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LOVE TASTES GREAT!

We often hear the scripture in Psalms 34:8 at church.

And it is guaranteed to get applause, even the occasional shout.

It reads:

“O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.”

We often think of this as an opportunity to think on how Jesus has brought us through trials – how he has ransomed us out of the vice grip of sin.

But I want to stir up your spirit to think about how his taste should thrust us into a life of full-fledged evangelism.

Ever been afraid or apprehensive to preach the gospel?

Ever shuttered or paused to speak the name of Jesus in certain circles?

Well, I want to encourage you to pour out your heart to whoever you feel led. You know why it’s okay? Because His love tastes better than any acceptance or positive response by your friends or relatives.

Let me show you how I know this.

Romans 8:38-39 NLT

“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.  No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Here’s Paul’s point.

If we focus on how much Jesus loves more than what people think of us, we will never fear anything!

Speak about how good Jesus is!

Don’t keep it to yourself!

And if you haven’t experienced his goodness, leave a comment and we can talk.

In short, Jesus gave up his glory in heaven as the Son of God to come to earth.

And he came for this reason.

He had to serve as the only sinless and perfect sacrifice to take the punishment of our sins on himself. (Philippians 2:6-8; 2 Corinthians 5:21)

And he rose from the dead so we can not only be saved, but live in abundant LIFE! (Romans 8:11; John 10:10)

So now we can be friends with God. We can know Him. (John 15:13-15)

I know Him! How cool is that? After all I’ve done?

O taste and see Jesus is good and don’t be afraid to accept him or proclaim him!

His love tastes so good, nothing can surpass it. So eat Jesus’ love more than you eat the acceptance of man.

Bless you in Jesus’ name.

FM

FROM COWARD TO COURAGE

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Looking at the character and person of Simon Peter, I believe we can learn a lot about facing the impossible – or better yet, facing ourselves – our fear.

Human nature, by default, loves acceptance.

But what happens when the need for acceptance means joining the crowd? Especially when the crowd is in error?

Peter exhibits what we’re prone to do at the exact moment Jesus is facing judgment from the Jews before he was committed to death on the cross.

Just as Peter was watching this happen, he was being asked to identify himself as a follower of Christ.

So, let’s get this straight.

At the exact moment Jesus was being smitten and spat upon, you mean people wanted Peter to align himself with Jesus?

That’s just the way it is.

And what Peter did is what most of us do.

He denied he even knew Jesus!

Jesus had prophesied that Peter would deny him. But Peter promised he would never do such a thing. Sounds like most of us on Sunday morning or at prayer meeting.

The fact is, our faith is tested when we’re asked to acknowledge Jesus when it’s not convenient. When we can lose something.

But we have to realize, that’s when our faith is most verified by the onlooker. They may not agree. But they’ll know that we believe what we believe – no matter what!

I’m praying that we all have a moment like Peter did when he realized he had forsaken the Lord.

The bible says Peter “wept bitterly” when he remembered his previous zeal and Jesus’ prophesy that Peter would fold like a house of cards.

That’s what we need.

We need to wake up to how we’ve denied him.

You want change?

You want revival?

You want family members saved?

Don’t deny Jesus – at any cost.

The most glorious part about it is we have more power when we have that kind of faith.

The same Peter who “chickened out” before the rooster crowed, is the same Peter who boldly proclaimed Jesus was the Christ prophesied in scripture in Acts chapter 2.

That bold sermon, after his transition from sorrow to strength, brought 3,000 people into the body of Christ!

And the Lord said we would do “greater works!”

Be bold and expect a harvest.

Blessings,

FM

A PROMISE IS A PROMISE: DON’T BE AFRAID

A promise is a promise.

Think about that. It’s got a “duh” element to it, sure. But there’s a reason this phrase has survived.

It states something very powerful.

The idea is a promise is sure. It is certain. It is what it says it is.

That is what the Lord Jesus wants you to know today and everyday for the rest of your life!

He said “I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)

After studying the definition of forsake, it’s clear God is saying He will never QUIT ON YOU, ABANDON YOU, TURN AWAY FROM YOU, DESERT YOU, MAROON OR STRAND YOU.

He’s always there when you need Him. He’s just calling and calling… and He can’t wait until you answer.

Just try it. Talk to Him!

He knows how you feel anyway.

But He can’t do some things for you until you give Him permission.

If you’re mad at Him, let Him know.

But whatever you do, ask Him to show Himself to you. And welcome Him into your heart.

A PROMISE IS THE OPPOSITE OF A LIE.

A PROMISE IS THE OPPOSITE OF A DISAPPOINTMENT.

And the cool thing is… the opposite of forsake is to RECLAIM (from Webster’s dictionary)!

God is waiting for you to ask Him in so He can reclaim what you’ve lost in this world.

Don’t be afraid. Just trust Him…

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