Your Results From the 2016 Presidential Election

 

My prayer last night, before it was announced that Donald Trump won the Presidency, was that God’s will would be done and that Christians would act like Christians today. What I mean is that regardless of whether your candidate won or not you would be the voice of “the peace that passes all understanding” (Philippians 4:7). If your candidate won don’t laud it over people and debate why Trump is the best. If your candidate lost don’t be bitter and confrontational.

My prayer remains the same this morning: if you are a Christian than your life has changed and today is the perfect opportunity to calmly show non-Christians why your hope rests in your Savior Jesus Christ. The reason I titled this Devotional “Your Results From the 2016 Presidential Election” is because you need to submit your reactions today to the Lord. Whether someone is complaining or applauding don’t join in – be the voice of godly reason. Can your election results be to lead someone to Jesus? With God’s power, YES!

The earth is the LORD’s and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein” (Proverbs 24:1).

 

For more on the Election Series I’ve written for the last year you can go to the last Devotional titled Such a Time as This.” It has links to the other Devotionals. God bless!

Resurrection Day 2016

Resurrection Day 2016 (3/27/16)

Today is Resurrection Day! We celebrate the Lord Jesus rising from the dead. In fact we just had our church’s Sunrise Service…it’s watching the Sun rise as we celebrate the Son’s rise!! In a sermon I gave a couple months ago (click here to listen) we talked about John 20:1-31.

What stands out to me today is in verses 11-16: “But Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping, and as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb.  And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. Then they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.” Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus.  Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, “Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away.”  Jesus said to her, “Mary!

Jesus has truly risen from the dead and what is His first thought? It’s for us, for our comfort (“why are you weeping?”) to each of us personally (“Mary!”). Jesus has so much love for us to save us from all the bad stuff we’ve done, to die for our sins and give us hope that we too can be resurrected from the dead (read last year’s Devotional # 131 Special Resurrection Day blog about that). As we read in last week’s regular Devotional (Devotional # 182) from 1 Thessalonians 5:9-10, “For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,  who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.” We have obtained salvation through who alone? “our Lord Jesus Christ”! How? What did He do for us? He “died for us” that we will one day “live together with Him”!!

Praise Jesus today, and every day, He rose from the dead! What a miraculous work He has done and continues to do in our lives every day!