Posted in Grace Life

Be Opals

I love this passage, it so beautifully explains who we are in Christ. A new creature, no longer trapped in our old selves, that old me is dead and buried with Christ, I am reconciled to God in Him. Think on that. We are already reconciled to God, the instant we believe Christ’s perfect righteousness is put on us. When God sees us all He sees is His Son. He doesn’t see our past, our mistakes, our sins, the broken jacked up mess we were. Nope, He sees us as we will be, the beautiful perfect masterpiece we are in Christ,. We’re God’s opals. Opals are ugly in their natural state filled with imperfections and impurities, they’re just dirty lumps of rock. But wash them, give a good polish and shine then let the light shine on em and they are gorgeous. The colors that sparkle in their depths, the beauty, they look almost alive with rainbows. That’s exactly how we are. In our natural unsaved state we are ugly with sin, impure, imperfect, just dirty broken people. But the moment we are saved we are washed in Christ’s blood from all our sins, impurities, and imperfections in God’s eyes. We are spiritually polished and shined by the Holy Spirit and we are filled with the Light, Christ Jesus in whom we now stand. We sparkle with His light, we are beautiful in Him, we are alive in the One who gives us His life! That’s God’s glorious grace!

Always remember that my beloved brothers and sisters in Christ. When life tries to throw you back into the bondage of your past, chain you in bonds to the law, control you through fear, manipulation and twisting or changing of God’s word remember this passage. Remember how God already sees you, remember who you are in Christ, His ambassador. Let that truth fill you, encourage and strengthen you and then go live in who Christ has made you, not who the world’s tells you you are. Go be God’s opal.

Posted in Grace Life

Be Complete

Have you thought about that, that you are complete in Him? Have you let it sink in just “who” He is, what He did, and that He loves you that much? That the head if all principality and power set it all aside and became a man; being born a helpless babe and growing to the day He was obedient u to death on the cross so you could be complete in Him! The God of heaven, maker of all that is, thought it no robbery to become man, put meat on so to speak in all it entails, live a sinless life in our broken world and then go to Calvary a beaten, battered, sacrifice for the sins of all the world. Sins He never committed, debts He didn’t owe, prices we could never pay, yet He took it on Himself. He paid them with His blood, poured out in unimaginable, unfathomable, unrelenting love so deep and strong that even the bonds of death couldn’t hold it. When we believe that he died, was buried and rose the third day we are sealed by the Holy Spirit into Him. Into the head of all principality and power. We are complete in Him.

So live in that completeness. Live in Him knowing that when God sees you He doesn’t see your brokenness, your mistakes, sins, transgressions. He sees perfection, a masterpiece, righteousness, He sees Christ His precious Son! That’s who you are now, who you represent, who gives you life when you were dead. You’re His ambassador here, represent Him well. And share His glorious grace, love as He loves, and be who He has made you.

Posted in Salvation

Are You Sure

I want you to think for a moment about a pretty serious question:

Do you know where you will spend eternity when you die?

If you do how do you know?

These aren’t trick questions mind you, but questions I am going to start asking people when I meet them. Obviously I will tweak things based on the situation and individual but I want to really step up my efforts to reach the lost in this world. And I am not just a gonna assume a person is saved and miss an opportunity.

I will ask. If they are (I’ll be able to see that by the answer to the second question) praise God I just met a brother or sister in Christ if not I will ask if they want to know how they can know and be sure or deal with a false trust in works. Then I will take them through the Scriptures showing their problem of needing a Savior because they have sinned against God, once they see the need I’ll give them the solution and just simply present the gospel from Scripture; that Christ died for their sins was buried to eternally remove them all and rose the third day for their justification before God, giving us eternal life in Him. I’ll explain in depth using a Bible if time and setting allow, or make it short and to the point using a tract and memorized verses if not.

Either way after giving them the good news I will ask if they understand and want to accept the gift of eternal life through Christ by believing what He did for them, that that’s all they have to do. All they can do, for any works they try to add such as a confession, water Baptism, praying that prayer, repentance, etc. will just condemn them, the only way to be saved is trusting in the shed blood of Christ to save us. It’s His faith through the Cross and if we add to it then we are rejecting that truth, rejecting Him.

If they believe that hallelujah praise God another soul is saved, if not then I tried. Either way I will give them some Bible pamphlet or tracts depending on how it went with a way to contact me for Bible Study, questions or information. I want to see the lost saved the best way to do that is take it on like Paul and always be about sharing the good news.

So I ask you my friends,

Do you know where you will spend eternity when you die? If so how do you know? If not do you want to know how you can be sure?

