It’s all about Jesus…

I read this earlier from the Heart of the Prophetic…”People in bondage to religious thinking cannot fully understand spiritual things. They look to the letter of the law without the lens of the Spirit of God.” Well said!! Religion does not save you and give you hope and peace that passes all understanding. Our hope must be deeply rooted in Jesus Christ…our cornerstone, our Rock and our Redeemer! Instead of “religion”, seek a RELATIONSHIP with the Savior Himself!

It’s all about Jesus my friends! His blood shed on the cross not only made it all possible but sealed the new Covenant and PROMISES us that if we believe in Jesus as our Lord and Savior that we ARE saved! Thank you Jesus!!

What’s the foundation of your faith built upon? 

What if you’re wrong? A message to non-believers…

Say it isn’t so! Please tell me that you don’t believe in evolution to explain our human existence! If evolution is supposed to try to explain human existence…then how was the very first molecule created that would eventually evolve? Things can evolve, as in change over time, but SOMETHING cannot come from NOTHING unless it is created. God is our Great Creator…and the Bible cannot be read like a science book! 

 If you’re offended right now because you happen to believe in the theory of evolution and/or don’t believe in God for another reason…let me ask you this – what if you’re wrong? 

If I’m wrong and there is no God who created this world and everything in it, what do I lose? According to you – nothing I guess!

If you’re wrong and there really is a God, what do YOU lose? Everything. You lose out on the opportunity to have a relationship with the one true God…Holy, Sovereign, faithful and trustworthy…our Creator who loves us and wanted to have a relationship with us so much that he sent His only Son Jesus Christ to bridge the gap between Himself and us. You lose out on the opportunity to have a life filled with true joy and peace. You lose the opportunity to spend eternity with our Heavenly Father in Heaven, a place so grand that we can only imagine it. 

Where does your belief of no God have you spend eternity? Are you willing to take the chance that you’re the one who’s wrong? 

Please read these words from the place they are coming from…a place in my heart that doesn’t want to see anyone be separated from God because I know God through His Son Jesus and I know the before and after of having Him in your life. This isn’t a science thing…this is a heart thing. You ARE missing out if you don’t believe in God and accept Jesus as your Savior. Don’t take that chance my friend…

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 

At the end of your rope, just say Jesus…

 If you’re broken…if you’re lost…if you’re hurting…if you’re thinking you can’t go on another minute…if you’re at the end of your rope – even if you don’t have the words…just say Jesus. 

The moment that we hand our problems and sorrows over to Jesus, is the moment He picks them up, carries them for us and changes us along the way…

But it’s a long way down…

Why is it that we find it so hard to surrender our lives to God? We say we have faith and trust Him, yet when it comes down to it we struggle with actually letting go and letting God be in control. Why? I think it’s fear. Fear of the unknown…fear of change…fear of getting out of our comfort zones. Ultimately, we are afraid of not being in control. We stand at the edge of the precipice and stare down, thinking only about how far down it is. I know it seems like a long way down, and in the flesh it is but there is no distance too far for the Creator. God will meet you where you are, but you have to trust Him. When God leads you to the metaphorical cliff, don’t just step off reluctantly…have a bold faith and jump! Each time I’ve “jumped”, I have found that the invisible safety net was right below me all the time. Don’t be afraid to make that move, take that job, talk to that person or make that decision…follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. You know when He’s been talking to you. Surrender your life to Him…let Him be in control and JUST BELIEVE and TRUST! 

Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” 

Psalm 55:22 “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.” 

Mark 5:36 “Jesus told him, Don’t be afraid; just believe.” 

He makes all things new…

My family and friends that know me well know just how much I’ve changed since I started walking with the Lord. My entire life has changed including my character, my thoughts, my actions, my words, the way I give and the way I love among other things. God truly has made me a new creation; I have been changed mind, body and spirit. Praise God!! When we put our faith in Jesus as our Lord and Savior, seek Him and obediently follow Him He does a miraculous thing in our lives…He changes us. Think about your own life – how have you changed since you started walking with the Lord? Let’s do something…take out some paper and a pen and make a list of all the things that have changed in your life since your relationship first started with the Lord. It’s easy to overlook how far we’ve come and start to feel like God is working in everybody’s life but ours. Write it down, I bet you’ll realize after making your list that He’s doing more in your life than your first realized. 

My testimony (check out the about me page for the background)  is a real life example of the way He can and does change us when we invite Him to do so. The change in your life is the outward evidence of the change that has transpired in your heart. There is nothing we can do to change ourselves…we are nothing apart from God. Surrender your life at the feet of the Savior and He will change you too. 

2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away, behold, new things have come.” 

Is it head or heart knowledge?

Many of us have grown up in a family of believers, grew up going to church on Sundays, Sunday school, memorizing verses, religious observances, etc. Those are all good  things. BUT…it doesn’t mean you have a personal relationship with your Lord and Savior. Head knowledge does not equal heart knowledge. Wow! Let’s let that sink in for just a minute…head knowledge does not equal heart knowledge.

Having family that are Christians and going to church every week does not make YOU a Christian. Your faith must be personal to YOU.  This isn’t religion…this is a relationship. Think about your relationships with family members or close friends – how did your relationship with them grow? Your relationship with your mother did not grow from hearing about somebody else’s relationship with her. You grew your own relationship with her, day by day and conversation by conversation.  A real relationship is built over time as you learn and grow together. It’s not something you can learn without experiencing it yourself. 

