Thursday, November 2, 2017

Forgiven, Saved, & a Gift




I was listening to a devotional by Zac Poonen a couple of days ago and there was a part that really had me thinking. It was talking about the difference between being saved and forgiven. Well I don't know about you but I never really thought of what the difference between the two was.  
Let me give you the scenario Zac Poonen gave. "A father tells his son not to play in a certain area because it is dangerous. The boy decides to play in the area anyway and ends up falling in a ditch, he cries out for his father for help. The father comes and the boy is pleading for the father to forgive him for disobeying, the father tells him he is forgiven and walks away."  
Now when I heard this I had to pause for a second, why would the father walk away? I was confused, he had forgiven the boy and just left him there.  Then I realized the boy wasn't asking to be saved from the situation rather just to be forgiven for disobeying and sorry that he got himself there. Hmm...now this really got me thinking,  how many times have I asked my Father in heaven to forgive me for things I have done and sins I have committed? Plenty! Now, how many times have I asked to be saved from that particular sin or situation? Not as many. 
I looked at my life and realized do I only want to forgiven and move on? Or do I also want to be saved and be changed? Do I want to stay in the ditch or do I want to be taken out so I can move forward? How can we claim to be saved and not have something we have been saved from? 

God is a just judge. He tells us the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23).  God doesn't discount the debt of sin but rather gives the verdict as a judge and gives us our bail money as a Father. He sent his son to pay the price so that if we choose to accept the gift, that gift pays our price.  

~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.”

~Ephesians 2: 4-5,8~
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
...

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:”


If we are willing to repent and turn from our wicked ways we will be forgiven. We can be cleansed from our sins, but if we keep going back to the same old mess are we changing? I want to be saved so that I don't have to go back to the same situation over and over. We can't save ourselves but rather only be saved through the gift of God which is Christ Jesus. The Lord won't force you to change, he won't force you to obey him. He allows you to choose the direction you want to go. 

Lord, thank-you for another day! Forgive me of any selfishness, jealously, un-forgiveness in my heart but also save me from them. Lord save me from anything that is unlike you. I want to be changed by you daily. God I know if I am not moving toward you I am moving away. Help me to grow closer to you! I pray that you turn the switch on in peoples lives, save them Lord from anything that has them bound. Please give me ears to hear, eyes to see and a heart to follow your will. Here am I send me.

In Jesus' Name 
AMEN

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Jesus

"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest." ~Matthew 11:28
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"O LORD my God, I cried unto thee,
and thou hast healed me."~ Psalm 30:2

Really Love this song! 
For every time the struggle is real just remember Jesus is there! Jesus will never let you down, He wants us to come to him. 











Monday, October 9, 2017

Jesus Plus What?





What do you need in your life to be saved ? Is it Jesus plus prayer? Jesus plus reading the Bible? Jesus plus doing good works? Jesus plus confessing things?  Jesus plus going to church? I am here to tell you all of these are WRONG. All you need is JESUS and faith in Him. Let me say this again, all you need is Jesus in your life!! If you have faith in Jesus everything else will line up. Prayer, Bible reading, good works are all great things, don't get me wrong, but they are not things that determine the end result. When you have faith in Jesus he will begin to change you, so the things you did before you won't want to continue. You will strive to be Christ-like because Jesus will be changing you from the inside out. Meaning you will want to read the bible, pray and help others,  instead of feeling like its a requirement to keep/gain something. Jesus is a gift for you  and you can't earn a gift. Romans 6:23 “ For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”

A lot of people and even some religions think if I do these certain things then I will be forgiven or given grace, but thats not how it works. God doesn't change based on what we do/don't do. He is never changing, humans are the ones that do the changing. 


Lets look at a few verses:

Romans 10:9-10 says
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.”


Acts 4:12
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved”

John 14:6 
"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me”

These three verses lets us know straight up that Jesus is the way, and without faith in Him we can't reach God. Jesus also tells us He is the light of the world, and he wants us to believe in him. He is not going to force you to believe in him, he will only give you the choice.


John 8:12 
“ Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”

John 12:36
While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of the light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them.”

1 John 1:7

“ 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

Walking with Jesus doesn't mean everything will be smooth sailing (John 16:33). But your faith in Jesus will carry you through the world that is full of darkness. Jesus doesn't say "follow me and do all these other things to become cleansed" he says to "deny the world and follow me" (Matt.16:24).

Lord I thank you for another day. Thank-you for your grace and mercy. For every time I have messed up Lord you did not waiver. God please open the eyes of the lost, help them to experience your gift,  who is Jesus Christ.  Change us from the inside out. Lord help me to focus on you and you alone, don't let the things of the  world  divert my attention from you. Jesus, we need you every day and every hour. I thank you for all you will do and have done.
Here am I send me.

In Jesus name,
AMEN