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The joy of the Lord is my strength!

Neh 8:10

Praise be unto you Oh Lord! You deserve all the glory and all the honor! Your faithfulness is unshakable and unwavering! Praise be unto You Lord Jesus. Through You I am renewed each day! Thank you Holy Spirit for Your gift of discernment. I pray that Your presence continues to increase in my life and that my response to You shall always be Yea and Amen! Glory to God in the Highest! He is worthy to be praised!

Thank You Lord for my victory over my enemies. Psalm 23

Thank You Lord for Your Mercy. 1 Cor 10:13

Thank You Lord for Your Promise. Deu 20:1-4

His Mercies are new every morning!


In it to win it!

Do you go into battle already defeated? Are you facing an adversary who fills you with fear? Does the potential outcome of a confrontation make you want to cut and run?

This is the wrong attitude! God has your back!

Fear not sayeth The Lord!

Be not afraid!

I am with you!

Everybody knows that attitude is everything.   A soldier trains for months, sometimes even years, to complete a mission. Day in and day out he or she practices a skill that when employed in battle, becomes essential to victory. That skill is the ability to rely on his or her training and remain calm in the face of imminent death or bodily harm. That skill is confidence. A confident soldier, not a cocky one, is a worthy adversary. A confident soldier trusts that his teammates will perform under pressure and not run, he trusts that his chain of command will do all that it can to protect his team so that they can complete their mission, he trusts that if he were to get wounded, other equally brave soldiers, airmen and marines will move hell or high water to extract him from the combat zone and provide him the best medical care in the world. Sadly, a confident soldier also trusts that if he were to be killed in action, his fellow warriors would work hard to remove his fallen body from the battlefield and return it to his loved ones for a decent burial. This is the attitude of the well trained soldier: Trust in the powers that be and follow orders, trust in their compatriots ability to stick to the mission and not give up, trust that they will be well cared for if they fall. A soldier like that is effective on the battlefield.

Just as it is in the world, the battlefield of the spirit requires the same attitudes. A spiritual warrior must have faith in God and His will regarding an upcoming battle. A spiritual warrior must have faith in his or her fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. That they have the training needed to complete the mission at hand and that they are as committed as he is to it. A spiritual warrior must know that he will have the prayers and support of his or her congregation and that if he or she were to fall (sin), that his brothers and sisters in Christ will close ranks and provide him/her with the aid necessary to get back up and keep on fighting. A confident spiritual warrior also knows that the battle is already won and that the gift of eternal life awaits.

Don’t enter into battle unprepared. Train your spirit through reading God’s word, through fervent prayer, through communion and fellowship with your brothers and sisters in Christ, but most importantly, know in your heart that God has a plan for you.

Trust in God and lean not on your own understanding.

Don’t hide your light. Identifying our spiritual gifts.

1 Peter 4:10-11

Matthew 5:14-16

We all are good at something. Each and every one of us has some special thing that we like to do and we do it well. Some of us are good at many things and some are good at a few but if we are honest with ourselves I’m sure that we can all identify at least one thing that we are good at. Artists, writers, scientists, singers etc… all have talents that are gifts from God.  Highly skilled tradesmen, craftsmen,  etc…also have talents that are gifts but these have come through years of training and practice in their field.

Romans 12:6-8

Spiritual gifts also come in many forms. Some people are born with them, others are bestowed them by the laying on of hands. All are given to glorify the Lord. A good example is singing. Some people are born singers with great voices and pitch. Others are taught to sing but love it so much that they excel after years of practice. Sometimes it’s a combination of both.

1 Corinthians 12:8-10

Some singers use their voice to become famous and sing songs which the world likes. Sexually themed or provocative songs which glorify the body and lead people to move in the flesh do not glorify God but they can make the singer rich in material wealth. Other singers use their voice as a form of worship and evangelism. Many have been led to Christ through praise and worship. Just as we can usher in the Holy spirit through fervent prayer, a heartfelt song of worship can do the same thing. Songs that glorify the Lord and lift up the spirit lead people to move in the spirit and bring them closer to Christ. These singers may be poor in material wealth but they may be actually richer in spiritual wealth than secular singers because they have dedicated themselves to using their gift to serve the Lord. Matthew 6:19-21

If you use your gifts for the glory of God then you are moving in your spiritual gift. If you use your gift to glorify yourself without acknowledging the source of your gift or talent as the Lord most high, then you are not moving in your spiritual gift but are moving in the flesh.  The flesh is mortal and finite but the spirit is immortal and infinite.

