Monday, June 12, 2017

Forgiveness is a Must!





Are you holding on to a grudge? Are you waiting on a apology before you forgive? Have you said youv'e forgiven but get fired up/ bring the topic up in conversations?  We need to forgive because if we don't it will hurt us.

Lets look at this parable Jesus tells us.

Matthew 18:21-27
"21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.25 But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt."

Peter asked how often are we are to forgive and Jesus responds, basically saying, keep forgiving continually. He goes on to say the kingdom of heaven is as a king taking account of his servants. This parable talks about a servant who owed a debt and did not have the money to pay it off. Well the fair thing for the king to do is sell what the servant has until the debt is paid off. But the king decides to have compassion and forgive him of the debt. What is forgiveness? Forgiveness according to Webster Dictionary is "to cease to feel resentment against (an offender) or to grant relief from payment of ".  

Now lets read the next part of the parable:


Matthew 18:28-30

"But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.29 And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt."
Now look at this! Doesn't this sound a bit absurd? This servant who was forgiven his debt, turns around and throws another man in jail because he can't pay a debt.  Wouldn't you think that servant should show the same compassion and mercy he was shown for his debt? Now compare that to your life. Haven't we all been that servant? The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23), but Jesus died for us so that that debt is no longer over us. So if somebody does something to us wether you consider it small or large, we are to forgive them. 
Part 3 of the parable:
Matthew 18:31-34
31 So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.
Whoa! The servant was delivered to the tormentors because he could not forgive just as he was forgiven. This king takes forgiveness very seriously. He feels if I am forgiving you for a debt then it makes sense that you should forgive others as well. The servant felt like he deserved the forgiveness but once he was owed he wanted the payment. Lets compare this to life. You saying a person doesn't deserve your forgiveness is basically saying Jesus' death was enough for my wrong doings but another person wronging me requires more than Jesus' death to be forgiven. Isn't that crazy? How dare we suggest that Jesus' death is not enough for anyone doing a wrong against yourself. I feel that is basically spitting in God's face "saying your sons death is not enough". 
Jesus ends with this:
Matthew 8:35
35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.
I feel like this parable and this last verse shows just how serious the Father takes unforgiveness. This verse tells us the Father will do just as the king did to the servant. What did the king do? allow the servant to be tormented. God will let you be tormented until you decide to forgive. This just doesn't mean saying you forgive a person, but truly in your heart forgiving.  We will be forgiven our trespasses as we forgive other their trespasses.(Matthew6:14-15). Now Im not saying forgiving is quick and easy. But if you are holding on to something, then it will only hinder you. You need to allow God to work on you so that you can forgive.
~Lord, I come to you today asking you to search my heart. If there is anyone I haven't forgiven show it to me Lord and give me the heart to forgive. I don't want to hold onto any grudges or wrongdoings against me. Because God, you sent your son to die for us so that we may be saved, His death is enough. Thank you for all you have done in my life. In Jesus name. AMEN.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Re-Focus

"Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do,
forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus"
~Philippians 3:13-14


Sometimes we just have to re-focus on what is really important in life. I know for me I can get caught up in the ups and downs of life and end up putting too much unnecessary stress on myself. Why do we do this to ourselves? God doesn't want us to try and take everything on for ourselves, He is there for us to lean on. Let's not get so caught up on what happening around us that we loose sight of what's important in life. Without the Lord anything we do here on earth is meaningless. We have to keep focused on our relationship with Jesus so that he can know the will of God for our life.

Lord use me. Guide me. Help me to re-focus on you, and not get distracted by everyday life. Give me eyes to see, ears to hear and a heart to follow. I want to grow closer to you every day.
Here am I, send me. In Jesus' Name 
AMEN.


" Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved" ~Psalm 55:22. 
"Casting all your care upon him; fore he careth for you"~1Peter 5:7
"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest"~Matthew 11:28
"Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah~Psalm 62:8

Thursday, February 2, 2017

No more silence









Please take time to watch this video. Christians need to stop being complacent and speak the truth!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=es1VWFN8tpU

"Christians are more afraid about offending somebody rather than worrying if they will be going to heaven or not."


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Here Am I. Send Me

"Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send,
and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I ;send me."--Isaiah6:8

Do you have selfless faith?

We should have the kind of faith where we don't doubt God one bit, wanting only His will to be done. In the Bible we have Abraham who ,when asked by God, was willing to give his only son as a sacrifice. WOW! Now that is selfless faith! Can you even imagine?

