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At A Price 

AT A PRICE

By Carolyn Dale Newell

 

And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha, where they crucified Him…

John 19:17-18 (NKJV)

 

As I came into the house after my walk, I thanked God as usual. I am almost totally blind, and I normally walk alone. Therefore, I always thank God for keeping me safe from harm. That particular day I was giving details in my thanks. “Thank You, God that I did not fall down or become a victim of some crime. I really thank You that I did not get hit by a car…” That is when I realized that He has rescued me from something much worse than getting hit by a car.

 

I began asking God for forgiveness. He has kept me from an eternity in hell. Not only have I been saved from the horrors of hell, but that cost Him something. It costs Him nothing to keep me safe every day, but the price for my salvation was extremely high. It cost God His only begotten Son.

 

How could I be so grateful for safety without thanking Him daily for the enormous price of my salvation? This needs to go beyond the simple gratitude for saving me. I need to be reminded of the cross of Christ every day. I want to remember the beatings which pierced His skin. I want to remember the thorns pushed into His head. I want to remember the nails in His hands and feet. I want to think about the splintery cross as He hung there gasping for air.

 

We get so caught up in today – our needs for today, our blessings for today – that we sometimes forget that all this doesn’t cost God anything. Our salvation cost Him everything. I still thank God for my safe walks and rightly so, but I make a point to remember how He rescued me at a price.

 

Lord Jesus,

Help me remember the enormous suffering You endured on my behalf. Thank You for making it possible for me to receive salvation. Amen.

 

DIG DEEPER

Read John 19:1-24.

 

HIKING THE TRAIL

During this Easter season, reflect upon the great price that was paid for your salvation. If you have any doubts about your salvation, ask God to forgive you for your sins, and commit your life to Him. If you have questions, feel free to contact me: devotionsforyou@gmail.com

 

Copyright 2014 Carolyn Dale Newell.

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Strength

STRENGTH

Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the one who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.
Deut. 31:6 (NKJV)

We all face fear at some point in our lives. I was keenly aware of the rapid decline in my vision, and the doctor only confirmed what I knew; I was going blind. I have been legally blind most of my life, but there is something about the thought of living in total darkness that raises fear and anxiety to a new level. I was afraid of the unknown. How would I cook? How would I read my Bible? I could not find the strength within myself to handle this, but God gave me His strength – His divine strength.

As the Israelites journeyed to the Promised Land God commanded them to be strong and courageous. This strength was not within them, but it came from God.

In Paul’s prayers for the NT churches, he asked God to strengthen the believers; “strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power” (Col. 1:11). God is all powerful, so we know that it is a mighty strength that He gives to Christians. Also in Ephesians 3:16, Paul prayed, “that He would grant you according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man”. The Holy Spirit strengthens believers according to His riches. That is an amazing unlimited supply which is never lacking.

Why do we still feel weak? Sometimes, we lean on our own strength rather than trusting God. Remember the comforting words God spoke to Paul; “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore most gladly I will boast in my infirmities that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Cor. 12:9). In our weakness, there is God’s strength.

Heavenly Father,
At our best, we are weak. Forgive us for the times when we think we are capable of handling things in our own strength for it is only through Your mighty strength that we can do anything. Strengthen Your children! Thank You, amen.

DIG DEEPER
Read Deut. 31:1-8. What fears did the Israelites face? What fears do you think Joshua had when he became the new leader?

HIKING THE TRAIL
What fears are you facing today? In what areas do you feel weak? Is there anything hindering you from completely trusting God to give you the strength that you need? Claim this promise from Phil. 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Copyright 2015 Carolyn Dale Newell.