Laying Those Burdens Down

5522“Cast thy burdens upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee: He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved” – Psalm 55:22

Have you ever been to a junk yard? No matter how much random, large amounts of junk you have, there is always a place FOR that junk. There are even different piles for that junk. But mind you, there is always a place for it.

When I go to the Lord, and I just unload, I feel like this is the reality. I am unloading the junk of worry-doubt and fear. I am unloading the many concerns, small and great, whether it be of persons one or many, or it be different struggles I bear in my own flesh, I unload it all! And no matter how much, and no mater of what variation this load carries, I DROP IT OFF and I LEAVE IT THERE! When I walk away, I KNOW it is where it needed to be. There is a place for all of it, and that place is at the feet of Christ, no matter how big it is, no matter how much there is! Go and leave it at the feet of the Lord. PLEASE go. Empty yourself at his endless, load-carrying, junk-taking yard.

HE WANTS US TO GIVE IT TO HIM. We can’t carry it! We will break! We can’t move with all of that on us, ITS TOO HEAVY!Go to him and drop it off at his place.. this place where all of the troubles, no matter the size or story, HAVE A PLACE TO BE SET DOWN. And you walk away carrying nothing more than hope and reassurance.

Where is this place??? It’s wherever you are when in your heart you go to Jesus in prayer. It’s always open! Go there and and drop it all off. There is a place for everything in this load you are carrying.

“Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” – Matthew 11:28

“Casting all your care upon Him, for He careth for you” – 1 Peter 5:7

Submitted by @ Amelia Barr

Spiritual Wartime vs Peacetime : Avoiding The Complacency Trap

CoveredbyCloudMany times it may feel like we are at peace in our walk with very light afflictions, burdens, sufferings etc. During this time we may as well receive a multitude of physical and spiritual blessings, prosperity, loved ones doing well, no one in your circle is in some major sin or in need of a dire healing or miracle, economy isn’t all that bad, your local church is doing well and you or your loved ones aren’t experiencing any major attack of the enemy. This is where everybody is OK. This is known as a ” Peacetime” season. This may be the reality for you. Or even worse (as many Christians do and I for one am one of them) MANY times we trick our minds (mostly in American culture) into believing this; “I’m OK, so you’re OK.” Which can lead to spiritual complacency.

God showed me this while explaining what a (US) military personnel does in a Peacetime scenario. “They hone both their combat and MOS skills, they train for war so they are still prepared for war. The military must be able to leap into action immediately, so their training focuses around this fact.” 

The truth is, we must treat our walk as if we are “ALWAYS” in Wartime scenario because truthfully, we ALWAYS are! If we are stuck for too long in our carefree complacency and then the storms of life suddenly come we can find ourselves standing in sinking sand headed for catastrophic peril. Jesus warns us in Matthew 24:43 “If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into.

It is also important to note prior to Jesus being arrested in the garden he found his disciples sleeping several times and the moment he was arrested Peter wrongfully cuts off a soldier’s ear. Many times we tend to REACT like this when a crisis happens rather than having a PROACTIVE consistent readiness in our walk with Christ.

Some key scriptures about spiritual warfare:

“He teaches my hands to war” -Psalm 144

“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds” – 2 Cor 10:4

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 1 Peter 5:8

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.Ephesians 6:10-12

“preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.” – 2nd Tim 4:2

And my favorite!… “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.” – Matthew 11:12

