Friday, July 31, 2020

Today is Your Best Day Because of the Cross

Looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. -Hebrews 12:2 NKJV
Was the crucifixion of Jesus Christ His worst day or His best day? From a human perspective everything about the cross looked like His worst day. His beaten body, the pain of the nails being driven into His hands and feet, the agony of hanging from beams of wood, His blood being poured out upon the ground—all of these point to failure and defeat if we do not understand the reason for His suffering. The events that preceded the cross only heighten the sense of His failure to the onlooker—the betrayal, the false witness brought against Him, the illegal trial, the mockery, the shame, the spitting, the pulling out of His beard, the lashing of His flesh, the crown of thorns.
From a divine perspective and from a believer's perspective the crucifixion, with all its horror, was Jesus' best day. It was His best day because prophetically this truly was the "day that the Lord had made." This was the day the Father had planned when He sent His only begotten Son into the world. All of Jesus' life on earth pointed to this day. This day was known before He was conceived in Mary's womb by the Holy Spirit, for it was at that time that Mary heard these words, "You shall call His name Jesus for He shall save His people from their sins."
The Bible tells us that Jesus endured the cross, despising its shame, for the joy that He knew would be His. It was Jesus' best day because He could say, "It is finished"; because He would receive the reward of His suffering; because He destroyed the works of the devil; because He redeemed us back to God; because He glorified His Father.
Jesus' death on the cross has also made it possible for this day to be your best day. He took your sins upon Himself so that you could be forgiven; so that you could receive eternal life; so that you could be justified; so that you could have peace with God; so that you could be His bride, so that you could know Him, love Him, and serve Him; so that you could carry the hope of heaven in your heart today.
Because of Jesus Today is Your Best Day
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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Today is Your Best Day Because of Dependency

"Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in Me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from Me you can do nothing." John 15:5 NLT
As God's child, today is your best day because you are totally and completely dependent upon Him. There is no way that today could be your best day if you were dependent upon yourself—your finances, friends, talents, abilities, resources, looks body, personality, will, mind, or emotions. Money runs out, friends come and go, talents and abilities wear down, resources diminish, and looks change. Your personality is flawed, your body is aging, your mind has limitations, and your emotions rise and fall. God is your only rock, your only security, your only certainty, and your only hope.
How blessed you are to be dependent upon God today.
His kingdom is unshakable, His power is unquestionable, His wisdom is unmistakable, His love is undeniable.
You are blessed to be dependent upon the One who is perfect, whose ways are past finding out, whose kingdom is without end, whose power is limitless, whose glory is endless, and whose love is boundless.
Dependency upon God means that your life is in the hands of the One who created the heavens, who designed the galaxies, who painted the sunsets, who set the earth in space, and whose hand formed every creature that walks, swims, crawls, runs, or flies.

Dependence upon God means that you have set your heart upon Him and put your faith in Him. God will not fail you.
When you face a problem He will solve is; When you have a need He will meet it; When you have a burden He will carry it; When you face a barrier He will remove it.
Today you are as dependent upon God as your lungs are upon the air, as your body is upon nourishment; as vision is upon light. God has made everything within you cry out to Him, and as you do, you can be sure that He will answer. Today He says, "Call upon Me...and I will show you great and mighty things which you know not."
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Monday, July 27, 2020

