Persevere in Faith (part 2)

19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

26 If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. 28 Anyone who rejected the Law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.” 31 It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

32 Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you endured in a great conflict full of suffering. 33 Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated. 34 You suffered along with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions. 35 So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.

36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. 37 For, “In just a little while, he who is coming will come and will not delay.”

38 And, “But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back.”

39 But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved. 

Hebrews 10:19-39

Let’s continue with this passage from yesterday. This is good stuff which was written for the early church and still applies to us today!
Here is a short re-cap:  God wants a relationship directly with us and not through the priests.  Jesus made this way and through Him and the work of the cross we are under grace, free from the Law of Moses and can confidently have a loving relationship with God our Father – becoming a child of God.
AND HE WHO PROMISED IS FAITHFUL!
Promised what?  According to one source there are 5,467 divine promises in the Bible. Another source says 3,573 and yet another says 7,487 – I have not counted all of them myself. But if it is promised in the Bible – He is faithful!!!
Also we should get together and encourage one another.  Or at least (during this pandemic) call each other. 
And to complete my summary of yesterday – God is good and loves us!

So, now, let’s pick up where we left off. Take a deep breath and let’s go.

26 If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.”
Sin. The Oxford dictionary defines a sin as a transgression against divine law or an offense against God. I think this includes when you just feel like something is wrong and maybe you shouldn’t do it, even though the Bible does not list it as a sin.  But you’ll have to talk to God about it – we each must work out our own salvation.
One very beautiful and graceful thing about sin is that God calls every type of sin, a sin.  We as humans tend to give levels to sin and score some as not as bad. But sin is sin.  Speeding in your car is a sin, murder is a sin – lewd thoughts (or even gentle loving thoughts) for someone other than your spouse is a sin, just like having a full blow affair and leaving your spouse is a sin.  I cannot spend all day here listing all the random sins that can be committed just to show you that a sin is a sin is a sin – and sin separates us from God.

Verse 26 is for those who deliberately, purposely, intentionally, consciously, and knowingly continue to sin.  I am not perfect and I have asked God to help change me and I am trying to grow –
Lord search me and see if there is any wicked way in me (Psalms 139:23-24).

No sacrifice for sins is left??? So if you continue to sin – refuse to change – then the work of the cross runs dry for you!!!  Romans 6:1 says god forbid us to continue in sin that grace shall abound – because grace runs out by continuing in sin!  
Yes, Yes – we know this. Most people following this blog are saved and have been for a while.  But hunny – this was written to people who were saved.  I am sure it can help lead the way for someone who isn’t saved – but this isn’t for them! This is for those of us who are saved.  It’s a time to look deep into your heart and see – let God’s light show you if there be any darkness.

When you run out of grace – the only thing left is a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that was made to consume the enemies of God. Enemies of God! Yes, continuing in sin makes you an enemy of God. And they go to Hell – actual Hell. It’s real. We see here that it’s real. It is not meant for the children of God. So God has provided this very stern warning about how easy it is to slip away.

And as for that judgment – we all have to stand before God at some point and account for everything. I do not look forward to that day.  I have been an enemy of God.  I have the assurance that after being judged I am still an heir to the kingdom of God – This is a truly fearful thing we should not take lightly.

29 How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace?”
Trampled Jesus underfoot?! Hey, I am not the one who said it – It’s in the Bible.  This makes me so uncomfortable I want to make jokes – but as much as God is love – he is also just. We should respect that. We should fear Him. Seriously, God is no joke – He sent His son here to die (think about that)! I would not send my son to die.
Insulted the Spirit of grace – look at this sweet little easter-egg God hid in here – Spirit of grace. Grace is so many glorious things and encompasses so much and can be so big because it is spirit.  I know, you probably tire of me putting that word in everything – But I am not putting it in anything, it is God that put it everywhere – like a gas let loose it disperses and spreads – it does not thin or become weaker by spreading, instead it becomes stronger! It is spirit!  

30 For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.” 31 It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”

“For we know Him” Even the demons believe and tremble – fire and brimstone. If you find any evil way inside you – repent and be saved! Ask Jesus to forgive your sins and cleanse you from all unrighteousness. He is faithful, and will clean and forgive you. Turn from wickedness. Turn to God!!
This is the balanced nature of our God.  Although we love to focus on the wonderful, glorious, and feel-good side of Him – His judgment is a dreadful thing. We must get to know all of him.

35 So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.”

The modern business world always says if you are giving bad news always start with something good and end with something good and slip the bad news in between.  God did exactly that in this passage. Yesterday’s was so encouraging – today I reviewed it so you remember – because we continued with hell – now let’s be encouraged.  You know the wonderful stuff and that is why you are here. We just discussed the consequences of changing your mind now or slipping away. So do not throw away your confidence in God.
What about God am I supposed to be confident about? HE WHO PROMISED IS FAITHFUL! Confident because of all those promises. The assurance that Hell is not your promised end. And that being an obedient child of God will be richly rewarded.

