No Hope Without Mercy

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Satan loves to remind you of your past sins and throw them up to you.     I woke up yesterday recalling how many bad things that I have done in my life.  I know now how much mercy that the Lord has extended toward me; how much God has forgiven me for.  It would take a lot of time to recall all of our sins. Where would we be without God’s mercy?  There would be no hope at all.  If we have never asked for God’s forgiveness, then we would not be able to go to Heaven.  See Heaven is pure and without sin, and nothing of unrighteousness will enter through the gates.

Imagine a life without hope. Nothing to hope in.  Life would be most miserable if we didn’t have the gracy and mercy of God. If we got what we truly deserved, we would deserve death (hell).  None of us really deserve God’s grace or mercy.  Not really.  Each and every sin that we did in our lives placed Jesus on the cross.  Our precious Savior (Jesus) was willing to go to the cross for us, not for anything that he done, but for us.  But somehow, Jesus was willing to die in our place.  He was willing to sacrifice his own body on the cross.  He was whipped, beaten, spit upon, mocked and then crucified on the cross.

If Satan had it his way, none of us would receive the forgiveness of the the Lord.  Satan accuses us daily of our sins to the Heavenly Father. Revelation 12:10 says: And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

Just remember that God will forgive you of your sins, if you would only ask. There is not a sin, that God wouldn’t forgive, other than the sin of rejecting Jesus.  John 3:16 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.

Paul was an apostle of Jesus Christ and he said that he was the chiefest of sinners.  So if God forgave him, then God will forgive you too. 1 Timothy 1:15 says: This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

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Have You Left Jesus ?

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Many times we go on our merry way not realizing we haven’t prayed, we haven’t worshipped, we haven’t acknowledged Jesus.  Last Sunday our preacher talked about how Jesus when he was only 12 years old got left behind; his mother and dad left him in Jerusalem.  Every year Mary and Joseph went to Jersusalem to the feast of the passover.  They took him to the Temple to do their customs for the Passover.  After a day’s journey, Mary and Joseph started asking their kinsfolk where Jesus was.  When they found him not, they traveled back to Jerusalem.  After thee days they found him in the Temple (Luke 2:41-49).

Now I have read this scripture before and think it is an awesome story about how Jesus was about his Father’s business.  When the preacher started his sermon and said we were going to be reading this story, I thought his message would be about “Being about the Father’s Business.”  To my surprise and my own shame, he talked about how his parents had left him at the Temple.  He was found in the same place that they left him.  He didn’t leave them,  they left him.  I know I would have been in total shock if I had left my son and couldn’t find him for three days.  I can only imagine how Mary felt.

Today if we lost our child for three days, we would probably be in jail or DHR would take them away from us.  The point is that Jesus never left them.  They left him.  I know they didn’t do it on purpose, but do we leave Jesus on purpose.  I hope not.  We leave Jesus all the time.  Either we leave him out of our worship, or we leave him out of our prayers, or we leave him out of our lives all together.

Do we take time every day to talk to Jesus?  Do we invite him into our homes  by reading our Bibles?  Do we invite him to our jobs by praying and telling others about him?  Do we invite him in our cars while we listen to Gospel music?  Do we praise him at church by song and worship or are we more concerned with how great the band sounds? Do we leave him out of our ceremonies such as our weddings when we forget to acknowledge him?  Do we forget to thank him for our blessings that he has given us?  Do we praise him on the bad days along with the good days?  If you have ever forgotten to acknowledge Jesus, then you have left him.

Sad to say, we all have left Jesus at one point or another.  Jesus hasn’t ever left us, we have left him.  He is still at the same place.  We don’t have to go looking for him like Mary and Joseph did.  He said, He would never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).  It isn’t a pleasant thought to think about Jesus not being there for us.  I know life would be most miserable without him.  He can bring joy to your life, comfort to your heart and peace to your soul.  I know he has for me. Acknowledge Jesus in your life today!

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Jesus Our Hope of Heaven

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Today in Sunday school we taught the children about Jesus and why it was necessary that he had to die on the cross.  If we look at our bodies, we see that they are not perfect; we have blemishes, wrinkles, cuts, poor eye sight, thinning hair, etc….   We look at our nature and believe me we may try not to sin but we eventually mess up and sin.  We may run a red light, curse, tell a lie, steal, cheat on a test, think bad thoughts, hit someone, etc…. In this life, we cannot live a perfect life of sin.  No matter how hard that we try too.  Now as a Christian, we are to try to live holy.  I’m not saying we are to freely sin, without consequences.  Jesus never gave us a license to sin.  He did however give us mercy and grace.