I am just a comment or email away if you want to talk.

Posted in Grace Life, Salvation

Glorious Grace

I have a request of all that read this message, I want you to read the following list of verses and ponder in your heart the glorious riches of the grace of God and how very deeply He loves you! So much that while you were yet a sinner Christ died for you a brutal horrific death that was meant for you, your sins nailed him there. Then he was buried to take your sins away, He descended to the very depths of hell and left them all their – your past, present and future sins (after all they were all future when He died) before crossing the divide across which the rich man had gazed longingly as he suffered eternal torment and agony in that very hell to Abraham’s bosom, paradise and emptied it of the saints waiting patiently for their Lord to one day come. Then the third day He rose from the grave victoriously justifying all who believe in Him for all eternity before God thus our salvation is solely by His glorious grace a free gift we don’t deserve and we can never do anything to earn but God gives us from the rich depths of His love.

Posted in Salvation

Gift Of God’s Grace

That’s what God is wanting to give you. Why would God want to do that you ask? Because He loves you and wants to save you. But I don’t need saving I’m doing just fine you say? No I don’t think so, you’re a hot mess of sin and brokenness just like I was. You keep trying to fix what you’ve broken, correct the mistakes and somehow make life look like what you thought it would but all you get is deeper in the dark hole of failure, am I right? That’s because you, like I was, are trying to save yourself and that’s something you can never do cause Jesus already did it. Let me explain.

We are all born sinners because way back in the beginning when God created the first man Adam well Adam jacked it up and didn’t obey God. He brought sin on himself and everyone who came after him. That’s why the book of Romans in the Bible tells us:

Yea, you read that right, sin brought death into the world as the just rewards of that sin:

Every single person who has ever lived has been affected by sin, Scripture tells us:

Because we are all sinners by birth then we have a big problem cause God hates sin. See God is the Creator of this universe and that means His creation answers to Him in the end, we’re part of that creation because we are descendants of Adam. God is perfect Holy and just – He can’t sin and won’t tolerate it in His presence which means you and I have a gigantic problem cause we’re sinners from the get go. That grieved God’s heart cause He loves us and the sin in our lives forever separates us from Him. He had to find a way to save us from the results of our sin, separation from Him.

He did this in His Son, Jesus. See Jesus was a man but He was God too, He was God’s Son born through a virgin woman, that means he didn’t have the sin nature we inherit from our earthly fathers. He was a perfect man, never sinned, which is important cause in order to pay the debt for someone else’s sin the the payer has to be sin free. That rules out any other mere human right off the bat, but Jesus was more than just human, he was all God and all man. That means He qualified to pay the debt we owe to God. And He did on the cross at Calvary when He was crucified.

His death burial and resurrection made the way for every single person who believes in Him and what He did to be covered by it, to be saved. Saved and restored to right standing with God. Our sins past, present and future were covered (forgiven) by His death; removed forever by His burial; and we are justified before God by His resurrection! God loves us so much He did that, for you, for me, for every human who ever lived. Now understand you could never have done it because you have sin in your life, just accept it that on your own you’re lost as a ball in high weeds, broke as a joke, and it ain’t never gonna change by any effort of yours. But belief in Jesus the incarnate Son of God’s death burial and resurrection can do that. Belief, that’s all you can do to be saved, have faith that the faith of Christ to save you is enough, It’s a free gift, you just got to accept it. So what are you waiting for?

Posted in Salvation

What the Lost Say: 6.) When I Choose To Believe Then I’m Saved Forever?

Yes! Absolutely! As soon as you believe the truth of the gospel of the grace of God, God keeps His Word and gives you the gift of eternal life.

Immediately, in that very instant, you are washed of your sins, sanctified (set apart as holy) unto God, and justified or declared righteous by God.

1 Corinthians 6:11  And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

In that moment you are born again, born into God’s family, regenerated, renewed by God’s Holy Spirit, made a new creature in Christ Jesus!

Titus 3:5  Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

We are given the Spirit of life the instant of belief. The Holy Spirit of God indwells every believer and we then possess eternal life by His permanent abiding presence in us; eternal life that is not just future but a present possession.

Romans 8:2  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

Romans 8:9  But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

That means that the Holy Spirit indwells believers as soon as they believe, making them sons of God and sealing them until the day of redemption, that’s the catching away of the believers the day Christ comes to take His purchased possession home to glory! Bodily, physically, finally!

Ephesians 1:12-14  That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.  [13]  In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,  [14]  Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

Galatians 4:4-7  But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,  [5]  To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.  [6]  And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.  [7]  Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

The Holy Spirit is also called “the Earnest” meaning a down payment. By the Holy Spirit’s indwelling we have been given a down payment of eternal life promised by God. This is said to be our sealing, the seal of God’s ownership until the day of redemption when he shall take us physically unto Himself forever in the resurrection.