Today is Your Best Day Because of Newness

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV
Today is your best day because God has exchanged your old way of life for a new way of life. In Jesus, everything in your life experiences a new beginning. Your past sins no longer stand against you, and a holy life is now before you. Your new life means that the way you used to be is not the way you have to be.
Your new life is not based upon your determination, but on God's transformation.
It is not about making resolutions to do better or following certain steps for self-improvement. God didn't try to improve you; rather, He renewed you and made you a new creation in Christ. God did not take your old way of life and try to patch it up or build it up. He did something far better. He brought an end to your old way of life by crucifying it on the cross with Christ. Through the cross, God has dealt with everything in your life that was a hindrance to your relationship with Him. "I have been crucified with Christ;" the apostle Paul wrote, "it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me" (Galatians 2:20 NKJV).
Today your old way of life has no claim upon you and no power over you. Your new life is the life of Jesus Christ. The life of Christ in you does not need improvement. It is a resurrected life. Everything about it is good, right, freeing, and loving.
Christ's life means His power is your strength; His will is your purpose; His mind is your wisdom; His love is your motivation; His presence is your joy.
In your old way of life everything depended upon you; in your new way of life everything depends upon Christ.
In your old way of life you were at the center; in your new way of life Christ is at the center.
In your old way of life you tried to be self-sufficient; in your new way of life Christ is your sufficiency.
God's call upon you today is to walk in newness of life, and to ut on your new life as you would put on a new garment. "Now you're dressed in a new wardrobe," the apostle Paul said. "Every item on your new way of life is custom-made by the Creator, with his label on it. All the old fashions are now obsolete" (Colossians 3:10 The Message).
Newness of life means that today God wants you to be dressed in His very best.
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Friday, July 24, 2020

Today is Your Best Day Because of Change

"For I am about to do a brand-new thing. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness for my people to come home. I will create rivers for them in the desert!" Isaiah 43:19 NLT
God never changes, but He is a changer. Because God never changes, you can trust His flawless character; because He is a changer, you can trust His creative hand. He changes darkness into light, deserts into waterways, water into wine, mountains into low places, wastelands into grain fields, death into life, ashes into beauty, mourning into joy, and rough places into smooth paths.
There is a process for purifying wine that is referred to in the Old Testament. We are told that wine was poured into a vessel and then left to sit for a season. During this time the impurities within the wine would settle to the bottom of the vessel. After this, the wine was poured from vessel to vessel so that the purifying process could continue, and the wine could become more fragrant and sweeter to the taste.
Like the wine, our lives are poured from vessel to vessel. God pours us into His appointed vessels. This pouring often involves times of heart change. This pouring also keeps us from becoming stale and stagnant. When God brings change it means that He is moving us out of something that has been comfortable and into something new that will cause our faith to grow, our hearts to be purified, and our vision to be broadened.
What are the heart changes God is bringing into your life? He may be pouring you into a new relationship, into a new line of work, into a new ministry, or into a new location. He may be bringing a new truth to your heart, allowing you to see a certain circumstance in a new way, imparting a new spiritual gift, opening up a new avenue of obedience, or setting you aside for a time of rest and refreshing.
Whatever vessel God may be using, it will be the best for you and bring His very best to you.
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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Today is Your Best Day Because of Motivation

We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in Him. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. 1 John 4:16-17 NLT

The story is told of a woman who was married to a man who was harsh and cruel. He constantly placed demands upon her. Each day, before the man went to work, he would give his wife a list of jobs that he expected her to do before he returned home. In the evening, the man would go around the house with his list and inspect what his wife had done. If she didn't complete the list or if she did something poorly, he would become angry with her, scold her, and demand she do better the next day. It didn't take long for the woman's heart to be crushed and her love to be quenched.
In time, the woman's cruel husband died. She never thought she could marry anyone again. After some time, the most wonderful man entered her life. He was kind, thoughtful, and understanding. He constantly encouraged her. She was very guarded at first, but his constant love and devotion slowly broke down her walls of resistance. A few years passed, the woman's heart opened up to his love, and they were married. The woman began to live a life that she thought impossible. Each day was filled with happiness.
One day the woman was cleaning out her desk when she came upon an old piece of paper. On it was a list of duties written by her first husband. As she read the list, the woman's heart was overcome with joy. She realized that in her new marriage, she was doing everything that was on that list without being aware of it. Nothing she did seemed like work at all. Everything was motivated by joy and the love she had for her husband, instead of by duty and fear.
The love God has for you and your love for Him work together to make this your best day. There is no higher, better or richer way to live a day. This relationship is possible because God loved you first. He didn't wait on you to respond to Him before He showed you His loving favor. His love pursued you when your heart was far away from His. God not only loved your first, but He loves you best. You will never know a love as glorious and generous as the love that God has for you.
It is God's love for you that makes you a debtor of His love. Your love debt to God motivates you, not only to love Him in return, but to bring His love to others. Paul tells us to owe no one anything except the debt of love. It is Christ's love that controls you and moves you to respond to Him and to the people He brings into your life. Let all you do today flow out of the joys that come from your love relationship with Him.
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Monday, July 20, 2020