3You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. 37 For, “In just a little while, he who is coming will come and will not delay.”

Come Lord Jesus Come!!!

We don’t belong to the backsliders or those who refuse to stop sinning –

39 But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.”

We belong to those who have faith and are saved – we belong to God – Jesus loves us! AMEN!
Be encouraged in the Lord.

Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

~Grace be with you ~
~Thank you for reading ~ Be healthy and blessed ~
~ Pray for our nation ~ Pray Psalm 91 ~

Persevere in Faith (part 1)

19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

26 If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. 28 Anyone who rejected the Law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.” 31 It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

32 Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you endured in a great conflict full of suffering. 33 Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated. 34 You suffered along with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions. 35 So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.

36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. 37 For, “In just a little while, he who is coming will come and will not delay.”

38 And, “But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back.”

39 But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved. 

Hebrews 10:19-39

Well – that was a long passage! But what a powerful passage.  Let’s see what we can find in here today!

Let start by reminding ourselves that this is in a letter written to the early Hebrew church – this means Jews who had converted to Christianity.  Essentially these people believed in God and then took a huge leap of faith and believed in Jesus as well.  Already being religious and under the Law of Moses, these were pretty much good people to begin with – and already growing in their faith in Christ.

However it would seem there was some people who had not committed to going deeper and some who had started falling backwards as a result of their comfort with not growing further. Not to mention the persecution of this early church.

“Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.” 

It is good to read this again and again. We start this passage off with a reminder that we, through grace and the work of the cross, can now go to God directly and not through a priest at the temple.  These people would fully appreciate this, while you and I can only imagine. Back in that time a Jew would have to stand in line at the temple for days or weeks even, until it was finally their turn – and then you sent your message to God by briefly speaking with a priest and hoping he got you message to God correct.  Can you imagine not being able to pray when you have an issue? Feeling like God did not want to see you, only the priest?

Now we can draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings! And knowing we are clean – cleansed from our sins! We are forgiven!!! God wants to talk with us directly!

23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.”
Unswervingly.  Just hold firm – staying the course – this is that solid goodness of God.
HE WHO PROMISES IS FAITHFUL!!! AMEN!!!  Why do I say “where is the verse?” Because I find God’s promises and I pray them over my life and into my prayer requests. Once I have a promise to pray for, I have the confidence that God is faithful to send the answer – and His answer will be “Yes, child, I shall do this for you!”  God is faithful. Don’t doubt it – it is written!!!
Say it out loud! Let the spirit world hear you: God is faithful!!! He who has promised is faithful.
Maybe you should say it louder, I couldn’t hear you!

24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

Encourage one another in the Lord.  During this pandemic – in such a time as this – I am well aware of people whose hearts are failing them from fear. I am well aware of those who are losing hope.  I see you!  I know you struggle.  If not because of the pandemic, then maybe there is another struggle in your life and it isn’t any smaller to you that those who struggle with the issues brought on by this pandemic. 

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 NIV
What an encouraging verse!  Even in our struggles and troubles we should encourage each other – have you help someone be uplifted at least once this week??

And forsake not the assembling of yourselves together – This means don’t forget to go to church. It’s amazing that we can still find a church service on Sunday during this – Facebook has so many churches live streaming services all the time (if your church doesn’t).
The reason we should go to church is two-fold. First, because we get fed the word at church and we need to keep getting fed (above and beyond our own bible studies and prayer time). The second is to encourage one another.  During this time of social distancing we need to make an effort to reach out to our church family and encourage them in the Lord. We are told to do this in this verse. “And all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Well folks, if they said that almost 2000 years ago how much more is it relevant today?!?!  

Jesus is returning for the children of God and will meet us in the sky – soon!  The Bible said it was soon, back then and therefore it is all the more soon today!! No need to be a prophet to figure that out!  My name is written in the Lambs Book of Life! I am going up!

Say it! Say it loud – so loud the devil himself can hear you! You are a child of God and a force to be reckoned with because the boldness of the Holy Spirit is in you and the power of the blood of Jesus has covered you and through the power of the name of Jesus – all because a great and Mighty God looked down on our planet, saw a need for you, created you, put you here for His plan – and LOVES YOU!

So say it!!  My name is written in the Lambs Book of Life! I am going up! I will persevere in faith! He who promised is faithful!!  Jesus has overcome the world!!!! God loves me and Jesus loves me!!!!!

Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

~Grace be with you ~
~Thank you for reading ~ Be healthy and blessed ~
~ Pray for our nation ~ Pray Psalm 91 ~

Bold

“In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.” Ephesians 3:12 NIV

Confidence. It births a certain boldness.

