Reminders

For when life is good — for when life doesn’t turn out the way we thought it should — for times of celebration — and times of desperation — Jesus is our rock, our firm foundation, our strong right arm, and our refuge. Be reminded and encouraged today:

God is good. God’s goodness doesn’t change when things get bad. He is still good.

God loves me. And, God loves you. End of story.

Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross is big enough for your sin yesterday, your sin today, and your sin tomorrow.

You cannot go so far that God’s grace cannot reach.

We are not perfect. God is perfect. We are not God. So, with humility, and only in His strength, can we pursue His commands and calling.

God’s salvation is not dependent on our goodness. It rests entirely in His.

God’s Word is always true, and can always be trusted.

Grace and truth only come through Jesus Christ. We must seek Jesus in order to walk in both.

When it comes down to it, there is nothing we need more than Jesus.

No matter the detour, our mission is the same: Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations.

Not bound

Sometimes life feels small—our view restricted to four walls. It buries us under the weight of crammed schedules and piled-up expectations. Instead of being where we want to be, waist-deep waters resist the force of forward movement.

For the Apostle Paul, incarceration for the cause of Christ changed his approach to mission, but not the mission itself. Instead of going out into the world to share the Gospel, his letters traveled for him. He sent others in his place, while he sat in chains.

In his last letter, Paul encourages Timothy, his son in the faith, to focus, endure and remember the power of Jesus Christ.

Keep your attention on Jesus Christ as risen from the dead and descended from David. This is according to my gospel. I suffer for it to the point of being bound like a criminal, but God’s message is not bound.

– 2 Timothy 2:8-9

God’s message is not bound.

Even though Paul was suffering in prison, tied up for the sake of the Gospel, bound, He knew God’s message wasn’t.

Nothing, absolutely nothing, can stop God’s message of hope, forgiveness, redemption and love. It cannot be contained—no matter how the world tries. Soldiers may have killed Jesus, but there was nothing that could stop Him from coming up out of that grave!!

Today, no matter how small you feel or how constraining your circumstances, keep your attention on Jesus. Find your freedom in the unbound Gospel. Jesus is alive, and His grace is enough for you and for me!