Luke 16:19-31

I’m writing this post in order to continue to move in my spiritual gifts. I pray in Jesus’ name that you find your God given gifts and talents and that you choose to use them to further glorify God and bring the lost to Christ. Amen.

The Word has been preached.

The Gospel is the biblical account of the life, death and Resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. This most commonly refers to the the first 4 books of the New Testament: Mathew, Mark, Luke and John. These books pretty much sum up Jesus Christ’s message for humanity and presents the scriptural basis for the religion of Christianity.

The word of God, in the form of the teachings of the Bible, has been around for thousands of years. Many non-believers use this fact to justify their position that the Bible is an ancient text that no longer is applicable to modern times. Most Christian believers however can attest that the Bible is a living document which provides spiritual wisdom to those who seek it with an earnest heart.

This difference of opinion, as well as the folly of the former, is exemplified by the following scripture:

Luke 16:19-31New King James Version (NKJV)

The Rich Man and Lazarus

19 “There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. 20 But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, 21 desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell[a] from the rich man’s table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

24 “Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’ 25 But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. 26 And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.’

27 “Then he said, ‘I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house, 28 for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.’ 29 Abraham said to him, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ 30 And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ 31 But he said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.’”

This scripture tells many very important messages.

The first being that the rich man had a good life. He was well dressed, had a nice home and ate well. However, right at the gate of his home lived a poor , sick beggar. The rich man had to have passed by this poor wretch every time he walked into or out of his property and yet there is no mention of any compassion being shown to the beggar by the rich man. In fact, the story goes on to say that the beggar was living off the crumbs of the rich man’s household and that the beggar was comforted by dogs.

When both these men died, their roles were reversed. The rich man was in the torment of Hades and the beggar was in Heaven being comforted by the Patriarch Abraham. At this point, it would seem that the story is an example of the biblical adage: ” you reap what you sow”, in other words, the rich man mistreated his fellow man and as such was in hell, and the humble beggar was paid for the miseries that he suffered in his life by being rewarded with heaven.

However, there are many deeper messages as the chapter continues.  The rich man wanted the beggar to be sent to him so that he may give him a drop of water to drink and Abraham told him that he had it good when he was alive and Lazarus, the beggar, had it rough and so now he had to deal with it. More importantly Abraham stressed that once you were where you ended up after death, it was forever and you could not go from one side to the other. How you live your life will determine your eternity.

Next the rich man wanted Abraham to send Lazarus to his brothers to warn them to change their ways so that they would not end up like him. Abraham’s answer was that they already have sufficient information to make the right choice ( Moses and the prophets), basically the word of God.

Finally, the rich man said that they would believe it more if they saw someone resurrected, to which Abraham replied that if they aren’t convinced by the word of God, neither will they be convinced by a resurrected being.

This final message is a reminder for us today that we have the word of God ( the Bible), we have televangelists, we have bible radio shows, we have all the information about Christ available at our fingertips via the internet, thousands of Christian churches, missionaries and street preachers and we have the resurrected Christ Jesus! Yet with all this, there are still many people who are not convinced that God is real, Christ is His son, The Holy Spirit is our helper to lead us and guide us into all truth, that Jesus died on the cross to pay the final blood price for all our sins, that He was resurrected on the third day and finally, that he will come again in glory to collect those who believed and accepted His gift of salvation and to judge the living and the dead.

Please don’t make the same mistake as that rich man. He messed up so bad that his name is not even recorded in the bible. The poor beggar Lazarus however is mentioned by name and won eternal life by believing the word of God.  You can too.

