Journal Entries
Every weekday you will find a journal entry here from someone different in our church family. 
 
Click the scripture title and scroll down to see a comments section where you can ask questions, share insights and post your own SOUL Journal entry for the day!
 

Ezekiel_10

Scripture

 

Ezekiel 10:18

Then the glory of the Lord departed from over the threshold of the temple and stopped above the cherubim.

 

Observation – What does it say?

If Ezekiel has been a bit confusing for you, check out this short animated overview.

 

Understanding – What does it mean?

God, in his holiness, will not dwell with unholy people.

The Israelites had worshiped idols in the very temple created for God to be worshipped and to dwell with his people. This intense idolatry led to the destruction of those Israelite idol worshippers and God’s glory departing from his temple.

There is nothing like God’s presence. We were created to dwell with him. It’s where we will find every desire of our heart fully satisfied. Moses pointed out in Exodus 33 that God’s presence with his people would be the only thing that set them apart among the nations. For that reason, he pleaded with God to not send him anywhere that God would not accompany him. 

Israel lost the battle at Ai because Achan had sinned, causing God to not go out to battle with them. But once Israel cleansed their community by removing Achan, God’s presence returned and they triumphed the next time they faced Ai.

 

Life Application

I recognize that I’m not that special. I don’t have any particular gifts or talents that would enable me to change the world. I don’t have tons of money in the bank or access to other resources that would enable me to accomplish significant things (I’m not depressed… lol. Just follow me.). Bottom line is that the only thing that is going to set me apart and enable me to accomplish anything of great eternal significance, is the presence of God in my life.

Therefore, I would be stupid to be nonchalant about dabbling in sin! Jesus calls us to be perfect as his heavenly Father is perfect. Paul commanded Timothy to cleanse himself of common practices so he could become an instrument for noble purposes. Jesus wrote a letter to the church in Ephesus commanding them to repent and return to their first love or else their lampstand (symbolizing God’s presence) would be removed from them.

God, forgive me for my sins! Please examine our hearts and bring conviction of sin. May we never see your glory depart from us because we are living double lives, worshipping you one moment, but giving ourselves to sin the next. May your glory never leave us! Amen.

 
-Levi Thompson


1 Peter_1

Scripture  

1 Peter 1:6-9  In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.

 

Observation-What does it say? 

The letters of 1 & 2 Peter were written by “The Rock.” Not the wrestler, but the apostle.  The one who was so zealous for the Lord, he was willing to cut off a man’s ear.  He was also the one who denied knowing Jesus, not once but three times.  He was the one who proclaimed the Lord’s salvation on the day of pentecost.  It is also believed that Peter was crucified as a martyr for his profession of Jesus.  Needles to say, Peter experienced his share of joy and tribulation as a Christian.   

 

In the beginning of his first letter, Peter writes to his audience about the joy to be found in following Jesus.  He gives us two reasons to be filled with joy in this life, despite the possibility of suffering tribulation.  “The first reason for our joy is the great future God promises us and his unswerving commitment to keep it for us and us for it. In other words, our joy is based on the happiness of our future with God and the certainty that we will make it there…The second reason is that God has a design for our distresses in this life”(John Piper).  

 

Understanding-What does it mean? 

For some reason, the phrase “the proof is in the pudding” has surfaced several times in my life recently.  Whether the source be from a pod-cast I am listening to, an article I’m reading, or a colleague of mine saying the phrase, it has been circling around in my life recently.  While I think it’s a strange phrase, and even though I like pudding, I always find it gross to think about.  It’s as if I have to reach my hand into a bowl of pudding to find some sort of clue or evidence of something.  I can be a little weird about textures.

But, in our faith, the proof is more than just in the pudding.  Our faith is evidenced by the way we love others.  Our love of others is in response to the great love that God bestows on us as adopted children and heirs to the kingdom (1 John 4:19, Romans 8:17).  It’s because we have our hope set on the kingdom of heaven that we can find joy in the unpleasant but temporary circumstances here on earth (James 1:2-4).  It is also this faith that is the evidence of heaven (Hebrews 11:1). 


