Essential Communion: The Dialogue

The world is made up of diverse written, sign, and spoken languages that we use to commune or converse with one another. Communication is the way that we convey our internal thoughts and emotions with those around us. Communication can convey thoughts of urgency, happiness, sadness, frustration, affection, excitement, and etc. I’m sure you get the point by now, dialogue is essential to human expression and healthy relationships. Communication is also essential to a healthy relationship with Jesus Christ Our Lord and Savior. A relationship with Jesus isn’t just one of talking at him or just telling him your list of prayer request and than saying “Amen”. However, true communion with Jesus is a conversational dialogue. Someone may be thinking, “wait, are you talking about prayer?” Yes, I am talking about prayer, but I chose to use the word “communion” because communicating with Jesus Christ is not just praying in a traditional or religious manner where we just tell Jesus all of our complaints, troubles, worries or concerns without waiting to hear a response from him. I want to convey that Jesus walked on the face of this earth as a man before he was crucified for the sins of the world and although Jesus was perfect and he knew no sin he understands what all of us are feeling no matter what we’re facing. “who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:” 1 Peter‬ ‭2:22‬ ‭ASV‬‬. “Having then a great high priest, who hath passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we have not a high priest that cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but one that hath been in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore draw near with boldness unto the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy, and may find grace to help us in time of need.” Hebrews‬ ‭4:14-16‬ ‭ASV‬.‬ Jesus is merciful and he cares about you and he desires to commune with you. If we get quiet and still before him in prayer and wait for him we can hear him whisper to our hearts in a still small voice speaking words of love, comfort, peace, and guidance. The Lord will not leave you desolate. “If ye shall ask anything in my name, that will I do. If ye love me, ye will keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may be with you for ever, even the Spirit of truth: whom the world cannot receive; for it beholdeth him not, neither knoweth him: ye know him; for he abideth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you desolate: I come unto you.” John‬ ‭14:14-18‬ ‭ASV‬‬.

Maybe you’re thinking by now, “how can I begin a relationship of communion/prayer with Jesus?” I’m glad you asked, let’s examine the prayer example Jesus left on record for us.

“After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so on earth. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And bring us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:9-15‬ ‭ASV‬‬.

This is the Lord’s Prayer and this is the prayer that Jesus taught his disciples when they asked him to teach them to pray. You can pray this prayer verbatim or use it as an outline like in the following example.

  • After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:9‬ ‭ASV.‬‬  You can start your prayer off by worship to God our Father. You can tell God how wonderful he is or sing songs/psalms of worship to him.
  • “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so on earth.”
    ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:10‬ ‭ASV‬‬. Than you can pray for God’s will to be done. Maybe you’re not sure how to pray God’s will or know what his will is. You can read the Bible to discover more about God’s will. For example,“A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; even as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.”
    ‭‭John‬ ‭13:34‬ ‭ASV‬‬.  
    In this particular verse you can determine that God’s will is for us to love each other just as Jesus has loved us. You could find a verse or several verses that indicate God’s will just as we did here, and you can pray those verses verbatim. However you could personalize the verses. I’ll use the previously stated verse for an example of personalization, “Lord let me have love for people in the same manner that you have love for me”. Nevertheless, you can simply pray, “Lord let your will be done.”
  • “Give us this day our daily bread.” Matthew‬ ‭6:11‬ ‭ASV.‬‬  Bread is an indication of provision. In the literal sense “bread” is a source of food. However, in your own personal prayers the daily bread that you’re requesting are the things that you have need of. This is the point in the prayer that you can pray about the things that are on your heart. Your prayer request could be about literal food, protection, income, strength, peace, shelter, healing, or maybe about a loved one.
  • “And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” Matthew‬ ‭6:12‬ ‭ASV‬‬. When we pray we should ask for forgiveness for the things that we have done that were not pleasing unto God. We should also, forgive those who have done things that weren’t pleasing unto us. The following verse is the reason why we have to forgive others. But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭15‬ ‭ASV.‬‬ We don’t want our prayers to God to be hindered by harboring feelings of unforgiveness toward someone. Forgiveness, Forgiveness, Forgiveness is very important for effective prayers.
  • “And bring us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” Matthew‬ ‭6:13‬ ‭ASV‬‬. So let’s discuss this particular verse for a second. I want to make it clear that it is not God that tempts us. It is the devil or the “evil one” that tries to present temptation to us. The devil is also the same one that tried to tempt Jesus in the wilderness. “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation; for when he hath been approved, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord promised to them that love him. Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God; for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempteth no man: but each man is tempted, when he is drawn away by his own lust, and enticed. Then the lust, when it hath conceived, beareth sin: and the sin, when it is fullgrown, bringeth forth death. Be not deceived, my beloved brethren.” James‬ ‭1:12-16‬ ‭ASV‬‬. “There hath no temptation taken you but such as man can bear: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation make also the way of escape, that ye may be able to endure it.” 1Corinthians‬ ‭10:13‬ ‭ASV‬‬. You can pray that God reveals his way of escape to you every time temptation is presented to you. To conclude your prayer you can simply state “Amen”. “Amen” is the Hebrew word that has the meaning “so be it”.