Today is Your Best Day Because of Preparation

But now, O LORD, Thou art our father; we are the clay, and Thou our potter; and we all are the work of Thy hand. Isaiah 64:8 KJV

Like clay in the hands of a skilled craftsman, God is forming you for His purposes, shaping you for His plans, and molding you as a vessel fit for the Master's use. The vessel He is shaping you into will have no errors in its design. Do not think that your vessel needs to be a certain shape or size to be significant.
  • God may shape you into a tiny vessel that can easily be used to pour oil into the wounds of others;
  • He may shape you as a candle and place you in a dark place to shine for Him;
  • He may shape you into a cup to bring living water to a thirsty soul;
  • He may shape you into a handheld basin that can humbly be used to wash a disciple's feet.
God is using you today and is fulfilling His perfect plan for your life, and at the same time, He is also preparing you for what He has ahead. God is preparing you for a prepared place, a prepared ministry, and for a prepared people that He wants you to reach. God will use various things in your life for His preparation, even the things that are unpleasant:
  • He used the desert to prepare Moses;
  • He used opposition to prepare Jacob;
  • He used slavery to prepare Joseph;
  • He used famine to prepare Gideon;
  • He used persecution to prepare Paul;
  • He used isolation to prepare John.
Nothing about your day is being wasted. You are in God's capable, loving, skillful hands, and you are living under His constant watch-care. He knows how to perfectly prepare you for what He has ahead.
  • He is teaching you so you can respond to His voice and learn the importance of quick obedience;
  • He is testing your faith so you can learn how to trust Him completely in the battles of life:
  • He is disciplining you so you can stand tall as you march under His banner;
  • He is building your character so you can represent Him as His witnesses to a lost and needy world.
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Friday, July 17, 2020

Today is Your Best Day Because of God's Wings

"The LORD repay your work, and a full reward be given you by the LORD God of Israel, under Whose wings you have come for refuge." Ruth 2:12 NKJV
God uses the term "wings" to help you understand more fully what it means to have His presence throughout your day, and His covering over you moment by moment. The Bible speaks about the wings of a mother hen, the wings of an eagle, and the wings (or fringes) of a garment, and applies them to the ways God is working in your life and watching over you. God's wings apply to His care, His protection, His health, His safety, and His strength.
As your covering, God's wings shield you and cast a shadow over you. His shadow is like the welcomed relief provided by a shade tree on a hot summer's day. God's wings shade you from the damaging rays of adversity and from the heat of every trial and calamity.
As an expression of His care, God's wings draw you close to His heart. In His care He knows your every movement, senses your every need, hears your every cry, and feels your every heartbeat.
As an expression of His protection, God's wings shield you from the searching eye of every prey that seeks to devour or destroy you. He is your protector against every scheme of the enemy, against every lie and deception, against every luring temptation, and against every enticement that would try to move you away from His heart.
As an expression of His health, God's wings are an extension of His tender compassion. His purpose is to keep you healthy and strong, well fed and nurtured, vibrant and full of life. When you are weak or ill, He wraps His wings around you as a mother would wrap her child in a blanket. He assures you of His love, draws you close, keeps you warm, feeds you with the food of His faithfulness, renews your vitality, and causes you to grow strong. "But to you who fear My name the Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings," says Malachi 4:2 (NKJV).
As an expression of His strength, God's wings carry you to new heights, to new adventures of faith, to new discoveries of His majesty, and to new vistas of grace that your heart can explore and delight in.
Today you are under God's extreme watch-care. He calls you to draw near and trust fully in the covering of His wings. You are the Lord's delight and the apple of His eye. Today is your best day because your life couldn't be in better hands or under better care.
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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Today is Your Best Day Because of Prayer (Part 3)