The Christian Missionary

Mark 16:15

And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.”

Everyone has heard of missionaries. People who leave their homes and travel to foreign, and many times, dangerous lands to face hardship, hostile natives and repressive governments. Missionaries often live in third world countries, working with the poorest of the poor. They place themselves and oftentimes their families at risk of catching exotic illnesses or even being hurt or killed by criminals.

Matthew 28:19-20

Why do they do it? Why not just serve God and preach the gospel in the safe confines of their native countries? Why face the prejudice and sometimes outright hatred that may be directed towards them by the very people who they are trying to “save”?

1 Timothy 4:12

Some missionaries dedicate their entire lives to serving the Lord through preaching the gospel in different countries. Others go on one or two missions that can last a week, a month or even a few years. Each are led by the Holy Spirit to fulfill their calling into the mission field.

Romans 2:6-16

Not everyone is cut out to deal with the heat, or the cold, or of the many other multitude of discomforts required to fill this labor of love. It really is a calling.

Luke 18:29-30

Ask God if serving on a mission is right for you. The spiritual blessings are many but it is also a lot of work.

The big question a prospective missionary needs to ask him or herself is:  are you ready?

Praise and Worship

I woke up this morning with a new song on my lips. I quickly wrote it down so as not to forget it. I hope to sing it at church soon. This may sound prideful but it really isn’t. I have an awful voice and am not a good singer. I hope to sing it so that others can sing it with me and in that group, there are sure to be better singers than myself. In this way I both praise and worship the Lord.

As a Christian, you will often hear the terms praise and worship used together or interchangeably. This is no big deal as long as that person knows that the two words have separate and distinct meanings.

When you praise the Lord it is an expression of your love and awe of Him through song, dance, music etc. It is a temporary state where you are actively engaged in these forms of expression. Praise can be given to another person, or a dog that has performed a trick well or has become housebroken.

Psalm 150

You can praise the Lord all day long but it is usually difficult to do this if all you do is praise Him in artistic means. After all, you have to do other things than only singing and dancing etc… all day long. Your attention is then divided and you are only halfway focused on the act of praising the Lord. Going to church and singing in the choir does not make you saved just like sitting in a garage making vroom vroom noises does not make you a car.

Matthew 7:21-23

In order to truly worship the Lord, you have to also live your life in a way that is pleasing to God. Worship is a visceral act. It come from within and directs your action in everything you do. Your love of God is the motivator to worship Him. Praise is a form of worship, but only when that praise is directed to the Lord Most High.

John 4:24

There is a good explanation about the difference between praise and worship here.

We worship God everyday, all day, by showing Christ’s love and compassion to our fellow man. We worship God everyday when we devote ourselves to spreading the gospel and bringing more people into the kingdom of God by getting them saved. We worship God through our example which is based on our Heavenly Father’s mercy.

Psalm 95:1-6

1 Peter 4:7

We also worship God when we go about God’s business in a serious, purposeful manner. Not being slothful and finishing what we start so that we may see the fruit of our labors. We reap what we sow but we have to remember to sow so that we may reap.

Hebrews 10:25

The best musician in the world playing the most beautiful song ever written, cannot compare to an orchestra composed of the best musicians in the world playing that same song. In like manner, we as Christians are called to assemble so that we may praise and worship together and like a symphony, may our prayers be carried up in our mutual reverence and adoration. The Lord of All Creation is pleased to hear our praise in unison. Through our praise may He extend to us His limitless mercies and grant us our supplications.

So my brethren, let your walk be led by the light of Jesus Christ and may your lips forever be full of praise of the Lord Most High. Worship the Lord in all that you do and you will never be led astray.

New year, New beginnings.

Happy New Year!

How many times did you say or write this phrase over the last few days?

What did you mean when you wished someone a happy new year? Was your heart wishing them well in the upcoming new year? If you did not include a wish that they grow closer to God this year then you missed out on blessing them thoroughly.

