Jesus Forgives the Greatest Sinners

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Sometimes we look at someone’s condition and think that they are so deep in their sin that they will never change.  Perhaps their condition scares us.  They may be on drugs so bad that we just want to get as far away from them as possible.  Last night I learned the hard way.  I ran across a lady that people were actually scared to go in her room.  She had tried to bite people, spit on them and was in restraints for being combative.  The first thing I thought when I heard about her, was Satan had a strong hold on this lady and I didn’t even want to be near her.  I knew I had to check on her because that was my job.  At first the lady was quiet and didn’t speak, so I tried to quickly do my job and leave the room.  Throughout the night, I would go in and ask questions, and leave as quickly as possible.

This morning I recalled the story in the Bible where Jesus had ran across people possessed of devils where he had to cast them out (Luke 8). He cared enough about these people that he did not leave them in their condition, but helped them and clothed them. See Jesus can forgive and save people who are at their lowest in life.  We think some people are beyond help and forgiveness to some degree.  We try to stay clear of them and talk about how bad a person they are.  The thing is that even a person that has done terrible things in life, deserve the gospel to be shared with them.  They are loved by God despite their sins.  Jesus came to die for the sins of the whole world.  He didn’t pick and choose who to love and who to forgive.  He loved us all.  John 3:16- For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.  WHOSOEVER- believeth in him.  That means anyone that believes in Christ can be saved.  But they need to believe in Jesus and trust in him.  They cannot continue in that sin but turn from their sin and repent.

So last night I tried to talk with this lady.  She was quiet at first, but as the night went on, she started to listen to me.  She said she wanted to change.  She knew that she was in a deep state of sin and that she was dying because of that sin.  First I was blunt and told her she needed to stop doing drugs, to stop doing things that she knew was wrong.  She started to cry and said she had started doing drugs to help with pain.  I told her that Jesus could help her.  That he could help her to overcome that addiction and save her, but she had to repent and turn from it and ask Jesus for his help.  She started to call out and ask Jesus to forgive her.  She told me that she used to go to church and that Jesus was mad at her because of the things she was doing.  I told her that Jesus can forgive her if she would simply ask him to.

I started to see a change in this lady.  I don’t know what her outcome will be.  I don’t know if she will stay off the drugs and change her ways, but I did see a change in her last night.  It made me realize that NOONE is beyond help and God’s forgiveness.  We must never prejudge a person by their condition.  We should share that Jesus saves and forgives to all that we run across.  Because you may become surprised, like I was.

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Faith In Christ

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 SIH STSTA ICON“What Must We Do To Be Saved?” 

(Part #1 – Salvation)

THE most important question that anyone can ask is the question posed by the keeper of the prison in Acts 16:30… “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”.

The answer to this question is more valuable than gold, silver and all the wealth this world has to offer. This answer will reveal to us the path that leads to the forgiveness of our sins, the receipt of the indwelling Holy Spirit, fellowship with the Only True and Living Creator, and eternity in paradise with God Himself. Our very spiritual life and eternal destiny rely upon finding the answer to this question.

This question is of such importance we will be taking several blog entries to carefully answer this question…

Blog Entry #1 Salvation; Blog Entry #2 Repentance; Blog Entry #3 Faith / Belief; Blog Entry #4 What about good works?; Blog Entry…

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There is a Spiritual Battle Going On

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Do you ever notice when you are trying to be a better Christian, that Satan works so hard to get you to mess up? For example, I’ve been thinking a lot lately on how I should act as a Christian. I should control my tongue, control my actions, show kindness to others, etc… So the last couple days I have asked God to help me, especially at work. I work in health-care. I am surrounded by people who are sick, hurting and just plain tired. They voice their frustrations in sometimes unpleasant ways.  I try to listen with empathy, but get offended at the way I am spoken to.  I know deep down, they are not angry at me, but the situation that they or their family member is in.

Sometimes it is hard not to snap back at someone yelling in your face.  I must hold my tongue, but should hold my tongue, because I should worry about how others perceive me.  I want to act like a Christian and not how the world acts. God wants us to have humility and speak with meekness.

