Above: Video to Phil Wickhams True Love – Jesus gave His Life so that you could have eternal Life by trusting in Him as your Savior. God loves you so much that “He who knew no sin became sin for us that we may become the children of God” 2 Corinthians 5:21
Below you will find inspirational writings / devotionals from people in the fellowship of Life Church Gulf Breeze who are using their gifts from the Lord to bring encouragement to you. Hope you enjoy!
The link below is a women’s devotional by Cheri Rogers Martin
By Sheila Moores
In the early 1990’s, my husband was stationed at Loring Air Force Base. Located in northern Maine just across the Canadian border, the base had very long winters and copious amounts of snow. Sometimes I felt like winter would never end, yet around April, the snow would FINALLY melt.
There was a ski chalet on base. One early spring day we walked there right after the snow had melted…and were surprised by what we saw. Lying on the short brown grass were numerous scarves and mittens and hats and soda cans and bottles and all kinds of stuff. We even found a set of car keys. All of it had been dropped in the snow, lost and forgotten about, and then buried under more snow as winter went on. We kept the hats and scarves (the gloves and mittens did not have their matches), turned in the car keys, and brought all the cans and bottles to be redeemed for their deposit.
All that stuff, buried under the snow. Not gone, just hidden from sight until the end of winter. When the snow melted, it was all there in plain view.
I suppose snow could be compared to time. Everything we do, good or bad, gets buried from sight and maybe even from our memory as time goes by. Some may find that arrangement convenient, depending on what is getting buried. Yet, burying things in time and believing they are gone is like a naïve child burying something in the snow and thinking it is gone, because like snow, one day time will be melted away. Then, very single thing we have done will be on display.
Its not all going to be pretty. There will be a lot of surprises…some nice ones, but there will also be a lot of ugliness and cruelty and foolishness and selfishness and rebellion that no one ever knew about, laying out there for all to see. A lot of sin.
There is only one place where sin can be buried where it will truly be gone. Where no amount of melting or digging or sifting or high-tech ground penetrating sound waves will ever find evidence of it. That place is Jesus Christ.
An amazing and undeserved opportunity, brought about by amazing love and grace, applied through belief, confession and repentance…and the Lord will forgive. All that is left then is whatever restitution is required to people, if the situation requires it. And then, when time melts away, whatever sin has been buried in Him will not be found.
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 11 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.
By Sheila Moores
Such beautiful scripture, no matter how it is translated!
Psalm 22:3 ‘Yet you are holy and You inhabit the praises of Israel.’
‘Yet You are holy, You Who are enthroned on the praises of Israel.’
One image is of Him walking among us as we praise, and the other is of Him high and lifted up in honor on the throne constructed by our praises.
My interlinear Bible says it simply. ‘You are holy and sitting on the praises of Israel.’
What if when we pray, we literally build what He is sitting on near us? And however high we raise Him in truth and sincerity and honesty and love and trust and gratitude…that is the throne from which He speaks to us?
It has to be real praise, even if it’s just silence to honor Him until the words come that even begin to do Him justice. Real words, from our heart to His. I know when they are real because it kind of hurts to say them, in a beautiful way. Or to write them.
Why could we ever hope that the God of the universe would be seated on our praise?
Because King David wrote Psalm 22 when he was prophesying across time about a small hill outside Jerusalem. It is the psalm of the cross, and the first words are ‘My God, My God, Why have You forsaken me?’
Jesus spoke these words as He was dying for us. He was quoting/praying this Psalm. Even on the cross in His deepest pleadings, Jesus was building the throne of God with His praise and trust and honesty, and His God who sat on that throne answered Him, utterly.
Lord! Help us to praise You, cause us to remember who You are and what You have done, in the deepest places of our hearts! Be seated on our praises, Lord, lifted in highest honor! In Jesus’ name, amen.