The Son Of Man Came To Serve

Matthew 20 28This week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Matthew 20:28. It says that the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and give His life as a ransom for many.

Our Savior didn’t come to be served, but to serve. He healed the sick, raised the dead, and caused the blind to see. He went about doing good, and healing all who were oppressed of the devil (Acts 10:38). The same Savior that served those around Him when He was here on this earth, still desires for you to allow Him to serve you right now, and be Savior in every area of your life, for He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). He still wants to provide for you healing, life, and freedom, if you will let Him.

Jesus came to give His life as a ransom for many. This was the greatest act of service He could do for us. He gave His life in our place, taking upon Himself the punishment we deserved, so we could have a relationship with God, and be able to freely receive His many blessings. This Christmas, remember to celebrate the One who gave His life to redeem you!

A Stocking From God

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Imagine a stocking filled to the brim with wonderful gifts – all kinds of things that you need and want the most. It’s from God, and it’s for you!

Maybe things have been going great, or maybe you’ve been facing some tough times. Whatever life’s like for you right now, there are many things God wants to give you this Christmas. He wants to give you hope where it may seem like there is none. He wants to give you joy, and a reason to rejoice. He wants to bring peace to your mind, to replace all worry and anxiety. He wants heal you, and make you whole. He wants to give you freedom from whatever may be holding you back from becoming who He created you to be. He desires to give you prosperity, and provide for your needs. He wants you to experience grace that covers even the worst of your mistakes. He wants to give you His love, which is like nothing you have ever known.

These are just a few of thing things that God wants to give you this Christmas season. These are the things that fill His stocking to you. He wants you to accept your stocking from Him, and to enjoy everything that’s in it. Open up your heart to Him this Christmas, let Him know you want all that He has for you. Watch what He will do in your life when you are willing to receive His stocking for you!

Reposted from Generation Arise.

Do This In Remembrance of Him

Do This In Remembrance Of HimThis week is week 26 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan. This week’s reading is 1 Corinthians 7-11. These chapters further continue one of Paul’s epistles to the church at Corinth.

In 1 Corinthians 11, Paul speaks of the Lord’s Supper, better known as communion. Verses 23-26 state that on the night Jesus was betrayed, He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, declaring it as His body, which is for us. Also, that he took the cup, declaring it the new covenant in His blood.

In communion, the bread represents the body of Jesus, which was broken for us.  The cup represents the blood He shed for us, that we might be forgiven.

When we take communion, we are to do so in remembrance of Him
(1 Corinthians 11:24-25). The bread, which symbolizes His body, and the cup, which symbolizes His blood, remind us of what He has done for us. John 6:53 says that unless we eat His flesh and drink His blood, we have no life in us. Partaking of the Lord’s Supper helps us to visualize Christ’s finished work, which secured for us life, healing, and forgiveness.

When we take communion, let’s take time to focus our attention on Christ, and all that He’s done for us. Let’s remember how His body was broken, and His blood was shed for us, and receive with thanks all that He died to give us!

All That He Has Done For Us

All That He Has Done For UsThis week’s memory verse for Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Isaiah 53:5. This verse states that Jesus was wounded for our transgressions and crushed for our iniquities, that the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and that by His stripes, we are healed.

Jesus was wounded for our transgressions, and crushed for our iniquities. Sin must be punished, and Jesus took our sins upon Himself, suffering the punishment that we deserved. Through the giving of His life for us at the cross, He paid the price for our sins once and for all.

When we do something wrong, we experience this feeling, deep down, that someone must pay. It’s hard for us to truly be at peace when we are plagued by condemnation, guilt, and shame over failures. God wants us to rest, however, in the knowledge that the chastisement for our peace was upon Christ – that He has paid the price for each and every wrong we have ever committed, or ever will commit. Knowing this, we can experience the true peace that God wants us to walk in.

By Jesus’ stripes, we are healed. He purchased our healing. He bought back our health and wholeness. With every lash He bore, sickness and disease met their end. Because of what He has done, all manner of illness and infirmity has no right to remain on our bodies. The stripes that He bore guaranteed our health and healing, if only we will receive them.

Jesus did all of this for you and me. Through His death, He paid the price for our sins, for us to experience peace, and for divine health and healing to be ours. Let’s give thanks to our Savior for all that He has done for us, and walk in all that He has provided for us by giving His life on our behalf!

Forget Not All His Benefits

Forget Not All His BenefitsThis week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Psalms 103:2. It bids us to bless the Lord, and not to forget His benefits.

Many in the Body of Christ today feel that our focus should be seeking the face of God, rather than just His hand – as if going after what He can do for us is a self-centered misuse of our time and attention in our relationship with Him. In Psalm 103:2, however, we are told quite the opposite – that we are not to forget His benefits.

Psalm 103:3-5 goes on to list some of these benefits:

  • Forgiveness of all of our sins (verse 3)
  • Healing of all of our diseases (verse 3)
  • Redemption of our life from the pit (verse 4)
  • Being crowned with love and compassion (verse 4)
  • The satisfaction of our desires with good things (verse 5)
  • This satisfaction of our desires leading to our youth being renewed like the eagle’s (verse 5)

God loves us dearly as His sons and daughters. Because of His great love for us, He delights in blessing us. He wants us to receive these blessings. To refuse them, in fact, is far greater selfishness than to accept them with eagerness, joy, anticipation, and thanksgiving. Bless the Lord, and forget not all of His benefits!

Forget Not All His Benefits

Rejoice in His Finished Work

Rejoice in His Finished WorkIsaiah 53:5 states that Jesus was wounded for our wrongdoings, upon Him was the chastisement for our peace, and that we are healed by His stripes. He took our sins upon Himself, bearing the punishment that we deserved, that we might be forgiven. Because of His work at the cross, we – through faith in Him – have been made righteous (Romans 3:22). We can be at peace, knowing that the price for our sins has been paid in full. Jesus’ body was broken, that we might be made whole. It is by His stripes that we are healed. Through Him, we have been qualified to receive all of God’s blessings, including healing. Let’s give thanks for all that Christ has accomplished for us! Let’s rejoice in His finished work!