Hope for today: transgression forgiven

HopeBlessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
Psalm 32:1-2

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Wisdom Wednesday

Romans 6.23

For the wages of sin is death,
but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23

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Sin – 1

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

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Sin – 2

“Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus…” Acts 3:19-20

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Sin – 3

For our sake He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

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“For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:7-8
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“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which He lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of His will, according to His purpose, which He set forth in Christ…” Ephesians 1:7-9

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 “Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. 26 For as the Father has life in himself, so He has granted the Son also to have life in himself. 27 And He has given Him authority to execute judgment, because He is the Son of Man. 28 Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear His voice 29 and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment.” John 5:25-29

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“What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?” Ephesians 6:1-2

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“From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matthew 4:17

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“The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9

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For the one who sows to His own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. Galatians 6:8

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For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

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so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for Him.” Hebrews 9:28

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“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.” Hebrews 4:16

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“Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For His sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ.” Philippians 3:8

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“Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.” John 14:23

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Hope for today: faithful and just

HopeThis is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with Him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. 1 John 1:5-9

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How shall we escape…

Hebrews 2.3

For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard, while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will. Hebrews 2:2-4

“Through the opening chapter of Hebrews the Lord reveals truth about Jesus and I pray that one truth that penetrated every heart is that Jesus is the Son of God. Jesus is superior to angels, superior to any man, and superior to creation for He is indeed the Creator.”

“In Hebrews 2:1, the Lord warns and commands us, Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it (Hebrews 2:1).” We are told to listen carefully, to fix the eyes of our heart upon Jesus, to meditate upon His Word lest we drift way from it.”

Today, we continue to look at Hebrews 2 and hear the Lord as He askes today’s question, For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation?” It is such an important question that I will place it here again. “How shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation?”

When you look back to the Old Testament, we see God sometimes revealing His Word through angels. We know this to be true because it was angels that He sent to Mary and to Joseph and the Zechariah and to…and to…and to. Our faith is actually built upon the truth of these messages and the fact that each one came true. As we look into the Old Testament we understand that transgression and disobedience from God’s Word received just judgment.

We read back to the what the Lord said as He opened the Book of Hebrews, “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son (Hebrews 2:1-2).” 

Since the Prophets words proved out…and the angels words proved out and transgression and disobedience was met with judgment, how much more so when His Son has spoken and we neglect His Word? How shall we escape?  How shall we escape when the Lord gave witness to His Word. In fact, 

  • The Lord himself first declared His Word.
  • His Word was attested to by those who heard it.
  • God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.

What a great salvation, spoken and given by God himself. Drifting away from the Word of God would certainly constitute “neglecting such a great salvation.” Now in the time this was written, the readers had suffered persecution but the Lord wanted them to know [and us] that even persecution will not justify a drifting away. 

The writer encourages and warns us not to neglect this great salvation that the Son of God gives, to do so will be met with judgment. He warns us to not neglect His Word, do not drift away for Jesus has paid the price, purified our sins, and He is the Triumph One. Jesus is the One who gives us victory!

Don’t lose sight…keep your eyes on Jesus…”Listen carefully. Observe My Word. Focus. Meditate on MY Word day and night. Treasure my Word. Be washed by My Word. Be transformed by My Word. Display My Word.” Do not neglect such a great salvation. 

SSSSssssoooo I give the listing from Hebrews 1 again for surely this God, His salvation, nor His Word is not to be neglected…and there is no escape should we choose to do so. May the Lord strengthen us to heed the warning and command of the Lord for He is worthy of being our greatest Treasure, our hope, and our joy!

Jesus, the Son of God and Son of man:

  • God appointed Jesus the heir of all things (vs. 2)
  • Jesus created the world  (vs. 2)
  • Jesus is the radiance of the glory of God (vs. 3)
  • Jesus is the exact imprint of the Father’s nature (vs. 3)
  • Jesus upholds the universe by the word of His power (vs. 3)
  • Jesus made purification for sins (vs. 3)
  • Jesus sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high (vs. 3)
  • Jesus is much superior to angels (vs. 4)
  • Jesus inherited a name that is more excellent than angels (vs. 4)
  • Jesus is worshiped by angels (vs. 6)
  • Jesus is God (vs. 8)
  • Jesus’ throne will last forever (vs. 8)
  • Jesus laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of His hands (vs. 10)
  • Jesus remains and will remain the same (vs. 12)
  • Jesus’ years will have no end (vs. 12)

O Heaven Father, the High and Holy One, the Author and Finisher of our faith. We love You and thank You for loving us and gifting us such a great salvation. Strengthen and keep us on every side that we would not neglect it…that we would not treasure anyone or anything greater, even ourselves. We bow before You to exalt Your Great Name. Thank you for coming to our rescue and being our Deliverer. In Jesus Name, Amen. 

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the new has come

2 Corinthians 5.17

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.
The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17

As my husband and I are aging, we have come to an agreement in regards to a very important aspect of life. We are working to get rid of the clutter. He especially likes this in regards to my closet. The agreement is that we will always purchase what we need, sometimes purchase what we want, BUT no matter the reason for the purchase, when something new comes in, something old must go out. 

I was thinking about this agreement the other day as it really applies to everything, not just clothes… but… e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g!.  SSSSssssooooo on Saturday, I purchased a new crock pot because I wanted a bigger one. It really wasn’t a need for there was nothing wrong with the old one. I just used it for a very tasty beef roast with all the trimmings. Despite the fact that it really hasn’t been used that much, according to our agreement the old has to leave. On my way home with my new pot, I wondered how long it would take for my husband to ask my plans for the old one.

