The Intent of This Blog

This blog is intended to be a tool for the growth of whoever wants to use it. It is a daily journal intended to help us be more introspective. Every day I will do my best to supply a motivational quote, a Bible verse, a vocabulary word, and a personal message from myself. Use these if you like as motivation to improve yourself. Then, simply answer the daily questions provided honestly and see if it has an impact on your life. Zig Ziglar said, "If you don't have daily objectives, you qualify as a dreamer." Lets not be just dreamers but doers. Remember Martin Luther King Jr not only had a dream, he also had an objective. Thanks for reading, Jake

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Monday, April 28, 2014

It Doesn't Matter What You Meant

“So it’s not just words that I proclaim
For my words point to the The Word
And The Word has a name
Hope has a name
Joy has a name
Peace has a name
Love has a name
And that name is Jesus Christ
Praise His name forever”
- Unknown 

As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. - Genesis 50:20

Accept: “consent to receive (a thing offered)” - New Oxford American Dictionary

Remember the way Joseph’s brothers treated him? They were jealous of him. They hated him. They wanted to kill him. The only thing that kept them from doing so was guilt. The fact that a caravan of slave traders was passing by on their way to Egypt gave them an opportunity. They sold him to be a slave. Joseph’s brothers meant to do him harm. They meant evil against him. But God had a plan. A plan to save many lives through their actions. Remember Judas Iscariot? Maybe the most hated person in the whole of scripture, and rightfully so. He sold Jesus to the Jewish leaders for 30 pieces of silver. He was a traitor to our Savior. How bad can it get? Not until Jesus was condemned did he realize what he’d done. And the Bible says that he ran and hung himself from a tree. He meant evil towards Jesus and he couldn’t bear to live with that guilt. But what if instead of taking his own life, he looked to the Cross where Jesus was? What if he had repented? Could Jesus have said to him, “You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good?” The grace of Christ is unlimited. It’s a message we hear often. That we can be forgiven. But what will it take for us to believe? What will it take to fully trust that Christ died for the sins that we have committed. That no matter what we’ve done, we can be forgiven, if we desire His forgiveness. We’ve all acted like Joseph’s brothers. We’ve all betrayed Jesus like Judas. We’ve all made terrible mistakes; whether we know and admit them or not. But if we could go back some 2000 years and we could look up and see Jesus on the Cross, hanging, not just because Judas sold Him, but also because we, like all others, require a perfect sacrifice. It could only be the Son of God. It could only be Jesus. The only One who means only good. Jesus wasn’t forced into His crucifixion. Judas had no power over Him. Not Judas, or the Jews, or even the Romans could have put Jesus on a cross without His permission. He died voluntarily for all who accept His forgiveness and love. I pray we can fully appreciate His love, His peace, His Joy, His hope… His Cross.

Daily Journaling Questions:
  1. How did I help someone in kindness today?
  2. What did I learn today? 
  3. What am I thankful for?
  4. Who did I love today?
  5. What am I dreaming of?
  6. What about today do I want to remember forever?
  7. What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,

Jake

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