Sunday, August 31, 2014
WHY DID CHRIST GO TO CROSS AND DIE?
1 Peter 3:18New International Version (NIV)
18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.
Hebrews 10:19-22New International Version (NIV)
19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.
Ephesians 3:12New International Version (NIV)
12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.
Hebrews 4:16New International Version (NIV)
16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
I don’t know about anyone else, but my time of need is 24/7, it is not an issue of whether I sin or not, rather an issue of safety. (And if at the throne, while there, there is no thought of sin is there, unless you are trying to be forgiven, not exercising you are forgiven, being thankful that you are) At the throne of grace, we by Christ constantly confidently have a relationship with the creator of the world and all; this is amazing to be safe and secure in Father’s arms, thanks to Jesus the one and only son that ever completed perfection here on earth for us in our stead. That perfection was and is for us to walk humbly, securely, safely, being protected by Father thanks to our pinch hitter Christ Jesus, Amen= so be it!
His righteousness is like a football pass over to us as in football, he is the quarterback, you are the receiver, have you caught the ball (his righteousness) passed to you or is it still in the air (you in error) on its way to you for you to make the touchdown that is already made for you. Now does that depend on your works or God’s already done works for you?
Colossians 1:20New International Version (NIV)
20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross
Colossians 1:22New International Version (NIV)
22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation
Romans 5:10New International Version (NIV)
10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!
Ephesians 2:13New International Version (NIV)
13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
Do we see this now, we are reconciled to Father by Son as Holy, so can we go in confidence to Father? Say thank you and ask to be taught by Father How to walk as Son already did by Faith in Father?
Saturday, August 30, 2014
IS THE MIND OUR BATTLEFIELD?
DOUBT OF BELIEF?
If I, you or anyone had no thoughts of bad or good, could anything be bad or good without thoughts of whether or not it is?
Would we just all get along and naturally help one another, automatically? Would that be our nature, just to help out each other? No second guessing, no doubts, no troubles, no anger, no knowledge of good and evil?
Would that be good? I say sort of in a way, how?
2 Corinthians 10:5
casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
1 Peter 1:2
Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.
Are we listening; are we working hard to obey by thoughts that can and are all over the place in agreement and then in disagreement?
Where in the word, in any translation does the word say to figure it out, to gain knowledge by trying to obey, through any worldly wisdom?
Does it not say, (read) to have Faith a Zillion times?
by whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:
but now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:
Hebrews 11 [Full Chapter]
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. ...
Faith is it = to belief, believe, believing?
And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.
nd when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord.
As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.
Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.
Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.
( think we get used in thoughts to doubt)
They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.
But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole.
Art thou the Christ? tell us. And he said unto them, If I tell you, ye will not believe:
Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:
The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.
When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.
If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
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.
He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.
And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did.
And many more believed because of his own word;
and said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.
Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.
Jesus saith unto him, Go thy way; thy son liveth. And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way.
So the father knew that it was at the same hour, in the which Jesus said unto him, Thy son liveth: and himself believed, and his whole house.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?
For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.
But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?
Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.
They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work?
And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.
He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
(But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.
Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God?
And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.
Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me.
If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not.
But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.
Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.
Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him.
If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation.
because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away, and believed on Jesus.
Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue:
Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me.
I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.
And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.
Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am he.
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.
for the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.
Now are we sure that thou knowest all things, and needest not that any man should ask thee: by this we believe that thou camest forth from God.
Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe?
There are thousands more scriptures the read Believe and you will be saved.
You might say, what about works, and I reply there are no works of our own that save.
If there were, then Christ would have never needed to come and die for us to be risen for us, for us to by Faith (belief) walk anew
51. Don’t refuse to eat on the chance one might choke, physical food or Spiritual, if not at peace when eat spit it out
52. To understand parents love, raise your own children
53. Weaving the net at the edge of the water to catch fish, is the step after praying to catch them
54. Keep your broken arm inside your sleeve
55. A diamond cannot be polished without being rubbed neither can a person be perfected without trials
56. The knowing how to is not the difficult part, it is the applying it
57. The Journey at the end looking back is the greatest reward; if all the pieces fit together
58. Life is like a jig saw puzzle, many times we have to rearrange the pieces that appeared to fit and did not
59. Pick up the broken mirror, and carefully put all the pieces back in place, not worried about how long it might take
It’s Time to Rest!
by Bob Christopher
The 28 Day Forgiveness Challenge -- Day 27
Jesus Christ finished His work.
He did everything necessary to take away your sins once and for all. Jesus put it this way in His high priestly prayer: "I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began" (John 17:4, 5).
God the Father answered Jesus' prayer. He exalted Him to highest place - the right hand of the Father.
He is seated there now.
What does this mean for you?
First, there is nothing more to do concerning your sins. Jesus has done it all. The fact that Jesus is seated at the right hand of His Father is proof.
