TRUTH IS A REASON TO CELEBRATE

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Today we celebrate a great victory. “SURPRISE, Satan! You lost.” This is the day we celebrate Jesus being raised from the dead. Many who once believed in Him, had turned away (see John 6:66); He’d been brutally beaten, nailed to a cross, pierced through with a sword, imprisoned in Hell, and worst of all, He felt that His Father God had totally abandoned Him. Many of you have been abandoned by a parent or parents, by spouses, lovers or friends. And many have felt forsaken by God. But it’s not true. And God is not like men and women—He doesn’t lie. His Word says: “When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up.” Sometimes we may feel like we’ve been abandoned, but we are never lost with God.

 

God’s got our back. He says to us in Hebrews 13:5: “Let your manner of living be without covetousness, and be content with such things as ye have. For He hath said, ‘I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.’” That’s the greatest promise we could have. Even if we had nothing, we still have Him. Jesus may have even thought He lost God, but God made Him alive again in His darkest hour. And He does that for us too.

 

Jesus went through Hell itself, and from what I’ve seen and heard of Hell, it’s almost unfathomably horrible. (check out some of the videos on YouTube). Because Jesus has seen and felt the worst things in all life and God gave Him victory, He is able to help us with anything, small or great, that we encounter.

 

“For in that He Himself hath suffered, being tempted, He is able to succor those who are tempted.” The word “succor” is translated from the Greek word which means to “help,” to “come to the aid of,” to “run to the cry of those in danger.” The dictionary adds, “to relieve and deliver from difficulty, want, or distress.”

 

Jesus has been through it all, so He really does have all the answers we need in any situation. His answer to a given situation isn’t always fun, but it is always right and doing the right thing sets us free.

 

Truth is a reason to celebrate. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). Happy Easter and have a great week!

 

Love, Carolyn

 

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WHY EASTER? – ACCEPTING CHRIST ANS SAVIOR AND LORD

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Romans 6:23 says, “The wages [payment] of sin is death.” This is not a “maybe.” It is absolute truth. The consequences of sin come in the form of immediate death or in various partial deaths—body parts not working right, various sicknesses and diseases, accidents, bad relationships, etc.

God knew that once sin got started, the results would be passed from generation to generation, no matter how good a person tries to be. Sin destroys people. So God gave them a different way to pay for sin.

They could substitute a personal sacrifice, paying with something very dear to them and the sin would be covered for a certain period of time. In Old Testament times they sacrificed sheep, wheat, barley, doves and other things that were precious to them and valuable. This quickly got perverted in many cultures to sacrificing babies and virgins (the purest and most precious), which of course is the exact opposite of what God wanted.

God’s ultimate plan was to give His own son Jesus to mankind, trusting that Jesus would escape death and hell by never committing any sin.

When you accept Jesus into your heart and life you have the most valuable and precious treasure imaginable, greater than anything else in all God’s creation.

And when it comes to giving up your most valuable treasure as a payment for sin, you didn’t even have to think about it, because Jesus already did it. He gave His life for all our sins because He loved us. And by the way, He knew what he was getting when He got us, our broken miserable selves with all our problems, but He did it anyway!

Jesus was a perfect man and He was the payment for all mankind’s sins. But instead of having to remain dead or in hell, God raised Him from the dead as victorious over everything bad. When we believe in Him, He’s willing to be our Lord. Could you get any better than that? No.

If you don’t know Jesus Christ and you want to, then say with your mouth, “Jesus You’re my Lord, and I believe in my heart that God raised You from the dead, free and victorious over everything.” (Rom 10:9-10).

Jesus Christ comes into your heart and all the old sin is washed out. You become a new person with the seed of Christ in you to stay. And that seed in you rejects sin. So when you slip up (and we all do), God says just admit it, say you’re sorry and you’re forgiven. Jesus as your Lord will get you the deliverance you need if you’ll only let Him. You can stop making payments for your sins right now. Receive and claim your perfect health in Jesus’ name and your forgiveness from sin.

Jesus paid it all. He died for everything about you and He is alive to lead you and take care of you. You can live free in the goodness of God’s plan for your victorious life now and forever.

Love, Carolyn

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OUR JESUS HAD CHOICES

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Jesus wasn’t a God-robot. He had total freedom of will to choose just like we do. And He’s not the exact same as God either. James 1:13 says, “God cannot be tempted.” But Jesus “was in all points tempted like as we are” (Heb 4:15). He could have chosen to be disobedient, just like Lucifer chose in the beginning. But rather. . .

