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The Night-and-Day Difference

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“Tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you– from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.” (1 Peter 2:9,10, The Message).

Jesus doesn’t merely clean us up, dust us off, and patch up a few dings here and there — He performs a total overhaul. His grace transformation of our lives is not cosmetic — it’s cosmic!

“I once was blind but now I see.”

That’s the kind of testimony people have after Jesus gets hold of them. He takes us from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted. He calls us to a position way above our pay-grade and introduces us to the high calling of telling others of the night-and-day difference Jesus makes in our lives — and in theirs.

That’s how Simon Peter saw it as he looked at his own life; and that’s how anyone who follows Jesus today feelsa about themselves.

When I reflect back over the years in review of how the Lord brought me through the orphanage and then out of prison, and set me forth in the midst of the Great Congregation preaching the unsearchable riches of Christ — I am more than overwhelmed by His grace and mercy! And I can hardly wait to see what the next chapter holds.

That’s why I write the way I do — I know the Lord has something in mind for you that will drop your jaw to the floor. So, if you are ready for a change — call upon the name of Jesus. He, and He alone, will make “the night-and-day difference” in your whole world.

Perhaps the words of this old hymn may sum up the deepest longings of your heart today…

Out of my bondage, sorrow, and night,jesus lifting man
into Thy freedom, gladness, and light,
Jesus, I come to Thee;
Out of my sickness into Thy health,
Out of my want and into Thy wealth,
Out of my sin and into Thyself,
Jesus, I come to Thee.

Out of my shameful failure and loss,
Into the glorious gain of Thy cross,
Jesus, I come to Thee;
Out of earth’s sorrows into Thy balm,
Out of life’s storms and into Thy calm,
Out of distress to jubilant psalm,
Jesus, I come to Thee.

Out of unrest and arrogant pride,
into Thy blessed will to abide,
Jesus, I come to Thee;
Out of myself to dwell in Thy love,
Out of despair into raptures above,
Upward for aye on wings like a dove,
Jesus, I come to Thee.

Make that call, my friend — and watch what the Lord Jesus will do!

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