Reassurance?  We all want encouragement … a shot in the arm … comfort and assistance.  In discouraging times we look for something to give us a boost.  There is not doubt in my mind that our annual Celebration of the resurrection of Christ does just that for us.  Listen to these Words from the Apostle Peter in his epistle:              
“Now we live with a wonderful expectation because Jesus Christ rose             again from the dead.”  ~ 1 Peter 1:3, NLT
Wow!  What a powerful hope.  We live with a wonderful expectation.  Do you?  I mean do you really live with a sense of anticipation?  Is it for something wonderful?  Or has the disappointments and discouragements of life eliminated your positive expectations?
Here’s what I know!  God has a plan for your life.  God has a purpose for your life.  God has power for you so that His plan and purpose will be fulfilled within you.  The scriptures are replete with examples of these powerful promises:
Ephesians 2:10 tells us that “God made us to do good works, which He planned in advance for us to live our life doing”  ~ (NCV).  Jeremiah tells us “I have plans for you, not plans to hurt you.  I will give you hope and a good future”  ~ Jeremiah 29:11, NCV.  And Paul reminds us in Romans 8:28 “And we know that all that happens to us is working for our good, if we love God and are fitting into His plans.” (LB). 
Not only does God have the plan and purpose but He empowers you to experience “wonderful expectation.”  God has power for your life.
Paul reminds us “I can do everything that God asks me to with the help of Christ who gives me the strength and power” (Philippians 4:13, LB); and “God will strengthen you with His own great power so that you will not give up when trouble comes” (Colossians 1:11, NCV). 
Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 1:19 was that we would come to understand how incredibly great God’s power is for us who believe on Him.  It is the same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead.  The Resurrection reassures us of God’s plan, purpose and His power!  So walk in newness of life today as you “give yourselves completely to God … to be used for His goodness” (Romans 6:13, LB).
Here’s my greatest concern, that “some people have missed the most important thing in life – they don’t know God”  ~ 1 Timothy 6:21, LB.  Learn to live with wonderful expectations.  Get to know God.
~ Pastor Greg

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