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Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!
Written by Rhovonda L. Brown
(Originally posted on marthamaryministries.com: 1/21/13)
“Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Phil. 2:9-11, NLT)
Jesus! There’s just something about that name!”
How wonderful is the name Jesus?! How sweet is that wonderful name?! That name makes demons tremble! At the name of Jesus, the lame walks. At that marvelous name of Jesus, the sick are healed! At that name, the dead are raised! Things happen at the name of Jesus!
At that wonderful name, the Bible says, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess (admit) that He is Lord! Regardless of what we may have thought. Regardless of what idea or false notion we may have or have had about Jesus, regardless of what you or I believe, all will bow down to King Jesus! All will confess that Jesus is Lord! Everyone will acknowledge Jesus as Lord! He is GOD! He is the Holy One!
What a sight to see!! What a day to behold!! What an awesome worship experience that will be when every creature in Heaven, on earth, and under earth bow in reverence to the Mighty King! All will say, “Jesus is Lord!!”
If you haven’t already given your life to Christ, now is the time! Surrender your life to Him today! Allow King Jesus to be your Lord and Savior! Make the choice and surrender now! He wants to make you brand new! In fact, He will make you brand new (2 Cor. 5:17). He wants to do a new thing in your life (Isa. 43:19). He wants to give you a new birth (John 3:1-21), a new life, a life of purpose and meaning! Right now, give your life to Christ! Follow Him.
If you have given your life to Christ, Praise God!! You can be a witness to the fact that God makes us brand new! We are new creatures! As Christians, we can stand up and be a witness for God, telling others that a new life in Christ means a new start! When we give our lives to Christ He gives us new purpose and our life has new meaning. When we surrender our lives to Christ, He’ll show us the reason for our existence. It’s because of Him we live, move, and have our being!
“so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us;  for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’ (Acts 17:27-28, NKJV)
Jesus invites all of us to have a new life in Him. No one needs to wait to invited Jesus into his/her heart because on that Day of Judgment it will be too late. Let’s surrender everything over to Him! Surrender to His will! Surrender to Christ today! Surrender our lives to Jesus! Open up our hearts today! Let us fall down on our knees and acknowledge Jesus as King of everything.
“because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.” (Acts 17:31, NKJV)
If you haven’t already, surrender today. Do it right now before it’s too late! If we don’t acknowledge Him today, we will do it on that great day! ………But by then, it’ll be too late.
During your quiet time MEDITATE on today’s scriptures. Be encouraged in knowing God answers prayers, His ways are perfect and His thoughts for you are beautiful!
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You Think You Know

Happy Friday! Shoutouts and a great welcome to our new Freedom Walkers and all of you who have been our companion on this exciting journey!
It’s been a tough week, but thank God it’s Friday! I pray that you take the opportunity to join other like Believers in worship this weekend. Whatever you do, make your way to church! Not only that but don’t forget make time for you.

May today’s Walking in Freedom! Devotional encourage you to remember this: God is perfect and so are His ways.

Happy Friday and have a fantastic weekend!

Let’s walk in freedom keeping our trust in Jesus Christ!

your sis,
Rhovonda

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You Think You Know
Written by Rhovonda L. Brown
Originally posted 11/26/12

Martha and Mary knew Jesus. They knew who Jesus was because they spent so much time with Him. They knew He healed many. They knew He opened blinded eyes. They knew He caused the lame to walk, the dumb to speak and the deaf to hear.

They knew Jesus healed all manner of diseases. They knew Jesus forgave sins and made the stormy seas be quiet and obey. They knew He walked on water; clothed a deranged man and put him in his right mind.

Martha and Mary heard His teaching and preaching; both knew the Word and that the Word had come to save. Jesus was the Messiah and they knew it! These sisters knew Jesus. Well, they thought they did.

So when they sent out their stress call (John 11:3), they knew that the Healer would come. They knew the Compassionate Christ would show up. They had no doubt that the One who healed others, the One who answered others’ prayers would arrive and arrive on time. They were confident and sure that Jesus would make it to their brother’s sick bed before it got worse.

