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!” 

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? 

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.” 

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. 

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. 

It’s not religion, it’s a relationship…

I think there are some misconceptions about religion vs. relationship with Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, I think that there might be a lot of people that feel like just because they go to church every Sunday that they have fulfilled their quota for considering themselves “Christians” and yet don’t even know that they are missing out on the single most important thing in their entire lives – a PERSONAL  relationship with Jesus Christ!!! We don’t need religion, we need Him!!!

Romans 10:9 says “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved”. 

I’m not talking about salvation here everyone, you can be saved and yet still not have a PERSONAL relationship with your Savior! I confessed Jesus as my Savior when I was about eleven and truly believed but my personal relationship with Him didn’t start until the night I came to Him with my life and asked for His help. In that moment when I reached out to Him, it became real to me and I put my trust in Him to actually help me. From that time on, my personal relationship with Him started and has continued to grow each and everyday over the past several years since I reached out to Him. I talk to Him everyday – sometimes in formal prayer but because I talk to Him throughout each day, most of the time it’s just like a conversation I would have with you If I was speaking to you…in the morning – Thank you Father for another new day. At work – Lord, how should I handle this situation? On my commute home – thank you Jesus for the safe drive home today. At home – Lord, what should I do about this problem with my kids? When I’m afraid of something – Father, please give me peace. And the really cool part is…He answers me back!! He answers me by planting ideas in my head, He gives me songs that put things in perspective, He opens up doors that only He could open up…He speaks to me in many ways that I know could have only come from Him!! 

Friends, this is SO MUCH more than religion!! This is SO MUCH more than church!! This is so much more than canned prayers – this post cannot even start to explain how much my life has changed since I put my trust in Him and started a REAL relationship with Him! 

Is He real to you? Have you put your trust in Him? I know He will change your life too if you’ll put your trust in Him. He is trustworthy and will never let you down – He loves you and died for YOU. 

Psalms 22:4-5    

“In You our fathers trusted; They trusted and You delivered them. To You they cried out and were delivered; In You they trusted and were not disappointed.”