2 Corinthians 1:20-22  For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.  [21]  Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;  [22]  Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

Once we believe we are saved eternally because this is what God has promised and He is always faithful to keep His Word. After all, God cannot lie, so we have the gift of eternal life, life without end, with Him forever! That’s what we get the very instant we believe!

2 Timothy 1:12  For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.

2 Timothy 2:11-13  It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him:  [12]  If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:  [13]  If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.

Brothers and sisters in Christ I have spent many days now looking at some of the questions that lost people ask us, questions it behooves us to be prepared to answer. I pray that you have gleaned a few nuggets to apply in your dealings with those who aren’t believers yet. Please share truth with those you encounter, the world is lost and dying on a swift slide straight to Hell! You needed look far to find a lost soul in desperate need of the good news of the gospel of the grace of God: family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, even the telemarketers, just share grace with all you meet .

As always my beloved brethren may you be eternally gripped in His glorious grace!

Posted in The Word

Peace of God

I love it when God’s Word speaks to me in unexpected ways and times. Tonight I was doing my secretarial duties for my husband and reading an email from his grader with Grace School of the Bible and I noticed that he had closed the email with a Bible verse so I read it aloud, then read it again, and later again as it just spoke so deeply in my heart tonight. I then looked up the passage and the confirmation and guidance I have been seeking on a couple of issues was right there. I share the passage with you my beloved brothers and sisters in Christ in the hopes you may be as blessed as I was by the encouragement and guidance to be drawn from these few verses.

Posted in Salvation

The Real Miracle

What is it you are celebrating today? If you answer Jesus’ birth I’m afraid you’re a little late. He was born back in late September. Scripture tells us that very clearly when we look at the first two chapters of Luke. It starts with the announcement of the conception of John the Baptist to his father, Zacharias.

I find these two chapters absolutely fascinating – the tale of two cousins – one destined to declare the other who had descended straight from heaven. Let’s just look at a few highlights that allow us to definitely date the births of both babies within a week or two.

“There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.”  (Luke 1:5)

The course of Abia was the eighth of the 24 courses King David had established in 1 Chronicles 24 for the ministry of the temple priests. Each of the 24 courses was to run for one week every six months. So each priestly family served two weeks 6 months apart per year in addition to the 3 weeks per year that all the priests served together: Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles. These three are the ones every Israelite male was required to attend each year, no exceptions!

“And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest’s office before God in the order of his course, According to the custom of the priest’s office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.”  (Luke 1:8-9)

“And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.”  (Luke 1:11-13)

We see that Zacharias was serving in his course which was mid June.

“And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he departed to his own house. And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying,”  (Luke 1:23-24)

Now Jerusalem was about 30 miles from his home so when his course ended it probably took him a few days to get home which puts Elizabeth conceiving in late June and giving birth 9 months later in late March.

Ok, now let’s look at when Mary conceived Christ and we can date his birth as well.

“And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.”  (Luke 1:26-27)

“And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.”  (Luke 1:36)

So Elizabeth is 6 months along with John when Mary conceives Jesus by the Holy Spirit. When is 6 months after late June? Yep, late December, which unfortunately for anyone saying that Jesus was born December 25th puts his birth in late September. This makes much more sense actually since we are told that shepherds are in the field on the night of his birth.

“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.”  (Luke 2:8)

The shepherds would have left the fields for the winter by late October so the fields would have been empty had the birth taken place in December. Also worth noting in proving that this most amazing child – God incarnate, Emmanuel God with us – was not born in December is the taxing ordered by Caesar. He would never have ordered this in winter as it would have been much harder to enforce during winter weather when roads were all but impassible.

