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Show Me The Proof

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How do we know we are saved? How do we know that we will go to Heaven when we die? What is the proof? I mean, it’s not like God mailed us a salvation certificate after we gave Him our lives. We haven’t been to heaven to be sure it exist. So again, how do we know we are saved from the penalty of sin and how do we know for sure that we will go to heaven when we die? Is it not because we trusted God and believed what He told us in His Word?

According to Ephesians 2, God is so rich in mercy and we freely received God’s gift of righteousness by grace through our FAITH in Jesus. We’re saved because we trusted God and His Word. In John 14, Jesus said that He was going to prepare a place for us so that we could one day be with Him forever and ever. We believe Heaven exist and that we will be there one day because again, we trust God and His Word! Everything we believe about salvation and heaven is received by faith and based on God’s Word.

Faith simply means that we choose to believe a spiritual truth based on God’s Word, without having to see physical proof.

As believers in Jesus, we seem to understand this concept of salvation by Faith. It is this same concept of believing by Faith that was always meant to be applied to every aspect of a child of God’s life: our health, finances, the expectation of good things to come. We can look to the Truth of God’s Word and see that God has already provided for us “everything we need for life.” (2 Peter 1:3)

When we declare over our body, “By His stripes I have been healed,” we are placing our faith once again in the truth of God’s Word (1 Peter 2:24). It’s not wishful thinking or just hoping, it’s biblical TRUTH. But, here’s what gets most of us Christians, we want to see it, feel it, experience it, before we will believe it or accept it as Truth! Example: I don’t feel healed. My head still hurts. My back still hurts. So we surmise that we must not be healed. We forfeit the Word of God, refusing to walk by faith and instead we walk by sight; dependent on our five senses. (Ouch, that one hurt me a little too.)

This same principle of faith can also be applied to our finances. Do you realize that there are Bible verses that say that God delights in prospering you? There’s even verses that say He wants to bless you in the city, bless you in the field, bless you when you come in, and bless you when you go out. (Sounds to me like God has covered all the bases!) God is a good Father who has good things for His kids and He actually WANTS to bless you!

What about the future? Can we expect good things when it seems like the world is going into complete chaos? Absolutely we can! God’s Word says that He has good plans for your future and for your families future. He says that He will be the one to strengthen you and He will be the One to personally guide you. Others may feel dry and weary, but not you! You will be like a well-watered Garden. His Word says you will be like a spring whose waters NEVER fail.

My dear friend, the promises in God’s Word are for you! The children of God are meant to be the most blessed, healthiest, happiest, and hope-filled people on all the planet! Ready to sign up for this kind of life? Well, here’s the key to walking in ALL that God has for you: Faith. You have to believe it to receive it. Like someone once told me, “You can believe and receive or you can doubt and do without.”(kinda funny but it’s actually true!)

We somehow forget that we are called to fight the good fight of FAITH (1 Timothy 6:12). We have to stand strong on God’s Word, accepting it as Truth, and then we have to also stand firm AGAINST every attack the enemy brings. The enemies purpose is always clear: he is out to destroy our health, steal our finances, and kill our hope. (John 10:10)

Over the past few years, This is the personal journey I have found myself on. I’ve asked myself this question, “If God can’t lie, and He can’t, then how do I do this? How do I get from what I’m physically experiencing and physical seeing to where I stand on God’s Word, live by faith in His promises, and say, ‘This is the only Truth I will believe?’”

Once again, the answer to my question was found in His Word: “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” (Romans 10:17) Ahhh, of course! You and I strengthen and grow our faith by knowing the TRUTH of God’s Word. When we know the Truth, it has the power to set us free (John 8:32).

Whew, that’s a lot to digest! I’m not even sure how to end this blog, other than inviting you to join with me in fighting this “good fight:” The fight of Faith. We must refuse to settle for anything less than what God has for us, His dearly loved children.  I pray you echo my words:

I choose to trust Him.
I choose to believe His Word is True.
I commit today that I will live by faith and not by sight.

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This Is Our Jesus

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One of my favorite stories in all of history is when a prostitute crashes a dinner party. Imagine!! Her outright boldness leaves me in awe of her. She finds her way to the Guest of Honor, and then, out of the blue, kneels down and starts weeping at His feet. The room goes still, frozen in time. Everyone stops and in awkward silence as they all watch this scene unfold.
 
