I need the Lord more than anything. Without Him I could not function in this fallen world without going literally crazy. I have seen the dark and I didn’t do well while there. Coming back to the Father’s Love was the only way to enjoy what He has done for me while I’m here until He let’s me go back home with Him. Everyday I need Him to Survive.
Everyday I hope that all people that I come in contact with can see the Love that the Lord has for them through my actions. A smile, a good deed, loving the unlovable, anonymous generosity. This fallen world does not make it easy to love others, but we have to try.
Everyone has a name and most people can not remember yours. The only name that anyone should be sure to remember is Jesus. Jesus knows every ones name and never forgets, pay Him the respect of remembering Him and the price he paid to remember your name.
He just wants your heart. If He has your heart, then giving Him every aspect of you life will come. Live for His glory. Let Him be your guide and comfort when things seem outside your grasp of control. All you have to do is simply ask. He’s searching for anyone who will say yes Lord, use me for your glory, then, He will glorify your life with His mighty light.
Glorifying the cross, what does that mean? What is the meaning of glorifying something that was created by fallen man to be meant as a sign of shame and torture?
This symbol of shame and torture was changed on the afternoon that God used it as the one thing that would un-separate us from Him forever. Up to this point the world had been made with the idea that God was someone who could not be approached by just anyone. Sinners, fallen people of earth, unworthy to eat from the table of life were unable speak to God at all on their own. The Levites, a tribe of the Israelites that were led out of Egypt by Moses were made to be the Holy ones, and their main chore of life was to do all things religious and spiritual. Temples were built with levels of rooms that only certain holy ones could enter, then there was the Holy of Holy’s, the last room of the temple that very very few who were purest of heart could enter or be put to death if they tried. A story I heard once was that a rope was tied to the ankle of the one who went in so that in case he wasn’t a truly righteous man in God’s eyes and died from His presence, then he could be pulled out by the ones who definitely could not enter. True or not but would make a lot of sense, it would get awfully stinky.
Either way, this plan wasn’t faring too well with the people of Israel who really could not do anything but complain about the gifts God was giving them literally from heaven(Exodus 16:4) and beyond, so He warned them that He was sending someone else to save them from themselves, not just from the Egyptians.
So when that day finally came that God sent His only son(John 3:16), guess who didn’t and a group of them still to this day can’t believe in their One Saving Grace, the Israelites. The very blood line of people whom which Jesus came were looking for a “king”, royalty type person to sit on thrones and rule over the people. The very thought that God’s son would be a mere carpenter and a true King of kings and a friend to everyone, not a ruler to enforce the law of Abraham, was not something that they could and can still accept.
I and a bunch of people now and even then are glad Jesus is who He is, because in the Israelite/Moses days I was a gentile and we were like the scum of the earth. The slaves, the lowest of the low and not worth the time of day by the Jewish community. That could be something that may have caused the unbelief because we weren’t segregated anymore. The sadness that for always there has been segregation and people just can’t get over that and love all, but that’s a whole big story all on it’s own.
Now, the cross had been around a while when Caesar was using it to make examples of thieves, murderers, capital punishment Roman style. The crazy thing about this is that Pontius Pilate didn’t want to kill Jesus, he knew that Jesus had not done anything wrong. The head honchos at the temple wanted him gone because he was doing something that they could never do and help people less than themselves, love people more than themselves, and fill the “pews”. Thousands of people would come here Jesus speak, but no one wanted to go hear a bunch of old wind bags commanding laws that no one could uphold.
Jesus was hung on a cross meant for a thief, the thief’s sign replaced above his head was replaced with the one that said King of the Jews because Pontius called Him that. He had to carry the cross bar all the way from Pontius’ place to Calvary, which was not a short trek at all. Then, when he got there he was stripped of his clothes, nailed to the cross and then just for kicks one of the soldiers stabbed His side just to show he was a tough guy. Hanging there for hours, His Mother watching in horror, all the hateful people around watching and mocking, and yet He still loved us. He knew that this was his destiny for His Father, the one thing He had to do to make things right again. Jesus had never sinned, He had not done anything with His time on earth but Love us and care for us and He was put to death in such a way that can break a heart open to be able to receive the message it brought.
The very second that Jesus passed on to heaven, the sky opened and went dark, the temple had this big heavy curtain around the Holy of Holy room and God ripped that puppy right in two from the TOP to the bottom. The message was THAT’S IT!, wake up people, I AM and I’m HERE!