In Exodus when the children of Israel left Egypt, they traveled many miles to the promise land.  They endured much things, but God protected them, fed them and clothed them for many years.  He did however, set up an ordiance of sacrifice.  They were to kill a lamb to shed its blood for an atonement for their sins.  So when Jesus died on the cross, his blood became our atonement for our sins.  His blood covered our sins.

Now to get to my point, the reason that we needed a Savior, an atonement, is because of our sins.  See Heaven is a beautiful place of peace, bliss.  Revelations tells us that there will be no more death, no sorrow, no night.  We will live in harmony with our Lord and God.  So how is Heaven such a blissful place?  Because it is without sin.  Do you see the point!   With our sins, we cannot enter Heaven.  Our sins would corrupt this Beautiful blissful place.  Just like our corrupted fleshly bodies will one day be laid down.  We will receive a new body.  We will no longer have wrinkles or signs of aging.  We will no longer have to sleep.  So I hope this has answered my question so that you should all know.  Jesus is our Savior and atonement for our sins so we may enter Heaven.  But, there is one thing, we must believe in the Lord Jesus and simply ask him to forgive us of our sins and to cover our sins.  Now if you reject Jesus as your Savior, you will not be able to enter this wonderful place.  So I ask you today, Will you receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior?

Read Revelation 20:12 through Revelation 21:27

Revelations 21:27 -And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

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What Can This Day Bring

What’s can this day bring is the ultimate question. One day can bring many things. It can bring new life, death, sorrow, happiness, tribulation or pain. Your day or your life may alter but you can change your decisions. You can choose to embrace life with a good attitude or you can squander it away with poor choices. So I want to to ask you,  What would you do if you only had one day to live? If God told you that you only had one day left on this earth, would you make changes to the things you are already doing? One day can make all the difference in the world. One day you can break someone’s heart, mend old friendships, renew your faith, give the gospel to someone, live life to the fullest or to do unspeakable acts.

What’s in a day? Life is fragile but there is so much we can do in our lives. We affect someone in every aspect of our lives without even realizing it.  No one knows the day or the hour when they are going to die. Not even the ones who die with cancer. We might have that opportunity to make our final arrangements and say our goodbyes, but we might have more time to do things that we shouldn’t. When we live here on this earth, we might not have any intention on hurting others but many have. You might say I’ve never cursed anyone, never hit anyone, never murdered, never stole from anyone. I want to say that even through all of this, you have hurt someone in one way or another. No one lived a perfect life except Jesus.

If we neglect to help others, we have hurt them. If we have neglected to give someone money or food when they needed it, we have hurt them. If we stand idly by without giving someone the gospel of Jesus Christ, then we have hurt them.  So my question for you is what would you do if you only had one day left?

Related Scriptures:

Luke 6:38-Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

Matthew 10:42-And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.

Matthew 7:11-If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

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Call Ye Upon the Lord

God Can Help You. He knows the battles you are facing. He knows how to take care of any problem we have. All we have to do is call upon him in prayer. Seek God, earnestly go to him in prayer, he will help you!

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Have you ever felt so emotionally drained where all you could do is call upon the Lord to help you?  Perhaps you work 60 hours a week and need a rest, or perhaps you have a loved one who is dying or very sick and you don’t know what to do.  Or perhaps you are living paycheck to paycheck and can’t find a way out of your financial troubles.  Let me tell you there is someone you can call upon.  He can help you with your struggles and he cares about you.

Recently I was working a very stressful job, working full time and then having to come home and continue the work from the day, up until bedtime.  No break, no time to rest other than the time I laid my head down.   Then after all of that, Satan threw dart after dart at me where I thought I…

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Jesus Can Calm the Storm

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Recently My family and I were flying back from Texas through a Tropical Storm.  The Day of our travel was booked months in advance and we didn’t know the storm was coming.  Most of the flight was smooth sailing but as we came closer to our home state of Alabama, a tropical storm was coming up from the south.  The pilot told everyone to buckle up because the flight would become bumpy.  I have flown several times before and I am aware of the many air pockets that a plane hits that will cause a few dips and bumps along the way.  Usually I’m not too scared about it, but this time as the plane got closer to our destination, I got a little scared.   My daughter was sitting in front of me and she was getting sick due to the bumpy ride.  The rain came down and as we got closer to the ground all you could see was clouds.  The clouds were thick and I wondered how the pilot would find his way to land without being able to see the runway.  Yes I know that they have instruments but pilots need to see the runway at least.

Then I thought about what the Bible said about Jesus, calming the wind and sea.   I know that Jesus is the Master of the Wind, Storms, Sea, Rain and our Life.  He is able to take care of us despite what we are going through.  Matthew 8 says:23-27- And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him. And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep

seaAnd his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish. And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!