Submitted by @ Jason Kennedy

“Feed My Sheep”

sheep-following-shepherd“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.‭‭” – Jeremiah‬ ‭29:11‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“…an expected end” This is saying that God has your whole life mapped out before Him all the way to the end… I think of the verses in John 21, when Jesus is talking with Peter after He was Resurrected from the grave. He was asking Peter if He loved Him, 3 times of course to which Peter broke down and wept knowing that he had previously denied Christ 3 times before the cross. Jesus was preparing him to now go all the way!! Full commitment that would eventually cost his life. He had a job to do… to continue the work that Christ had begun. Jesus was now inquiring how much he loved Him, because he wanted full commitment for the job that Peter was about to do… we are well aware of this because of Jesus’s response “Feed my sheep” “feed my lambs”. Christ knowing he was about to ascend to the Father, was preparing Peter to take his place as shepherd or first pastor ( or Pasturer) of the flock. He needed Peter to care for His flock. I simply love this story the Gospel of John is my absolute favorite Gospel account because of the DEEP LOVE IT SHOWS OF OUR LORD FOR HIS REDEEMED! It really shows the personal relationship with Christ unique to the others. Here in this chapter I see this whole story end in such a beautiful full circle way. Look at it:

“Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered him, No. And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes. Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher’s coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea. And the other disciples came in a little ship; (for they were not far from land, but as it were two hundred cubits,) dragging the net with fishes. As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread. Jesus saith unto them, Bring of the fish which ye have now caught. Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land full of great fishes, an hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken. Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord. Jesus then cometh, and taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise. This is now the third time that Jesus shewed himself to his disciples, after that he was risen from the dead. So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.‭‭” – John‬ ‭21:5-15‬‬

I remember how that this was how it all began for Peter: Jesus meets Peter as He’s fishing and calles unto him “Follow Me“. I would imagine that this occurred to Peter as well, after he realized it was the Lord.

It’s as if in a beautiful way, Christ is saying “Hey I called you to follow me it’s not over yet; you’re not going back fishing, I called you to catch me men, not fish.” Jesus wanted Peter to know that the work wasn’t over yet. There was still much more ahead of him, in fact, it had all really just begun. So Jesus begins this really deep intimate conversation with Peter…

“So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep. Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not. This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me.”‭‭ – ‬John 21:15-19‬

You can begin to see now how JESUS is making him reflect upon his own commitment to Him… from the very first call reminding Peter that he gave up all to follow Him, but the work was not yet over, and in reality, had only just begun.

Remember this verse:

“And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.”
‭‭John‬ ‭10:16‬ ‭KJV‬‬

It comes from this passage:

“I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.”‭‭ – John‬ ‭10:14-18‬‬

Other sheep:
We are the other sheep! And still there are more to come into the fold! The work is not finished yet, there is still much more to come! Let us all remember our personal commitment to Christ today and listen to the voice of our Shepherd calling “Feed my sheep” and let us all examine our hearts that we are fully prepared to lay our own lives down for the cause of Christ!

“Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.‭‭” – 1 John‬ ‭3:16‬‬

If John 3:16 tells us the story of the Gospel (and it does), then 1 John 3:16 gives us our part in it! “Feed The Sheep”. (1 John‬ ‭3:1-24‬‬)

‭‭Submitted by @ Heather Wright ‬‬

Come Home My Child

Run-to-JesusHave you ever lost someone close to you that you talked with every day that was dear to you? And you long just to feel their presence again, hear their voice, or just to see or touch them again. Parents who lost their children would die, give their own lives for their child to live again or just to see their children again.

Well that’s how God feels about us, He loves us so much that He sent His son to die for us, so that He would be able to hear from us again. Yet the devil tells us lies that we are not worthy, that we’ve done too much wrong and God doesn’t love us. We sometimes even choose lust over His perfect love as we run away from Him. We spend all our time doing everything except spending time with Him, looking for attention from others because we want to feel loved, but He longs for us, to love on us. His heart breaks for us, He wants to keep us safe at home where He can protect us from satans plans and afflictions.

However we do have free will and when we willfully disobey Him and run away from God, bad things can happen to us because the absence of God does allow evil. So when you let the devil in He’s going to do what He wants to do and He will even talk you into fulfilling His plan for you trying to convince you that it is good.

