Being Confident That Christ is Finishing What He Started

If you have read any of this blog so far, you know that Christians are not perfect. Jesus is the only human who is incorruptible, and He is part God. I quote scripture a lot on this blog. It is my bread and milk, and I can’t live without it. That’s because Christians need God’s word. It’s living and breathing the Bible. Unlike the unregenerate man or woman who hates God and yet needs Him for salvation, the Christian, while also loving Him and needing Him, MUST have God’s word on a daily basis to thrive. It is spiritual oxygen. And it makes perfect sense, because before we were dead in our trespasses (Ephesians 2:2-9: “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh[a] and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But 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. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”) Of course, works can’t save us. It’s impossible. If it were even possible, how many of us could live perfectly? Even if we started now we would have lifetimes worth of death to pay that we owed before we became pure. The Lord has promised that His Spirit is sanctifying us. And Jesus is mediating for us. HE IS PRAYING FOR ME CONSTANTLY. Christians still sin, however. It sickens me to think about my horrid sins. It is so easy to sin. But Christ is beautiful. He has promised that the good work He started in us will be complete in the day of Christ Jesus.

Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:6)

That is my hope. That is why I keep confessing, even though I keep sinning. Because He is always working in me, and one day, I will be complete in Him. No more sin. What a glorious promise. What pain to think that to accomplish that promise a Holy Man had to die for me.

 

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A Humble Vagabond in the Presence of My King

Listening to “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name,” and wondering how I can ever be ashamed of Jesus? How when this King of King and Lord of Lords to Whom angels fall prostrate when He is near them, how can I ever put Him in the back burner of  my life? Please forgive me, Lord!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are the reigning king. At Your scepter the angels will fall in joyful praise. Nations will crumble at your feet. You have made the Earth your footstool. And do You abuse your power? Absolutely not!! You take care of your servants with love and perfection. Only the prayer of a RIGHTEOUS MAN!!!! You ARE righteousness!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  You are the KING OF THE EARTH! From that very fact we pattern our need for a ruler. You are the perfect ruler and I do not deserve you. Even now when I want to confess to You all the wickedness of my heart, I am ashamed. I don’t want to focus off your glory. And I only see a small amount of it. You are the King of all kings, the Lord of all Lords. You will come back triumphantly with us. And the meantime you sanctify your word in our hearts so that we can show YOUR LOVE TO OTHERS!!! Thank you Lord, SO MUCH! You take care of me EVERY SINGLE MOMENT OF MY LIFE. You plan every detail of my life out, how can I ever say my lusts of the flesh are more important?????!!!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!!?!?!??!?! I am SOOOO unworthy. Sometimes listening to Your words set to music make me feel so low and so happy at the same time because I realize how little I am and how EXALTED You are. Thank you so much, Lord! I have to proclaim YOUR love to the world, on this blog, because You have made my heart OVERFLOW with joy!

“Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2

If you have not heard the hymn before, please click here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3-SwidavfU

Flesh vs Spirit

“The Lord is near to all who call upon Him,
To all who call upon Him in truth.
19 He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him;
He also will hear their cry and save them.” Psalm 145:18,19 

Even as a Christian preparing for the Lord’s Day can be so difficult. It’s a heart matter. So many times I don’t want to put my worldly lusts aside and look to Jesus. I want to say a quick prayer and continue thinking unhealthy things. But everyone I go that route, I’m miserable on Sunday. No matter how much I want to want to think on my Lord, my mind is tired. And what is supposed to be a refreshing day of worship becomes a sort of black heart hangover instead of a rested heart ready to worship the Lord, and having a wonderful time doing so. What do I want to do now? I want to both worship the Lord and continue in my creative worly la la land. But, no one can serve two masters, and by wanted to do both, I actually chose the wrong one. The struggle is going on STILL. If you happened to be reading this, please pray for me. Satan and his demons are always trying to pull me away from my Yaweh, and sadly, too often they probably don’t have to try very hard. Jesus is goodness, and He loves me, and I love Him. He, and He only will I serve. I am going to ask Him to pray for me as well.

Prayer Request

Please keep in your hearts and in prayer this afternoon a dear friend of mine and your sister in Christ today, whose mother passed away this morning. It has been a rough few months as her mother slowly declined. While her mother is rejoicing in heaven with her Lord, it is still a very hard thing for the families, especially those who do not rest in Christ.

John 11:33-36 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. 34 “Where have you laid him?” He asked.“Come and see, Lord,” they replied.   35 Jesus wept.36 Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted, He rescues those who mourn.” Psalm 34:18

“Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.” Psalm 116:6

“With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,” Ephesians 6:18

Entering into the Presence of God as a Sinner

“So I said:
‘Woe is me, for I am undone!
Because I am a man of unclean lips,
And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips;
For my eyes have seen the King,
The Lord of hosts.'”
      Isaiah 6:5

An estimated 15-20 million people died during the Holocaust. Over 20,000 Christians are calculated to have died during Roman emperor Diocletian’s reign alone. Pagan ziggurats throughout the world, such as the ancient Mayan temple, appear red in the sunlight because their steps are permanently stained with thousands of gallons of human blood. Jewish king Manasseh practiced the pagan ritualistic child sacrifice, a horrible, painful ordeal that called for much singing and dancing to block the screams of the sacrificed child. (Kings 21:6  He (Manasseh) sacrificed his own son in the fire, practiced divination, sought omens, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the eyes of the Lord, arousing His anger.) And this very day at least 120,000 trusting babies have been ripped apart in their mothers’ wombs, adding to an estimated 40-50 million deaths every. single. year.
That is at least twice the amount of abortions annually than murdered innocents in the entire Holocaust.