Jesus chose to be obedient to God because of us. He believed in what obedience would bring. He believed in his Father’s good will for mankind. The first chapter of John tells us Jesus was there when God created everything: elephants, rabbits, tiny neutrons, huge galaxies, mountains, flowers and everything else—all things for mankind to explore, utilize and enjoy.

Jesus knew God’s intention from the beginning and after Adam sinned and the devil began to have so much influence on earth, Jesus was willing to come to earth and go up against the devil to rescue men and women from his clutches.

To do this Jesus would have to beat Satan at every turn. He would have to live as a man and face all the temptations any man or woman would face. And He had to handle them by choosing God’s way every time.

He didn’t give in to even one temptation to make a bad choice.

As we accept Jesus Christ into our hearts, He gives us the ability to turn to Him for better choices in every situation. He’s been there.

God was sure Jesus would do the right thing but because He loves us so much, He was willing to let Jesus come to earth and live as a man and have freedom of will. Jesus could have chosen differently if He’d wanted to. But because He loved us too, He chose to go through with God’s plan at every turn. He took the horrible results of every bad decision we make and He paid the ultimate price of death and hell.

Then God raised Jesus pure and free forever.

Romans 8:34 says Jesus is at the right hand of God, now living to make intercession for us. He is also right here with us to help us with our choices and Colossians 1:27 says we have Christ in us. How can He be in so many places at once? He’s Spirit and even the scientists now are proving that things can be in two places at once. It’s awesome.

Just like Jesus had decisions to make, let’s make an effort to give God honor by making good decisions ourselves and when we honestly don’t know what choice to make, take it to Jesus, because He always knows the best choice at that time. He’s been through it. He took our place on the cross so that He could always be there to help us.

Love, Carolyn

PS: I chose this picture because it’s like a child’s coloring book, simple and quiet. I wanted to show that not every choice is an adult one and ultra-dramatic and life changing. Many choices are in the everyday innocent decisions and small choices that may or may not make huge seeable differences :-).

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EASTER – PAID UP FRONT

Why didn’t God make it so that there would be no sin? Because God made people in his own image, with the freedom of will to choose. God didn’t want puppets. God has a wonderful life planned for everyone, but He wanted people to choose it, not be forced into it.

But people didn’t believe in His goodness and turned away from Him. When the first man and woman sinned, it began to cultivate in the blood. They rebelled and chose to do things against God’s plan of good, and so the results were ungodly too. “For the wages [payment, harvest] of sin is death” (Rom 6:23). These wages came in the form of instant death like the murder of Abel, or in various partial deaths such as a partial death of a healthy mind, partial death in the functioning of various body parts, partial death of right thoughts about prosperity. You get the picture.

God knew that once sin got started, the results would be passed down from generation to generation. Sin brings death into a person’s body, mind, emotions and spirit and if allowed to go on, eventually destroys him entirely. God didn’t want that. What would be the point if every person was destroyed and gone? God would have no family left! He had to have a way for man to escape the results of sin that would kill him. So instead of having to pay with his life for every sin, God said people could pay with something dear to them and the sin would be covered, the debt paid.

In Old Testament times sin was covered with the payment of sheep, wheat, barley and other things that had significance to the people. But God had something better in mind that only He knew the full value of. He planned to give mankind His own son, who people could then take into their lives and hearts. People would then have the one and only perfect payment for all sins—Jesus.

When a person accepts Jesus as their own, then they have the most treasured sacrifice to give. Whether we know it or not, when we first believed in Jesus, we allowed Him to pay off our sin debts for us.

Jesus took the results of all our sin, including death and hell. But since Jesus had committed no sin, even death and hell couldn’t overcome Him; it couldn’t stick to Him. God raised Him up and outsmarted the best the devil had to throw at Him. Jesus Christ rose from the dead as victorious over all adversaries.

If you don’t know Jesus Christ and you want to, then all you need to do is “declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, you will be saved” (Rom 10:9). Jesus Christ comes into our hearts and all the old sin is washed out. We become new people with the seed of God’s Holy Spirit in us to stay.

The Holy Spirit in us rejects sin. So when we sin and rebel and make mistakes (and we all do), God says just admit it, say we’re sorry and we’re forgiven. No more sacrificial payments. Jesus paid it all up front. And no sin or the results of sin can overcome or stick to us either if we don’t want them. We can live in the goodness of God’s plan for a wonderful life now and we get to have it forever.

Love, Carolyn