He Calls Your Name

March 26, 2020

Through His Spirit He calls us by name.

 

Hear

He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.” Jesus said to her, “Mary” (John 20:15, 16).

 

Believe

Mary went to the tomb early in the morning. It was still dark. She was surprised by what she saw. The stone had been rolled away and Jesus’ body was gone.

She thought that someone had taken it. She ran to tell the disciples. Peter and John ran to the tomb to see. When they arrived, it was just as Mary had said. The tomb was empty. Peter and John left while Mary stayed.

She wept outside the tomb. She peered inside and encountered two angels. They asked her why she was crying. She told them the same thing she told the disciples, “They have taken my Lord away.”

She turned from the tomb and saw someone in the garden. Mary thought it was the gardener. He asked her who she was looking for. She thought this man may have taken the body.

And then a single word from him changed everything. “Mary.” The mention of her name penetrated the clutter and confusion in her mind. She recognized him. Jesus was alive! She wanted to cling to him, but he had other things to do. She returned to the disciples with the good news, “I have seen the Lord!” How personal the Lord is that he would call Mary by name. But isn’t that what he does with each of us? We do not have the privilege of hearing him face-to-face like Mary did. But through his Spirit he calls us out individually. He speaks our name. When he does, we know — He is alive! In that moment, everything changes. Like Mary, we become witnesses of the most significant event that has ever occurred, the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

 

Live

There was a point in time when you responded to the good news. The Gospel called you out personally and individually, and like Mary, you recognized Jesus Christ as the way, the truth and the life. And now you can say to others, “He is alive!” This is a privilege above all others. Today, rejoice. Jesus is alive, and he is alive in you.

In Him,

Cultivating Gratitude – Holy Land Moments with The Fellowship – March 26

Cultivating Gratitude

“‘If you bring a grain offering baked in an oven, it is to consist of the finest flour … If your grain offering is prepared on a griddle, it is to be made of the finest flour mixed with oil, and without yeast. … If your grain offering is cooked in a pan, it is to be made of the finest flour and some olive oil.’” —Leviticus 2:4-7

Each week in synagogue, Jews read through the Torah from Genesis to Deuteronomy. This week, our Torah portion is Vayikra, which means “and He called,” from Leviticus 1:1–5:26, and the Haftorah is from Isaiah 43:21–44:23.

The first Jewish prayer that I was taught as a child — and the first one I taught my own children – is the modeh ani. The prayer begins, Modeh ani, “I am thankful …” and continues “… before you living King for mercifully returning my soul to me [for another day], great is your faithfulness.” This prayer is said first thing in the morning, upon awakening. From a very young age, I was taught to start my day with gratitude, thanking God for the gift of life itself.

It has been said that the quality of our gratitude determines the quality of our lives. The more we express thankfulness, the happier we are and the more we are blessed. I can personally attest to the fact that this attitude has served me well. It has trained me to focus on the good and remember the Source of all my many blessings.

In this week’s Torah reading, we find a recipe for cultivating gratitude — one that helps us see the many ways God’s blessings are manifested in our lives.

In describing the grain offering, the Torah describes three different ways the offering can be prepared — baked in an oven; prepared on a griddle; and cooked in a pan. In Judaism, the offering baked in the oven represents our “daily bread” — the basic necessities for living. The offering prepared on a griddle is associated with a sweet cake and represents those sweet luxuries in our lives. Finally, the offering made in a pan refers to dishes cooked for special occasions, and represents the momentous occasions that occur throughout a lifetime.

By mentioning these three types of offerings, Scripture teaches us that we have to cultivate our gratitude in all three areas.

By remembering to thank God for our daily needs, for the blessings that go beyond our basic needs, and for the special occasions that enrich our lives, we bring great pleasure to our Father in Heaven. Moreover, we instill a spirit of joy into ourselves and invite even more blessings into our lives.

As we celebrate women’s history month, share our quiz with the women in your life to discover their true identity as a woman of valor.

Won’t you join The Fellowship in supporting Israel and her people, and in helping fulfill prophecy?

Joy of My Heart with Anne Graham Lotz – March 26

March 26

Set Free!

You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.

Romans 6:18, niv

With blood flowing from His wounds and streaming down His face from the thorns in His brow, Jesus stood before Pilate. As part of the Passover celebration, it was Pilate’s custom to release any prisoner the crowd chose. It just so happened that “at that time they had a notorious prisoner, called Barabbas. So . . . Pilate asked them, ‘Which one do you want me to release to you: Barabbas, or Jesus Who is called Christ?’” (Matt. 27:16–17, niv)

The rulers shouted back, “No, not him! Give us Barabbas!” (John 18:40, niv). Barabbas! Barabbas was a thief and a murderer and a rabble-rouser! The religious leaders of Israel were demanding that Barabbas be set free and Jesus be crucified. And so Barabbas became the first person to be set free by the death of Jesus.

Jesus died, not just in the place of Barabbas, but in your place and mine. Because He died, I am free! Free from my sin and its penalty.

Just Give me Jesus, (Nashville: W Publishing Group, 2000).

©2012 Anne Graham Lotz. All rights reserved.


THE KEY TO A LIFE OF IMPACT

What are the secrets to a life of impact? Daniel achieved greatness in the eyes of his contemporaries, in the eyes of history, and most importantly, in the eyes of God. His faith did not waver as he faced his critics, as he served new kings in power, or even as he confronted hungry lions. How can we achieve that kind of faith today? Twenty intentional, key choices made all the difference. Daniel’s choices can be ours, such as:

•  The choice to listen
•  The choice to forgive
•  The choice to pray

Cultivate a life-changing faith when you learn to implement The Daniel Key into your everyday life. Request your copy!

For more from Anne Graham Lotz please visit AnneGrahamLotz.org.

Pragmatism

Luke 14:25–33

The corrupting influences of pragmatism are seen even in the church. “Seeker-sensitive” worship can increase attendance without ever seeing the congregation grow to maturity. Churches targeting specific ages or lifestyles might attract a lot of people from these groups and not minister to those who do not fit certain classifications. Beware of any ministry that emphasizes “what works” and do what you can to help your church avoid slipping into pragmatism.

For further study:

Prov. 19:20; 24:13–14

The Bible in a year:

Joshua 20–22

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