Of course Jesus would come; He loved them. He was their friend. But Jesus didn’t come, not like they thought He would (John 11:1-6).

“When Martha got word that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him. But Mary stayed in the house. Martha said to Jesus, ‘Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask.'” (John 11:20-22, NLT)

“When Mary arrived and saw Jesus, she fell at his feet and said, ‘Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died.'” (John 11:32, NLT)

Deep sorrow and agony can be felt as we read these passages. When Jesus finally arrived, you can feel the pain and sadness from Martha and Mary. They were experiencing the death of a loved one, a tragedy that can’t be described. Their brother was dead.

Isn’t that just like God?!

When we think we know Him. When we think we have Him all figured out. When we think we know what He’s going to do, He flips the script! When we think we know God’s plan, He comes and does a 360 on us! He does the unthinkable, the unimaginable, and the indescribable! As their brother’s body lay lifeless in a grave, Jesus arrives on the scene — 4 days later — and does the impossible!

“Jesus said, ‘Take away the stone.’ Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, ‘Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.’
 
Jesus said to her, ‘Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?’ Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. 
 
And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, ‘Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.’
 
Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come forth!’ And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, ‘Loose him, and let him go.'” (John 11:39-44, NKJV)
Martha and Mary thought they knew Jesus, but they really didn’t know Him, nor did they really believe. But soon, these sisters, the mourners, the people from the town of Bethany, and everyone else would see that Jesus is Lord over the grave and over death. He’s the Resurrection and the Life! Soon, Martha, Mary, and Lazarus would believe.

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.”
(Is. 55:9, NKJV)

So, you think you know what God is doing?
So, you think you have Him all figured out?
You think you know what He’s planning?

Well, sisters, we don’t. We don’t even have a clue what God is up to, but believe me when I tell you that it’s something great! We can’t figure out His plan, but we can be sure that God’s plan for us is ultimately the best plan!!

“How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.
They cannot be numbered!” (Ps. 139:17, NLT)
During your quiet time MEDITATE on today’s scriptures. Be encouraged in knowing God answers prayers, His ways are perfect and His thoughts for you are beautiful!

LET’S WALK IN FREEDOM TOGETHER & IMPACT THE WORLD!

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Tuesday Morning Prayer

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We are making preparations for our Prayer Breakfast this Saturday. Yes! The excitement is in the air! To help us get mentally, spiritually and emotionally ready for what God will do on that great day, I’ll be sharing some of my past devotional prayers. These prayers will also be included in my upcoming book, Tuesday Morning Prayer. Look at God!!

I pray today’s Walking in Freedom! Devotional prayer will motivate and inspire you to press your way into the presence of the Lord.

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Tuesday Morning Prayer

“But the LORD watches over those who fear him,
those who rely on his unfailing love.
He rescues them from death
and keeps them alive in times of famine.”
(Ps. 33:18-19, NLT)

Most precious and loving Father, in the name of Jesus, we come before Your presence with thanksgiving and praise. We want to thank You and praise You for allowing us to see a brand new day and a brand New Year. We praise You and thank You for Your many, many blessings! We praise and thank You for what You’re already doing in 20136

God, on day 23 of February 2016, You’re already showing up and showing out!! Lord, we thank You!! Not only that, but we praise You for Jesus Christ! Thank You for allowing Him to live in our hearts! He’s the reason why we live, move, and have our being! He’s the reason why we’re clothed and in our right mind! Father, we’re so grateful for Your Son! We know that without Jesus, we’d be lost like a ship lost out at sea, with no destination, no sense of purpose, being carried away, tossed to and fro upon the waves of destruction. Thank You, Jesus, for finding us! We praise You, Jesus, for keeping us!

Father, we appreciate all that You do. You do wonderful and great things for us. You protect us, look after us, care for us, and love us! As a Loving Father, You never give up on us. You continue to show us Your Great Love, and Your Great Mercy. Thank You for Mercy and thank You for Grace! Lord, we thank You for being so patient with us and always giving us another chance. Over and over again, You forgive us! We thank You for never getting tired of our mess. God, we thank You for knowing us, but still loving us. We thank You for the thoughts You have toward us! You think good thoughts about us, not evil. Father, we love You! We appreciate Your amazing love! Your unfailing love never runs out!