"What is the price of five sparrows? A couple of pennies? Yet God does not forget a single one of them. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid; you are more valuable to Him than a whole flock of sparrows." Luke 12:6-7 NLT
How detailed is God's involvement in your life, and how detailed is He when it comes to answering prayer in your life? Perhaps the following account of answered prayer will help to explain.
When I was a young Christian, trusting God to answer prayer was a common occurrence. I felt that there wasn't a situation I faced that God was not able to handle. One day I decided to enjoy a picnic in the country with some friends. Before we left I went to the shop where I worked to ask a favor of my boss. At the time, our department was starting to manufacture a portable, gas-burning, outdoor cooking grill. "Would it be okay with you if I borrowed one of the new cooking grills to take on a picnic today?" I asked.
"It's fine with me," my boss answered. "However, the only one I have available is a new prototype model. You can use it, but be very careful with this tiny valve that operates the gas flow. It is the only valve we have in the shop at this time."
"No problem," I replied. "I will be very careful with it and bring back the grill by late afternoon."
I packed up the grill and put it in the front basket of my bike. My other friends carried the other picnic supplies on their bikes. It was a beautiful fall afternoon as we biked along the countryside. We soon saw a spot in the nearby woods that looked perfect for a picnic. We turned off the road and headed into the woods. The trees were turning color and leaves covered the ground all around us.
We had a great picnic, enjoyed each other's company for a couple of hours, packed up our things, and headed back. Upon returning, I headed for the shop to return the grill. When I brought it in to the shop and placed it on the display rack, I realized that the tiny valve was no longer attached to the grill. My heart sank. "What will I do?" I knew that I needed to find that valve and return it, but where could it be?
I left the shop and asked the Lord to help me find the missing valve. I didn't know where to look. I decided to retrace my steps back into the countryside. When I got to the place where we had turned off the road to have our picnic, I slowly pedaled my bike a short distance into the trees and got off. I started walking slowly over the leaf-covered ground, when an inner voice told me to stop and bend down. As I bent toward the ground I extended my hand in front of me, brushed back some leaves, and there before my eyes was the missing valve.
Today is your best day because God is in every detail, and nothing is too hard for Him.
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Monday, July 13, 2020

Today is Your Best Day Because of Prayer (Part 2)

Don't worry about anything, instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 NLT
What has God called us to prayer? Many reasons have been given, but one that has been a great blessing to me is how prayer allows me to discover something new and very special about God's personal love and care. Through prayer, God has something new for you every day. God has so many creative ways to keep your heart surprised and delighted as He answers your prayers and blesses your life with His very best.
A few months after our marriage, my wife and I were on our way to Mexico to serve as missionaries. En route, we spent three months in Ensanada, a small seacoast city in Baja California. We were three to study the Spanish language with my brother and his wife. They had just completed language school and were also planning on going to Mexico as missionaries.
One morning, about six weeks into our studies, we woke up to discover that two fuses had blown in our fuse box, leaving us without electricity. We also needed to replace our five-gallon jug of drinking water. At that time fuses were ten cents each, and the jug of water was twenty cents. In all, we needed forty cents. Between the four of us we had no money. We looked to the Lord for our need.
"Let's go to the post office," I suggested. "Perhaps some money has come to us in the mail." All four of us piled into our pickup and headed into town. We opened our mailbox with great expectation, but found it empty. We knew that if God was going to meet our need of forty cents that day, it would not be through the mail.
"I think I'll go take a walk on the beach," my brother said, a few moments after our return from town. He was gone about twenty minutes. When he came back to the house we were renting, he stood in the doorway, holding a piece of paper in his hand. Upon closer examination we realized he was holding a five peso bill.
"Where did you get that?" we exclaimed.
"I was walking on the beach and talking to the Lord in prayer when I noticed something sticking up out of the sand. I walked over and picked it up. It was folded and dirty, and at first I couldn't tell what it was. To my amazement, when I started to unfold it, I realized I was holding a five peso bill—the exact amount we needed." (At that time one peso was worth eight cents.)
How did God do that? None of us had an answer, but the discovery of that five peso bill was an affirmation of how much God loved us and faithfully took care of us, as He met our needs through answered prayer.
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Friday, July 10, 2020