“The wicked flee though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.” Proverbs 28:1 NIV

The righteous are as bold as a lion it says.  So are we bold? I mean really BOLD. Do we know that we know that we know that we are the righteousness of God through Christ Jesus?

“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him”. 2 Corinthians 5:21 NKJV

But I am a sinner, I am a sin struggle sometimes, I am a mess – yet through the blood of Jesus and the work of the cross we are forgiven (repenting of all these things and being forgiven) and washed clean from these sins – to become the righteousness of God! And the righteous are bold and full of this confidence!

“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16 NIV

I use this verse often.  In such a time as this we need bold prayers – confidence!  Our prayers should not always be safe.  Are you praying for something big?? I hope so.  If you know me you know that with every prayer or prayer request, I always ask: “what’s the verse?” or “where is the verse?”  I want to pray the will of God so I have the confidence the answers will be YES! 
When you have the scriptural promise to stand on you can pray boldly. You can stand firm on the rock and not be shaken.  You can be persistent – cause God said it, I believe it and now I pray for it! It will come.

This world needs a mighty God – a mighty God with bold followers.  Can you image a king being called mighty if he has an army of wimpy, timid soldiers?  If that king had a court full of people who could not advise as they couldn’t decide?? If that king had a kingdom of timid people who were too scared to speak to each other??? 
Put on the armor of God and be a bold soldier for the Mighty King and Lord of Lords! Read and pray that you know the will of God so you can speak with confidence, making decisions boldly in wisdom!! And testify – boldly tell others what God is doing in your life!!!    

Are you bold enough to speak?!

“Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.” Ephesians 6:19-20 NIV

Are you ready to be bold enough to speak? OK, so there is a like button on this (if you are reading on the word press app – an account may be required).  If you click the like button on this post – I will boldly pray this Ephesians 6:19-20 prayer over you!  And please if you are reading pray it for me.  Preaching the gospel is strictly prohibited at my job but I have learned that testifying what the Lord has done is permitted. I can say to my co-workers: “So ya know how I said I really needed such-n-such? Well, miraculously, this happened that ended up meeting that need! I prayed and it really happened!”  And after a few of these testimonies – God is powerful and alive in me, through me, and now real to them.  Are you bold enough to bend the rules and share what our Savior is doing??

Jesus saved me.  Sometimes I just sit and think about how much is in those 3 words – His love, His grace – His mercy – His forgiveness – Help here on earth – a way out of trials and temptation – and maybe a crown in heaven – a mansion in heaven – and my name written in the Lambs Book of Life that I will not perish in eternal damnation!  Think about it, because…

“Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold.” 2 Corinthians 3:12 NIV

Yes! Think about it because it makes you bold!!! The abundant blessings and blessed hope of Christ’s return give boldness to share.  It transforms us into bold, brave, daring, courageous, intrepid, audacious, gallant, valiant, unflinching, fearless, children of God.
But if God is for us, who can be against us?!  

If we are filled with the spirit – walk in the spirit – know the will of God and pursue it – then when troubles come we can count it all joy and know His plans for us are to prosper and to make a future for us!

“After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.” Acts 4:31 NIV

Have you prayed for the Holy Spirit to fill you? to help you? guide you?  You want to be bold? Well, we see here that the Holy Spirit filled the disciples and they were filled with boldness! This is an important step – without the filling of the Holy Spirit how can you be bold?  Maybe you are a little bold but who know how exceeding abundant things will be after He fills you?!?! (By the way, many find that to be a persistent prayer – to be filled. Remember the disciples tarried there for a while waiting.)

“In the day when I cried out, You answered me, And made me bold with strength in my soul.” Psalm 138:3 NKJV

Ooooo so good – the God given Goodness!!!  We cry out or ask – he answers and makes us BOLD! And did you catch that last part?? With strength in our soul!!!
Boldness comes with the Holy Spirit, but it also gives our souls strength – strength to be bold. 

Sometimes our souls tire. It happens. Our spirit is willing, our flesh is submissive some days and other days it fights us all day, our bodies are slowly aging, and our soul manages to some degree, all these things. My soul has a burden for my loved ones who are not living in the fullness of what God has and is – it has a burden for those who do know even know God or know of a God but have the idea askew.  Sometimes I pray in the spirit to give my soul a rest as prayers for salvation tend to be slow. So slow. But we can cry out to God to make me bold with strength in my soul! And He will strengthen and embolden me!  So I can persist in my prayers for them.

