Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same; that through death He might destroy Him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
For verily He took not on Him the nature of angels; but He took on Him the seed of Abraham.
Wherefore in all things it behoved Him to be made like unto His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
For in that He Himself hath suffered being tempted, He is able to succour them that are tempted.
What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into His death? Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His death, we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
For he that is dead is freed from sin.
It’s such a great feeling when someone tells you: You know what – I’m done with this sin or that sin. I want to be surrendered to the Lord. This happened recently. I almost started crying, but I composed myself. Praise the Lord Jesus Christ for His healing and redemptive power made possible through His death on the Cross.
On this day, I was reminded of this truth: My labor is not in vain. My faithfulness is being rewarded and will continue to be rewarded. Believer: Your labor is not in vain. Your faithfulness is being rewarded and will continue to be rewarded by our gracious God.
And what makes God so good to us and to all of humanity is that it’s never too late to make a life-changing decision for the Lord. The door is always open, He is always waiting. He is a patient, kind, compassionate, merciful, perfect God.
All I know how to do is love. I am lackluster at everything else. My talents, including writing, are only great because God is great. And to be honest, ALL of our giftings and talents stem from love. We love God because He first loved us, then we spread the love.
Our gifts and talents are given to us for one reason: To impact the world for God’s glory. And I am doing my part. By His grace.
I pray you are doing the same, love. I pray that you are completely engrossing yourself in the wonder of love, and are using your gifts and talents to encourage, uplift, edify, teach, train, and equip. I pray you are using your gifts to preach the gospel to the poor, heal the sick, preach deliverance to the captives, heal the brokenhearted, recover sight to the blind, and set at liberty them that are bruised (Luke 4:18). And while you are doing so, please remember that God controls every circumstance. We are not powerful or mighty enough to change anyone or anything, but He uses us. And for that, we should be grateful.
God is love. Love is a lifestyle. Jesus lived it, and He’s still living it.
And so should we. Don’t you forget it.
With God’s Love,
Porsche R. Armstrong
Founder, Love Is A Lifestyle