Monday, September 23, 2013

Beauty for Ashes

Have you ever wasted something? Maybe you have wasted an item you did not want or maybe you have wasted some time.  I'm sure all of us have; however, some have wasted lives.  And I'm talking about lives that have been non-glorifying to God.  We've all had those days that were wasted...and do you ever feel guilty for wasting your time? Well, let me share a passage of Scripture that has literally become one of my favorite passages here lately. It's in Isaiah, Isaiah chapter 61... It reads.."The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.
And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations." 
Now maybe you see why I was talking about wasting.  You see this passage explains that God wants to fix your breaking heart, free those of you who are being held captive of the enemy, and open up the door to those of you who are in chains.  Maybe it's chains in your thought life, chains in your relationships, or maybe you are chained to sin because you have never accepted and asked Jesus to free you and save you.  God wants to give you beauty for your ashes, He wants to make beautiful what you have ruined, He wants to help you exchange heaviness for praises, and He wants to call you a tree of righteousness! WOW! And here is just the most beautiful part....He wants to build back up what you have wasted. He wants to repair you....and He can even repair things that have been going on for generations... This is a beautiful passage and beautiful picture of who God is and what He wants to do..
Verse 2 talks about the day of vengeance of our God...that's when it is too late to do anything about being chained to sin... if you are unsure if you have been freed from your debt of sin...would you please continue reading below before it is too late to accept His payment for your sin....
1. Realize that God loves you
John 3:16-"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
2. Realize that you are a sinner.  Sins are anything that you do that is wrong, examples are lying, lusting, being jealous, etc. 
Romans 3:23- "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;"
3. Know that you are a lost sinner.  Realize that you need Jesus to get to Heaven.  Nothing you do is good enough.  Sin must be paid for, but Jesus paid the price for sin. 
Romans 6:23- "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (You must accept that gift)
4. Believe that God sent Jesus, His Son, into the world, and believe that He died on a cross to take the punishment for your sins and then rose from the dead 3 days later.
Romans 5:8- "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
Matthew 28:6-"He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay."
5. Ask God to forgive you of your sins, and ask Him to enter into your life and save you.
Romans 10:9-10- "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
Acts 2:21-"And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved."
If you do that or have done that already, you are a child of God and you have begun your journey of following God's plan for your life.

Friday, September 13, 2013

"His mercy endureth for ever"

This week I want you all to just read this beautiful portion of Scripture and be reminded that God's mercy never fails.  It is always there.  Accept it.  Embrace it.  Live it. 

Psalm 136
 "O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever.
O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever.
To him who alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy endureth for ever.
To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endureth for ever.
To him that stretched out the earth above the waters: for his mercy endureth for ever.
To him that made great lights: for his mercy endureth for ever:
The sun to rule by day: for his mercy endureth for ever:
The moon and stars to rule by night: for his mercy endureth for ever.
10 To him that smote Egypt in their firstborn: for his mercy endureth for ever:
11 And brought out Israel from among them: for his mercy endureth for ever:
12 With a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm: for his mercy endureth for ever.
13 To him which divided the Red sea into parts: for his mercy endureth for ever:
14 And made Israel to pass through the midst of it: for his mercy endureth for ever:
15 But overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red sea: for his mercy endureth for ever.
16 To him which led his people through the wilderness: for his mercy endureth for ever.
17 To him which smote great kings: for his mercy endureth for ever:
18 And slew famous kings: for his mercy endureth for ever:
19 Sihon king of the Amorites: for his mercy endureth for ever:
20 And Og the king of Bashan: for his mercy endureth for ever:
21 And gave their land for an heritage: for his mercy endureth for ever:
22 Even an heritage unto Israel his servant: for his mercy endureth for ever.
23 Who remembered us in our low estate: for his mercy endureth for ever:
24 And hath redeemed us from our enemies: for his mercy endureth for ever.
25 Who giveth food to all flesh: for his mercy endureth for ever.
26 O give thanks unto the God of heaven: for his mercy endureth for ever."

If you have not ever experienced God's mercy by accepting Him as your Saviour, please continue reading:
1. Realize that God loves you
John 3:16-"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
2. Realize that you are a sinner.  Sins are anything that you do that is wrong, examples are lying, lusting, being jealous, etc. 
Romans 3:23- "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;"
3. Know that you are a lost sinner.  Realize that you need Jesus to get to Heaven.  Nothing you do is good enough.  Sin must be paid for, but Jesus paid the price for sin. 
Romans 6:23- "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (You must accept that gift)
4. Believe that God sent Jesus, His Son, into the world, and believe that He died on a cross to take the punishment for your sins and then rose from the dead 3 days later.
Romans 5:8- "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
Matthew 28:6-"He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay."
5. Ask God to forgive you of your sins, and ask Him to enter into your life and save you.
Romans 10:9-10- "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
Acts 2:21-"And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved."
If you do that or have done that already, you are a child of God and you have begun your journey of following God's plan for your life.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Are you fighting Goliath? (Part 2)

So last week we looked at David and Goliath and we stopped with the conversation between Goliath and David right before David killed Goliath.  (If you didn't get a chance to read the last post, I encourage you to go back and read it!) David was filled with faith.  Wow! Can you see David's faith?! He came in the name of the Lord!! He knew that God would take care of him.  Let's look at some things David did...
1.) David remembered what God had done for him in the past. (Earlier in 1 Samuel 17, David remembered when GOD helped him kill a lion and a bear with his hands!)
2.) David totally relied on God for the battle
3.) David trusted God fully.
4.) David defeated Goliath in the name of the LORD!

Are you fighting Goliath? I know the actual Goliath was killed many years ago, but I am talking about the devil.  He is our Goliath.  He thinks he can defeat us and we must remind him that he will not defeat us because we have God fighting for us.  You also must believe that God is fighting for you, not against you.  God wants to help you fight the devil....He gave us many verses to help win when the devil tempts us.  One I like to use often is James 4:7- "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you."  I will sometimes think the second part of this verse in my head when I am struggling with the devil.  Remembering the first part of the verse will help you as well because you must submit to God! God wants you to resist the devil.  You may be thinking if I used a verse to defeat the devil when he tempts me, I would be saying scripture all the time... that's the point!! Say it in your mind...it will work! You can have victory over the devil in your life through Jesus! Once you have been saved, the devil will still attack, but you have power now! Use it....God wants to help you! You can defeat Goliath...through God!

If you are unsure if you have been saved or not, please read below!

1. Realize that God loves youJohn 3:16-"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
2. Realize that you are a sinner.  Sins are anything that you do that is wrong, examples are lying, lusting, being jealous, etc. 
Romans 3:23- "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;"
3. Know that you are a lost sinner.  Realize that you need Jesus to get to Heaven.  Nothing you do is good enough.  Sin must be paid for, but Jesus paid the price for sin. 
Romans 6:23- "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (You must accept that gift)
4. Believe that God sent Jesus, His Son, into the world, and believe that He died on a cross to take the punishment for your sins and then rose from the dead 3 days later.
Romans 5:8- "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
Matthew 28:6-"He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay."
5. Ask God to forgive you of your sins, and ask Him to enter into your life and save you.
Romans 10:9-10- "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
Acts 2:21-"And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved."
If you do that or have done that already, you are a child of God and you have begun your journey of following God's plan for your life.