The same is true with our Lord. It’s time to get to know Him. Talk to Him, learn more about Him by opening up your mind and heart to Him, invite Him into your everyday life, laugh with Him and cry with Him. Seek more than just your head knowledge. If you do, He will welcome you with arms wide open. He wants nothing more than to have a relationship with each of us. You will be changed just as I have been. Stop worrying about what your family and friends might think or say about you as you change and grow in your relationship with the Lord…the only one you should be worried about pleasing is God Himself. It’s time my friends, it’s time.

A hug from Jesus…

This is an example of just how much God loves us…

My six year old daughter Kelsie watched a show with her older sister in which one of the characters on the show, a little girl, was kidnapped. She developed a strong fear from this and started having problems going to bed every night because she was scared. As a parent, naturally my heart broke wanting to be able to take the fear away from her. I prayed that the Lord would show me how to help my little girl. One night as I was thinking about Kelsie and how I wished Jesus was able to just reach down and wrap His arms around her every night to reassure her, the Lord brought to mind the thought of a blanket. After a bit of searching online I was able to find just the right one…it has a picture of Jesus with some little children. He is walking with them on a bright sunny day and they are safe and happy. Kelsie now wraps herself up each night in a hug from Jesus. 

Thank you Father for helping my little girl; I am so greatful. Thank you for the peace and comfort that she has each night now because of your answer to my prayers. Thank you that you are faithful and trustworthy in every situation. I love you Father. 

Let’s get personal…

This is a topic that has been on my heart for a long time and I have been waiting on the Lord to give me the words, but now is the time.

I’m very saddened that there are people that are being deceived by the enemy in thinking that they are right with God, when really they are not.

Matthew 7:21-23 “Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord”, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?” And then will I declare to them, “I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.”

“I never knew you”…let’s reflect on this for a moment. Jesus is saying you did all these works but at the end of the day, I still didn’t have a relationship with you…I never KNEW you. How do you honestly know someone if you don’t have a first hand relationship with them?? All the works, good deeds, rituals, ceremonies and everything else still does not equal a first hand relationship with someone.  The people Jesus is referring to do not have a real relationship with Him, all they have is an empty religion.

Religion cannot take the place of relationship. We are able to have an actual personal relationship with God through His Son Jesus. Jesus bridged the gap between our Holy God and us sinners. The only way for us to know God and for God to know us is by having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Believing in God, going to church every Sunday, and reading the Bible is not enough to secure your eternal rest in Heaven with the Father. The ONLY way to spend eternity with God the Father, is to accept, follow and have a personal relationship with His Son Jesus. In John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

I have a personal relationship with Jesus. I not only have faith in Him as my Savior, but I trust Him with every aspect of my life.  I love Him, I tell Him about my good days and my bad days, I ask for His help, I laugh with Him and I cry with Him. BUT…a relationship cannot be one sided. Here’s the really amazing part… even though I can’t see Him, He makes His presence very known in my life and shows me that He loves me too. He brings me peace and comfort in the bad days and joy in the good days, he answers my pleas for help, and reminds me of hope through the tears. To me He is a parent, a friend, a provider, a helper, a teacher…sometimes when I think of Him, I refer to Him as “my Jesus”… it’s personal to me…HE’S personal to me. In order to completely surrender your life over to someone and agree to follow them regardless of what you’re asked to do or go through, it HAS to be personal!

Do not be deceived by your religion – the only way to the Father is through the Son. When we confess our sins and ask for forgiveness – we must bring them directly to Jesus, our Redeemer.

Friends, if you are feeling that you are missing something from your “religion”- you’re feeling that way for a reason. You’re missing out on Jesus. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ came “to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10). If you are feeling like you are unfulfilled in your beliefs, your religion or your church…that’s because our Lord is seeking you and wants to save you. He is calling you to a personal relationship with Him…answer the call. Step out in faith, it’s time to get personal…

 

 

Mary did you know?

The song “Mary did you know?” really struck me on a new level this year…

Mary – did she understand the significance of the child she was carrying? Did she realize that she would also be delivered from the very child that she would deliver? Romans 3:23 says that “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. ALL have sinned and fall short of God’s glory…Mary included. We all are in need of a Savior! 

Jesus – His birth was prophesied and Christmas came. Mary’s Savior…our Savior came. Praise God for giving us His Son! We have an eternal hope because of You Jesus. 

Merry Christmas everyone!! Blessings to you and yours on this very special day – the birthday of our Savior. 

Jesus…the very best gift!!

Can you imagine how you would feel if you gave your child a gift and they turned around and asked you how they needed to repay you for it? You would think no, it’s a gift…no repayment needed. You gave the gift because you love your child and wouldn’t think of giving a gift and expecting repayment for it! 

That’s exactly how God felt when He sent Jesus! He gave us His Son Jesus for absolutely  free…no strings attached as a gift to us that have faith, His children, so that we could have everlasting life with Him. We are saved by grace through faith if we will accept that gift of His Son Jesus that He has freely given to us. There is nothing He expects in return; no works required by us. In fact, Romans 11:6 says this “But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace.” 

After we have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior and put our faith in Him, we are saved…period, end of story. There is nothing else required to KEEP our salvation. God’s gift of grace through our faith is enough. 

He gave us this gift because He loves us…no repayment needed, no works by us needed. 

Thank you Father for loving us and allowing us to have a relationship with You through Your Son Jesus. Thank You that my salvation is not up to me, that I don’t have to worry about being good enough, that it’s not about my works…but about my relationship with Your Son Jesus. Jesus…Truly, the very best gift ever!!

Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace you have been saved by faith. And this is not your own doing, it is a gift from God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”