Sunday, February 13, 2011
Devotions By Dana Rankin Precious Pearl Ministries
I love the snow because it is so pretty when it is freshly fallen. No two snowflakes are alike and neither are two people. Isn't it amazing that the same God who is in charge of the weather and the snowflakes, made you unlike any one else? Also like you are different so is God different than us. What I mean is that God doesn't deal with us like people do. When we mess up after we accept the Christ Jesus as our personal Lord and Saviour, He will forgive us when we confess to him our wrongs.
It is truly amazing to me that before the foundation of the world, God decided to do something about our 'dirty snow' of sin. He sent the perfect sacrifice to clean our hearts, minds and purify us from the world. I am personally thankful whenever I see the snow because it reminds me of one of my favorite Scriptures. It is found in the Old Testament, book of Isaiah Chapter 1 verse 18. This is God speaking to you and me, Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord; though your sins be scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
Similar to the road crews we anxiously await to ensure we have safe travels on the highways, we have assurance that trusting in Jesus for safe travels throughout our lives. This doesn't mean we will never go through any thing in life, but He uses sometimes the most difficult times to show us His faithfulness. For those reading this that do not know the Lord Jesus the Christ as their personal saviour, He is willing to save you no matter what you have done. As if the miracle of no two snowflakes being alike, how much more of a miracle is it that God so loved YOU that He sent His only begotten Son, that whosoever (YOU, yes, YOU) believeth (trusting wholeheartedly, relying on, faith in) in Him should(will not, can not, absolutely not, no way) perish (suffer for all eternity in Hell, absent from the Lord in utter darkness) but have (possess right now and keep forever) eternal (forever, everlasting) life.
John chapter 3 verse 16. The thought of eternal life may be repulsive based on how miserable your life may be or it may be a pleasant thought based on how happy you are right now. But eternal life is not an extension of man's miserable, mortal life; eternal life is God's life embodied in Christ, given to all believers now as a guarantee that they will live forever. In eternal life there is no death, sickness, enemy, evil or sin. To believe means more than intellectual agreement that Jesus is God. It means to put our trust totally in Him that He alone can save us. (you) I have learned it is in putting Christ in charge of my present plans and eternal destiny. I implore you do not live life as if this one on this earth is all you have. This life is just an introduction to eternity. Recognize the insufficiency of your own efforts to find salvation and ask Him to do this work in you. Jesus wants you to spend eternity with Him and if you doubt it remember His promise when ever you see the snow.
In His Grip,