Now here is a key question, Are you willing to be put into positions where such faith in the Lord is required?  Okay, take a minute, reread the question....That can be a hard question to answer. Even if you aren't there yet, Jesus can help you not think of yourself and put all 100% of your faith in Him. We have to remember the Lord knows whats best even when , to us, it makes no sense. So surrender all of you to the Lord so that He can mold you and guide you. 

Lord, Please help me to desire more of you each day. Help me to sacrifice more of myself so that I may have selfless faith. I want to give 100% to You. Not my will but your will be done!

Amen 


LET GO AND LET GOD

Monday, May 9, 2016

Doors in Life

"I know thy works: behold, I have set before you an open door, and no
man can shut it:for thou has little strength, and had kept
my word and hast not denied my name." -Revelation 3:8


     "We serve a God that opens doors that no one can shut, and shuts doors no one can open". So if we have an open door we are to stay there till the Lord moves us. Honestly, it can be hard sometimes to tell if the "door" to something is opend or closed, whether we are suppose to go right or left. But even when it seems like we are all alone and don't know where to go, we must remember the Lord will guide our steps (Prov. 16:9). As long as we follow the Lord and seek Him he will be our guide.

      There will be plenty of times where doors will open and close in our life, starting new journeys. So we must stay faithful to the Lord, and get to know Him for ourself. If we want to hear from the Lord and know His will for our life we must seek Him (1Chronicles 16:11). He wants us to draw closer to Him each day, if we invite Him in He will enter (Revelations 3:20).






The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

Lord, thank-you for everything you do in my life. I know there are times I take you for granted so please forgive me. You can have my hopes and dreams , I want to follow your will for my life. Guide me Lord Jesus and help me to put all my trust in you 100% not 80, not 99 but my all in all into your hands. Help me to grow closer to you each day. I can never thank-you enough for all that is given me. Thank -you Lord!


In Jesus Name
Amen

Monday, March 14, 2016

He loves us

How He loves Us

Romans 8:28_
"And we know that all things work together for good to
 them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose"


Just wanted to share this with you guys. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FxaUYjRtkc
Click on the link above to listen to this song called "How He Loves Us by: David Crowder" 
Here are the lyrics to the link above:

He is jealous for me,
Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree,
Bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy.
When all of a sudden,
I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory,
And I realize just how beautiful You are,
And how great Your affections are for me.

And oh, how He loves us, oh,
Oh, how He loves us,
How He loves us all

He is jealous for me,
Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree,
Bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy.
When all of a sudden,
I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory,
And I realise just how beautiful You are,
And how great Your affections are for me.

And oh, how He loves us, oh,
Oh, how He loves us,
How He loves us all

Yeah, He loves us,
Oh, how He loves us,
Oh, how He loves us,
Oh, how He loves.

And we are His portion and He is our prize,
Drawn to redemption by the grace in His eyes,
If his grace is an ocean, we're all sinking.
And Heaven meets earth like an unforeseen kiss,
And my heart turns violently inside of my chest,
I don't have time to maintain these regrets,
When I think about the way...

That He loves us,
Oh, how He loves us,
Oh, how He loves us,
Oh, how He loves.
Yeah, He loves us,
Oh, how He loves us,
Oh, how He loves us,
Oh, how He loves.

Yeah, He loves us,
Oh, how He loves us...
Oh, how He loves us...
Oh, how He loves us.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

The flock of Jesus

"Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me. But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me." John 10:25-27

     Read the couple of verses associated with this picture. "But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep" I believe this says a lot just in the few words. Are you a part of the Lords flock? Do you know Jesus' voice and do you follow Him? If you are not one of Gods sheep then something in your life needs to change.  Then it says "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me." If you are apart of His flock and still can't hear the Lords voice then something needs to change. We need to fervently seek Jesus for ourselves, and read His Word. I know for me I started out reading the Word daily then it turned into weekly and the next thing I knew "I didn't have time". But that is no excuse!!  We have 1440 minutes in a day and we can't take 60 of it to spend time with the Lord?! How crazy does that sound, Jesus died for us and we can't spend a portion of our time getting to know Him. Going to church on Sundays is not enough we have to seek Him daily! Jesus is the reason why I am here, and the world is only getting crazier by the second so we should spend more and more time knowing Jesus and following the plan He has for our life. Jesus said that if we seek Him with all of our heart we will find him." And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart."-Jeremiah 29:13

Thank-you Lord for this day you have given me. I want to be a part of your flock and hear from you. Help me to grow in You and fill me up completely. Give me ears to hear, a heart to follow, and eyes to see. Guide me in everything that I do. I want to know you more and more each day, because without you I have nothing. In Jesus name, Amen.