Plain and Simple

We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers, remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father, 

                                               

1 Thessalonians 1:2-3

 
I realize that this is a day late (but not a dollar short!), and for that, I ask your forgiveness. I know I didn’t write a devotional last week (was out of town), nor do I think I’ll get the chance to write one next week (out of town again), but I was determined I was going to do one this week. Sunday night rolled around and I didn’t have an idea of what to write about, so I didn’t start one then. Monday night rolled around and I was tuckered out after Zumba, and I still didn’t have an idea of what to write about, so I didn’t Monday night. Tuesday night I got home at around 7:30 from work, and chopped up a big honkin’ watermelon and prepped lunches for the rest of the week, and still was uncertain what to write.

 

And here we are at Wednesday. I now know what to write, having discerned it this morning, but it’s going to take a bit of research to make sure the message is right. It is now 8:05 and I’m pretty tired and really want to get something out tonight, so that devotional will have to wait a bit.

 

I thought about the sitcoms of the eighties and early nineties when they did that one compilation episode a couple of seasons—you know, where they assemble a series of scenes from the past episodes, where characters flashback to these scenes. Maybe I could go through prior devotionals and find a common theme and effect that concept. Or, if I really wanted to, I could go into “rerun” mode and publish a devotional from the past, and hope that no one would remember.

 

No bueno. You and He deserve so much more.
 
 
For this week, I’m going to copy the concept I saw on Pinterest when researching sayings or quotes to go on the church marquee (if you didn’t know, I change the church marquee messages): “It’s too hot to change the sign. Sin=bad. Jesus=good. Message inside.”
 
 
Friends, we are all sinners. Yes, you, and you, and me, and you. Yes, we are. Each of us can relate to what Paul shares in Romans 7: 23-24a: “But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am!” As long as we are in this world, we will sin. And we are told in Romans 6 that the wages of sin is death. And you can hear the desperation to Paul’s cry as he finishes Romans 7:24: “Who will deliver me from this body of death?”
 
 

The answer: Jesus. We rejoice when we read Romans 5:8: “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Jesus delivered Paul from his body of death, and He can deliver you, too.

 

Jesus loves you more than you can ever imagine. When He hung on that cross, you were on His mind. He laid down His very own life so that you could live with Him in eternity. You are His and He is with you always. He is your strength, your hope, your sustenance. He is everything.

 

Prayer Requests

  • For those who are struggling emotionally, financially, physically, spiritually…
  • For the victims of violence and war
  • For our church to be obedient to His calling
  • For us to be united in fellowship, prayer, and love

 

Jesus is good, and He makes us good. Let us be forever thankful for that.

 

Quotes

 

“Don’t put people down unless it’s onto your prayer list.”

 

“Don’t wait until you see the sunshine to thank God. Dare to thank Him while it’s still dark—that’s what faith is all about.”