His Forgiveness is Endless

I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake,

and remembers your sins no more.

—Isaiah 43:25

If we come to God, if we ask for His forgiveness, if we’re truly repentant and want to change, He’ll forgive us.  It doesn’t matter what it is we’ve done.  Whatever it is, He will forgive us because He loves us and wants to be near us.  Our sins separate us from Him – He’s still there, but our sins cover us so that we can’t see or feel His presence.  But when we humble ourselves, He’s right there waiting with open arms to forgive, forget it and love us through it all!

RVSP Jesus Christ

What I mean, brothers and sisters, is that the time is short.  From now on those who have wives should live as if they did not; those who mourn as if they did not; those who are happy as if they were not; those who buy something, as if it were not theirs to keep; those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them.  For this world in its present form is passing away.  I would like you to be free from concern. —  1 Corinthians 7:29-32

This passage begins with Paul warning us that our time on earth is short.  Because it’s so short, we shouldn’t hesitate to share the Good News at any and every opportunity.  Don’t we want everyone to know the God who loves us all, endlessly?  Don’t we want to share that with everyone?  To put it bluntly, those who know Christ and love Him will be with Him for eternity, and those who don’t may not.  Our only way to the Father is through the Son.  Our need to share the Good News should be urgent!

Paul goes on to warn us against getting too caught up in this world, reminding that is is passing away.  He tells us not to let the things of this short lived world be our ultimate goal in life.  Marriage, 2.5 children, a luxury car, and a nice cushy job shouldn’t be taking priority over the goal of sharing the Gospel or sharing God’s love, helping others.  If our job goes against the Word, even if it’s a great salary, maybe we shouldn’t take it just for financial security or prestige.  Christ was tempted by Satan in the desert, Satan wreaked havoc in Job’s life – in both cases they trusted God and held tightly to their faith.  We should do the same, remembering that our time here is temporary, we are children of God whose room is right now being prepared for us by Christ.  Our God will one day take us all from this world to live with Him in eternal joy and peace.

We should want more than anything to make sure that everyone is invited to the party.

Shameless Audacity

shameless: (adj.) showing no signs of shame; insensible to disgrace

audacity: (n.) boldness or daring, especially with confident or arrogant disregard for personal safety, conventional thought, or other restrictions

These two words are key in the following passage.

Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend lend me three loaves of bread; a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’  And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me.  The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed.  I can’t get up and give you anything.’  I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.” — Luke 11:5-8

According to Luke, this parable was taught just after Jesus teaches us the Lord’s Prayer.  It’s still about prayer.

God wants us to come to him anytime. He wants us to come to him with everything.  He loves us and always wants us to want to tell him what’s going on with us.

shameless audacity

God wants us to come to him with shameless audacity.  And why wouldn’t we?  Especially considering that God knows everything.

But sadly, I still find myself thinking that something’s too small for God or that I got myself into this mess and so I’ve got to get myself out of it, whatever it is.

The truth is that God wants us to come with all of our problems with shameless audacity.  Whether it’s from something seemingly insignificant in the grand scheme of things or if it’s something wildly important like whether or not we get that promotion at work that we have to have to afford rent.

We’ve got to come to him with all things because he loves us and we are important to him.  He already knows everything so what could it hurt to tell him?  Nothing.

Following this parable is another one that we all know…

So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. — Luke 11:9

Ask.  To ask something, we must use our voices.  Talk.  Prayer.  It’s said so many different ways!  Study!  Pray!  Listen to God!

Birthday Wishes

You have searched me, Lord,

and you know me.

you know when I sit and when I rise;

you perceive my thoughts from afar.

You discern my going out and my lying down;

you are familiar with all my ways.

Before a word is on my tongue

you, Lord, know it completely.

You hem me in behind and before,

and you lay your hand upon me.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,

too lofty for me to attain.

Psalm 139:1-6

Psalm 139:4,5

photo cred: Lauren Miller

It’s my birthday!  What better way to celebrate by spending a little time in the Word?

I think these particular passages are appropriate.  Twenty-two years ago, I was born. And even before then, God knew me.  He knew me before anyone even knew or even thought about me!  He knows who I will become.  He knew everything that would and will happen to me.  Despite all the bad things, he gave me life because he wanted to love me.  He wanted me here for a purpose and even though I don’t know what that is yet, he is preparing me for it!

For you created my inmost being;

you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

your works are wonderful,

I know that full well.

My frame was not hidden from you

when I was made in the secret place,

when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.

Your eyes saw my unformed body;

all the days ordained for me were written in your book

before one of them came to be.

How precious to me are your thoughts, God!

How vast is the sum of them!

Were I to count them,

they would outnumber the grains of sand—

when I awake, I am still with you.

—Psalm 139:13-18

God knows all of me.  Every part.  He knows everything that I’ve done wrong.  He knows my sins and the darkest parts of my heart, the most selfish thoughts that I have.  He knows them all!  Even before I think them myself – before I know them myself!  He knows them all and he continues to love me unconditionally and teaches me with kindness and patience.  What an amazing God we have!  He loves me despite everything I’ve ever done and will ever do!  It’s such an awesome, over-powering feeling to think that and know he loves me, died for me, forgives me endlessly.  I wish I could love him the way he loves me.  I wish I had that capacity to love!

Search me, God, and know my heart;

test me and know my anxious thoughts.

See if there is any offensive way in me,

and lead me in the way everlasting.

—Psalm 139:23,24

That is my prayer for today.  As the song (can’t remember which one) says, I want God to burn away every part of me that isn’t for him.


A quick side note:  Thank you to everyone who donated!  I can’t tell you how much it means to me or to the people you’re helping with the money.  God bless you!

 

Everything in return for our love

It’s okay to say that we’re lost, we’re sinners.  We’d be nothing without Christ.  He gives us life, love, comfort, joy and strength.  We can do anything if we have Him in our corner.  Christ came for us.  He came down to earth for us – to show us how to live and to save us from ourselves.  For that, we will never be able to repay him, to thank Him enough.  Christ says that’s okay, we don’t have to try and settle a score with Him.  We owe him everything and all He wants in return is our love.

photo cred: Emily Enabit

photo cred: Emily Enabnit

For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. — Luke 19:10