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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Decrease to Increase in Jesus

Tower of Babel

John 3:28-30, Genesis 11:4, 1 Samuel 15: 10-12, Matthew 16:25, Matthew 7:21-23
Numbers 20: 10-12

When John the Baptist witnessed Jesus on the scene, he drew back, decreasing his visibility to allow Jesus His following . Thus, it is, with One who has been born from above, all ambitions, motives, actions, words are consumed by the “Glory of God”. And as it happens, the one who loses Himself in Christ, is the one who reveals Him to others. (John 3: 28-30)

Saul was chosen as King of Israel. He was from the smallest family of the smallest tribe in Israel. He was a man who lacked confidence in himself, although he was tall and handsome. When the prophet, Samuel came to anoint him King, he hid because he was afraid of such an awesome position and responsibility. But after one victory against the enemy of Israel, he allowed himself to receive the glory and began to honor himself, increasing his visibility while dishonoring God. He allowed pride and self-importance to go to his head. Therein was the snare to losing his position in the Kingdom of Israel and as God’s anointed. (Isaiah 42:8, 1 Samuel 8-15, 15:10-12).

Recently, as I’ve been interceding for my family and the nation, the Lord has produced a sifting, purging of my soul. Instead of recognizing the sins of others, He has shown me my own; subtle ways of bringing honor to myself; building little monuments and towers to establish self-importance and a name while misrepresenting “Who He Is”.  I’ve been astounded as to how many times I have fell into self-pity over rejection, disrespect, and unrecognized in my attempts to share Christ. But the truth is, I was always in the center of the witness and teaching, more visible than the one I desired to reveal.

Through repentance, I am more cognizant of my words and actions, bringing them under submission to glorify Christ. It’s a discipline, but absolutely necessary and possible for godly effectiveness in the Kingdom of God (2 Chronicles 7:14, Matthew 6:33).

Jesus said, if I be “lifted up” (above everything else, including others and the things of this world) I will draw all men to myself. (John 12: 32-33)

If the gospel of Jesus Christ – “His death and resurrection” is paramount above every form of doctrine, theology, philosophy, politics or persuasion, then He alone, brings those who are lost, suffering and hurting to Himself, whereby salvation and the promise of eternal life is guaranteed. (Ephesians 1: 13-14)

I pray, together, those who are called by His Name, lift Jesus up above ourselves in every way, yielding in submission in everything through His mercy and grace, for the sake of others  who will see Jesus, alone.  (Ephesians 2: 8-9)

“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.” Acts 4:13

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