious Saviour. He is waiting for you with a heart filled with compassion and unconditional love.

Copyright 2088 by Joanne Lowe, all rights reserved.

God’s Healing Love

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

"How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him." Acts 10:38 King James Version

I received an email yesterday and the person made this statement "I want you to know that satan doesn’t ever attack me." The Bible tells us that satan does attack us. We read in 1 Peter 5: 8 – 10 "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you."

In Luke 22: 31, 32, we read "And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren." If in fact, it is true that satan doesn’t attack us why would Jesus say that He is praying for us? He wouldn’t pray for Simon and not for us. He treats all of us equally.

If we have humbled ourselves, admitted that we are sinners and asked Jesus to forgive us for our sins and come into our hearts to be our personal Saviour, we have experienced God’s healing love. Jesus not only heals our cold and sin hardened hearts; He also heals our broken hearts.

Thank You so much, precious Heavenly Father, that You showed Your love for us when You gave us Your healing love through the cleansing atoning blood of our loving Saviour, Jesus. Thank You for Your forgiveness, for Your kindness, for Your mercy, for Your grace, for Your understanding, and for Your tender care. Thank You that one day You opened Your heart of compassion and sent Your Son to die for us so that we may have Your healing love. Thank You for all You do for me. I love You, Father, I love You, Jesus. I love You, Holy Spirit. Amen.

Copyright 2088 by Joanne Lowe, all rights reserved.

The Most Important Decision

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

"Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great. Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision." Joel 3:13-14 King James Version

I receive a lot of emails from people asking me how they can know what to do in situations. To all of these people, I have replied "Do you have peace in your heart about it?" The Bible says in Isaiah 26:3 "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee." If we will stay in the presence of Jesus, we will know what He wants us to do.

We also read in 1 Corinthians 14: 33 "For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints." If I don’t have peace in my heart about something, then I don’t do it because it is so easy to get out of God’s perfect will for our lives. Sometimes, I get ahead of God. He speaks to my heart about the ministries that He has entrusted to me and tells me that He is expanding the ministries. I think that I need to make the changes immediately and there are times He has to tell me "Wait on Me".

I have read stories and heard testimonies from couples who have been married for a long time who have said that they know what their spouses are thinking and how they would respond in a situation. When we spend a lot of time with people, we know their hearts and we know how they think and how they will respond to a situation. The same is true when we spend a lot of time with Jesus.

I submit to you on the authority of the Word of God that the most important decision that you will ever make in your life is choosing between following Jesus or following satan. There is no in between. We read in Joshua 24: 14, 15 "Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the Lord. And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."

Even today there are people who are serving other gods. Instead of following the mandate that we have been given to spread the good news of a risen Saviour and His cleansing, atoning and redeeming blood which He shed for us on the cruel cross of Calvary, we sometime spend hours watching television. There is nothing wrong with watching television if it is something that you would watch if Jesus was sitting next to you.

If you would be embarrassed and ashamed to have Him see what you are watching, don’t watch it! Also, if we spend more time watching television than we do telling others who are lost and without Jesus about the unconditional love of Jesus, then we have allowed the television to become our god.

Deciding to give your heart and life to Jesus is far more important than deciding what you are going to wear, what kind of car or house you are going to buy, where you are going to work, and it is also more important than deciding what person you are going to marry. All of these things will come to an end, but a relationship with Jesus will last for all eternity.

Have you made the decision to ask Jesus into your heart to be your personal Saviour? If you have humbled yourself, admitted that you are a sinner and asked Jesus to forgive you and come into your heart to be your personal Saviour, I rejoice with you. Praise and thank God for His mercy, grace and unconditional love for you in sending His only beloved Son to die for your sins.

Have you made the decision to follow Him no matter how many obstacles you encounter, no matter how many heartaches and sorrows that you have to endure and no matter how many poisonous arrows of criticism and sarcasm that satan hurls at you? Remember the level of our service to Jesus depends on our level of love for Him. What it comes down to is "How much do we love Jesus". Every one of us must decide if serving Jesus is more important than watching movies and sports on television hour after hour.

Even while we are watching television, there are people who are lonely, hurting, in deep despair and agony, and thinking seriously about committing suicide. Have you decided to commit your entire life and all that you have to the One who gave His all for you? How much do you love Jesus?

Copyright 2088 by Joanne Lowe, all rights reserved.