Then I realized that God could protect me through the storm and he could help the pilot land the plane.  After praying for God’s guiding hand upon the pilot and plane, I started singing to myself, Master of the Wind.  Here are the lyrics.

My boat of life sails on a troubled sea
Whenever there’s a wind in my sail.
But I have a friend who watches over me
When the breeze turns into a gale.

CHORUS:

I know the Master of the wind.
I know the Maker of the rain.
He can calm a storm, make the sun shine again.
I know the Master of the wind.

Sometimes I soar like an eagle through the sky
Above the peaks my soul can be found.
An unexpected storm may drive me from the heights
Brings me low, but never brings me down.

My favorite verse is Psalm 91:1- He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

Psalm 91

1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

 

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Sowing the Word of God

Amazing how God teaches us so many great things through parables. This is the parable of the Sower.  Read this post that was posted three years ago; it still applies today.

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Last night I heard a sermon about the parable of the sower.  I have heard this message before in the past but what was different about this message is that it spoke to me personally.  I have always looked at it as just sowing the word of God by witnessing but as I listened last night I realized it was for the Christian as well.  Let me explain.

Jesus said in Matthew 13:3-8, “Behold, a sower went forth to sow;  And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:  Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:  And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.  And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung…

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What Do You Trust In?

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Today I heard a video from a guy who said he only had a few months to live.  He was promoting this book that he had written.  He talked about how he chose to live life to the fullest and not mope around, which sounded great.  Then he started talking about Karma and getting things in life by fate, and by having a good outlook on life.  The more I listened the more I really felt sorry for this man, which I’m sure was the opposite effect I was suppose to have.

He was promoting his book about his life, and how he wasn’t going to let Death bring him down.  He was going to live life to the fullest.  As I listened and tried to get the concept of what he was really promoting, I couldn’t find anything other than him promoting his book.  I couldn’t find where he said he had peace.  I didn’t hear where he was ready to die, if the Lord chose to take his life.  He was clinging onto every second of his life, he didn’t really seem to be happy or content.  This saddened me greatly.  I think a person should learn to be happy and content in the life that they have.  Yes, when you are young, you should strive to do great things with your life, but this guy was no longer young.  He had been told that he only had a few months to live.  I didn’t hear once where he said he had lived a good life and was at peace, or that he knew he would be leaving behind a good legacy to his children.  Or where he trusted in God and was at peace with his life.

I feel sorry for him, because God has given this man a few months left for him to come to term with his death.  He could use this time wisely to tell others that God is real  or to seek God and put his trust in Jesus Christ, because Jesus is the only real hope we have in this life.  Having a personal relationship with the son of God is our peace, because we know we will have eternal life one day in Heaven with the Heavenly Father.

I have been trying to teach my children to trust in God and not their own will.  It doesn’t matter how hard you work, how much money you make, or what great things or aspirations you have had in this life, death comes to all. Hebrews 9:27 says: And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:  So it is much better to live a life pleasing to God.  Live for God, teach your children about God and witness to others about God is the best thing you can do in your life.  Make sure you have repented of your sins and asked Jesus to be your Savior, and you will inherit eteral life. John 17:3 says: And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

Other related post: Death of a Saint

 

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Blessed are the Poor in Spirit

Have you ever had a bad day, and it seemed like no matter how hard you tried to act like a Christian, your flesh won.  I’m talking about a day when everything came against you.  Yesterday was my day.  What I mean by this is that everywhere I went, people were driving crazy.  They were cutting me off, blowing at me, yelling at me through the window.  Satan was working hard against me.

I was out with my mother and daughter shopping, when I seen a car on fire.  I slowed to look at the car, and all of the sudden, this lady was blowing at me for slowing down.  Keep in mind, I’m in a shopping center.  I’m not on a major road and she starts blowing her horn and yelling at me through the window. She was down a lane and wanted to turn out of the lane but I must have drove too slow for her.

Then I drive closer to my house and I am ready to take a left turn into a car wash.  While I am waiting on car after car to pass so I can turn in, 3 cars turn into the turn lane facing me.  I look to my right to see where they were turning and nothing.  I knew they were going to turn at the redlight half a mile back, but instead of watching where they were going, they turn in front of me, before they realize I am facing another direction than them,  so they whip back out into traffic and go around me.  Then a guy from from the car wash gets tired of waiting on me to turn in (from a main street), he tried to pull out in front of me.  I see him edging out closer and closer like he was going to pull out, even though car after car is coming.  Finally I had enough.  I blew at him, waved my hand at him and said “Nope, don’t try it.”  So I guess through all the road rage,  my flesh won that day.

