Sometimes I sign up to win stuff. LOL Especially if it’s something that gives a prize that is useful. Like a pickup truck or a vacation. There was one I was looking at that had prizes from our state, so I was especially interested. I clicked the link and then the form to fill out. So far so good. Then I saw that you had to “join” to submit your entry. Okay, it was a good cause for sure. But you also had to pay a membership fee to enter. Okay, the fees go for a great cause as well.
Finally, I saw these words: Conditional Winners will be chosen through a random selection process.
Oh beloved, those words… conditional winners. Aren’t we blessed! We are never conditional winners in the life of faith. Why? Because Jesus made the way for us. The ONLY condition for winning is Jesus. Making your heart His home. Game changer. Life changer. Talk about the odds now being in your favor!
God wants you to know that when you give your heart to Him, there’s more! It’s better than a “major prize package” as the advertisements say. Your major prize package is Jesus, who becomes to you wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption! What an amazing new life! You get all that and more! You don’t have to live the Christian life by your wits or your power. That’s impossible anyway. But you get the power of Holy Spirit! Even though the people in the upper room hadn’t heard about Holy Spirit, they received! There’s more! You have this magnificent advocate for the rest of your life – Jesus – who stands in the gap for you and intercedes for you and will return for you without hesitation.
The troubles you face don’t change a thing. Your needs are met in Christ. Even when your conditions are harsh or unrelenting or seem impossible, Christ is your Answer. You serve a risen Savior, you follow the Only Living God, and you subscribe to the Word of God, the most powerful words for your life. Troubled? Trust in Him. Unsure? Rely on Him. Made fun of because of your faith? Rejoice in Him. You’re more than a winner. You have access to the Holy of Holies and you live out of the Kingdom of God!
God loves you and He’s for you. That’s enough to put your faith in Him instead of the word’s system. Run to Him this morning, make a renewed vow to Him for life. And watch how He shows you His riches and covers the problems with His provision and power!
I Corinthians 1:30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption
Romans 3:22-24 And this righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no distinction, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
Romans 5:2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
Matthew 3:11 I baptize you with water for repentance, but after me will come One more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.