She Reads Truth| The Gospel Changes Everything

“The Gospel is Jesus Christ. It is His life, death and resurrection.”

My sister works in collegiate ministry. Whenever she meets a new student who wants to be mentored, she (at some point in the first few meetings) asks them what the Gospel means. It’s staggering how many times students, RAISED IN THE CHURCH, cannot answer this question genuinely. Knowing and living the Gospel is the epicenter of a relationship with God. The Gospel changes EVERYTHING.

Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.

 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance]: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,” 

-1 Corinthians 15: 1-4

I can’t wrap my mind around the Truth, but I know it’s the Truth. I’ve gone through so many classes on the Bible, apologetics, fallacies in the Bible (there are none, btw). I studied biochemistry and evolution for 3 years. Throughout high school I was obsessed with learning about other religions. Each time, after every research project- I always came back to the Gospel. It’s where I find my hope. I can’t fully understand why I believe it (although I can articulate why I don’t believe other things), but the mystery of the Gospel “does not make it less true.”

Things I know: Jesus loves me. Jesus died for me. Jesus rose. I’m called to share the Good News. Jesus is coming back.

I’m excited to start  the plan “This is the Gospel” by “She Reads Truth,” to be reminded of the love, hope, perfection of Jesus. And I hope when someone asks me what the Gospel means, I will be ready with an answer.

She Reads Truth| I Need Thee Every Hour

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Today was day 5 (for me) of the plan “Hymns,” on SHE READS TRUTH. The past week of revisiting old hymns really made me appreciate the musically talented. (I have no musical talent. My middle school band director told me to pic another hobby. THAT’S how terrible I was). SHE READS TRUTH also has a Spotify playlist of the songs on the plan- check it out.

One part of the devotional this morning that really struck me:

“I ask Jesus for all the things, but I don’t ask Him enough.”

How true is this? I could ask Jesus all day everyday, but that still wouldn’t be enough. Thank God He doesn’t require that. He desires that, but He doesn’t require it. Jesus paid my debt, He lived perfectly. I am so free from that debt. I am so free of worry. (Or I should be so free from worry, but I still, unfortunately, do sometimes).

I need Him every hour. He is always near. When I’m filled with joy- He’s there to be praised. When I’m filled with fear- He’s there to take it away. When I’m bored- He’s there to remind me to get the freak out of boredom and serve Him, share Him. When I’m lost in pity- He’s there to remind me to thank Him. He is with me every hour, because I need Him every hour. I just have to come to Him.

Another part of the devotional that struck a chord (get it, it’s a song devotional and I said chord…I love puns):

JOHN 15:5 “Apart from me you can do nothing.”

“Do you hear the freedom in that today? You and I don’t have to manufacture our own goodness, our own enoughness. Everything good is from Him and for Him.”

John 15:5 use to make me feel really useless. This is exactly what I needed to read today (and everyday?). I am easily upset. I feel like I could be the person that reaches over the counter and strangles someone (I work retail). I am the person in their car who quite possibly could hit your car out of rage because you may or may not have cut me off. Because of Jesus I am free from those actions. I have peace because of Him. He is more than my moral compass or my Jiminy Cricket. Jesus is my Savior. And when I find myself getting upset, I turn to Him and He calms my soul.

“I need Thee every hour, stay Thou nearby;

Temptations lose their power when Thou art nigh.”