Saturday, March 23, 2013

Easter is approaching!

Hello all!!
Hope you are enjoying these first few days of spring! Spring is one of the most beautiful and refreshing times of the year, and God wants to start something new in your life! Whether it is becoming God's child, by accepting His free gift of salvation, if you have not done that, or maybe it is starting something new or refreshing something old in your life.  How open are you to God's divine plan for your life?
God is good and He sent Jesus to be our Saviour.  Easter is one of those holidays that is so special...because we as Christians have a reason to celebrate! It is not about eggs or Easter bunnies....it is about Jesus dying and rising again to be your Saviour.  We all need Jesus...and He died for all! This week, I encourage you to remember the reason for Easter.  As you spend time in God's Word, take a break from where you are currently reading and read a little part of the Easter story each day! Remind yourself of the glorious, finished work on the cross that Christ paid for you.  Take something that is  part of your day and sacrifice it this week to help you remember what Jesus did for you....maybe you could give up facebook for this one week or give up chocolate and desserts for one week or give up something for this one week that you normally do to use that time to remember what Jesus did for you.  Make this week a special one...one that you can think often of your Saviour who died to set you free.  Look forward to Easter because of the real reason we celebrate....Jesus's resurrection from the dead to save your soul and give you eternal life in Heaven.  Sometimes we get too distracted by the worldly reasons to celebrate Easter...the spring weather, the egg hunt, the bunny, or maybe it is even wearing white shoes again for the ladies...I'm not saying that it is wrong to look forward to those things, but please remember the true reason we celebrate.  We would not even have Easter if it had not been for Christ!
Maybe you don't know if you are a child of Jesus....here are the simple steps in finding eternal security forever.
1.  Admit that you have done wrong (sinned) and that you need a Saviour.
2.  Believe that Jesus died and rose for you
3.  Ask the Lord to be your Saviour
That is it! :) God made it so simple for us!

I am adding the plan of salvation to each blog entry because I feel it is the most important thing someone could ever do during life. 

Romans 10:12- "For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him."
-God saves all people....no matter who you are!

Matthew 28:5-6- "And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay."

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Be Strong and of Good Courage!

Be strong and of good courage! These are words you may hear and read from God's Word quite often.  The Lord is so good and He reminds us to be strong and courageous!  I don't know about you, but I too often feel weak and discouraged... maybe that is why God reminds us so much to be the opposite of what we feel. Feelings will lead you down a very wrong path.  1 Chronicles 28:20 was brought to my attention recently.  Amazing verse....one of my new favorites.  God not only reminds us to be strong and have good courage, but right after those words, the verse goes on to say, "and do it."  WOW! I don't know about you, but that is encouraging to me.  Do the work that it takes to be strong and courageous and do the work that it takes to be doing what God wants!  The verse continues to say "fear not"...that is a hard one for me.  So encouraging to know that God tells us not to fear.  It is not necessary.  There is nothing to fear because God is with us.  It continues with "nor be dismayed, for the Lord God, even my God, will be with thee."  This is our reason that we have to not worry and not to fear! God is always with us. "He will not fail thee, nor forsake thee" is the next phrase.  God will not ever leave us or decide He does not want us...yet another reason to fear not.  The last part of  the verse says "until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the Lord."  This encourages us to remember that God wants us to serve Him and that He sees what we do.  No matter what circumstances you encounter during this life, if you are a saved, child of God, then you can have a hope that never fails because you have the promise of eternal life in Heaven! God will give His salvation so graciously to you if admit you are a sinner and you need God, you believe that Jesus died and rose again for you, and you ask Him to come into your life and save you.  If you have not done this, do it today! You can know that you are saved and know God will always be with you!

I encourage you to read and memorize 1 Chron. 28:20.  It will be a blessing to you to have it memorized. 

I Chronicles 28:20- "And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the Lord God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the Lord."