REDEMPTION

I was once a very lost, lonely, tired, scared and shattered person.  Many horrible things happened to me at a young age.  I was a torn person filled with hate and resentment amongst other things.  I made some bad decisions that led to a worse life which in turn caused me to dig myself deeper into a life I believed I was destined for.  I was an ugly person….

The reason why I am writing this to anyone who will read, is because I was terribly wrong.  I was loved, I was watched over, and yes I was an ugly person But God still loved me just as I was.  And he loves you just as you are.

If you are tired, lost, lonely, scared or shattered God can save you right where you are.  He can heal your heart and your past.  God can restore your mind.  He can turn your life around completely.  I know this for a fact because he has done this for me and countless others.  It wasn’t over night (although he has done that for some) but he was with me the whole time holding me in his hand.

If you would like to ask God in your heart, it is very easy.

Romans 10:9-10. “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and  believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

Example Prayer:

Lord God I thank you that you gave me a way by sending your son Jesus Christ to die and raise again for my sins.  I ask you to come into my heart and cleanse me of all my sins. Lord God I praise you and give you rule over my life past, present, and future.  I thank you Lord God that you have cleansed me and made me a new creation.  Lord God I ask that you restore and renew my heart and mind.  I declare that I am a child of God and I am all that God says I am.  I am healed, whole, victorious and an over comer through Jesus Christ.  In Jesus name Amen.

After you have done the above in Romans, you are now saved.  This means that you are a new creation.  You are new inside!  Ask God to restore and renew your mind and heart.  Turn away from sin and declare that you are a child of God.   You may not change over night but God reads the heart.  He knows every thought and every motive.  He knows when you are sincere and if you are trying your best.  He will guide you with his bible and holy spirit.  You are not left alone.

What helped me when I gave my life to God?

  1. Pray, pray and pray some more
  2. reading the bible/study the bible/meditate on the bible/believe the bible
  3. listening to praise and worship
  4. surround myself with different people. In my case I found a good church.

If you just dedicated your life to God I want to welcome you to the family!  Just remember Christians are not perfect but we are a work in progress.  If you would like prayer I would be honored to pray for you or with you.  Just leave me your name.

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Ephesians 2

1 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.  3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath.  4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions it is by grace you have been saved.  6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 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. 8  For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.  9 not by works, so that no one can boast.  10 For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.  11 Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (that done in the body by the hands of men)  12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ. 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations.  His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.  17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near.  18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. 19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

I love Ephesians 2!  It speaks about the wholeness of Gods structure or plan.  One of my favorit parts is 2:22.  In him (Christ Jesus the chief cornerstone) we are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.  This is not talking about a building but each one of Gods people.  Each together through Christ do we make up his church.  God gives each Christian a gift (at least one, some have more).  We are to use these gifts for Gods Glory to build up faith in the church and unbelievers.  If Gods people are secluding themselves or not using Gods gift(s), then we are not doing Gods work.  I encourage all to stop secluding yourselfs.  All true Christians need eachother, and the world needs us.

Be in Gods love towards all,

L.

Turmoils of today

As posted in my first blog, God said, these things must happen….th0A7TZ6ZJ

All the crazy stuff going on around the world is enough to make someone’s head spin and put fear in their heart and mind.  I say that God is putting everything in place that was prophesied from the days of old.  These things must happen in order for the prophesies to come to pass.  In order for Gods will be done…

I believe this is such and exciting time.  Not because I have to witness these horrible things, or my children have to witness these horrible things.  But because Gods mercy and love will shine bright.  A shinning light can only be seen in darkness.

The bible tells us in many scriptures that God will provide for his children.  It tells us that in the following scriptures:

Mathew 6:26 – Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Proverbs 3:5 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

The Bible also tells us that God will protect his children.  It tells us that in the following scriptures:

2 Thessalonians 3:3 – But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.

Isaiah 41:10 – Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 54:17 – No weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed, and you shall confute every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their vindication from me, declares the Lord.”

I am a child of God, I believe that what is written in the Bible is true.  It is all true.  So, I can live securely and feely, in this life with Boldness to proclaim Gods word, to show God’s love, to be the light in the darkness.  I do not have to be afraid of what is to come, I live in the palm of Gods hand.  During this time and the time to come God will provide and protect his children.  We are to bring people to God through love.  We are to speak God’s truth.  Let the Holy Spirit do what you and I cant do, change hearts…  We are to put ourselves outside of our comfort zones, God does not call us to be comfortable.  He calls us to guide or show people to Gods saving grace.

Fellow sisters and brothers,

If we are busy putting fear into other Christians what gain does this have?  Wont it paralyze some?  What would happen if Gods children became paralyze with fear?  Would we not be promoting the Devils agenda of fear?

Putting fear into fellow Christians would also take the focus off of what God intends.  Lets be strong together through Jesus Christ, Let us speak boldly of Gods word, let us encourage others, let us speak blessing into each others lives.

Prayer for the nations

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Lord God I pray for Christians. that you would give a boldness to proclaim your word.  A hunger to know you deeper.  Lord God I pray that you would Open our eyes and ears to you.  Lord God that you would teach us to love according to your word.  Lord God I ask you to fill us with your power, your spirit, your love, your peace.  Embolden us right now.  Lord God you are so good.  You never forsake us, You have cleansed us and you guide us.  Oh Lord your love, your love changes lives.  All praises and honor to you Lord God.  I bind you Satan and break your power over our minds and will.  I command you Satan to release any strong hold you have over Gods children.  We are Gods chosen.  We are victorious and free because of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  We have all authority over you.  I command an immediate release of all Christians right now in the name of Jesus.  I command you to lift any spiritual blindness, sickness, and fear over Gods children.  Now, Now, Now in Jesus Christ name.

