Blessed are you who are weeping. In due time, you will be laughing. –Luke 6:21
Spiritual growth can be painful, but comes with lasting joy.
If you follow me you carry a cross. – Matthew 10:38
It's not an easy road, but it's worth it.
If one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them, does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go after the missing one till he has found it? How delighted he is then! He lifts it onto his shoulders, and home he goes to call his friends and neighbors together. “Celebrate with me!” he cries. “I have found my lost sheep.” – Luke 15:4-6
God's heart is that none should perish.
Love your enemies. And pray for those who persecute. Matthew 5:44
Love, because He first loved you.
Posted by Cheryl Brodersen
Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, saying, "Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented." And Jesus said to him, "I will come and heal him" (Matthew 8:6-7).
The centurion from this story recognized the "authority" of Jesus when he made his request to Jesus. What Jesus spoke happened. Those whom Jesus touched were healed. Those to whom Jesus spoke were moved. The centurion knew the importance of authority. As a man under authority, he was able to command others.
The centurion recognized that the authority of Jesus came from a greater authority-the authority of heaven. God was in Christ. The works that Jesus did were of God. Jesus represented God so thoroughly that He could say to Philip, "He who has seen Me has seen the Father" (John 14:9).
Jesus' words were the words of authority. He did not speak the word of man, but the words of God. His words carried the omniscience of God. His words were not merely philosophies about life or perspectives on life, they were life! Each word was God-breathed.
The authority of Jesus is available to us today through the Spirit of Christ. To be women of authority, we must be women under the authority of Christ. We must seek to speak His Word rather than our own. We must seek the supremacy of His will above our own. Haven't you ever thought to yourself, "If only this generation could see Jesus! He is the embodiment of what the world craves in the recesses of their soul"? Our world needs Jesus. Therefore, we must submit to His authority that we might present Him to this dying generation.
The centurion's insight and belief in the power of the Word of Christ was seen as "great faith" in the eyes of Jesus. Consequently, his servant was healed by his faith. Jesus further blessed the centurion with a public commendation the promise of heaven and a seat with the patriarchs in the kingdom of heaven.
Don’t use oaths, whether ‘by heaven’ or ‘by earth’ or by anything else. When you say yes or no let it be plain ‘Yes’ or ‘No’. – Matthew 5:34-37
Sometimes we use our words to gain the approval of others. 'Yes' or 'No' is much safer.
But seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. - Matthew 6:33
Prioritize the Kingdom and God will take care of the re