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Radically Changed Through Salvation

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Radically Changed

from death to life

 

Maria Stockman – Digital Copywriter cbn.com

Then Jesus shouted, “Lazarus, come out!” (John 11:43).

I was in my early 20s when Jesus transformed my life. As a sinner, separated from God, I lived as if I was the god of my life. Yet, I’m sure it looked like I lived well from an outsider’s perspective! I wasn’t committing any crimes; I had my family and friends, a great job, and was on track with what every 20-something was supposed to do.

After experiencing a time of loss and turmoil in my family, I remember sitting with my sister in her room and feeling an overwhelming need to pray. I knew who God was, but He was more of a magic genie rather than the Lord of my life. I felt like God was someone you pray to when you want something or to Whom you make empty promises. Nonetheless, I asked God if He would take over. I felt the weight of trying to do things on my own for so long, and I knew I couldn’t keep doing it on my own.

I quickly got involved with a local church, started serving, reading the Bible, and really the outside began to reflect the changes that God had made within. I can only imagine what it looked like to my friends and family to see such a change from the old me!

The transformation of a new believer is very much like what I imagine Martha and Mary must have felt after their brother Lazarus died. He had been in the grave for four days when Jesus came and “shouted, Lazarus, come out!”

We have expectations of what people should be or even what we should be, but when you encounter Jesus, and He radically changes you, it’s as if you were dead like Lazarus and are now alive, walking out of the grave and into a new life!

 

Streams in the Desert – May 30

By: L.B. Cowman

And they were singing a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders. No one was able to learn the song except the one hundred and forty-four thousand who had been redeemed from the earth. (Rev 14:3)

There are songs which can only be learned in the valley. No art can teach them; no rules of voice can make them perfectly sung. Their music is in the heart. They are songs of memory, of personal experience. They bring out their burden from the shadow of the past; they mount on the wings of yesterday.

St. John says that even in Heaven there will be a song that can only be fully sung by the sons of earth—the strain of redemption. Doubtless it is a song of triumph, a hymn of victory to the Christ who made us free. But the sense of triumph must come from the memory of the chain.

No angel, no archangel can sing it so sweetly as I can. To sing it as I sing it, they must pass through my exile, and this they cannot do. None can learn it but the children of the Cross.

And so, my soul, thou art receiving a music lesson from thy Father. Thou art being educated for the choir invisible. There are parts of the symphony that none can take but thee.

There are chords too minor for the angels. There may be heights in the symphony which are beyond the scale—heights which angels alone can reach; but there are depths which belong to thee, and can only be touched by thee.

Thy Father is training thee for the part the angels cannot sing; and the school is sorrow. I have heard many say that He sends sorrow to prove thee; nay, He sends sorrow to educate thee, to train thee for the choir invisible.

In the night He is preparing thy song. In the valley He is tuning thy voice. In the cloud He is deepening thy chords. In the rain He is sweetening thy melody. In the cold He is moulding thy expression. In the transition from hope to fear He is perfecting thy lights.

Despise not thy school of sorrow, O my soul; it will give thee a unique part in the universal song.
—George Matheson

 

How to Handle Praise, May 30

By: Intouch Ministries

Proverbs 27:21

How do you respond when someone compliments you? Some people absolutely love receiving praise because it lifts their spirits and makes them feel valuable. Others are uncomfortable with it. They look down at their feet or offer reasons why they really don’t deserve such praise.

For Christians, there’s another dilemma. We’re called to be humble, so what are we to do when others say good things about us? Because pride is always waiting to raise its ugly head, we need to be careful not to let praise puff us up. Some believers think that accepting a compliment is a sign of pride, so they make a big show of giving all the glory to God. That’s fine, if it’s really what’s in their hearts, but too often it becomes a rote “Christian” response that’s geared to impressing others.

My advice is simply to say, “Thank you very much.” Then whisper a prayer in your heart to the Lord, thanking Him for the blessing, recognizing that anything worthy of praise ultimately comes from Him. If you felt encouraged, let the person know how the comment blessed you. If you receive praise for an achievement that was really a group effort, be sure to redirect the compliment to all those who were involved. A blessing is always more enjoyable when it’s shared.

Our character is tested by the praise that comes to us. Every compliment that bounces into our ears should quickly rebound up to the Father. If we hold onto it, the poison of pride will begin to infect our hearts. But if we pass the praise to God, humility takes up residence in our souls.

A Day to Remember

From: Today Devotions

“Since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let’s rid ourselves of every obstacle and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let’s run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking only at Jesus.” – Hebrews 12:1-2 NASB

On May 30, 1868, Commander in Chief John A. Logan of the Grand Army proclaimed that a day be set aside to honor those who died “in defense of their country” during the American Civil War. This memorial day was first known as Decoration Day, a time to remember those who had died in that conflict on both sides.

This national call for remembrance was preceded by the Southern states electing to honor their own dead from the Civil War. Gradually this celebration become accepted as a national day to remember all Americans who died in all wars. (We now celebrate Memorial Day on the last Monday in May following an act of Congress in 1971.)

We pause to remember on days like this because it is easy to take the blessings of life for granted and forget how much we owe to others. We also commemorate the many freedoms and conveniences we enjoy and often take for granted.

Hebrews reminds us about the great cloud of witnesses that surrounds us: martyrs who defended the faith, people who prayed, preached, sacrificed, and refused to compromise, including people who have shared their testimony. We need to be grateful for their lives.

Think about all the people who have been influential in your spiritual life. Be thankful for their impact. And remember to be an example, so others might come to know Jesus through your life.