Love One Another?

“[Love Your Neighbor] Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.” Romans 13:8 NKJV

We think that this verse means that we are to love one another in and of ourselves. We can’t. As human beings, we are not capable of loving everyone, every moment of the day. Instead we have to allow God to love others through us because when we love us, we won’t want to steal, kill or destroy anything that belongs to another human being.

Do You Trust Him?

So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” – Hebrews 13:6

What can man do to me? I used to think that man could do a lot to me, but I am learning to trust God. God has help me in so many tough spots that I cannot do anything but believe that the Lord is my Helper.

It is not easy to trust God to help us, but the more we do it, the easier it will become.

Have You Shared?

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. 0 Revelation 12:11

Yesterday, I followed the prompting of the Holy Spirit as I had breakfast at McDonald’s, the same one I eat at five days a week. I ministered to a young couple, and I shared my testimony with them.

They told me that it gave them hope.

When we share our testimony of what God has done in our lives, we are not debating with people about God, but we are sharing our story with them human being to human being. And people are more receptive to that than they are to shoving God down their throat.

Have you taken the time to share your testimony with those in your life? That you meet? You never know who will be touched by God through it.

Do You Have Bitter Things In Your Life?

So he cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a tree. When he cast it into the waters, the waters were made sweet. There He made a statute and an ordinance for them, and there He tested them, – Exodus 15:25 (KJV).

God made the bitter waters of Marah sweet.

I don’t know how much you know about my story, but I spent most of my life in a very controlling situation.

I didn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel although I always held onto a shred of hope that someday things might be different.

Within the last year, I was delivered from that situation.

Now things are much brighter on the whole, so much sweet, proving that God can take even the most stubborn, not moving problems, and turn them sweet.

Where Is Your Focus?


But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: – 1 Peter 1:19
Jesus is our Passover Lamb.

The Passover was a time when the Hebrews killed a lamb…and ate it on the instructions of God.

They were to spread the blood on their doorposts to prevent the death angel from visiting their home.

Jesus is our Passover Lamb. He laid down His life for us, so that we would be protected by His blood.

When we look to the Cross and what He did for us, we too will be healed…like when the Israelites gazed upon the brass serpent and were healed.

It’s all about where we put our focus.

Power In The Blood?

how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? – Hebrews 9:14

We used to sing songs about the power of the blood of Jesus, but we, on the whole of Christianity, have become just another bloodless religions.

No other belief that I know about has their deity come to Earth to live among us and die for the punishment of our sins. No other belief has their deity shedding blood for the creations.

There is indeed power in the blood of Jesus. Blood is our life. With blood, we are dead. So Jesus literally gave us His life, but His blood isn’t dead. It is alive and saves us, protects us and can heal us in every area of our lives.

It is the blood of Jesus that makes us whole.

Unrest In Your Mind?

And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground -.Luke 22:44

The blood of Jesus.

Think about this: He didn’t start shedding His blood at the cross. He started shedding His blood in the Garden. Why is that important? It is important because Jesus shed His blood for our mental confusion, our mental torment, long before He took our sins, took our punishment.

This is significant because it indicates, to me, that Jesus first concern was whether we are at peace in our minds. When we are peaceful in our minds, we are able to accept what Jesus did a whole lot easier.

I know I used to have a more pronounced case of a panic disorder and OCD. My mind would get stuck on one thought…and no amount of reason could change it.
Jesus wanted us to have peace in our minds, so we could see clearly all He did for us.

Are You Claiming It?

Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.
(Isaiah 53:4-5)

The punishment for our peace was upon Him. Peace is shalom here. And shalom includes our entire well-being, not just our mental well-being.

Most of us don’t think about the fact that God punished Jesus for every sin–past, present and future–when Jesus died on that Cross. If future sins weren’t included, then we are in trouble because we had not committed one sin when Jesus died.

We instead try to punish ourselves, try to do enough to earn God’s forgiveness, when it is already ours. All we have to do is claim it.

Just food for thought: if we are only saved until our next sin, then wouldn’t we be in trouble since there are over 600 commands in the Bible and we aren’t aware of them all? Sin would still be sin whether we are aware we did it or not.

Are You Glossing The Truth?

God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish but have everlasting life. – John 3:16

Too many times, we read the Easter story and gloss over it until next year, but the story of what Jesus did for us needs to be our lifestyle, our daily reminder, of what our God did for us.

We like to seperate God from Jesus. We like to say that Jesus died for us. But God came down to Earth. God Himself made Himself a baby. God Himself lived among us. God Himself lived the human life. And God Himself died on the Cross for our sins.

Think about that. God Himself died for us. God Himself rose again. God Himself was on that Cross. His blood reconciled us to Himself, tearing down the barrier between us and Him.

Are You In The Way?

having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. (Colossians 2:14 NIV)

The nails that held Jesus to the Cross are significant because they weren’t little nails, they were big, stake nails.  

Jesus willingly endured the pain of being nailed to the Cross to take your place, to die for your sins.

He endured the pain because He loved you.  

But something else was nailed to the Cross that day–the sin, the legal indebtedness, that stood between you and God.

Sin no longer stands between God and you.  Only you and your refusal to come to Him does.

 
having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. (Colossians 2:14 NIV)

The nails that held Jesus to the Cross are significant because they weren’t little nails, they were big, stake nails.  

Jesus willingly endured the pain of being nailed to the Cross to take your place, to die for your sins.

He endured the pain because He loved you.  

But something else was nailed to the Cross that day–the sin, the legal indebtedness, that stood between you and God.

Sin no longer stands between God and you.  Only you and your refusal to come to Him does.