So we’ve established that Jesus was not born in late December but conceived then. In my opinion this is a far greater miracle than the precious birth which was actually rather ordinary as far as births go. But the conception was the moment that God put meat on and came to dwell among and eventually go to the cross to pay the price for our sins. It is our brokenness, our filth and vileness that will nail the man that precious baby that John leaped in the womb over (want a defense for life beginning at conception there you have it, Mary was a week or so pregnant) grew to be to that tree 33 years later. Our sins separated us eternally from God who is holy just and perfect, therefore he can’t abide sin. That black bitter sin covered us in the debt of breaking God’s laws and the wages of that is death, not physically but spiritually as one day we would be cast into that lake of fire we so justly deserved. But with that conception God set in motion the greatest gift to mankind- salvation. The gift that began as the fulfillment of the prophecy program foretold since the world began of Israel became after their fall and temporary time out the gift of the grace of God! The gospel of the death of Christ for the forgiveness of the sins past present and future of all who place their faith in Him, his burial for the removal of them eternally and His resurrection the third day for our justification. When we believe that we are saved, sealed by the Spirit and eternally seated in heavenly places in Christ. Christ, Jesus, the precious miracle conceived that late December some 2000 years ago. That’s what I rejoice over, that’s what I give thanks for, that’s what I glory and joy in. And not just one day in December but every second of everyday, with my every breath. I do it without traditions and trappings that take my mind off the most incredible gift my eventual eternal salvation through the shed blood of Jesus. May you remember that today and everyday and share that perfect gift with everyone you meet, not just in this day but everyday. Give the gift of eternal life through the sharing of the gospel of the grace of God!

As always my beloved brothers and sisters in Christ may you be eternally gripped in His glorious grace.

Posted in Uncategorized

Break Mine Heart

I forgot my Bible and Stam Acts Dispensationally Considered book this morning as we left for the big church so I borrowed my son’s Bible to read in while waiting for them to finish up closing the building so we could leave. It turned out to be a happy accident as I opened it to a random page and read a passage that gripped my heart.

Lately I have thought a lot about Paul and all he faced in his life in Christ. I mean this dude took five beatings (forty lashes save one!), was shipwrecked multiple times, was stoned to the point he went up to the third heaven for crying out loud. He didn’t have much, at the end of what we see of his life he is in prison again and it’s fast approaching winter and he’s got no coat so he asked for his to be brought to him along with his scrolls. He was a pro at the stocks and bonds for the Gospel plan, preach the Gospel get put in stocks and bonds yet he counts all his suffering as glory to die is gain. But he does want his coat and the scrolls, his Bible. I can get that, wanting the Bible Gods Holy Word, to comfort, strengthen and sustain him as the end crept near. I’d want the same and I know that in Christ I too can glory in suffering and persecution, and that if called to die for Christ then it will be gain. Which might be why a particular verse in Acts tugged at me, we are in Satans den teaching the Gospel of the grace of God, Christ’s death burial and resurrection to all who will listen, lost souls and saved but trapped in man’s traditions believers. This is in a church that worships the traditions they have, denies the Truth of Scripture saying they don’t know how we got the Bible and that any one will do cause it’s just more like guidelines and moral concepts that are good. The minister said when the denomination on a national level chose to allow and encourage homosexuals to hold positions of leadership with in the churches that they’d have to pry the chalice out of his cold dead hand before he’d leave the denomination even though they were openly going against what Christ taught Paul in Romans, 1 Timothy 3 & 4, 2 Timothy 2 & 3, etc. It says clearly that leaders are to be the husband of one wife, moral, servants for God’s glory not serving the god of this world not God the Father and His Son. I often wonder if the leaders in the local group we work in will eventually turn against me for teaching that their core beliefs and traditions are just a slap in God’s face because they do not rightly divide much less believe what they claim. I guess that is what made this passage from Paul’s life so encouraging to me. Well just see what you think:

“And as we tarried there many days, there came down from Judaea a certain prophet, named Agabus. And when he was come unto us, he took Paul’s girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles. And when we heard these things, both we, and they of that place, besought him not to go up to Jerusalem. Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus. And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.”  (Acts 21:10-14, KJV)

I want to be ready like Paul, to fight the good fight and finish well.

Posted in Salvation

A New Creature!

That verse is another one that I cherish as dearly precious to me. I’m a new creature in Christ; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. That truth thrills and humbles me for there is much which passed away. So much brokenness, so much pain ; I did things I’m so ashamed of said things I wish I could take back. Though those bruises and scars are still there they no longer chain me, prison me, now they are just faded hints that the old creature once lived but has now passed away and I am made new, alive in Christ no longer dead in bondage and sin. I weep for joy and thanksgiving at that truth, and I try at every opportunity to share Christ with others so they too can be new creatures with me by giving all who will listen the gospel of the grace of God.

“For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”  (1 Corinthians 15:3-4, KJV)

God expects nothing from us for what Christ did for us other than belief, folks that is not doing anything it is simply accepting the truth of what He has already done and letting it feee us. When Christ saved me and set me free I gave myself to Him, what was left of me that is, my broken shattered heart and He has made it and me new ! He will do the same for you, if you have not already accepted the free gift of grace eternal salvation through Christ’s death, burial and resurrection for the forgiveness and eternal putting away of your sins and your justification before God I beg you not to wait another second but believe on what Christ has done and be set eternally free.