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Rejoice! What Was Lost Is Found!

rejoice_smallRecently, I was helping take care of some extended family affairs after my father-in-law received word that space was now available in a nearby veteran’s retirement community. While working around my father-in-law’s home, I borrowed the keys to unlock the shop so I could stow some items there. Later that day, I realized that I had lost the keys! Sadly, forgetting where I put things is not all that uncommon – ha!

I thought that I had given them back to my sister-in-law, but I could not be certain and she said that she did not have them. I had taken care of so many projects around the farm that I could not remember what I did with them! If it was just a key to the shop I could have replaced that easy enough, but this key ring had ALL the keys to every lock on the property. I was really starting to sweat and initiated a hunt to find the keys. I retraced every step I had taken that day and even went back over the same territory again with a flashlight as evening approached.

I finally came to the resolve that I would just have to replace all the locks…and there were quite a few. All of the family came together the next morning and went over every place I had worked the day before to no avail. The keys could not be found. Then, the girls came out of the house and shared that the keys had been found…in my sister-in-law’s coat pocket! I had actually given them to her after opening the shop. But, when she went back into the house, she switched coats. She felt terrible about the incident, but I was elated! What I thought was lost had been found.

Can you imagine how much more valuable you are to your Creator than a set of keys? All through the ages God has been trying to restore a right relationship with someone so precious to Him—you! The Scriptures tell us in Romans 5:8 (KJV), “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” That’s why the Bible reveals God’s joy when someone finds their way back to a right relationship with Him through His son, Jesus Christ. Jesus reveals this in his stories about the lost sheep in Luke 15:3-7, the lost coin in Luke 15:8-10 and the Prodigal Son in Luke 15:11-24. So today, let Jesus Christ take his rightful place in your life and let the rejoicing begin!

For Him,
Dr. Marshall M. Windsor, D.Min.

February 7, 2017 Posted by | Devotions | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

An Unsanctified Saint?

SmokerSmallI recently spent some time around someone who used a lot of colorful language, but I didn’t really think anything about it. I tried to maintain a Christ-like attitude and make it through the experience with a positive attitude. The next day I got really mad about something small and inconsequential, but while I was mad, a ton of profane language started running through my mind! With my prior experience in the military before I rededicated my life to Jesus Christ, it seemed like my old lifestyle was somehow haunting me. I remembered telling myself after this episode that I did not feel very sanctified in the midst of my struggles and that God probably made a mistake calling me into the ministry. I didn’t feel like a very good minister or a godly person at all!

But the Lord seemed to remind me of something a few days later as I looked back and prayed about this mental battle. He reminded me that his love for us is unconditional—even when we are battling with the fleshly nature and the life we may have lived before becoming a Christian. The Bible even reveals God’s great love for all of us in Romans 5:8 (ESV), “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” I realize that sin hinders our relationship with God, but I also know that Christ is interceding for every Christian because he knows the struggles we all have.

Ironically, the word sanctify does not necessarily mean a godly lifestyle or “Saint”—it means, “to set apart to a sacred purpose” according to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary. When you or I decide to set ourselves apart for Christ’s leadership and lordship in our lives we are sanctified! This means that we must set ourselves apart for Christ on a daily basis—or take up our cross daily (Luke 9:23). Sanctification is a “process” that lasts a lifetime! When we ask Jesus Christ to be the Lord of our lives we are instantly sanctified, but every day we must decide whether we will set ourselves apart for Christ or not.

Even though we may struggle with thoughts or actions that are not Christ-like, we can rest assured that Christ understands our struggles and prays for our victory. As the writer of Hebrews 4:15-16 (ESV) said, “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Sanctification denotes our position in Christ—a relational position that opens wide the door to a special kind of grace that helps us in our times of need. I’m so glad!

For Him,
Marshall M. Windsor, D.Min.

January 8, 2016 Posted by | Devotions | , , , , , | 4 Comments

   

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