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Jesus, Lover of My Soul
Weekly devotional by Barbara Sanders

cross Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

You know, whether we want to admit it or not, GOD needs no help from us. He's very capable of making decisions, acting on those decisions, and carrying them through without us. He hasn't changed - he's always the same, which means, just as in the old testament, and in the new testament, he's the SAME today!!

The scripture says that "GOD is love" [I John 4:8 ], and, if he weren't, then you and I would be in trouble up to our necks!! We'd be lost and undone, without a Saviour for eternity! We'd be at HIS MERCY........but GOD chose to send His only begotten Son to earth, to redeem us from our sins, through grace by faith , and it's still in His plans for everyone living, or those that will be born before His return. As I told someone today, it was in His plans for us to be saved, to become the Children of God ....

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

There's much talk going around about a hollywood star becoming a born-again Christian - and many believe it's an 'urban legend'...that it can't be believed until we 'hear from her'......ourselves. Well, folks, we might be waiting until Jesus returns to personally hear from this person. But there is no doubt in my mind that Jesus loves every sinner - I'm living proof! - that HE will save whomever it pleases Him - there is nobody that is immune to His wooing - you either accept or you don't. And, if you say you are a Child of the King, what right do I have to think that I MUST know personally, before it's okay with God? God doesn't need us to do His work; it was finished at Calvary. Now, He's just waiting for those that will 'accept Him' for what He intended - the Redeemer of your Soul, the one who satisfies like no other, gives you peace when there is NO peace to be found, healing when they say you can't be healed, love when you feel unloveable. If there is 'fruit' to come from this 'branch', the it will show in due time. Let GOD handle the situation. He's much better at that than any of us could ever be. He hasn't placed me in 'authority' over souls yet, and I don't expect Him to ever do - so I believe, until I hear otherwise, that ANYONE can be saved!

John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

"For without me, you can do nothing".....a very powerful statement, just like "Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and to day, and forever"! So, if you read those scriptures like I do, then you realize that JESUS hasn't changed; he still does the things he did long ago, and without HIM, we can do nothing. We are 'estranged' without Him, alienated from his affection.

The Lord is the "lover of my soul".....

Psalms 19:7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.

The WORD is a greater benefit than night or day, or the light of the sun, or even the air we breathe! God sent the WORD, in the form of flesh, to save us from our sins.

Heavenly Father, you see us, not as we appear to the world, but the inward man. What matters to us may not matter to you -the clothes we wear, the car we drive..... but it's the hidden man of the heart - the way we show our love to those we meet, the compassion we have for the hurting, our sincerity in following You. Help us to bear 'fruit' us to reach others through our caring - help us to be MORE like YOU each passing day. Help us not to be so self-serving, that we miss the good in others, and not to be so judgmental, that we bar the way for those lost souls that might have come to you through your work in us. We give you the honor, glory, and praise.....and thank you for what you are doing in us. In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

Written ©January 15, 2000 by Barbara Sanders. All rights reserved.
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