Life Application  

Jesus, help me to show my hope through loving others.  In times of distress, uncertainty, or financial hardship, help me to seek out others to show your love to.  And when I start feeling as though I can’t make it, help me to know I can lean on your understanding.  
 
-Tyler Galloway


Ezekiel_8

Scripture – What stood out?

Ezekiel 8:6 And he said to me, “Son of man, do you see what they are doing—the utterly detestable things the Israelites are doing here, things that will drive me far from my sanctuary? But you will see things that are even more detestable.”

Observation – What does it say?

Ezekiel 8 is a very detailed description of a vision of God that the prophet Ezekiel had. The focus of this chapter is idol worship. The idol of jealousy, personal idols, sun worship, the mourning of the false god Tammuz are all mentioned in this vision.

Although this is a description of the spiritual state of the nation of Judah, and an extreme one at that, this is also an apt description of what goes on inside our own hearts where today – post Jesus – the temple of God resides. Cue the run on sentences!

Understanding – What does it mean?

I really wish I could post the entire chapter as my scripture portion. When I read this chapter I knew I was reading about actual idols being worshiped at that time in history, but I was really forced to ask myself again, “Ken, are you replacing God with anything in your life right now?” That is my working definition of idol worship today. Most of us don’t worship other gods outright anymore. Not in this country anyway. What we do instead is replace God with other things that in no way shape or form are anywhere near as dangerous as actual idols…right? I am talking to myself here. Seriously.

And then there is this verse from the same chapter: 16 He then brought me into the inner court of the house of the Lord, and there at the entrance to the temple, between the portico and the altar, were about twenty-five men. With their backs toward the temple of the Lord and their faces toward the east, they were bowing down to the sun in the east.

Here is another gut check. These 25 men were in the inner court of the house of God, and they still chose to turn their backs on him and worship the sun! Can you imagine that? And so of course I had to ask myself…”What am I doing currently, inside my own heart (the current-day temple of God) where I have turned my back on God as I turn to glorify and worship something else.

Life Application How can I apply this to my life today?

God help me to identify areas of my life that I knowingly or unknowingly keep from you. Whatever I have labelled as “none of God’s concern” may I turn that over to you. Help me to grab hold of all the things that I have placed above you – jealousies, hurts, worries, sorrows, ambitions, lusts – and put them in their rightful place, far away from your number one spot in my heart. Help me today to identify one area of my life that I have placed above you somehow and help me to lay it before you today. In Jesus’s name do I pray. Amen.
 
 

-kenneth lee



John_20

Scripture

John 20:3-6

So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there…
 

Observation

A lot goes down in this chapter, so here’s the main highlights to know:

  • Mary Magdalene comes to Jesus’ tomb to pay her respects, but sees that the stone is rolled away
  • She tells some of the disciples that Jesus’ body has been moved, and they go look for themselves
  • Jesus then appears to Mary Magdalene, and tells her to go and tell the others
  • He then appears to His disciples and gives them the Holy Spirit
  • He pays a visit to Thomas to make him believe
  • John tells us that this is the reason that this book was written, to help others believe that Jesus is the Messiah
 

Understanding

So I used to pass over this part of the story because I wanted to get to “the good stuff.” That is, Jesus appearing to HIs close friends and followers, and showing them that He’s not dead and all that jazz. But upon reading these verses today I had to stop. For a couple reasons… One: I’m really competitive and could identify with this race to the grave. Two: the other disciple stops just before the reason he was running. I know that I am about to take these verses out of context, but I think the disciples offer a really important lesson to learn.

Don’t stop at the entrance of your destination because you are too afraid to go inside.

Think about it. The other disciple could have been the first to see that Jesus wasn’t there. Not just the stone rolled away, not just the linens, the whole body: gone. Instead he stops and Peter rushes in. Now I don’t know what was going through the other disciple’s head. I don’t know if he was nervous that he might find Jesus’ body or he was worried about the smell. Regardless, this guy missed out!