The uninvited woman begins taking her head wrap off. What is she doing? She loosens her hair and as it cascades around her, She begins wiping the Man’s feet where her tears have washed over them. This lady doesn’t care who’s watching her. She is blind to their reactions. All she knows and all she is motivated by is love. It consumes her and gives her a singular focus: grateful worship.
 
First, her tears, but even that wasn’t enough. Next, she lets down her hair, but still not enough. She doesn’t feel condemnation from this man, neither does she feel judged, marginalized, or afraid of Him. With nothing but love coming from this Man’s presence, she realized He knew everything about her, yet, He accepted her, He welcomed her, He loved her.
 
This is our Jesus; Full of love, compassion, and mercy.
 
She can’t hold back any longer. She began kissing His feet, over and over and over. Maybe she begins reciting the prophet Isaiah as she holds His feet, “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who brings good news, the good news of peace and salvation, the news that the God of Israel reigns!”
 
The crowd is stunned! Stunned!! What are they witnessing?! They expect Jesus to know who this woman is, to turn her away, to judge her, to condemn her for her many sins. But Jesus turns the table on them. I love this next part so much! Listen to Jesus’s response. He opens by addressing the man who has invited him into his home:
 
“Jesus said, ‘Simon, I have a word for you.’
‘Go ahead, Teacher. I want to hear it,’ he answered.
‘It’s a story about two men who were deeply in debt. One owed the bank one hundred thousand dollars, and the other only owed ten thousand dollars. When it was obvious that neither of them would be able to repay their debts, the kind banker graciously wrote off the debts and forgave them all that they owed. Tell me, Simon, which of the two debtors would be the most thankful? Which one would love the banker most?’
 
Simon answered, ‘I suppose it would be the one with the greatest debt forgiven.’
‘You’re right,” Jesus agreed. Then he spoke to Simon about the woman still weeping at his feet. ‘Don’t you see this woman kneeling here? She is doing for me what you didn’t bother to do. When I entered your home as your guest, you didn’t think about offering me water to wash the dust off my feet. Yet she came into your home and washed my feet with her many tears and then dried my feet with her hair. You didn’t even welcome me into your home with the customary kiss of greeting, but from the moment I came in she has not stopped kissing my feet. You didn’t take the time to anoint my head with fragrant oil, but she anointed my head and feet with the finest perfume. She has been forgiven of all her many sins. This is why she has shown me such extravagant love. But those who assume they have very little to be forgiven will love me very little.’” (Luke 7)
 
Listen my friends, that last line has the power to set your free: “...those who assume they have very little to be forgiven will love me very little.” EVERYONE in the room that day should have been at Jesus’ feet. They were all just as sinful as this woman...ALL of them. And more personally, ALL of us. We are all guilty of sin, we are all in need rescuing, and we all need a Savior.
 
That is what Christmas is about. God sent His “Love Gift” to rescue us all, in the form of a tiny baby named Jesus. He came to forgive us all, but how many will receive forgiveness? How many will receive Jesus’s love? It is my prayer that this holiday season we will all learn to be like Mary. No, not Mary the Mother of Jesus, but Mary the grateful worshipper.
 
Jesus didn’t come preaching judgment or condemnation but the total forgiveness of sins.
Forgiveness is His gift to you and me and comes the moment we ask Him for it.
 
 
May this Christmas we take time to posture ourselves like this woman who knelt at Jesus’ feet: grateful, humbled, in loving awe of the beautiful Savior who came to rescued her. Judgement, fear, and condemnation have no place in a worshipful heart...only gratitude and the overwhelming motivation to let all know the Treasure we have found.
 
 
“A child has been born for us; a son has been given to us. The responsibility of complete dominion will rest on his shoulders, and his name will be:
    The Wonderful One!
    The Extraordinary Strategist!
    The Mighty God!
    The Father of Eternity!
    The Prince of Peace!
Great and vast is his dominion. He will bring immeasurable peace and prosperity. He will rule on David’s throne and over David’s kingdom to establish and uphold it by promoting justice and righteousness from this time forward and forevermore. The marvelous passion that the Lord Yahweh, Commander of Angel Armies, has for his people will ensure that it is finished!”
-Isaiah 9 The Passion Translation
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