Daily Christian Devotional – Surely He Hath Born Our Grief’s

Daily Christian Devotional:
Surely He Hath Born our Grief’s and Carried Our Sorrows

This daily Christian devotional focuses on the benefits of the atonement of Jesus Christ. Jesus suffered for our sins and the sins of the whole world in the garden of Gethsemane and again on the cross of Calvary. His dying brought new life for us when he was resurrected.

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He suffered for both our sins and for our sorrows. When we sin, we have sorrow. But we have sorrow for many other reasons. We don’t have to live in the depths of despair when we sin. We can ask our Heavenly Father for forgiveness of our sins and know that we will be forgiven. We can also let our wounded soul be restored whole and well again by letting the Saviors’ atonement heal our sorrows. We do not need to carry the weight of sin and sorrow if we let the Lord into our life.

Whether you choose to repent or not, whether you choose to let the Saviors’ atonement help you or not is up to you. It was done some two thousand years ago. It is a done deal that history bears a witness of. Whether you choose to let it into your life or not, doesn’t change the fact that it happened. So take hold of the eternal and endless sacrifice and let it into your heart and soul and be healed. Why try to bear the weight of our sins and sorrows on our own when we don’t have to?

Troy Wagstaff ©

Four Ways To Use The Gospel In Your Life

Four Ways To Use The Gospel In Your Life

There are four basic ways for Christians to have the strength to carry on in a world of temptation and chaos. These four things that Christian can do will help them in any circumstances they find themselves in.

These are 1. Faith, 2. Prayer, 3. Read/Study the Scriptures and 4. Live the Gospel.

These activities are not designed to convert you to Christianity. It is assumed you are a Christian and are looking for a way to apply your Christian beliefs in a way that will strengthen you and comfort you in life.

Jesus Christ and his teachings that we learn from the Holy Bible can provide both a shelter for protection against the storms of life and a warm blanket to keep you warm in the dark coldness of life.

Let’s look at each one of these things to see how they can make a difference in your life as a Christian.

FAITH

Faith is believing in something unseen, which is true. When you exercise that belief in an unseen Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit gives you good feelings inside which were not there before you started to exercise faith in him.

As you process those wonderful feelings it strengthens your faith and then you believe even more in him and the feelings become greater and then a snow ball effect takes place where you exercise great faith in the Lord because of the wonderful feeling you receive.

Many Christians experience a degree of faith that gives them a warm fuzzy as they find the Savior but this warm feeling is fleeting over time and without the proper nourishment, their faith fades away. It takes continued effort to keep faith alive and to keep it burning in your soul. In fact these four items combined will do just that, keep faith alive and growing.

Having a vibrant faith in the Lord, Jesus Christ gives you internal strength and provides perspective in your life. These aspects of life can give you strength to face adversity that mortality surely will provide you with.

It may seem a little strange to say that using faith will give you more faith but it is true along with adding prayer, bible study and living the gospel daily.

I think it is safe to say that faith is the first and most basic building block of living and Christian life and getting blessed by living that type of life style.

PRAYER

Prayer is the prescribed way of talking to God in the name of Jesus Christ. You can talk to Heavenly Father in a more formal prayer of kneeling down and talking out loud to him. However, since God knows the thoughts of your mind and the intents of your heart, you can talk to him from your mind and heart in a silent prayer.

You should try to get in as many formal prayers to him in a day as you reasonably can. You can pray anytime your mind is awake and able to communicate thoughts. Sometimes blessings are held in reserve until you ask for them as a way to teach us humility knowing that the source of our blessings is God.

In our prayers between us and the Lord you can say anything you want. I would suggest that giving thanks for all your blessings is very important. Gratitude is important in showing that we acknowledge God as the source from which all blessings come from.

We can ask God to bless us for any righteous desires we have. Obviously we would not ask Heavenly Father to help us be successful in robbing the local convenience store or to not get caught cheating on an exam.

We can pray for Gods blessings on those around us as well as ask for good health, strength and protection for ourselves and family. I can’t think of any righteous desire that would be off-limits.