“5 He also said to them: “Suppose one of you has a friend and goes to him at midnight and says to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, 6 because a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I don’t have anything to offer him.’ 7 Then he will answer from inside and say, ‘Don’t bother me! The door is already locked, and my children and I have gone to bed. I can’t get up to give you anything.’ 8 I tell you, even though he won’t get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his friend’s shameless boldness, he will get up and give him as much as he needs.” Luke 11:5-8 CSB
Look at this!!! Shameless boldness!!! Persisting in asking is also a boldness! 
As a child I was pretty persistent. I’d ask, and ask again. Over and over and over.  Looking back, I should not have been so bold as more times than I got what I wanted, I instead got a swift smack for being a tireless brat.  Bold. I was fearless without cause. 
We can go to God just as fearlessly and ask every day a million times a day when we know that what we ask for is a biblical promise! And guess what? He doesn’t smack ya for it! He answers with miracles – healing, salvation, demons being cast out, and exceedingly abundantly above all we can ask and think! 
Just look how Luke continues after this parable…
“9 “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. 11 What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead of a fish? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him? ” Luke 11:9-13 CSB

Oh Lord, today I don’t want fish or an egg. I just want boldness in prayer and in my life. Continue to show me you will and fill my soul with strength – so I can be bold. Bold enough to fulfill the plans you have for me, plans to prosper and have a future! Hallelujah!

Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

~Grace be with you ~
~Thank you for reading ~ Be healthy and blessed ~
~ Pray for our nation ~ Pray Psalm 91 ~

Go! and these signs…

“And Jesus said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” Mark 16:15-18

Go – I can understand that. As we are still in the “lock-down” or “social distancing” or whatever we call this, we cannot physically go.  But with technology we can still reach the ends of the Earth.  So, Go.  And now that we have the easy part down – what about the rest?

Preach the gospel – I probably have that one down.  I have to be very careful because in the place where I work it is literally against the rules to talk about our beliefs.  Yet, I am known as the good church girl.  I started working there 6 months before I gave my life back to God. They had 6 months of me: jagged, edgy, cursing, heartless, etc.  Yet, I haven’t yet worked there for 2 years and they have forgotten the old me and I am known for who God made me into, by those I work with daily.  Preaching isn’t always speaking the Word – sometimes it is living the Word.
Preaching isn’t so much my problem – I speak the Word in truth and love far too often. I have also learned to wait on the Lord to tell me when to speak.  Yes, the Word need to come in season. God can reveal when to speak and when not to.

To every creature – um…. I talk to the puppy about Jesus all the time. But I might be crazy.

I believe and have been baptized.  I am save! And I do pray in tongues – baptized with the Holy Spirit!

BUT… where are the signs? I have not cast out demons (not for lack of trying).  I have not taken up serpents. I have not drank anything deadly. I have not laid hands on the sick and watched them recover.  Have you?  (I really hope that whole serpent thing is metaphorical, but if not I’ll do it!)

I pray that God teaches me to pray and how to do these things.  I read – reread – study the Bible, searching for how – why are these signs not following me?!?! Have I failed?

First of all – God is the all-powerful – He is love, yes, but he is MIGHTY and just. And His Day of Judgment shall come. All power, love and goodness come from him. Which is fantastic!!!

“That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.” Ephesians 1:19-23 NIV

So God the Father raised Christ – put him above (which is a simple way of saying gave him the authority over) all. The he put all things under his feet, which almost sounds redundant but keep with this… He is the head.  We are the body, an entire body – we are the arms and hand, torso and legs, AND feet.  This is important because ALL THINGS are under the feet.
If all things are under the feet, then why am I not putting my foot down – not stand for the lack of miracles in my life?

Hold up!!! I am blessed – all the spectacular ways that God keeps providing for me – all of it is miraculous and God gets all the glory!  I am not undervaluing those things.  I am studying how to be a better disciple and “The signs that follow.”  

I am getting off track. God the all-powerful sets up this structure of Him at the top, then Jesus, then us followers, and then all things. God gave Jesus all authority and he gave it to us as joint heirs, as children of God. 

“Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you.” Luke 10:19 ESV

It’s time to put my foot down so to speak. Time to tread on snakes and scorpions. And did you see the next part? “And over all the power of the enemy” – All. All. ALL!

OK – So, remember when the Coronavirus wasn’t called Covid and it first appeared on our continent and depending on when you had first heard of it – I was following national news for a while and it was on my radar long before… But I would have to say it was in March, Mid-March.  All of a sudden a thick blanket covered the nation. It was like a fog. Everyone became dazed and confused – full of unbelief (in this virus) and fear.  I heard preacher after preacher say something is going on and something is happening.  Yes.  The principality (demonic forces that own territories) just swept over the entire Earth and is gaining power.

(BTW – Stop participating in the fear talk! Let’s not call this ‘uncertain times’ or ‘unprecedented times’.  We should say in such a time as this – we are here (like Esther). Or let’s say during the social distancing – while Governor Cuomo has us under a PAUSE Order – during the here and now.  I don’t know, anything except words that the media uses to sell their stories while praying on your fear and feeding this beast.)

