Our Path—Temporary, or Eternity

One ridiculed, and one asked for forgiveness.
When we are in a less than nice situation, our backs either go up, or we own up to our wrong doings.

I have been in a position such as this, and I have responded in both ways before. As you can probably guess, I have regretted the first response more times than not. And you might have experienced that before yourself, where you replay the many ways you could have done things differently. Hindsight.

The thing is, we grow everyday as human beings. We have the option to learn from our mistakes, so that we can do things differently—or share with others what the right decisions are.

Christ Jesus came to earth to bring us a new covenant, so that we may return where we once were, where we were made to be—walking side by side with God our father.

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He hung on that cross for us, even though He didn’t have to. But He wanted to. Wanted to. He was innocent of everything, yet He suffered for us. He hung with two men, one who ridiculed Him, and one who recognized Him for who He was and asked for forgiveness. Two men, similar crimes, but different response at the end of their lives.

You don’t have to continue on a lifeless path, you have the chance to turn away at anytime. No matter how bad you feel it is. We make thousands of choices in everyday, and one influence the other. So when you make a great decision, it will influence your other choices, and so on. We have His love and Grace with us.

Pastor Bob at my church shared a true story once, about two brothers. They grew up in a loving family, had great opportunities, but responded differently in life. One chose to kill President Lincoln, and the other actually saved the life of Lincoln’s son.

Its safe to say that we all know what life is about: Love. We see it in movies, and hear it in some songs. But more than that, we yearn for it ourselves. So why don’t we live the love we want? Why is so hard? Because we don’t have Jesus. God is love. Not has love, but is Love. Until we accept Him, how can we have, show and give the love that is so important. It all influences the choices we make, and the first choice we should make is to choose Jesus.

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The path is not easy, but it leads to living. Living true, free and most of all, it leads to a whole eternity of Love! Be set free in every way. Your spirit is so very thirsty, and only the creator can help it thirst no more.

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Lets Make A Deal Sir Jesus…

It came to my attention, while engrossed in a Bollywood romantic film, that when we approach Jesus our mentality is: “ok, do this for me and I promise you I’ll do this”.

Where do we come off thinking like this? I think we get the idea from our own human experiences, for at times this is how we have to deal with people, or so we believe. Compound this with our guilt at living life the way we want to instead of how we should, and here we have the root of why we feel the need to make  deals with Jesus. We, me included, can not fathom the undiluted, graceful love that he pours out on our undeserving  self.

None the less, we have it. We all have it, and there is no deal or promise that we can ever make with him to take all that we’ve done away. Which is why he said, as he hung on the cross bloodied and willingly and obediently suffering death for us; “It is finished”.

He did it, and  all we need to do is accept it. I can never promise God something in exchange of something I desire, for I know myself enough to know that failure is lurking in the corner waiting for the right moment. That sounds horrible, so let me reiterate: I get in my own way. I just want to take what he offers freely, and I want to share it with others. 
Some people can make promises to Jesus, by all means. But there is no need to barter, for all we need to do is accept and ask. He knows what’s best and does everything for our good.

Thank you Jesus, for listening to me and doing for me so much more than I could ever imagine.

Salvation is by GRACE alone, through Faith alone, in Christ alone. I desire this that you offer freely Jesus, even though I am often so selfish. It’s more than the guilt I harbor that speaks, but also the desire to be right with you. The desire to speak with you and share your light.

Pass It On: The Arms That Hold The Universe

If anyone knows about suffering, or understands how much we suffer–it’s God. He died on the cross for us. He suffered that shame, that pain, that death for us, not because He was guilty of anything, but because He wanted to.  He loves us unconditionally. I tell you all; I am very thankful for Gods’ love and mercy. I am so very glad that the Lord saved me, because I wouldn’t know what I would do otherwise.

I am writing like this because I am so very thankful that I know and love God. Not a lot of people can say that, and I am in no way more special than anyone else, so I am utterly grateful to God, grateful for His grace and mercy. I struggle with so many things sometimes, and I berate myself and ask “Why am I doing this when I know better?”. I do not presume to know the answer, but I can see that its a struggle with myself. I need to give God control, and I am praying that He gives me the strength to give him complete control, and for me to follow along the path He has for me and not deviate from that in any way. I do not want that.

When God saves you, your eyes definitely Open up–Yeah, I know its a cliche, but cliches become cliches for a reason–and you suddenly see what’s important and have such a great desire to do that. But more than that, you feel such happiness, such peace you can not feel anywhere else. It’s not a lie. God’s peace just squelches all unnecessary fear, all worry, just all the bad tings, and when you feel that feeling, you just know.  But what I like about that is that having God saving me from the penalty of death, I can pray freely. I can communicate with my father in heaven without there being any doubt of him hearing me.

Of course being a follower of Christ is not an easy thing, its beautiful because of all the inexplicable freedom, but it is a difficult path. You constantly get attack by the devil and the world and you think, “what?”. And even though God told us that through his words in the bible, we still go “what?”. So even though we know better, why is it so hard to do the right thing? We are getting attack, and instead of calling on God and asking for his strength and asking for his wisdom, we try to do things our self, which is the worst idea ever. I am so guilty of that. And if you are like me, and the worry, the guilt and all the negative thoughts come in your head about yourself, about your worth, about whether or not God loves you, just remember that YES God loves me, even when I am not at my best. Yes God would still have died for me, even If I was the only sinner ever lived. Lets put all those fears away, because the arms that hold the universe is holding us. Remember God is always Holding you, He is always healing you, and don’t fear him reprimanding us, for we are indeed his children who needs to be corrected when we are wrong. You correct the ones you love. So pass it on, we are indeed loved, and we are being held by the Almighty God, our father who loves us. I am so thankful, because I am so very undeserving.  This song is just awesome and it just shows us how much we have, how having God in our lives and on our side–Which he always is– is so great. Here is Arms that hold the universe by 33 miles.

Here are the lyrics:

I know it seems like this could be
The darkest day you’ve known
But believe you me
The god of strength will never let you go
He will overcome i know

And the arms that hold the universe
Are holding you tonight
You can rest inside
It’s gonna be alright

And the voice that calmed the raging sea
Is calling you his child
So be still and know he’s in control
He will never let you go

Through many dangers toils and snares
You have already come
His grace has brought you safe this far
His grace will lead you home
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And the arms that hold the universe
Are holding you tonight
You can rest inside
It’s gonna be alright

And the voice that calmed the raging sea
Is calling you his child
So be still and know he’s in control
He will never let you go

You can hope you can rise you can stand
He’s still got the whole world in his hands
You can hope you can rise you can stand
He’s still got the whole world
The whole world in his hands

And the arms that hold the universe
Are holding you tonight
You can rest inside
It’s gonna be alright

And the voice that calmed the raging sea
Is calling you his child
So be still and know he’s in control
He will never let you go
He will never let you go