2 Corinthians 5:17

The new year  gives us all the opportunity to start fresh in all aspects of our lives. The idea that the old year, with all it’s trials and tribulations has passed away and we now have greater knowledge and wisdom to deal with this years ups and downs is refreshing. However, if we fail to use this opportunity to renew our commitment to The Lord, we may not enter into our true blessing for this new year.

Jeremiah 29:11

When you trust in the Lord and give Him your heart, it frees your mind and allows you to live day by day instead of constantly worrying about the future.

Isaiah 43:18-19

If you allow the Lord to take control of your life, you will be blessed. Not only with the peace that passes all understanding. This peace comes from the assurance that if you are living your life as a testimony to God, no matter what happens, the Lord of Lords and King of Kings is in charge.

Matthew 5:16

Not only will your new commitment to serve the Lord give you peace, your accelerated spiritual growth will give you greater insight into all aspects of your life. Problems which without God may have seemed insurmountable, will become more easily solvable or inconsequential once you have Jesus in your heart.

Romans 13:11-13

Hebrews 10:24-25

I’m sure that you may have made a few new year’s resolutions these past few days. Please make sure to add the most important one of all: a commitment to greater spiritual growth through improved dedication to God.

2 Peter 1:3-10

Not Fear

Many pastors have a ” Fire and Brimstone” style of preaching.

These pastors often focus on the negative aspects of sin and the consequences associated with our failure to live a “proper” christian lifestyle. Threats of damnation and hell-fire can be assumed to scare parishioners into changing their behavior out of fear of God’s wrath. You shouldn’t come to God from a position of fear, but come in fear if you must. If your afraid of God’s wrath, or of Hell and damnation, come in fear. Yes, if fear is what will get you in the door then by all means come through the door trembling… however there is a better way.

Fear is the beginning of wisdom Prov. 9:10

But it is only the beginning.

Don’t serve the poor to improve your own financial circumstances. Don’t be a good person (wife,husband,neighbor,coworker) because you fear God if you don’t. Don’t do things to escape wrath from God. Don’t let that be your reason.

Don’t be:




self controlled

serve others etc.

Out of fear of God!

Fear involves torment, suffering, dread, low self esteem,  mental torture, and the like.

There is no peace when you come from that position. The road ahead is going to be harsh when you come from that position. Your path will be filled with stumbling blocks.

Why does the bible say God loves a cheerful giver? Because he knows if you give in any other manner it will be full of dread.

So if the beginning of wisdom is The fear of the Lord then what is a better path towards wisdom?

1 John 4:18 Perfect Love casts out fear

Come to God in Love or for Love.

What are we told as a child? Jesus loves you.

Why does God say come to him as a child? Think about it.

How do kids Love?

The bible says to do all in love 1 Cor. 16:14

1 John 4:17-19 He first loved us. He gave his son be cause he loves us. Jesus freely gives because he loves us.  He heals because he loves us. He delivers because he loves us. So go heal someone in love. believe deliverance for someone in love.  Be filled with his love, pressed down shaken together and running over. Let love overflow into the lives of everyone around you.


Graduate from fear to love and grow from love.

1 John 3:16 A sacrificial Love

1 John 4:11-16 We should live in God’s love. We will keep growing in God’s love. We are made perfect in Love.

1 John 4:17-21

Jesus says love your brother, love your neighbor, love your enemy.

Love is powerful!

There is no fear of judgement in Love, Judgement of others or from God.

We can come boldly before the throne of God because of love.

Fear keeps us from coming closer to God

Love gets us face to face with God.

Love is a unifying force.

1 Cor. 1:10 be of one mind in Love

1 Cor. 1:20 Man’s wisdom is contrary to God’s love. Worldly ideas of love are warped and distorted. True love is pure and comes directly from God because God is Love. They can’t understand Love. because they need God. 1 Cor. 1:21-25

But how desperately they need love and God.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world That he gave His only begotten son, that we might have life.

Wisdom is revealed to us in love. 1 John 2:6-16 and we have the mind of Christ because we abide in Love. We have unity through love we have power through love. Unity fosters the anointing and that is how we move in God’s power. All of this is from the root of love.

those of us who do not yet walk in love are immature because our flesh causes us to act unloving and so we lack power.