I think that’s where most of us find ourselves right now though. God is calling for us to go deeper. And at the beginning of the year, when it was a bit more convenient in the world we went off running to whatever God is calling us into. However, as the year has progressed we stop at the entrance of where we are supposed to be, afraid to go inside. Afraid that it might not be what we expected. Here’s the danger of that: someone else may waltz right in your destiny because you were too afraid to seize it. Don’t get me wrong God used both these men in mighty ways, but I think this is a good reminder to finish the race full steam ahead.
 

Life Application

I want to be someone who is known for finishing every spiritual race I run with pride. I don’t want to stop right at the finish line because I’m afraid the medal may not be everything I expected. Here is something I do know: God loves to exceed every expectation that I may have. That seems scary, but it also gives me the courage to take a look inside the tomb. I hope you feel the same way. Let’s stop and take hold of our destiny, and get back to running fervently and to win.

1 Corinthians 9:24

Do you not know that in a a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way to as to get the prize.

-Allison Khan


John_19

Scripture

 

John 19: 1-3

Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. 2 The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They clothed him in a purple robe 3 and went up to him again and again, saying, “Hail, king of the Jews!” And they slapped him in the face.

 

Observation-What does it say?

 

Jesus died a sinner’s/criminal’s death. He was not only killed, but was mocked, tortured and treated like the lowest of the low. He was innocent and sinless and did not deserve that type of punishment, yet He endured it for the world.

 

Understanding-What does it mean?

 

The depths of His love for the world is immeasurable.  Jesus’ deep, passionate and crazy love for us held Him to endure all that  pain and suffering.

 

How can someone endure such pain and torture, especially the Son of God who could have easily murdered everyone involved? Of course, He was being obedient to His Father’s will, but I believe it is more than that. It was His love for you and I that sustained Him through all that torture and pain.  I imagine that He was thinking of You and I and all the love He had for all sinners of the world. How can we choose to neglect Him when we grasp the depths of His love for us? 

 

I love the song “Above All”.  It always gets me at the heart, especially the part of the song that says,  “Like a rose, trampled on the ground, You took the fall and thought of me, above all.”

 

“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.”

Isaiah 53:5-7 NIV

 

Life Application

 

His love for us is not meant to be hidden and kept to ourselves, but shared with the world., especially those who don’t yet know.

 

“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” John 3:17 NIV

 

People need Jesus. Understanding that He is not here to condemn me, but to save me from myself and sinful thoughts/ways, motivates me to want to share that gift with others. God IS love (1 John 4:8 and 4:16b) and the understanding that no one can separate me from His undeniable and jealous love is what strengthens me to love others in return.

 

-Michelle Gaddi



John_18

 

Scripture:

John 18:26-27

26 One of the high priest’s servants, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, challenged him, “Didn’t I see you with him in the garden?” 27 Again Peter denied it, and at that moment a rooster began to crow.

 

Observation:

The final betrayal by Judas, after essentially selling Jesus out for a few pieces of silver, Judas leads the troops to where Jesus is praying so they can arrest him.  Peter responds, raising his sword I believe in an attempt to protect and defend Jesus, cutting off a soldier’s ear.  Then, as Jesus is arrested and taken in, the disciples scatter and Peter lives out the foreshadowed events Jesus had shared – denying Jesus 3 times before the rooster crows.

 

Understanding:

Albeit today’s reading reveals a snapshot moment in time of Peter’s life – one I’m sure he’s not proud – I think it’s fitting to remind ourselves of who Peter was leading up to this moment as well as who he became known as even after.

·      Peter was a fiercely loyal man. 

·      Like the other 11 apostles, he left his occupation to follow Jesus for three years, learning directly from Him about the kingdom of Heaven.

·      After being invited by Jesus to come, Peter got out of his boat and for a brief few moments walked on water (Matthew 14:28-33).

·      Peter correctly identified Jesus as the Messiah (Matthew 16:16), not through his own knowledge but the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit.

·      He was chosen by Jesus to witness the transfiguration.

·      After Pentecost, filled with the Holy Spirit, Peter boldly proclaimed the gospel in Jerusalem as a fearless missionary for Christ, unafraid of arrest and persecution.