We do need to watch for the answers to our prayers as they may come to us in ways we may not expect.

READ/STUDY SCRIPTURES

We start our lifetime journey with the Lord by exercising faith in him. It becomes our eternal goal to be with him. But it can’t stand on simple faith alone. We need to learn eternal behaviors approved of by the Lord himself. We do this by reading the Holy Bible. Then as we learn new things in the bible we ask Heavenly Father how to apply them to our lives and then we act upon that new information. Which brings us to living the gospel in the last section of this article.

LIVE THE GOSPEL

four_ways_live_gospelWhat does it mean to live the gospel? It means to apply what we learn through faith, prayer and the Bible. We need to apply these teachings to our everyday life. We need to learn to forgive others their trespasses against us. We need to learn what the commandments of God are and live by them. We need to learn about repentance and how the bible teaches us the need to repent.

Faith or simply believing in Jesus Christ isn’t enough for salvation or bettering ourselves before God. We need to change the way we live to conform to Gods ways. We learn these things by daily reading the gospel and then prayerfully determine how to adapt our life to meet with the demands of divinely taught truths of the Bible. As we live our lives by applying the gospel to our every thought and every action we will be richly blessed by Heavenly Father and we will bless the lives of those around us.

Doing all this along with continuing to exercise our faith, pray continuously, read and apply the biblical teachings to our lives along with living our lives according to divinely inspired truth we can receive great spiritual strength and peace that can only come from God.

Troy Wagstaff ©

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Let God Build Your Life – A Christian Devotional

Let God Build your Life – A Christian Devotional

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God, who made the heavens and the earth can make more out of us than we can. God knows the hairs on your head. A sparrow does not fall without him knowing about it. Even with all the wisdom and learning we have, we can be so much more if we let God into our lives and let him build our life. We just need to seek understanding of his will and follow his teachings and we will become far more than we ever thought possible.

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How To Trust In The Lord

How To Trust In The Lord

It’s one thing to say “I trust in the Lord” and it’s another thing to actually trust in the Lord. The book of Proverbs tells us to “trust in the Lord with all thine heart, lean not to thine own understanding, in all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths.”

I was having a conversation with my wife today about trusting in the Lord. In the middle of the conversation I got stuck in my head as I was mulling over the consequences of trusting in the Lord. If we trust that the Lord will direct our paths, which he will, are we willing to follow the path?

Often I have heard Christians say “thy will be done” but what if his will is for you or me to change something about us?

Hopefully we add to our prayers a heart felt statement of “thy will be done.” Often this statement follows a request on our part. “Please bless me to pass this test. Thy will be done.” Or it could be “please bless me to get this new job. They will be done.”

If we pass the test or get the job, great. If not, there may be a reason. It might be the Lords will or it might be that we did not study hard enough too past the test. It might be that getting the job entails situations that are not good for us that we don’t know about.

how_to_trust_in_the_lordThose situations are easy to accept. But what if part of “thy will be done” means we need to change, or we need to move out of our comfort zone?

If we want to hike to the top of a seven thousand-foot mountain and we trust that the Lord that he will help us and he directs our path to a gym with a great collection of treadmills, stair steppers and rock climbing equipment and we just look around and walk out the door. Three months later we are two thousand feet up the mountain and he can’t go on. We are too exhausted.

We wonder why the Lord is not directing our path up the mountain. We trusted in him to bless us to make the summit. But we didn’t. How come?

The Lord needed us to change the path we were on which was not getting in shape for the climb. We were directed to a gym with excellent equipment and we didn’t take advantage of a new path or direction of getting in shape. If we had spent the last three months working out then the Lord’s path would have lead us to the top of the seven thousand foot mountain.

It’s one thing to trust in the Lord or to say “they will be done” but it’s another thing to follow the path the Lord wants us to take. Are we up for it?

Troy Wagstaff © Copyright. All rights reserved.

Do You Trust Jesus Christ?

Do You Trust Jesus?

Do you have faith in Jesus Christ? If you are reading this article then it is very likely you have faith in our Lord and Savior. This devotional is written on the basis that you, the reader, has faith in Christ Jesus.

