One of the biggest things that has held me back from receiving the joy and peace offered to me through salvation in Christ is how I hurt people in my past. How can I receive joy and peace when people I had a hand in damaging are still hurting? That’s not fair. I should hurt with them. And I do hurt with them. It is just now my pain feels different. It feels shared. Like Jesus is right there with me. He suffered through pain He didn’t deserve so He could be there to take pain I do deserve. I look forward with joy and peace because I see what God saved me from. I know He will do the same for those I hurt, damaged, or directed down a wrong path. I do my part in saying I am sorry. He does His part by working in their hearts to give forgiveness and no longer use their pain as a reason to keep sinning. Exactly what He did for me is what He will do for them. God knew exactly what I would do and He put these people in my life anyway. He has a plan. He wants them, too. I will accept that joy and peace because I trust Him. I will accept it because me walking around in a defeated, sorrowful way will not lead one soul to my Father that heals. I want you to see the work God has done in me. I want you to see the Christ that saved me. I want you to see the Spirit that moves in me daily. That joy and peace is mine. I don’t deserve it but I inherited it the moment I submitted my life to the salvation offered by Christ. It is my inheritance and I fully accept it! You can inherit it as well. Pray for the power of God that redeems, resurrects, and relieves! There is more to life than this punishment you are doling out to yourself. You don’t have to live like this anymore. Let today be the day.
“Thus says the Lord God: On the day that I cleanse you from all your iniquities, I will cause the cities to be inhabited, and the waste places shall be rebuilt.
Lord, I pray over every soul that reads this. If they don’t know you, I pray that soul becomes so restless without You they have no choice but to give in. I pray if this soul does know you but still living in their punishment that they accept the inheritance You have offered. For the souls that have reached this level of joy and peace I pray You shine on them so others can find them and be led to You. In Christ name, Amen
“What is wrong with you? I thought you accepted Jesus, why are you still acting like this?” Does that sound like you? Yeah, it did me, too. What you are trying to do is reason with the flesh. And there is no reasoning with the flesh. Even the great disciple Paul struggled with this in Romans saying that what he doesnt want to do, he does and what he does want to do, he don’t. What he figured out is God knows our hearts, He knows our intention. Whether it is you saying it to yourself or maybe someone else is also throwing expectations at you…please know this: When you are truly saved a change does happen and it is automatic but not always visible. Your desire shifts. You start to see what needs to be corrected and you DESIRE for it to be corrected instead of just accepting it as a part of you. You won’t get it right, right off the bat. And you will never perform perfectly. But when you let Jesus in your heart then He knows your heart. He knows your desire to do better because He put it there. Pray for that desire to grow so big that it overshadows the action you are trying to correct. Then you can tell the voice in your head or in your ear…yes, I have accepted Jesus and He knows me a lot better than you do. You just let me and Jesus worry about that change!
So many dont follow Jesus or the bible because it tells them they cant do all these things that they really want to do. He never says you cant do them. He says He doesnt want you to. Jesus died for our sins, and as the bible says in 1 Corinthians 10:23: “You say, ‘I am allowed to do anything’—but not everything is good for you. You say, ‘I am allowed to do anything’—but not everything is beneficial.” He doesnt want you to do them because they will harm you. He isnt a God of “because I said so”. He is a protector. He wants you to behave in a way that benefits you and He knows the way. He doesnt want us to be obedient to fulfill some pride filled “I have rule over you” type mentality. Jesus is humble and kind. The law isnt there to provide a way to prove your salvation or to earn your salvation. The law is there to protect you from harm and an unhealthy life. We live for Him and His way because we learn we can love and trust Him. Like when a trainer tells you how to work out and eat to lose weight. You can trust that what they tell you will give you the promised results if you are obedient to it. Yes, you can fully believe Christ is your saviour, yet never live for Him. When you do that you are truly missing out on the power afforded to you by putting full trust in Him and knowing His way is right. God made the law. Jesus provided a way for us to be forgiven for falling short of obeying the law, but He did not take the law away. It is there to help, guide, and be beneficial to us all. Be willing to let go of what is holding you back. Ask Jesus to transform your rebellious spirit into an obedient heart. Before long you will see the changes. You will appreciate the changes and wonder why you held on to the other stuff for so long. Jesus doesnt want to order you around. He wants you to come to the Father willingly. He wants you to see how you can trust Him with all your heart. On the solid rock you stand. All other ground is sinking sand. May Christ be with you all, Amen
If Jesus came right now. Right this second. Where would He find you? Would you be right in the middle of that sin you like to justify? Be strong and run your race well my friends. We don’t know when the hour will be, but we do know that hour will come. Pray over the sins you justify and let them go. Perfection is impossible to achieve, but you have to set your aim on progress. The sin you justify is the hardest to surrender. The first step is the simple acknowledgement of it. Get in agreement with God about it. Yes, Lord, I know this is a sin. I know it needs to end. I know I need You to end it. Pray over it constantly and watch God work. Lord, I pray over these sins that attach and we try to justify it as ok. Your word clearly lays out where sin lies and we come in agreement with You today. Search our hearts, oh Lord, and remove what is not from You. Thank You for Your love, grace, and forgiveness while we work with You for change. We pray in Jesus name, Amen
I love this excerpt from To Kill a Mockingbird, but these days I would replace head with heart. Not everyone who comes at you has a problem with you. Many times the problem is within themselves and when you choose not to fight but to love like Jesus then you start to make a difference. You plant a seed in their heart and you give yourself freedom. Freedom from drama, anger, and regret of words you said. Replacing a habit of fighting back with a habit of love will allow God to move more in your life and others. Stop looking at how much they hurt “me” and look for how much they have been hurt. When you walk in strong confidence with God and allow Him to declare your value then what others say doesn’t sting so hard. And when it does sting, you know where to take it so you can release it quick and get back to your Father’s business.
