“He Didn’t Have to Do it, But He Did!”

We owed a debt we could not pay; Christ paid a debt He did not owe. Thank God for Jesus!

We owed a debt we could not pay; Christ paid a debt He did not owe. Thank God for Jesus!

What was it about us that made our God sacrifice His only Son? He knew no sin, could not sin – what a sacrifice! A debt that was impossible for man to pay became possible through the precious blood of Jesus Christ. Oh dear hearts, it wasn’t the nails in His hands and feet that kept Jesus on the cross; it was His great love for mankind that caused Him to endure the excruciating pain of the cross at Calvary. He didn’t have to do it, but I’m so glad he did!

When I think of the goodness of Jesus and all that He’s done for me my soul cries out, “Hallelujah!” I praise God for saving me! I have to give Him the glory; I have to give Him the praise. Where would we be dear hearts if Jesus didn’t love us? Just where would we be if He really didn’t care?

I know where I would have been and I thank our God that I am not there! I agree with King David when he said, “I will bless the Lord at all times, His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” (Psalm 34:1 NKJV)

David was a praiser and we should be like-minded because Jesus is worthy of all our praises – Christ and Christ alone.

I am so thankful that what I have in my wallet or what kind of car I might drive doesn’t determine who I am in Christ Jesus. If it did I would be locked out of the kingdom of Heaven for sure! Isn’t it a blessing to know that material possessions and wealth will not determine our eternal destination? Thank God it’s not about stuff!

Jesus dropped the charges against us at Calvary and dismissed the case Satan had laid out before Our Heavenly Father. Christ redeemed us back unto himself and through His death, burial and resurrection He set us in Heavenly places, there to reside with Him for eternity.

Tell me, what more could we ask for? It just can’t get any better!

There’s a line in a song that goes like this, “You can have this whole world but give me Jesus.” This should be the testimony of every blood-washed believer.

“For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26 NKJV)

Dear hearts, we can’t afford to go spiritually bankrupt. Our account is secured in heaven. Satan can’t make any withdrawals from it nor can a thief break in and steal it. We must use wisdom in guarding our Heavenly inheritance. If we’re not careful and mismanage our account we can end up with a balance of zero.

Let’s not make the wrong investment – this world is only temporary, filled with stuff that won’t last and holds no value at all. Let’s be wise and invest all our spiritual wealth in the Kingdom of God. We’ve gone through many tests and trials to retain the wealth God gave us on the cross and like the good servant, we should add to what He’s given us daily.

I can speak only for myself but then again, I believe it’s safe to say that most of us have gone through so much and worked too hard to miss out on eternal life in Heaven. I want to hear our blessed Savior say, “Well done my good and faithful servant!”

I want to go back with Jesus when He comes back for His church and whatever I haven’t obtained on earth naturally, I won’t need it in Heaven. I refuse to be like the rich young ruler, rich in natural wealth but poor in spirit. He couldn’t let go of his earthly wealth, he couldn’t see beyond his material possessions and he made the wrong choice. (Matthew 19:16-22, Mark 10:17-22 and Luke 18:18-23)

And what about the five foolish virgins? The poor dears went too far, stayed too long and got back too late! We can’t make it off of each other’s oil, we have to have our own on this journey or else we too will miss the bridegroom’s return.

“And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”

Blessed are those who do His commandments that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.” (Revelations 22:12-14)
Oh dear hearts, be blessed and always remember, it wasn’t the nails in His hands and feet that kept Jesus on the cross; it was His great love for mankind that caused Him to endure the excruciating pain of Calvary’s cross.

He didn’t have to do it, but I’m so very glad he did! God loves you and I do too; you matter to God and you matter to us!

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Somebody’s Watching You…

Image Credit: Wiertz Sebastien

Image Credit: Wiertz Sebastien

You know dear hearts in my Christian walk I’ve learned that you don’t have to say to anyone, “I’m a Christian” because more often than not they’ve already read you like a book. The lives we live speak volumes!

Years ago when I was still a teacher, I had an experience with a parent whose child wasn’t one of my students. I didn’t know this woman’s name nor she mine but she knew something about my life living. I was on break, reading my bible and she humbly apologized for interrupting my quiet time. She said that she just wanted to tell me how much she admired what she saw in me; she called it an attribute of Christ. I thanked her and she went on her way with a smile.

Dear hearts this showed me and taught me a valuable lesson: we are being watched, observed, even when we think no one notices us. As believers we are the living epistles of God’s word. The apostle Paul told the believers in Corinth, “Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men.” (2 Corinthians 3:2)

We are living in a world where people are in a desperate need of hope, help, healing and salvation; if we can’t show them a better way, who can? Our Heavenly Father is depending on us to reach them. We are his witnesses, let us be wise witnesses for the kingdom in all that we do and say.

