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1 John 2:22-24

Who is the liar but the person who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This one is the antichrist: the person who denies the Father and the Son.  Everyone who denies the Son does not have the Father either. The person who confesses the Son has the Father also.  As for you, what you have heard from the beginning must remain in you. If what you heard from the beginning remains in you, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father.

As believers in Christ the gospel should burst forth from our lives so that God's grace and offer of mercy goes out to all people. It is true that creation also speaks the truth about God and leaves no excuse for rejecting the Son of God. Yet, even though these things and more are at work in order to place Jesus Christ on display as the way, the truth, and the life; some people will reject Him as Messiah. The hard thing to say is this: eternal torment awaits all those who reject Jesus as the Christ, and it is impossible for them to believe in God the Father as long as they reject His Son.

Matthew 26:31-35

Then Jesus said to them, “This night you will all fall away because of me, for it is written:‘I will strike the shepherd,and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’  But after I am raised, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.”  Peter said to him, “If they all fall away because of you, I will never fall away!”  Jesus said to him, “I tell you the truth, on this night, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.”  Peter said to him, “Even if I must die with you, I will never deny you.” And all the disciples said the same thing.

Is your heart as strong and committed as your words indicate? Many times we have the best of intentions with our words, but our commitment and actions that follow are a mere shadow of what we said we would do, or who we said we would be. Jesus already knew that Peter would deny Him, it was even indicated in scripture that it would happen. In part, this experience would equip Peter for his future service to Christ. Likewise, often times we learn the hardest lessons in the midst of what seems like our worst failures. God can and does use these things for His good.

Hosea 14:1-2

Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God, for your sin has been your downfall! Return to the Lord and repent! Say to him: “Completely forgive our iniquity; accept our penitential prayer, that we may offer the praise of our lips as sacrificial bulls.

The message of repentance comes loud and clear throughout history to reflect and highlight God's redemptive plan for His people. The prayer offered in today's verse is a great reminder of exactly what Jesus Christ has done for us on the cross. His sacrifice, once and for all, allows us to praise God and offer our lives to God. God has come through on His promise to save, and it has been done through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. It is never too late to run to Jesus and fall at the throne of grace. Surrender all to Christ for He is ever faithful.

James 5:13-15

Is anyone among you suffering? He should pray. Is anyone in good spirits? He should sing praises.  Is anyone among you ill? He should summon the elders of the church, and they should pray for him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord.  And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick and the Lord will raise him up—and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.

One of the most difficult things to do in life is to ask for help and/or receive help from others. The body of Christ is supposed to be there for one another, and elders praying for the sick is just one of those ways. They have a responsibility to serve their communities, but individuals must have the courage and faith to reach out to them because that is what the Lord would have them do - ask for help. The design of the church is to call upon Jesus in everything. Fortunately for us, there is nothing He cannot do.

Deuteronomy 33:29

You have joy, Israel! Who is like you? You are a people delivered by the Lord,your protective shield and your exalted sword. May your enemies cringe before you; may you trample on their backs.

Israel was saved out of slavery to Egypt, which served as a story that foreshadowed truth about the how Christ would set us free from slavery to sin and death. As witnesses and ambassador's for Christ, God is never far from us, and goes before us paving a way for His glory and for our good. On this earth, there will always be enemies to our faith, but those enemies cannot stand against God and will never prevail, just like Israel's enemies did not prevail until God saw fit for them to do so. In Christ we have been promised eternal life and victory with God, and He is worthy to be praised!