April 11th – Struck to Rise

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Long before man, I Am. With infinite love I created, that man would know love. Imperfect creation created in perfect love, lifted to freedom by that same love. I lay down so that those who respond to love might rise in it. Those who reject the call, do not know love, only of service to self, unwilling to accept for fear of loss. My suffering for those suffering, that life eternal might be had by those dying, but created to live. I Am the Alpha and the Omega. All begins at My hand, and all ends in My care and presence. Even the suffering of the righteous, even to death, is a beginning far greater than its appearance. The crucifixion weighs heavy, but as I was lifted, so many come to the Father. What are you suffering today? It can be made for good, if given to Me – not impossible, but promised for those who love Me, called to My purposes. You are of them if you abide in Me. My love transcends suffering, and death has no sting, for in My time and Name, the blackest Friday gives rise to a far greater day. Eyes forward; wipe away the tear. The stone shall be rolled away, and greater life beyond the imaginings of man shall rise.

John 15:13-18 (ESV) – Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, and all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. These things I command you, so that you will love one another.

 1 Peter 4:19 (ESV) – Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.

1 Cor 2:9-10 (ESV) – But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”— these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.

Bottom Line: There is no greater love than what we celebrated last night; the love of God is shown clearly for all on the cross. There is no suffering, disease, virus or even death that God cannot redeem into a greater blessing. Who of His followers would have thought to call Good Friday good? Yet we do now. Whatever you are going through today, put it in His hands. He redeems all things, and His Word works mightily and lovingly through it all.

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