EncouragementBy Pastor Traci

Good morning Saints,
   I wanted to share with you a short word that the Lord shared with me this morning to bless you and encourage you today.   Isaiah 53:2 says "For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground."   The coming of Jesus was like a tender plant in the midst of a parched ground.  Parched ground offers little hope for survival; it is dry and too hardened to allow most plants to penetrate its crust.  Yet Jeus was prophesied as a tender plant that wound break through the hostile soil and overcome the dry and lifeless environment in order to bring life.   
    When Jesus was born His people were hardened to God's word.  The religious leaders of Jesus' day had studied and memorized the scriptures but the word was lifeless to them.  So hostile had they become to the truth that when God's Son came they killed Him.  Nevertheless, despite the enmity of the people, Jesus broiught life to all believed in Him.
      Jesus is capable of bringing life to any person, society, or culture no matter how hardened or hostile they have become to the gospel.  Even the most calloused sinner will discover that Jeus knows how to penetrate the heart and bring life where there was only bitterness.
     As you pray for someone you care about, don't be discouraged if this person has not responded to Jesus.  Just as a tender plant finds a way to grow in a hard and unreceptive environment, so the love of Jesus has sthe ability to emerge in a life that seems completely unreceptive.
   Remember, God is determined to do us Good!!!!!  Take comfort today, God is still in control.  Do not fear, for I know the plans I have for you says the Lord and they are good!
With all my love,
Pastor Traci

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