[John 3:16] "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."
John 3:16 is likely the best known verse in all the Bible. Martin Luther called the verse the miniature gospel. The verse perfectly summarizes God’s relationship with humanity, the path to salvation, and the ultimate display of love.
The term “loved” translates the Greek verb "agapao". The noun form agape is not an emotional love. It is the love which acts out of concern for others and is genuine. It is an unconditional love that serves regardless of circumstances. In a world that tries to make love into everything it's not, we have the conclusive answer found in scripture. This week, encourage those around you with the love found in John 3:16!
[Matthew 1:24-25] "Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus."
There is power in the name of Jesus! However, the power is not in saying words, but in understanding, believing, and having faith in all that the name of Jesus Christ signifies. His name represents His finished work on the cross. Fulfilling God's plan of redemption and salvation, victory over sin, death, and over the devil's entire realm. It is by faith in this name above all names, the name of Jesus Christ, that people are saved, set free from bondage, healed of sickness and disease, and made whole. There is no other name under heaven more powerful! This week, call on His name for anything you may need and believe!
[Matthew 19:26] "But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Have you ever faced impossible situations? Friends or family could not help you. You were totally unable to deliver yourself and it seemed as if you faced a brick wall. The reality of our impossibilities, compared to God's almighty power, is outlined again and again in Scripture. The Word consistently reminds us that whatever burden, obstacle, or fear is in front of you, today is another opportunity to ask, “Is anything too hard for God?” It is another opportunity to redefine what might happen if He moved. Look at everything this week as an opportunity to defy the impossible with faith.