Oh how I love my Jesus…

I had a moment today when I reflected on things I’ve said, thoughts I’ve had and things I’ve done that were disappointing to my Heavenly Father. I continue to let Him down. He reminded me that although I’m still learning and making mistakes, I always will be. He reminded me that He knows that I believe in Him and trust in Him. He knows that I break down in tears when I think about Him. He remembers all the times that He’s wrapped me in a blanket of peace when I’ve cried out to Him asking for a hug. 

You see my friends, He also knows our hearts. He knows we’re going to continue to disappoint Him but He STILL loves us.

Romans 5:8 “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us”

Oh how I love my Jesus…

Wake up America!

The Holy Spirit has been preparing me for changes ahead. As I read and study His Word and research the things put on my heart, I am convinced more and more each day that we are in for changes…big changes ahead. The legalization of same sex marriage last summer, now a decree that all public schools must allow transgender individuals to use whichever bathroom they say they identify with?? Our country is blatantly turning its back on God! He has been sending warnings to this country to try to get us to repent but instead this country continues down its sinful path and continues to turn away from what this country was founded on…One nation under God. Gods judgement is coming on America…the hedge of protection has been lifted (9/11 is one example) as this country continues its disobedience to Him.

The times are changing at an accelerated pace. Can’t you see it? Open your eyes! Wake up America!!

We must pray for this country. We must fervently pray for this country. 

Thank you Father for opening my eyes and showing me the things you’ve shown me. Thank you for assuring me that although times of chaos may be coming, all I need to do is rest in the peace that you provide. 

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…

 

 

Paid in full!

If I was to ask you right now if you know that you are going to heaven when you die – what would you say? 

Could you definitively answer yes? I can! I have been saved by God’s grace through my faith in Jesus Christ!! Thank You Jesus!!!

There is no such thing as dying with sin on your soul if you have put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ as your Savior and repented (that is, turn away from your sin and turn back to God). Jesus paid for ALL sin…our past, present AND future sin when He died on the cross for us. There is no need for penance…Jesus has already paid the  price. 

There is no freedom greater than that of knowing that although the physical body dies, your spirit will forever live eternally in Heaven with your Creator, your Redeemer, your Savior! 

Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe…

Romans 6:23 ” For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.”

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

Romans 10:9-10 “because if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.”

Our High Priest…

The Bible says that Jesus is our Great High Priest. So what does that mean to us? What is a priest? A priest is recognized as a mediator between us and God. Yes! Jesus is the bridge that allows us to cross from death in our sin to life with our Heavenly Father. Jesus is our mediator…Jesus is our Priest! He is the one and only mediator, the one and only priest, the one and only that we need!! 

When you are struggling with something – tell Jesus about it. When you have heartache – tell Jesus about it. When you are in pain – tell Jesus about it. When you are thankful – tell Jesus about it. When you have sinned – tell JESUS about it. He is all that you need too. 

Thank You Jesus that we can have a personal relationship with You, our Savior. Thank You that we can cast all our cares upon You and You are faithful and trustworthy to walk us through each and every struggle, heartache and pain. Thank You that we can bring our wrong doings to You for forgiveness. Thank You for taking the cross and bridging the gap between us and our Heavenly Father so that we can also have a relationship with Him. 

Hebrews 2:17 Therefore he had to be made like his brothers, in every respect so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest, in the service of God to make propitiation for the sins of the people.

1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your cares upon him; for he cares for you

A lesson learned the hard way

I struggled with being overweight all my life. I was overweight as a child and it only got worse as an adult. Two years ago when I gave everything over to The Lord, my weight was causing me so much physical and emotional pain that I just couldn’t take it anymore. I was at my breaking point!

At church this week, something the pastor said really hit home. He was talking about Mark 14:36 and how God sometimes has to let us go through things instead of removing us from them so that we can learn and grow spiritually through the experience of what we’ve gone through. It totally reinforced my thinking of why I struggled with my weight all those years despite prayers for help. I had to go through all of that because that is what ended up bringing me to Him. I needed to get to the point where I could admit to myself and to Him that I couldn’t do it on my own, I needed His help. He needed me to come to Him and by an act of faith give it all over to Him. Now that’s a lesson learned the hard way!

He wants to help all of us this way – freeing us from the chains that sin wraps around each of us but He can’t step in and help until we are ready to receive it. It’s not easy getting to that breaking point or for others it may be giving up control but it is so worth it!! When I gave up and handed my life and weight loss struggle over to Him, He took over when I couldn’t. So yes I had to learn the lesson the hard way, but I wouldn’t change a thing even if I could. My struggle brought me to my Lord and Savior!! Thank you Jesus!!!

Take care,

Jenny