Lord, we make our petition unto You. Lord, we need You today and every day! Lord, we need You to lead us. Be our guide, Father. Lead the way. Lord, crucify our flesh today and Holy Spirit reign over us. Be Lord over our lives. Father, we ask that You would help us allow the Spirit Man to govern our walk today and every day. Lord, help us to surrender our will to Your Will. Help us to walk not according to our flesh, but according to Your Spirit. Lord, we yield to the fruit of the Spirit. We yield and surrender to love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Gal. 5:22-23).

Loving Father, we asked that You would crucify our flesh and let Your love abide. Crucify our flesh and help us to celebrate the joy of just knowing You. Crucify our flesh and let the Prince of Peace fill our hearts and mind. Master, give us patience to wait on You; give us patience with ourselves and with others. Father, show us how to be kind toward everyone we come in contact with. Lord, fill us up with Your goodness so that others may see You in us. Lord God, we ask that You would increase our faith, help us to be more committed to You, committed to Your work and to Your ministry. Help us to have faith in You, never doubting Your Word.

Merciful God, show us how to show mercy to others. Give us the spirit of humility, and teach us how to be selfless. We don’t want to live a selfish life anymore. Perfect God, give us that quiet spirit that will cause us to think before we speak and think before we act. Show us how to have self-restraint and be disciplined in our Christian walk. Father, we live for You and not for ourselves. Father, we crucify our flesh so that we can please You.

Heavenly Father, show us how to live a life that’s filled with praise, worship, and thanksgiving unto You. Strengthen our prayer life so that we may commune with You daily. Father God, we ask that You would bless us indeed! Expand our territory. Please be with us in all that we do, and keep us from evil, from all trouble and pain.

Now, Father, we continue to be thankful and be hopeful for what You’re doing and what You’re about to do. We thank You for what’s to come in 2016! In every situation that we face today, may we see the good in it and not the bad. May we not complain, whine, or find fault, but may we remain thankful and hopeful in You. For You are a loving Father who causes all things to work for our good (Rom 8:28). Lord, this is our petition, and we pray that You’ll grant us our request just like You did for Jabez (1 Chron. 4:9-10).

We ask it all in Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

“We put our hope in the LORD.
He is our help and our shield.
In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.
Let your unfailing love surround us, LORD,
for our hope is in you alone.”
(Ps. 33:20-22, NLT)
During your quiet time MEDITATE on today’s scriptures. Be motivated by today’s VIDEO. Allow all these things to encourage you to walk in freedom!
LET’S WALK IN FREEDOM TOGETHER & IMPACT THE WORLD!
Rhovonda L. Brown is speaker and author of two bestsellers, Walking in Freedom!: A Thirty-Day Devotional Journey for Women and At Least Say, “Thank You!”: An 8-Day Devotional Plan for a Grateful Heart.

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He Loves Us

John the apostle is known as the beloved disciple, the disciple whom Jesus loved. He’s the disciple who leaned on the bosom of Jesus after supper. (John 13:23). This disciple loved Jesus and he followed afar off as they marched Jesus from judgment hall to judgment hall (John 18:16, 19, 28). Because of his boldness and love for Christ, John was banished on the island of Patmos (Revelation 1:9).

Everyone wants loved. All we really want and need is to be loved. We want someone to love us and show us true love. I believe Jesus told His disciples over and over again that He loved them. He tells us He loves us over and over and over again, though sometimes we’re not listening. And the enemy doesn’t want us to hear nor does he want us to know God’s love. He doesn’t want us to believe that the Creator of all loves us. Satan doesn’t want us to hear our Savior say to us, “I love you, I love you, I love you.” So, he fills our ears with non-sense. He doesn’t want us to know just how much we are loved; however, throughout scripture God makes His love for us very clear!

