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The Lenten Journey: He Went First

images-76 John 15:18-26

Living life for God is not always easy. In fact, there will be times when it is downright uncomfortable. You feel like you do not fit. You feel like you are not liked. It’s not a feeling. The world will hate you. Take hope. They hated Jesus first and they will hate you for the same reason they hated him. We do not belong to them. We are do not belong to the world.
As Believers we have been chosen by God to be a part of Him. He chose us, we did not choose ourselves. This is an amazing revelation, but it gets better. In all that we go through, we have the comfort in knowing that Jesus went first. They hate you? They hated Jesus first, without reason I might add. They reject you? They rejected Jesus first. Don’t feel like you fit in or that you are understood? Check, all of that happened to Jesus…and some.
If you are going through right, challenged with the uncertainty of life, be encouraged knowing that Jesus went first. Everywhere we will walk, Jesus has walked. So before you allow yourself to become overwhelmed or distressed; and before you decide you have had enough, remember Jesus went first, leading by example showing us how to be who we are regardless of who says what. So go ahead, make ‘em hate cha, Baby… after all they hated Jesus first and we all know who he turned out to be.
Blessings and Love to you!

Minister Tracey Bowen

Miami, Florida

THE LENTEN JOURNEY: ALMOST

Beloved, we are almost there! The plan of salvation is almost complete. The transformation is almost done. The work of the cross is almost there. We are almost at the entrance of an empty tomb. Hang in there a little while long with your increased prayer time, Daniel Fast and study of God’s word. What looked like defeat on Good Friday will be a different story tomorrow. Tragedy becomes triumph when the morning comes. Weeping endures for a night BUT joy is coming in the morning. Believeth thou this?

Thanks to all of our guest writers during this season of Lent!! Keep up at www.twitter.com/vashtimckenzie.

Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie




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