ALL God’s people were set FREE, get it, FREE! No more Holy of Holys, no more needing a mediator to talk to God. Free of shame, forgiven of all sin. Everyone gets to heaven, rich, poor, all races, all colors; the only stipulation is through Christ alone. Acknowledge Him, praise Him, follow His teachings, Love as He would. Christ is your only toll to pay on this highway to heaven.
Now the Cross was glorified from that historic day on Calvary, all shame and torture removed from the symbol, so lets set forth each day to glory in the cross and everything that Christ made it stand for and the unexpected peace that it brings.
The joy of a song is something almost indescribable, the heart can find something about music that our minds cant understand sometimes. The joy of a song can lift us up in anytime of life when nothing else can, our saddest moments can be turned around or eased by a positive tune placed in our ear just at the right time by our Father in heaven. Our happiest times can be made even better and we can even find ourselves singing along when we’re happy. Good songs and bad ones hold memories like a scrapbook, like a time machine, a song can transport us anywhere in time that we were when we remember hearing a certain song, good or bad.
My favorites include Big band, Christian Rock, Christian contemporary, Elvis(he stands alone), anything pre-1974(which is only funny because that’s when I was born). The most important to me is if I can sing along, the best songs in my collection are the ones that i can sing with and get my feet tapping. I work in a place where i’m alone a lot and have all the freedom in the world to sing and dance while i do my work, but don’t tell my bosses because then they might sell the video surveillance footage to funniest home videos or drop me onto YouTube for a laugh.
A song can send you soaring like a bird, high where only our Father in heaven can go with us. I love singing his praise and singing it loud and meeting him where ever the song takes me. I have not yet been baptized in the Holy Spirit but I know that when I sing just the right song that the Holy Spirit comes to me and gives me the voice to reach the heavens so that the Father and Jesus hear every word of my love for them.
The bible is full of music, the whole book of Psalms is a song. David wrote these with great praises for God, the man after Gods own heart couldn’t keep in what God was doing and saying to him. David rejoiced in the Lord by writing all his songs for the world to read and sing. Example: Psalm 68:4 and Psalm 150:1-6
Always fill your world with good positive music, music that lifts up and not brings down. Too many songs out there are depressing and harmful, leading us to stinky thinking, bad attitudes, wrong ideas of life. God created good music and the Angels are singing all the time for our Father and want you to sing with them, only if the song doesn’t make you smile in your heart, they don’t know the words and wont sing with you, only guard you and help you find a more clear station.
In Christ alone, the only one, the very light of the world that causes all darkness to burst into light. What is it that the world thinks they need that can do any of this?
Money, people, things, ones self.. all these are nothing and will be nothing unless Christ is aloud by our free will to control and dominate every aspect of our life.
We own nothing, we have nothing, we are nothing. everything on this earth is Gods and Christs, we are only here to take care of what is here and we only get more to take care if we prove ourselves to him that we are worthy and trusted to lead life’s charge of protecting and distributing what is Gods. We are nothing without God, he made you and he can take you. The mothers’ saying that “I brought you into this world, I can take you out!” when mom is angry, where do you think she got that. God puts all of us here and can control who stays and goes(without anger involved), so we are nothing that He hasn’t had a hand in and will be nothing worth being unless we put His hand in it.
Jesus hung on that Cross for a reason and that was to save our sorry butts from the fiery hell that the enemy(devil) was and is plaguing the world with. The moment that “snake” slithered into the garden in the beginning, the enemy has latched onto us because he is confident that he will sway the free will God gave us in his favor and keep us from doing Gods will freely.
Christ rose from the tomb on that third day so that He could live with each and every one of us daily and never have to leave our side. When He was in flesh, he loved greatly and served with healing, prayer and love. Wishing so that he didn’t have to leave any child that he met, but knew that he had great things to do before the day that was coming when Heaven’s grace and mercy won over sin. His spirit couldn’t wait for the day that he could not be in the flesh, holy and away from fleshly feelings and muck so to always be with us no matter where or when.
In Christ alone we are everything we can dream of being. Everything that God dreams of us being. In Christ alone all grace and mercy falls freely like rain and we are not condemned any longer for where we have been or what we have done. All that’s needed is to give freely our hearts to Christ, God and the Holy Spirit and try our best.
He will always love us no matter what, and we are always welcome in the Kingdom in heaven and on earth. His arms stretched on that cross was one gigantic hug to all of us that says, “Come and Live in Me, for I am the Light of the World and All that is in it.”