Frequency: “Give us this day our daily bread.” Matthew‬ ‭6:11‬ ‭ASV.‬‬  The previously stated verse gives us the indication that prayer should be a daily occurrence. “Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus to you-ward.” ‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:16-18‬ ‭ASV‬‬. Prayer can essentially occur at any time of the day. It’s ok to pray at anytime because God is always listening. However, you can be strategic with your time of prayer. You may think, “strategic, what do you mean?” Remember how we previously discussed that we have an adversary, the devil. “Be sober, be watchful: your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” 1 Peter‬ ‭5:8‬ ‭ASV‬‬. Since know from the scripture that we have an adversary seeking to devour, I would advise making prayer a first priority by allowing it become one of the first things you do in the mornings. You may have to get up a little earlier before you began your daily routine, but it’s definitely worth it. You have to make time for true communion with God, it’s not something that you want to find yourself rushing through because you want to be able to take the time to listen and hear the Lord or the Holy Spirit wants to speak to your heart. Prayer can set the tone of your day. You can ask Jesus for his guidance for your day and you may hear him place instructions in your heart or bring a revelation to your mind about what to do. Maybe you need encouragement, peace, and comfort. You can also pray prayers of protection over yourself, loved ones, and even your community (Psalms 91 is a great passage to declare during prayer for protection).

If you have been inspired to develop a life of prayer I am praying for your success as you embark upon your journey of prayer. This journey will totally transform your life. However, don’t allow obstacles to hinder you from moving forward on your journey. If you miss a day don’t get discouraged and don’t give up. Keep going and you will succeed. I’m praying for you and all of heaven is rooting for your success of having a closer relationship with Jesus Christ.

“Rejoice in the Lord always: again I will say, Rejoice. Let your forbearance be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. In nothing be anxious; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honorable, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:4-8‬ ‭ASV‬‬.

Finding Freedom In Love

The last few blog post have discussed how to discover and maintain freedom through Jesus Christ. If you haven’t read them already be sure to check them out. Let’s imagine that we’re listing the ingredients for a recipe for “freedom”, I would definitely list “love” as the main ingredient. Love is essential for maintaining freedom from fear, guilt, shame, worry, and so many other things that tries to interfere with maintaining freedom in Jesus Christ.

