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Trust in the Lord and do what is right! Settle in the land and maintain your integrity! Then you will take delight in the Lord, and he will answer your prayers. Commit your future to the Lord! Trust in him, and he will act on your behalf. He will vindicate you in broad daylight, and publicly defend your just cause.
Alongside of today’s verse, let Psalm 51:10-12 be your prayer. Psalm 51:10-12 says, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit.” Lord God, we need You desperately! Transform our lives and take Your rightful place on the throne of our hearts. Holy Spirit, teach us to love the Lord, and to worship Him everyday with our lives. May we always seek You through the study of scripture, through prayer and fasting and loving one another! Thank You for choosing to be our God!
For I passed on to you as of first importance what I also received—that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day according to the scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as though to one born at the wrong time, he appeared to me also.
Paul continues to encourage the Corinthian church with the good news of Christ crucified, Christ risen, and Christ appearing to His disciples and believers. The paramount place of this news again affirms that Jesus continues to value His relationship to His church. This truth is at the core of the gospel, and clearly states why all people have an invitation to be reconciled to God: because of Jesus. Psalm 118:21-23 says, “I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation. The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes.” Thank you Jesus!
He gives strength to those who are tired;to the ones who lack power, he gives renewed energy. Even youths get tired and weary; even strong young men clumsily stumble. But those who wait for the Lord’s help find renewed strength; they rise up as if they had eagles’ wings, they run without growing weary, they walk without getting tired.
Living out our faith is a give and receive process. We give our all led by the Holy Spirit in Christ Jesus. We receive "renewed strength" from the Lord, and it is because we choose to depend upon Him fully when we are weak. We choose to receive this dimension of His grace that relentlessly looks to Jesus for every single need. 2 Cor. 12:9 says, "And He said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me."
For it is indeed fitting for us to have such a high priest: holy, innocent, undefiled, separate from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. He has no need to do every day what those priests do, to offer sacrifices first for their own sins and then for the sins of the people, since he did this in offering himself once for all. For the law appoints as high priests men subject to weakness, but the word of solemn affirmation that came after the law appoints a son made perfect forever.
The priesthood of Jesus Christ is permanent. The NLT states it this way, “God appointed his Son with an oath, and his Son has been made the perfect High Priest forever.” Words like “perfect” and “forever” carry weight and certainty. It is because of Jesus that the door to right relationship with God stands open. His permanent role as our High Priest is good news for us, because through Him we have the hope of a present and future with God. By paying our debt, Jesus brought us from certain death, to the promise of eternal life in Him. Recognize today the glorious riches of His grace.
Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is the one who will condemn? Christ is the one who died (and more than that, he was raised), who is at the right hand of God, and who also is interceding for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will trouble, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we encounter death all day long; we were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we have complete victory through him who loved us! For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor heavenly rulers, nor things that are present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
If you believe in Jesus today think about the incredible grip He has on you, and what that means about how God sees you. What does it mean to be “more than a conqueror”? Nothing has the power to take you from Jesus! Death, demons, Satan, cancer, heartbreak, calamity, abuse, neglect, making mistakes; everything fails to separate you from the love of God in Christ Jesus. You are cherished and amazing, valued and precious. You are His treasure. If you do not believe in Christ today and are reading this; you are not out of God’s reach, and He loves you something fierce. Believe.