“The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you….”  (Jeremiah 31:3 NKJV)

“For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.” (John 3:16 AMP)

There are many passages from the Bible about God’s amazing love for His creation, but we have to read it for ourselves. We have to learn of God’s wonderful love. Search the scriptures and find out for yourself just how His love is indescribable! Get to know the Savior and His amazing love today. For we love Him because He first loved us (1 John 4:19 NKJV).

Once we truly understand just how much God loves us, the shackles will begin to fall off. Once we see ourselves the way God sees us, we can truly walk in freedom.
Jesus loves us so much and He wants us to know it! Every day God goes out of His way to show His amazing love towards us. Our Father’s greatest example and display of love was seen when He suffered and died for all mankind. He took our place on that old rugged cross. He became our substitute, giving His life for ours. Yes, He loves us just that much and so much mor e! More than we can imagine.

Sisters, it’s Wednesday, Hump Day!
Here’s a biblical principle to help us over the hump.

“But God–so rich is He in His mercy! Because of and in order to satisfy the great and wonderful and intense love with which He loved us, Even when we were dead (slain) by [our own] shortcomings and trespasses, He made us alive together in fellowship and in union with Christ; [He gave us the very life of Christ Himself, the same new life with which He quickened Him, for] it is by grace (His favor and mercy which you did not deserve) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation).” (Ephesians 2:4-5, AMP)
May we embrace God’s love today!

During your Quiet Time, meditate on today’s scriptures and allow God’s Word to brighten your day.

LET’S WALK IN FREEDOM TOGETHER & IMPACT THE WORLD!
*Originally posted 5/23/11.  

Rhovonda L. Brown is speaker and author of two bestsellers, Walking in Freedom!: A Thirty-Day Devotional Journey for Women and At Least Say, “Thank You!”: An 8-Day Devotional Plan for a Grateful Heart. 

Copyright ©2010-2016. Rhovonda L. Brown. All Rights Reserved.

I’m the One

One of the criminals hanging beside him scoffed, “So you’re the Messiah, are you? Prove it by saving yourself—and us, too, while you’re at it!” (Luke 23:39, NLT)

I’m the one. It was me. I’m the one who gnashed my teeth and spat in Christ’s face. I’m the one who yelled, “Crucify Him!” I’m the one who despised Him, mocked Him, and rejected Him. I’m the one who hated Him and refused His love. I’m the one who turned a deaf ear and laughed at Him when He spoke the truth. I’m the one who asked for signs over and over again. I’m the one who didn’t believe, the one who needed more proof even after I saw the miracles He performed. I’m the one.

Although I wasn’t there when Jesus walked those dusty roads, at times, I still do what the people did. At times, I question and doubt Him, even after I’ve experienced His power. I’m one of the nine lepers who received Jesus’ healing, but I refused to go back to say, “Thank You.” (Luke 17:12). I’m like Thomas needing proof to believe ─ I need concrete evidence (John 20:25). I’m James and John so caught up in my position, that I don’t want to see the importance of being a servant (Matt. 20:35-45).

I’m that hypocrite who tries to take the speck out my sister’s eye, but has a large log in my own eye (Matt. 7:1-5). I’m David scheming and conniving for my own selfish gain (2 Sam. 11). I’m the one.

But the other criminal protested, “Don’t you fear God even when you have been sentenced to die? We deserve to die for our crimes, but this man hasn’t done anything wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.” And Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:41-43, NLT)
On the other hand, I’m the thief on the cross. I know I’ve done wrong. I’m guilty of my crimes, ready to take my punishment. But in humility I asked Jesus to remember me (Luke 23:40-43). I’m Peter weeping badly because I’ve failed Jesus (Matt. 26:75). I’m the blind man having a desire to see Christ; so I cry out for mercy (Mark 10:46-52). I’m the woman with issues and have exhausted my resources. I have nothing left. Yet in faith I press my way to Jesus (Luke 8:43-48). I am Mary sitting at the Savior’s feet, hanging on to His every Word (Luke 10:38-42). Yes, I am the one.