The writer of Hebrews didn't want his readers to miss this point. For example, when comparing Jesus to the Levites, he explained that Jesus "has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people, since he did this once for all when he offered up himself" (Hebrews 7:27 ). There is no need for Jesus to get up from his seated position.
This means you can rest. Here is Jesus' promise to all who come to Him: "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls" (Matthew 11:28, 29.)
All the work we do to earn God's forgiveness and love wears us out. It leaves us weary and burdened. That's not God's desire for you. He wants you to rest. You can because Jesus has already done the work.
Your sins are forgiven. You are righteous in God's sight. He loves you and accepts you. Believe it and take a rest in Him. It's time.
Forgiveness Challenge #27 - Are you willing to enter God's rest?
There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God's rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his. Hebrews 4:9-10 (NIV)
Bob Christopher | August 30, 2014 at 6:00 am | Categories: 28 Day Forgiveness Challenge, Forgiveness | URL: http://wp.me/p1Ky3j-e1
Thursday, August 28, 2014
The 28 Day Forgiveness Challenge — Day 26
Forgiveness ranks as the number one topic of discussion on the Basic Gospel radio broadcast. Here are three things we have learned from all the questions that have been asked about this critical issue:
1.The forgiveness of God is greatly misunderstood,
2.People like to argue about forgiveness,
3.People long to have forgiveness.
You can understand why forgiveness is such a hot topic. All of us sin. This reality raises numerous questions in our minds.
What do I do when I sin?
How can I know that God has forgiven my sin?
If He has forgiven me, why do I keep doing the same sin over and over?
Here is the good news. All of these questions are answered by the three words Jesus uttered from the cross, “It is finished!”
Jesus paid the debt in full. Nothing more needs to be done, or can be done concerning forgiveness of sins.
I wished I had known this truth early in life.
With each sin I committed in those days, I felt I needed to do something to get it forgiven. I prayed. I promised. I studied the Bible. I made deals with God. But nothing changed.
I wanted His forgiveness so badly, but in spite of all my efforts, I never felt forgiven.
The glorious truth is that there was nothing I could do to gain God’s forgiveness. Jesus had already done the work. He forgave all of my sins. His shed blood took them away once and for all.
When His finished work finally hit my heart, the weight of guilt lifted from my shoulders. And something even better happened. The love of God broke through to my soul.
This is what I wanted more than anything. We all want to truly know that God loves us. Forgiveness is the truth that makes God’s love real to us.
Just three simple words comprise the most powerful, life-changing phrase in the entire Bible.
It is finished!
These three words can change your life.
Forgiveness Challenge #26 — Do you fully believe that Jesus Christ finished His work concerning your sins? If so, how does change your view of God?
But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God. Hebrews 10:12
WHAT GOD, THE GOD OF MORE OR THE GOD OF LIFE EVERLASTING, WHICH DO YOU SERVE?
Is the Devil, a, or the God of more? Did he not convince Eve through the Serpent to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, expecting death to come to them after Adam followed suit and ate also?
Yet did Father the creator, known as God have Mercy on them? I mean they did not die right away did they? God sacrificed an animal and clothed them right? First sacrifice right, God giving mercy to Adam and Eve right?
Note: First shedding of blood:
And so they lived, but not in the Garden, where all was done, for life, peace, righteousness, and contentment, Now they were to play God, till the ground, make their own paradise, since by that eating of that tree they know became as Gods, knowing right and wrong. Here they go, get to play God, making their own paradises. On their own and so they have kids and bring them up to know what they know about God and how they need to please God, by doing what is right.
So Cain and Abel were born and when it came time to sacrifice to God, Abel’s sacrifice was well pleasing to God and Cain’s was not. Cain was angry, feelings (emotions) in thoughts of not being accepted by God, and thoughts of Jealousy, not understanding why Abel’s sacrifice was accepted over his? Sin, killing thoughts were at Cain’s door, these thoughts were in his mind, and God came to Cain and warned Cain of these thoughts, and that Cain can learn and try all over again.
Abel’s sacrifice was blood, God’s payment for sin, covering, taking away of etc. started with sacrifice of blood for sin at Adam and Eve.
The enemy, Satan, Devil, Lucifer, the bright shining Angel that God created before mankind, that started with Adam and Eve, per the word we have from God though Moses, who wrote down what God told him and what he experienced as well.
This fallen Angel, has become God of God in selfishness to the self, and this was so all the way through the First Testament into the second Testament where he tried to cause Jesus to fail. The one who finally came forth as predicted to come forth as God said this in Genesis 3:15
The Devil had been trying to steal, kill and destroy all the way from this point of Genesis 3:15’s prediction of the Christ to redeem the world, where he caused Cain to kill Abel, thinking Abel was the promised one. Totally confused by the time the Christ showed up on the scene. Had been killing, stealing and destroying any and as many as possible that he could by controlling thoughts, in we being selfish creatures.