Some days are easy, but some days it is hard to let my spiritual side take over.  While we are in the flesh, we cannot truly master God’s love or his holiness, because the flesh is leading, not the spirit.   So I read this post today about: Matthew 5:1: Blessed are the poor in Spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.

So I wanted to share this post with you, It is pretty amazing how she is able to break down this scripture so well.  The following post comes from: Short Sweet & Simple


To grasp how Jesus uses “poor” in this beatitude, we must picture a person who finds himself in poverty. One who recognizes his poverty takes the necessary steps to be poor no longer. God wants His children to have this recognition of poverty regarding true spiritual things, and possess the drive to seek their enrichment from Him.

 

What is poverty of spirit?

In his commentary, The Sermon on the Mount, Emmett Fox provides a practical description of what “poor in spirit” means:

To be poor in spirit means to have emptied yourself of all desire to exercise personal self-will, and, what is just as important, to have renounced all preconceived opinions in the whole-hearted search for God. It means to be willing to set aside your present habits of thought, your present views and prejudices, your present way of life if necessary; to discard, in fact, anything and everything that can stand in the way of you finding God.

Application Today

The Laodicean church (Revelations 3:14-22) gives a clear example of the attitude that we are not supposed to portray. The Laodiceans considered themselves to have need of nothing. Meaning that they believed that they have already reached the place where God wants them. They probably measured their salvation based on what they had and the works that they have done, and therefore totally misread their spiritual condition.

This is a deceptive attitude, which needs to be traded with the attitude of being poor in Spirit, whereby we allow prayer and studying of God’s word to shed light on us and illuminate the blind-spots in our lives and all the areas where the Holy Spirit needs to work on so that we become closer to the likeness of Jesus.

Poverty of spirit is a fruit not produced in the natural man, but a work of God’s Holy Spirit in the minds of those He has called and is converting. In the conversation with Nicodemus, Jesus gives more insight of this particular attribute, when he states in John 3:3 that no one can see the Kingdom of God, unless they are born again.  Being born again is the beginning stage of all believers. It speaks of being teachable, of unlearning your own, re-learning and growing in the spiritual values of the Kingdom. This speaks to the character of being poor in spirit.

The blessing for the Poor in Spirit

The Lord Jesus said: “theirs is the kingdom of heaven”

I believe that the promise of the kingdom of heaven signifies the rich access to God and the abundant and fulfilling spiritual life in Him. A relationship with God whereby we see Him working out His promises in our lives.  This blessing also signifies the manifestation of the authority of the rulership of Jesus Christ in and through us. Because, through the attitude of Poverty in Spirit, God can easily steer our lives for His purpose, His glory and for our good. As He moves our lives in such a way He will touch the hearts of others.

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Overcoming Depression

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Some people have never had to fight Depression, but let me tell you Depression is real and unbearable.  Depression can creep up upon you and linger without a person realizing what exactly is making them depressed.  To be honest, I have been dealing with some Depression lately but I know partly where mine is coming from.  My youngest daughter is getting married soon and will be moving far way; her husband is in the military.  In my eyes she is too young, she will always be my baby girl.  The thought of not seeing her everyday, or the thought of her being in some strange place frightens me.  She is moving to a place she doesn’t know, but a place I know way too well.  When I got married to my husband, he was stationed on the same base as my daugher’s future husband is.  Funny how life replays itself.

I told my daughter she was copying me; marrying a military man and moving to the same base I moved to.  Now I know what my mother must have been going through.  When you are young you don’t think about what others may be going through, like you do when you get older.  I guess that is why Depression creeps up on us older people too.

We must really look where Depression stems from in order to overcome it.  Satan works hard to hinder the lives of Christians and those that serve God in any way possible. He wants us to become unproductive.  He wants to beat us down where we feel we are not fit for anything.  When we realize that God can help us overcome this, Depression, that we are able to fight it easier.  God has helped me overcome things that have been difficult to deal with many many times. I know that I was able to overcome those situations by relying more on God.  Relying on God helped my faith and showed me to put my trust fully in him.  It was then, that I was able to overcome those battles that Satan through at me.  Keep in mind that praying is the best tool in helping us with any life struggle.  Praying not only once a day, but several times a day.  Pray when you get up, when you are in the shower, when you are driving, we you have a break at work, when you get home, when you are lying on the couch, when you eat, when you go to bed, anytime you need God, pray.

Praying to God can help you in so many ways.  It can relieve your stress, help you overcome Depression and help you calm your nerves and relax.  Studies have been shown to prove this.  Praying helps your brain.  So let God help you in any struggle that you may be facing.  Realize it is not God that is causing you stress, but the Devil himself.  Call out to God and he can help you overcome.  If you need a listening ear, I’m here.

 

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