Friday, August 16, 2013
J.Cyr D.C.A (c) 2013 “Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one; I died, and behold! I am alive for evermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades” (Revelation 1:17-18). I love when our God tells us not to fear! It is a great feeling knowing that God is the supreme authority, wonderful counselor, and true vine. Our spiritual life begins when we are saved. When we are living in the Spirit, we seek things that we did not once seek. We seek the fruits of the Spirit. If we are truly saved, the Lord puts a new desire in our heart that we might seek and grow with Him in a personal relationship. Throughout our lives, we grow according to God’s will. If we follow, He will lead. He leads us through the good the bad, the storms, and the achievements of life. He will be there. He never leaves us; rather, we leave Him when we sin. Jesus brought salvation that we might be forgiven and live in eternity with Him! If we stumble in this life, we get up and keep going. Don’t worry about cleaning your knees when you fall because they’re just going to get dirty again as you pray to God. Those who accept Christ’s death as payment for their spiritual death are given new “spiritual eyes.” They are complete in body, soul, and spirit. For the man who has this new nature within him, physical death is no threat. When the soul sheds the physical body, the man himself continues to grow and have fellowship with God through His spirit. In the Gospel of Luke, the story of Calvary is told. While Jesus was dying, there was a conversation with the two thieves who were dying with Him. One ridiculed Him. The other defended Jesus and recognized Jesus was innocent. Jesus promised this one he would be in paradise that day (Luke 23:39-43). Jesus has the authority to forgive anyone! Through His blood, He made possible that which was impossible. Jesus shed His blood and gave His own life for us. How little some truly reflect on the totality of what Jesus lived and died for in order to save us. Through His blood we are forgiven and through His blood are we cleansed. By His stripes we are healed. When we accept Jesus as our personal savior, we die in the flesh and become new in the Spirit. We die to our sins. We no longer think the same. When we accept Jesus in our hearts and accept what He did on that cross, we see His love and commitment to us. When we were sinners, He came and died for us. He died that we might live and have life more abundantly. His forgiveness and love surpass all human reasoning. Some people still listen to the devil telling them, ‘What makes you think God is going to forgive you? You’ve done this and that; God won’t forgive you.’ That is a lie. If God is the most powerful, all knowing and forever existing God, there is nothing that He can’t forgive. This is why it’s so important to reflect everyday on the love God has for us so we might live in eternity with Him. What a great feeling it is to know you will spend eternity with God. Pray! Take that time to lift your praise and voice to the Lord, for He will hear your prayers. “Save me from my enemies, God — you’re my only hope! Teach me how to live to please you, because you’re my God. Lead me by your blessed Spirit into cleared and level pastureland” (Psalms 143: 8-10). Once we truly understand the depth of the salvation offered at the cross, we begin to build our spiritual life around the mercy of God and His forgiveness of sin. Jesus’ blood is worthy. It’s worthy for past, present, and future sins. If not, that would imply that Jesus would have to continually come back to die on the Cross. We know Jesus’ forgiveness is the Good News. What happened at the Cross is Good News. Share it and let others hear of the love and kindness of God. Everything that we perceive concerning God is based on our faith. Jesus did die on the cross, Jesus conquered sin and death. Jesus brought eternal life for us all. We all have a choice to choose His gift. We also have the choice to not accept His blessings. Never forget that God made it possible for you to choose. He gave us the power of choice. My help, my financial situation, my stress, my anxieties — are all offered deliverance by the blessings of God. Through His son Jesus Christ, we have the ability to communicate with God. When you’re in a situation and feel bad about something you did or that someone did to you, remind yourself there is a God. He does love us. Nothing can separate us from His love. God works on His time and sometimes it’s frustrating. Pray for what you can do in the meantime. Ask God for serenity. He will give it if you just believe! Serenity is unlike anything else. It’s really patience and waiting upon the Lord. No matter what — if you call on the name of the Lord, He will comfort you. Don’t just blindly go to church; go to church with a purpose to praise God for making salvation possible for you and your loved ones; even those who have left us already. He made it possible for them to be with Him. It brings warmth to my heart knowing that we can be forgiven, even though sometimes we don’t feel worthy. We never are worthy of such a gift. There’s nothing we could do to earn our way into Heaven. It is only through the blood. “Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Happy are those to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. While I kept silence, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night, your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Then I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not hide my iniquity; I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,’ and you forgave the guilt of my sin” (Psalm 32:1-5). “May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from His glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:11-14). Of course, many other verses pertain to forgiveness and salvation. The reason we can serve God is through nothing but the blood of Jesus. If you’re thinking right now, ‘Well, God can’t or won’t forgive me,’ you are wrong! The Lord wants to help you. You are one of His. If you confess your sins, the Lord will forgive you. If you are sincere, God is also sincere. Receive today what the Lord has already paid all fees in full with the blood of His son, Jesus. God is waiting. Please come to Him. He will make things right in your life and give you a new heart if you ask in Jesus’ name.