Sisters, we are those people. We’ve messed up so many times. Time and time again, we’ve let Jesus down. Then again, time and time again, He has faithfully forgiven us. Through His mercy and His grace, He continues to remember us and look past our faults. His grace is always enough!

Pray: Lord, we are all guilty and in need of Your forgiveness. Forgive us, Father. Cleanse us. We need Your mercy. Father, wash away every guilt and shame. Make us whole. Renew our mind. We need You and we can’t live this life without You. Show us Your way and teach us how to do things Your way. Fill us up with Your sweet Spirit. Show us how to serve You more, praise You more, and worship You more. Give us thankful lips and grateful hearts. Lord, remove that ol’ complaining spirit. Thank You for never giving up on us. We love You and we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. (Eph. 2:8-9, NLT)

QUIET TIME

LET’S WALK IN FREEDOM TOGETHER!

*Originally posted 11/7/12

Rhovonda L. Brown is speaker and author of two bestsellers, Walking in Freedom!: A Thirty-Day Devotional Journey for Women and At Least Say, “Thank You!”: An 8-Day Devotional Plan for a Grateful Heart. 

Copyright ©2010-2016. Rhovonda L. Brown. All Rights Reserved.

The Week He Change Everything: A Bad Friday Turned Good

“‘Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’” (Luke 24:5-7 NKJV)

Jesus predicted everything that would happen to Him. He predicted how He would be betrayed by one of the twelve. He predicted how His disciples would stumble because of what was going to happen to Him that night and how they would desert Him. He predicted how Peter, the Rock, would deny Him. Jesus predicted His death. The things that Jesus predicted were way too heavy for His disciples and it troubled them. Their week of festivities and celebrations was coming fast to an end.

At the beginning of the week everything was wonderful. Their King made His triumphal entry into the city. He was going to overthrow their evil government. Their King was going to establish His kingdom and take His rightful place on His throne. Their King was going to make everything right, and now, He was talking about leaving them! Now, He’s talking about dying. It wasn’t supposed to happen this way. It wasn’t supposed to be like this. This isn’t how they imagined it. This was supposed to be a time of celebration! This was supposed to be a time of victory! Their King, Son of David, and the One they shouted “Hosanna, Hosanna!” to was supposed to save them.

No, this was not how it was supposed to be. This was supposed to be the week that Jesus would change everything, but now this week was turning into a horrible nightmare.

They came for Jesus with their clubs and their swords, like He was a thief. They laid hands on Him. Jesus could have stopped them, but He didn’t.

“But Jesus said to him, ‘Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels? How then could the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must happen thus?’ In that hour Jesus said to the multitudes, ‘Have you come out, as against a robber, with swords and clubs to take Me? I sat daily with you, teaching in the temple, and you did not seize Me. But all this was done that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled.’ Then all the disciples forsook Him and fled.” (Matt. 26:52-56 NKJV)

They arrested Him and marched Him from judgment hall to judgment hall. They gave false testimony and called false witnesses. They spat in His face. They slapped Him and beat Him. They ridiculed Him. They yelled, “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!!” With a crown of thorns around His head, He carried His cross up a hill called Golgotha. They nailed Him to a cross and He hung there. He died between two thieves. They pierced Him in His side and immediately blood and water came running down (John 19). He was placed in a tomb that was not His own. The King was dead, and dread and gloom surrounded the disciples.

But the disciples had it all wrong. They thought all was lost. They thought all their hopes and dreams had vanished. They had it all wrong. Jesus was and is the true King. Jesus did make all things right. Jesus had to fulfill the scriptures so that the human race could be brought back to God. Jesus had to die and be buried in the grave. But that’s not how the story ends. Praise God!

On the third day, Jesus got up! On the third day, the tomb was empty! Jesus took off His grave clothes, folded them neatly in the tomb, and arose from the dead. Jesus conquered Hell and the grave. The disciples bad Friday turned into something wonderful. Their sorrows turned into joy! Jesus came and changed everything!

