Day 37
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He is our Friend

I no longer call you servants…Instead, I have called you friends,
for everything that I learned from my Father
I have made known to you.
John 15:15

How can it be that our Lord and Master calls us His friends instead of His servants? It is an overwhelming thought to realize that through faith in Christ we not only have a Savior, but a faithful friend who will never leave us or forsake us. He loved us so much that He gave his life for us. Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” Certainly we have the greatest friend of all in Christ. What a privilege to know that we can fellowship with Him anytime and we can go to Him with our cares and concerns as well as our joy and thankfulness.
Jesus commanded us as His followers to love each other in the same way we have been loved by Him. Christ loves us with a sacrificial and forgiving love. Because we have been loved with such undeserved yet unending faithful love, we in turn can freely and sacrificially love others. Relish the grace-filled love Jesus has for you today, and reflect His love as you live and deal with others.

This is an excerpt from my devotional, “Pursuing God in the Quiet Places.”
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Day 36
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He is The Vine

I am the vine; you are the branches.
If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit;
apart from me you can do nothing.
John 15:5

Jesus is the vine; the one from whom we get nourishment and strength. We are nothing without Him. Yet if we remain in Him (abide in Him, dwell in Him) we will bear much fruit. God did not intend for us to try to live our lives independently of Him. Instead He wants us to be connected with Him, finding our life in Him. The Bible says the fruit of God’s spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, patience and self-control. A person with these qualities is a positive and beautiful person, pointing people to the love of the Father.
The fruit of God’s spirit does not come naturally. These beautiful qualities are a result of abiding in Him and allowing His presence to fill your life. Our own efforts to be good and gentle and kind easily wither, but as we abide in Christ these qualities grow to produce abundant and delicious fruit which bring nourishment to all around us. Look to Him, talk with Him, enjoy His presence throughout your day. Father thank you for Christ as the vine. Thank you for making us fruitful as we abide in Him.

This is an excerpt from my devotional, “Pursuing God in the Quiet Places.”
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Day 35
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He is The Way
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.
John 14:6

Jesus is the route, the path, the road to God. He didn’t leave room for any confusion. He said that no one comes to God except through Him. In other words, there are no other ways or paths. He is The Way. One must walk down the road of Christ to come to the Father. It’s interesting that when the Jewish leaders tried to test Jesus, they came to Him saying, “Teacher, we know that you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are” (Matthew 22:16).They recognized that Jesus taught the way of God in accordance with the truth. Sadly, they did not acknowledge Him as The Way to God and The Truth.
What about you? Do you see Jesus as The Way or just a good man talking about a way? Is He just a man who speaks in accordance with the truth, or do you recognize that He embodies truth because He is truth? He is the way the way, the truth and the life.

This is an excerpt from my devotional, “Pursuing God in the Quiet Places.”
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Day 34
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Prepares a Place for Us

I go to prepare a place for you.
John 14:2 (NKJV)

Our home here on this earth is simply temporary. We have a much better place to look forward to one day. Jesus told His disciples, “In My Father’s house are many mansions…I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” How wonderful to think that Jesus is preparing a place for us in the Father’s wonderful and glorious house! If Jesus is preparing it then we know it will be a beautiful place.
Are you preparing for that home or are you consumed with this one? It’s easy to allow our lives to be consumed with the here and now thinking that this is all there is, but we have something so much better to look forward to. Let us be diligent about laying up treasures there. One day our Lord will come back for us to take us to that wonderful Heavenly kingdom. Let us live with our hearts and minds set on that place!

This is an excerpt from my devotional, “Pursuing God in the Quiet Places.”
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Day 33
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He is the Resurrection and the Life

Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life:
he that believeth on me, though he die, yet shall he live.
John 11:25 (ASV)

Only God has the power to resurrect someone. He raised Lazarus from the dead. He Himself rose from the dead, and He will resurrect us from the dead as well. God alone has power over death. With Jesus’ resurrection came the hope and promise that as believers we too will have victory over death and live with Him in eternity. What a wonderful joy and reassurance to know that because Jesus is The Resurrection, we too will be resurrected one day.
Jesus also said he is The Life. He created life, He is the sustainer of life and He offers eternal life. In Him we have abundant life here on earth and a joyful anticipation of life with Him. Life is meaningless and purposeless and hopeless without Him. He is our Life. When our lives seem overwhelming or frustrating, we can look to the One who is Life for renewal and strength. Praise you Father for your victory and power over death. You are our Resurrection and our Life. We find our life in you.

This is an excerpt from my devotional, “Pursuing God in the Quiet Places.”
You can also follow on my facebook page at: www.facebook.com/KarolLaddAuthor

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