Let be honest – prayers slowed, it was more difficult to read and pray.  The spiritual battle for Earth has been kicked up a notch.  I am hungrier for God, and learning to navigate it.
It isn’t going away, this fear.  The Bible says in the end times (and we have been in the end times for quite a while but we are definitely in the end times) fear will come over the Earth and people’s hearts will fail them from the fear.  Sorry folks. This is written in The Book – his spirit is here to stay – even with us given authority over all the powers of the enemy. We cannot stop this. But we can hold it back. We can pierce through this darkness with our Sword (the word of God) and send our prayers up. We can Pierce it back open to pray down the answers to our prayers. We can hold it back from our friends, family and church families.  (This is why I say, come Lord Jesus come! While also saying, wait, let’s get a few more people saved.)

In such a time as this we need our full armor on. We need to understand our job in this, our authority (not our power but Jesus in us and not our will, but Thy Will).  Do you understand this structure?

“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4 NIV

Now before we run out the front door of our house and go practice casting out demons, let me remind you:
Firsthand I have learned, you should only speak when He tells you to speak and not until He tells you to speak.
And let me remind you of a group of Jews who did not quite understand – we only have authority by being a disciple of Jesus and child of God. The Power comes from Jesus’ filling and the filling of the Holy Spirit = FROM God, through Jesus, through us.

“13 Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, “In the name of the Jesus whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out.” 
14 Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. 
15 One day the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?” 
16 Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding.”

Acts 19:13-16 NIV

You see, if you aren’t actually a child of God – it doesn’t work. But also, if you are a child of God, then the demons know about you.  They know they are subject to your authority and if they do not submit they will be dealt with by the justice of God All-Mighty. In James 2:19 the Bible shows us the demons believe in God and Jesus and the work of the cross – and shudder! They know the Bible better than we do. They are masters at manipulating it to cause you to doubt or back down.

But the time for doubt has long since passed.  It is time to be brave and bold. It’s time to “Go”.

Go ye therefore in spirit and truth – Cast out the demons – slice holes in the principalities oppressing us – Fear, you have a name – and the NAME OF JESUS is ABOVE all names – he has given me power to slice you open to let my answers to prayer through! Step aside and let the Lords messenger through, unharmed, to deliver the good news. Not by my power but by the name above names – the sweet name of Jesus who has written my name in the Lambs Book of Life! Maranatha! Amen! Glory!

Thank you Jesus – teach me more!

“Then Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen.” Matthew 28:18-20

Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

~Grace be with you ~
~Thank you for reading ~ Be healthy and blessed ~
~ Pray for our nation ~ Pray Psalm 91 ~

Salvation

“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”  John 14:6 NIV
Oh the merciful grace of simple belief. 

In case you have stumbled upon this and do not know, let me explain (and if you do already know stick with me here, please) – we are all sinners and condemn to eternity in Hell. However, God send his son, Jesus to die for our sins.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 NIV
If you believe this is true, Then all you need to do is say a simple prayer asking Jesus to forgive your sins and come into your life.

This is when you should begin to develop your own personal relationship with Jesus.  The basics to any relationship is communication and the steps are:
Praying is talking to Him.
The Bible is the inspired word of God – it also says that Jesus is the word; therefore, reading your Bible is Him talking to you and you spending time with him.
All relationships die and wither away if communication stops – so logically, we should continue with this (and as you read, you find the Bible says pray without ceasing).

“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” Romans 10:9-10 NIV
Here in Romans we see Paul (the apostle who wrote it) explain that it is more than just asking him into your life and reading and praying.  We are to declare it.  Here is an interesting question: have you declared, or told, someone today that you believe in Jesus?  Paul says it is with this profession that you are saved. According to this, it is a vital step in our salvation. Who did you tell today?

“Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.” Luke 3:8 NIV
Producing fruit does not mean you need to become a farmer.  In the book of Galatians (5:22-23) are a list of the fruits he expects that we will grow:
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
When I first got saved, I was NOT very loving – but no one was very loving towards me so I didn’t feel I needed to be. I grew in Love.  Because I was very love less – I wasn’t very joyful, but as I got to know Jesus I became more joyful.
SO, how are you doing with growing in peace?  Lots of people battling fear during this pandemic and fear isn’t peace. Is your peace growing?
I don’t think we need to go through each of them – but I should probably ask about self-control. How are you doing at controlling yourself (or dyeing to sin – as we discussed in recent posts)?

I used to think, I was saved and that was that – I could continue in sin that grace abounded. But if I had actually read my Bible, I would have known that in Romans 6:1 if says we should not – God forbids it.  I also heard we are saved by our works or by doing good things and our own merit.