Today, we celebrate Good Friday. He accomplished everything He said He would. Jesus is alive! He’s not dead. We now have victory. Now, we can really celebrate. Now, our sorrow has turned into joy. All that was wrong, Jesus made right. Jesus came to save us and unite us back to God.

Believers, celebrate with me! It’s Good Friday! Jesus is alive! He reigns in Majesty. In Power. In Wisdom. In Honor, and in Glory. Let the celebrations go on and on and on!

Happy Good Friday!!

REFLECTION

“‘Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’” (Luke 24:5-7 NKJV)

QUIET TIME

Encouraging You to Walk in Freedom! ™

Rhovonda L. Brown is speaker and author of two bestsellers, Walking in Freedom!: A Thirty-Day Devotional Journey for Women and At Least Say, “Thank You!”: An 8-Day Devotional Plan for a Grateful Heart. 

Copyright ©2010-2016. Rhovonda L. Brown. All Rights Reserved.

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The Week He Changed Everything: Preparation

“When Jesus had finished saying all these things, he said to his disciples, ‘As you know, the Passover is two days away-and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.’ Then the chief priests and the elders of the people assembled in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas, and they schemed to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him.”  

(Matt. 26:1-4 NIV)

Jesus told His disciples that in two days He would be delivered up to be crucified. After Jesus spoke these words to His disciples, preparation had begun. The religious leaders began preparing ways they would take Jesus and kill Him. To continue the preparation, a woman came into Simon the Leper’s house to anoint Jesus. She made preparation for the burial of Jesus. Soon, Judas would be counting out 30 pieces of silver as he made preparation to betray Jesus with a kiss (Matt. 26). Preparations had begun.

Before the beginning of time, God made special preparations with you and me in mind. He prepared a Lamb to be our substitute, and this Lamb would pay our sin debt in full. Before the world began, God made preparations to give you and me eternal life through His Son. God prepared the way by sending Jesus Christ, the Holy Lamb of God, who is without blemish. And by accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior; we can enjoy all the benefits that God has for those who love Him.

“But, on the contrary, as the Scripture says, ‘What eye has not seen and ear has not heard and has not entered into the heart of man, [all that] God has prepared (made and keeps ready) for those who love Him [who hold Him in affectionate reverence, promptly obeying Him and gratefully recognizing the benefits He has bestowed].'” (1 Cor. 2:9 AMP)

This was God’s plan all along! Before the foundation of the world, a Lamb was slain (Rev. 13:8), which was God’s preparation for bringing us back into a right relationship with Him! This is the Lord’s doing and it’s marvelous in our eyes (Psalm 118:23)!

As we celebrate Holy Week, remember all the wonderful things our Heavenly Father did for us to redeem us. Remember our Sweet Savior who sacrificed His life for us. Remember the gift that was given at the cross. Grace and Mercy stepped in and shouted, “NOT GUILTY!” Now, we’re forgiven. Our sins have been forgiven because of Christ!

It’s Wednesday – Hump Day! Here’s a biblical principle to get us over the hump.

Let’s do our part. If we haven’t done so already, accept what God has done through Jesus Christ. Prepare our hearts to receive the work that was done at Calvary. Accept the new life Christ gives when we surrender our lives to Him. Let’s surrender to the Savior. Surrender our brokenness. Surrender our weary souls. Surrender our heartaches. Surrender all to God and allow Jesus to heal us, mend us, and make us new.

During your Quiet Time, meditate on Isaiah 53 the Message Bible. Be encouraged to keep your thoughts on God.

REFLECTION

He was beaten, he was tortured,
but he didn’t say a word.
Like a lamb taken to be slaughtered
and like a sheep being sheared,
he took it all in silence. (Isa. 53:7, MSG)

QUIET TIME

Encouraging You to Walk in Freedom! ™

Excerpt from Walking in Freedom: The Week He Changed Everything. A Seven Day Devotional Guide to Remembering Jesus’ Sacrifice for our Freedom by Rhovonda L. Brown. Copyright 2015 by Rhovonda L. Brown.

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