“The cross has always been about exchanging a damaged relationship for a perfect relationship. Thank you Father for never giving up on us.” – Lionel
Are you in a relationship that has unrealistic expectations? We ALL have a view what a loving relationship should look like, or what we expect from our partners, but is it reality? Although, there is nothing wrong with having expectations in a relationship, having unrealistic expectations can put stress on, and ruin, any relationship. It’s about to GET VERY REAL. Click the play BUTTON.
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Knowing Jesus for yourself is better by far because Jesus desires a lasting relationship with anyone willing to surrender their lives to the one who created life.
I realize this is hard at times because the message of convenience is, “You and you alone control your destiny.” However, my bible tells me in Proverbs 19:21 that “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”
Yes, it is the Lord’s purpose which prevails in our lives repeatedly. The Lord’s purpose for making us the righteousness of God through Jesus Christ is profound, for it is by faith not by our own effort that we have been made the righteousness of God.
I think the Apostle Paul said it best by saying in Titus 3:5-6 “He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior…”
You see at just the right time while we were sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). Christ died for us so we would be transformed from condemned to no condemnation (Romans 8:1). From sinners to the righteousness of God through Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21). From just a people, to a royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9). From being dead in our transgressions to being seated in Heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6).
Because of Christ’s great love for us, we as His children express gratitude for His grace by our obedience to His word. It is because of His grace that we love because He first loved us. We are compelled to love but even more so to aggressively receive the love in which He has richly lavished upon us.
Obedience is still important based on faith in Jesus Christ, but it is not our obedience that makes us the righteousness of God, for by Jesus’ obedience we are made righteous less we boast in our flesh. In other words, I am righteous not because of my obedience, but because of what Jesus did on the cross. His finished works on the cross has made us complete in every way!
What a wonderful God we serve and love because He first loved us! Today I ask that we aggressively step into the right standing of His finished works on the cross. That we rest in Hebrews 10:8-10 which says, “First he said, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them”—though they were offered in accordance with the law. 9 Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second. 10 And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”
To God be the glory, amen!
Numbers 11:10-15 Moses heard all the families standing in the doorways of their tents whining, and the LORD became extremely angry. Moses was also very aggravated. And Moses said to the LORD, “Why are you treating me, your servant, so harshly? Have mercy on me!
What did I do to deserve the burden of all these people? Did I give birth to them? Did I bring them into the world? Why did you tell me to carry them in my arms like a mother carries a nursing baby? How can I carry them to the land you swore to give their ancestors? Where am I supposed to get meat for all these people?
They keep whining to me, saying, ‘Give us meat to eat!’ I can’t carry all these people by myself! The load is far too heavy! If this is how you intend to treat me, just go ahead and kill me. Do me a favor and spare me this misery!”
How can you not love the relationship Moses had with God! It was raw with emotions and a keeping it real type vibe. Moses was honest with God yet reverent. Earlier the Israelites were at the entrance of their tent wailing, for they did not want to eat Manna any longer.
What do you do when the Lord has laid the responsibility of 2 million plus people on your shoulders who have experienced oppression for 400 years? What do you do when all eyes are on you to provide? What do you do when you are the middle man to the creator of the universe? You cry out with brutal honesty to the one who is able to save.
Often times we feel the weight of the world upon our shoulders in various ways. Sometimes we feel our good deeds are not honored or acknowledged. Or perhaps we feel this way, “Lord, I live a clean life, I don’t do the things I see other folks do who could care less about serving you. Yet, why am I not feeling blessed? Why am I not seeing the fruits of my labor like Jimmy down the street who does not serve you? Why Lord?”
Or take the Prophet Elijah for example, in 1 Kings 19:1-18 Jezebel said she was going to kill Elijah because he killed all the idol prophets with a sword. Scriptures says Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. He spoke to God saying, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”
Frustrated and disgusted is how Moses and Elijah felt. However, what I want you to get from this lesson is what Moses and Elijah did when faced with overwhelming circumstances. They took their burdens to God the one who could change the outcome. They were open and honest with their feelings. As a result, God lovingly provided the solution for His people.
God cares for you and will never leave or forsake you. Sometimes the silence is deafening, but nothing more than a parent standing in the background allowing adversity which becomes the pathway to wisdom. During adversity, run to God with honesty, reverence, and an ear to hear. He will provide the solution as well as the Grace to sustain you.
Father, thank you for the lessons of life. We thank you that you are a God who wants us to be open and honest with our feelings. There is no one like you. Help us to fix our eyes on you when life doesn’t seem fair or we feel your loving arms have let us go.
Father, you said you would never leave or forsake us, and your word is true today as is was yesterday. Teach us to rely on you. Groom us to be like you. Lead us to walk like you. Finally, give us the Grace to love like you. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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