Yes,You Need A Savior!

Hello all:

As the year is coming to close, let me remind you that yes you need a savior. If  you have happened by this blog., take a moment to consider this statement.

You need a savior or someone to rescue you out of all of the circumstances that you can not control. (We actually have control over very few things in this life.)

If you are an atheist — There is a savior, a someone to rescue you. In Christian terms, I am sure you have heard of this savior as Jesus Christ. He lived on the earth and  died to take away the punishment of all of  our sins. Once you accept that He is and what He has done for you, you gain access to heaven for eternity.

If you believe He exists but you feel as though you can not trust Him to take care of you, think again. His expressed purpose in coming to the earth and dying on the cross was for you. He sees you and is waiting just quietly and patiently waiting for you to acknowledge Him.

If you think He won’t help you because you have too much wrong, free your mind from this thinking! It does not matter what you have done. The shedding of His blood on the cross washed away the guiltiness and the stigma of every sin you have committed. No sin you have committed is greater than His power to forgive it.

If you have the Savior in your heart, then just be encouraged to press on! We wake up victoriously ,we sleep victoriously.  Rest in a daily dose of contentment, success, and victory through Christ Jesus in this world and certainly in the heaven to come.

No matter which category you place yourself, oh yes we need a sa a Savior!

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The Starfish Side of Christmas

I was told this opening story by a relative of mine.

A lady saw a young man on the beach. In front of him, for yards to the left and yards to the right were hundreds of starfish that for some reason had washed ashore.

One by one he began to throw a starfish back into the ocean.  The lady watched for a few moments and then approached him.  “Why are throwing the starfish back? There are so many. There is no way your actions will make a difference” she said.

The man picked up another starfish and purposefully threw it  back into the ocean. He turned to the woman. “You’re right,” he said. “There are so many.  I might not make a difference to them all. But as he looked out toward the ocean, he quietly said,
“ But I did make a difference to that one!”

 

This Christmas season reminds us yet again of the birth of Jesus Christ in the manger. He was surrounded by His mother, Joseph, and farm animals. And had it not been for the announcement of His arrival by the multitude of heavenly angels on that day, His birth most likely would have gone unnoticed by the world.  Yet travel back with me before the birth of Jesus. We can only imagine from the Scriptures given, that the Trinity, before the world began, had a conversation amongst themselves. Who will go and redeem man back unto us? For we know He will fall under the influence of Satan.
Jesus stood.
He motioned that He would come to earth: be born of a virgin, experience the life and limited nature of man, suffer unconscionable acts of cruelty and then die on the cross to take away the punishment for man’s sins. Upon finishing His work, man would have the opportunity to be accepted into Heavenly paradise.

The angels could not believe it! What! Why go and do all this for man? Man will only be a imperfect created being. What is man they asked? And why art thou so mindful of him the angels questioned? (Psalm 8:4a)  You, the three of you, oh Elohim know that not all of them will even accept Jesus even though they will see Him in the flesh. Some will reject His act of grace, his teachings, his kindness, and the divine power that will be displayed in front of their eyes. And even though Jesus will declare to the disciple Thomas that those who live after Jesus’ earthly existence and believe on Him will be even the more blessed  (St. John 20:29) – still they will reject who He is and what He represents.

Jesus’ love for mankind started before the world began.  But it most assuredly and poignantly began on that night his mother Mary birthed him into the world.

Probably all the of the angels and some of mankind throughout time, from the philosopher, to the historian, to the commoner, and maybe, just maybe even a theologian or two would justifiable say that Jesus should have never come to redeem or rescue any of us from the crafty, unmerciful hands of Satan. Whatever our lot within life, within death, or within the afterlife should not be improved!

But can‘t you just Jesus hear reply just as the man on the beach did that day.  “I might not make a difference to all, but my actions will make a difference to some.”

Oh, how humbly grateful we are who know that we are in the group “of the some” to whom His birth on Christmas day and later on His death and resurrection has made all the difference.

Can You Detect The Fragrance of Jesus Around Me?

The people knew when Moses had been in the presence of God. His face shone and he had to put a veil over his face so that he could talk with the Israelites. (See Exodus 34:29-33.)

Father, help me to prioritize my day and follow through in having the prayer time that I am suppose to have with you. Once we have fellowshipped, let others see and waft in the love and splendor of the presence that You have shared with me as we have spent time together.

Communicate Jesus!

I found the words “Communicate Jesus” and the corresponding blog http://www.communicatejesus.com while I was on the Internet today.

The words provoked me again to ask myself about how I am communicating Jesus to my neighbors, friends, and family. Am I being rude, terse, indifferent, or just too busy to help, to care?

If we want to evangelize (or convert others to Christianity) we need to show the love that Jesus had for those who were around him. We need to  show others that they have value, to stop and listen to their concerns, and to act on their behalf.

As we do all of this, we will be showing love and communicating Jesus in the loudest, most positive,  and most impactful way possible.

So let’s encourage one another to put off rudeness, self-centeredness, self-righteousness, and even indifference.

Love will draw others to you like a magnet! (When they are close, then you can tell them how you came to have so much love. Of course Jesus will be His name!)

Is Christ Your Life? ~ Part 2

Hello all:

Here is something else to consider with regard to Christ being our life. If He is our life, then no matter where He leads us, we should be content. The Shepherd, especially Jesus as the Good Shepherd, will not lead us into danger or ill-will. He always want the best for us.

I remind myself that my God shall supply all my need (Philippians 4:6). And  I know that I can cast all my care upon Him for He cares for me  (I Peter 5:7).

What scriptures do you use to remind yourself that He is always looking out for your good?

Is Christ Your Life?

Hello all:

I open this post with scripture. I put in more than one version for your consideration.

Colossians 3:4 (KJV) — When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

Colossians 3: 4 (NKJV)  — When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.

Do ponder the premise that is held within this scripture: Christ is our life.

I have been a born-again Christian for 25+ years. Yet, I have just started to meditate on this idea only in the last 6-9 months. Is Christ my life? Are all my actions reflective of Him? Is His character seen in my everyday actions? Do I act as though if I had no Christ, I would stop breathing? If Christ is the very essence of my existence, shouldn’t I be able to say yes to all the questions above?

Is Christ your life?

Had you considered that He should be? Often, we think of our lives consisting our education, careers, hobbies, achievements, church work, and/or our families. Yet  as reflected in Colossians 3:4, Christ =  your life.

* If you are living to tell of Christ, you show His love and His precepts in your daily actions, then you’re on the right track.
* If you rarely behave in this manner, pray and ask for His help to improve.
* If you have never thought of Christ in this manner,  I challenge you to shift your thinking. Accept Him into your life as your personal Savior, and then include Christ in your thoughts and actions.

For if Christ is our life and He is not entrenched in the core of our souls, no wonder we are a people so undone!