Christ’s Perseverance – Our Victory


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Hebrews 12:1-4

 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.  We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up. After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin.”


One of the temptations which confronted Jesus immediately following His baptism, occurred during the 40 days while He was fasting and praying in the wilderness. Satan tempted Jesus to forego the suffering and receive His Kingdom now. All He had to do was to bow down and worship the “god of this world” and it would instantly be His.  Jesus was God in Spirit but man in the flesh, so it was, Satan was attempting to appeal to Christ’s flesh which is man’s weakness to gratify.
(Matthew 4: 1-11)

So right from the starting line, Jesus was confronted with Satan’s persuasion to simply give up, to spare His own flesh. But what was Christ’s determination all about and why was He running this race to Calvary with such absolute conviction? He kept in mind His mission to set us free from Satan’s power and God’s sealed judgment to come. He was resolute, unyielding to the end.
(Isaiah 50:7, Luke 9:51)

Think of it, Jesus was God incarnate, Sovereign in all things, yet He laid it all aside, left Heaven’s home, humbling Himself, while relating to the very ones He created; focused on one thing- Our Salvation. (Colossians 1: 16-17)

Have you ever endured ridicule, rejection, animosity, by the very persons you’ve loved and wanted to help? One would hardly lay down their life for a friend but how about your enemy? Yet, even while they were driving the rusty nails through Christ’s hands and feet, He was asking His heavenly Father to forgive them because He said “they didn’t know what they were doing”. (Hebrews 12:3, Luke 23:44)

No matter the pain, the injustice, the indignation of being stripped naked, hanging from a cross, Jesus took the time to give a repentant thief the hope of knowing he would be in paradise with him because of his faith. (Luke 23:33-43)

And as Jesus looked down from the cross He confirmed and established the relationship between His mother and one of His disciples. (John 19:26)

The most agonizing moment was when He endured the separation between Himself and His Heavenly Father, never knowing a moment without His presence, he felt abandonment for the first time from the Very One He Trusted, loved and obeyed without reservation. He was alone, completely alone as He took on the punishment for our sins. (Matthew 27:46)


What are we facing? As children of God, we will never have to suffer for the whole world or be abandoned. Is there any circumstance that can separate us from the Love of God in Christ Jesus? The only thing separating us from His great love is unbelief and rejecting His Son’s atonement for the forgiveness of our sins.
(Hebrews 3:19, John 3:16, Romans 8:38-39)

What joy Jesus must have experienced when He first appeared to His disciples and stood before His Father displaying His nail scarred hands. He did it! And He did it against every temptation and hardship anyone could possibly endure. That is why He sits on the right hand side of the Father awaiting His everlasting Kingdom.
(John 20: 19-20, Romans 8:34)

I’ll never forget the inexpressible joy I felt when I accepted him as my Savior, and the inner joy of hearing of my grandfather’s prayer of repentance and how God Reassured him he too, would be in heaven.There is nothing to describe the presence of God’s Holy Spirit confirming the glorious truth. A Sunday School Teacher and a Child’s Faith

Hallelujah! He is indeed Risen and many have witnessed His resurrection with their own eyes and faith.
(Luke 24:32, John 20:29)

How about you?


“According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.  For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.  After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.  Therefore encourage one another with these words.”  1 Thessalonians 4: 15-18


“O you redeemed ones, on whose behalf this strong resolve was made—you who have been bought by the precious blood of this steadfast, resolute Redeemer—come and think awhile of Him, that your hearts may burn within you and that your faces may be set like flints to live and die for Him who lived and died for you!”
— C.H. Spurgeon

 

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Sharing the Fruit of My Trials


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1 Peter 1: 3-9, 1 Peter 4: 12-19 Matthew 13:46

heart-turquoise-howlite“If you have placed your faith in God’s grace for salvation through Jesus Christ be Encouraged.”

(1 Thessalonians 3:2-3)

heart-turquoise-howlite“The Lord, He is Good. His dealings towards you are always Purposeful , Compassionate, Producing Eternal Fruit.”

 (Romans 8:28, Hebrews 12: 5-6, Jeremiah 29:11)

heart-turquoise-howlite“In all of your trials and in all of your circumstances you will come full circle with this knowledge; God is Good, Merciful, Trustworthy and Faithful to
“Complete your Salvation.