·      Most scholars consider Peter the eyewitness source for the Gospel of Mark. He also penned the books 1 Peter and 2 Peter.

https://www.learnreligions.com/peter-the-apostle-member-jesus-inner-circle-701069

 

I listened to a sermon/message this week where this moment was discussed – the moment where Peter denied Jesus for a 3rd time as he heard the rooster crow…just as Jesus had said would happen (and Peter rebuffed).  The speaker raised the question what do you think Peter’s face looked like in that moment?  The universal image of shame comes to mind – face down, shoulders low.  We all know that look, have felt that feeling.  But the speaker then asked what do you think Jesus’ face looked like in that moment?  I don’t know about you but I began to tie a human reaction to it – a face of anger, disappointment, “see, I told you so!” or so frustrated that you don’t even want to make eye contact with them right then.  But he went on to share that God does not look away; He sees the sin [your sin, my sin, our sin] and does not avert his eyes, he doesn’t shame us or hide from us or avoid us but he also doesn’t pretend it didn’t/is not happening.  
 
And if we look to Peter’s story, we also find ourselves forgiven.  

 

Life Application:

The speaker tied this to our current circumstances of a nation dealing with racism.
 
I’m sure every one of us has been forced to face the topic of racism in some form or fashion in these last several months.  So, how do we respond?  Do we get angry and raise up our sword?  Do we look away and pretend as if it’s not happening or it’s not really a problem?  Do we point fingers and blame?  Do we stand up alongside and/or for our brothers and sisters?  Do we have the uncomfortable conversations and recognize our own part in it – regardless of how shameful that may be?

 

My thoughts are that we do not look away.  We keep the gaze – full of love and grace.  We are honest with ourselves and own our part…and walk in forgiveness, not shame, but also don’t allow it to happen again.
 

…and we “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice”

(Proverbs 31:8-9 NLT).

 

Rei

 

PS Loved this from a commentary I read this morning…may we remember His glory today. <3

“Wherever in our Lord’s life any incident indicates more emphatically than usual the lowliness of His humiliation, there, by the side of it, you get something that indicates the majesty of His glory.” (Maclaren)

· Jesus was born as a humble baby, yet announced by angels.

· Jesus was laid in a manger, yet signaled by a star.

· Jesus submitted to baptism as if He were a sinner, then heard the Divine voice of approval.

· Jesus slept when He was exhausted, but awoke to calm the storm.

· Jesus wept at a grave, then called the dead to life.

· Jesus surrendered to arrest, then declared “I am” and knocked all the troops over.

· Jesus died on a cross, but in it He defeated sin, death, and Satan.

https://enduringword.com/bible-commentary/john-18/



Psalm 79

Scripture 

Psalm 79:8-9 & 13  Do not remember the iniquities of our forefathers against us;

Let Your compassion come quickly to meet us, For we are brought very low. Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of Your name; And deliver us and forgive our sins for Your name’s sake…So we Your people and the sheep of Your pasture will give thanks to You forever; To all generations we will tell of Your praise.

 

Observation-What does it say? 

“Asaph is featured prominently in Chronicles. He is described as the chief of the Levites appointed to minister before the ark of the Lord, and he and his brothers are appointed to sing the songs of thanksgiving to the Lord (1Chr 16:4-7)” (bibleodyssey.org).  This psalm dates to the time of Israel’s exile and the captivity of Judah by Babylon (near 600 BC).  It is a prayer for the forgiveness of Israel and for God’s judgement on their neighboring countries who have dealt harshly with them.  Israel suffered exile because of the continued sins over generations.  Asaph prays for God’s people to be brought near to His glory, so His great name will go forth for generations to come.  

 

Understanding-What does it mean? 

Not that long ago, I found a piece of my sports equipment broken and hiding in our backyard (it was so important to me that I don’t even remember what it was).  I had a sneaking suspicion that one of my boys had used it and accidentally broken it.  But, instead of coming clean about the issue, they tried to hide it and act as if it hadn’t happened.  While normally I could go a little off the deep end about these types of incidents, I was able to gather myself this time and ask what happened calmly.  A little to my surprise, it wasn’t a straight disaster when the item broke.  They boys had a minor problem and tried to fix it, which unfortunately made the problem irreparable.  Embarrassed, they put the item somewhere that they thought I wouldn’t see it.

