The Promise of Permanent Change

Many truth claims were made last night on how to restore this country. Except, there is no amount of law or regulation that will change people’s hearts or prevent evil. Every single election provides the same promises, and each presidency results the same failures of delivery.

The only possible cure that provides any lasting change in any of us is to receive the truth of the gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ alone. Apart from Jesus we are dead in our sin, incapable of any good. Even our best deeds are filthy. It is only when we are reconciled to God that our nature is permanently changed, resulting in lives marked with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control.

This truth is something that you will not find on either of the candidates “truth checking lists”. It can only be found in the one thing that is unchanging: God’s revealed infallible word in the sixty-six books of the Bible. If we take a good look around us in this world, we will see that it is not how it should be. We long for something better. We long for unity. It is broken, and in need of restoration.

This is the promise found in the good news of the gospel. The promise of reconciliation to God, and to each other. When Jesus comes again, this world will be completely restored. There will be no more murders, no more slandering words, no more racist crimes, no more hurts, no more tears, no more disappointments, no more death. And those who have put their trust solely in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus for their salvation will be restored along with it.

A little over two years ago, these words would never have been on my mind. In fact, I would have seen them as folly. I would have rebuked you if you spoke them to me. I would have been without hesitation supporting the candidate that was affiliated with the political party I identified with. But that is no longer my identity.

My identity is in Jesus Christ. I write these things, not because they are my opinion, but because they are true. They have changed my life to one that I would have never chosen on my own. And I deeply desire you to hear them, to consider them, and to be changed by them. I desire you to see Jesus as Lord and Savior.

Expectant Prayer

This year, I have taken on the discipline of praying through the Psalms every morning. I’m continually amazed, encouraged, and strengthened by what I discover.

Hear my prayer, O LORD;
let my cry come to you!
Do not hide your face from me
in the day of my distress!
Incline your ear to me;
answer me speedily in the day when I call!
Psalm 102:1-2

When you come before the Lord in prayer, come boldly, confidently, and expectantly. Having been completely forgiven and counted righteous by the blood of Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross, you have been granted this access and privilege.

Jesus, who is the sole mediator between man and God, says “ask in my name”, because He lives to make intercession for you.

Jesus says, “come to me”, because He desires to give you rest.

Jesus says, “do not be anxious”, because He has risen to give you peace.

So when it seems like there is no hope, place your eyes upon the cross. Know that our omnipotent God, who spoke the universe into bring, is fully capable of whatever you may ask, and much more.

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Ephesians 3:20-21