John 10:10 says “he only comes to kill, steal, and destroy but I (Jesus) have come so that you MIGHT have life and have it more abundantly” (abundantly means over sufficient). He will give you more than you will ever need. But there’s a condition, He said that you MIGHT have life so that means IF you CHOOSE to follow Him! It’s your choice of which path you will follow.

You see God WANTS us to be with Him for eternity. 2 Peter 3:9 says, “it is NOT His will that any shall perish but that all should come to repentance!” REPENT and get right with God! 1John 1:9 says, “IF we confess our sins He is just and faithful to forgive us and cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness!” He is waiting, yearning, and longing for you to come home and stay! Just like a mother or Father that has lost a child would be overwhelmed with joy to hold their child again, God’s heart will be filled with joy to spend time with you again and love on you again. It doesn’t matter where you’ve been or what you’ve done, He’s waiting with arms wide open to take you back in but it’s YOUR choice. YOU have to CHOOSE to go home. It’s time to make a decision today!

“(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)” – 2 Corinthians‬ ‭6:2‬

‭ Submitted by @ Elizabeth Vead

Look Up Weary Runner!

imageThese thoughts came to me while running today. I always have better breathing when I extend my neck and look upward. I realized that it is the same in our spiritual walk, or else we become exhausted. The Bible says to set our affection on things above. I also realize that if I look I down at the ground around me, I lose balance as well as not getting as good of air flow. So all in all, up is best. Up, I feel it. In my best moments in the run, I am always with my face toward the heavens. So today, this verses jump into my heart…

“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” – Colossians 3:1-2

See, on a good run. I am mindful of my breathing, it’s no coincidence that with my head up, face up, chest out, I get the best airflow, letting me keep running, but today.. Today I felt it extra, it was a message to me. It’s all about the up. The above.

The run isn’t always about the run at all, but as in every situation, the word finds a way to place itself in the picture, because God is alive in every place, every moment, all our pass times. His presence constantly delivers messages to our hearts. At work or play, He is their talking to us.

Prayer:
Lord, make us more aware of Your presents. Opening our eyes to what the message is that You are speaking to us in these everyday moments. There’s no coincidences Lord. Just Your voice speaking to us and Your hand working all things together. Help us to keep our eyes fixed on You in all that we do.

“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” – 2 Corinthians‬ ‭4:17-18‬ ‭

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.” – Hebrews‬ ‭12:1-3‬ ‭

So Don’t look down anymore, it’s why you keep losing balance. Keep your eyes fixed on things above, not on things below. No matter what, always look up to more instantly more easily stay balanced, both physically and spiritually.

Submitted by @ Amelia Barr

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The Truth Will Set You Free

IMG_1949There are so many sugar coated teachings out in the world today. Some are all about prosperity, others justifying sin. Alot of the time where one is being preached so is the other. Don’t get me wrong God wants His children to prosper yes, but in the things of Him not the things of the world. When I think about prosperity I like to think on the spiritual aspect of it. Jesus said to lay your treasures up in heaven not on earth.

