The Cross Provides Complete Freedom

“Only God can judge the heart as He alone can see it.” 1 Samuel 16:7 

 

 

Complete Freedom does not come without challenges in our thinking and actions. This freedom was given through the work on the Cross but is not initially or automatically understood at the time of salvation. Waiting on the Lord in diligent dependence and study is the only way to enjoy the freedoms we have in Christ. 

If we are not willing to choose this path we will keep our hearts and lives in turmoil, confusion, and missing the abundant joy and strength of the glories of the Cross, not the burden, needed while traveling here.

The Cross Beyond Salvation

“For by Grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is a gift of God” Ephesians 2:8

 

 

We are told there are many paths to heaven and many ways we can qualify. Jesus says only one way to claim all the benefits of His finished work on the Cross. It is imperative to know all what is given after we are assured of getting out of hell and into heaven. There is so much more.  Whoever has an ear to hear; Listen!

Benefits of the Cross

“Being justified by faith, we have peace with God” Romans 5: 1

 

 

Romans 6: 6 and Colossians 2:15 open the door of understanding on the different functions at the Cross: Sins, sin, self, and Satan are met with defeat.

Many do not realize the power in Jesus’ death regarding what was accomplished when He willingly went to the Cross and confirmed the victory in His resurrection!

To grasp the magnitude of the greatest event ever known is to will and have the confidence to surrender all to live for Him. Many won’t because of blindness and willful ignorance. Hear the danger of being “lost in the crowd of madness.” 

 

Love Leads to Repentance

”The Holy Spirit says: TODAY, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, In the day of trial in the wilderness.” Hebrews 3:7-8

 

 

The Lord knows and sees our lacks and wanderings, He tells us that in these last
days He has spoken through His Son in calling us to REPENTANCE.
Repentance from what? Not putting Him first in our ways, deciding what is most
important for our goals, making prayer a “tack-on” to ministry, and on and on we
go. Not knowing His ways will lead our hearts astray. Hear Him Today!

Personal Call to Repentance

“Remember therefore from where you have fallen, repent, and do the first works or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place – unless you repent.” Revelation 2:5

 

 

This passage is addressed to the church in Ephesus, but churches are made up of people. On paper and practice, this church was looking good. It would make an outstanding resume’ in today’s culture of Christianity. 

There was a huge problem that had overtaken the people and it was canceling out everything they were doing correctly from their “good works.”  Let’s investigate the evidence and solution to see how we may overcome the culture of the past that has become the culture of the present. 

True Repentance

“Today, if you will hear His voice, harden not your hearts as in the rebellion.” Hebrews 3:7&8

Our problem with knowing and desiring to live in true repentance is not a new problem. We have been told throughout the Bible that God requires a heart that is clean, not cleaver in seeking what is YOUR desires or trying to make repentance work your way rather than God’s way. Many do not know what true repentance even looks like, much less how to apply it in your daily life.
Rather than complaining about the mess we have made, we need a qualification check to see if we are willing, ready, and able to live in a manner that brings what we desire, peace, joy, security in the middle of a world gone wild. A change must come and it will have to begin with us.

What That Day Reveals

“Therefore, judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then each one’s praise will come from God.” I Corinthians 4:5

 

 

What lurks deep within your own heart that would cause shame, regret, sadness,
and remorse that you don’t want other to know. Perhaps it is buried so deep you
sense the discomfort but do not know the cause of being uneasy and troubled –
so you stay very busy avoiding the accountability.
What are the counsels of your heart? Allow His Light to shine now wiping out the
hidden things of darkness. May each day be “Sonshine” to your soul.

Types of Sin

“Blot out my transgressions, wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.” Psalms 51: 1-3

 

 

Many people see themselves as “good people.” Sin is currently classified as poor choices or mistakes.
However, that thinking waters down the intensity of the true devastation of living a life according to your own reasoning regarding the principle of SIN.
Today, we touch on the different forms in how SIN shows its ugly self, sometimes being done with little concern for the consequences to ourselves and others. All sin is against God and we stand guilty. Listen carefully as learn the character of SIN. Thank God the power of SIN is broken. Learn How.

Precepts to Encouragement

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.” Ephesians 1:3

 

 

When we offend or trouble someone when wanting to help them and it is not
appreciated or valued, it is very easy to question if we will ever see ourselves as
doing what is best for all.
Our fleshly selfish thinking can rob us of the attributes that are already ours listed
in Ephesians 1. Sometimes we must tear down before we can build up and give
from the abundance that we have been given. Our encouragement for today is
Who we are in Christ.

The Encourager

“Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak be patient with all.” I Thessalonians 5:14

 

 

There are different ways of encouragement, some offering warmth and comfort.
Other opportunities may stretch our soul and emotions, however, it is necessary if
we are to have healthy growth in our walk with the Lord.
Today, come explore with us some different aspects of being an encourager!

The Good Shepherd

“The Lord is my shepherd: I shall not want.” Psalms 23:1

 

 

Many times, when challenging circumstances are put in our path we immediately
seek some pain killers, change directions and try to escape. We are not ready to
learn a life lesson.
The Great Shepherd knows exactly what we need and how to provide the
solutions that bring relief to us and glory to His loving and faithful care. Life is not
all about us, but Psalms 23 greatly reveals to all the steadfast and everlasting love
the Father has for those sheep that are His. Can you identify with Him as your
Protector?

The Father’s Heart

“His divine power has given us ALL things that pertain to life” 2 Peter 1: 3-7 – the
goal is love.

 

 

What the world needs now is love sweet love so goes a song. Looking around and listening to news sources, social media comments and each other’s conversation, I think we all could agree. The problem appears to be we have established our own interpretation of love and our report cards, in most cases, reflect poor grades. Why, oh Why??
Examine the outline in verses 4-7 of 2 Peter chapter 1 and see what class you may need to enroll in to live life in love.

On the Road To Emmaus

“Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts?” Luke 24:38

 

 

As followers of the Lord Jesus and trusting Him, we find our faith can be tested
and even perplexed at times with uncertainly. The Lord knows these times will
occur and gave us an example of His caring for two of his learners after
experiencing the death and burial of their King. What had gone wrong?
Walk with us today as we talk the wonders of how God is always willing and
wanting us to see the larger picture of His master plan. It is not always plain and
simple from our viewpoint. A true account of knowing why the resurrected life of
Jesus Christ is essential in our living here and now.

Walk in Victory

“Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with HIM” and likewise, you also, reckon
yourselves to be dead indeed to sin.” Romans 6: 6-11

 

 

There is a marvelous guide in knowing how to walk step by step in Romans 6. We will peel back the principles of our position that can show us how to walk in victory. It is easy to know, but hard to “grow.” Self will keep on sinning if we keep on offending. Don’t waste your sorrows!

Exercising of Faith

“But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their SENSES exercised to discern both good and evil.” Hebrews 5:14

 

 

We are given natural senses at birth and they can be the gates where we allow
the world to invade our inner person. What we see, hear, feel, touch, and smell
influence who we are. Likewise, we are also given spiritual senses that are used
properly to affect our ability to discern and walk by faith.
Learn how people who walked by sight discovered how to discern the difference
between facts and feelings forming lives that are governed by faith.