Friday, April 22, 2011

Good Friday

lifewords 4.23.11 Good Friday


I'm so honored to be able to pray for you and your family this morning. It's Good Friday today, a day to think about our Savior on that Cross at Calvary... to think about God's  incredible love for the world, for each of us, and the power of that precious, redeeming identify with Him in His death, so that we can identify with Him in His victory over death, His  resurrection and eternal life!
I encourage you to spend time in John chapters 15-20 over the next few days.  I know the Lord will reveal to you the reality of the power of his death, burial and resurrection.
Specifically today, I'm praying that He would give us greater understanding of the power of His blood that has redeemed us from sin,  sickness, death,  and hell. I'm praying that the Holy Spirit would open our eyes to what it really signified when, at the moment of Jesus' death, the veil of the temple was rent in two from top to bottom, showing that there is now no more separation between God and man!  I'm praying that as we think about those precious words of our Savior on the cross, "IT IS FINISHED," we will understand clearly what that finished work means for us as His children today! Oh the Lord's great love for us and for all of mankind that He demonstrated on that Cross.
For today's lifewords, I want to give you Ephesians 1:7-10.  It is an appropriate and powerful verse  to meditate on for this Good Friday, and I know it will bless and encourage you. Oh Lord, thank you for that redeeming blood, for your amazing grace, for forgiveness of our past, and for your purposes for us in Christ.
Ephesians 1:7-10
In Him we have redemption
through His blood,
the forgiveness of our sins,
according to the riches of His grace,
which He lavished upon us,
in all wisdom and insight
making known to us
the mystery of His will,
according to His purpose,
which He set forth in Christ
as a plan for the fullness of time,
to unite all things in Him,
things in Heaven and things on the Earth.
You are His beloved one, today and forever.
praying for you,
amy stoehr



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