This is part of the prophesy of Jesus, written hundreds of years before He came. Two sentences stick out to me. “He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.” And “a man of suffering, familiar with pain” He was not sent here in the name of beauty. He was never meant for that. His looks and stature in life were never what was important. He was sent here with a purpose and He lived for that alone. He was always meant to take all the pain of sin and bear it so that someday we will no longer feel it. We may suffer for a little while but joy comes in the morning! (Psalm 30:5) Some sweet day we will rest in the true beauty of our Lord who understands our pain. Just look at how He was rejected and eventually “pierced for our transgressions”. These actions were prophesied long before they happened! Jesus always knew. He was never surprised by the actions that took place, yet He came here anyway. He isnt surprised by your actions either, yet He sent you here anyway. You are here for a purpose. Maybe you dont feel you have great beauty that attracts others to you. Maybe you strive for that. You dont have to. Maybe you feel that you suffer great pains and no one could possibly understand. There is a Man that does understand every bit of it, and He is a Man that promised to turn all bad to good if you will just give it to Him(Romans 8:28). “By his wounds, we are healed” Resurrect what Jesus has put inside of you. We all have purpose. My prayer is that we all see that, understand it, and live for that purpose alone. In Christ name, Amen
Jesus, thank you that altough Your spirit was in agony over what was about to come, You did it anyway. You could have called angels to be at Your side at anytime, but You stayed the course not just for the people of that day, not just for your disciples, but for ME…for all of us. I thank You Jesus not only for Your sacrifice and torture You went thru for us, but for this night when You could have changed Your mind…when You were filled with such dread of what was on its way….when even your disciples couldnt stay awake in prayer with You and You was on Your own. Jesus, THANK YOU!! This is why I want every waking moment to be Yours. Lord I thank You for this life You have given me. Thank You that when I fall short, Your grace covers me because You stayed the course this very night. In Christ name, Amen
Life is but an earthly walk to my heavenly home above. A winding road that crosses paths with all the ones I love. At times the stretch before me may seem clear and full of light. At times the fear has darkened my way and I stumble through the night. Though this way seems long and varied to the place I am to go. I continue on my way, all the while, making peace with friend and foe. Some trails feel ever so lonely but no matter where I roam. My travels have a companion. I asked Jesus to walk me home.
19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. 20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.
21 To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”
“Those whome I love I rebuke and discipline.” Ugh, who wants to be rebuked and disciplined? I already know Im not perfect, no need to make me feel bad for it! But that’s the thing, He knows you arent perfect and He isnt the one condemning you. Conviction is loving guidance and when you rebel against it then you often feel condemned. Submit and surreneder to the conviction of your loving Father (yes, Lord, I acknowldege my sin, I ask for forgivness and ask for You to step in and change me. I can do nothing without You, and Im thankful to know You will walk with me every step of the way.). As soon as you step in to His goodness and mercy that follow you all the rest of your life (Psalm 23:6) then you feel the condemnation fall away. If you were ever in sports and you told your parents that the coach always seems to be on you, always calling your name, and your parents said its because coach sees your potential. Its when the coach stops calling your name that you should worry. Same here. When you feel the conviction of God in your life dont think of that as a bad thing. Its when you stop feeling it that you should worry.
Is Jesus knocking on your door? Are you scared to let Him in because you dont want the conviction? Are you scared you wont be good enough? Pray over that. We are all found wanting, my friend. We all fall short. If any of us got it right all the time then why did Jesus die on that cross? He is here to change us, each and every day. That conviction of love we may not be used to right away but dont let it scare you away. Our momentary afflictions are but a vapor in this life. We have a whole eternity awaiting us. What door do you want open to you? I can tell you which door Jesus wants you to open right now. He loves you. He made you for such a time as this. Open that door.