“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:   But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:   For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” –  Matthew 6:19‭-‬21
It’s also pretty clear that to love the world is to be an enemy of God.
“Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” –  James 4:4
And the love of money.
“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” – Matthew 6:24
He wants us to prosper in the things of Him. He will supply all our needs, if we just focus on Him, not the things of the world, and that goes right along with trying to justifying our sin. I’m just going to say it like this, you can not justify sin. Their is no such thing as a sinning Christian. A sinning Christian is not biblical. So, if someone is telling you there is, they are a liar and the truth is not in them. There are to many scriptures about not sinning and being holy and righteous. Which really means to be set apart and to be in right standing with God.
In scripture it says God hears not sinners.
“Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.” – John 9:31
So, if we think it’s okay to be a sinning Christian then let’s think about that. God doesn’t even hear sinners. The only thing God will hear from a sinner is a prayer of repentance that’s done out of true brokenness.
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.  Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.  For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my name may be there for ever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.” – 2 Chronicles 7:14‭-‬16
Looking at this from a spiritual aspect, “sanctified this house“,  the house is our body (in the Strongs concordance it’s referred to as “human body“), and “sanctified” is “to be holy or set apart“.
So when we ask God  for forgiveness we must also repent (which means “to turn from our ways”)!
“I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” – Luke 13:3
We must turn from our ways, we can not remain the same.
“Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;” – Acts 3:19
It’s pretty clear we are to turn away from sin.
“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” –  John 8:32
In the scripture above in John 8: 32 the word free means:
1. To make free
2. Set at liberty; from the dominion of sin.
Well there we have it. We can be free from sin. God has given the power through the blood of Jesus Christ to be free from sin.
“They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?  Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.   And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.   If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” –  John 8: 33-36
When we come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ we are set free. We are now forgiven of our sin.We are set free from the  bondage of sin. That’s not to say  that we will never make a mistake, because we will, but when we do God will show us our mistakes, we will repent, ask for forgiveness, and no longer do it. However, if we continue to do it, then that is willful sin and the bible says their remaineth no more sacrifice for willful sins.
“For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,  But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.  He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:  Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?  For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.  It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” – Hebrews 10: 26-31
If we know  to do good and choose not to,  then it’s sin.
“Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” – James 4:17
It’s time for us to turn from our sin, get it right with God once and for all. Time is running out. There will come a point in our lives when it is to late. Christ is ready to return. Are you ready for His return? The scripture says he comes like a thief in the night.
“Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.   But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.   Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.   Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his Lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?   Blessed is that servant, whom his Lord when he cometh shall find so doing.   Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.   But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My Lord delayeth his coming;   And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;   The Lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,   And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” –  Matthew 24:42-51
“One of the most dangerous lies we can believe is that we can live in sin and still go to heaven. We don’t have all the time in the world now is the time to make sure we are ready.
And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.  The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.  Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.  But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.” – Romans 13:11‭-‬14
Submitted by @ Priscilla Bazer

A Beggar’s Prayer

2000-mary-magdalene_5It’s a blessing to know you ARE a beggar at the feet of God, and it doesn’t annoy Him. I always say this happily, because in my eyes I feel like their is no shame in being this sort of beggar!! We are dust. So beg on, dust!! God hears.

“For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.” – Psalm 103:14

Their is a huge comfort in  this to me, knowing that my constant pursuit isn’t a nuisance to God. As people grow annoyed with others, and they whisper behind their back, they mock and belittle the character of others. For what? I’m telling you it is so comforting to my soul to know that God doesn’t get tired of my prayers or belittle me when I come before him begging again and again. I keep going, I’m not going to stop, and neither should you! Pursue Him with the idea that He loves you and already knows why your sad or what your needs are, and isn’t going to mock or belittle you like people sometimes do.

“…a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.” -Psalm 51:17

We have to keep going to that begging place! He is the only one who can truly understand our needs. Without any misunderstanding by words and without a response to belittle your character because “oh that child is so aggravating.” Actually, instead, HE just GETS IT! He “gets” you. Even before we ask??

“…your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.” – Matthew 6:8

And he cares!

“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” – 1 Peter 5:7

Don’t be ashamed to beg in prayer! I came across a poem this morning that I would like to share with you. Iit is one of those “amen” kinda things, like “YES I see this, and yes this is true,
True to a T”!

Here is the poem…

Encouraged by thy word
Of promise to the poor;
Behold, a beggar, LORD,
Waits at thy Mercy’s door!
No hand, no heart, O LORD, but thine,
Can help or pity wants like mine.
Thy thoughts, thou only wise!
Our thoughts and ways transcend,
Far as the arched skies
Above the earth extend:
Such pleas as mine men would not bear,
But God receives a beggars prayer.

Submitted by @ Amelia Barr

We’re All Dying, Are You Ready?

hourglass-desktop-nexusFrom the moment we are born the sand never stops falling. Our Time is short. It’s all I can think about when I go through photo albums from only a few months ago, then a year, then 5 years, then 10, and so on. It all feels like it was one day ago!

