Thursday, August 28, 2014

Growing in Christ: Filthy Rags

There is absolutely nothing we could do, on our "own" to be considered righteous in God's sight! No good works nor good deeds...

You could sing the best song, quote a million of scriptures, pray every night, and even give to the poor! None of these " works" makes us righteous before God.

Isaiah 64:6 
But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; We all fade as a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, Have taken us away.

Galatians 2:21
I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.”

What makes us righteous is the blood of Jesus!
What makes us sinless is the blood of Jesus!
What makes us in right standing before the King of kings is the blood of Jesus!

His Blood covers it all! Christ took ALL your sins, every last one of them, and now you are the RIGHTEOUSNESS of Christ, through "faith" in Christ Jesus!

All you have to do is accept His invitation of redemption in "faith", and walk this life in His righteousness!
Philippians 3:9
and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith;

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Growing in Christ: Everlasting God

Jeremiah 31:3-6 The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying:
“Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.
4 Again I will build you, and you shall be rebuilt,
O virgin of Israel!
You shall again be adorned with your tambourines,
And shall go forth in the dances of those who rejoice.
5 You shall yet plant vines on the mountains of Samaria;
The planters shall plant and eat them as ordinary food.
6 For there shall be a day
When the watchmen will cry on Mount Ephraim,
‘Arise, and let us go up to Zion,
To the Lord our God.’”

Just as the Lord loved Israel, with a great love; Christ perfect love for us all is everlasting! I love how the book of Romans puts it.....
Romans 8:39
"nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the "love of God" which is in Christ Jesus our Lord".

The message for today is that Christ loves us! He loves us so much , that He died for us, rather to see us left in our sins, and doomed for hell! Will you accept His redeeming love today? Will you live for Him? Christ love is everlasting!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Growing in Christ: forgiveness brings healing

Luke 23:34 
Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” And they divided His garments and cast lots.

Powerful words spoken from such a loving God!

They spat on Jesus!
They accused Him of things he did not do!
They tore his body with each strike of the whip!
They laughed at Him and mocked Him!
They put a crown of thorns on His head!
They crucified our Savior!

In all this, Jesus cried out ...

Jesus set the bar for us in forgiveness! A height that no man can reach on their own, but only by the help of the Holy Spirit... 
(Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.)

Whenever you find it hard to forgive, remember all that Jesus went through . Remember that The Lord understands... Forgiveness keeps your heart always right with God; for unforgiveness is a tool that satan uses to keep us bond in sin! 

Today as you bow your knees in prayer, check your heart; chose to forgive and let God's love shine through your heart!
Mark 11:25-26
Forgiveness and Prayer
25 “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. 26 But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.”

Heavenly Father, I thank You for the cross, for there I have received Your forgiveness for all my sins. Lord those words that You have spoken thousands of years ago....

Still forgive!
Still saves!
Still sets us free!

Lord, we receive Your forgiveness, and we also choose to forgive others; that we may always stand righteous in Your eyes! In Jesus name I pray, Amen!

Gooooood morning King Jesus! Gooooood morning family and friends! Enjoy your weekend, love Sis Rashida

Monday, August 18, 2014

Growing Spiritually in Christ: Enemy

Isaiah 59:19 So [as the result of the Messiah’s intervention] they shall [reverently] fear the name of the Lord from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him and put him to flight [for He will come like a rushing stream which the breath of the Lord drives].

Last night I had a dream of a huge, furious bear attempting to enter my home! My oldest child and I stood by the door and declared the word of God over the enemy! As the bear, peered his head through my door, there were a group of men holding the bear back! ( word of God accomplishing all that it was sent to do) These men were the angels dispatched, by the word of God!

I saw my dad standing in my home, with a large dagger! I told him toss me the dagger that I could take out the enemy's eyes! I awoke from the dream!

Each day I put on my full armor of God, ready, and able to stand against every fiery attack of the enemy, but I am not alone! The bible declares in....
Joshua 23:10
One man of you shall chase a thousand, for the Lord your God is He who fights for you, as He promised you.

If the enemy is attacking you, your a threat to His Kingdom! That is something worth shouting about ! Hallelujah!

Goooood morning King Jesus! Gooooood morning family and friends!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Growing in Christ: many are the afflictions

Psalm 34:19
19 Many evils confront the [consistently] righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.

Moses and Pharaoh....
Abraham and His wife Sarah...
Jacob and the king's wife...
David and King Saul ...
Daniel and the lions...
Job and satan...
Ester and the King...
Elisha and Jezebel...
Samson and Delilah... 
Jesus and the wilderness...

The bible tells us MANY are the afflictions of the righteous but The Lord delivers him from ALL!

Over the weekend I found myself declaring this verse over myself with many other verses. Reminding myself who I am in Christ and the God I serve is able to redeem time and time again.

Just as many women and men in the bible; Trials came their way! But God... Is always faithful to deliver each of us from every obstacle ! Just another hurdle to jump over!!

Note this verse...
James 1:2-8 
[ Profiting from Trials ] My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. ...

At the end of the day, I count each trial as a lesson of "FAITH"!  A lesson to continue to " Grow in Christ"! Because the great women and men in the bible were men and women who allowed God to be their "Author" and " Finisher" of their Faith!

I have gone through the fire and my faith can not be shaken! Jesus is forever Lord of my life!

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