Thoughts, Truth

Take it to Heart

It’s sad when you have to visit your own blog to remember the last time you posted. This year has been one long battle of the mind. In some of my previous blogs I have written about the loss of our baby girl in July 2013. Well, in January 2014 we found out we were expecting again and I am ecstatic to announce that our little Sophia Hope joined our family on September 5th.


God truly will redeem any situation. I can say that because He has done it time and time again in my life. I said last year was a battle because, as anyone who has been pregnant after a loss can tell you, it is hard to keep your mind from going to “that” place. That’s why it is so important to have the word of God hidden in your heart. Our best example in this life is Jesus. He came and lived this life as an ordinary man walking in the power of God. When Jesus was tempted in the wilderness, what did he use as his weapon? When Satan taunted him, he responded with God’s word. In Matthew 4:9-11 “Satan said, ‘All this I will give you if you will bow down and worship me.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Away from me Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.’ Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.” (Side note: It’s interesting to note that Satan offered Jesus the kingdoms of the world. How could Satan offer that if he didn’t have it to give? The earth was under the sway of the wicked one, thanks to Adam, until Jesus bought it back with his death and resurrection.) It is written. If Jesus overcame by the word of God, and His life was meant to be an example for us, then that should be our first line of defense when the fiery darts of the enemy start rushing toward us. It’s called a sword for a reason, use it. But a skilled swordsman doesn’t just whack at things. He learns every aspect of his craft and hits what he aims for. It’s important for us to not just read the Bible. We must know it.

Truth

Count the Cost

For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:21 (NKJV)

Have you ever thought—I mean really thought of the price Jesus paid for your redemption? I think sometimes we tend to gloss over what Jesus went through as he hung on the cross. We forget what He had to become to secure our redemption. Jesus knew what His mission was. Not only to remove our sin but to become it. To bring His Father’s creation back into a right relationship with Him.

Jesus came. He left the glory of heaven, stripped himself of deity and became a man with a divine purpose. To give us an example of a human walking in the authority and power of almighty God. He said what the Father said, He did what the Father did. But His ultimate mission was to die. He knew that and He still chose to do it. He knew his blood would have to run down that cross in order for us to be redeemed. He knew that He would have to become every vile thing that the heart of man would ever contemplate. That the sins of every man and woman would be laid to His charge. My sin. Your sin. And He knew that would result in the most painful thing of all. Separation from His Father.

Jesus knew the cost. And as He died He felt it. That loneliness He had never known before as His Father turned His face away from Him. That feeling is something we never need know. He bore the chains so we could be free. He carried our sin so we wouldn’t have to. Jesus saw the bigger picture. That in His death would come life for all those who would believe on Him.

We must make a decision. Do we disregard the price that He paid for us? Or do we acknowledge that He provided for everything we would ever have need of and walk in His footsteps. Laying down our lives for those who do not yet know. We must count the cost, take up our cross and follow Him. This Christian walk is not for the faint of heart. Jesus said in Matthew 10:22, “And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.” He also said in John 15:18, “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.” Make a decision friends. Trust God to fill you with His Spirit. That we may walk as He walked—in the grace, power, and authority of almighty God. That we would come to the realization that our sacrifice, however small in comparison to His, will be worth it.

Truth

God is Love…Really

John 3:16 is one of the most quoted verses in the entire Bible. It tells us “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” The passage goes on to say in verse 17 “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” God does not merely love—He is love. He is the embodiment of that gift.

When Adam fell, instead of cutting His losses and annihilating His creation, He made a way. He sent His only Son. His only. He did not have to, but He did. And when Jesus walked this earth He could have chosen not to die. But instead He chose to do the will of the Father that we might be reconciled to Him. There is no other way back to God except through Jesus Christ.

“For I am persuaded that neither death or life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39 NKJV) People have twisted this verse to support an inclusive false doctrine. It does not mean that we cannot physically and spiritually be separated from God. It means what it says—that no matter what we do or where we go He will always love us.

Parents can understand this concept. A parent’s love for their child is all-encompassing—never ending. I love my children and because I do I guide, I correct, I discipline. “For whom the Lord loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives. If you endure chastening, God deals with you as sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness.” (Hebrews 12:6-11 NKJV) I just have to say that again—that we may be partakers of His holiness.

What people often forget amidst the love of God is—He is love; but He is also Holy, Righteous and Just. Nothing will EVER separate us from the love of God. He will always love us. Always. But He has given us the choice—free will. Deuteronomy 30:19 says, “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live.” Not only did He give us choice—He gave us the answer. Choose life! 

Thoughts

He Did it Anyway

He saw me on that long ago day, when His hands and feet were nailed to that splintered tree. He knew everything there was to know about me. He knew things He wanted me to do for Him. He knew I would fail Him.

I wonder how He could know everything about me and yet still choose to lay His life down for me. It’s funny how you can know the answer to a question you’ve thought of dozens of times before but it never really grips you until… Bam! You get it. He loved me more than His life. He did what the Father sent Him to do. He did what He asks us to do daily. To lay our lives down for others. To pick up our cross and follow Him.

I wish there was some way to show Him that what He did means more to me than my actions show. I will live with the guilt for the hundreds of times I have ignored His leading and grieved Him. I can still remember times, places, circumstances where I should have acted and didn’t. I thought there was no way He could actually use me. I’m not good enough. But thinking and feeling that way misses the point entirely. In and of ourselves that is true. But He makes us His righteousness And gives us His strength.