Saturday 2/6/10 - I was blind, but now I see!

>> Saturday, February 6, 2010

John 9 is awesome. Today God revealed something in that chapter that I had never noticed before. I had always taken it at the face value, which was that Jesus healed a blind man, and the Pharisees got mad at Jesus for doing so on the Sabbath... For some reason I never really connected the beginning with the end part about spiritual blindness.

Today as I was reading, it hit me. That man had been blind from birth. What if I were blind from birth? What a wonder it would be to see for the first time in my life! Then I realized something. I, myself, am blind from birth. Not literally, of course, but I never knew until I became a Christian just what I was missing. I’m still learning about the Father’s love for me. Each day that I walk with God, I am gradually gaining my sight.

When the Pharisees examined the healing, they said that Jesus could not possibly be from God if he did not keep the Sabbath.

The man answered, "Now that is remarkable! You don't know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes. We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly man who does his will. Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing."
John 9:30-33


The Pharisees were blind, just like me. The difference between them and me is that they did not admit they were blind, but claimed to see.

Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.” Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, “What? Are we blind too?” Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.”
John 9:39-41

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Friday 2/5/10 - I am Free!

>> Friday, February 5, 2010

Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”
John 8:34-36


Without Jesus I am a slave to my sin, but with Him I am free!

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Thursday 2/3/10 - Better Than Life

>> Thursday, February 4, 2010

Our God’s love is so huge! He doesn’t care who you are, or what walk of life you’re from; he just wants to save you. He chooses you, so choose Him! He loves you where you are, whether you’re having a great life, or an awful one. He loves us in spite of our sin!

I can’t help but celebrate when I think of his great love.

Father,
Fill me up with you.
I can’t get enough!
I want to overflow with you.
Thank you that your love never ends.
You’re so big, so much bigger than I can comprehend.
Thank you that you can love someone so small.
Without you, I am nothing.
Amen.

I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.
Psalm 63:2-4

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Wednesday 2/3/10 - The Father's Love

>> Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Of all the Gospels, the Book of John is my favorite. Why? Because throughout the book, there is a constant theme: Believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and you will be saved. There is nothing else you have to do to be saved.

From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known.
John 1:15-18


Through Jesus, I can come close to God. When I’m walking with God, I receive blessing after blessing! My sin doesn’t matter anymore, because Jesus’ blood covers it up, and the Father’s enormous perfect love forgives me. His love is one so big I can’t comprehend even a small part of it. All I know is that without the Father’s love for me, I am nothing.

In return, I want to live my life in a way that glorifies God. My biggest goal is to please my Savior. I don’t HAVE to do anything else, but I WANT to live for Jesus.

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Tuesday 2/2/10 - How He Loves

>> Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Today I read about Jesus’ crucifixion in Luke 23-24. One of my favorite things about the story of the Crucifixion is this:

For the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two.
Luke 23: 45


The curtain of the temple was a separation between the Holy of Holies and the rest of the temple. It symbolized separation from God. When Jesus died, it was torn in two from top to bottom (Mark 15:38). God allows us to come to him just as we are. WE ARE NO LONGER SEPARATED FROM GOD! Anyone can come to him repentant and, believing in the perfect sacrifice, Jesus Christ, be saved from death.

Death. Without Jesus I am as good as dead! My sin destroys me, but my savior took that destruction upon himself. And he defeated death! Three days later, he rose from the dead. I am no longer dead in sin, but alive in Christ!

He is jealous for me
Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree
Bending beneath the weight of his wind and mercy
When all of a sudden
I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory
And I realise just how beautiful You are
And how great Your affections are for me

And O how He loves us
Oh, O how He loves us
How He loves us all

Yeah He loves us
O how He loves us
O how He loves us
O how He loves

We are His portion and He is our prize
Drawn to redemption by the grace in His eyes
If grace is an ocean, we're all sinking
So Heaven meets earth like an unforeseen kiss
And my heart turns violently inside of my chest
I don't have time to maintain these regrets
When I think about the way

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Monday 2/1/10 - Confidence

>> Monday, February 1, 2010

“It is always the Holy Spirit’s work to turn our eyes away from self to Jesus; but Satan’s work is just the opposite of this, for he is constantly trying to make us pay attention to ourselves instead of to Christ. He insinuates, ‘Your sins are too great for pardon; you have no faith; you do not repent enough; you will never be able to continue to the end; you do not have the joy of His children; you have such a weak hold of Jesus.’ All these are thoughts about self, and we will never find comfort or assurance by looking within. But the Holy Spirit turns our eyes entirely away from self. He tells us that we are nothing, but that Christ is all in all.”
-Charles Spurgeon

Blaming Satan for everything I do, and everything that goes wrong in my life is too incredibly easy. That is NOT the way it really is. I am the sinner. I am responsible for whatever I do. The choices I make are MY choices, whether they are good or bad. Satan’s job is not to make me sin… I do that naturally anyway! Satan is trying to make me DWELL on my sin.

Satan causes me to doubt myself. He causes me to doubt my savior. He causes me to doubt my salvation! Like Charles Spurgeon said, Satan causes me to focus on myself, on my own failings, rather than on Christ’s love. That being the case, it is obvious that if I buy into Satan’s lies, I will continue to live in sin, because I’m afraid that I’ll never be worthy of salvation.

And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Ephesians 2:6-10

I will NEVER be worthy of salvation, but because Christ loved me, I AM saved. I must not buy into Satan’s lies and selfishness. CHRIST SAVED ME JUST AS I AM. I have confidence that my sin is covered so that nothing is visible but Jesus’ blood. My actions will never be good enough, but there is no need to be good enough, because I am already freed from my slavery to sin. When the Holy Spirit is in me, when I dwell on God, rather than myself, I no longer see my failings. I only see the perfect love that rescued me from my failures. Now I do good things, not to make myself worthy, but because I love to please my savior!

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