Do you desire to receive all the blessings God planned for your life? I sure do. The trouble is many Christians either have not been taught, or, do not realize—It’s ok to ask God for blessings!
This concept of asking is often considered selfish by some believers. They say we should be praying for God to bless those less fortunate than ourselves, not ask for “more”.
Wrong! A man named Jabez, who is mentioned in only two verses in the Bible, thought differently. Jabez dared to ask God for more, “And God granted him that which he requested.”
Stop feeling guilty! Jesus offered himself as the true sacrifice for our sin. Stop rejecting Him! Jesus willingly died for all of mankind. Jesus knew my name as He hung on The Cross—and He knew your name too! He willfully endured punishment we deserve, in order to save us from the sufferi.n
Sin, like breaking the law, can not go unpunished. Penalties are required for transgressions. But God, in His loving nature, chose not to have mankind pay for our own sin. He mercifully planed to send His own son to pay the price for our wrongdoing.
Wow! Thank you Jesus!
The February 26 vote is in for the Methodist church. This particular vote was on whether or not to ordain gays and lesbians in relationships, allow clergy to officiate at same-sex marriages and hold such ceremonies in a church— all practices which have been noted as not following biblical views. A New York Times article describes the vote as:
After three days of intense debate at a conference in St. Louis, the vote by church officials and lay members from around the world doubled down on current church policy, which states that “the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching.” The vote served as a rejection of a push by progressive members and leaders to open the church to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
I agree that there was much debate, as it was stated in other articles. And yes, the Bible is direct that “the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching.” However, I do not see the Methodist vote as closing the church to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. From the beginning regarding marriage, the Bible has always stated truth:
Last week my post—When did “a cross” become “The Cross”?, revealed the true message of The Cross. “Through Jesus’ resurrection—He once was dead then came to life three days later—a cross turned into The Cross!”
“Literally, a cross is itself not power. But, The Cross, the means by which Jesus sacrificed Himself to death and now symbolizes eternal life for Christians-that, dear believers, holds power. It is truth we Christians need to remember daily.”
It was on The Cross that Jesus shared His final words. Often, people are intrigued to know the dying words of someone about to take their last breath. In fact books have been written on this very topic. Famous last words of five well known men include:
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To understand the significance of The Cross, one must first imagine the horrific scene on Calvary hill. It was immediately outside Jerusalem’s walls where Jesus hung, His earthly body nailed to a cross.
In those days, a cross was a means by which convicted criminals were put to death. Crucifixion was perfected by the Roman empire as a manner of execution; the convicted were humiliatingly stripped bare then nailed to a cross hung outside the city walls for all to gawk at as one died.
Jesus, the most innocent man in all the world, was found guilty of crime and sentenced to death on a cross.
When we invite Jesus into our lives, the Bible tells us we are to put Him first. Above all else we are to offer Him all our love in word and in deed.
Deuteronomy 6:5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
So, how do you offer Jesus love?
Too often, we believe ourselves to be worthless, useless or incompetent. Why? Because we erroneously listen to someone who harbors evil in their heart claiming that against us!
Don’t listen to them anymore!
I encourage you now—do not believe anything that an evil heart dares to profess about you! You are worthy because you were created by the Creator of the world, made perfect in every way.
There is no shortage of news headlines endlessly announcing attacks made against anything Christian. The hate is very outspoken — there seems to be no filter applied.
No matter if you are Vice President of the United States (Mike Pence) or his wife who teaches at a Christian school (Karen Pence); are Christian young people attending a pro-life rally (Covington Catholic H.S.) or a simple baker trying to run your personal business according to God’s Word (Jack Phillips) — verbal and written abuse against Christians continues.
So. . .what does God say we are to do in all circumstances?
Are you struggling right now, trying to recoup from bad decisions you made? Did these decisions create problems that overwhelm you, making you feel alone and unloved? Perhaps you are wondering why God isn’t there, helping you through this turmoil. I encourage you, do not be discouraged!
The Bible tells us from the beginning, that God has been with us and He will never leave us:
My church, Bayside Community Church, is participating in three weeks of Prayer & Fasting, all to take us deeper into a relationship with God
We all know: Starting a new year does not erase confusion, frustration or set backs that occurred during the previous 365 days. So, instead of carrying that old, heavy baggage into 2019, 24/7, why not entrust it to God and let Him carry it for you?