Sometimes, we act the same way with our sins.  God gives us directions on how to live, but then we try to shortcut those plans or act as though we can do it better.  In our pride, when we totally fail we try to hide it, usually with another bad decision.  In time, we have walked so far from what God intended for us and are paying the price for it.  These are the times when we need to come to God with humility and cry out, “Draw me back to you.”  We, like Paul, are often at odds with our own body.  “ I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good.  For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man, but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members”(Romans 7:21-23).  In these times, we must learn to rely on the Holy Spirit.

 

Life Application 

“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?  He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:31-32)  Through God, we are more than conquerors.  In him we will not only move past our sin, but we will also overcome death and be wrapped up in His glory for all time, “for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.’”(Acts 17:28).  God help me to rely on this fully everyday and live as your child, not as a slave to sin.    


-Tyler Galloway



Psalm 78

Scripture
 

Psalm 78:7 NLT

“So each generation should set its hope anew on God, not forgetting his glorious miracles and obeying his commands.”

 
Observation-What does it say?

In this psalm that Asaph writes, he reminds the people of Israel to remember all the glorious things that God has done for them. He encourages them to teach each generation about God’s might, power, and ways so that each generation will know God, follow God, and love God.

Asaph also reminds them of their ancestors who were stubborn, rebellious, and unfaithful towards God. How they provoked God’s anger and wrath, and what had happened to them. In short, Asaph wants the people of Israel to learn from their ancestors’ mistakes, remember God’s ways, and to tell each future generation to come about God’s might, power, and love.

 

Understanding-What does it mean?

Discipleship begins at home.

 My wife and I always say our number one ministry is our kids. We want to make sure that they grow up knowing God, loving God, and serving God. I hope and pray also that it will be something they do, not because they feel “forced” to do it, but because they want to do it. God has blessed us with these kids of ours, and we only really have a short time with them before they grow up and become adults. So why not make it a priority to disciple them the way God intended?! Why not teach them at an early age, before the world’s ways try to get hold of them?! I hope and pray that my wife and I are able to build a good and solid Christ-like foundation in our home, which our daughters grow to love. Lord willing, they too can someday, (not till they’re at least 26 years old ), teach their own kids about God’s love for them.

“But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.”-Joshua 24:15b

 

Life Application

Take time to pray for the kids in your life.

Father God, I pray for Your wisdom and guidance. Help me find ways to continue to teach my kids about Your love. Help me to build an atmosphere here at home that centers around You. I pray for them as they head out into the world. May You surround them with good people. I pray for our Kid’s Church Ministry. Continue to give them ways to help teach these children of ours, fun and relatable ways to learn about You, and how to apply these lessons in their own lives. I also want to pray for all the parents. I pray that we continue to make it a priority to put You number one in our homes. May we live it out in a way that influences our kids to do the same when they get older. May Your ways supersede the world’s ways in our families’ lives. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

-Moses Gaddi

 



Psalm_77

Scripture
 
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭77:1-6‬ ‭‬‬
 
“I cry out to God; yes, I shout. Oh, that God would listen to me! When I was in deep trouble, I searched for the Lord. All night long I prayed, with hands lifted toward heaven, but my soul was not comforted. I think of God, and I moan, overwhelmed with longing for his help. You don’t let me sleep. I am too distressed even to pray! I think of the good old days, long since ended, when my nights were filled with joyful songs. I search my soul and ponder the difference now.”
 
Observation-What does it say? 
 
This is a psalm of Asaph. In this psalm the author writes of his yearning for God’s help in the midst of all of life’s struggles. He writes how he feels his prayers are unanswered, that God has turned away from him, and forgotten him in his time of need. But just as Asaph seems to be losing hope, he remembers all the times that God had been faithful. He remembers God’s holiness. He remembers God’s might! Then this psalm from Asaph which began with him feeling hopeless, turns out being a psalm of hope and praise! 😊
 
Understanding-What does it mean?
 