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” II Timothy‬ ‭1:7‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Let’s talk about “love”, love is highly sought after. People try to find love in people, places, and all sorts of things. Many times on our quest for love we find that the previously listed items may only temporarily gratify our desires of being truly loved. However, after time passes you may discover that their is still a void or a longing in your heart. Your family or friends may show love and kindness to you but, if your love for them is not rooted in the source of love, sometimes, even their love can feel like it is fleeting. You may be wondering, “what or who is the source of love?” God is the true source of love. “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is begotten of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. Herein was the love of God manifested in us, that God hath sent his only begotten Son into the world that we might live through him.” 1 John‬ ‭4:7-9 ASV‬‬   These verses make it very clear that God is the source of love because God is love. Maybe you’re reading this and you’re not really sure what true love or God’s love looks like or how God’s love can help you live free and maintain your freedom in Jesus Christ. Let’s take a look at the next verse, and examine it for the characteristics of love; “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” 1 John‬ ‭4:10‬ ‭ASV‬‬  We can determine from the previous verse that true love is sacrificial and it loves even when it hasn’t been given love in return. Let’s look at more characteristics of love.

“Love suffereth long, and is kind; love envieth not; love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not its own, is not provoked, taketh not account of evil; rejoiceth not in unrighteousness, but rejoiceth with the truth; beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Love never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall be done away; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall be done away.” ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:4-8‬ ‭ASV‬‬ 

God and his love is truly amazing and it is life changing. The characteristics of love listed in the verses above can help you grow in your journey of righteousness and freedom. It’s possible that by now you could have concluded that God’s love is powerful and his love could change the way you love, think, and view life. Love is so freeing that it can remove the fears that may have been keeping you in bondage. Let’s take a look at the next verse, “And we know and have believed the love which God hath in us. God is love; and he that abideth in love abideth in God, and God abideth in him. Herein is love made perfect with us, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as he is, even so are we in this world. There is no fear in love: but perfect love casteth out fear, because fear hath punishment; and he that feareth is not made perfect in love.” 1 John‬ ‭4:16-18‬ ‭ASV‬‬
I encourage you to pray and ask God to fill your hearts with perfect love so that you can live a life that is free of fear.

When we have God’s love, our relationships with people flourishes because our love is rooted in his love. Jesus commands us to love one another. “This is my commandment, that ye love one another, even as I have loved you.” John‬ ‭15:12‬ ‭ASV‬‬ “We love, because he first loved us. If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, cannot love God whom he hath not seen. And this commandment have we from him, that he who loveth God love his brother also.” 1 John‬ ‭4:19-21‬ ‭ASV‬‬   So, let us love God and love people. “But now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; and the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:13‬ ‭ASV‬‬

I pray that this post has blessed you, may your heart be filled with God’s love, and know that God loves you unconditionally. Amen.

“Jehovah appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.” Jeremiah‬ ‭31:3‬ ‭ASV‬‬

 

Borrowed Gifts

No matter how positive and hopeful you are you have to acknowledge that this pandemic has significantly impacted the normalcy of the previous  life style of most people. You may have had to change your regular routines. Maybe you’re an outdoor person having to get used to staying in more. Some of those changes can cause a little discomfort because it’s not our preference. However, I know that some have experienced changes and losses that have impacted them in a tremendous way. Some people have lost their jobs, some are struggling not to lose their homes, and some have even lost precious loved ones. My goal today is to help bring comfort to those that have experienced loss and especially those who have lost loved ones.

 “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom can be no variation, neither shadow that is cast by turning.” James‬ ‭1:17‬ ‭ASV‬‬