Lord God you have placed in my heart a burden for all those who don’t know you, the lost.  Lord God I ask that you would call them to you, that you will cause them to respond.  That your spirit would be upon them speaking to their hearts.  Cause people to come into their lives to speak of your love and encourage them in you.  Lord God that you give them an urgency and an understanding that you are calling them to you.    Lord God that you will pour out your spirit over the nations calling all to come forth.  Lord God that you would awaken them.  Lord God that you would empower all those who respond to you, that you will plant their feet in fertile soil, producing much fruit.  Lord God I pray that you would call all your harvester forth, all your warriors forth.  That now is the time to fight, to stand firm, to fight for your righteousness.  A mighty fight for the lost souls.  Lord God that you would send your Angles forth with a sword, conquering and fighting for the lost.  That the lost would find you in the darkness and sing of your goodness, that they would lift up your name above all else.  That they Lord God would stand up unwavering for you lord.  Empower then now Lord God, fill them and their house with your spirit.  Thank you lord God, thank you Lord God.

Lord God I declare revival is breaking out over the nations, over our children, over our leaders, Lord God that revival is breaking out.  Lord that many will come to know you.  Lord God that your spiritual gifts will break out over the church.  Lord God that the church would rise and claim their inheritance.

Lord God I lift up all the children in the nations.  Lord God I ask that you give them a special covering.  Father God that you would protect them.  Lord God that you would strengthen them in these times of confusion and corruption.  Lord God I ask that you would raise them up to serve you.  Lord God that they would serve you with all their hearts.  I speak blessing over their lives.  Lord God that where the world sees darkness they see your light.  Teach them, guide them Lord God.

I plead the blood of Jesus over our minds, eyes, and ears that we will not be deceived.  That we will not be swayed to do anything against your word against your truth.

I declare and decree that all these prayers are already in motion and we are filled with your power, your spirit, your strength.  Thank you Father God for your faithfulness.  Thank you Lord God for your mercy and love.  Thank you Lord God for giving your son for me, for all.

Love

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I have been thinking about love.  How the world loves, how we love, how God loves, how we love our family our friends.  Its easy to look at someone else and see how they do not love the way we think they should.  To point out either in our hearts or out loud to someone how they fail in that area.  But have we ever stopped and truly examined ourselves?  I am quick to anger when someone judges me or my family, to hold a grudge.  But is this love?  The bible tells me that this is not love.  Jesus showed us that this is not love.  This does not mean that the person that judges isn’t wrong, but we need to be more focused on ourselves.  After all we cant change the other person, only God can do that.  So I choose to pray instead of holding a grudge.  God will do the healing of the heart, God will do the prompting.  That is if we allow it.

I like the story in the bible about the adulterer that was going to be stoned.  Jesus stepped in and said to everyone, if you have no sin in your lives then throw the first stone.  Of course no one threw a stone.  We all fail we are all full of wrong.  How am I to judge someone else if I am full of wrong?  I think it fitting to let God do the judging, after all he is perfect.  He loves correctly.

Since birth others have taught me to love.  They told me how much they loved me but would call me names, abandon me, hit me, judge me, show no compassion or mercy and so forth.  Since this is my experience with love, this is how I loved.  But God tells us this is not love.  He tells us that love is patient, love is kind, it does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud, it is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs, love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth, love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always preserves.  Love never fails.  This is not the love I gave or experienced, so I was wrong.  I have a choice to fix it.  I have to tell myself, just because I am going to fix something about myself, I cant expect everyone else to fix themselves.  I am simply doing it because God asks it of me.

In order to understand what God teaches on love, I had to look at a few scriptures.  I had to look at my experience of Gods love for me.  The bible tells us that Jesus is the Shepard and we are the flock.  That the Shepard will never leave us, he will never abandon us, and no matter how wrong we are his is still there loving us and reaching out to us.  God shows his love by guiding us, caring for us.  He transforms, renews, strengthens.  he fills with hope, joy and peace.  He comforts, he forgives and he gives salvation.  He is gentle and definitely patient.  God honors, he protects and he will answer when I call on him.  God corrects.  This is what love is.  This is how I should be striving to love.  Not the way I was taught, not the way someone else loves me and definitely not the way the world loves.  This includes loving myself correctly too.  During this journey I have ask myself, Self, how can I love like God?  I can not transform or renew someone.  This can be done in many ways.  Not the same way as God can but you or I can do it by simply using a kind word, uplifting someone, encouraging someone, or a kind gesture.  There have been many times in my life where my hope in people was gone.  Then someone would come along and do something extraordinary for either myself or someone else.  This transforms my thoughts.  It would restore or renew my hope in people.  Yes, I know that it is not exactly the same as God does it but its still in line with the way that God calls us to love.

The greatest commandment is to love God with all your heart, mind and soul.  The second Greatest is to love your neighbor as you love yourself.  I asked myself why Gods greatest commandments are about love.  I believe its because love breaks down walls, it softens hearts, love is contagious.  We are called to love.  We MUST love ALL.  Gods grace found me and you as we were.  Gods grace meets us where we are.