How can I face the Lord? I am a person of unclean heart. Whose words are wreaking of sin, and whose debase body is not worthy to utter the Lord’s name. I live in a people of the same filth. Since the beginning, my race, made on the image of God, turned against God in the garden from the very first to practice such horribleness, and from that day murdered, stole, and committed atrocities so vile God caused waters to drown the Earth. But He saved some. Not even an entire generation from the flood we practiced evil again. And again. And again. We are such a wicked people. How can I ever face the Lord? I’m a rotten apple from a rotten tree. I’m filth.

When I went to the Lord in prayer tonight, I had that weight on my shoulders. The shame and fear Isaiah experienced when he came in the presence of God resembled my soul. How can a filthy person like me come into the presence of a holy God?

But through the work of His Holy Spirit, I knew it was from nothing in me, but only because of Christ, my Redeemer, that the Father even hears my prayers. Christ took the eternal wrath for my wickedness and bore it on the cross. He was all alone with no one to comfort Him, and on the cross, His only comfort, His Father, forsook Him too, for me. He endured eternity of hell for me. And when Christ drowned in the wrath of God like the world during the flood, He kept me safe in Him like Noah’s ark. He stayed on the cross to pay for my sins, to pay my infinite debt. I cannot understand why He loved me, and why He continues to love me unchangingly since before time, today, and forever. He died for me. And only through His mediating work can I pray to Him, pray to God heavenly Father.

What happened after Isiah, who had already been forgiven, cried those words? An angel came with God’s message. The seraphim placed a coal from the alter on Isaiah’s tongue, and said: “Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.” God’s message? Not of anger. Forgiveness.

If you have read the statistics of death at the beginning of this post, and shrugged because it differs from your religious or political opinions, I would normally believe you have an inhuman attitude. How can death be taken so lightly? We are made in the image of a holy God! But if you were not phased by the millions of intentional, political, community murders it is actually a very human reaction. Because we took and ate of the fruit in Eden. We are a culture of death.

But the Son of God died to give eternal life. I am shamed from my sin but so thankful that HE endured shame for my life. And not only life, but abundant LIFE WITH GOD.

How can I ever thank you enough, my Lord. My Yaweh, my shepherd, my Redeemer, my Love. If I could only obey you perfectly here!

God Has The Whole World in His Hands

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“For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren.”
Romans 8:29

Reality check #1. God has the whole world in His hands.

It’s easy to say the refrain of the popular children’s song without giving it another thought. But God isn’t  Atlas, the fictional Greek ‘deity’ who held up the skies with his fingers. It is easy to think that way. But when it comes to God’s sovereignty, the fact that He is completely, 100 */* in control, people start getting nasty. When God ordains something it makes Him just so: God. And when He foreordains something, which of course means He ordained everything beFORE anything ever was and nothing happens apart from His perfect decree, humanity is put in its place. It isn’t easy to swallow. It’s like a painful problem so obvious that the only way I can be “happy” is to ignore it (pardon my changing tenses throughout the post 😛.) GOD IS IN CONTROL OF EVERYTHING. And when we have a perfect, active God, then sin is not just an option, it is a huge reality, and so is the need for salvation, the need for JESUS CHRIST. When our Creator is perfect, our imperfection is obvious. And when we acknowledge the council of His will, His foreordaining absolutely everything, even the minutest detail in our lives, how can we escape from the fact that He is just and we deserve eternal damnation? How can we escape the fact that we pretend He doesn’t exist EVERY SINGLE DAY and are UNHOLY, DIRTBAGS by doing so? How can we accept, those of us who believe in Christ as our Savior, that He chose us ONLY OUT OF GRACE, IT WAS BECAUSE OF NOTHING GOOD IN OURSELVES BECAUSE THEN THERE WAS NOTHING GOOD IN OURSELVES? And those who are not believers have been foreordaining so, and God ordained that through their own sin they would live without Him, and soon forever without anyone?  The sovereignty of God is humbling. Because without His foreshown grace we would never know life with God. As a pastor once commented, “If any one of us lived in the time of Noah, before the flood, we would have drowned.” Because we are not holy. And God foreshowed his grace to Noah and his few family, but it did not please Him to spare those who mocked. God didn’t have to save me from my sins. Why he did, I have no idea. If he did not foreordain my life to be His, and me as His child, how quickly I would be running the race to Sheol. I am so thankful that He sent His willing and only Son, Jesus, to be the second Adam. Only through that covenant of grace could I ever know Him. Thank you, Jesus, for dying for me, even choosing to before time existed. Thank you Father, and Holy Spirit for making me for Your glory. If our God could not foreordain would He be a God at all? I think not. Praise God You are God, and thank you for creating us, our Lord.