Life is truly a precious gift from God. “Thus saith God Jehovah, he that created the heavens, and stretched them forth; he that spread abroad the earth and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein:” Isaiah‬ ‭42:5‬ ‭ASV‬‬. “The earth is Jehovah’s, and the fulness thereof; The world, and they that dwell therein ”Psalms‬ ‭24:1‬ ‭ASV‬‬. The previously stated verses lets us know that everything belongs to God even our loved ones. Our loved ones are precious gifts from God that are lent to us for a time. Think about a valuable item borrowed or lent to you from a dear friend. Let’s say for example, your friend lent you a precious stone like a “diamond” for example, and told you that they would return to get it one day but you weren’t exactly told when that day would come. How would you treat this precious diamond? Would you try to keep it in a safe place to protect it? Would you make sure that it stayed clean and polished? When your friend returned for the diamond would you try to make sure that it was in excellent condition? Most of you would answer, “Yes” to most of the questions listed previously. I’m sharing with you the analogy God gave to me to bring me comfort during times of mourning. God let me know that my loved one was not my own and that they belonged to him and they were only lent to me for an appointed time. Some of you may be hurting, grieving, having feelings of guilt, or regret concerning your loved ones. Maybe you don’t understand “why?” Or “why now?” Many of us don’t understand these things. It isn’t always meant for us to understand everything, but instead we should trust in the Lord in all things.“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:5-6‬ ‭KJV‬‬.  Maybe you realized how precious your loved one was, much like the precious stone in the previously given analogy and you treated them like they were priceless but it still hurts, there is hope for you I encourage you to pray and ask Jesus for his help. “Jehovah is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart, And saveth such as are of a contrite spirit” Psalms‬ ‭34:18‬ ‭ASV‬‬ . “God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble” Psalms‬ ‭46:1‬ ‭ASV‬‬. Maybe, you feel that you didn’t do everything that you should have done towards your loved one and that hurts more than anything. There is hope for you, ask God for his forgiveness and in doing so, God will forgive you and give you his peace. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” ‭‭1 John‬ ‭1:9‬ ‭KJV‬‬. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be fearful.” John‬ ‭14:27‬ ‭ASV‬‬ “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted” Matthew‬ ‭5:4‬ ‭KJV‬‬.

It is my prayer that this post brings comfort to the hearts of the readers. May God keep you and bless you in Jesus name. Amen.

“O Jehovah my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me.” Psalms‬ ‭30:2‬ ‭ASV‬‬

 

 

 

Feeling Free

If you have been keeping up with the most recent blog post you have discovered how to obtain freedom in Jesus Christ by receiving his righteousness and justification from sin. What happens when you don’t feel free? Let’s say you have received the the gospel of Jesus Christ into your heart and you even received his gift of righteousness and grace into your heart. However, you’re still not sure how to maintain feeling righteous and knowing that God made you righteous when you make mistakes. Today, we will learn how to really feel that you’re free from sin and that God has made you righteous from looking at the evidence of your righteousness written in God’s word.

“For if, by the trespass of the one, death reigned through the one; much more shall they that receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one, even Jesus Christ. So then as through one trespass the judgment came unto all men to condemnation; even so through one act of righteousness the free gift came unto all men to justification of life. For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the one shall the many be made righteous” Romans‬ ‭5:17-19‬ ‭ASV‬‬.