Time rushes on like a waterfall crashing over the side of a cliff, you can’t count the seconds, it goes in big groupings of moments all pieced together. They all afford lessons, but they go by so fast you can’t keep up.

It’s what we all share in common, time is no more slow going for one than it is for another, whether you have a disease or you are as healthy as you’ve ever been, your time is equally as short and quick passing as the man next to you. All of us. Black, white, big, little, young, old, all our time has one thing in common: it’s short and it is borrowed, every moment is one moment closer to the last. Please get right with God! Your time will discover deep purpose when you find Jesus, you will no longer have to fear or dread the ending of your time, for the last grain of sand to fall, because you will know your soul is right with your creator.

He already knows the moment you will call on His name, that He will from the very moment embrace you with hope and His spirit will dwell within you, you’ll never face a moment alone and no moment will ever be empty, you will have nothing to fear or dread because He will walk beside you, go before you and literally surround you on every side. When the thief on the cross said “Remember me Lord when You go to Your kingdom”, Jesus told him something amazing, Hsaid “today you’ll be with Me in paradise”. This statement has been on my heart for a long time, I realized the most beautiful part of it was that the very moment the thief called upon Him, he was at his lowest place ever, he was going to die and pay for his crimes, he probably didn’t expect Jesus to share such a promise with him, but he called to Him, BUT he called to Him and Jesus in that very moment gave him the gift of eternal life, forgiveness and comfort!!

You don’t need to fix yourself before you come to God, He will fix you by His power, one moment at a time He will prepare you and equip you and make you ready, and all you need to do before your sand runs out is call upon Him for mercy!

All of our time is steady passing, please seek God now, your last grain of sand could fall within the hour, so could mine. It’s not worth it to wait any longer. He’s coming back and our time is so so so short. Time IS rushing over the edge of those rocks, in that waterfall of moments, your just trying to make them matter in vain if you don’t get right with the Lord!! They will be for nothing… And the door will be shut. Shut!

He gave you time but you ignored every warning you were given. It wasn’t people, it wasn’t your annoying Christian friends you called holy rollers, it was him, it was God warning you through people, “look to Me and live!”

Please seek him before your sand runs out. Remember again the thief on the cross, in the very moment he made his petition, Jesus promised him eternal life. One moment. Had he given up that opportunity, he would have gone to hell. Don’t pass up your chances to cry out to Jesus. In the very moment you call on him, repent and seek his face, the promise will be yours, as the thief, in one moment everything changed for him eternally. Do as he did, cry out to God in this moment, you may not be a thief on a cross but you are as in danger of hell as he was if you don’t seek his face. But when you call out to him, that moment will change everything and your soul will be safe and you too, will be with him in paradise. The alternative is terrifying. Please don’t let the enemy gain one more soul that kept putting off the entire purpose of life, and his sand ran out, and the door was shut (time will be up. No more sand to fall.)

“And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.  Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.  And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided him , saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, the chosen of God. And the soldiers also mocked him, coming to him, and offering him vinegar,  And saying, If thou be the king of the Jews, save thyself.  And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS . And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.  But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?  And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.” – Luke 23:33-43

Submitted by @ Amelia Barr

GUILT FOR SINS THAT ARE FORGIVEN?

IMG_2680Why do we hold on to the sins of the past. Why do we keep bringing condemnation on our self if Jesus forgave us. A few scriptures to help.

“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his son cleanseth us from ALL sin.” – 1 John 1:7

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to Cleanse us from All unrighteousness.” – 1John 1:9

Here it says that the Blood of Jesus cleanse us from all sin, and that if we confess our sins He will forgive us and Cleanse us from All unrighteousness. Notice the words Cleanse and All. So if He forgave you then why keep bringing it up? The Bible says He remembers our sins no more. So why do we?