The poet Edgar A. Guest conveys this lesson so eloquently in the poem, Sermons We See. I pray it blesses you as much as it’s blessed me.

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I’d rather see a sermon than hear one any day;
I’d rather one should walk with me than merely tell the way.
The eye’s a better pupil and more willing than the ear,
Fine counsel is confusing, but example’s always clear;
And the best of all the preachers are the men who live their creeds,
For to see good put in action is what everybody needs.

I soon can learn to do it if you’ll let me see it done;
I can watch your hands in action, but your tongue too fast may run.
And the lecture you deliver may be very wise and true,
But I’d rather get my lessons by observing what you do;
For I might misunderstand you and the high advise you give,
But there’s no misunderstanding how you act and how you live.

When I see a deed of kindness, I am eager to be kind.
When a weaker brother stumbles and a strong man stays behind
Just to see if he can help him, then the wish grows strong in me
To become as big and thoughtful as I know that friend to be.
And all travelers can witness that the best of guides today
Is not the one who tells them, but the one who shows the way.

One good man teaches many, men believe what they behold;
One deed of kindness noticed is worth forty that are told.
Who stands with men of honor learns to hold his honor dear,
For right living speaks a language which to every one is clear.
Though an able speaker charms me with his eloquence, I say,
I’d rather see a sermon than to hear one, any day.

The Restored Relationship

Image by: Tito and Eva Marie Balangue

Image by: Tito and Eva Marie Balangue

Is there anything too hard for God? God forbid.

If David could testify in the midst of the congregation he would tell of the mercies of the Lord. He would tell of God’s unfailing love and His power to forgive and His power to restore us from those sins that man says are unforgivable. There is nothing too hard for God dear hearts.

God is rich in mercy and quick to forgive, saving and restoring the hearts, minds and souls of mankind by bringing us back into relationship and fellowship with him. However, there is a ‘but’ clause in obtaining the forgiveness of God.

We must first confess our sins before the Lord then with a humble heart ask Him to forgive us. It is soul repentance: to be sorrowful about one’s sins and turn away (walk away) from that sin and back to God.

King David made a mess he could not fix. He committed adultery with Bathsheba, Uriah’s wife, and impregnated her with their illegitimate child. He compounded the sin by trying to cover it up! He called Uriah back from battle so that he could get Uriah to sleep with his wife. His hope was that Uriah would think the child was his. But, Uriah didn’t take the bait; instead he chose to sleep at the king’s house with the rest of the servants.

King David’s back was against the wall after his plan didn’t work. He did what he thought was necessary – he ordered that Uriah be placed in the front line of the battlefield where he would be likeliest to die. And that’s exactly what happened. Uriah fell in battle, leaving the way open for David to marry Bathsheba!

David thought that they would live happily ever after, but what David forgot in the attempt to cover up his sins is that he served a God who sits high and looks low. God saw all that he did.

The eyes of the Lord is in every place keeping watch on the evil and the good. (Proverbs 15:3)

Dear hearts, God has always known how to get the attention of his people. There was Moses and the burning bush, Jonah in the belly of a whale and for David, there was the prophet Nathan.

The man of God used a parable which caused David to unknowingly condemn himself.

2 Samuel 12:5-6 (NKJV)

So David’s anger was greatly aroused against the man, and he said to Nathan, “As the Lord lives, the man who has done this shall surely die! And he shall restore fourfold for the lamb, because he did this thing and because he had no pity.”

David could not discern that the man Nathan was talking about was himself. Power and self-deception can become our worst enemy if we are not careful.

The power God has given to those who are in the role of leadership should never be misused to lead God’s people astray or be used for self-gain. Let King David’s unrighteous deeds be an example to the church today. He misused his God-given power in sin but, he didn’t’ get away with it! Neither will any of God’s people, from the pulpit to the pews, get away with sin. Although we are indeed the apples of God’s eye, He will not tolerate sin but for so long before he has to deal with it (especially when it’s done willfully as in the case of King David).

But God! He is still that King who is rich in mercy and is very quick to forgive. Didn’t he do it for David? All is not lost; he will do the same for us if we follow David’s better example! He went to the Lord in meekness and prayed for forgiveness and restoration.

Psalm 51:10-13 (NKJV)

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11 Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.

12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.
13 Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, And sinners shall be converted to You.

God heard David’s cry and He gave him forgiveness and restoration. God is the Restorer dear hearts; I know this is true because He restored me! Hallelujah to the Most High God – bless His name forever! May God’s blessings be upon all the ‘David’s’ out there. God is still God – whatever you need God’s got it; you can have it if you want it – just believe!