The “one” that is being referenced to being responsible for judgement coming to all men refers to Adam. It goes all the way back to the beginning of the Bible in the book of Genesis. Adam and his wife Eve disobeyed God’s instructions when they were tempted by the enemy and this act of disobedience caused man to be in a sinful state and in need of a savior.  The “one” that is referenced as the giver of the free gift is our Savior, Jesus Christ. Maybe you’ve thought, “I believed and I received this gift but when I make mistakes, I don’t always feel that I am righteous.” Well, you’re in the right place there is an answer for you. So, let’s just say you’ve been learning more about the things that please God and you’ve discovered what is pleasing and not pleasing to him. You also know that some things that you’ve done in the past would’nt really be pleasing in the eyesight of Jesus Christ. However, what if you fell into temptation and you made that mistake again. How does that make you feel? Typically, it doesn’t make you feel good and you may began questioning your righteousness with the following questions: “Does Jesus still love me?”, “Am I good enough?”, and “What can I do to make this right?”. I wanted to let you know that Jesus definitely loves you, that was the reason why he made such a huge sacrifice for you to free you from your sins.“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life” ‭‭John‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭ASV‬‬. “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” ‭‭John‬ ‭15:13‬ ‭ASV‬‬. It’s settled Jesus Loves you, the evidence is all throughout the Bible so, that answers the first question. Next, your relationship with God is not about being religious and trying to please an inanimate God. Jesus is alive and he has called himself your friend. He called himself your friend and died for your sins before you were ever born. “For whom he foreknew, he also foreordained to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren: and whom he foreordained, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:29-30‬ ‭ASV‬‬.  You can see now, that your relationship with God is a friendship. In most healthy friendships you get to know your friend and you learn about their likes and dislikes. Most people who desire to keep a healthy friendship they try to do things that are pleasing to their friends because they love and care about them. We can learn about what pleases our friend Jesus through reading his words that are in the Bible, spending time with him in prayer, and listening to him. What happens when you do something that doesn’t please your friends? Most people who value their friendships apologize and they want to make it right with their friend. How can we make it right with Jesus when we make mistakes? Repentance is the answer. “What? Are you saying that I just need to apologize and turn away from the things that I’ve done wrong ?” The answer is, Yes. You don’t have to try to do a bunch of good deeds, pray a million prayers, and beg God over and over to love you again. Just simply repent that is the only requirement. Repentance allows us to continue in our freedom, and to avoid feelings of condemnation that make us feel that we aren’t free. “Him who knew no sin he made to be sin on our behalf; that we might become the righteousness of God in him” ‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:21‬ ‭ASV‬‬. Repentance allows us to be able to declare that we are still the righteousness of God through his Son Jesus Christ. “And this is the message which we have heard from him and announce unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him and walk in the darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us”1 John‬ ‭1:5-10‬ ‭ASV‬‬.

Freedom Indeed: Part II

Once you have realized you’re righteous and you’ve been made free by Jesus Christ, “what does that mean for you ?” It means that you no longer have to perform works or good deeds to be “good enough” for God. “We reckon therefore that a man is justified by faith apart from the works of the law” Romans‬ ‭3:28‬ ‭ASV‬‬. What are works? Well, in the  Old Testament and prior to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the children of God had to keep up with a number of laws and they also, made atonement for their sins with sacrificial lambs and other selected animals. These laws were righteous. You may be thinking “so, what was the problem? Just follow the rules and all is well.” These laws could only make you righteous if you were able to keep all of them and we’re not just talking about just 3 or 4 rules, try hundreds. It is recorded that their were 613 laws that God gave his people through his servant Moses.  So, I think by now you may see where there could have been a problem for mankind. Those were a lot of rules, laws, and works to remember and  obey. Let’s just say you managed to remember  and obey 612 of the laws and forgot the last one it’s just like you did not keep any of them. “What are you serious?!” Absolutely, check it out for yourself, “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is become guilty of all.” James‬ ‭2:10‬ ‭ASV‬‬. Aren’t you glad you don’t have to worry about that, because Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior came and paid the price for our sins when he died on the cross and made his righteousness available to us in exchange.“Big sigh of relief!”  Check this out, “For ye, brethren, were called for freedom; only use not your freedom for an occasion to the flesh, but through love be servants one to another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself” Galatians‬ ‭5:13-14‬ ‭ASV‬‬. 

