Say to them, ‘As I live!’ declares the Lord God, ‘I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn back, turn back from your evil ways! Why then will you die, O house of Israel?’ Ezekiel 33:11 NASB
The living God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked. The compassionate God desires the best for you. What level of desire do you have for others around you to avoid death and know the best life?
🌹Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. John 14:6 NASB In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. John 1:4 NASB
I love the Lord, because He hears My voice and my supplications. Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore I shall call upon Him as long as I live. Psalms 116:1-2 NASB
I love the Lord. . . Therefore I shall call upon Him as long as I live.
God is listening. He has inclined His ear. He wants to hear from you. He wants to hear your supplications (humble prayer, earnest request of one in authority).
He, God, who has authority over all creation, all things. Take your hurts, your struggles, your pain, your anguish, your fears, your uncertainties, your lack of faith, your questions, everything to Him. He is life. He is the way. He is the truth. God will not steer you wrong.
🌹God is the wisdom you need. Call upon Him today. He is waiting.
“However, the king said to Araunah, “No, but I will surely buy it from you for a price, for I will not offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God which cost me nothing.” So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.” 2 Samuel 24:24 NASB
What are you willing to sacrifice to God? What have you placed on the altar of God? Your Sunday morning in church? What about the rest of the week? Your mornings, or a designated time each day, to prayer and Bible reading? Your time to serve others? In and outside the church. To praying for and sharing the gospel with your neighbor? How much are you willing to used by God?
Jesus gave His life.
🌹saying, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed and be raised up on the third day.” And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. Luke 9:22-23 NASB
I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, by loving the Lord your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him; for this is your life and the length of your days, that you may live in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.” Deuteronomy 30:18-20 NASB
What is life? Loving the Lord God, obeying His voice, holdings fast to Him. This is life with the promise of the promised land awaiting us. Life and length of days are found only in Jesus.
Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. John 14:6 NASB
For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol; You will not allow Your Holy One to undergo decay. You will make known to me the way of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever. Psalms 16:9-11
🌹God of all creation, in You my flesh dwells securely. I have set You continually before me and my heart is glad and rejoices in Your glory. You are my Salvation.
You are My friends if you do what I command you. John 15:14 NASB
“This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you”. John 15:12 NASB
Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 NASB
Have you experienced the love of God? His love for you is so great that He, Jesus, left the glory of heaven, emptied Himself by becoming a bond-servant. He humbled Himself by allowing the world He created to nail Him to a cross where He died. His human body beaten. Spit on and despised by the very creation He created. Even in this victory over death many are still trying to nail Him to the cross.
He laid down His life so that we could experience sweet fellowship with Him. That abundant love and fellowship we experience with Jesus is to overflow to others. Just like Jesus. He commands it.
that they (all mankind) would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.’ Acts 17:27-28 NASB
In whose hand is the life of every living thing, And the breath of all mankind? Job 12:10 NASB
For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as is the Lord our God whenever we call on Him? Deuteronomy 4:7 NASB
Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.” Acts 17:30-31 NASB
🌹 Call upon the Lord God with a repentant heart. Seek His face. In Him is life.
It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life. John 6:63 NASB
“For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?Matthew 6:25 NASB
Where is your focus?
The Spirit is life. Walking in God is life. Seeking God is life. Loving God is life. All the cares of this world will one day mean absolutely nothing. What will matter are the things eternal.
But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33 NASB
🌹 Again. Where is Your focus?
for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:21 NASB
My Name is Yanira Vargas. I am a Senior at Washington State University. I love all things expression and creative. I was in a relationship with my childhood best friend of 4 years, who happens to have had passed away with stage 3 brain cancer. I still believe in God, and in the beauty of mircles. Join me and embark on this journey with me.