Who’s Your BFF?

 

Do not be misled: bad company corrupts good character. – I Corinthians 15:33

A lot is going on in my life, in my health and in my relationships.

There was a time when breaking up with this particular person rocked my world. When being referred to cardiologist as a “precaution” because the doctor saw something minor on my EKG would have panicked me. When working to get my statistics at work within acceptable ranges would have consumed me.

Now I know these things are a blimp on the radar, that they are nothing my God can’t handle (Jeremiah 32:27.) I know He has a purpose for my life (Jeremiah 29:11.) A purpose I am not done with yet.

I have something most people don’t. I have a sense of purpose. As naive as it might seem, I still have grandiose ideas of changing the world. Or at least changing lives–one person at a time.

That’s why I am particular about who I hang around.

I kept a person in my life. Even though I loved him, even though we were good together, I knew I couldn’t move on with my purpose as long as he remained in my life.

I broke up with him, but he would somehow work his way back into my life. I needed help. God’s help.

I kept praying, “Lord, the battle with this is not mine but yours (Exodus 14:14).”

Not long after, the person and I had a fight. I called him on his behavior. He accused me of wanting attention. He walked out of my apartment, and I never heard from him again.

We must watch who we hang around. We need godly people who are of good character in our lives.

The wrong people will delay us from moving on, of getting to the purpose God has for us.

Think about it for a moment.

Who do you have in your life right now? Do they treat you well? Do they build you up? Do they tear you down?

Who is going to help your fulfill your purpose? Who won’t?

Ask God to bring the right people into your life and cause the wrong ones to walk.

The right people will make us. The wrong ones will break us.

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Are You Convinced?

No one will convince me that God isn’t real. No one will convince that God’s Word doesn’t work or that He doesn’t save (John 3:16,) heal (Romans 8:11) or fight my battles for me (Exodus 14:14).

Why? Because I have experienced too many healings in my body, too many situations being turned around in my favor. I have seen God and His Word work on my behalf way too many times.

Once you have experienced God, it is hard to be convinced otherwise.

Although the Israelites saw God deliver them from slavery (Exodus 15,) send them manna to eat every day (Exodus 16:15,) make the bitter waters sweet (Exodus 15:22-26,) they didn’t believe.

In Exodus 32, they erected a golden calf to worship instead. Something tangible. Something real. Something that couldn’t save them, couldn’t heal them or deliver them from their enemies.

They claimed that they could follow any commandment that God required (Exodus 24:3.)

This is how we are.

We think that our efforts, our abilities, our talents will get us the miracles, the breakthroughs, the changes we need in our lives. We think that we can be good enough to earn blessings from God.

Isaiah 64:6 states that our righteousness, our efforts, are as filthy rags.

Filthy rags. That’s what our righteousness is to God.

When we try to earn our blessings, our miracles, God sees our efforts as filthy rags.

When we try to earn our salvation through our good works instead of accepting what Christ did for us at the Cross, God sees our righteousness as filthy rags.

God knows we are human. God is more aware of it than we are.

It is why God created the Ten Commandments–to show us our need for a Savior (Galatians 3:24.)

Without Christ and His Sacrifice at the Cross, we wouldn’t have remission of sins (Hebrews 8:22.) Heaven wouldn’t be our home.

We are not good enough. Only Christ is.

We obtain everything by relying on Christ and His Sacrifice.

Need healing? See your sickness in Jesus body on the Cross.

Need finances? Need help with your children? Your mind? Rely on Christ.

Romans 8:32 tells us, “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?”

Healing? Is that included in all things? Yes.

Finances? Is that included in all things? Yes.

Is help with your children? Your mind? Are these included in all things? Yes.

Salvation is not earned. The blessings of God are not earned. Miracles are not earned.

The currency of Heaven is faith in Jesus and what He did at the Cross.

Focus on Christ and what He did.

Don’t try to earn your blessings. Just rest in Jesus and Him crucified.

Who Loves You?

Imagine: God knew you before He formed the world (Ephesians 1:4.)

He saw all the mistakes and choices you would make, the people whose lives you would change, even the times you turned your back on Him and denied Him like Peter (John 18:15-27.)