Today is Your Best Day Because of Prayer (Part 1)

Let us therefore come boldly into the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16 KJV
The benefits of prayer are endless, the effectiveness of prayer is limitless, and the opportunities in prayer are boundless. Today is your best day because of the impact, the influence, and the power of prayer.
There is no wall that can keep prayer out, no policy that can shut prayer out, and no law that can wipe prayer out. Through prayer you can go places you've never been, impact people you've never met, discover things you've never known, open up your heart to joys you've never experienced, and move the hand of God in ways you've never seen.
God, through prayer, invites you to receive of His grace and mercy whenever you are in need. He encourages you to ask, to knock, and to call upon Him so that you may learn His will, know His heart, and receive His answers. Your prayers can have an important part in seeing a lost soul saved, a weak person strengthened, a needy person helped, a weary person encouraged, and a bound person set free.
The opportunities and possibilities of prayer are vast. Think of these examples to build your faith:
Abraham's servant prayed for guidance and found a wife for Isaac (Genesis 24). Moses prayed and bitter waters turned sweet (Exodus 15:25). Moses prayed for Miriam's leprosy and saw her healing (Numbers 12:13-15). Gideon prayed and had God's guidance confirmed to him (Judges 6:36-40). Hannah prayed and conceived a son (1 Samuel 1:10-17). Samson prayed and received strength to destroy his enemies (Judges 16:28-30). David prayed in the time of adversity and God delivered him (Psalm 118:5). Solomon prayed and God gave him wisdom (1 Kings 3). Elijah prayed and changed the weather (1 Kings 17:1-7). Daniel prayed and God revealed things to him (through the book of Daniel). Zacharias prayed for a child and God gave him a son (Luke 1:13). The disciples prayed for Peter and God delivered him from prison (Acts 12). Jesus prayed for His disciples and the Holy Spirit came (John 14:16).
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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Today is Your Best Day Because of the Will of God

Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect His will really is. Romans 12:2 NLT
It can't get any better than being in the will of God for your life. Living in the will of God means that today is your best day. The will of God for you is the right thing, the most fulfilling thing, and the wisest thing you can do. His will is perfectly suited for you. Living in His will brings you the deepest peace, the greatest joy, and the highest purpose you can know. His will keeps you from regrets, from the consequences of foolish choices, and from the lost time of traveling down wrong pathways.
Only those who turn away from the will of God have turned away from the best. Adam and Eve's worst day was when they followed Satan's will for them, instead of God's, and ate the forbidden fruit. Jonah's worst day was when he got out of the will of God, boarding a ship going in the opposite direction of where God had told him to go. The rich ruler, who asked Jesus how he could have eternal life, experienced his worst day when he said "no" to Jesus and "yes" to his riches.
There is nothing bad for you in the will of God. Being in the will of God for your life may mean difficulty, suffering, or persecution, but it will never mean that you could have chosen something better or of higher good. Every day, Jesus lived the best life anyone could ever live, because every day He did the will of His Father. The apostle Paul was a man who was committed to live in the will of God each day. He said that he did the will of God from his heart. He loved the will of God and longed to do the will of God. For Paul, the will of God was not a secondary choice, but the highest choice he could make in life.
One day I purchased something that was out of God's will for me. By reasoning, I tried to persuade myself that I had made the best decision, but I had no sense of God's peace. All my reasons for making the purchase could not restore God's peace to my heart. I wrestled over the issue during the night and into the next morning. Finally, by mid-morning, I decided that the peace of God was more important to me than what I had bought. I immediately returned my purchase and spent the rest of the day celebrating the peace of God that had returned to my heart.
Living in the will of God may mean that someone will misunderstand you, disapprove of what you're doing, pressure you to do what they want, or oppose you in a way that will make your obedience to God difficult. However, this is your best day because you don't have to defend yourself—God is your defender; you don't have to protect yourself—God is your provider. Living in the will of God means that you are living under the approval of God, and His approval is all you really need.
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Monday, July 6, 2020

