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'A Year with Jesus' for 4/18/2015

No Matter What!

Note from Jesus

Dear Disciple,

I do not promise you that following Me will be easy. Some of My greatest and most faithful servants faced severe testing, hardship, and even martyrdom. That is still true in your day. You are asked to live with the character and compassion of the Father in a world that doesn't appreciate those values. So when times of testing and hardship come, I want you to remember today's promises — they are highlighted in the verses below so you will not miss them. Those promises are:

  1. Nothing can separate you from My love for you — nothing!
  2. I have destroyed the power of death — wiped it out — and I have brought you life and immortality through My resurrection from the dead. They are yours through your faith in the good news of My resurrection!
As I told you yesterday, I endured all of the shame and pain of the cross so that you could know the Father's love and know I love you and will NEVER betray, deny, or abandon you. I AM alive forever... for you!

Verses to Live

Read carefully these words from Paul. He lived a life of absolute passion and courage because he believed the promises he shared. These promises are true and will always be true for you! As you read these words, remember that Paul lived through extreme trials and hardships (2 Corinthians 11:24-30) because he personally trusted in the words he shared. The final verses actually come from Paul as he is awaiting martyrdom. His faith is undimmed. His heart is as passionate for Me and the gospel as when he began his ministry (2 Timothy 4:6-8; Acts 20:22-24).

So who can separate us? What can come between us and the love of God's Anointed [Jesus]? Can troubles, hardships, persecution, hunger, poverty, danger, or even death? The answer is, absolutely nothing. As the psalm says,
On Your behalf, our lives are endangered constantly; we are like sheep awaiting slaughter.
But no matter what comes, we will always taste victory through Him who loved us.
(Romans 8:35-37)

Don't be embarrassed to testify about our Lord or for me, His prisoner. Join us in suffering for the good news by the strength and power of God. God has already saved us and called us to this holy calling — not because of any good works we may have done, but because of His own intention and because eons and eons ago (before time itself existed), He gave us this grace in Jesus the Anointed, the Liberating King. And now, the time has come! That grace was revealed when our Savior, Jesus the Anointed, appeared; and through His resurrection He has wiped out death and brought to light life and immortality by way of this good news.
(2 Timothy 1:8-10)

Response in Prayer

Lord Jesus, today I not only thank the Father — with Whom You intercede for me and before Whom you serve as my advocate — but I also thank You for the promises of Your presence in my life and the assurance that You will always be there for me — with me in my trials and with the Father to be my advocate. I thank You, Lord Jesus, for Your being alive, forever, for me and others like me who love You. Amen.

For more information about this devotional as well as archives of the material please visit the 'A Year with Jesus' website.


All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from The Voice™. © 2008 by Ecclesia Bible Society. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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