(Romans 8:1, Hebrews 12:2, Philippians 1:6)

heart-turquoise-howlite“The One who has made Salvation possible not by your works but only through His Work at the Cross is Worthy of your Trust.”

 (Ephesians 2:8-9)

 heart-turquoise-howlite“He will keep you in faith until the Day of His Coming.”

 (1 Peter 1:7, Ephesians 1:13, Ephesians 4:30)

 heart-turquoise-howlite“You are Sealed through His blood covenant and are Made ready by His Holy Spirit.

(Ephesians 4:30, Ephesians 1:13, 2 Corinthians 1: 21-22, Hebrews 9: 14)

heart-turquoise-howlite“He is the Good Shepherd who looks after his sheep with meticulous inspections, cleansing you with His Sanctification while Restoring you to Himself.”

(Psalm 51: 12-13, John 17,19, 1 Thessalonians 4:3, 1Corinthians 6:11, James 5:19,
Galatians 6:1, 1 John 1:9)

heart-turquoise-howlite“No one can snatch you away from the Good Shepherd who has laid down his life for your soul.  You are in His Sheepfold and All his Gates lead to New and Green Pastures.”
                                          (John 10: 28-29, Psalm 119: 67, Psalm 100:3-4, Psalm 23:2)

heart-turquoise-howlite“Every trial is filtered through His Love and Accomplishes His Will for You.

 (Genesis 50:20, Romans 8:28, Jeremiah 29:11)

heart-turquoise-howlite“Every trial works towards the goal of Renewal and Transformation.”

(Romans 12:2, 2 Corinthians 5:17)

heart-turquoise-howlite“In every circumstance it is His desire that you “Know Him as He Really Is.”

 (Job 42:1-6, 1 John 5:20, John 17:3, John 4:23-24, 1 John 2:3)

heart-turquoise-howlite“Trust in His Goodness and be patient in your trial, allowing the Lord to accomplish his Perfect Will, Establishing your Faith in Him.”

(Colossians 1:23)

heart-turquoise-howlite“God will bring you to the “Cross”- road of decision where you choose to Decide in Whom you will Trust.”

(James 1: 2-5)

heart-turquoise-howlite“When He has finished the work, in the fullness of time, He will deliver you.”

(Romans 8:34, Luke 22:32, 1 Peter 5:6)

heart-turquoise-howlite“You will not be put to shame as you Focus on Him.”

(Psalm 34:5)

heart-turquoise-howlite“Your face will shine like the sun (Son) Reflecting His Love.”

(Psalm 34:5)

heart-turquoise-howlite“And you will know that the Lord, “Yes” the Lord, He is Good; He is always Good!”
(Psalm 86:5)

                Doula Faith

 

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Signed, Sealed, Delivered by His Blood


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“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.” Galatians 4: 4-7

Recently, I purchased an online gift for my sister. As I began to track the location of the package, I was notified it would be delivered by a specific day and time. But then suddenly, everything came to a halt, and at the end of that day, the package was not delivered, and there were no more notifications when it would arrive.

This above circumstance reminds me of how unlike mankind, I can depend on God’s Word to  deliver all His promises on time.

God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? Numbers 23:19

With God’s own signature – His Word – He promised a Savior to redeem us through payment by His own blood. It is impossible for us to purchase it ourselves, we don’t have enough credit, it is priceless, for it requires the costly sacrifice of one who never sinned. Therefore, His promise could only come signed, sealed, and delivered through the sacrifice of His only begotten Son. Only Jesus Christ was qualified to pay the price, and He did it by his shed blood, crucified as full payment for the sins of the world.
(Leviticus 17:11, 1 John 2:2, Hebrews 9:12, Isaiah 53:5,Hebrews 9:22)

When God promised the world a Savior He provided also a way to track the exact time and place of His birth. The gift of His Son, Jesus Christ was prophesized (promised) to be delivered in the town of Bethlehem. The wise men tracking His birth, followed the Star, and found it to be true. Jesus was not detained, but in the fulness of time was delivered through means of a virgin Birth according to God’s promise. (John 3:16, Micah 5:2, Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 2: 1-12, Romans 5:6-11)

 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

God’s Gift Purchased by His Son’s Blood

Jesus Christ purchased the gift of eternal salvation by His shed blood, not just for one, but for everyone. But He guarantees delivery only through faith:

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Ephesians 2: 8-9

Are you in the right place where you can receive what God has already purchased for your salvation? Have you repented of your sins? If you are in the place of trusting in His Word, then you can receive the confirmation of your faith and the answer to your prayer.   God’s gift from heaven was purchased  by His Son, Jesus Christ over two thousand years ago.  This gift comes not by man’s delivery but through God’s Holy Spirit. God is the messenger of this great gift and His salvation is for you.
(John 1, Philippians 2:5-11)

Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.” Matthew 16:16-17

God’s Promises are always signed (by His Word), sealed (guarranteed by His blood) and delivered (by His Holy Spirit) and on time.  You can Trust in His Word to do exactly what He has promised.   He purchased your salvation with His shed blood, with the promise to deliver you out of this world into His Everlasting Kingdom. Have you trusted God at His Word?
(John 3, Romans 10:8-10, Matthew 6:33)

And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.” Ephesians 1:13-14

Final Note: The gift purchased for my sister, was finally delivered as expected. It occured, as soon as I stopped tracking it with my anxious thoughts.  When she inspected the contents, she found everthing there; all which was promised and purchased on her behalf.

 

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Trusting God for Your Life and Birth


Cheryl and Kauis (2)

 Cheryl’s  Labor of Love

“A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world.”
John 16:21 NIV

 Eve, the mother of all children, gave testimony of God’s faithfulness in her first childbirth experience. She admitted going through the process with the help of the Lord. God was with her and did not abandon her in her labor. (Genesis 4:1)

“With the help of the Lord I have brought forth a man.”  Genesis 4:1

When the Israelites were multiplying rapidly in the land of Egypt, pharaoh became nervous. So to reduce their number, he called on the midwives to destroy all males at birth. But because the Hebrew midwives feared God rather than pharaoh, they refused. When pharaoh asked for an explanation as to why they allowed the male babies to live, they said the Hebrew women were different from the Egyptian women and gave birth before they arrived.

“The Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women,” the midwives replied. “They are more vigorous and have their babies so quickly that we cannot get there in time.”
Exodus 1:19

The Egyptians were a sophisticated race of people, creating faster transportation, elaborate structures and medicines and ointments.  In contrast, the Hebrew women worked hard and lived a simple life having faith in God.   The Egyptians created many gods, while the Hebrew women believed in only One; The God of their fathers; Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph.

“But women will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety.” 1Timothy 2:15

So it was, when God delivered the Israelites from the land of Egypt, He opened the Red Sea and brought them safely across, while the Egyptians in hot pursuit, were destroyed within their own chariots. The challenge of the Red Sea revealed God’s awesome power and faithfulness. (Psalm 20:7)

“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.”  Psalm 20:7

In Paul’s message to Timothy, he affirms God’s faithfulness to women in childbirth. Women who trust in God during the childbirth process are preserved through faith.  The experience is meant to strengthen faith, not weaken it, by placing absolute trust in the Lord.  She comes out confident in her maternal role and has wisdom for her newborn. The stumbling blocks to a safe outcome (physically, emotionally and spiritually) are impropriety, sexual immorality, lack of self- restraint and faith in the One who created childbirth. These sins present problems to an otherwise, natural, optimal pregnancy and birth. Nevertheless, God is merciful, and faithful to forgive us our sins and cleanse us of all unrighteousness, when we repent, working all things for our good.
(1 John 1:9,Romans 8:28)

“Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” Hebrews 11:1 NLT

As a young mother, I was abandoned when I chose to labor and birth naturally, trusting in God. But the Lord was with me, and as I called out to Him, He was faithful to deliver, “immediately” before the physician arrived . (Doula Faith)

And as it was, I brought forth my son, Michael, with the help of the Lord! 

And thus God’s faithfulness continues as I continue to place my Trust in His love, mercy and grace. (Isaiah 64:4, 40:30-31)

When a woman seeks God first and His righteousness through obedience and faith in Jesus Christ, everything works for her benefit.  And even in the most adverse circumstance, the Lord brings about His awesome plan for her life.
For the giver of life is faithful to do it.
(2 Timothy 2:13, Matthew 6: 33, Romans 8:28, Jeremiah 29:11, John 3:16, John 3:3).

“Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God. “What do you mean?” exclaimed Nicodemus. “How can an old man go back into his mother’s womb and be born again?”Jesus replied, “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life. So don’t be surprised when I say, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.” John 3: 3-8 NLT

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