I made it all the way through un-boxing and cleaning the new one and then I heard the question. What are you going to do with old one? In my husband’s mind, there is absolutely no reason for me to hold on to the old and his expectation is that I give thought to how I will carry out my end of the agreement. The old has to leave this house. 🙂

In my thinking and smiling about this agreement between my husband and I, the Lord reminded me that we are in agreement as well in His being my Lord and Savior and that He has expectations of me as well. You see, this Holy, Righteous and Loving God has been so faithful in His end of the agreement. He revealed and drew me unto Himself, gave me a measure of faith, fed me His Word, brought be to repentance, forgave my sins, saved my soul and therefore reconciled me to Himself and therefore made me a new creation. At that time, He declared me to be justified by faith and made this declaration regarding my life, The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”

The Lord gave His Son so that we could have eternal (John 3:16) and abundant life, life to the full (John 10:10). In order to realize this new abundant, full life, the Lord has given us the new, His Holy Word and Holy Spirit. He has commanded that since we have the new, the old must leave our house. 

Just like my husband knows that my natural inclination might be to try to hold on and find reason to keep that old crock pot, the Lord knows that the natural man will want to hold on to the old man. The Lord wants us to understand that we are not that person any longer but rather, new creatures in Christ and He expects our participation in getting rid of the old. He speaks through Ephesians 6:22-32:

22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold. 28 Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands,that they may have something to share with those in need.

29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God,with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 6:22-32

SSSsssooo I told my husband about this post prior to pushing it out since I have his name all in it and asked if he was okay with it. He said, “I am okay with it but when will you be getting rid of the crock pot?” I am thinking the Lord is asking the same question, when will you be getting rid of ___________.  Now the good news is that if I tell my husband, I need your help and he will gladly give it to me. He is most interested in the old being gone. 

Our God will do the same, multiple times over. He is more than willing to help us get rid of those old man tendencies…all we have to do is ask. Blessed is His Holy Name!

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:1-2

Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16

And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.
1 John 5:14-15

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Wisdom Wednesday

 

Isaiah 40.31

Blessings today! It is Wisdom Wednesday and today in view of the recent posts on comfort, encouragement, and strength, I am sharing some Scriptures that will help us to walk by faith knowing that all our help comes from the Lord! Please add to this list of Scriptures as God directs your heart. Thanks for your prayers and encouragement!

1 Thes 5.11

2 Tim 1.7Isaiah 41.10Isaiah 43.2Jeremiah 17.14John 14.1Joshua 1.9Prov 18.10Proverbs 3.5-6Psalm 46.1-3Psalm 46.10Zeph 3.17

 

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Eyes lifted to the Lord…

Psalm 123

To You I lift up my eyes,
    O You who are enthroned in the heavens!
Behold, as the eyes of servants
    look to the hand of their master,
as the eyes of a maidservant
    to the hand of her mistress,
so our eyes look to the Lord our God,
    till He has mercy upon us. Psalm 123:1-2

These verses so put me in mind of John, chapter 6, when many of the people decided that Jesus’ teaching about feeding on His flesh and drinking His blood was a hard teaching and turned back (John 6). Afterward Jesus had a question for the twelve:

67 So Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” 68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, 69 and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.”  John 6:67-69

Peter got it right…

For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all.” 1 Timothy 2:5

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John 6.68-69

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Hope for today: a way in the wilderness

HopeThus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea, a path in the mighty waters,
17 who brings forth chariot and horse, army and warrior; they lie down, they cannot rise, they are extinguished, quenched like a wick:
18 “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. 19 Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:16-19

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Wisdom Wednesday

1 John 2.2aMy dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.  1 John 2:2

Blessings today! It’s Wisdom Wednesday and we continue to give God glory for His grace and mercy…for so loving the world that He Himself atoned for our sins! It is amazing to me the number of people, even Christians, who would rather not discuss “the blood.” The number of times that I have been told that it is “just too horrible for me.” I thought I would find so simple words and ask God to open our hearts to understand that “the blood” gives us reason to shout. Only the One, True, and Living God could love us so much that He would give His Son as our Sacrificial Lamb. This truth is not to be avoided but embraced with such love that it causes us to worship this God as our Lord, Savior, and Greatest Treasure. Perhaps just one of the Scriptures or quotes below will cause you meditate on the loving goodness of God…bow before Him…and worship.

From gotquestions.org:

“The whole of the Old Testament, every book, points toward the Great Sacrifice that was to come—that of Jesus’ sacrificial giving of His own life on our behalf. Leviticus 17:11 is the Old Testament’s central statement about the significance of blood in the sacrificial system. God, speaking to Moses, declares: “For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life.”

A “sacrifice” is defined as the offering up of something precious for a cause or a reason. Making atonement is satisfying someone or something for an offense committed. The Leviticus verse can be read more clearly now: God said, “I have given it to you (the creature’s life, which is in its blood) to make atonement for yourselves (covering the offense you have committed against Me).” In other words, those who are covered by the blood sacrifice are set free from the consequences of sin.”

Mercy 16For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. Mark 10:45

Mercy 21But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. Ephesians 2:4-5mercy-20.jpgFor you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 1 Peter 1:18-19Mercy 19And they sang a new song, saying:
“You are worthy to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God
persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.
Revelation 5:9
Mercy 18He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit…Titus 3:5Mercy 10The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! John 1:29Mercy 17God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. Romans 3:25aMercy 14For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Hebrews 2:17Mercy 11

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This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 1 John 4:10Mercy 7And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 1 John 4:14Mercy 5

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