Jesus turns my fears into faith!
 
As I was reading this psalm, I related so much to it. I hate to admit it, but this whole pandemic thing has gotten me depressed. Then to add all the violence and disunity in this world, (especially in this nation alone), it would really leave me feeling frustrated and down. Then to add on top of that, all of life’s other struggles and stresses that seemed to kick me down, when it seemed I was turning the corner on the other stuff. I too, like Asaph, would question God if he turned away from me. “What is going on God?”, I would ask. Or “When is this season of life going to be over?” I just wanted things to go back to the way they used to be.
 
Then I too, like Asaph, would remember God’s faithfulness. I would remember all of the times God had been there for me and gotten me out of bad situations. I would remember His provision and protection in my life. I would remember all His blessings as I would look around me. Then finally I would remember His love for me. I would turn to His Word, read my Bible and see just how much He loves me. It would really change my mindset in life when I would do that. Remembering what God did for me on the cross, by sending Jesus to die for my sins, helped me remember that even Jesus wasn’t exempt from going through life’s struggles. That Jesus would get His strength from God. That Jesus overcame the world and overcame death! That I too can do the same by putting my hope and trust in Him. That with Jesus on my side, I can do all things! All these things God has reminded of these past couple of weeks, has brought me peace, and has brought me hope to continue running the race of life.
 
“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”-‭‭John‬ ‭16:33
 
“For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”-‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:13
 
Life Application
 
Continue to look to God in prayer and reading His Word.
‬ ‭
Thank You God for Your faithfulness. Thank You for always being there, never leaving me or forsaking me. Thank you for Your Living Word that speaks to me and reminds me just how great and mighty You are. Thank You Jesus for Your unconditional love. Forgive me for doubting or questioning You. I know You will use all these things going on in my life right now for good, if I continue to put my faith and trust in You. May You continue to mold me into the man You want me to be. May You continue to use me to bring glory and honor to Your name. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.
 
-Moses Gaddi


John 14

Scripture 

John 14:12; 25-27; 30-31

12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father….25 “All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid….30 I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me, 31 but he comes so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me.

 

Observation and Understanding-What does it say and mean? 

In this chapter, Jesus is speaking to His disciples and preparing them for His departure from this world. He gives them comfort and encourages them with 4 important truths: 

  1. He will prepare a place for them in Heaven.
  2. They will do even greater things than He did.
  3. He will send His Holy Spirit to teach them, remind them, be with them and empower them in His name.
  4. The devil (prince of this world) has no hold over Jesus and Jesus leaves with them His peace, not the world’s peace. Jesus also told them why the devil must come-so that the world would learn that He loves the Father and does exactly what the Father has commanded Him to do. (Without evil, we cannot recognize good. We need the darkness in order to see the light.) 

 

Life Application 

Jesus’ legacy lives on through us, since we are His children/disciples.

This past month, I’ve been grieving over the death of my Grandma, who passed away on July 21st. Actually, tomorrow, we will be sealing her urn in a wall in a memorial park. Tomorrow is also her birthday and she would’ve turned 92.

Besides grieving with my family, death has made me think a lot about legacy…Grandma’s legacy of faith, 63 years of marriage, family and music, and the legacy that I want to leave behind for my kids and the generations after me. As Jesus was speaking to His disciples to encourage and comfort them because of His upcoming physical death from this world, His words were basically a passing on of His legacy on to them.

If you are a Christ follower reading this, how would you rate yourself regarding continuing the legacy that Jesus left behind for us? Even in a difficult season of life, are we living like victims of this world or conquerors through Christ? Do we truly believe that we could do greater works than He did through the Holy Spirit living in us? Remember, the enemy has no hold over Jesus, so that means he should have no hold over us either.  The life Jesus lived on earth lives on through us.

Dear Lord, help us to fully believe and live out the legacy You have left behind for us, with the help of Your Holy Spirit. Amen. 

-Michelle Gaddi