Ephesians 6:12New International Version (NIV)
12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Do we see this now, the enemy in high places, does its best to implant thoughts to accomplish what these Spirits of error want?
Did not the Spirits of error, plant thoughts in the religious leaders heads, to kill Jesus, over Job security No one was going to their places of normal worship were they?
And as Jesus went to his death willingly, died and was taken to Spirit prison. What did Christ do for those three days he was in prison as dead? Did he preach to every one there, did they believe him that he was about to rise and be the winner, as he was waiting in trust to Father who would raise him from the dead.
So Satan, the Devil Lucifer lost did he not? Christ took captivity captive, took the keys to Heaven and Hell from the prince of this world right?
Note: Blood was the final sacrifice that took away the sin of the world, Christ’s blood, and throughout the word, Blood sacrifice was always required for to be forgiven true or false?
So Christ’s sacrifice is the last and final for the forgiveness of sins is it or not, you decide?
For there never was or is any forgiveness without the shedding of blood right?
So is Christ this, the last sacrifice and shedding of blood for any and all of yours sins? Once you are at the throne of grace and ask for the new life that Christ came to give you Father gives this to you, it’s free and no one can take away what God promises ever. In Spirit and truth, being transformed from the Spirits of error, to the Spirit of truth, having new life everlasting in and with God forever and ever, thanks to Jesus Christ’s sacrifice with the last shedding of blood for you.
The only thing that spoils this is you? So either you believe God does just love you or you do not, and gave his life for you or not?
Homwardbound, telling you all God just love you, strst from scratch right there right now and respond to such an amazing grace that none of us deserve
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
What Happens When You Take A Wrong Turn?
The 28 Day Forgiveness Challenge — Day 25
I love the GPS system in my car. It’s an amazing piece of technology. I have even named that friendly voice “Ethel”. Ethel calmly directs my path and gets me to my final destination time and time again.
Yet, sometimes I choose not to follow Ethel’s directions thinking I know the best way to get me where I’m going.
When I do choose to go my own way, I hear Ethel calmly saying: “Recalculating.” She knows the end destination, and knows how to get me there. Even when I take a wrong turn.
In just a few seconds, she sets me on the right path once again. The thing about Ethel is that she doesn’t condemn me or berate me for choosing to go my own way. I’ve never heard her say things like: “How could you not follow my directions? What were you thinking? I refuse to give you any more help.” No, she quickly and calmly comes to my aid, and brings me safely to my final destination.
Believe it or not, this story is a great illustration of the Christian life. All of us from time to time choose to go our own way in life. We think we know what’s best for us and what will ultimately make us happy. So off we go down the wrong path. And Jesus goes right with us.
He doesn’t condemn us, or turn away from us. By grace, he moves us in the right direction. Even my wrong turns along the way do not keep Him from getting me to my final destination.
Because of the finished work of the cross, there is no condemnation for you under the New Covenant. Sometimes you will fail to heed the leading of the Holy Spirit and give in to the desires of the flesh. When you do, the Holy Spirit will renew your mind. He will remind you of His love and grace, and set you once again on the right path.
Forgiveness Challenge #25- When you fail, as we all do, ask the Holy Spirit to renew your mind and remind you of the gift of forgiveness. Remember this great truth – Your sins will not keep God from completing the work He began in you!
“…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6).
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Works and Faith are hand in hand
I would like to say that a work of faith is faith in action. That is, a deed of trusting God is; that trust in action. Without trusting Him, there would be no deed by which even Abraham was found righteous before God for having done to show that trust.
Monday, August 25, 2014
In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.
Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any sacrifice for sin.
All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:
that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them.
But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.
When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment:
about sin, because people do not believe in me;
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.
How amazing this is, anyone, I know I have tried and tried and tried, and failed and failed and failed
Then one day I was asked, which Jesus Christ am I trying to be?
I said what? There is only one. Then that person said yes, but you seem to be trying to imitate him. I said yes the bible says to?
We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.
Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.
3 John 1:11
Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God.
1 Corinthians 4:16
Therefore I urge you to imitate me.
So then asked how you doing with this imitating of others, I see it looks good in front of others, what about behind closed doors?
Well I am to try, try, try, ask for more forgiveness and stand back up and get better and better right?
And what takes place when you do get better, do you get proud, boastful, over excited. Yell from the roof tops, and all the others look at you in Jealousy, as if you are better than them?
What happened to humility, where is it? Do you not need humility?
Micah 6:8New International Version (NIV)
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.
2 Corinthians 12:7-9New International Version (NIV)
7 or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
1 Corinthians 8:6
yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.
“For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God.
Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.
1 John 4:9
This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.
What about Him, (Christ) lives through us?
If we live through Christ and Christ is alive, does this not make it so that Christ is the one to live through us? We showing others that Christ is alive, is raised?
2 Corinthians 4:11
For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.
So is this an exchanged life, our life for his to live through us, we being dead yet alive in the power of Father in the Spirit of truth?
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