Jesus is our High Priest…

Jesus is a compassionate and faithful High Priest. He intercedes for us directly to our Father God. You do not need someone else to mediate for you…you can approach Christ yourself! Seriously people, how awesome is that?! In fact, that is exactly what He desires from us. He wants a relationship with each of us…how do you get to know each other if you don’t talk to each other directly? Jesus is our Savior and He alone is all we need!! Please my friends, don’t be deceived by false teachings that say you cannot approach our Lord Jesus directly. It IS possible to have a personal relationship with God, through Christ Jesus. Thank you Lord!! 

Hebrews 4:14-16

” Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” 

Note that word CONFIDENCE…let US (that’s you and me) approach the throne of grace with CONFIDENCE…just sayin’… 🙂

Amazing Grace…

“Salvation is not a goal to be achieved…it’s a gift to be received.”   -Robert Morris

That my friends, is called grace. Salvation is something we could never earn. It is a gift of grace, by faith in our Savior and Lord Jesus. How great is our God that loves us enough to give us this amazing gift of grace. 

Ephesians 2:8 “For by grace you have been saved by faith. And this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God”

Let’s magnify our Lord…

  
A magnifying glass is used to magnify an object to create a larger image…in other words WHAT YOU MAGNIFY YOU GET MORE OF. Come on friends…lets magnify our Savior and Lord Jesus!! We all need more of Jesus in our lives…let’s magnify Him and increase His presence in our own lives as well as point others to Him with the words that we speak, with the love that we show and the grace that we extend. Let’s magnify Him with our praise, with our worship, with the sharing of our faith. 

Psalm 34:3 “Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!” 

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.” 

Claim His victory…

There’s people suffering right now from matters of life and struggling with their faith…but take to heart the victory that each of us that have accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior have. You have Christ inside of you and He has already overcome…therefore you have already overcome – claim that victory! Satan is defenseless at even the name of Jesus…claim His power and His victory on your life!!

Jesus – our great Deliverer, our strong Defender! His grace alone is enough for every one of us. Seek Him through your struggles; He is faithful and trustworthy. 

You have victory over the attacks of the enemy – claim it!

1 John 4:4 Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 

A gift from my Heavenly Father

I had an absolutely surreal experience on my drive home last Saturday that I just have to share. I was spending some time with the Lord just thanking Him for everything that He is doing in my life right now when something really awesome happened.  You see, I was still suffering from some old emotions and baggage that I was carrying with me from when I was overweight. Even though I had been able to let go of a lot of my old thoughts of being worthless and not being good enough for anything or for anyone, I was still carrying some of those with me. These unexplainable waves of emotion just started falling over me. He told me that despite all the feelings I’ve had in the past, I do have worth. He told me that I’m needed, I’m loved, I’m valuable, that He has a purpose for me and that I AM His child! I could literally almost feel myself wrapped up in the biggest hug ever.

Thank you Father for breaking down those walls and old mindsets that hold me back from becoming the person you intended me to be. Thank you for showing me that through my faith in Christ, I am reborn – the old me has gone away. Thank you for reminding me that I am your child – a child of the one true King!

Psalm 136:26 Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever.

Galatians 3:26 For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus.

Looking for God’s Touch

For those of us that are believers, we’re all looking for God’s touch – how He’s working in our lives, how He’s there to pick up the pieces as they start falling down. So why does His touch seem to be more evident for some people than others? Why is it so clear how and when He’s working in some people’s lives and not for others? You may be waiting around wondering when and how God is going to show up for you in your life but He IS working on everything, in each one of our lives. Even when we don’t feel His presence with us, He’s there. How amazing for us that He IS always there!

God has shown up in my life in a very big way, His work in me is very evident by not only the physical transformation but also the spiritual transformation I have undergone. His plan for my life has and is starting to become clear to me but it wasn’t always that way. Although I believed in God and believed Jesus to be my Savior, I did not feel His presence in my life. It wasn’t until I reached out to Him and called on Him for His help in my life that I started to become aware of His presence and He started to become “real” to me. I understand now that He had always been there, at work in my life but it didn’t become evident to me until I put my faith and trust in Him. Sometimes it’s hard to see the sunlight through the trees, but just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean that it’s not there. He IS there – He always has been and always will be. For us believers, He is the one constant that we can count on in our lives. If you don’t feel His presence in your life like you see Him have in others, there is a reason for that. He is working out every detail behind the scenes and one day in His time, it will be revealed to you. Until then…just trust. Read His word! Seek Him! Have patience and just trust. When the time is right – all the pieces will come together, the sunlight will break through and it will all become clear. Just trust.

Dear Father,

Thank you for the light you have given me so that I may be a light to others! Thank you for revealing yourself to me, for making your presence known in my life. This light that you have given me exists to glorify you and show others of your mercy and grace.

Today I pray for each of your children that you have called and who seek your face but have yet to feel your loving touch. Lord, give each of them your peace…the peace that passes all understanding. Give them a glimpse of their life to come when they are in closer relationship with you. Reveal yourself to them so that they too can glorify you. Fill them with your light so that they can also shine brightly and be a light to others. Father, help them to reach out to you. Help them to get out of their comfort zones and step out of their boxes to reach for YOU…not a specific church, not a specific “religion” but YOU.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.