He still loved you. He still thought you were worth creating. He picked a specific purpose for you to accomplish while on Earth (Jeremiah 29:11.) All the good you could do outweighed everything else.

The church, as a whole, believes that we must love God with all heart and mind (Luke 10:27,) but it is impossible for us as humans to do so.

Jesus knew that. He knew that we would have to rely on the Sacrifice He would make at the Cross, where He took the wrath and punishment of God for all our sins (II Corinthians 5:21.)

Instead of focusing on how much we love Jesus, we need to focus on how much He loves us (I John 4:19.)

When we do this, we begin to effortlessly love Jesus more.

We must gaze on how Jesus, who knew no sin, never sinning a day in His life, took the punishment for our sins. Not His. Ours (For more on why I believe this, read Does God Hold Our Sins Against Us?)

Would we have done that for the world had we been in His place? We say we would. I doubt it. We are not that selfless.

The punishment for sin is death (Romans 6:23.) Jesus took that punishment for us. Only He could. He alone kept every commandment, every ordinance, every bit of the Law set for by God, for the Israelites (Matthew 5:17.)

He did this for you. He did this for me.

Not only did He take our punishment, He endured stripes on His back (Isaiah 53:4-5, I Peter 2:24.) His body torn up for our healing.

Not our healing in Heaven. We don’t need it there.

Romans 8:11 clearly states He took it for healing in our mortal body. This one ( For more on why I believe this, read Does God Heal?).

If He just took our sins, we would have Eternal Life, salvation from Hell (John 3:16.)

If He just took our sins and sicknesses, we would go to Heaven and be able to carry out God’s Will in this Earth.

He also took the Curse though. Cursed is anyone who hangs on a tree (Galatians 3:13.)

He wasn’t cursed by Adam and Eve’s disobedience in the Garden (Genesis 3.) We were.

He took the effects of the Curse for us. We are redeemed from all the curses listed in Deuteronomy 28. All of them.

He took a crown of thorns on His head (John 19:2) to heal us from mental illness and anxiety as well.

Jesus did so much for us on the Cross.

Meditate on what He did, and love for Him will come easily.

We love Him because He first loved us.

Remember the more we focus on His love and what He did for us, the more we will see His love and His benefits overflowing in our lives.

 

 

How Are We Holy?

He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time. – 2 Timothy 1:9 (NIV)

“I Need You, Lord.” Know the song? I like to play it when I am in crisis.

Toward the end of my sciatica, I kept it on auto-repeat on my phone as I worked. Thank God my job allows me to listen to music.

My favorite part is “Holiness is Christ in me.”

This speaks to me.

Most people think that holiness is doing everything right, following every law and regulation in the Bible.

If we define holiness as doing everything right, following everything in the Bible, we will never be holy.

How should we define holiness then?

1 Peter 1:16 tells us to be holy as Christ is holy.

We cannot possibly be holy as Christ is holy because we are only human. We make mistakes. We have addictions. We do things we never thought we would do when push comes to shove.

The only way for us to be holy is for Christ to live in and through us. Christ made us holy when He took our place at the Cross.

In Leviticus 4:1-35, the Hebrews relied on the blood of animals to atone for their sins.
Being all God and all human, Jesus came to Earth to be the only human to ever live who followed every regulation, every commandment, every ordinance of the Law.

He fulfilled the Law for us (Matthew 5:17.)

Without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sins (Hebrews 9:22.)

Jesus, the sinless Son of God, shed His blood to not only atone for our sins–once and for all (Romans 6:10)–but to justify us as well (Romans 3:23.)

He took the wrath and punishment of God for every sin we would ever commit, so we wouldn’t be separated from God. Now and eternally.

In exchange, He gave us His righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21.) We are in right standing not because of anything we did or didn’t do (Ephesians 2:8.) We are in right standing because of Jesus and Jesus alone.

As long Jesus’ sacrifice is good in the eyes of God, then we are in right standing with God.

Not because of us. Because of Jesus.

We are holy because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross.

When we believe the Truth of God’s Word, we start doing the right things without thinking about it. Believing right comes first not the other way around.

Start believing that you are righteous through Christ, that you are holy through His sacrifice at the Cross. Meditate on it until it is an ingrained part of you.

Then watch how your life changes.

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