Then I realize when I am standing there being yelled at; the true scenario.   Sometimes it is Satan fighting hard to get me to yell back, or to be mean or to become like the world, because he doesn’t want me to have a Christian testimony.  He wants people to view Christians in a negative way.  It is during these times I know who to pray for for help.  Only the Lord Jesus can guide our actions and help us be the kind of Christians we should be.  We need to be like Jesus.  We are here to represent God and his love and compassion for others, despite our situations.

Ephesians 6:12-For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
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Lead Me Lord Jesus

 

handAs I was looking back at this blog, I searched the post to see if I had ever written on Jesus as our Shepherd or Leader and I couldn’t find any.  What a huge oversight on my part.  The thing is that we should never look to ourselves on how to live a godly life; or how we should handle any of life’s circustances, but we should be looking toward the Father.  We should rely upon Jesus for his direction and leadership in our lives.

It is not until you realize how much you need Jesus’ guidance and leadership in your lives, you will never truly make the right decision.  We shouldn’t look at what we think or listen to our emotions, but look to what God tells us.  He is a holy, righteous Father.  He is Almighty with great wisdom and strength.  He is all knowing.  He is the great Shepherd.

Jesus can lead you into the way of righteousness and help you receive salvation.  He can help you in your daily lives.  He can help you have a closer walk with the Heavenly Father. Trust in Jesus and let him lead your life.

Hebrews 13:20,21-Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Psalm 5:8-Lead me, O Lord, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face.

Psalm 23:3-He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.Psalm 25:5-Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.

Psalm 27:11-Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.

Psalm 31:3-For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me.

Psalm 143:10-Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.

Psalm 139-23,24- Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

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Saved by the Blood of Jesus

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Let me make one thing clear.  Christians are not perfect people who don’t make mistakes.  We all fall and come short of the glory of God.  If we could be perfect, we wouldn’t need a Savior.  We all need the forgiveness of Christ and his perfect sacrifical love to cover our sins.  His blood is a sin atonement.  If you ever think you are above sin, than you are sadly mistaken.  The thing is that we should never continue in sin.  We should always ask forgiveness for our sins and preferable daily.  When we get to the point that we think we are better than others because we are Christians, than pride reins in our bodies.  We are all sinners and needed a Savior to save us from death and hell.

Jesus was the only perfect person on earth.  It took a son of God to live and die for others because we that are alive, live in the flesh.  We often go astray and have to be led back into God’s fold.  We are all like sheep that have been led astray by our own devices or by Satan’s snares.  I learned the hard way that I am not a perfect Christian.  I fail daily.  I fail often.  Thank goodness for the love and forgiveness and mercy of a Merciful, loving and holy God.

If you don’t know God, I beg you to seek him now.  He will forgive any sin, other than the sin of not accepting him.  You must believe on Jesus Christ. More information about Salvation can be found here:

Everything said here is in the Bible. Please read the following scriptures.

  • Romans 3:23-25-For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

  • Romans 8:1-There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
  • 1 Peter 2:21-25- For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
  • 1 John 1:7-9- But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
  • John 14:6-10- Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father, Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
  • Romans 5:8-11- But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
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Reaching the Father Through Prayer

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Prayer is the very vital tool to reach the Heavenly Father.  If people realized how important prayer was, they would pray more often. God is able to heal us, help us with our finances, help us with Depression, or any fiery dart Satan sends our way.  God can answer any prayer, but he is waiting on us to ask.

Learn to pray to the Father with a sincere and humble heart. Pray to him everyday. Pray often —several times a day. Pray without ceasing, which means continually. You can pray to God when you are at home —when you are at the store —when you are at work. A person doesn’t always need to close their eyes to pray.

If you want a closer relationship with the Father then first, repent of any un-confessed sin and examine your heart. Get rid of things in your life that affect your spiritual growth. Praise God during the times when you are at your highest and feel blessed, and worship him when you are at your lowest. Pray and ask God to lead and direct your steps and your actions in your everyday life.

You will never be sorry to be a child of God. God will stick closer to you than a brother and will always be there when you need him. You don’t have to make an appointment to see him. You don’t have to look for him at any time, for he is always there. when you need him. Just find a place by yourself and seek God with your whole heart. Call upon him and he will hear you.

Now if you pray to God for things that he knows will interfere with your spiritual growth such as: asking for money or fame, he may chose not to answer those prayers.  Always remember God knows what is best for you and he is in control.  He loves you and only wants the best for you.  Keep in mind, sometimes people go through sickness and trials, but it helps us to come out a stronger Christian.