Now I want to ask you another soul-searching question. Do you trust Jesus?

As Christians we can say without hesitation that we have faith in Jesus and love him, but, again, do we trust Jesus?

Some may say that trust and faith are the same thing or very close to the same thing. Let’s look at the two words “faith” and “trust.”

Faith

Hebrews 11:1 reads “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Faith, therefore, is believing in something that has no physical evidence of existing.

Trust

Trust is believing that someone will do what they say they will do. When we trust people in our daily life, we generally trust those in authority over us (with exceptions) and we trust people that we have a long-standing relationship with, where they have a proven history of keeping their word.

While the words “faith” and “trust” are very close in meaning and in concept, they should be used in sequence.

do_you_trust_jesusWe believe that Jesus exists. We believe that the Jesus we read about in the New Testament is a resurrected being. We believe that he suffered, bleed and died for us and that he broke the bonds of death and lives again.

For some the gift to believe, comes as a gift by grace. For others, faith is something we acquire over time as we read the teachings of the Savior and pray and do what he teaches. For all, our faith grows as we see things happen as a result of our faith in our Savior. Our faith grows from grace to grace.

After you have experienced faith and after you have seen your faith grow you come to a point in time when you need to ask yourself, “do I trust Jesus?” It would seem like sound reasoning to say “if I have faith in Jesus then of course, I trust him.”

I agree, it does seem like good logic but I don’t think the transition from faith to trust is as clear cut in the real world. I’ve seen many Christians grow as their faith increases but for whatever reason they seem to hit a plateau. Instead of continuing to grow and climb upward, they seem to fizzle in their ascent. They lie stagnate on their plateau.

I would not presume to know all the reasons why this happens to those that are standing on the plateau. There are likely many reasons. But one reason, I think, that puts them on that plateau is that they fail to make the transition from faith to trust in their relationship with their Savior.

My best friend Scot is a good example of someone I trust. I have known him all my life. He will tell me what he will do and then I can go about my endeavors with no doubt that what he said would be done, will be done.

We need to feel like that in our relationship with Jesus. An example would be on the principle of repentance. If we repent of our sins he will forgive us and remember our sins no more.

Can we do our part in the repentance process and then go forward knowing those sins are gone? Do we trust Jesus when he says he will forgive those that repent? Do we repent then go about our life with nagging doubts wondering if we are really forgiven of our sins? If we do then we need to ask ourselves if we trust Jesus. There is a good point to make right here. We are not talking about faith. We’re beyond that. We have demonstrated our faith by repenting of our sins. Now it’s up to us to trust Jesus to forgive us of our sins.

I’ve used my best friend Scot as an example of people I trust. In the case with Scot we have grown up together we lived next door to each other until after high school graduation.

trusting_jesusWe know each others secrets and weaknesses. We’ve been through life together. I’ve known him much longer than my wife Colette of twenty-nine years.

I am blessed to have a forty-eight-year relationship with one person. We’ve had our ups and downs. I’ve long since come to know that Scot is an honorable man and one true to his word. We have a great history together so I can really use the word trust and mean it.

But Scot is just a man like me. He is not perfect. But I trust him. I hope we all can say that we have people in our lives that we can trust. I can trust my wife and I have other people in my life I can trust like my three daughters among others. But none of them are perfect.

People in our lives are not perfect. Jesus Christ is perfect. If we can trust imperfect people in our lives, shouldn’t we be able to trust Jesus Christ who is perfect in every way? We already have faith in him but do we trust what he says he will do? Do we trust his time frame? Do we trust that he will never fail us?

I do. I hope you do to.

Troy Wagstaff © Copyright. All Rights Reserved.

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He Lives! All Glory To His Name!

He Lives! All Glory To His Name!

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We celebrate the Easter season by reflecting on the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We must remember. Christ is not dead in a tomb. That tomb is empty and He is risen from his three-day prison. Jesus Christ, the Messiah is alive today in a physical, glorified and perfected body.  HE LIVES! ALL GLORY TO HIS NAME!

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