January 2

TODAY IS…

a day for change.

“Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, ‘Daughter, be encouraged! Your faith has made you well!’ And the woman was healed at that moment.”  Matthew 9:22 NLT

It matters not who we are or how we have lived our lives.

What does matter is that we see the need for change and then reach out to the Lord and ask for help.

“But what is the right way to reach out?” we might ask.

While the concept of Jesus as the Son of God may be very complex and overwhelming to us, the Lord Himself is not. All that He requires is that we – like the woman Jesus was talking to – simply reach out in faith.

The woman in question had been considered “unclean” and “untouchable” for 12 years and was unable to live a normal life. However, her faith was so great that she believed that simply touching the robe of Jesus as He walked by would heal her and change her life.

And she was correct.

While she may have had the distinct advantage of having Jesus Himself right in front of her, we too can ‘touch His robe’ by reaching out to the Holy Bible and ‘touching’ the life-changing love, hope, and wisdom contained there.

Unfortunately, not everyone who recognizes the need for change and says they want help really believes that God can help. Individuals such as these will just have to wait a little longer because our faith – our belief – must be true.

But God is patient and He will wait for us as we wrestle with the concept that it really is as simple as believing that we want to change and having faith that the Lord can help.

Once we develop our faith we will see that He can bring healing to those who have troubled relationships; to those who struggle with addictions to drugs, alcohol, and sex; to those who suffer from emotional scars.

The Lord can light our way through the darkness and bring newfound peace, joy, contentment and purpose to our lives by providing a detailed map to guide us on the road to change.

That ‘map’ is the Holy Bible, of course, and making it a daily part of our lives shows us the path to God’s glory and helps us face each day with appreciation for the gift from God that each new day truly is.

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Taken from “TODAY IS….A Gift From God”, (C) 2013 Tony Casson

About Tony Casson

" For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." (Jeremiah 29:11 NLT)
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