“He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit” Titus 3:5 NIV

You see – a relationship with Jesus causes a transformation.
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2 NIV
And what is very interesting here is that Paul is writing about salvation to those who say they believe.  This is a message to the believer and the unbeliever.

”Wherefore if any man is in Christ, [he is] a new creature: the old things are passed away; behold, they are become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 ASV
I know a few people who I know are not reading, praying, trying to grow fruit, letting God transform them and they are the same sin-full person they were before.  I told them I am praying for them, and they think it is nice that I pray, but they see no use because nothing is wrong with their belief.   But they are not a new creature.

Jesus said:
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 7:21 NIV
Jesus warns us – we can be false disciples of him.  Either we lie to ourselves and convince our self that we are ok, comfortable in our complacency – or we slip away slowly, without notice – caught up with the cares of this world (I’ll read later, I am busy now – or I’ll pray later – then later comes later and later until it doesn’t come).
Can you imagine saying “But Lord, I professed you!” And he says “Nope.”
“But Lord, I used to pray, and I used to read, and I used to….” “Nope”
“But Lord I did all these things in your name!” – “Nope.”

Let’s not forget – we are responsible for our side of the relationship.
”Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed–not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence–continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling” Philippians 2:12 NIV
We must work out our own salvation – not with works, but by building a relationship with him.

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV
So as we grow in the Lord, we tend to do good things – it’s a side effect of love, joy, peace, etc. But we cannot do so many good things to get into heaven. 10 Hail Mary’s will not get you into the gates. Feeding 100 poor people doesn’t earn you salvation. It is only by grace.

Now, let’s go a little deeper –
Have you read your Bible today?  Did you study it?  No, not that pretty devotional that makes you feel good – did you read the actual word?

A little deeper? – Did you try to memorize any of it today? Did you meditate on it or think about the same verse or passage multiple times? Are you letting it get in you?
Are you letting it change you? Grow you? Transform you?

How is your prayer life? Did you have a quiet time for prayer? Did you also try to listen? Did you bless your food and life but forget to pray for the power and wisdom to use it?
Are your prayer effectively transforming the world around you?
Did you lay hand on the sick?  Did you cast out demons? Did you raise anyone from the dead?

Jesus commanded us to go spread the news about who he is and convert people to him.  He said when we do – heal the sick and cast out the demons.
“Um, sorry God, I am in a social distancing thingy and kinda busy being afraid and trying to die to my fleshly desires – so, I am kind too busy to go tell others about you!” Doh!!!

Spirit of fear BE BOUND!  It is time to move in boldness and in power!

“But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. 10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.” Philippians 3:7-11 NIV

Isn’t it time?

“And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.” Romans 13:11 NIV

So if Jesus came for you right now – this very moment – are you ready? Are you right with him? Are your sins all confessed, forgiven and turned away from? Are you going with him?

Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

~Grace be with you ~
~Thank you for reading ~ Be healthy and blessed ~
~ Pray for our nation ~ Pray Psalm 91 ~

Graceful Surrender

“This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.
Then the word of the Lord came to me. He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel. If at any time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down and destroyed, and if that nation I warned repents of its evil, then I will relent and not inflict on it the disaster I had planned. And if at another time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be built up and planted, 10 and if it does evil in my sight and does not obey me, then I will reconsider the good I had intended to do for it.”  Jeremiah 18:1-10 NIV

Break me, oh Lord – this is an interesting prayer and discussion among some of my friends. It came up when one friend was reading “Dangerous Prayers” by Craig Groeschel.  I have been following the daily devotional on the Bible app with the same name and it really makes you question what stands between you and God – specifically between you and total surrender.

One response Mr. Groeschel spoke about in relation to the “Break Me” prayer was a lady who feared what bad things might happen and how it would impact her children.  My heart broke for her and I do not even know her.  She obviously did not study the potter and the clay and does not know God – because he is a good God.

It is possible that you’ve been broken before by a list of horrible things that you have suffered through, and those things are the troubles of this world. This is not a prayer for troubles to come upon you.

When I had a miscarriage and that child’s father decided he wanted other women in his life – it broke me.  This is not God breaking me. This was sin – and a planet ruled by sin – the separation of man from God that happened at the fall of man in the Garden of Eden and the curse on this planet until the triumphant Day of the Lord to happen as detailed in Revelations.  In this world we will have struggles.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 NIV

But Jesus says he has overcome and to get through these struggles we surrender more to Him and he turns what the enemy meant for evil into good.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 NIV

God did not kill my unborn child, God did not put it in the heart of my sweetheart to run around, God did not cause any of the bad things that have happened in my life to have happened.  But God used those circumstances to grow me closer to him and for his glory.

