Saturday, February 24, 2018
Jesus is gentle and compassionate, kind and humble. The Bible says that God is love. But did you know that Jesus came to change you. He came to draw you out of your comfort zone. He is a jealous God, who wants all of you.
He desires to transform you like a caterpillar morphs into a beautiful butterfly. He is a good God. He loves you the way you are but does not want to leave you that way. He us always pulling us into something better, something brighter, something more noble.
God has called us to be like Him. He is ever changing us to reflect Him more and more.
But not everyone has embarked on this grand journey. The way to begin is to first acknowledge our need for a Savior. Jesus came to save us from our sins. His death on the cross became the sacrifice that paid for our forgiveness. “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes on Him shall not die but shall have everlasting life.” John 3:16.
God the Father gave His one and only Son. Jesus brutally suffered for our sake and died. Then after three days, He rose victorious over death.
Salvation can only come to us by receiving it as a gift. No amount of hard work or good deeds can earn us a place in heaven. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. No one can be worthy enough receive salvation. It took the work of Christ's death and resurrection to purchase that for us.
If we will come to Him, He will transform us. The scripture says that when we come to Christ, we become new creations – He changes us (See 2 Corinthians 5:17). He promises to lead us through this life in serving Him and He offers us a home in heaven.
So what must we do to be saved? We must turn from our sins and turn to Him. We must confess that He is the Lord over our lives and believe that He forgives us of our sin. If you would like to experience new life in Christ and have him turn you into a beautiful butterfly, come and pray this prayer aloud and from your heart.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank you for dying for me, for suffering brutally so that I can be forgiven. I receive your forgiveness and your gift of salvation for me. I choose to turn from my sin and follow you. I understand that I cannot earn your forgiveness, so I thank you for offering it to me as a gift. I thank you that I can now embark on a new journey where you will change me from glory to glory.
If you have prayed a prayer like this for the first time, I encourage you to read the Bible and pray daily, and also to attend church regularly. Look for a church where the Bible is preached with conviction and compassion. Congratulations, you have made the most important decision of your life. All of Heaven is rejoicing at your choice to follow Him.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
My Holy Spirit, You’re my Advocate, my Friend.
My Holy Spirit, You’re the One that Jesus sends.
You’re my Comforter. The One in whom I trust.
By Your Presence, I can flee all youthful lusts.
You show me things to come. You are wholly love.
You’re my rest. You help me strive for the best.
You are my ability, and You give me songs to sing.
There is none like You Holy Spirit.
You give me power to be a witness.
You’re my closest Friend. Your love will never end.
You make me pure. You’re salvation is sure.
I surrender to You oh Spirit of Truth.
Without You I haven’t a clue
You’re the best Teacher, Helper, and Healer. You are my Leader
And I will follow you. Come fill me through and through.
My Holy Spirit, my Holy Spirit.
Saturday, January 20, 2018
He must become greater I must become less. John 3:30
No one likes the individual who always trying to gain attention. That me-first attitude rubs most of us the wrong way. That instrumentalist or singer who always tries to steal the stage can be annoying.
Jesus taught us a different way. He said we are to strive to give glory to God. John the Baptist, who was a forceful believer, in a godly sense, said regarding Jesus, “He must become greater and I must become less.” He had led his group of followers to repentance towards God. His mission was to prepare the way for Jesus’ ministry.
He did not think more highly of himself than he ought. Instead, all of his efforts were dedicated to preparing the way for Jesus and to giving Him glory. Let’s learn from John’s example. When we serve the Lord, in any capacity, let’s not draw attention to ourselves.
Lord, help us to have a servant’s heart, to walk in humility, and enable us to always give you the glory. Teach us to truly serve you from our hearts to see your kingdom steadily advance.
Saturday, December 23, 2017
Hundreds of years before
The story was foretold
The humble entrance
The holy King born
Glorious to behold
For unto us was born
The Savior of mankind
This precious God-child
The one wise men find
He lived among us
The Way, the Life, the Truth
Pointing to the Father
Come for me and for you
God delighted in Him
In Him He was well-pleased
Christ became the sacrifice
He bore our disease
Our sin and sickness
He took upon the cross
His death resembled defeat
He looked as if He lost
But in three days this God-child
Now to reign
Now we can be
Because this God-child
Thursday, November 30, 2017
I am a fly upon the cross
I saw him suffer, I saw his loss
I witnessed his courage
His sweat, his tears, his love
This God-man from this earth and from above
His agony was palpable
His pain beyond measure
They cruelly mocked him
His robe was their treasure
I heard him cry out
"Father forgive them they know not what they do."
Surely this man was innocent - he died for you.
I am a fly upon the cross
I saw him die, I saw his loss
Three days later, I traveled to his grave
He was not there, the stone had rolled away
I am a fly with a story
Of Jesus the Lord of Glory
He is the Way, the Truth, the Life
All who follow gain His sight
He is the Savior of Mankind
But who am I?
I'm just a fly
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
n everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Praise the LORD! Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting. Psalm 106:1
It is God’s perfect will for us to give Him thanks. When we do this, we align ourselves with His purposes. We have so much to thank God for. Foremost on this list is the fact that He sent Jesus to die in our place. His sacrifice bought our salvation and with it untold blessings besides.
I am reminded of the time that Jesus prayed for ten lepers (Luke 17:11-19).
As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, he reached the border between Galilee and Samaria. As he entered a village there, ten men with leprosy stood at a distance, crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”
He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy.
One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God!” He fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for what he had done. This man was a Samaritan.
Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” And Jesus said to the man, “Stand up and go. Your faith has healed you.”
All ten were told to go to the priests to be ceremonially declared clean. As they went, they were cleansed from their leprosy but only one returned to give thanks. It’s possible that when he returned, he was not only cleansed of his disease, he was healed from the debilitating effects of it, which means that if he had lost fingers or toes or any other body part these were restored.
At the very least, the man’s thankful return to Jesus enabled him to know the Savior in a deeper way then the other nine.
When we give thanks from a genuinely grateful heart, God blesses us in ways He wouldn’t have if we remained silent.
Let’s not just celebrate Thanksgiving one day of the year, let’s make thanksgiving our lifestyle.Thank
Monday, October 9, 2017
Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. Philippians 2:14-16
Our attitude determines our altitude. This is so true. When we take the position, throughout the day, of being thankful and joyful, our lives shine. The Bible says that the joy of the Lord is our strength. When we are thankful and joyful, we possess the wherewithal to overcome little and large circumstances.
A cheerful heart is also good medicine according to Proverbs. It is healthy to have a joyful heart.
When we avoid grumbling and complaining and learn to praise our God throughout the day, we become winsome witnesses of the gospel. No one wants to take advice from someone that is depressed and always complaining. In Philippians, it says that when we cease from complaining and arguing, we shine like the stars in the sky. Unbelievers will take notice of us.
Let’s make it our ambition to be thankful and joyful and let’s let our praise resound each day. With this attitude, we will rise, we will shine, and we will become winsome witnesses in a world that is warped, crooked and hungry for the truth.