Live for Real - Tuesday, November 26th 2013

Ezekiel 37:3

And He said to me, "Son of man, can these bones live?" So I answered, "O Lord GOD, You know."
NKJV

My friend, where are you spiritually right now? Are you frustrated? Are you tired? Devastated? Do you feel like your world is caving in and you just can't handle it? Are you dry... weary from crying? Do you feel spiritually dead?

Lamentations 3:21-24 "This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope. Through the LORD's mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. "The LORD is my portion," says my soul, "therefore I hope in Him!" NKJV

To the stale soul, hope sounds impossible... I know it does. I once searched for hope in dry and desolate places. I remember what it's like.

In Matthew 7:7,8 Jesus said, "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened." NKJV

Stop and look around you. What you surround yourself with is a good indication of where you seek. What surrounds you? Is it television, music, gadgets, computers... or maybe it is drugs and alcohol? There is no hope in these things. Hope is in Jesus. God's promise lasts forever. You can live - I mean really live, but it's in Jesus and not in the world.

Life Lesson: You can live for real.

Dear Father,
Thank You for the hope You give to me in Jesus. Lord, help me to stay determined and not lose hope even when I find myself in a valley of dry bones. Remind me to feed upon Your Word. I give you all praise and glory for the promises you set before me. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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