1 John 3:1-3 The carnal man works against love .

God increases us through love.

Love never fails 1 Cor. 13:8

When that which is Perfect comes  1 Cor:13:9-10

Love covers sin. 1 Peter 4:8 so even if we fall short love will carry us to the end. We will endure to the end in love. Your healing will come in love. You will heal someone else in love.

Deliverance comes in love

Your breakthrough will come in love.

Love will break through hearts, fears, Judgement, Darkness, sickness, addiction,perversion.

You can’t fake love.

We owe our love! Roman 13:8 it is a debt

Love is the greatest power and gift. 1 Cor. 13:1-13

We are to Pursue Love. It is our Goal.

God is Love and in Love we are known by those who need God most. John 13:35







Moving Forward

There is nothing as beautiful or refreshing to look at as a clear stream or babbling brook as it cascades over rocks on it’s way down a mountain.  When you step into the stream, the cool water immediately refreshes you and you feel more alive. The pools that are formed are so clear that you can see fish and other freshwater creatures as they dart about. The water is filled with oxygen and life as aerates itself on it’s way  moving downhill. The noise that the stream makes is so relaxing and fills you with a sense of peace as you sit and listen to it on the bank. You can go to the stream everyday and each day it looks and sounds a little different.

Now compare the stream with a stagnant pond, the water dark green with algae. The water doesn’t move and is only occasionally refilled by rain washing into the depression where the pond is located. The ponds surface is covered with a  green slime along the edges.  When you step in it, the pond becomes even darker, dirty with stirred up silt. The water is warm and there is an ever present odor of decay. The air is thick with mosquitoes and other insects. What little life exists in the water of this low oxygen environment struggles to breath and the fish even have to take an occasional gulp of air at the surface just to stay alive. Standing in that pond waist deep, you feel the heat of the sun, the warmth of the water and it just drains all the energy out of you. When you get out,  things stick to your legs and you feel slimy and dirty. Everyday, the pond looks, sounds and smells the same.

These two bodies of water represent two different types of Christians.

One type of Christian is full of zeal. Always ready to spread the word of God through the Gospels. His or her mind is always working and focused on the will of God in His or her life. They serve in their church with gusto and are always  happily volunteering to help with the next project. Everyday brings a new experience which takes them closer to God on their spiritual path to enlightenment. They see the beauty of creation and are awestruck by it’s magnificence! In all things they are grateful and appreciate their blessings while accepting the negative things in their life as teaching experiences. They praise God all day every day and are always ready to serve Him in any way. They truly are their brother’s keeper. They are always ready to help those in need unconditionally and without judgement. The light of God shines through them and the world takes notice. Many are brought closer to God by their example. This is the Stream Christian.

The other type of Christian is the Pond Christian. He or she goes to church but is constantly looking at his or her watch to find out when it will all be over. ( or worse, constantly texting during the sermon!). They go through the motions of participating in service but never really do anything to help anyone not even themselves. The message of the day is often lost to them and they leave the service feeling unfulfilled.  They are not daily prayer warriors nor do they regularly read the bible. They have accepted Christ and claim him as their  Lord and Savior but have not picked up their cross to follow Him. Like the pond, they are stagnant, spiritually speaking. They are neither on fire for God, nor are they in the world. They are in an in-between place that profits no one, least of all themselves. The more they fail to seek God in their lives, the less they seem to hear from Him. This leads to even more alienation and separation from God and His ultimate will in his or her life. Like the pond, their spiritual life is in a state of decay. These types of Christians often feel depressed and alone, even in the midst of an entire church!

Like a pond, they are neither hot nor cold but lukewarm

Revelation 3:15-16

“‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.

This is what the bible says about lukewarm Christians.

God wants us fully on His side. Fully committed and on fire for Christ.

Of course during the course of our walk with Christ, we will have periods where we are more tuned into the will of God than other times in our lives.

We will also have periods where we may find ourselves slacking off and not using the gifts that God has given us to spread the good news of the Gospels.

