ALWAYS REMEMBER THE SACRIFICE

 

 

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We make sacrifices every day with our time, energy, and money sometimes for others. Putting ourselves on the back burner to make life easier or more special for someone else. Do we do it because down the road we might need to call in a favor? Do we make the sacrifice to be able to boast and brag about it to anyone who will listen? Do we sacrifice because somebody sacrificed for us at some previous point in our life? Are we doing it out of love?

Christ sacrificed his life for all of us because he loves all of us.

Reminders of the Sacrifice

I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. John 10:11

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)

Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. (Matthew 20:28)

I thank him for that sacrifice by reading his word and being obedient to his word daily. I want to know what the word of God says about the goodness of Jesus and what he did for me and how to be more like him. Amen

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

This is love. This is the love God has for you and me, sacrificing his son Jesus.

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5)

The sacrifices that I have done thus far don’t compare to the one that sacrificed his life, so that through him I could be saved. Hallelujah to the lamb for I am saved, because of the ultimate sacrifice of his blood.

Jesus Paid It All. I will always remember the sacrifice.

God Looks at the Heart

God Looks at the Heart

Leadership roles are a tremendous responsibility. People are counting on you to lead and guide with the truest intentions of making the right decisions. I’m not saying everyone will be happy with the decisions you make because we all know we can’t please everyone, however each and every decision made should be done with integrity and based on truth.

Judas was gone and a replacement for him was being considered. The apostles could have taken it upon themselves to choose someone, but they didn’t rely on their own wisdom they took it to God.

Acts 1:16-26 King Version (KJV)

16 Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus.

17 For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry.

18 Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out.

19 And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood.

20 For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take.

21 Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us,

22 Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection.

23 And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.

24 And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen,

25 That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.

26 And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

This is what we should do when we hire or appoint people to positions of power. Ask God to show you the person that is worthy of such a position. God looks at the heart of men. We see what people want us to see. It could look pretty nice on the outside, but their mindset could be wicked. Having the right people in place and even in your inner circle is important. Go straight to God with your request. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. (Philippians 4:6)

Will you choose the next leader or will you allow God to choose? Every way of a man is right in his own eye: but the Lord pondereth the hearts. (Proverbs 21: 2) The heart is what matters to God and should carry a lot of weight with you too.

I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. (Jeremiah 17:10)

Let’s look at the story of David in the beginning. The Lord sent Samuel to see Jesse and God would show him who the next king would be.  Again, God looked at the heart.

1 Samuel 16:1-12 King James Version (KJV)

16 And the Lord said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Bethlehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons.

And Samuel said, How can I go? if Saul hear it, he will kill me. And the Lord said, Take an heifer with thee, and say, I am come to sacrifice to the Lord.

And call Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will shew thee what thou shalt do: and thou shalt anoint unto me him whom I name unto thee.

And Samuel did that which the Lord spake, and came to Bethlehem. And the elders of the town trembled at his coming, and said, Comest thou peaceably?

And he said, Peaceably: I am come to sacrifice unto the Lord: sanctify yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice. And he sanctified Jesse and his sons, and called them to the sacrifice.

And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the Lord’s anointed is before him.

But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.

Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, Neither hath the Lord chosen this.

Then Jesse made Shammah to pass by. And he said, neither hath the Lord chosen this.

10 Again, Jesse made seven of his sons to pass before Samuel. And Samuel said unto Jesse, The Lord hath not chosen these.

11 And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither.

12 And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the Lord said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he.

Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. (Proverbs 4:23)

Amen

 

Unforgiving-Servant

How many times have you asked for forgiveness? How many times have you forgiven others?

The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant
Matthew 18:21-35 King James Version (KJV)
21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?
22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.
24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.
25 But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.
26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.
28 But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.
29 And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.
31 So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.
32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:
33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?
34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.
35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.

And He [that same Jesus] is the propitiation for our sins [the atoning sacrifice that holds back the wrath of God that would otherwise be directed at us because of our sinful nature—our worldliness, our lifestyle]; and not for ours alone, but also for [the sins of all believers throughout] the whole world. (1John 2:2)
For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. (Hebrews 8:12)
I am going to make this plain. A sinless Jesus died for the sins of the world. Those very sins that we need forgiveness for. How dare we not forgive others.

