Did you know that Jesus, God in the flesh, chose to die in your place—so thatyou may have life eternal?
That surely is a hard concept to wrap one’s brain around, the fact that someone else would die for us. However it is the truth—Jesus sacrificed Himself because He loves us. It is also truth that humans, with an average life span approximated at 72 years world wide, die. But when we die, what happens? Are the lights now “permanently out”? Is it really “game over”?
Through Jesus’ teachings, Christians know our hope remains in Him for a life after death. Jesus knew His appointment to earth was as the final sacrifice for all sin. He fulfilled that appointment as only the King of kings, the most victorious of all, could. And He did it all for you!
Matthew 5-7 is known as The Sermon On The Mount. Jesus’ own words comprise all three chapters, save for the first two verses in chapter five and the last two verses in chapter seven.
Matthew 5:1-2 Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them. He said:
In His sermon, Jesus does not hold back regarding His position on the law—He proclaims God desires heartfelt faithful obedience from His kingdom followers over rote followers of the many manmade religious laws. On this hillside near Capernaum where enormous crowds gathered, those in attendance included some believers and some curiosity seekers coming to find out what this popular man, Jesus, represented.
Was this “man” really the Messiah, The Chosen One, the Savior that Israel had been waiting for since the prophets of old? History reveals this sermon would eternally change many hearts for God.
No two diamonds can ever be the same because of their color, cut, imperfections, and complex characteristics. Each is unique in size, weight, and sparkle. And just like diamonds, no two prayers are ever the same. Each person praying is unique in their being, and each instance of prayer includes different circumstances and individuals with unlimited problems and requests.
As Christian adults, we experience how prayer works from our time spent studying God’s Word, and, from years actually participating in a daily prayer pattern. Christian adults also know prayer may sometimes happen fast, but often God chooses to use prayer as a way to grow our faith.
So how does God grow us when we come to Him with our requests? The answer has many facets.
Christians know as fact that God declares us favored in His eyes. We also know we are here by His grace, to worship and proclaim His mighty name. And though some may try to tempt, persuade, lure or belittle the faith of a Christian, no one can ever take Christ’s light away from us.
1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
Knowing attacks would rage against the Christian body to cause harm, God in His wisdom gave us rules of conduct which Christians are to follow, so that Christians will not imitate the ways of evil.
So, how are we to live our Christian faith and declare His praises even while under verbal attack by those of other faiths, doubters, and especially those with pure hatred of Christ followers in their heart?
I would love you to read five important Bible verses where God offers us instruction to this question:
Because of the popularity of my November 17, 2016 post, I decided to reblog it. Through the blood that Jesus shed on The Cross we have freedom, we claim victory, we receive His power to overcome every obstacle satan dares throw at us!
During the sacrifice of Jesus as atonement for our sin, Jesus willingly shed His blood 7 times for the salvation mankind. And each time His precious blood flowed, a freedom was returned to us. Read how Jesus’ holy blood redeems you and sets you free from bondage.
Leviticus 16:19He shall sprinkle some of the blood on it with his finger seven times to cleanse it and to consecrate it from the uncleanness of the Israelites.
Easter is the holiest of celebrated Christian holidays, though Christmas draws much attention from non-believers and even some who conform to different faiths (specifically in interfaith marriages). However, it is the resurrection of Jesus—The One who was crucified then came back to life three days later—that is central to the Christian faith.
Through Jesus’ resurrection mankind receives salvation—our deliverance from sin. And, through studying the Bible, we understand God’s word as a true love letter. It’s a love letter because from the beginning God promises that though we sin and fall short of His glory, He provides a redeemer.
The Bible reveals the coming of our redeemer, Jesus, in the Old Testament, to prepare us to open our hearts and believe the truth once our savior actually walks amongst us in the New Testament.
I pray you believe in the life, death, and the resurrected life of Jesus the Christ. You can learn more about Jesus by reading the following obituary:
I believe Jesus is The Christ—The Anointed One, The One God sent to save us from our sin. Why do I believe this? Because Jesus willingly gave His life in my place through horrific suffering on The Cross, so that I may be sanctified with The Father. Jesus was our sacrifice for eternal life in heaven.
Romans 5:6-8 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Jesus’ coming was prophesied in the OT and He came in God’s perfect timing. Jesus’ mission on earth was to demonstrate acts of great love, and He left instructions (the Bible) that we are to emulate His great love by offering it to others.
If you are wondering how you too can believe, let me share just seven of the many biblical verses with respect to trusting God.
Are you questioning if Christianity in America is on the decline? Maybe you’ve witnessed family and friends gradually reduce their attendance to church services and events? Or perhaps, you are the one “declining” by sleeping in one or two Sundays each month because you didn’t feel like getting out of bed? (Just too tired to worship, aye?)
May I remind you–You Are Loved–and God misses your exact presence in His house! He misses your beautiful smile. He misses your heart. He misses you singing worship songs off key! God misses every thought, word and deed that you aren’t sharing with Him when you remove yourself from His presence.
God created you to have a relationship with Him and He truly misses it when you stop calling His name.
We all go by different names. Many people know me as Debra, though I am also known as Debbie, Mrs. Pedrow, Mom, Aunt Debra, and D. Just like you, I also have names that not only identify my person, they describe what I do and who I am.
I was born a daughter, sister, granddaughter and niece at the moment of my birth. I soon became a cousin, neighbor, friend, student, Girl Scout, Rainbow Girl, Christian, Color Guard, babysitter, artist, employee, wife, mother, Girl Scout mother, volunteer, writer, mother-in-law, and much more.
Each “name” offers clues to who I am and the direction of my heart. And God’s names, all found in the Bible, also offer insight to the reader as to what His true being and character are.