These ups and downs are a natural part of our growth in the spirit and we should not use them as a source of pride when we are zealous, nor as a source of condemnation when we are backslidden or feel far from the will of God in our lives.

past participle: backslidden
  1. relapse into bad ways or error.
    “converted vegetarians backslide to T-bones”
    synonyms: relapse, lapse, regress, weaken, lose one’s resolve, give in to temptation, go astray, leave the straight and narrow, fall off the wagon

    “many things can cause dieters to backslide”
    antonyms: persevere

    We all want to be Stream Christians, but if you find yourself in the pond, if your find yourself filled with despair even when you are part of a church, you have to seek the living water of Christ Jesus to refresh the spring of your soul.

    The bible says Ask, Knock, Seek. in  Matthew 7:7-12

    Speak to your spiritual leader about your condition. Do not try and overcome this period in your life alone. Arm yourself with the implements of spiritual warfare and put on the whole armor of God.

    Open your heart to God and pray that He have mercy on you. If you do these things my brethren, you will find that the Lord most High will accept you like the prodigal son and there will be much feasting and celebration in Heaven on that day.

    May God bless you and protect you always.

Reaffirm your commitments

Psalm 37:5 ,    Proverbs 16:3,    Galatians 6:9

What do these scriptures have in common?  They all refer to commitment. What does it mean to commit yourself to something or to someone?

  1. the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc.
    “the company’s commitment to quality”
    synonyms: dedication, devotion, allegiance, loyalty, faithfulness, fidelity

    “her commitment to her students”
    • This is a voluntary decision to hold oneself to a higher standard with regards to the quality of your service to another person or organization. This standard involves a willingness to put that person or organization above all others in terms of priority and importance.
  2. an engagement or obligation that restricts freedom of action.
    “business commitments”
    synonyms: responsibility, obligation, duty, tie, liability;

    Once you are committed to a person or a cause, then your free will is subject to that person or cause. Their well being is paramount and your time is dedicated to them before anything else.

    Now, knowing the definition, how committed are you to Christ?

    Do you think of God’s will before you act on your own personal impulses or desires?

    Are your actions in line with the teachings of our Lord and savior when you interact with one another?

    Do you dedicate time to serve the Lord during the week or do you take time to speak to someone about God’s word?

    How dedicated are you about your own spiritual growth?

    Is it something you live fore or is it a past-time on Sundays?

    These are all very difficult questions to answer because it requires us to look at our love of God through a very high standard.  If this standard seems to be too much just remember the 1st and 2nd commandments:

    “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

    “You shall have no other gods before Me.

    “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

    And in Matthew 22: 37-40

    37 Jesus said unto him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.

    38 This is the first and great commandment.

    39 And the second is like unto it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

    40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

    So the word of God makes it clear that He expects us to be committed to Him and to dedicate our lives to His Glory. We should always be cognizant of the spiritual consequences of our actions and try to conform ourselves to act in ways that are pleasing to God.

    Does this mean that if we fail we are doomed? Of course God is a God of love and mercy. As long as we pick ourselves up after we fall and ask for forgiveness with a repentant heart, there is Grace.

    In other words, even though at times we don’t deserve it, God’s mercy allows Him to show us favor and absolve us of our sins through the sacrifice made for us by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

    In order to merit this blessing from God we must do three very important things:

    1.) Acknowledge our sin to the Lord

    2.) Ask  God for forgiveness

    3.) Repent

    Here are some Bible verses about forgiveness.

    Understanding forgiveness and repentance are important tools that allow us to maintain our commitment to Christ because sometimes we can feel that we are no longer able to serve the Lord due to our sins or that we are no longer worthy of His love or favor because of our shortcomings.

    This false teaching can only cause us to grow further away from God and this is the last thing that our loving Eternal Father wants.

    We were created to share in communion of the spirit and to be companions to God forever. Remember:

    Romans 8:31-39

    Nothing Can Separate Us from God’s Love

    31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.

    35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”[a]) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

    38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[b] neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

     Believe that God loves you and be blessed!