The Bible Is My GPS

GPS and BibleI think about my destination to heaven the way others think about their next vacation destination. What path do I need to take? Will the roads I travel be clear so I can see what I need to see. The Bible has all the answers. The Bible is my GPS to keep me on the right path.

 
Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths. (Psalm 25:4 KJV)

 
With the word of God, I always want him to order my steps, but what’s just as important is I must obey where he tells me to go, even if I don’t understand it. I must trust Him and have faith.

 
There may be trials and tribulations similar to road construction we want to get around it quickly by taking shortcuts. The choice is yours, however remember what the word says I’m with you always, now that’s encouragement for your soul and you can make it through whatever may come your way. God may not take you around the dilemmas, issues, or pain but he is with us as we go through it.

 
If we think God’s path will not work, doubting his word and going off on our own we can probably expect a path of destruction that leads to sin. Let’s not be like the Israelites wondering in the wilderness and complaining. Listen to God and obey.

 
I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths. (Psalms 4:11 KJV)
We can try to delay taking the path that God has laid out for us, but the will of God will come to pass whether we decide to take the long way or a shortcut. I prefer to concentrate on the righteous way.

 
My Bible is the best GPS and it is always right, I just need to follow the directions in it.
Let me do a self-check to see if I’m following God’s directions exactly as spoken in the word of God:
I’m saved – Romans 10:9
My body is a temple and bought with a price – 1Cor.19-20
Exhibiting the Fruit of the Spirit – Galatians 5:22-23
Be ye Holy for I am holy – 1Peter 1:16
Walk by faith and not by sight – 2 Cor 5:7
Worship God in Spirit and in truth – John 4:24
His spirit dwells in me – 1 John 4:13

 
I’m believe I’m on the right path. And I will not give up. I’m going to trust in the creator of my path.

 
The Bible is our GPS to stay the course and follow the path. When we go on vacation, we are excited about getting to our destination whether it be a quick weekend getaway or the luxury of one or two weeks, once we get there, we are excited that we arrived and if someone is waiting on us, they are excited too. This is what I envision, if I stay on the path reading the word of God and applying it to my life one day I will get to heaven and rejoice and God will say Well Done My Good and Faithful Servant Come On In.

God Did Rest, So Clear Your Calendar

Driving into work earlier this week I was thinking about all the things waiting for me when I arrived, then my mind quickly jumped to the things I had to do and wanted to do once the workday released me. The to do list always seems to grow so fast. Check off one task and two more tasks magically appear. If only my hair and/or nails would grow that fast…. I’m just saying.

Do we really need to fill up our calendars?

Well in the midst of these thoughts my favorite radio program is on, “Get UP! Mornings with Erica Campbell” and her sidekick Griff was talking about rest. And of course, that was confirmation for me…nope I don’t need to fill up my calendar. I need to rest!!

What is it about saying I’ll do it or I’ll be there? Does it give us satisfaction, make us feel important and popular? And as you already know after we fulfill the professional obligations and personal invitations, we are beyond tired and again we tell ourselves I can’t keep doing this, I gotta learn to say no, a very nice no. The perfect decline should take care of it. I know my mind and body will thank me for it. REST it’s the right thing to do.

But if you are having doubts or feeling guilty for taking time to catch your breath, this is for you, God rested on the seventh day.

By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. (Genesis 2:2 NIV)

So there is a special rest still waiting for the people of God. For all who enter into God’s rest will find rest from their labors, just as God rested after creating the world. (Hebrews 4:9-10) Life Application Study Bible.

Rest from your labor. Rest in the Lord

I say it’s time for a new to do list and #1 on this list is REST. Oh yeah and as far as the calendar, not right now, go get some rest.

God thank you for your presence and the comfort we find when we rest in you Lord. God there is peace knowing that are needs are being met even in the resting period. We can find rest for our souls because your yoke is easy and your burden is light. Your love for us is amazing Lord and we adore you, in the precious name of Jesus Amen.