Free Indeed: Part I

Freedom, freedom, freedom, doesn’t that sound sweet? Freedom is amazing and it’s priceless. Freedom is greatly sought after by the big, small, rich, and the poor. There are those who are physically without freedom by being held bound in chains and those who are mentally experiencing bondage and oppression . Let’s talk about the mentally bound for a second. Have you ever seen an animal that’s been locked in a cage for so long, that when the cage is finally left opened, the animal doesn’t even think about stepping outside of the cage into freedom? That is kind of what being bound and oppressed in your mind is like. You could be physically free while experiencing bondage in your mind.  If that’s the case for you, there is hope. I want to let you know that today, can be the start of your new journey of walking in freedom. You may be thinking, “I’m with you, but where do I start?.” Don’t worry there’s more. The first step to experiencing true freedom is discovering Jesus Christ he has the authority to set the captives free and open the prison doors, just take a look for yourself. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, Because he anointed me to preach good tidings to the poor: He hath sent me to proclaim release to the captives, And recovering of sight to the blind, To set at liberty them that are bruised,” Luke‬ ‭4:18‬ ‭ASV‬‬. Jesus, the Son of God,  has the power to free you mentally and physically. “If therefore the Son shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed ” (John‬ ‭8:36‬ ‭ASV‬‬). Next, just believe it’s just that simple.  “What  should I believe?” We’ll, I’m glad you asked. “But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach: because if thou shalt confess with thy mouth Jesus as Lord, and shalt believe in thy heart that God 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” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭10:8-10‬ ‭ASV.  In the previous verses we learned that receiving salvation from Jesus is as simple as confessing him as your lord and believing that God raised him from the dead.‬‬ Next, let’s examine the previously stated verse Romans 10:10. What does it mean to believe unto righteousness? Well, you must understand that due to the sinful nature of man none of us are naturally just or righteous. “as it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one;”‭‭ Romans‬ ‭3:10‬ ‭ASV‬‬. Howeverthere is hope, God sent his only begotten son Jesus Christ to die for our sins and make us righteous by his own righteousness. Here’s the evidence, “Him who knew no sin he made to be sin on our behalf; that we might become the righteousness of God in him” 2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:21‬ ‭ASV‬‬.  There you have it, you’re righteous not because of your on righteousness but because of the righteousness of Jesus Christ. Here are a few more verses on righteousness to help you. “even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ unto all them that believe; for there is no distinction; for all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God; being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Romans‬ ‭3:22-24‬ ‭ASV‬‬

How To Rest From Worry

 

Our world is experiencing major change right now. People are experiencing a smorgasbord of emotions topped with a lot of uncertainty about the future. However, there is hope, a “blessed hope” in Jesus Christ. (Ref. Titus 2:13). God is calling for us to rest in him. You may think, “What? “How can you think about rest at a time like this?” Well, think about it like this, worrying doesn’t get you very far. Worrying usually causes physical manifestations of discomfort (such as headaches and etc.) and emotional  incontinence that makes you feel guilty. Most of the time at the end of  all the worrying nothing has changed. So, you may be thinking, “You’re telling me if I can’t fix or change the situation, I shouldn’t use my free right of worrying to worry about my situation ?” My friend that is absolutely what I’m saying.  Worrying is a choice, just like choosing to rest is a choice. You can only be bound by the untruthful things you choose to believe. The Bible puts it this way, “and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John‬ ‭8:32‬ ‭ASV‬‬). What is the truth? “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life: no one cometh unto the Father, but by me.”(John‬ ‭14:6‬ ‭ASV‬‬) Jesus is the truth and he loves you very much. Don’t allow false doctrines to deceive you, the Bible never promised that you would never have trials. I admonish you to read the Bible to seek the truth, comfort, and rest. Let’s look at the following versus and I pray that they bring comfort to your heart:

  • Jesus said: “These things have I spoken unto you, that in me ye may have peace. In the world ye have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
    ‭‭(John‬ ‭16:33‬ ‭ASV‬‬)
  • “Be ye free from the love of money; content with such things as ye have: for himself hath said, I will in no wise fail thee, neither will I in any wise forsake thee.” ‭‭(Hebrews‬ ‭13:5‬ ‭ASV‬‬)
  • Jesus said: “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”(Matthew‬ ‭11:28-30‬ ‭ASV‬)

Now, I would like you to try an exercise, an exercise to build your faith to be exact. Pause and listen, do you hear any birds chirping? If you’re outside do you see any birds flying around? You may be thinking, “What does this have to do with anything?” Well, I’m glad you asked, I would like to leave you with the following passage of scripture to meditate upon :“Therefore I say unto you, Be not anxious for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than the food, and the body than the raiment? Behold the birds of the heaven, that they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; and your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are not ye of much more value than they?” (Matthew‬ ‭6:25-26‬ ‭ASV‬‬)