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Boldness to Stand for the Gospel

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Lately I have seen news post about Christian churches hosting Muslim and allowing them to pray in their churches.  One church in England even offered to cover up a cross and portrait of Jesus, not to offend the Muslim people who were coming there.  What a truly sad thing to see this happening and it is all around us.  Where are the true Christians in the world?  Where are the ones who will stand up for the gospel of Christ?

It is not hard to say, that without standing for gospel of Christ, Christianity will cease to exist.  Christians need to take a bold stance on what they believe in.  Don’t allow anyone to corrupt your beliefs.  Its not going to be easy, but we must stand for the faith, despite all cost.  Yes, it may cost us our jobs, our friends and even our life.  Some have lost their lives recently in Nigeria and other parts of the world for standing for Christianity.

2 Corinthians 4:3-10 says:  But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.

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Are you a Christian?

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. – Romans 10:9-10

Serve Christ by telling others about the love of Jesus. Share the gospel despite opposition. Tell others how they can receive salvation.

Once I heard a sermon by Dr. Martin Luther King on the “If” Christian.  The “If’  Christian is one who has decided to follow Christ only when everything runs smoothly.  They are willing to serve Jesus Christ when it is easy and considered the “In” thing.  Often they bargain with God and agree to follow him “If” everything is easy; if they don’t have to endure sufferings or persecution.  They follow the Lord when it makes sense for them; if they receive something in return, such as: a good job, a nice family, plenty of money and great health. When bad things start to happen to them, then their faith is tested.  They do not want to do anything that will make their life uneasy.  They don’t want to lose friends, family or their great lifestyle, so they often compromise on their beliefs.  They choose to be silent when people oppose their beliefs or their faith.  Dr. Martin Luther King wasn’t a “If” Christian but a minister who stood against those laws that were evil.
In this sermon, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr preached on three Christians that refused to bow down and worship the image of gold.  Daniel Chapter three tells us that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego stood against the evil of the land.  They had a faith greater than that of man.  They believed on the God above and took a stand against King Nebuchadnezzar and his law.  They knew that God would deliver them out of fiery furnace that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.  They said, “If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.”

Their faith was deep enough and real enough that nothing was going to compromise their faith; nothing was going to get them to forsake their true God for a false god.  They had enough faith that they trusted in God to deliver them; but if not, they would die with their faith intact.  What about you?  Are you willing to take a stand against injustice or evil laws.  Are you willing to die for your belief in God?  Are you willing to stand up against those things you know God hates? Will you continue to serve Christ during the hard times.

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Salvation Begins at the Cross

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You cannot work yourself into Heaven.  You can’t live a perfect life.  You cannot earn a way into Heaven; without going to the cross.  At the cross of Jesus, you can be forgiven from your sins and receive eternal life.  There is no other way but through Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 1:18 says: For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.  The cross holds power because it is where Jesus shed his precious blood as an atonement for our sins. First you must accept and trust in Jesus, then ask his forgiveness for your sins.

Colossians 1:14-In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

John 3:16-17- says: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

1 Corinthians 15:2-4- By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

Hebrews 9:22-28- And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

John 19:16-20- Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him away. And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha: Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst. And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was Jesus Of Nazareth The King Of The Jews. This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin.

1 John 5:13-These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

Are you ready to go to the cross?  Pray and ask Jesus into your life. Turn from your sins and he will save you and forgive you and cleanse you from all unrighteousness.

1 John 1:9 –If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

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What Crowns Can We Receive

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I came upon this when I was studying the Bible tonight, so I wanted to share.  These are the crowns that a Christian can receive by serving Christ.

  • Isaiah 62:2,3- Crown of Glory- And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord shall name.  Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God. 1 Peter 6:4-And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.
  • 2 Timothy 4:8- Crown of Righteousness- Henceforth there is laid up form me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, they righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
  • James 1:12- Crown of Life-Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. Revelations 2:10-Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
  • 1 Thessalonians 2:19-Crown of Rejoicing-For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?
  • 1 Corinthians 9:25-Incorruptible Crown-  And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. This crown is given to believers who faithfully run the race, who take up their cross daily, denying their flesh, and pointing men to Jesus.
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