Today is Your Best Day Because of What God Says

I will hear what God the LORD will speak: for He will speak peace unto His people, and to His saints. -Psalm 85:8 KJV
Some of the greatest blessings that a child receives from his father are the spoken words that assure a child of the father's personal love and care. I will always be grateful for the things my dad spoke into my life. Even though my dad is now in heaven, I still carry the words that his heart spoke to mine.
Today, God is your Father through your personal relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ. You are God's child, and as your Father, God has many things that He wants you to know, to believe, and to hold on to as treasures from Him.
Here are some of the things that His heart speaks (and doesn't speak) to your heart today.
He doesn't say: I have no interest in you. God says: "I care for you."
He doesn't say: You will have to fend for yourself. God says: "I will supply all your needs."
He doesn't say: I love you today, but I can't be sure about tomorrow. God says: "I have loved you with an everlasting love."
He doesn't say: Don't count on Me. God says: "I will never fail you."
He doesn't say: You have plenty of reasons to be fearful. God says: "Do not be afraid."
He doesn't say: There are things in your life that are too big for Me to handle. God says: "Trust Me."
He doesn't say: Your life is subject to chance and fate. God says: "Your times are in My hands."
He doesn't say: There are some things that are out of My control. God says: "I rule over all."
He doesn't say: I am your enemy. God says: "I am for you."
He doesn't say: I really don't care what happens to you. God says: "When needed, I will discipline you as your loving Father."
He doesn't say: Sorry, but I am busy right now. God says: "Call upon Me and I will answer you."
He doesn't say: I can't figure out what to do with you. God says: "I know the plans I have for you." ...
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Friday, July 3, 2020

Today is Your Best Day Because of What Jesus Says

  1. Your words were found, and I ate them, And Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; For I am called by Your name, O LORD God of hosts. Jeremiah 15:16 NKJV
    The first time I saw my wife I was attracted to her. We were students in Bible school, and I was introduced to her in the school cafeteria during the lunch hour.
    After our brief visit, I knew that I wanted to talk with her again. I arranged for a triple date with some other friends. The date was a picnic in the country. It turned out to be a big hit, and I knew that I wanted to keep seeing her.
    The more I knew her, the more I wanted to know her. In order to find out if she felt the same way about me, I would sometimes ask one of her close friends if she ever said anything about me. Whenever I heard something positive or encouraging it would make my day. My hopes soared, my confidence increased, and my heart grew closer to hers.
    Jesus is saying things to you today that will make your hopes soar, increase your faith, and cause your heart to grow closer to His. Here are some of the things that Jesus is saying to you today (and some of the things he isn't saying).
    He doesn't say: Get away from Me. He says: "Come to Me."
    He doesn't say: What I have to give is not available to you. He says: "Abide in Me."
    He doesn't say: You'll have to make it on your own. He says: "I am your Shepherd."
    He doesn't say: You'll have to figure things out for yourself. He says: "I am the Truth."
    He doesn't say: I never want to see you. He says: "Follow Me."
    He doesn't say: I will cut you off from My blessings. He says: "Come to Me and drink."
    He doesn't say: I cannot use you. He says: "I will make you fishers of men."
    He doesn't say: Give Me a good reason to love you. He says: "I love you."
    He doesn't say: You don't fit in My circle. He says: "I have called you friend."
    He doesn't say: You are of no interest to Me. He says: I have prayed for you."
    He doesn't say: You will not be welcome in heaven. He says: "I go to prepare a place for you."

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