Because of Jesus … (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 87)
1 Peter 1:3-4 (NLT)
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay.
Everything that we have and all that we are is because of Jesus. He is our King, our Saviour, and our High Priest. We are able to live, move, and have our being because of Him and He deserves our continuous thanksgiving. We owe all our blessings to the mercy of God, not to our own merit. Being born again through Christ, we have a lively, impenetrable hope that carries us through the best and the worst days of life.
Because of Jesus we can experience an abundance of mercy through which we are redeemed and made whole.
Because of Jesus we don’t have to depend on a dead, perishing, disappearing, fading, vain hope, but we can embrace a hope that is alive, strong, enduring, solid, and eternal.
Because of Jesus our situations in life are never so bad that we have less of a reason to bless the Lord and celebrate life and the ability to live.
Because of Jesus we can have freedom from the past, joy in the present, and anticipation for a bright and glorious future.
Because of Jesus our hope in this life and in the life to come speaks of His excellency, keeps us alive, sweetens our spirits, supports our endeavors, and ushers us to Heaven.
Because of Jesus there awaits for us a place where no violence corrupts, no evil exists, and no people succumb to death.
Because of Jesus we have everything we need to overcome the darkness in this world and experience victory everyday of our lives.
Because of Jesus we have joy in our souls that no person or situation can take away, joy that can’t be erased, and joy that can be diminished.
Because of Jesus no amount of trouble we face in this life can compare to the blessings up ahead for those who trust and believe in the Son of God.
“Jesus doesn’t make up the difference. Jesus makes all the difference. Grace is not about filling gaps. It is about filling us.”
— Brad Wilcox