I hate chaos and confusion. So, I have to admit this has been a hard year for me. It’s been a time when mixed messages have been used to mislead and manipulate . . . and I have found myself feeling discouraged and disheartened.
The source of chaos and confusion is the enemy of our souls.
When he [the devil] lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.John 8:44
Jesus referred to Himself as “the Way, the Truth, and the Life.”
When Pilate asked Jesus if He was a king. He replied…
“You say I am a king. Actually, I was born and came into the world to testify to the truth. All who love the truth recognize that what I say is true.”John 18:37
And He prayed…
Make them holy by Your truth; teach them Your word, which is truth.John 17:17
And Paul wrote to Timothy…
Remain faithful to the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know you can trust those who taught you. You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true…2 Timothy 3:14–16a
That’s why I love reading Scripture. It teaches me what is true. And from beginning to end the truth of Scripture points to Jesus, the Messiah – our Lord and Savior.
I’m praying the TRUTH about Jesus . . . the One who sets us free and gives us the strength to follow anywhere He leads. The One who has always been and will be forever. The Great “I AM” Lord of all creation.
Will you join me as I offer a prayer of thanks and praise?
Praise God – Jesus is
the Great I AM of the World
The One Who Sets Us Free
Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin. A slave is not a permanent member of the family, but a son is part of the family forever. So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.John 8:34–36
Father, thank you for Jesus, the One who set me free by breaking the power of sin, death, and the influence of the enemy’s lies. You said through the prophet Isaiah, “I, the Lord, made you, and I will not forget you. I have swept away your sins like a cloud. I have scattered your offenses like the morning mist. Oh, return to me, for I have paid the price to set you free.” (Isaiah 44:22b–23) Jesus suffered my punishment and paid the price to set me free so I might become the person You created me to be.
Please help me keep my heart and mind focused on Jesus, whose life, death, and resurrection makes it possible for me to be a forever member of Your family. I am overwhelmed by Your love, Jesus’ love, and the Holy Spirit’s loving presence, guidance, and help. Thank you!
The Good Shepherd
The Lord is my shepherd;Psalm 23:1–3
I have all that I need.
He lets me rest in green meadows;
he leads me beside peaceful streams.
He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths,
bringing honor to His name.
Lord, thank you for being my Shepherd . . . for supplying everything I need. Thank you for giving me peace and strength when life feels overwhelming. Thank you for guiding me along a life path that You have planned for my good and Your glory. Please help me focus on You and follow You wherever You lead me with a joy-filled grateful heart.
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices His life for the sheep.John 10:11
Lord Jesus, how awesome Your love is. You willingly gave Your life to save mine. You watch over me. You would even “leave the ninety-nine others on the hills [to] go out to search for the one that is lost?” (Matthew 18:12) You searched for me! Thank you! By Your grace, may I trust and obey You in all I do and say. May I focus my heart and mind on Your truth, trusting You to give me everything I need each day.
The Alpha and Omega
Grace and peace to you from the One who is and was and is coming, and from the seven spirits before His throne, and from Jesus Christ. Jesus is the faithful witness, the first among those raised from the dead. He is the ruler of the kings of the earth.Revelations 1:4–5,8
The Lord God says, “I am the Alpha and the Omega. I am the One who is and was and is coming. I am the Almighty.”
Lord, You are the Alpha and Omega. I have always loved this promise. Each time I read it or the Spirit brings it to mind I am flooded with peace. What a beautiful thing it is to know You have always been and You always will be. You were El Shaddai before creation, You have been Almighty God throughout all of history, You are all-powerful in every present situation, and You will reign as God Almighty forever and always.
“Listen! I am coming soon!Revelation 22:12a,13
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.
Lord Jesus, please give me everything I need each day to be fully prepared for Your return. My heart’s desire is to “seek first” You and Your Kingdom, to trust and obey You in all things, and to love You with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength.
It overwhelms me that through faith, by grace, I am promised a glorious future with You that lasts for all eternity. You are my Lord and Savior. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
The Great “I AM”
The woman said, “I know the Messiah is coming—the one who is called Christ. When He comes, He will explain everything to us.”John 4:25–26
Then Jesus told her, “I AM the Messiah!”
Father, thank you for sending Jesus, the Messiah, to save us. He is my Savior who left the glory of heaven to live the perfect life I am unable to live, to suffer the punishment I deserve and give me an eternal future I don’t. Jesus came to save me . . . like the woman here, He meets me at my well of failures and offers me grace and mercy. I thank and praise You for loving me and giving me what my soul needs most.
Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, before Abraham was even born, I AM!”John 8:58
Father, thank you for Jesus, the Word made flesh who came to make His home among us. (John 1:1, 14) Jesus made it possible for us to see You, Father. (John 14:9) He showed us Your care and compassion. He proclaimed the future full of purpose and hope You want for us. He showed us Your love.
Today, I surrender my life to You. Please help me be a living witness of Your grace, mercy, and love. Please help me love like Jesus and live every moment of my life for Your glory. Amen.
If, like me, you’re struggling with the world’s message that feels both chaotic and confusing . . . join me in turning your focus from the noise of mixed messages to the Word of Truth, the Word made flesh, the Great I AM.
Because of His great love for you and me, He came to set us free from sin and its consequences. He came to show us God, the Father, and tell us that He is the Messiah, the Great I AM, to make it possible for us to have an eternal future with Him in heaven.
He is our source of peace today and hope for the future. So, pause often today to thank God for His gracious and awesome gift of love.
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