As we see the potter with the clay and the clay breaks, becomes misshaped, the potter reforms it. Have you ever watched a potter work? It is gentle and tender.  Potters work carefully. They love their clay, it is valuable to them.  So when we pray for God to break us we can have the confidence that God will also be tender and careful – we are valuable to him.  He is a good God. And having been broken by sins and struggles of  this world does not make us exempt from asking God to reshape us into his vessels through his goodness.

So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. Mark 10:18 NKJV
As I have said before – Good is SO GOOD – even Jesus won’t let people call him good.  I pray that sinks into your hearts. His love and mercy and goodness.

“You are good and do good” Psalm 119:68a
So when we pray: Lord break me – he will do good.  Maybe we think too lightly of the goodness of God?

“Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?” Romans 2:4
It’s his love – his goodness – that draws us to him – have we forgotten what a good God he is? This world is so evil that the truth of the depth of his goodness forgotten as we no longer see such deep goodness in mankind? He calls us his children.  Do we as humans truly know how to be a good parent as we have been corrupted by this world?

“And I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to Me,” Says the Lord Almighty.” 2 Corinthians 6:18

“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:11

God gives good and perfect things – no variation – no bait-n-switch. Not the struggles of this world – those are the trouble that Jesus said would come and that He has won over – no, Just goodness!

“Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.” James 1:17

When the Lord God, breaks us and shapes us and transforms us – when we truly surrender to his will – it is all goodness and joy! It is GOOD – that deep and glorious grace filled kind of GOOD. Yes, grace. Have we forgotten that we are in the New Testament times – the times of GRACE. The work of the cross and our salvation!

“The Lord is good to all, and His mercies are over all His works.” Psalm 145:9

Of course we shall still have troubles – but not from God. God will work them for our good. He is a good good father. I know who my Abba (my Daddy) is. Do you?

“For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in lovingkindness to all who call upon You.” Psalm 86:5

Be encouraged – be brave – submit all areas of your life to him and let him shape you into who he intended you to be – fearfully and wonderfully made. Let him transform you.  As we cry out that this generation needs a mighty God – he replies I need a bold and brave people.  God works through us and if we are not finished being made or we are hindering his works (maybe accidentally) or if we are wimps and won’t let him use us – then we cannot see this MIGHTY GOD move as we cry out for his movement.  

Now to those who persevere in prayer for big miracles:
God is still good. His timing is perfect and good. His power is still mighty and loving. The completed works of the cross shall be made manifest in our lives and the lives of those we pray for.  Our needs are being met.

“Now, O Lord God, You are God, and Your words are truth, and You have promised this good thing to Your servant.” 2 Samuel 7:28

I pray today that he encourage you and me in our persistence. As the Bible instructs fathers not to wear out their children, neither will our Father frustrate us.
“Fathers, do not exasperate your children, so that they will not lose heart.” Colossians 3:21

Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

~Grace be with you ~
~Thank you for reading ~ Be healthy and blessed ~
~ Pray for our nation ~ Pray Psalm 91 ~

No condemnation (part 2)

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1 NIV

And here begins the deeper work of this redemption story – the great grace by which we came to this place.

“Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.  The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.” Romans 8:5-6 NIV

Spirit.  Praying that you can grasp this – it’s so deep and full of mystery – yet so obvious.  I have read this before and studied it before and dug in deeper – but there is a river under this river!!! And it’s flowing with much tastier waters of life.  Deep truthful surrender – the kind that make you malleable to the will of God. Because if you retain and keep some of that flesh, some of the self-will your mind is then governed by flesh and as Paul explains:

“The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.” Romans 8:7-8 NIV

Paul said it not me, so don’t hold me accountable for this.  Repent, the Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand! Seriously, and honestly it is – because we should be of the realm of the Spirit.

“You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness.” Romans 8:9-10 NIV

Theological discussions can arise: is there a difference between having the Spirit in you, verse living in the spirit – the spirit of Christ in you verses the Holy Spirit – this Spirit of Righteousness and baptism in the Holy Spirit. And I do not wish to debate theology.  Let’s stick with what the scriptures say and not involve the interpreters.  The general concept herein is summarized in the next verse:

“And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.” Romans 8:11 NIV
This verse is SO VERY WONDERFUL! The SAME Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead raises us up out of sin – raises us up so we can have eternal life – raises us up!  How powerful do you think that Spirit is? To command life into the dead?  We have such power within us. So, what do we do with this power? Safely tuck it away? Why am I not seeing sick healed, demons cast out, lame walk, dead brought back – Jesus did it and so did the first century church. Holdup, it has even been done during periods of revival in the church.  Where is it today? Where is it right now? Because THIS SAME SPIRIT THAT RAISED JESUS FROM THE DEAD IS LIVING IN EACH OF US.  

“Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it.  For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.” Romans 8:12-13 NIV
Listen Paul, these aren’t the sweet Sunday school lessons we want – this isn’t as nice and easy as so someone love today and I turn to my family member and say I love you – Oh NO! This is an OBLIGATION! A requirement, so to speak and duty, responsibility, compulsion, and part of the commitment. Yes, giving up our sin, our self, our things, even our life – its and obligation with the promise: “You will live”.

Live and hold a special blessing – a new title: the child of God:

“For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”  The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.  Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.” Romans 8:14-17 NIV

Heirs with Christ, children of God, what LOVE – what GRACE – what amazing and wondrous miracle this is!  There is the redemption story told out in excruciating detail as we die in chapter 6, fight for our lives and share in Christ suffering in chapter 7, and emerge in chapter 8 redeemed! GLORY!!!

“The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.” Let chew on this piece of the above passage. Testify is a very important word – it’s our testimony. Our personal proof of God’s power working.

“And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.”  Revelations 12:11 ESV

Our testimony here in Revelation combined with the Spirit testifying on our behalf – see how we overcome. Notice also they loved not their life – they had died to self, given it all to God. This is our obligation because this is how we conquer and overcome in the end! And to continue with that victory, Paul says…

“31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.” Romans 8:31-34 NIV 

What shall we say? Well it seems Paul found much to say – like, it is an unfair fight and the odd are in our favor. Not here but elsewhere in the book, Paul remind us that the battle has already been won, we are just going through the motions, trying to bring others to Christ before Jesus returns again in the sky to call us all up to him! Whoo-hoo – Glory!!! Hallelujah!
We can just rest in God’s perfect love for us!

“35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:35-39 NIV

What can separate us from the love of Christ? We are more than conquerors.

I am loved and nothing can separate me from that love. I am more than a conqueror. This is why there is therefore now no condemnation – we ask forgiveness, we repent from doing it, and by grace we are able to share in the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus by dying to our self and sin, and letting that resurrection Spirit dwell within.  

Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

~Grace be with you ~
~Thank you for reading ~ Be healthy and blessed ~
~ Pray for our nation ~ Pray Psalm 91 ~

No condemnation (part 1)

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1 NIV

A week ago or so I posted about Romans 6 – Dying to sin nature and fleshly desires and submitting to God’s will.  I meditated on the verses from chapter 6 and 7 and let them grow roots deep within.  Not my will, dear Jesus, but Thy will be done. 
If you have been following, you know that I have been running fool-hardy straight into the depths of this whole thing. I have been fed the milk and the baby food for years (and even some meat).  I had to catch back up with myself. But I also knew if I was going to come back and surrender to God – it would be a total surrender.
Some of my early posts cried out – here I am use me – not my will, but Thy will… I have delved into the searching and repenting and surrendering and most assuredly the changes and transformation.
It all leads to Romans 6:2 “How can we who are dead to sin live any longer therein?”  DEAD. So I mulled it over for quite a while. Chapter 7 takes this death to sin a bit further with explaining the old Jewish law and the new covenant of Christ and his logic written out makes you wish for a flow chart or something.  But let’s try to understand the sin struggle – why we sin – why we all sin, even those of us who have walked through the process of surrendering all the sins to God – trudged through the death process of digging with God into our depths and His – bathing in grace and repenting.

Here is an excerpt from Chapter 7:

15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. 21 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 

24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.

Romans 7:15-25 NIV

What a wretched woman I am. We live on a planet where sin rules and we are born into it. We will never be completely pure until we get to heaven. But the work of the cross completed that work and we are cleansed enough to please God (as long as we maintain repentance) and be able to have fellowship with Him.
You see he is so pure and Holy that He cannot be near sin, yet while we were yet sinners He sent His son to die for us.

Yet what we know is sin, we still do and what we know we should do, we don’t do. Every one of us.  There is always something more God asks for us, or asks us to not do.  When we first come to Christ certain obvious sins quickly fall away then we look at the less obvious.  Then as we mature, things that we didn’t consider sins have slowly become something we feel convicted about – why? These things aren’t wrong for other people to do. It’s because we are growing in God and His plan for us – some of us will live a more strict life and others, not as strict.

Whatever it is for me – not my will, but thy will.  
It is quite the dark night when God searches you and helps you identify many areas you sin. But it’s not just sin that applies to this. When delving into these chapters this deeply it can be our fleshly desires, our will, anything we value more than we value God (or value as much as God).

He is a good Good Father; He is loving, tender and caring. We can give our self and our things to Him and He will take care of them.  God is love.

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1 NIV

And here begins the deeper work of this redemption story – the great grace by which we came to this place.

Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

~Grace be with you ~
~Thank you for reading ~ Be healthy and blessed ~
~ Pray for our nation ~ Pray Psalm 91 ~