“I, even I, am he that Blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.” – Isaiah 43:25

“And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.” – Hebrews 10:17

“As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.” – Psalm 103:12

Here it says that He will not remember our sins. They are as far as east from the west. Our sins are under the Blood of Jesus. If God won’t remember our sins why do we. If you keep remembering your sins that are under the Blood than your saying His blood wasn’t enough.

“in whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.” – Ephesians 1:7

His BLOOD is sufficient!

“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” – Isaiah 1:18

I don’t know about you but that excites me! The Blood of Jesus washes us white as snow! There are no smudges on you! There are no dirty spots on you! You are clean!

Yet this is why we remember our sins. There is a battle going on. The devil will try and bring up your past to make you feel guilty. He wants you to feel dirty again. He is mad that your clean. He wants you to be dirty. So I encourage you to Rebuke him and those thoughts 💭. Use these scriptures to fight him. Tell him the Blood of Jesus washes me clean. Don’t let him lie to you. I just gave you ammunition to use. Now go and battle. Jesus already won the war.

There is a song out there. Nothing but the blood of Jesus. Listen to it.

“Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.” – Acts 3:19

Submitted by @ Wayne Aucoin

The Tale of Two Sinners

Type = ArtScans RGB : Gamma = 1.882“The joy of our heart is ceased; our dance is turned into mourning. The crown is fallen from our head: woe unto us, that we have sinned! For this our heart is faint; for these things our eyes are dim. Because of the mountain of Zion, which is desolate, the foxes walk upon it. Thou, O Lord, remainest for ever; thy throne from generation to generation. Wherefore dost thou forget us for ever, and forsake us so long time? Turn thou us unto thee, O Lord, and we shall be turned; renew our days as of old. But thou hast utterly rejected us; thou art very wroth against us.” ‭ – Lamentations‬ ‭5:15-22

The Tale of Two Sinners: Read the following verses and carefully observe and consider which one are you?

“And there were also two other, malefactors, led with him to be put to death. And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots. And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided him, saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, the chosen of God. And the soldiers also mocked him, coming to him, and offering him vinegar, And saying, If thou be the king of the Jews, save thyself. And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS. And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.” – ‭‭Luke‬ ‭23:32-43‬

There are only two kinds of sinners:

Sinner #1- who in their pride just wants to have eternal life without ever acknowledging and confessing their offense to God, with no understanding of God’s justice in punishing the sinner for their sin, with no remorse for their sins and no repentant heart to rid their heart from sin… they live and die in sin.

Sinner #2 – who comes to the cross and becomes painful aware of their sins being of great offense to God; is grieved over their sin and the death of Jesus Christ the Holy Son of God Who came to TAKE AWAY our sins and give us forgiveness and eternal life, GREIVED TO THE POIT OF DESIRING TO DIE, TO PUT TO DEATH THE DEEDS OF THE FLESH SO AS TO NOT OFFEND GOD ANY LONGER. They confess their sins and acknowledge God’s justice in punishing sinners for their sins. They glorify God for sending HIS SON JESUS CHRIST to TAKE AWAY THEIR SINS and grant them eternal life and they become a NEW CREATION IN CHRIST JESUS when the old man (sinful flesh) dies with Christ and is Born AGAIN IN THE SPIRIT OF GOD and made FREE FROM SIN AND DEATH BY THE LIFE GIVING BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST!

Sinner #1 – receives NO forgiveness, NO life, NOTHING Jesus came to give us! They continue in sin until they die and their end is ETERNAL DAMNATION IN HELL.

Sinner #2- dies with Jesus Christ and is made a NEW CREATION that hates sin the same way God does and loves and serves Him from that day on just like Jesus does! This sinner then  becomes a saint, a child of God granted all the inheritance of Jesus Christ where they will forever live with Him in Glory and continue to LOVE AND SERVE HIM FOR ALL ETERNITY!

Submitted by @ Heather Wright