No matter the struggles or hardships we face in life, we can always come
to the One who knows us and understands us better than we know ourselves.
The Lord is ready to take the burden that is so heavy on our shoulders and
lighten it with the lightness of His Spirit. We must always remember God's
love for us because it is easy to forget when we focus on the problems
before us. His love for humanity is so great that He willingly took upon
Himself our sins and died in our place so that we may become the
righteousness of God through His sacrifice. The Bible says in Romans 5:8
“But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners,
Christ died for us.” We cannot understand such great love because as
humans it is not a normal thing to sacrifice oneself for someone else.
That is why God's love for us is so special. (Matthew 11:28-30)
He willingly gave His life for our life. It was not an even exchange
because He is worth so much more than we can ever be in our own eyes.
Thankfully He sees us as worthy and special and loved and now all who put
their faith in Jesus Christ can call Him their Lord, Redeemer and Savior.
What a wonderful gift we can each possess if we simply call upon Him.
Know that He loves you just as you are and is willing to cleanse you and
make you a new creation in Christ. We give Him all of our shortfalls and
He gives us a robe of righteousness. That's a wonderful exchange if you
ask me and one I'm willing to take any time. (1 Peter 1:18-21) (Isaiah 61:10)
I hope this message inspires and encourages your heart to seek the Lord and
know that when you do, He will be right there by your side.
A TAP ON THE SHOULDER
A long time ago when my full grown children were still “children” I saw
something that still brings a burst of joy to my heart whenever I think
about it. My youngest son who was still a toddler at the time was very
attached to his big sister. When she first started going to school he
would stand by the window waiting everyday for her bus to bring her home.
And when I would walk her up the hill to our house he would be waiting at
the door to hug her.
One day, however, after a particularly nasty diaper incident his Mom needed
to give him a quick bath right when the bus was scheduled to arrive. When
his sister and I made it to the door then he was still in the tub. His
sister went into her room to put her coat up and as soon as she shut the
door, out toddled her brother from the bathroom and right to the window he
went. His internal clock knew that his sister should be home any second. I
smiled as I watched him looking intently out the window while his sister
emerged from her room.
Quietly she snuck up behind him and ever so gently tapped him on the
shoulder. The look on his face when he turned around and saw his big sis
was one I have rarely seen in this life. It was pure bliss, pure joy, and
pure love. His big eyes shined with delight, his toothless smile took up
most of his face, and his tiny arms opened up to give his sister a very
I realized a while ago that I had spent far too much of my own life looking
out a window waiting for something or someone to bring me what I wanted in
this life. It took me a long time to finally feel the gentle tapping on my
own shoulder. When I turned around there was God ready to take me in His
arms and fill me with His love. I saw then that everything I had ever
needed: love, joy, peace, and oneness with God had been with me all along.
I had just been looking the wrong way. I hope that you too will turn
around when you feel that tap.
By Joseph J. Mazzella
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
2 Corinthians 5:20-21 “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though
God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled
to God. For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we
might be made the righteousness of God in Him.”
John 3:16-17 Jesus declares, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His
only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but
have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn
the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.”
Romans 10:9-11 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus,
and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead,
thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness;
and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture
saith, Whosoever believeth on Him shall not be ashamed.”
2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men
count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any
should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
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Today's Selected Testimony: ONE IN A MILLION
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