Today, once again, I read from Your Nail – Lenten Meditations by Arden W. Mead. The scripture to read our entry is Romans 8:31-39. Your Nail writes of St. Paul and the list of enemies that Christ has “disamed” for us – tribulation (translated as pressure), distress, persecution, famine and more. Mr. Mead asks us, “How, in this modern age, has Christ disarmed our enemies?”
We may feel hungry – not for food but for more of everything. God promises that in Him we have all that we need (2 Peter 1:3). As a matter of fact, we have just enough. I may not be persecuted in this life but I may be rejected for my Christian morals and beliefs. So be it, for in heaven I will be welcomed and loved – forever. I might have pressures and stress in this life. However, even if only for a moment at a time, I can pray and turn them over to God. I can do my best and know that God is there to help me, for he promised to send his Spirit and to always be with me. Once our earthly lives are finished, we will have eternal peace. Everlasting bliss. Nothing can harm us forever – except unbelief!
Thank you, Lord for disarming my enemies with your nails on the cross; for bestowing your gift of faith upon me. May I cherish these gifts of forever.
I’ve been reading Your Nail, Daily Lenten Meditations by Arden W. Mead. On Monday one of the Bible verses to consider was 2 Corinthians 2:12-16. This is the opposite of the parading of prisoners or prisoners of war. I feel it coinsides with Isaiah 54:4 – ” Fear not: for thou shat not be ashamed.” We believers in Christ do not have to do the walk of shame. We get to hold our heads up high. We are propped up by the cross of Christ. The very tree that held our savior as he died is now our support. Because of His death we are saved. We are washed clean of all our sins – sins committed and sins still yet to be done. Your Nail raises the questions “Who or what are your enemies?” and “How has Christ defeated them?” My enemies are my sins and the devil and his death angels of temptation. Jesus defeated them but I still have to resist as best as I can, quote the word of God back to them ( as Jesus did when tempted in the desert). Then I need to remember that Christ has overcome the world and death. He lives and because of that I, too, shall live. When in the throws of temptation, may I turn to the cross of Christ and there find my support.
Dear Lord Baby Jesus,
I hear your cries, your cooing, your raspy breath of sleep as you lie in a bed of straw, breath of animals puffing frosty clouds around you and your family. You came to us in weakness so that we may be strong. I am weak and in my weakness, let me grasp onto your strength. Let your strength be revealed to me, so that I may show it to others; that they,too, might see your strength and experience it for themselves. May I learn to imitate your humble spirit. May I give of myself in the coming New Year and shine your unfailing light and love to others. Thank you, Lord, for coming to live with us, as one of us.
2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me,”My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” ” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weakness, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”
May the Blessings and Spirit of Christmas follow us into the New Year.
“I’m leaving you peace. I’m giving you my peace. I don’ give you the kind of peace that the world gives. So don’t be troubled or cowardly” John 14:27
After admitting our wrong doings, or sins, our program suggests that we make direct amends to all people we have harmed. This can be a scary prospect. God instructs us, however to not be troubled or cowardly. Not only do we make these amends to bring about justice or to right wrongs. We do these amends to improve our relationships. These amends are also for our benefit, our peace of mind, our consciouses. If we receive forgiveness from others, we consider it a bonus. God has already promised us His peace. Do not be afraid. Go boldly and make your amends. Move forward with confidence. Peace is a given.
“Blessed is the person whose disobedience is forgiven and whose sin is pardoned.” Psalm 32:1