Passover Power; Easter Inspiration! (Encouragement for Creators)

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We all go through trials. And creators, especially, struggle against rejection and misinterpretation; with the limitations of time, energy and opportunity; along with all the other trials of everyday life. Many face the continual battle to balance their artistic endeavors with their “day jobs”!

Sometimes there’s so much adversity you may feel like you can’t go any further. But today, as we approach the historic celebration of Jewish Passover, and look forward to a weekend that holds Easter Sunday (Resurrection Day), we want to share a couple of simple but important truths:

All creativity comes from God, the creator of the universe!  “He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through Him, and nothing was created except through Him.” (John 1:3 NLT) The “He” to whom the Apostle John refers is Jesus Christ, “The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29 NLT)

He created each of us:  “…The LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” (Genesis 2:7 NASB)  Therefore, we each have this same creative power within us! In fact, all inspiration comes from God. How so? The word inspiration actually means “God-breathed,” as in the verse you just read. Here’s another example: “All Scripture is breathed out [inspired] by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness….” (2 Timothy 3:16 ESV)

We have God’s creativity and inspiration within us!  He made us in His image — to have all things in common with Him! (Read Genesis 1:27) Also: “This High Priest of ours [Christ] understands our weaknesses, for He faced all of the same testings we do, yet He did not sin.” (Hebrews 4:15)

He has overcome every adversity known to us!   “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NASB)

Because of Christ’s death on the cross, followed by His RESURRECTION (celebrated on Easter Sunday), death now continues to PASS OVER all who put their faith in Him.

Join us tomorrow for a Resurrection message.

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Happy Passover (Hump Day Hope)

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We can learn a comforting and extremely relevant lesson from Exodus 12. Here’s the lowdown: because Pharaoh refused to free Gods chosen people, the Hebrews, from slavery in Egypt, God sent ten plagues to convince him to “let His people go.” When pharaoh continued to refuse, a final, deadly plague befell Egypt.

God wanted to spare His people from this plague, so He instructed the Hebrews to kill an unblemished lamb and place its blood on the door posts of their homes. Then, when the Angel of Death came later that night and saw the blood, it would pass over these homes, and those dwelling within would be saved.

Today we face a modern-day plague in the form of COVID-19; but like the Hebrews, we too can apply the “Blood of the Lamb.” The Apostle John wrote of Jesus Christ, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29 NKJV) The crucifixion of the Messiah had been prophesied for thousands of years before. (Read Isaiah 6:1-2; 9:6-7; 11:10; 53:1-5 and Psalm 22.)

God still watches over His people, both Jew and Gentile. “[He is] the same yesterday, today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8) And just as the plagues in Egypt passed over the Hebrews, the Corona Virus can pass over us. So fear not! “Be strong and of good courage … do not fear nor be dismayed, for the LORD God—my God—will be with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you….” (1 Chronicles 28:20 NKJV)

Pray Psalm 91 over your family, yourself, and your nation. Read it aloud every day, to yourself and to those in your home:

“We live within the shadow of the Almighty, sheltered by the God who is above all gods. This I declare, that He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; He is my God, and I am trusting him. For He rescues you from every trap and protects you from the fatal plague. He will shield you with His wings! They will shelter you. His faithful promises are your armor. Now you don’t need to be afraid of the dark anymore, nor fear the dangers of the day; nor dread the plagues of darkness, nor disasters in the morning. …For Jehovah is my refuge! I choose the God above all gods to shelter me. How then can evil overtake me or any plague come near? For he orders His angels to protect you wherever you go. …For the Lord says … ‘When he calls on me, I will answer; I will be with him in trouble and rescue him and honor him. I will satisfy him with a full life and give him My salvation.’” (Psalm 91:1-4; 9-11; 14-16 TLB)

Join us Friday for a Resurrection message.

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